Description

This is my first PC I've built! Any tips for improving it are greatly appreciated! Let me know if you guys want more pictures or something :)

Build Date : 26NOV2016

Build Name : Project Luminescence

The PC stays nice and cool while emitting light, therefore, I thought Project Luminescence was a fitting name.


Additional Notes

I built this PC back in November but didn't have time to take photos since I had to take the rig with me back to college right after Thankgiving. Also, the custom cable extensions from CableMod did not arrive at home until after I left and I didn't want to take pictures without them (also the stock EVGA cables are ugly).

If you have any questions at all about the build, please ask in the comments below or send me a private message.

Thanks for reading!

Part Reviews

CPU

I wanted something powerful enough for the algorithms we run in my security classes in college and also something that I could encode video with when I occasionally create video content. This works great!

CPU Cooler

The Corsair H100i v2 is really, REALLY quiet and it keeps the CPU at great temps!

Motherboard

The ASUS Z170-A was the motherboard of choice for this project for no reason besides color. I thought the white highlights on the board and my good experiences with ASUS motherboards in the past were reason enough to get this board (also it had good ratings).

Memory

I originally wanted to get Dominator Platinums for the project but I ended up going with a 4 x 4 GB kit of Crucial Ballistix Sport LT's to match the white color scheme I had planned to use.

Storage

Besides the programs I need for video/photo editing and coding, most of this 1 TB SSD is taken up by games. Load times have never been a problem since I started using this rig.

Video Card

I've been saving money ever since the GTX 780 came out and I really got interested in building a PC (about 4 years ago) and Pascal just seemed like the right time to spend the money I had saved.

Case

The one part of the project that kept me from spending my money, the case. I researched high and low for the perfect case for my first PC and finally settled on the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic (the normal Pro M had a window that was too small for my taste). It has the perfect price for the features it supports and will be a great case should I decide to add a custom waterloop.

Power Supply

Just wanted something with a 80+ Gold rating and something that would support custom cables from CableMod.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 4 points

One thing I know needs no improvement is your picture taking...those pics are quite contemporary-artsy photos! So clear and crisp. Kudos. As far as build, I envy your GTX 1080. Great job for a first build.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'm an amateur photographer that got his hands on a used Canon T4i and takes pictures of everything :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

On a scale of 1 to 10 I rate this damn fine. Well done.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Woa, are you like a professional photographer or something?! NIce pc and photos, really diggin the name

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You! I'm an amateur photographer that got his hands on a used Canon T4i and takes pictures of everything :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

High...quality...photos...

Let me just go into my corner and-

Hrrrnnnnnngh

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehehe thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi,

+1 for the image quality. However, I wish you zoomed out a little bit in one of them to get a picture of what the whole build looks like.

I like that you went for a matching color scheme, especially black and white (I did the same) because black and white matches/fits with anything.

Personally I would have gone for the Cryorig A80 Hybrid (or Cryorig R1 Universal if you don't mind tower coolers) over the Corsair H100i, nevertheless, great build.

Mind if I ask how much roughly you paid for just the box, I did a rough calculation of all parts and got around $2,700.00 AUD

Thank you.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I will add more picture of the build/setup! I like the silence of watercoolers and how this one looks so I went with the H100i but the Cryorig coolers are also very nice! I paid $1700 in USD.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool :)

I have never used an AIO Liquid CPU cooler before, but I like Cryorig, primarily because they can match the performance or close to the best and also look great in a build. The Corsair looks nice too though :)

So around 2330.00 AUD, Nice!

Thank you.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! Thanks for the tips :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

As others have said, some more pictures of the complete setup would be greatly appreciated. Other than that, this build is great all around. If I'm not mistaken, the 1080 that you have doesn't have a backplate. Here's one that I found from Coldzero, although V1 Tech has some cool stuff as well.

(Take my +1's, you sir, deserve them)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I will definitely add some more pictures! I was planning to get a backplate for the card but I didn't have enough funds to add it into the build (also the reason I only got cable extensions instead of a whole custom cable kit). I'll try to get that one from ColdZero within the next month.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

looks very clean, good job. I guess your reward for your hard work is an awesome pc, lol.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

More pictures coming tomorrow after I finish editing the pictures!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Where's the pictures? BTW Nice build! +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Camera had some problems and I sent it in to get fixed, still isn't back yet :(

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

What were they? Nice camera, I got me a refurbished Canon T5, absolutely love it! It's a really really good camera. Just need a better monitor for my computer, to completely see it's beauty! And better lens, got stock lens :/ But still decent.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Shutter stopped working for some reason but its still under warranty even after buying it second hand so I sent it in for repairs. Should be back this week. The pictures I took above were pictures I took during my winter holidays so I have taken the PC back with me to college. It'll be interesting to see what kind of shots I can get here.

I have the default kit lens (Canon EF‑S 18‑55mm f/3.5‑5.6) on my T4i. I'd like to invest in one more lens but I'm having a hard time deciding between a prime lens or an ultrawide.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

It may be hard to take pictures without your shutter working xD Good thing it's still under warranty! I think that's the same lens I have, or similar. I've been wanting a telephoto lens, my sister has one, I love it! But right now I'm saving up for my computer, to get of this dang Celeron.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

hey man awesome build! 1+! how loud is the gpu under load or while idle? would really appreciate an answer. thx

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It's actually really, really quiet. I've never had a problem with noise with this computer. I normally wear headphones while gaming, but even with them off, the computer is basically silent.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you! you where very helpfull!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build! If you are ever looking to add a backplate to your 1080 I found this site a while back. :) Have fun!

http://www.coldzero.eu/468-gtx-1080-armor

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'll be adding a backplate soon :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad to help!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Ver nice build! Where did you get the cable combs for your cables? I got the E series cables, but the E series cable combs are sold out on Newegg.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! The cable combs came with the cable kit which I ordered from CableMod's website. There should be cable combs for sale on the website as well. If you have access to a 3D Printer, you can actually 3D print your own as well :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I looked on the website but the shipping is a insane $20 just for the cable combs.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, there's no point in just ordering combs since shipping out of the EU is a flat $20 no matter what you order. I would look at Performance PC's. They might have cable comb packs for cheaper since they are a US based retailer.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it good for - Streaming Gaming Noise FPS

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, all of the above! Streaming is pretty dependent on your internet but in terms of maintaining FPS in games while streaming, its a beast. The computer is very quiet as well, I sleep in the same room as it and I always leave it on. It never bothers me!

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You! I'll take some more pictures after cleaning off my desk since the setup itself is a bit of a mess right now XD

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