Description

Hello PCPP! This is my white and blue themed X99 PC build named Oxygen.

This PC is something that I have been planning and saving for for nearly 1.5 years. As a PC enthusiast for a few years, I decided I wanted to make a huge jump in upgrading from my previous PC using my two favorite colors.

I'm going to be using this build for gaming, video editing, and engineering programs that I might need for school in the future.

Every part in this build was selected carefully to adhere to a white and blue scheme (well, almost all).

I actually had a hard time picking a name for the build until I finished building. It was previously named Raindrop (after the keycap color scheme that can be found on some mechanical keyboards), but I felt like it didn't really fit the build's aesthetic. So instead, I named it Oxygen because it sounds cooler (and named after one of my favorite drum and bass artists, Fred V & Grafix, from their new album, Oxygen).

Anyway, here's each component (including tax and shipping):

Oxygen - The X99 White/Blue PC Build

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core $299.84

I decided to go with Haswell-E instead of the newer Broadwell-E because of the big jump in price that the Broadwell-E has for not that much performance. Even better, this CPU was actually an open-box item that I bought from my not-so local Micro Center for $271. The final price was $299.84 after tax.

I haven't had the chance to render some videos yet because I was finishing up community college summer session, but gaming is like a dream. I can crank all settings to the max (at 1080p) and achieve well beyond 60fps, like in Witcher 3, Crysis 3, and Rocket League.

This CPU overclocks like a champ, which is a pleasant surprise from an open-box item. So far I've only overclocked it to 4.5Ghz at 1.3V, but I think I can still squeeze some more performance out of it. I haven't hit instability with AIDA64 yet.


Type Item Price
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 AIO CPU Cooler $114.99

I picked this CPU cooler over something like the Corsair GTX H110i because I didn't like the really thick sleeved tubing. I had to/wanted to mount the radiator to the front of the case because the Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM is too tall. Also, I felt like mounting it to the front of the case uses more of the Evolv ATX TG's space.

Currently I have it in a push-pull configuration using the front Phanteks fans annd the push, and the Fractal Design Venturi HP fans in pull. My CPU stays at around 35o C at idle.


Type Item Price
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare-EX $422.98
Custom CableMod Widebeam RGB Magnetic LED Strip 60cm Kit $19.99
Custom CableMod Widebeam RGB Magnetic LED Strip 60cm $18.99
Custom CableMod Widebeam RGB Magnetic LED Strip 30cm $19.99

Let's be honest here, this motherboard is very expensive. Too expensive to rationalize paying the $420 to get a white/blue motherboard. But oh boy, does it look sexy.

There are metal reinforced PCIe and RAM slots that are nice and also adds a matching color to the Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM. I have CableMod Widebeam RGB LED strips hooked onto the LED header of the motherboard to sync with the board's LEDs.

This thing is really is ultra durable. I was trying to unscrew the M.2 screw that was in there really tight. My screwdriver slipped and stabbed the motherboard pretty hard. There was no visible damage, and my PC posted all right.


Type Item Price
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4-3000 $179.99
Custom Corsair Light Bar Upgrade $21.99
Custom Corsair Light Bar Upgrade $21.99

This memory was actually a combo deal with the Gigabyte Designare EX motherboard, so I jumped on it. This RAM is very very sexy, especially when paired with the Corsair Dominator Light Bar upgrade that I did. The pictures are deceiving though, the lighting is uneven across the bar. It is noticeably dimmer towards the middle.

Anyway, this RAM is really fast and reliable. I didn't overclock the RAM because the XMP profile in my BIOS messed with the BCLK and made it unstable, and I would also rather use the extra overclocking headroom for the CPU instead.


Type Item Price
Storage Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2 SSD $177.99
Storage OCZ Trion 150 960GB SSD $199.99

I picked the Samsung 950 Pro because of the performance that NVMe brings. Booting into Windows is noticeably faster by a few seconds with a conventional SSD. This is my boot drive, and also where I installed other important programs like the Adobe Suite and Rocket League for extra fast boot times.

The OCZ Trion 150 I actually picked because it was the cheapest ~1TB SSD at the time, and it just so happened to fit with the build's theme, so it gets a spot right in front of the case. I use this SSD for both games and other documents/video files.

I decided against putting in any HDDs because I didn't want to deal with the noise that comes with it.


Type Item Price
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW ACX 3.0 8GB GDDR5X $684.98

Hunting this card down a month after launch was not very fun. I used Distill to notify me when Newegg had it in stock. I went with EVGA because of their amazing customer support. The GPU itself looks pretty ugly in the front in my opinion, but I really like the top side (after all, that's what you'll be looking at through the case). I wanted no compromises, so I bought the strongest GPU on the market at the time.

