Description

I originally built this computer for gaming back in 2013 with an i5 4670k and Gigabyte z87x - UD4H motherboard I managed to get for $47 after open box discount and $30 off at microcenter paired with a cooler master hyper 212 evo, 8GB of ram, a 120GB Samsung ssd, 1tb hdd, and a 750w Seasonic power supply. This year I decided to give it a refresh since my GTX 670 was starting to really show its age I decided I needed an upgrade and when the computer upgrade bug hits you it hits hard so it went from I am just gonna get a new GPU to I've decided to upgrade almost everything. I also wanted to do a black and white destiny themed computer since Destiny 2 had just come out for the PC and I hadn't seen anyone do a black and white Destiny themed computer before. Another reason I chose to do a black and white destiny build was that I wanted it to look clean and minimalistic when the lights are off and vibrant and bright when they are on. The white really helps the colors from the lights pop when I have the case on color cycle mode.

The first part I upgraded was my GPU I saw a GTX 1070 at Micro Center for $305 a few months ago and knew there was no way I was gonna let that deal pass me up since even a few months ago miners were driving the GPU prices through the roof. Unfortunately for others trying to get a GPU it has been getting worse everyday which makes me really thankful I was able to snag the 1070 for that good of a price. After that I upgraded the case from a cheap crappy case I had gotten to one with TG.

I chose the P400s because I really liked the look of it even though it had bad airflow for the intake I knew I would mod it and open the front up for better ventilation which you can see from the pictures I did by cutting the hunter logo into the front. Doing this really improved the air flow (it dropped the temps by about 5c) and it makes it look cool too.

I new I wanted to get a AIO for aesthetic reasons and also to decrease noise and temps and I decided on the Corsair H115i which I managed to get for $85 because I had a Best Buy gift card and got them to price match it to New Egg which at the time had it on sale for $109. I really enjoy this cooler and both aesthetically and performance wise it keeps my CPU which is overclocked to 4.5GHz at about 65c even under synthetic stress test.

I also upgraded the ssd from a 120GB to a 500GB ssd and I got some sleeved cable extensions to tie the whole thing together. After I got those installed I painted a back-plate for the GPU with the Destiny logo on it. I scuffed up the logo to make it look like it had been in battle. I also painted my RAM which was red before white to match. I also put some CableMod AIO sleaving on my corsair h115i cooler and put white carbon fiber wrap on my motherboard to complete the look.

For peripherals I have a Reidea mechanical keyboard and to be honest I didn't know what to expect when I bought it but for $18 on an amazon flash sale a few months ago I couldn't be happier. I am honestly amazed at the features it has its made of mostly metal except on the bottom and every key can be remapped and set to a custom color. I did replace the key caps that came with it for white ones to go along with the black and white theme. I also have a Razer DeathAdder 2013 which I really like and a Cloud core headset which I picked up on sale. For speakers I have a pair of Bose - Companion 2 Series II which I snagged at Goodwill for $5. The reason the fans and sound card say $0 is because two of the fans were gifts and the other I got for cheap with some credit I had at a store. The sound card I got out of a old desktop someone was giving away.

Anyway I am really happy with the way it turned out and I really wish I was a better photographer because the pictures don't do it justice. Later on this summer once RAM prices hopefully start to come down I am going to upgrade my CPU.

Edited: added reviews of the parts

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU works great for everything I use it for which is mainly gaming. Even in 2018 it's still a capable CPU.

CPU Cooler

Awesome cooler keeps my CPU nice and cool and runs quietly.

Motherboard

Amazing motherboard especially for the price I paid. It has all the features I need and does it's job perfectly.

Memory

It's 8GB of ram I haven't tried to OC it yet but I might.

Storage

Love Samsung SSD's always reliable and fast and plenty of storage for my needs.

Video Card

Great GPU runs everything I throw at it and even though it's not a massive cooler it does it's job well and keeps everything cool under load. Also for the price it's amazing.

Case

Great case love the looks docking a star for needing to mod the front intake for airflow but I knew that when I got it.

Power Supply

Amazing PSU it's a SeaSonic so it's held up great over the years.

Monitor

Good monitor has decent colors after tweaking the settings.

Mouse

Love this mouse had it for years and works like I bought it yesterday.

