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This was my first build. I will primarily be using it for gaming, but I will also be doing some light video and audio work on it as well as basic day-to-day computing.

A friend of mine at the office who works in IT recommended that I build my next PC to replace the old dinosaur that I had had since late 2010. At that point I had little experience outside of installing RAM and uninstalling and reinstalling my graphics card. So, there was a steep learning curve for me. Overall it a near perfect textbook build. I did take my time with it. From hardware still in boxes to windows up and running and cables (more or less) managed it took a little over four hours. That includes unboxing time, as well as time spent squinting at manuals. The actual build time was probably two and a half hours or so.

The most challenging aspect for me as a novice was dealing with the case, which was the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Tempered glass special edition. The front I/O connectors where fairly straight forward, but what took way too much time was the RGB connectors that came with the case. This case has two 140mm intake fans in front with two Phanteks RGB Halos. I tried to figure out how this was going to connect to my motherboard, but ultimately, after going to google, I discovered that they were controlled through an onboard RGB controller and just needed power.

The one other misstep was plugging my AIO fan connector onto the AIO Pump header rather than the CPU Fan header. That was easily resolved. Other than that, when I hit the power button, everything came on. I updated the BIOS for the motherboard and installed windows from a USB drive. That was that.

I have since added an additional Phanteks RGB Halo for the exhaust fan. And, most recently, I added CableMod Custom Pro Series Cables and and AIO sleeving kit. You can check out the configurator here (https://store.cablemod.com/configurator/). These additions from CableMod really add a lot to the overall look of the build.

I will probably add an additional storage drive at some point, and I am also contemplating switching out the radiator fans that came with the Corsair H100i V2 with some ones, either from Corsair or Phanteks, with white blades and adding Halos to that. That may be RGB overkill though. I will probably look into overclocking the CPU and maybe the GPU and memory at some point soon as well, but that is another learning curve.

Altogether as a first-time builder this was an enjoyable experience from the learning process, to selecting components, to the actual build. I managed to get most of my hardware before prices, particularly graphics cards, went through the roof. So, I did end up saving money and getting a first-rate machine. However, I think I have caught the bug, and now I will be soliciting my friends and family to build their next computer.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

You have so much space in your PC... +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

What else is a Korg for? Ha! Maybe a custom loop upgrade at some point if I feel brave enough.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the all black Enthoo Pro M, im about to get the SE because it's just sooooo good looking on the inside. I really might buy the same case in white...or the H500 Mesh i can't decide. Great build by the way, so much space!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

It took me so long to decide on the case. I kept going back and forth between an NZXT S340 elite, and this one. I love the case, and I can't wait to get the CableMod upgrade. And the space allows for a possible custom loop, if I ever get brave enough.

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

I have the NZXT S340 elite it black and blue and it looks amazing!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I just added EVGA extensions to mine and it looks amazing. It's such a big case that cable management wasn't even an issue. I just don'tknow what i'd do with an extra Pro M im too lazy to sell it haha.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I ordered the CableMod custom cables today. I can't wait to get them. I am toying with the idea of replacing the two rad fans with Phanteks ones that have white fan blades and then adding a couple more RGB Halos. Cause #MoreRGB

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

It'll definitely make it look even more fantastic then it already does, i have my rad at the front and then 3 nzxt aer rgb fans across the top and one on the exhaust, it's quite overkill in terms of airflow and as a result i have negative air pressure but hey #RGBEverything

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this build because it is similar to mine with the same color scheme and similar parts. Mine is just a Z370 with a 8600k

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I may look into upgrading to a Z370 board and maybe the i7 8700K once I get some miles on this one and see the need. But by then there will probably be new tech out. It is funny how the cosmetic stuff plays so much into decisions, and the case is certainly a big part of that.

Cheers!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the color scheme!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

One of the reasons I went with a white interior. If I get tired of it, just change the RGB and I have a new color scheme.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, Im having similar problem regarding my RGB fan frame not working. How did you connect yours and what cable and connections did u use?

The is a 12v Input connector that look like a sata cable but not shure where that goes on my mother board as thre is no connecytion for it unless it goes to the PSU which will need an daptor convertor as the connections are diffrent?

Or do I connect the end of the fan frame cable to an RGB header cable then oonect to mobo RGB header?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there!

Don't feel bad. I looked at these cables for a long time before I guessed what to do and happened to guess right. The 12v connector does connect to a SATA power. I initially connected mine to the same strip that my hard drive is connected to. Out of the box, once you connect this power cable, it enables the on-board RGB controller, and you should get the HALOS up front as well as the power switch up top lighting up. There is a button right below the headphone jack on the side that will cycle through the presets that the controller is set up with. I think the instruction manual had directions one how to cycle through them.

If you want to connect your RGB HALOS to your motherboard, you will need to buy the adapter (http://www.phanteks.com/PH-CB_RGB4P.html). Or, if you are adding Phanteks RGB strips (http://www.phanteks.com/PH-LEDKT.html) they actually come with an adapter. I think the HALOS LUX does too. It took me a bit of trial and error, but to get your RGB HALOS that came with the case to sync with your motherboard, you unplug the 12v connector. Then, using the adapter, connect the daisy chained RGB cables to that. Once I connected the adapter to the top RGB header (make sure you orient it correctly), it was pretty intuitive to connect the rest up. In the end it was a lot simpler than I was trying to make it.

