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Green Themed Corsair 350D (First Build)

by Bluesmurph



Date Published

March 31, 2014

Date Built

May 25, 2013

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C


NOTE: The pictures posted are from the original 2013 build. I haven't gotten around to taking new pictures as I constantly upgrade.

EDIT: I rewrote the description as I keep updating this build.

So this is my first build (2013) and I keep updating the internals. My original build cost was about $1400. Since then I keep updating so the price has slowly increased. My 1tb SSD and Monitor alone add about $1200 onto the build cost. Here is a list of original specs and how they've been upgraded:

  • i5-3570k
  • G1.Sniper M3
  • 8gb Vengeance RAM
  • EVGA GTX 670 ⇒ EVGA GTX 770 (2013) ⇒ EVGA GTX 780 (End of 2014)
  • 2x Seagate 1.5TB ⇒ Samsung 840 120gb & 1TB WD Blue (2013) ⇒ Samsung 840 120gb & 850 EVO 1TB (2015)
  • Corsair 350D
  • Thermaltake 750w ⇒ Corsair CX750M (2013)
  • Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ⇒ LG 34UM94-P 34.0" Monitor (End of 2014)

Explaining upgrades:

  • Graphics Card: I bought the 670 right before the 700 series came out (2013). I used the Step Up program to upgrade to a 770. Later, when I decided I wanted to get the LG 34UM94 I sold the 770 to a friend to buy a 780 (End of 2014). In the end I wasted about $150 by paying for Step-Up shipping and the money that I lost by selling the card for cheaper than I got.
  • Storage: I started out with two old drives that were given to me for free (2013). They died fairly quickly so I ended up buying an SSD and a 1tb storage drive (2013). Later I picked up a 1tb SSD while it was on sale (2015)
  • PSU: I originally bought a cheap Thermaltake 750w PSU but I had a lot of coil whine (2013). I ended up buying a new Corsair CX750M only a couple months later (2013). I've been thinking about the possibility of upgrading because a CX series with a 780 scares me a bit and theres a possibility I might SLI in the future.
  • Monitor: I originally bought an Asus 21.5" Monitor (2013). After researching the possibility of getting a 1440p monitor or doing 3-Way 1080p surround, I found the LG 34UM94. I picked it up while on sale (End of 2014).

Comments Sorted by:

SaabTheFox 10 points 51 months ago

Omg, I was going to do a build with the exact same color scheme and case, and everything. Still an awesome kick *** build! I'm pretty sure EVGA has a program where you can get the an upgraded card, so maybe you can get a 770. Here. Hope this helps.

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

"03/27/2013 in order to submit a request today. Products purchased on or after this date may be eligible for the Step-Up program."

Sooooo I bought mine on the 28th and the 90 day mark is tomorrow for me :( I forgot to register the product and it says I need to wait 1 to 3 days for it to go through so I don't think I'll be upgrading :( I wish I new about this earlier! Thank you though! Also I already got a rebate so idk if they would let me upgrade XD

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 6 points 51 months ago

NEVERMIND!!! So I activated my step up for a GTX 770!! It'll only cost me $50 so :) I'm kinda pooped that it doesnt match my color scheme :( My only other option was a 4gb 680 for $230 or a 780 for $280 and I dont want to pay that much! Thank you SO much! I had 1 day left XD

Looks like it could take a month or so to process as I'm #178 in line and and others are complaing that it took 3 weeks to drop from #50 to #0. I'm fine with that though. Pay $50 and in a couple months i get an upgraded card :) Once again THANK YOU!!!

SaabTheFox 1 point 51 months ago

Glad I could help! :D

Spirafall 1 Build 4 points 51 months ago

More than okay, I think you did great. Very nice aesthetics and choice of color scheme. I like the painted rings.

It's funny you thought your fans were broken. XD

sharkbyte5150 1 Build 3 points 51 months ago

+1 to Spirafall, more than ok! For a first build, it's nearly flawless and much cleaner than many others. Makes me want to go work on cable management in my build! Very crafty painting the fan frames to add to the green theme.

SSD's are great for giving system overall faster response but unless the games are more I/O driven, won't really improve gaming much. Only thing I'd change parts-wise is that PSU, as Thermaltake not one of the preferred/recommended brands; that does not mean it's "bad" and may not ever give you problems anyhow.