Headphones

Amazing headphones most comfortable gaming headset I've ever used.

Custom

Great speakers especially for $5 though I wouldn't pay $100 for them like they sometimes sell for.

Custom

Amazing keyboard wish I could give it 10 stars it has so many features for the price I paid like individually addressable LEDs and you can re map the keys along with a mostly metal construction.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 5 points

LOVE THE DESTINY THEME!!!! 1+

P.S. My favorite game is D1, D2 needs to get fixed by BUNGO soon!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks I appreciate that. I agree D1 is the best but I'm happy they made D2 just for the fact that I can play Destiny on a PC :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

True!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

1v1 me bro

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

actually though I'm bored

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

yes

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Psn?

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Your setup is gorgeous.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I appreciate that.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! $300 for a 1070?! I paid $375 USED at the beginning of the mine craze. Nice steal and clean build! +1 (:

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it took me a good while to pick my jaw off the floor when I saw they had put it on clearance for that cheap especially with the way pricing is going with GPU's right now :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build Guardian

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Cool Build

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome upgrades and going from a 670 to a 1070. Wow.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks yeah I waited way too long to upgrade. Though my 670 was bios modded with a heavy OC and I only have a 1080p monitor it wasn't a terrible gaming experience but I am very happy to have a new GPU. Now I can finally run modern games at the highest settings.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, similar to mine, I also modded the front panel. Needs to be done with this case and an AIO. I like all the little touches, really rounds off the build. +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks your build was what actually inspired me to mod the front panel. I saw it when looking through other P400 builds.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow dude, that build is sick! I'm currently working on saving up the money to build my own! Email me or reply to this comment if you wanna check out my build.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The fact that you got that nice of a keyboard for 18$ is insane.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I know it was a great deal. Funny thing is I spent more on the white key caps for it then I did on the whole keyboard.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but I think the way you bended your tubing is not a good idea. I think if puts extra stress on the connectors between the pump and the tubing. Also one of your tubes is too close for comfort in my opinion to that upper right fan. +1 anyways

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate the feedback yeah the tubing isn't bent in the best way but it was the best way I could do to route it so the side panel would go on. I'll try and figure out a better way to route it if I can. The clearance between the tubing and the fan is tight but I did double check before turning it on and it does clear the fan blades even though its only by a little bit its enough that I'm not really worried about it.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I'm not trying to self promote but on my build I put my radiator on the top (which probably isn't possible with your build but maybe idk) I set the coreair logo vertical to get the bend wanted. You could rotate your aio 180 degrees to get better tubing. The only downside is that it will make your Corsair logo upside down, then again you can decide what's best for you.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate the suggestion unfortunately there isn't a spot on the top for a rad in the P400. The pressure on the tubes isn't as bad as it looks because after you said something I went and checked to see how much pressure was on the tubes and I could still move them around some. The clips that hold the AIO sleeving on makes the tubing bends seems more extreme then they are because they don't sit perfectly flush at the ends.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I've got the same case as you, and I'm thinking of modding the front panel. Any tips on that would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance! -Boople Doopleson

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks put painting tape over it then cut it, I believe it keeps the paint from chipping when cutting the metal I saw a lot of people do this when cutting metal computer parts. Another thing is to get the reinforced cutting wheels for the Dremel and cut slowly to keep from destroying blades as fast. Another thing you can do is use the included fan filters that would normally can go on the top and attach them to the front for a filtered intake.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

This is pure eye candy. The cable management. The sleek bi-color purity. Wow. Just wow.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I appreciate you saying that.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Overall great build. +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the custom GPU backplate? +1 for the sweet build!

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply I just saw this comment. I actually custom painted the backplate for the GPU.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

All good, How would you go about painting the backplate?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

There are a ton of tutorials on YouTube on how to do it. Basically you take a piece of acrylic cut it to the size of your gpu paint it the color you want. I wanted white so I just skipped that step and bought white acrylic then paint the design on it. Or if you have a complicated design pain the color of the design first then mask off the design and paint the main color so the design shows through the main color when you take the tape off. Then use 3m VHB tape to attach it to the GPU. Here is a good tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBwfBCW9qZU

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

simple and sleek yet with a touch of abstract. Lovely :)