Welcome to my 2nd personal Rig! Gaze upon the glory that are the photos taken from my
unknown DSLR and commend me for my continued ascension through the ranks of the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race (Insert picture of our Lord and Saviour Gaben).
Following my first personal build with a blue and white theme, I decided to go for the typical gaming PC colours of black and red (because red builds are faster amirite).
As some of you lovely people may have guessed, the name comes from the first Lord of the Rings film, with the namesake coming from Balrog (big, fiery thing that dragged Gandalf down, prompting Frodo to cry out rather hysterically). In comparison, this machine is rather small, hence the decision to go with the "Baby". Should you ever see a full tower, custom looped red and black PC with the name of Balrog, you shall know who built it! I was tempted to name it Smaug, but that would be a little too similar in name to the glorious PC that is Enzo the Dragon (I love you Jipster, that mini itx build is a thing of beauty, which inspired me to go for the smaller form factor, so thank you :) ).
Overall, the build experience was rather pleasant- Phanteks do make such lovely cases to build in- thoroughly recommend this to anyone looking to build a small form factor build- at a great price too!
The photos in the dark don't quite replicate the true colour of the LEDs emitted- my old DSLR cannot pick up on them :( the reds are actually much deeper, darker and fuller than they appear in the photos
Only planning on using this PC for gaming, so opted for this over the I7-6700k. Too impatient for Zen and this is currently the best bang for your buck for mid to high range PCs.
Works well in my main build, no reason to not work well again in keeping those
delicious temperatures down.
Looked for built-in wifi as well as all the fan connectors needed, as well as good overclocking support and a red and black theme.
Sexy, but not as sexy as Jipster's build- go check it out if you haven't! You can change the lighting effects from flashing to static in the Corsair Link software.
Solid, reliable and rather cheap. Works as it should.
A red and black build would not be complete without an MSI card- so here it is. Only looking to game at 1080p (144hz of course, do not despair).
Not enough good words for this case. Lovely to work in, especially for the first mini itx build. The removable liquid cooling bracket up top works very well, and the tray to the right of the case housing the SSD does an excellent job in filling the right side of the case. The included 200mm fan (a high quality fan from Phanteks) retails at 20 bucks, so i saw no reason to replace it as it delivers air to all the components in the case. The rubber-dampened thumb screws for the side panels as well as the red-coloured top dust vents are very nice touches.
Fully modular, all black cables and just the right amount of power needed for some overclocking. Fairly mute decal works well with the overall red and black theme.
Cheap, works well for static pressure for the rad.