ImElkay 1 Build 3 points 51 months ago

i love the color scheme i cant find a green atx mobo or those fans

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 3 points 51 months ago

The only Green Mobos I have ever seen are the Gigabyte G1 sniper and assassin mobos. I have the G1.Sniper m3 but the M5 for 4th gen intel was just released!!!! I knew that new intel CPUs were coming out but if i had known my favorite mobo was getting an upgrade I would have been a little more patient :(

I painted the fans btw. I just used spray paint to paint the rings that came with the fans

ImElkay 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

yea i saw that one but its like 400 usd and out of my price range

aragorn98 1 point 51 months ago

1155 there is the G1 Sniper.3. For 1150 there is the Sniper 5

ImElkay 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

yes my bad not thinking straight

RedLaser 0 points 51 months ago

I'm pretty sure both of those are EATX boards and not ATX boards and I'm also guessing they want they builds to be relatively small sized and not massive so they won't be going for them.

aragorn98 1 point 51 months ago

OK Sniper.3 is EATX but just by a smidge over ATX. Sniper 5 is not above ATX.

alfredoPC 1 point 50 months ago

link to the green power cables and what spray paint did you use cause it looks just like your green cables awsome build :)

EpicFruit 2 points 49 months ago

Fantastic build! Very nice job with the custom green color rings on the Corsair fans. Everything goes together quite well. If you're looking for a green themed power supply, take a look at the Corsair CX series. Probably the semi-modular CX600M or one of its variants.

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Yah.... idk why I didn't get one of theose to start :/ I kinda want to get one now (modular cause the back of my PC is messy) but idk

A little update on my build... Its not as green anymore XD I traded in my 660 for an evga 770 and the 770 is black and gold. Not a huge amount of gold but its still there. It actually doesn't look bad, except it requires 1 6pin and one 8 pin power connector (both green wires are 6 pin) so I only have 1 green braided wire connected now... until i get an 8pin green

EpicFruit 1 point 49 months ago

The EVGA 770 is a very solid card, good choice on that one! The reference edition 770 would have the green letters to match your other parts, but the ACX cooler is more effective. It's probably better to stick with one color theme or another, don't throw more gold(pun intended) in there unless you want to change the color theme altogether. But it's ultimately down to whatever looks the best to you.

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Yah I'm not throwing more gold in XD I just thought that the chance to upgrade (evga step up) to a 770 out-weighed my color scheme. The gold doesn't even look bad which is nice. It doesn't match but it doesn't throw off the entire build (at least I don't think)

EpicFruit 1 point 49 months ago

You can probably spray paint the gold part, or the rest of the shroud to match your other greens. That would be really badass but you may have trouble reselling the card. But definitely consider a modular power supply if you have trouble with cable management. The CX600M is a really good and affordable start.

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

yah id rather not spray paint my card XD i've gotten a lot of people telling me to do that but honestly its not worth THAT much to me to do something like that.

MannyK14 2 points 42 months ago

Amazing cable Management Man!!! I always like to see people taking care of there builds. What other games can you max out?

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

I can pretty much max out everything except for some weird aliasing settings that are plain insanity. I play a lot of BF4 maxed and Skyrim modded to the extreme.

NUclearD3 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Very nice build.

gabegabbert 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Diggin' this build! Throw an SSD in there! Very balanced. cable management is stellar too. Loving the color scheme and the lack of hdd trays, makes builds look so much cleaner.

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

yaahhhhh lack of hdd trays........... yah the angle is bad. there is a tray on the bottom that holds 2 HDDs XD Thank you though. I'll get more pics up tomorrow.

MadBadger 1 point 51 months ago

Looks great. Some nice gear. I noticed the painted rings right away.

I wonder if you're not noticing your GPU fan more due to airflow. Granted your case fans are very quiet, but that case might be a bit light on direct GPU cooling causing your to rev higher than it normally might.

Another Corsair 120 (or 140?) in the front panel would probably help. Too bad you can't add another on the floor of the case.

Psymon 1 point 51 months ago

Needs more pics, but a lovely looking build

gtmsnba13 1 point 51 months ago


you did great.

Stratography 1 point 51 months ago

Did you also Spraypaint the PSU Cables?

RedLaser 1 point 51 months ago

They are the Bitfenix green cables logged in the custom section of the part list

JRAtk94 1 point 51 months ago

Looks superb.

Nice one :D

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Yah! that one wont upload :/ idk why... I just took a bunch of pics so I'm moving them onto my comp right now... Then I gota photoshop out the dirt on the floor XD maybe fix the lighting to. I'm not that great of a photographer but photoshop is great for fixing levels and contrast!

Gigglerump 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Beautiful, beautiful build. It's always nice to see people who really pay attention to the aesthetics of their systems. It always makes them seem like such better computers. Fantastic job!

aragorn98 1 point 51 months ago

This is a great first build. Only criticism is no SSD but if those HDD's are in RAID 0 then they'll be pretty speedy.