Gaming at 1080p is nonsense with this GPU. Very overkill. I plan on getting a 3440x1440 ultrawide monitor in the future to pair with the GTX 1080. All I can say is that I've now been spoiled by how games look. 60fps is so glorious.


Type Item Price
Case Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Galaxy Silver $201.98
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm $17.61
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm $17.61
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm $17.61
Case Fan Fractal Design HP14-PWM 78.1 CFM 140mm $20.97
Case Fan Fractal Design HP14-PWM 78.1 CFM 140mm $20.97

I looked at a lot of cases for this build, and the Evolv ATX TG presented everything that I wanted:

  • Tempered Glass

  • Mid-size ATX tower

  • Solid, premium aluminum finish

While it appears expensive for a case, for what you get from this case is actually really good. I originally didn't like the angular front of the case (I would've preferred something flat and simple like the Define S), but I grew to like it. Building in this case is very roomy, but very heavy. I suggest placing the case on a lazy susan during building to make it easier for yourself, ESPECIALLY during cabling.

I painted the HDD covers White and Brilliant Blue using Rustoleum spray paint to bring more color to the front of the case.

The only thing I would do more is paint the inside of the case white with a powder coat, but I have no idea how to do that ¯\(ツ)

As for the Corsair AF140s, I spray painted the red color rings with white primer and spray painted it with Rustoleum Brilliant Blue.

As for the HP Venturi fans, they are super quiet. I think they might be quieter than the Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition Fans.


Type Item Price
Power Supply Corsair HX850i 80+ Platinum Power Suuply $129.99
Custom Ensourced 24 Pin Motherboard Extension 30cm $24.00
Custom Ensourced 8 Pin PCI-e Extension 50cm $10.50
Custom Ensourced 8 Pin PCI-e Extension 50cm $10.50
Custom Ensourced 8 Pin CPU Extension 30cm $9.50
Custom Ensourced Corsair HXi Series Single 4 Pin SATA Power Cable $22.52

This is actually the first thing that I bought because it was on sale on Newegg. I had it sitting in my closet for over a year because I hadn't bought anything else.

Very quiet, I've only seen the fan actually turn on when benchmarking. Fully modular is always nice.

These PSU extensions are very high quality. I got them from Ensourced. Joey does a really good job at "rainbowing" the extensions to make the cleanest look. I used White, Graphite, and Colonial Blue for my extensions. You can find the exact scheme that I used here.


Thanks so much for checking out my PC build; it really has been a long time coming from saving over several months. I finally have an amazing PC that "shouldn't" need upgrading for a long time.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 4 points

well now that is what i call a flawless colour scheme. if only nzxt would join the tempered glass trend and do a white and blue noctis with glass panel, that would be the perfect match for this build

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

If they did, that would be very tempting...my poor wallet...

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

i feel you, i'm having a little life crisis at every evolv atx with glass panel i see on here, might have to mod my h440 at some point

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be a perfect case! I'm planning on a similar build and I'm torn between Evolv ATX TG Silver and Noctis, just because Noctis has an almost full white chassis...

  • 37 months ago
  • 4 points

i came +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

An aesthetic that I can only ever dream about. Fantastic!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

well done

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect!!!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This is LITERALLY the BEST build I've seen on this website, great job.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? Holy crap, thanks!!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah really, this thing is amazing.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Imho this build ticks all the boxes to get featured. Bravo!!!!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch ESPI!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

this is great. nice choice of components and aesthetic. this case is just ridiculous, so many great builds in it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I was afraid that people would start to get tired of seeing this case on PCPartPicker :P

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

never!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

All I can say is WOW! I am blown away by this build, it looks so spectacular why isn't this featured yet!?!?

Love the combination of White/Blue, something that I have not seen in a long time and the silver case that matches some of the components.

You have yourself a fantastic build here. Be sure to take a few new pics when you get that new monitor. ;)

+1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment! I definitely will, but that new monitor would be bought months away haha

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I do wish you included the monitors in your price list. May I ask what you are using there? Thank you.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't include them in the build because I've had these monitors for a while now.

The one at the left is the Asus PB238Q (1920x1080), and the one at the right is a Dell S2009W (which I'm sure has been long discontinued, 1600x900).

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Just one word...O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G!!! So clean, so nice looking, this is a piece of art, love it +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for looking! :D

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

1 word, sexy! Bravo filarako ;)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info. BTW, I have decided to do this exact build to give to my son for his 17th birthday in a month. He was on this site and fell in love with your build, thought it was the coolest and best thing he has ever seen!

So, I guess it will be a nice little surprise when he gets the exact same thing, in a month huh? :-)

He does do a lot of graphic design, video editing, and music production though for school, along with some general gaming of course. So he really has wanted (and needed) something for quite some time now, and is a pretty responsible kid, so I guess he has earned it.

