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My take on the stormtrooper look

by Pahjay


This is my second full build I have done, the first being over 6 years ago. I wanted to take a lot of effort into making it not just a powerful rig, but a beautiful one. I went with a black and white build because I loved the look of the white h440 and felt as though any color on the inside would distract from it.

I plasti-dipped the backplate of my 980ti and I am planning on doing the fan shroud as well. I wanted to try something different than most people do so I decided for a more rugged look for my h100i tubing. I wrapped it in electrical tape and I love the result. It maintains that rugged imperfect look while still holding that white sheen. I decided not to use cable combs because I liked the messy-ish look of them combined with the taped h100i tubing. (Also, I think the combs are kind of cliche ;) )

If you have any questions for me about this build feel free to ask!

Part Reviews


I bought this for streaming and it has handled it like a champ. Streaming a CPU intensive game like CSGO is no easy task, and this bad boy manages to handle it well.

CPU Cooler

Does it's job well. My only complaint is the noise of the fans. I believe that Corsair really should stop gimping those who buy their products with crappy fans. Is it really that much more expensive to put quality fans in with your coolers, Corsair?


I don't have much to say about this board. It made OC'ing as easy as ever and it didn't come broken. Five stars for that!

Video Card

Absolutely amazing card. I don't play many gpu intensive games, but the ones that I do play this card has handled amazingly.


Beautiful case and made cable management a breeze. Definitely happy with it coming from buying only Corsair cases before!

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endershack 3 points 40 months ago

Join the dark side. We have gaming pcs.

beLIEve 2 points 40 months ago

i wish the tape looked cleaner than it does but other than it's solid.

Pahjay submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Yeah I agree. I wanted to do something different than the norm. I think I did an okay job with the taping but definitely could have done better. I do like that it's a different look than most tubing though.

White_out 1 Build 5 points 40 months ago

Buddy, I have a solution that would look very clean. Buy some primochill primoflex tubing (1/2 ID, 5/8 OD) and cut it down the middle. Then wrap that around that tubing and you have awesome tubing and it glares with beauty.

Shashwat 1 point 40 months ago

i like that idea too

thedavethegamer 1 point 40 months ago

How would you cut it?

White_out 1 Build 3 points 40 months ago

With scissors. Just snip it down the middle on one side, wrap it around, and half the cut part facing the back of the case with the solid part in front

thedavethegamer 1 point 40 months ago

Okay, thank you!

beLIEve 1 point 40 months ago

i think i saw a build on here with a set of painted hoses but that would likely be terrible on the gtx h100i cloth covered hoses the tape was really probably the best bet.

r2d2arm 2 points 40 months ago

Like it! For the Republic ;P

OnilEssallal 2 points 40 months ago

Very nice build probably one of the top 3 storm trooper look builds i've seen good job.

Pahjay submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Thanks! I appreciate it :)

TerraHD 2 points 40 months ago

The only 980 Ti build I've seen that isnt over $3000 with an i7 4790k.

pnged 1 point 40 months ago

Have you not seen like... half of the new builds?

Also there's a reason people choose the 4790k

akula2 2 points 40 months ago

Good work, hence my vote. Yet CM Storm Trooper looks different.

FluttershysYAAY 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

That backplate looks so amazing. Although the "rough" look for the h100i GTX doesn't tickle my fancy but I'm sure it looks better in person.

Also, Are you waiting on the OS or do you have some hookup and already have it?

Pahjay submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I'm just running the tech preview, but the most recent release is the 1.0 release according to microsoft.

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Pahjay submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

It's the standard backplate. I modded it and plasti-dipped it white.

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jambii420 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Really enjoy the theme. One of the better "stormtrooper" rigs ive seen. The tape on the rad tubes looks pretty okay and the empire sticker really makes it pop.

Anyone 1 point 40 months ago

Great looking PC. I've always wanted to do a white/black system, but my red and black motherboard is in the way. Super jealous.

TheArchitect 1 point 40 months ago

Wow, luv it.

Gibb313 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

very sweet

Grid_Knight 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Nice build! I actually thought you somehow replaced the tubes on the H100i GTX with other tubes, then I read the description and was like "Ohhhhh"

Ogl 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Really nice clean build, good job! However I really dislike that white tape it stands out far to much making you focus on that rather than the components.

unibruno 1 point 40 months ago

Congrats, awesome build +1

danieltoruno 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Oooh nice I saw this yesterday on /r/battlestations and now I find it on PC part picker. Nice build man!

biggles5107 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

You pulled off the stormtrooper look quite well. Kudos! +1

Vocalizer 1 point 40 months ago

why didn't you put the radiator for the h100i on the top of your case? just asking since I don't know how it would connect to the side of that case and be as efficient.

Artur200245 1 point 40 months ago

I'm looking to buy same build, what monitor do you think should I buy, I will be playing and recording csgo and GTA V

SnowDropZero 1 point 40 months ago

Did you buy those white cables separately? If so, can you tell me where to buy them?

WaterTriber 1 point 39 months ago

is the gigabyte software really that bad? a lot of people say it's clunky.

ALDJ0922 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I like the electrical tape. Looks like a tape job for boxing and such.

smittypops 1 point 37 months ago

Beautiful build! Perfect timing with the release of Battlefront.

fie1808 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

oh nice white colour . hope i will get that VGA soon to, that will be match in my PC colour to.

blazend 1 point 35 months ago

what leds did you use? love the style +1

Wollaj 1 point 35 months ago

I am worried about the weight of the videocard. Is it stable or does it hang down a bit?

Value -2 points 40 months ago

I'd say that you absolutely nailed the 'Stormtrooper' look and it looks absolutely awesome but I have a few concerns.

Why do you have 2 separate sets of Dual Channel RAM in your build? It would have been smarter to go with 1 set of 8GB dual channel RAM for 16GB. Have you checked that the RAM is running at the correct frequency seeing as you're using every channel?

If you plasti dipped your GPU you've probably lost your warranty. I hope you contacted the manufacturer and asked them about your warranty options before doing so. Pretty much any physical or visual change of a component counts as a mod = void warranty. Also if you dissembled it first I hope you re-pasted the GPU well.

Anyway your build looks amazing and unlike the others I really like the look of the rugged tubing :)

pnged 0 points 40 months ago

No, it's just the backplate.

You love jumping down the throats of people who paint their parts. I'm sure they are aware of the possible consequences.

Value 0 points 40 months ago

You love being presumptuous and always expecting the worst in people don't you?

pnged 0 points 40 months ago

No I've just seen you do it multiple times, thank you

Value 0 points 40 months ago

Get ready to see it a lot more ;)

Pahjay submitter 1 Build 0 points 40 months ago

Not to mention you are wrong. There is no way you can void your warranty by properly Plasti-dipping your parts. If you want to be a technical ******* and source lawyer-speak to back up your ridiculous claim, you can go ahead. It doesn't change the fact that in all common sense scenarios, an RMA will be accepted after pulling Plasti-dip off. My build was even posted on Gigabyte's facebook page, which you can find by googling 'Gigabyte VGA'

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