Really2n2 1 point 51 months ago

You know if you hook up Corsair Link, that you can can the Corsair logo, to change colors?

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Yah. Mines green :P

zlogs 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Did you replace the fans on the corsair h100i? I'm wanting to replace the fans on my h110 with red led's from betfenix. I'm just scared it is going to mess it up.

Marshmalllowman 1 point 50 months ago

I love the color scheme dude! Nice work with the power supply!

onyxv 1 point 49 months ago

How much did you spend on those BitFenix cables? I'm seriously interested in purchasing some for my new build in blue!

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Oh man... I felt ripped off XD they are between like $8-$10 each and the only site that sells them (unless the Bit Fenix store is up) requires like $8 shipping (they were in Florida and I'm in California). Plus I had to pay tax cause of California :(

But I got these ones becuase they were the only ones that sell green. I have only seen black and red ones on amazon and such... idk about other brands but i know Bit Fenix has blue.

Mr_Thompson 1 point 49 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. I have a question though. Where did you get those Cables? I'm building my first PC with the same case and similar theme(White), and I have some friends who are just awful with cable's. I was hoping to make them cry of joy when they see something similar to this.

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

I got mine from Performance PC http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=34_804_1011

I think you can also get them from Frozen CPU

PCModder 1 point 47 months ago

Nobody sleeves their own cables anymore :( Its a labor of love.

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I'm sorry :/ Its human nature to get the most out of doing the least amount of work XD

If the cables cost a lot of money then I would probably have learned to sleeve my own but they were like $3-$6 each...

PCModder 1 point 47 months ago

Ya it takes a while to do it right. I ordered some a while back but I was unhappy with the quality of them so I just made my own. Its not hard it just takes patience

louisrsr 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

love this build man. especially the green painted fans. definitely using that in my build!

JamJam21 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

you have had a very good first build my friend +1

DownloadMoreRAM 1 point 46 months ago

Nice Build! the green color scheme looks real nice, but how is that PSU holding up? Thermaltake psu's aren't known for their reliability. If I were you I would have spent the extra $50 and bought an EVGA PSU, they're cheaper than corsair and they're fully modular. They work real well. Good Job though!

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I haven't had any problems with my PSU. I've never really seen anything about unreliability of thermaltake PSUs so... maybe in the future if I have some money to spend and need an excuse to spend it I can upgrade the PSU to modular XD

TRoJAnV 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Yo man I honestly love this build. One thing tho. I'm actually planning to do this in the future and i have the same fans as you. Was the corsair fans hard to paint? Definitely +1!

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I was lazy and just put them on cardboard and spray painted them. They look fine but if you take them off the bottom is not painted and there are specks of dust. You can hang them and paint them which would be better but I was lazy

jessicasapp 1 point 44 months ago

Love the green! The work on the fans is really nice.

WizPig 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Imo a 760 is fine and its only $200-$300 after yo have a 760 you could wait until the price falls then buy another and go 2 way sli.

elias2001 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

This build is BEAUTIFUL.

OmgItsShovel 1 point 43 months ago

Incredible, looks very snazzy.

Blackfox757 1 point 43 months ago

Intel i5-3570k is one of the best gaming processors for the money out there. Kudos to you!

HiTechObsessed 1 point 43 months ago

Would look better if you flipped the PSU over to intake cool air from the bottom, and would get your PSU cables closer to the back of the case.

Skinnyjeans21 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Its true, you could've done better, however since you're a gamer you had to get a video card. I'm not much of a gamer so in my build I've got room for an i7 4770k, and only about $1000 along with liquid cooling and a nice *** case. I'm fine with integrated graphics because once again, not much of a gamer :) If I do end up wanting to game, I'll get a video card on Black Friday then.

fklioside 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Just curious since I see that all your colored rings are on the inside and your PSU fan is facing up. Which fans are your exhaust fans? I am doing a similar build and trying to figure out a way to setup my fans. Thanks!

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

The pictures are pretty old. Idk why I had the PSU fan facing up. I fixed that. the radiator fans and the back fan are all exhaust and I have also added 2 AF140s in the front as intake. I put my HDD in the optical drive bay with an adapter and I put my SSD behind the Mobo tray so that way I can take the drive cages out and have more open space behind the only 2 intake fans in my case. I am not sure my set up is the best possible but so far it has worked fine at cooling my rig. I have a blower fan for the GPU so the heat from that is also just thrown out the back of the case.

fklioside 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks for the info. I got the SP120 Performance for my radiator fans and they are really loud. How are the quiet ones performing?