This build should take care of all that, correct? Also, I assume this should be high enough in quality that it will get him through all of his college years as well.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow, you are an awesome parent! I'm so happy that I've inspired some people with this build

Yes, this build can do all of that and more. This build should be able to last you a large number of years, especially for workstation uses.

When you do gift it to him, tell him I said happy birthday as well!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, might not do this. Finances, changing some things around. Might save it for a college present. Still all in the thinking stage. Besides, have to keep him thinking, he could easily be reading this right now.

THIS IS NOT A SURE THING SON!!!!

Big difference in saying you are gonna do something like this vs actually starting to fork over the huge sums of money for me.

I guess he needs to ask himself, does he feel lucky? :-)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The aesthetics on this are impeccable. Like, can you decorate my house for me?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Give me a call and we'll work something out

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah the pc looks insane!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

cable management like a god. that much have been so simple, at least it looks that way

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This Looks Amazing! Any plans to add another 1080?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I may or may not in the future. One 1080 feels enough for me, but having a second one in there would make the build look even better :P

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

right? thats where i am at with my mini itx build...the 1070 would look cool but honestly my 750 ti does what i need it to do

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

A mini itx build tho...that's next on the list

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

what keyboard is thats

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Varmilo VB87M Bluetooth Mechanical keyboard with Gateron Blue switches. Keyset is GMK Electric Bluegaloo modifiers and the stock mint green front printed keycaps for alphanumerics.

Literally no input lag, highly recommend.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man, its a gorgeous keyboard

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, why did you buy 2 60cm led strips and a 30cm one. I want to "copy this build for my first build", but I do not understand what for the 3 led strips.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The Cablemod Widebeam strips only come in those two sizes, so I had to get 150cm of total length to route the strip across the bottom, up the back side, back towards the back panel, and across the top towards the front to light up the whole case.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok, thank you

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

dude I love it, it's sexy. white and blue are my favorite colors too, and I'm going to do a white/blue build as well.

you can check out the parts here if you'd like (feedback is appreciated); http://pcpartpicker.com/list/JMsk9W

if you have any recommendations or tips or anything, that'd be appreciated. anyways, sick build mate, it's definitely the most stylish and sexy build that I've ever seen.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for checking it out!

Your parts list literally hits everything right on the head. It's admittedly more white/blue than my build was haha. It's going to look STUNNING.

You could also throw in an RGB LED strip in the list to surround the window with. That, and some fans for the back and the top would add more to it. I've always wanted to use the Corsair AF Fans, paint the blades white, and the color ring the darker shade of blue to match the motherboard.

When/If you post your build, you'll surely get my +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build here! I wonder what it would look like with orange instead of blue.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Orange is actually the color scheme I'm going to be doing for my next build.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

that looks amazing

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

You can find the exact scheme that I used here.

Where is the order link?

+1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

That link is only for designing the color scheme.

I ordered the actual cables from Ensourced: http://www.ensourced.net/design-your-own-paracord-sleeved-extensions/

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this motherboard require a wifi adaptor or sound card?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

No and no.

There's Wi-Fi capability built in, and the onboard audio sounds really clear!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I know that I'm late to the party, but WHAT!!! LESS THAN 100 UPVOTES FOR THIS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS BUILD? C'mon, it has good photos, a good description and the PC itself is just amazing. 75 upvotes? I'd call this underrated anyday. +9001 if it to me.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! I really appreciate your comment! Thanks for looking! I keep wondering how people rediscover my build haha

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Was looking for the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV TG, saw your build in Completed Builds with this Case and had to upvote it.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same CPU/GPU/Mobo - http://pcpartpicker.com/list/NqgPFd - I was shopping for a case, found this awesome build, and now have the same case on the way. Unfortunately I bought the Noctua NH-D15, so until I switch to AIO, I'll have to see how that works. And I was just about to purchase the EVGA SuperNOVA P2 PSU... might have to consider the Corsair HXi.

I was wondering if you could help me select the exact options I need on Ensourced to get the same cables (like clip outside/inside).

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for checking it out, and sick parts list! You could probably just switch the fans on the NH-D15 to something with blue on it to color match it. I forgot how the mount works exactly, but I think the wires that clip onto the heatsink are able to be hooked through the 120mm (140mm?) holes on any given fan.

The orientation for the cables should be Clip Inside for the 24 pin motherboard extension, 8 pin CPU extension, and the two 8 pin PCIe extensions

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a freaking gorgeous build! I'm considering something similar for my Skylake upgrade, but with the Z170 version of this board. Great job, have a +1!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! It's going to look awesome!!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the LED strips the ones that came with the Evolv TG or did you add your own?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Never mind, I see that you added some strips.

