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Simple, Powerful, Just the way I built it.
by pslam
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My second build. This time, I tried to not use led fans again and use the corsair air series as a base for my colour scheme. The case side grills were originally black, but I custom painted it myself to match. Almost everything I got for a cheaper price than the original (thank you price matching). With the recent drop of the nvidia 700 series, it was the best time to start the build.

I will use this mostly for gaming, and so far after a week of tests and gameplay (crysis 2, battlefield 3, cod ghosts, batman arkham origins) I can say that I am impressed with the performance and the gtx 770 fits just right into my needs and my budget.

For a change, I chose to use white cathodes, but may subject to change. So far it looks alright so I'll leave it for now. This build took alot of planning, constant price watching, and effort to get everything. I'm happy it worked out so well in the end and the second time around, I found out I learned alot more than the first.

Feel free to leave feedback. Any future suggestions are appreciated as well.

Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.3GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.10Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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CaoptainArcre [1 Build] 14 points 13 months ago

Very nice, great attention to detail with the blue highlight on the mesh and the blue fans.

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 9 points 13 months ago

Thanks! I'm glad people appreciate the little things that I worked on.

BWO_Kilroy [1 Build] 6 points 13 months ago

Blue Mesh Vents look absolutely FANTASTIC. Great Work.

theonelonewolf [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

What made you turn away from LED fans?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 13 months ago

My first build had blue led fans and I wanted to try something different. I chose air series with white cathodes to really bring out the colour theme of the air series themselves. I find LED fans hide some of the details of the other components (as most of the attention is drawn towards the LED glow) and I was aiming for a clean themed look.

Zeus [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

I think you can buy blue mesh from bitfenix themselves...

+1 for a sexy mobo in a sexy build

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

Yes but they weren't the same shade of blue as the fans. I did my homework on it lol

Zeus [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

comment posted twice -_-

Ah okay, well I must say. From the pics, you matched the blue rings on the sp 120s perfect.

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Rolphy [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

sick build. how does that case handle?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

it's a really nice case for the price. Lots of room, standard cable management, well structured. The only issue i have with it, is that it doesn't have a dedicated spot to put your ssd. I didn't have a bay adapter so i just stuck it above the hard drive bays. Air flow is also fairly good too.

SigBuildsaPC [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Very nice build! I have one question: I'm thinking about buying AF fans, and I was wondering if they are 3-pin or 4-pin, and if they are 3-pin, can you still monitor their RPM using the software with your motherboard? Or are they set to one speed only? Thanks!

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

it is 3-pin and i have no trouble monitoring their RPM. You can change their speed with mobo settings.

SigBuildsaPC [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Ok, thanks! Is it a 3 pin or 4 pin fan header though? Just wondering if it works on either one :)

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

mine are connected to 4 pin headers. Either works fine so no need to worry about it

SigBuildsaPC [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago


DishRagBoy 2 points 13 months ago

I can try to answer that since I have 3 of them in my build. On my P8Z77-V I let the motherboard monitor their RPM's and change them accordingly. They are 3 pin fans. So to answer your questions they are 3 pin, and yes you can still monitor their RPM's with your mother board. (Though it might depend on the mother board)

SigBuildsaPC [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks! So they aren't PWM fans, but they can still be monitored. Got it. But one more thing, are they connected to 3 or 4-pin fan headers?

DishRagBoy 1 point 13 months ago

Mine are connected to 4 pin headers.

SigBuildsaPC [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

Thank you!

Scaroza [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Love the build, shame there aren't any decent blue GPU coolers to go with the build but the MSI Twin Frozr is such a good cooler. Component choice is solid as well so no complaints, it's a shame that you couldn't go with a modular PSU and a nice set of blue sleeved cables but I appreciate that doing so would really start to eat at your budget! Top work :)

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

I was tempted to get a blue GPU cooler but $300 for the msi twin frozr was a steal, you'd be stupid not to pick it up. And you can't see the cooler unless you look from underneath. Same with the TX750. I got it for $75 new so I couldn't not get it. It would look nicer if I got those, i agree, but i didn't want to spend a buttload on cosmetics and this already looks good. My original budget was $1000, but ended up spending $1300 altogether with tax. Original price of all the parts would come up to around $1700. So you see I value savings first over all the fancy stuff :D

YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Can only one fan be fit on the Evo?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

You can fit up to 2. The evo comes with extra mounting brackets that you can attach to another fan. I just took the stock evo fan and unscrewed the mounting bracket and put my SP 120 fan in it. The reason why I didn't put another fan back the back is that it really doesn't make much of a difference, and I didn't want to make it look cluttered since the heatsink is already kinda close to the back of the case.

boogah_dedog 1 point 13 months ago

How did you make the blue mesh?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

I took the original black ones out from the case and then I spray painted them. Had them primed, sprayed, and applied a semi-gloss finish each step taking 24 hours each. And then I put the mesh back in the case.

boogah_dedog 1 point 13 months ago

Nice job, looks really nice

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mattataki [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

+1 Wow! Very beautiful.

szboy422 1 point 12 months ago

I love this case. Now I love it even more and want those mesh vents.