It has been about a month since I connected everything to my motherboard, and almost two months since I did the build. So my memory is a little fuzzy. Does that help?

Cheers ~ATechieSmith

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi that's very helpful. So to keep it simple, I will try the option of connecting The 12v cable the that looks like a like a SATA cable to the PSU? I will have to find a cable convertor as my PSU has different connections for SATA,

If the above fails, then I will try to buy the phanteks adaptor cable to connect to mother board RGB header and the other end I assume goes to one of fan frame connectors ?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. I will be opening up my build when I get my CableMod cables in. I will probably tear it down all the way and possibly do my first build video. If you want to follow me on twitter/IG, I will post that there. Its probably a few weeks out, but I will make a note to talk about that connector. But, without doing anything else, if you get the 12v connector plugged into a SATA power connector, you should then have the on-board RGB controller controlling those front HALOS and the top power button.

And yes, I connected the adapter end to the motherboard, and that into one of the connectors in the Daisy Chain RGB connectors. Once I did that and disconnected that 12V connector, the RGB were all controlled by the Aura Sync software. I later added another HALO (onto the exhaust fan), and two RGB strips, which I connected to the bottom RGB header on my motherboard.

RGB all the things!

Cheers!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, now I now why I did not work, when I connected the 12v sata to the PSU lead thats also connected one of the drives it stretched the other end of the 12v sata cable which came out of the 2 pin connection in the case. So had to open things up abit to reconnect it.......all working now, thanks for all the help.

I note the colours static when using the 12v sata but if I get the phantek cable that connects to the mogtherboard RGB header i guess that would allow the colours to chnage them selfs under various modes?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you got it working.

As far as cycling through the options on the HALOS color. The manual (http://www.phanteks.com/assets/manuals/PH-ES515PTG_Western.pdf) says.

Long Press: On/Off Short Press (<1sec): Choose LED Color (10 colors) 2 Sec Press: Choose Mode Mode 1: Static Mode 2: Breathing Mode 3: Color Cycle

Oddly enough, for some reason, one of my HALOS, the one that I added later (i.e. not the ones that came with the case), still seems to be controlled, somewhat, by the button on the side. But if I do the long hold, and turn it off, it reverts to being controlled by the motherboard.

Cheers!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

ok just tried connecting the 12v sata to psu as i managed to find a connection off one of the drive leads. Tiried and the fan frame lights did not come on?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

There are a couple of things I would ask, but I am not in tech support. First: Did you connect any of the RGB connectors to anything? Out of the box, all I had to do was plug in the 12V connector to a SATA power connector. Second: It is possible that the default RGB setting is off. If you click the button on the front (below the headphone jack). This controls and cycles through the preset colors that are native to the Phanteks RGB Controller. If those don't work, I would recommend reaching out to Phanteks or checking some forums. I remember seeing some others mention that they were initially not able to get the HALOS working. I don't know if I will have time, but I might try and look at the back and see if I can revert to using the RGB controller and see what configuration that is.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I am currently working on a similar build and was just curious if you had any issues when mounting the 1080 in regards to the heat spreader on the motherboard.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello there,

I did not. In fact, I don't recall even thinking about that when I did the build, and I had to look to see what you were referring to. But as far as my graphics card, there doesn't appear to be any clearance issues with the heat spreader.

I hope that helps.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

It does, Thanks for taking the time to respond.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, Your phantek case comes with primium fans, with onky 3 pin headers connected to 4 pin headers on motherboard,how do you control them and its speed? note these have built in PWM, but little lost how they are controlled as I have just bought this case to build a pc?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Greetings!

So there are 3 fan connectors that I have. The two front fans that came with the case are daisy chained and connected to the CHA_FAN1, which is on the top right of the motherboard above the 24 pin connector. The exhaust fan that I added is connected to the H_AMP_FAN, and, of course, the two radiator fans are daisy chained and connected to the CPU_FAN. So far as I can tell, I was able to control the fan curve in the BIOS for all three connections. I hope that is helpful.

Happy Building!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi , I moved the front fan to rear and conected it to 4 pin header cha fan 2 and the fromnt fan connected 4 pin header cha fan 1. If you are using the bios I assume u are varting thr voltages to contol the speed?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I'm considering building my first PC and I'm thinking about doing something similar to this. lol, I literally have no knowledge of PC building but I do want to build something that's pretty powerful. Do you think this would be a good starting place?

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Jacamo45!

This was my first build. It towards the enthusiast side of things, and currently is about $500 over what I paid for the components. Having said that, I am loving this as a first build. It has been a big learning experience for me. I actually recently got custom cables for this build, and I am thinking about tearing it down to scratch and doing a build video. Hopefully that will be up in the next few weeks. Anyway, if you are just getting started. I highly recommend these two videos. The first is Kyle @BitWit going over what you need to keep in mind when selecting components. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiVWQthb-20&t=634s) This was one of the most helpful videos when I was starting out. Second @PaulsHardware video on the first five things to do after the build. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbpqkiaO7q4) You can follow my social IG/Twitter @ATechieSmith for updates on my first build video and other things. Happy Building!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!