EDIT: 9/15/2017 This build is no longer current.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.
If you don't have an AOI or a closed-loop, this is king of the fans for its price.
Great brand, great speed and quality, and nice lights
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.
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.
Unless you're sporting three SLI GTX 1080s, this is really all you need...dependable and great at what it does.
No one needs Pro anymore?
I will never go back to 60hz after getting this monitor. What a great value!
Longer than I wanted, they created a lot of clutter in the back of the case, but look great.