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Mononoke (First Build)

by SirHalpin

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Date Published

April 28, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.594 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

Description

EDIT: 9/15/2017 This build is no longer current. See "Princess Mononoke" in my saved parts lists for current build, and "Prophecy of Sotek" for future build.

EDIT: 8/18/2017 I've upgraded CPU to an Intel i7-7700K, cooler to a Corsair H110vi, and GPU to an EVGA GTX 1080 Hybrid. More RAM, storage,and custom PSU cover to come..

EDIT: 4/31/2017 I've flipped the rear fan, rookie mistake.

I always wanted to build a computer, I just never had the time or budget to do so. It was something my dad always joked about doing with me; he had worked in computer technology through the birth and market explosion of computers and was amazed at what they had become. Sadly he didn't live to see this machine. This is a childhood dream come true, themed on my favorite childhood movie, Princess Mononoke. I wanted a solid gaming computer that could handle anything I threw at it without being some obnoxious enthusiast machine money-pit. I knew I wanted simple but efficient, pretty but powerful, and something that I could have a bro over or a girl over and say yep, I built that. This is Mononoke, tell me what you think.

The theme was a development that occurred about halfway through picking my parts. Dad had always been fascinated by Hayao Miyazaki films and I've seen this movie like 1234523 times, so I thought of the best ways to incorporate the movie into a theme. Kodama, Kodama, Kodama. The fans were a tough pick between these and NZXT Aer 140 RGBs, but I do like these Corsair HD120s. The NZXT Hue+ is working well, and really balances with the ASUS PRIME's AURA and the fans to make a nice ambiance. The gold was also an afterthought, it was all relatively easy once I picked the right paints. In the end the gold really looks good with white and red lights, and makes a nice theme with the black and white.

Shoutout to Jake for inspiration and Pat for helping with the build.

Feel free to leave comments and suggestions below.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

If you don't have an AOI or a closed-loop, this is king of the fans for its price.

Memory

Great brand, great speed and quality, and nice lights

Video Card

This is a great medium-grade graphics card, I got it to fit my white build but also to have reasonable capabilities, and it doesn't disappoint.

Case

A breeze to build in, incredible quality, simple design, and it's QUIET. My only complaint is for $120 I expect a nice built-in power supply shroud.

Power Supply

Unless you're sporting three SLI GTX 1080s, this is really all you need...dependable and great at what it does.

Operating System

No one needs Pro anymore?

Monitor

I will never go back to 60hz after getting this monitor. What a great value!

Other

Longer than I wanted, they created a lot of clutter in the back of the case, but look great.

Comments Sorted by:

ar10ef 4 Builds 4 points 19 months ago

Isn't the rear fan supposed to be the other way around?

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Foiled!

Sealander 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

Woaw awesome build! Princess Mononoke is also my favourite movie of all time. It brings me so much emotions whenever i watch it, remembering me of my childhood and the magic around it...

+1 really. I absolutely love those forest spirits stickers. Did you make them by yourself ? I'm trying to find a way to get personnalized stickers for my next build.

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks!! Check out Studio Ghibli (I think that's how to spell it), they're actually decals and Ghibli makes some good ones

Acostadude 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

Where did you get those stickers????????!!!!!!!!

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Amazon. They re actually decals, I got the idea form a friend's laptop decal of Totoro and looked into it. Check out Studio Ghibli decals!

Acostadude 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Thank you so much!!!! Love the build love Miyazaki's work

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you!

Wolf88 4 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

I was at Hollywood video and I saw this movie on VHS - not knowing anything about it, my mom bought it for me and till this day it's one of my favorite animated movies too !

I think it looks good, I love white with gold accents, but the lights cancel out your paint job. I would not have known there was gold in there if you had not shown you painted.

And the exhaust fan is backwards;p

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

It's still an amazing film. I've flipped the rear fan, and hey at least we KNOW they're gold

izlud 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

White and RGB, love it

ethereal333 3 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

All your fans appear to be intakes. Nice color scheme and name. I love Miyazaki's work too.