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

They aren't too loud. The loudes fans in my stestm are the AF140s in the front and my GPU fan. But, I am not sure the SP120s are even running at their max RPM. I have them plugged into the H100i but I don't use the corsair link software...

fklioside 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Ahh okay. Yeah I realized I needed 4 pin fans. My original SP120's were 3 pin and they just run at max RPM. Once I got the 4 pin they run at mid to high range instead on blast 100% of time. Just finished my build check it out! I am going to paint my rings green too once i get a chance. I love that black and green theme.


THanks man!

Brian101 1 point 42 months ago

nice build ;) love the color scheme. why do you go with Intel and not AMD? im kinda new to this so I would like to know. plz let me know what you think of my build......http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Brian101/saved/3Uhd thanks

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

I picked intel just because i am used to intel and I understand it more than AMD. Some people love AMD but I am perfectly comfortable with intel. Also, you can argue intel has better performing CPUs than AMD (the inly okay CPUs AMD have are in the same price range as Intel's good CPUs and they are still slightly better). AMD is known for being cheaper and for their APUs. If you want to do a cheap build with no graphics card I would do an AMD APU which fit that category great...

BroJam67 1 point 38 months ago

Beautiful! :-)

ThatYotaGuy 1 point 36 months ago

I love the colors on your build. I'm about to go for my first build. I'm always afraid I'm looking past things and missing stuff but I think it will go well. The way you say that you think you could do better for the money you spent is how I am afraid I will feel but at the same time, if you buy "A" then the next day "B" will be released and 2 days later "C" will be announced lol. Seems impossible to be ahead of the game sometimes. Anyway, very nice build and colors. I hope my builds goes as well as yours :)

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 3 points 35 months ago

Thats in general how all this works. After building my comp I found out that planning a build to "future proof" is ridiculous. In general you plan out a solid base system and as technology changes slowly upgrade. If anything, the graphics card will be the most often upgraded unless you need more storage. Motherboard and CPU upgrades shouldnt be too often, only if the CPU is really bottlenecking your system or some fancy new tech comes out that makes your old system useless for new games XD. RAM doesnt really need to upgraded unless you picked the wrong amount for what you use, or something changes in your memory usage that requires you to have more memory (or faster).

I started out with a 670, then a month or so later the 700 series came out. I returned the 670 for a 770 and about a year later I sold my 770 to a friend to pay for a 780. Now, about 6 months after getting the 780, the 900 series is out and I reeallllyyy want one but I will not fall into the trap XD

I'll probably do a complete upgrade around the time the next nvidia chipset comes out if it's worth it AND if intel has a newer CPU that is worth. I dont HAVE to upgrade for a while but it just feels nice to have fancy new hardware XD Also, I'll only upgrade if I have the money.... money is always a big constraint.

Until then, I'll probably get a fancy 1440p monitor to hold off my desires for expensive top of the line technology XD I have a 780 which is a little overkill at 1080p anyway.

pdaw101 1 point 35 months ago

That's better than ok

magistermortis 1 point 34 months ago

Will you please pot a link to the cables you got? My build is going to be black/green as well and cables are something I have yet to get! Yours look good!

jaradt 1 point 33 months ago

I really like this build. Looks so organised, and I'm really liking the green colour scheme. Although I do want to ask a question. I'm intending to buy a Corsair CX750M (the PSU listed in this build) and reviews claim that the PSU has noise coming from the coil and fans, some claiming it to be annoying. If it's not any hassle, I would like to know if you've had any noise from your PSU, and if so, does it annoy you personally?

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

haha thanks.. yah those pictures are really old now , my build is a little different now but I still have the 750m. When I first got it I heard a bit of coil whine but then it went away in a day. I personally haven't noticed my PSU fan. The loudest part in my computer by far is the GPU when I'm playing an intensive game cause its a blower fan.

CoolPCBuilds 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Pretty good build! Especially since it's a quite pricey first build, but nonetheless all the parts will be running cool and quiet.

PickItApart 0 points 51 months ago

more pics? Nice build. Must run quiet and cool. Why no SSD?

Bluesmurph submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

I will post more pics :) IIIfffff yoouu read my post!!!! Sorry, it was a little long but yeah, I said id post more pics tomorrow. And for the SSD I got 2 HDDs for free so I put the money into other parts first. I'll get an SSD within the next few months :)

PickItApart -3 points 51 months ago

It was so long...I read half way and jumped to commenting.

Norm101 3 Builds 0 points 51 months ago

Love what you did with the fans. They look really nice. Maybe it has been done elsewhere but this is the first I've seen. Nice build.

Descaii 0 points 32 months ago

If you ever get this much money again for a build, or 100$ or so more, i would reccomend you upgrade to this build:(keeping your SSD and such, exclude the HHD and water cooler): http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Descaii/saved/2kNWGX

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