Behind the front aluminum panel is a black piece of plastic that snaps on top of the case and has a couple screens for the air intake. This piece is actually the black strip you see that gets lit up on the sides. All I did was place one of the LED trips vertically along the center of this piece. I also experimented some and placed two (one on each side), yet found the light overwhelming. It looks much better with one because the light truly catches on that black piece and makes a luminous strip along the side of the case.
I have an other strip on the interior front face of the case on the far side of the water cooler radiator, facing outwards. Since it's pointing outwards, it shines through and onto the wall.
Thanks man! I got the idea from a build I saw on here a long time ago but I haven't been able to find it.
Digging the B&W+Aluminum; clearly ya got great taste (pcpartpicker)!
And fantastic pictures. You've inspired me to clean mine up and get some better shots.
Honestly, now I'm going to have to double check the blades when I get home....
I slapped that puppy in there assuming what I just said was true - based on other fan models in my case, (just different manufacturers) - but that may be a dangerous assumption. Fingers crossed!
Thank you Nick!
It actually IS facing outward. Looks weird, right?? The fan has a logo on both sides, but the rear also has the four black pins you see that make the frame. The logo on the other side is a lot more pronounced and truly looks like the front, but I can see how the picture could make it look that way.
Just wanted to say that this is exactly what was happening. Thank you for the help, Bodom0511.
If I was gaming I would have gone with the 1080 + 144 hz monitor, but I only game a bit. The games I do play gravitate more towards WoW than Fallout/etc, and don't think the 1070 chip will disappoint me. It's hard to beat 4k at a $299 price point, even if it's a lower refresh rate.
I agree, 850 may be overkill, but I hardly paid any more than 750 and wouldn't want to go down to 500.
Thank you for your help! I was finally able to get this resolved. Turns out my GPU was not properly connected (which is baffling). I had removed and reconnected it multiple times, and I really felt like I jammed it in there. I really don't feel like I did much different the time it worked.
It was connected via DisplayPort, so that could have had something to do with it. In any case, I got it resolved and I'm grateful to both of you for the help! Rock on PcPartPicker.
Stay tuned for build pics!
Yes, both are connected. The two 8 pins are plugged into the GPU and the 6+2 into the PSU VGA slots.
I was able to install windows and download the main drivers. I can now browse the internet, but I am still having the problem with the GPU. When I tried to download the GPU drivers, it says "System cannot find hardware" and will not continue due to incompatibility. The issue is that I can't see my screen if I attach the card, so I have to remove it to boot into windows.
The boot device LED no longer shows, but the No Display issue persists.
Thermal Paste - Good to know! Will do.
RAM - You're right... facepalm. Frankly, this was the first part I purchased and it was oversight on my part. I didn't even realize. Any specific reccomendations? My eye is on "G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200" for $80.99 on NewEgg.
GPU - I'm not a massive gamer, so I'm not too worried about GPU as long as it's able to hold its own fairly well. If anything, I'm just a nut about resolution. If this rig changes my attitude towards games, I can always add another 1070 chip, right? Worst case scenario I use my 24" IPS LED 1080p monitor instead.
CPU Cooler - I guess this is one of the part choices strongly influenced by looks. I really like the industrial looking tubes on the Corsair, and intend to use the White Anti-Kink wire to add a cool trim to it.