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks for the advice, I've flipped the rear fan. Glad you appreciate the build!

jabbacalvin 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Nerd!!! <3 +1

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Aren't we all haha

jabbacalvin 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

I am a total nerd! haha

urmom42069 2 points 19 months ago

i wish your dad could see this, because this is awesome

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

thank you, me too

multimuzz 2 points 18 months ago

Absolutely, ABSOLUTELY love this build. Lovely theme you chose, worked out nicely.

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you! I wasn't sure how people would like it

PC_Mate 8 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

You have put a lot of love into your project ...congrats it paid off ;)

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you! But the work is never done :D

LBrown 4 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Nice build and taking the extra steps for customization too! +1 Do you have any updates on the HUE+? Is it still working out? I'm considering getting one for my build but the reported bugs with the CAM software are making me 2nd guess the purchase. Thanks!

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Hey thanks for the comment and +1! The Hue+ is very good, I like the white and purple and the fact it stays lit as long as its getting power. The CAM software has been great for me but a lot of people complain about buginess? My only complaint is that out of four LED strips only one is working right now. They're such high quality that just one strip lights by build up just fine, but still annoying how occasionally it'll disconnect or not recognize it's own LED strip. I have and will continue to recommend Hue+, as at least one strip has always worked and the customization is deep. A word of advice, however, if you want true white, then Hue+ isn't for you. Even the whitest white is still marginally light blue, or at least reflects that way. If you want simpler but reliable (with true white), check out the other LEDs I got on my parts list. Hope this helps.

LBrown 4 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

That helps. And yes, the white is the one I'll end up buying. Are the other strips not lighting up or HUE+/CAM not registering them (broken vs BROKEN!)? I wonder if you daisy-chained them off a single channel they would work better. Thanks for the feedback.

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

It really is an attractive little hub. I'm not sure...I have them all connected to one output, which is the weirdest part; why would the first strip light and the next three not? I'm not sure. Sometimes they're all on, sometimes not. I just went though some upgrades and my PC wouldn't start half the time so perhaps that had an effect on it, but if I had to say, it's probably usually fully lit.

mrzoltowski 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

+10 Charisma for doing your own gold paint job!

I love this theme, the white and gold and pinkish/red accents/lights really scream Japan and a Cherry Blossom.

The photos with the little figurines made me smile, very nice indeed!

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you!! Worked kinda hard to pull the theme off. Currently upgrading, once I get my new GPU at the end of the summer I'll repost

Sensible_Systems 50 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Beautiful build, love all the custom touches.

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

thanks for the positivity! I'm all about making a build truly mine, and stand out from the crowd.

Ratlor 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Ooh super nice, fellow R5 bro! :) An obvious labour of love with that soupçon of bittersweet due to your familial paternus having been swept from the mortal coil. I bow, and wish upon you many moons of enjoyable communion, playing -- perhaps a certain spirit...will guide your hand to that perfect reaction from time to time. All the best!

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

I must extend many gratitudes to you, Master Ratlor, for this blessing. May you walk your path with purpose and success.

Kerazivel 2 points 18 months ago

Let's see, you've seen it 1234523 times. The movie is about 1:30? You've seen it for ~80,000 days. No lifer.

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

trolls build and doesn't up-vote

Kerazivel 2 points 18 months ago

up-voted

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

troll away then lol thanks

veristic 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Dig the custom paint work, Def +1 for the Mononoke figures. Great work.

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you, it means a lot. Will be revamping it soon to an updated, more powerful version

mitchelljk 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Love the white and gold aesthetic. I have always been a fan of how fractal makes very understated cases, but did not know that you could have every hard drive in the world in one case!!! lol

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! It was a lot of time and effort, and I think it came out nicely. I actually removed both HDD cages, which is kind of a shame cause the white/gold looks great but I don't need space for 39843 drives, yanno? My current build is actually my saved parts list "Princess Mononoke", I never posted a completed build for it unfortunately. Once I get my MAXIMUX IX CODE, I'll install everything and my current build will be "Prophecy of Sotek" in my saved parts list, and you bet I'll be posting that completed build

fracno 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

I LOVE the kodamas placed throughout the case!

