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This started out as a modest upgrade from a system I built 6 years ago with an I5 2500K and a GTX 690 but quickly got out of hand as I sacrificed my vacation to Japan in order to rebuild my entire PC. The system is mainly used for gaming, medical school and work. The name of the build comes from the lightning effects (white marquee with red backlight) I use with the NZXT Hue+, which reminds me of the sign of my favorite bar in Kabukicho, Tokyo.

The first components purchased were the I7 6700K processor, 64GB 3200Mhz Corsair Vengeance LED ram, Corsair H100i V2 and the Asus Maximus VIII Hero motherboard, which went into my old Thermaltake Level 10 GT case. My friends convinced me to get a tempered glass case to show off the components properly so I purchased the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX TG. After that, it was a slippery slope to making the interior look presentable with braided cables from BitFenix, Corsair ML fans and "proper" LED lighting using an NZXT Hue+.

After seeing my friends' GTX 1080-equipped computers perform on the same games I had been playing using my old GTX 690, I decided to upgrade it as well to a GTX 1080 SC. I bought the EVGA Hybrid cooling kit shortly after and it reduced the temperature while gaming from around 78°C to <50°C, and noted an overall increase in average FPS.

Along with the two new Samsung 850 Evo and Pro SSDs, I transferred my 120GB Corsair F120 SSD and 2TB Hitachi DESKSTAR HDD for storage of documents and music.

I hope to SLI sometime in the near future.

UPDATE 10/23/2016: Overclocked to a nice stable 4.7ghz! I thought it would be a waste to keep this system stock!

Thanks for looking!

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

You are singing my tune with this build. You have taken my one for such a lovely build with great parts.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :) I love how you build computers for all your family members!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

You are most welcome. And thank you, its been certainly a pleasure and an honor to make computers for them.

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

I don't care what anyone else says, builds that are black with red accents look fabulous.

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

Red is my favorite color!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

High-five for red!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

You have excellent taste. Solid build my friend.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! So beautiful, and the fact that there is something behind it and that it reminds you of something you love.... its so great man! Enjoy it and let it remind you of that bar :D

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I love that nostalgic feel...

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely beautiful build my friend, this is probably one the nicest builds I've seen on here in a while. Love it when people put in the extra work towards cable management and color coordination.

Props.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot. I was worried my cable management skills wouldn't be up to stuff compared to other people's crazy builds on here.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Your cable management is on point dude... When I saw the picture behind the MOBO I was blown away. Very clean!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Up vote! Up top!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

:D Thanks thanks

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this case so much~ if I didn't go with the 900D this would've been my choice for sure.

Great build!

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks :)

Can't go wrong with a 900D. Totally solid case right there.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I visited this district before, never saw this buet... anyways, amazing looking build. This case always lends itself to clean builds and this one is no diffrent. Love how it look's and while not the biggest fan of red and black, you did such a nice balance of it. Great work +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh! Glad to know you've visited! It was a sign at a bar my ex worked at as a bartender which is quite hidden away unless you're from the area. Thanks for the compliments! I love your most current build too. I'm hoping to try hard tube water cooling on my next build :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Hyeeee~~!!!! how can i get the cable red/black? it's very difficult find at here.... T__T

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I bought them from Amazon. Otherwise you can go to the BitFenix website and order from there and maybe they can ship it to you.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks you!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Fabulous and I love the red accents on the fans

+1

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a bunch!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, it's always great to answer Q&A's on PCPP :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Phanteks could probably keep operating on just the sales of the Enthoo Evolv to the people on this site only.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

i bought an eclipse. Phanteks is an amazing manufacturer, they have built in dust filters on everything, nice grommets, velcro tie downs, tons of extra screws, different mounting points for radiators, hidden SSD mounts and drive bays, etc. they do tons of things right.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

No kidding! I saw the case so many times on this site I ended up buying one for myself

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  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

They made a case that is simply too good.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

tips fedora

i really, really, really, like this build.

good build my friend.

finished nesquik and heads home

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build +1.

I'm also running a 690 still, but I will upgrade in a couple months when I build my new PC. Cheers :D

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck on the future build my friend! Be sure to post it!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

AAAAAAAAAAa GET THAT GPU OFF THE ANTISTATIC AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

OH is it bad for the GPU? I used it mainly to prevent my table from getting scratched haha

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

it's could be as bad as putting the mobo on its bag if you aren't careful lol. better to immediately pop that thing in the pci slot

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable management on this one is fantastic!