Shanevslife 1 point 12 months ago

Love the blue mesh and fans. You should work on that cable management though. Otherwise absolutely fantastic build!

EdwardChop 1 point 12 months ago

The HX series power supply has a blue text on it, if you wanna really make it entirely blue. Overall really nice build, I love the blue highlights on the Bitfenix case :)

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

it was either $120 for HX or $75 for TX. That extra $45 just for a blue label is not worth it for me. And I don't care too much on modularity.

xXNahNahXx 1 point 12 months ago

Epic build man! You went all out on it. And I got a question, Im getting the Shinobi case as well, how did you paint the grills of the case? Id like to make a nice red theme :3

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

take the mesh out from the case (careful not to bend the latches too much or else they might break). Buy 3 things: primer, color, and a finisher. I used painter's touch as the brand but you may use any from lowe's or home depot. You should apply 1-2 coats of primer, let them sit for 24 hours. Apply the color and let it sit for 24 hours as well. Same for the finisher. You can choose any type of shine but I like to use semi-gloss to give it as close to the shine of the original mesh. And that's all there is to it. It would be nice if you have some scrap metal to practice with (i used a mesh plate from my last build's front panel as test material). Careful not to spray too close or too much or else the paint starts to cover the mesh holes and that's not good.

xXNahNahXx 1 point 12 months ago

Awesome, looks amazing, and thats for the tips, Ill probably be doing mine red, matches my mobo, gpu, and the color of the cpu box :P XD

spartan54820 1 point 12 months ago

0 dollars for ssd and storage eh?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

It was from my last build so i didn't include it in the prices. Everything else was new

MrBlargable 1 point 12 months ago

Seeing this build has made me change case for future and now I'm probably gonna take the mesh out and paint it dark blue.

Great build! It looks goooooooood

maestrochi 1 point 12 months ago

I've got the same motherboard on my list and I'm considering the same cpu cooler. I'd like to know how the Hyper 212 cooler fits with the ram. Was there enough room under the cooler to fill all four slots? Would high/low profile in the ram make any difference? Thanks.

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

it fits fine. you can fill all the slots. The reason why it looks a bit tight there is because i switched the stock fan with something else. But for the most part you should have plenty of room

Toxicoz 1 point 12 months ago

Where did you buy the mesh strips? or did you paint them?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

painted them. used the original black that came with the case

SangeetKhatri [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

You had me on the Blue strips in the front of the Bitfenix Shinobi case. That alone made me vote this build up.

Nice job with the build, you should build custom builds for people. They would love it.

roarzoarz 1 point 11 months ago

This is really cool because besides the case the computer i'm making is very similar to yours and I think it looks great especially for the price

mrnooboles [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

looks amazing, i have got the same case and thinking of doing the same thing. just a question about the cpu cooler, is it very noisy? ive got one of the stock AMD coolers and its loud as hell and thinking of getting the same one as yours, does it work quite well?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Not at all, but i guess I can't say much since i replaced the stock fan. However, if you want, you can always reduce the cooler fan speed via your mobo settings in your bios.

afghan 1 point 11 months ago

How did u get those ssd and hd for free?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

They aren't free. Anything that says $0 are from my last build. It doesn't seem right to add the price to this build.

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Gamerdude105 1 point 10 months ago

pslam, how did you manage to custom paint your case's side grills?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Read the other comments i replied to people about the same question. But really all i did was pop off the mesh and spray painted it. It not hard, just takes some time and patience.

chad948 1 point 10 months ago

Are you using the 2 fans up top as exhaust? And did you keep the stock fan that comes with the case in the front? Just curious because I'm using the same case on a build I'm about to start.

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

i removed the stock fan at the back and moved it to the front. So in my front i have 2 intakes. On the side i have another intake and the top and back are exhaust

chad948 1 point 10 months ago

That's the same setup I was gonna go for. Thanks for the reply, build looks great.

duhbullb 1 point 10 months ago

I love that blue vent paint

Jozmtr 1 point 10 months ago

How's that CPU overclock going for yah? +1

jackhooks21 1 point 9 months ago

Is the fan good enough for heavy loads? Im just getting into the pc world and don't like coolant, but my pc is meant for gaming. Don't want to overheat.

