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THANK YOU for featuring my first build ever!!! WOW!!! I am in shock!!! I credit this site and all the PC builds on here for helping me form the vision that you see here!!!
Hello, I am currently in my last semester of my Pharmacy School Doctorate program. Prior to this PC, all I have ever owned was a Dell Laptop (died) and a MacBook (putt-putting along still). Both of which I bought by selecting the most expensive laptop (I could afford) available on their respective website thinking that more expensive = lasts longer (I know I’m dumb). Back in August 2017 our household had 3 laptops total but unfortunately 2 of the 3 laptops died and well I began searching online for a new laptop. I soon transitioned to looking into buying a PC instead. I had just moved into an actual home as I finished my last year of school and finally had a room I could turn into my “office”. So, I started looking around and first looked at BestBuy and their PCs. I stumbled across their iBuyPower prebuilt and honestly was attracted to the RGB lighting. Upon asking a knowledgeable employee, He explained to me how this prebuilt contained some of the top PC components available at the time. He then proceeded to ask why not just build a PC? I was honest and told him I had no idea how to even start. At the time, I did not even understand what RAM was and how it affected a computers performance. All I knew was that an i7 was good. He told me I should investigate building a PC and mentioned this website. He even suggested me buying the prebuilt and upgrading it over time. I said OK but was not really interested. I went home and later decided to log onto this website. Let me tell you all I was shocked! I started looking at all the PCs and immediately fell in love with the absolute uniqueness of each and every one of these machines. I poured through so many builds. I could not get enough. I still at this time did not understand the parts. I started googling and stumbled upon Origin and their PC building walk through tool. Again, I started selecting all the options possible even though I did not know what they were. At the end, I had built an $8,000+ PC… I knew I could never afford this PC (mainly because I selected all the option without knowing what I was selecting). I then started watching YouTube videos on building a PC and doing research on individual PC parts and what they did in a computer. As I researched more, I started comparing favorite PC builds on this site with each other and asking myself, why did this person select this CPU vs this other person. Because I am in my last year of school, my school hours are 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. I would come home and do homework and then try to find time to do more research on building a PC and the components. After about 3 months of research I finally felt that I knew what/how to put together a reasonable PC for what I wanted to eventually do.
About This Build
This PC is my first ever build as I explained in the background above. I started purchasing parts the 2nd half of October. I started building this PC during the first week of November and because of scarce time, I finished the initial build of this PC by the second week (remember this was my first build and I was trying to be very, very thorough as well as I had trouble loading Windows thanks to a faulty thumb drive). Even though this was my first build, I had a vision of what I wanted. I was fixated on a White build. While researching parts I fell in love with the Corsair Crystal 570X RGB White case. I was certain this was the case I wanted. I wanted this PC Build to be able to handle anything thrown at it and last a very long time. I wanted to be able to render music and video software as well as some light (growing) gaming and streaming. This PC build was built from the start of November to the middle of February. The reason it took so long was that my time was limited between school and work and mostly because the customizations I did and the custom parts I ordered took a little bit to arrive/complete.
Why The Name?
Since I am finishing up pharmacy school I wanted to reflect that in my build. The name “RTIC XTAL” (aka Arctic Crystal) of this build is broken down to 3 components. Obviously the “RX” corresponds to my pharmaceutical career. “RTIC” because this is a predominately White build and “XTAL” because of all the glass panels on the Corsair Crystal 570X Case.
What’s the Mortar and Pestle?
The mortar and pestle in this PC was a gift from the pharmacy school I attend. I received it during my white coat ceremony, which occurs the semester before I start my last year of school. The last year of pharmacy school consists of working in many different pharmacy settings to be able to apply my didactic knowledge of pharmacy school and give me hands on experience.
Even though this is my first PC build, I had a vision from the start and just wanted to go all out! I will now list the custom mods I did.
-PSU Cables = These custom sleeved cables came from ensourced.net and were just what I needed.
-AIO cooler Tube Sleeving = These came from CableMod. I did buy a white and Light blue set.
-White HD120 Fans by Corsair = These were something I thought of. I loved the HD120s but hated the black ring around the edge. I started thinking of painting them but decided against that after realizing there was too great a chance for error. I then had the idea to vinyl wrap the black with a Satin white Vinyl to match the case. This turned out perfect!!! I also used White Round blank mailing labels which were the perfect size for the middle of the fans, to print off the logo you see on them. In addition, I also removed the black corner and rubber parts on the fans.
-White NZXT aio Raidiator and White MOBO components = I plastidipped the radiator but carefully masked off the middle part so the plastidip would only be on the outside frame. The MOBO, I painted the plastic component on the left with plastidip as it runs from the top to the bottom and I also vinyl wrapped the top of the Heat Sinks.
-GPU Backplate & “RX” Plate above Mortar and Pestle = These components were the real key to realizing my vision. Without these components, I would not have been happy with this build at all. If you think this is special, you have no idea how simple this GPU backplate is compared to the other great works this ARTIST, Jeff, has created. He not only helps you take your vision and show you what it can become, but shows you that it can be improved. Please go check out his Facebook and website at the links below. The GPU Backplate contains the Build Name and the Mortar and Pestle with some pills as well. Faceook: https://www.facebook.com/jmmodding/ Website: https://www.jmmods.com/
I love music and consider myself a musician. I especially enjoy the RGB lights syncing to music via the ASUS Aura software. I am pleased that every RGB Component except the Corsair Fans and LED strips are reactive to music (Video Included). I was even able to take the GPU Support bracket which was bought on amazon and hook it up to the MOBO. I also modified the “Corsair” logo on the PSU shroud with an RGB strip and will also become synced to the music via the MOBO header. I was happy to find the RGB light rings found under the mortar and pestle and in the PSU shroud. All these components are hooked up to the 2 available RGB headers on the MOBO thanks to RGB splitters found on Amazon.
My overall setup was done on a budget. The desk was found on a great black Friday deal and the monitors were also. I have a friend that is good with wood working create a side table specific to my desk to become an extension in order to have my PC sitting next to me because I could not stand to have built such a great looking machine and not be visible at all times. I know some of you may disapprove of the setup but like I said I spent most of my money and resources on the actual PC but hopefully by the end of 2018 I will have upgraded the Monitors and Desk. I have mainly been a console gamer but with this PC I’m looking to start PC gaming.
Build Video: https://youtu.be/RCzqfO74Xmo
Music Sync Video (Unicorn Barf): https://youtu.be/94eqcR5D9Bc