How do those Corsair ML120 fans perform? They look really amazing!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

They're really quiet when idle and running around 1200 RPM. I had to set the 140mm exhaust to run at around 450 RPM since they're much louder than the 120mm fans. They're good but I heard Noctuas perform better. I got them primarily for the looks and the fact that they can ramp up to relatively higher speeds compared to conventional fans.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I smell feature

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha that would be nice! But there are plenty of other sexy Enthoo Evolv builds out there with sexy watercooling! Thanks though!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice looking and solid build mate +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Your build looks awesome. I'm building one very similar, actually. Except I'm using the Sabertooth Mark 1. I'm so hesitant right now, in worries about the clearance of the top radiator with the Sabertooth's armor and overall cooling efficiency.

I could settle for the H50, but I'm also not sure if that radiator and the GPU radiator could both fit up front.

Any thoughts?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a feeling it will fit as long as the armor on the motherboard doesn't go past your RAM. My friend with the same RAM initially bought the H115i and it barely cleared his 2 sticks of Corsair Vengeance LEDs (he could slip a piece of paper between the gap and that was pretty much it). He told me if he had bought 4 sticks the H115i would not have fit on the top. He eventually switched to an EKWB Predator 360 and mounted it to the front.

With the H100i V2, I have around 1.5in (3.8cm) of clearance between the radiator and the RAM. If you choose the same cooler as me you could move it to the front of the top bracket if the armor hits the radiator, which seems unlikely.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea with the H100i you chose I'm pretty confident it will clear the armor since the thickest part of it seems to be at the rear. If you mount it in the middle like I did you probably won't run into any problems.

Excellent setup btw! I'm sure the owner will be happy :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. I almost went with a 280 radiator, but after finding yours, I figured it's guaranteed to work out. Appreciate your input

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Appreciate it.

After looking at it for a while, I'm hoping the H100i v2 will go up top (as you mentioned), pushing air out, and the Hybrid radiator going in the back, pushing air out. Then the two 140's can pull-in air, up front.

(Also, the 6700k is not gonna be overclocked) I wanted overkill on the coolers, so that the owner will not have to do any tampering, and have minimal noise.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome cable management. +1 Amazing build. Perfect color coordination. ML Pros are a beauty to speak of. Well done indeed.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I won't lie in saying that I'm almost copying your build :P Was just wondering how air flow was for the case? I'm planning on mounting the same Rad + Fans to the top with 2X140mm Corsair ML140 pro for intake at the front and one at the back for exhaust but not sure how air flow is overall with the case or if I need more fans.

How are your temps on the CPU?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I only have one exhaust fan in the case and all the radiators pretty much blow hot air into the case when I'm using the GPU or the CPU on load. I don't really worry about that though since the CPU and GPU stay at temperatures I think is appropriate. The SSDs and motherboard temp stay at around 34-36 degrees celsius when everything is stressed.

The CPU is OC'd to 4.7ghz and reaches a max temperature of 84 degrees C in Prime95 or AIDA64. If I'm playing BF1 the temps stay anywhere between 48-62 (the same as when the CPU was at stock speeds). At idle the CPU is around 30 degrees.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! Thank you very much for the information, awesome build once again which is why I will be doing the same thing this coming Holiday month!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Jesus, can this be any more cleaner ?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks haha :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I'm planning on using this case myself. What's your fan setup in the front? It's kinda hard to tell from the pictures.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

So far I only have the ML120 pulling in air through the radiator in the front and one stock Phanteks 140mm fan pulling in cool air below it. I'll be removing that Phanteks 140mm fan to fit another radiator for a second 1080 SC when I go through with it!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you get enough clearance between the top radiator with the fans and the ram? Looks really tight. Planning to get almost the same components as you have. Thanks! =)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Plenty of clearance with the H100i V2. I have about 1.5in of space between the RAM and the radiator!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the case with the Hue+ on the top of the case ? I have heard some people say that you can't add the strips to the top of the case. I noticed you didn't have any up there either. I was wondering if it was because you couldn't or just didn't have the extra strips to put there ?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea you can't really add strips to the top of the case unless you're creative...or you place them behind the radiator/fans.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I will try to add them with cable ties. I won't squeeze them too tightly though.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I am building a clone of it. Great work Bentendo!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm flattered! Thanks a bunch :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

If you place the radiator up front wouldn't it give a better visual of the LED RAM?

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

I considered it but I would have had to mount the GPU radiator either to the top or the rear of the case and would have made it kind of messier imo. The way I have it right now leaves me with space below to add an additional 1080 Hybrid radiator below the current one.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude your cable management is on point, best i have seen so far

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Make sure to post pics of your build :)

The motherboard is good quality but my only complaint is that some games crash with the Sonic Studio 2 suite that installs with the Realtek audio driver. I'm forced to close or open the program depending on whether I'm listening to music/watching Netflix or playing a game that I know it will crash on. Other than that, I can't really complain about anything since I think the motherboard looks sexy. I kind of wish I got the Maximus VIII Formula instead since I think the armor on it is really sexy!

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