Description

This build has been a long time in the making. I helped my friend build his PC 3 or 4 years ago, and have wanted to do so myself for a long time. I started researching parts and planning my build in February, which in hindsight was probably not the best idea--I knew I wouldn't be able to do this build until June, which gave me ~4 months to squirm with anxiety waiting for it to happen. Finally in late May I received an advance on my housing allowance for my summer internship, and the part-purchasing could commence. I should have waited a bit longer--I bought the 980 HOF (probably a terrible decision anyways, but that white cooler/PCB would've looked pretty sweet) a week before the 980 Ti was released, but I managed to return the HOF so it worked out.

Getting the SSD bracket onto the PSU cover was a bit tricky. The metal wasn't thick enough to thread if I just drilled a plain old hole, so I had to drill smaller holes, then use a punch to make them wider and 'deeper,' and then thread them. Then I just took the SSD mounting bits from the back side of the case and threw 'em on.

I'll go into a little bit more detail about the selection process and reaction for some of the parts:

Monitor: I'm loving the 1440p IPS Dell monitor--25" is the perfect size, too. Has plenty of real estate and looks incredible. I might add a second 1080p (maybe 1440p) 144hz monitor in the future, but not for a while at least.

Case: I was thinking about getting the Corsair 600T case originally, but when I saw the Enthoo Luxe, I knew I had found what I wanted. Cable management was a breeze (see photos) and the build couldn't have gone more smoothly. Currently set up for positive pressure with 5 intake fans and 1 exhaust, in combination with the dust filters it should be a while before I have to clean out the insides.

GPU: This thing is a monster. Overclocked to ~1450 MHz, it gets 60-100 fps on Crysis 3 on very high at 1440p, and more importantly over 600 on League of Legends. I'm installing some more games and will test the waters on Witcher 3 soon. Note: I read that I should be able to get over 1500 Mhz on the card but can't seem to push it any higher than it is already. Any advice would be appreciated.

Most other part selection choices were fairly straightforward for me after deciding to go with X99 for workstation/CAD/rendering etc.

Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 7 points

Currently drooling at how nice it looks

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Those Phanteks cases are great. Definitely want to upgrade to one ! Also, that build is fantastic!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build would look awesome in this case with royal blue LED's

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you and well xD. Funny you say that because I just upgraded to an i7 4790k with the Gigabyte Gaming 7 mobo which is littered with Red LEDs. I need to invest in some red sleeved cables now xD.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Aw... Luxe with Red LED's ??

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like the monitor? I am considering getting it and I would love some feedback!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally i wouldnt buy Dell monitors as they are usually way too expensive. I found a viewsonic 24in monitor for 150. And at 1080p its great! Thinking about buying another one, but kinda want to get a 4k monitor

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

so nice! congrats, have a good time with it +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks very nice. +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I like that case! +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Please get earn a feature. Great build! =)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job ! Very nice looking build.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you using the the phanteks LED strips with this case?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think he is, but he might be using them for white LED rather than blue

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous my friend!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Getting that card up to 1450Mhz is really good. Usually a less powerful card like mine will be able to get higher on the core clock. Very impressive build and the Crysis numbers in 1440p are sick.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build...probably my dream build...

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

looks like a tron Build

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

What really set this build off was the black ram, Sometimes it's the small details that count the most

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the white case! I ended up with black since it brings out the color more, but white is just so clean and crisp. did you mount the SSD onto that PSU cover?? or is it just laying on top of it?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

may i ask what is this build for ??

sick build btw +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

SIR can u plsss answer me question SIR

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build! for the ssd, I just used some double sided tape on mine to stick on my shroud (I have the black version of your case)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

So how did I get the hard drives so cheap

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

looks great.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Good Job. Nicely done.

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