How is the noise from it? What's your fan setup like? I currently have a Gigabyte board, and I'm a little disappointed in their BIOS fan control. I've heard Asus is much better, especially with the Sabertooth boards, but the Gigabyte Ultra and Designare boards are so so pretty. I think my case could be quieter, and I'm only running 5x140mm fans.

If Gigabyte has done a better job in their most recent BIOS, I'll feel better about picking up the Z170X Ultra or Z170 Designare.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I added my own, the CableMod Magnetic Widebeam RGB LED strips(two 60cm, one 30cm).

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely gorgeous. Well done!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build! How noisy is the cooler?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The fans that it comes with are SUPER loud.

I can still hear it though (think like a plane going over your head in the distant sky). It might be because of the stock fans that came with the case ; I still have those installed at the front. I can't hear the Corsair fans if I put my ear right next to it, and the Fractal Venturi fans I haven't evaluated yet.

Using SpeedFan seemed to work to quiet down a little bit, but not down to completely silent.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Beautiful.

I was looking for builds using the Phanteks Enthoo Evolve ATX with a front mounted AIO cooler and I ran across your build. Amazing!

I'm planning a Silver build and didn't want to cover up my mobo with a top mounted cooler. I hadn't really thought about using a push/pull config, but you're making me rethink that. How is it working out for you?

Love the blue/white color scheme.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I had the same thinking too when I was building this.

Push/pull is working just fine, my CPU is about 34 degrees at idle. I found it also particularly handy that there's the case filter fits the push fans just right to cover it from dust.

It not silent, however. I think it's because I have the stock case fans installed as push, which may be the culprit behind the lingering noise. Still, having more fans leads to more noise regardless, so just keep that in mind.

I'm pretty satisfied with it

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I've already commented once, I just wanted you to check out the new and improved White/Blue build, which now features, with links, everything from the PC build itself, to the desk & chair I'll be buying to match.

Now, I haven't bought all of it yet so there's no pictures, though I'm currently saving up. I should have the money to afford it all in a couple months, and I'll come by here again and comment once it's all finished if you'd like to check out the finished product (:

anyways, here's the link;

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Kazitox/saved/HDgXLk

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

WOW now that's a parts list! I didn't realize that you could get a custom H440! What's it going to look like?

I'm jealous of that RAM, it looks sooo good with the motherboard. May I tempt you further with some kickass keycaps to go with that keyboard? :P

GMK Hydro ($170): https://www.keyclack.com/product/gb-gmk-hydro/

Thanks for reaching back to me. This build will definitely go featured. Can't wait!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't even know either until doing a load of research. Here's a link to an imgur post with many pictures;

http://imgur.com/gallery/stu63

Keep in mind, they're not my pictures, it's someone else's modded H440 that I found on Google, but that's only to give you an idea of how mine will most likely look. If you haven't already, you can check out this website to customize one online and see for yourself what it'd look like with any color scheme, and even purchase one if you so choose;

http://www.colorware.com/p-691-nzxt-h440.aspx

Oh yeah, the ram was a lucky find :P and I'm glad I did find it, it really does fit so well with the entire build. It also has lightning-effect LED's (or something) when you touch it, which is just a sweet bonus. They're absolutely perfect.

Those keycaps are tempting, actually. In case you didn't notice, the keyboard I'm getting from this website; http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/mechanical-keyboard/wasd-v2-104-key-custom-mechanical-keyboard.html is completely customizable, from the color of the keys and base of the keyboard, to the type of key layout. The only thing that differs from that keyboard and the GMK keycaps from what I can see, is that the letters on the gmk's keycaps are blue, and that isn't really worth a 200$ investment :P (maybe in the future when I have money to blow), though if I'm wrong about any of that, feel free to correct me.

Anyways, of course! Thank you, I do hope it gets featured, that would be stellar. Your build definitely inspired me to go all out in this one, so your support is certainly appreciated. You'll be the first person I reach out to when it's all finished (:

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build, btw what desk do you have?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

It's an Ikea Saljan kitchen countertop, with two Alex drawer units at both ends, with two Adils legs drilled at the middle

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

for this build did you plug the fans on the front panel into the cpu fan port as well as the cooler's fans? or did you leave the front panel fans plugged in to the mobo as case fans?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I plugged the front panel fans to the fan controller behind the case. I did plug in the pump header into the CPU fan port though. I don't remember where I connected the cooler fans to, sorry :P

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This is so beautiful! I love the cables!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Question, how easy was it working with the Widebeam lights? I saw you got the magnetic ones, do they just stick on real easy?

Are they durable?

please tell me I have this same case and am getting the same lights.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh they're super easy. Really strong magnets and pretty flexible too.

I can't really talk for the durability, but they're still holding up just as well when I first got them

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW! Gorgeous!!! I'm going to upgrade my Z170 skylake build like this ASAP!

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It really means a lot

I can only wish to get featured :P

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