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

For heavy duty, i suggest getting the performance versions of those fans as oppose to the quiet ones. The AF are good for case fans while SP are good for radiators and heatsinks as they push more air through. But i have seen people just use SP for everything to get the max air flow.

mrnooboles [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

thanks for idea! heres my build --> http://pcpartpicker.com/b/N1d

jackhooks21 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! Im using the same fan you have on this build, and after a little research + your comment I think that it will be powerful enough for high-end gaming. I don't really trust myself with water coolers on my first build.

aCostlyManWhoR [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

I am getting this case tomorrow!!! Can't wait to put it all together, i was thinking of copying this look, since it is SEXTASTIC!

cooperred [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Are you using the voltage step downs for those fans? How loud are they?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

unfortunetly i couldn't adjust the fan configurations without a controller but they are ok in terms of how loud they are. The SP on my heatsink is a bit louder but thats because its running at 2200 rpm. If you're concerned about noise get the quiet editions as oppose to the performance ones. The only difference really is the stock speed.

cooperred [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Yeah I know, but I'd rather not sacrifice some performance if I can handle the noise. So you're not using the included voltage step down thing?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

At first i was planning to but after testing everything, i didn't think i need to so i just left it alone. Noise isn't something i'm worried about since its not that bad and i always have a headset on anyways. Plus my house isn't the most quiet place.

cooperred [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Alright thanks. I think that if i get the performance editions and use the voltage step downs, I should be fine

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namhoang27799 1 point 9 months ago

Are the 212 EVO and the SP120 loud to you ?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Nope. maybe a soft summer breeze at the most but it really isn't loud enough to bother me.

StewieMonSta [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

What are you termps with that CPU cooler?

Hellvaguy [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Cool build. Wutcha think of this uber upgrade here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214055

adjbck 1 point 8 months ago

Props on this, such an excuisite build.

Hightower 1 point 7 months ago

I love this build as i'm currently in the 1,200k budget and looking for smooth fps on high/ultra video quality. Who needs an i7 when games dont take advantage of HT or 8 cores? Why spend another $100 for a 780i when 770's are monsters still? Well done. +1

Thoughts on my current build in progress? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3N9zH

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

yep very nice. you got some good prices on there too! can't wait to see it built

JulesM_Joolace 1 point 6 months ago
melnyk88 1 point 5 months ago

how did you get those blue lines on your case or did it come like that?

brandonhu 1 point 4 months ago

How is the noise for the GPU?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Fairly quiet considering how much power it packs. During intense sessions, its not loud enough to bother me.

acedaliz 1 point 4 months ago

quick question: did the case come with the trim blue like that or did you have to paint that yourself?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago


Rivendell3 1 point 3 months ago

Very nice build, but a quick question: Does the cases come with fans? I plan on getting the same one and can't find if they do or not. Thanks!

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

it has 2 fans included: 1 at the back and 1 at the front. its the original black bitfenix ones that arent that bad. (i moved them to the front where no one can see them anyways)

banaan1000 1 point 3 months ago

Why did windows actually cost nothing :p

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

everything that says $0 are things i already had and reused in this build.

THEBIGC01 1 point 3 months ago

How loud is the fan? Sorry if I'm late to the party

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

not very loud. sounds like a light breeze at most. but it really depends how fast you set the fans. if you are worried about the noise, then opt for the quiet edition. its not much different except that the stock speed is lower. still good tho

THEBIGC01 1 point 3 months ago

'Aight thanks

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pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Everything that says $0 on the list means that I bought those already from my last build. So i already owned them.

voidei 1 point 1 month ago

That looks so much cooler than mine, wish I had that much to drop on a computer, and make it look good.

TGK_Gaming 1 point 28 days ago

Does the Hyper 212 Evo Fit your case just fine? Mine has a larger width, but it says it may not be compatible.

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 28 days ago

yeah it fits fine. Fits just right. If you're worried, try going for a corsair water cooler.

TheRCmonkey 0 points 11 months ago

How much fps in minecraft??? and call of duty ghost??? also BF4 lol

ImYourChrist 0 points 10 months ago

I like the custom painting and the overall look of the rig. Good job, buddy! Did you overclock the cpu? Would you give a short feedback of the cpu cooler and the psu?

pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Yea, i can only manage to overclock to 4.3 before it bsod on it. The cooler is awesome, it does the job well and causes no problems and i like how you can change the stock fan if you want. My friends have the same setup but some manage to get the cpu to 4.5 and even 4.7, i guess i wasn't as lucky. The psu i have no complaints about. it does what it's suppose to do and plenty of power for future upgrades. The only thing that's bad about it is that it's not modular which kinda sucks but the price i got it for was too good to pass up. I would recommend those components tho, its a solid fit.

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pslam [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

lol i cant see yours =( put it up