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Haha thanks. you just never know when more might show up!

"Gah! Reinforcements!"

keyofnight 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

What a cool theme. It turned out really well, so congrats! (Now I wonder what a Spirited Away build would look like…)

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Thank you, I figured if I put in enough love and care into making a build unique, it'll stand out and I can be consistently happy with it. Spirited Away is a much more eclectic theme, being set in modern times, I think you could do some really great stuff for a case mod.

Liera21 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Awesome work taking the build further customizing it,, it reminds me of the White Power Ranger. It fits the Princess Mononoke wallpaper perfectly, the white theme with the mysterious red glow, it all works out!

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Hahah thank you. Sometimes I miss the simplicity of this build. I have the same case and motherboard, but almost everything else is different. For my current build, you can look here. That's what's actually in my case right now. Very soon I will be upgrading to this...I'm waiting for the mobo and case in the mail, then I'm going to do a massive case mod, similar to the AzTtec case mod.

Liera21 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Those upgrades are a big difference indeed :P, that AzTtec build looks like it will need a lot of work, can't wait :D

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Ya I'm patiently loking to find the right parts at the right prices, and the right material and expert to help my complete my case mod

Mikesmith.32 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Sweet build, +rep for the gold fractal case!

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

thanks mike, I knew I wanted to make it unique. To be honest this build is very different now, what's inside it is in my "Princess Mononoke" parts list, which is a direct upgrade from this "Mononoke". I also got a Define R6 and painted it gold/hammered bronze, my next build will feature a crazy case mod with wood and gold

gritster10 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Sick custom work! Awesome theme, great work!

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

thank you! sorry for the late reply, must've missed this. I continued the custom work onto my current build, which is Prophecy of Sotek in my saved builds. ill eventually post the completed build

PC_Mate 8 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Wonderful selection of components. Beautiful build, Congrats!

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Hey PC_Mate, thanks! This build actually no longer exists unfortunately. It evolved into my saved parts list Pricness Mononoke, but I dismantled that to build my new PC Prophecy of Sotek in my saved parts list. ill eventually post a completed build for that

HallowRace 2 points 4 months ago

Nice i like it

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

thanks!! I put a lot of work into this. But as the description says this computer no longer exists, I replaced just about every part including case, my current build is "Prophecy of Sotek" in my saved parts list

HallowRace 2 points 4 months ago

Ok il check it out

plzDonateAgame 2 points 3 months ago

Could have been much cleaner with a better case but still AMAZING either way. I loved that movie so much btw! +1

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks! This was my first build, its actually an empty case sitting on the floor behind me now. ill post my newer builds eventually

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Flip your rear and top fans to exhaust, all the warm air is staying inside your case.

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Ha! You passed my test! (Heck, thanks)

customgtp 21 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Hey I know you said you flipped the rear fan but what about the top fans. You have them blowing as Intake too. They should be pushing air out as well right?

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I'm no expert but as I understand you have the option to make your build pressure high or low, and have the option to have top fans blow air onto the GPU to cool it or push hot air out. I have a majority of intakes, and when I upgrade my build later this year, I'll be adding and AIO rad and better fans up top, still pushing cooler air onto the hot GPU, and adding an exhaust on the bottom.

customgtp 21 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

I've always gone by the rule of thumb that heat rises, and I've always done exhaust rear and top and intake in front and/or bottom as well. If you exhaust bottom it'll try to force back up. Not an expert either but from what I've learned, read, and have seen more commonly. Just a suggestion!!

customgtp 21 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Try this:

Google "should top fans be intake or exhaust"

Should find some interesting points. Good build brother.

SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I'll have to reconsider my plans then. I appreciate the tip. I appreciate it! Still learning. Planning to update the build later this year with more RAM, better CPU, Kraken X62, 1080 or 1080ti, and custom cabling

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SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks tbrown, I knew if I was going to build a PC it'd have to be unique. Just wait until I'm done my current revisions!

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SirHalpin submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I'll check it out