Description

This build was a gift for my girlfriend's 26th birthday. She's an avid rider and a console gamer. She got a GoPro last season to record her adventures, but found out pretty quickly that her old laptop wasn't going to cut it for editing & rendering in 1080p/1440p/4k. Enter my insatiable desire to build PC's whenever possible...

I set out to make her the most clean, yet killer looking rig I possibly could that would allow me to recycle the i5-8600k used in a previous 1080p gaming build - while keeping the theme heavily in line with her current bike, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 - as well as her favourite motorcyclist youtube channel, FortNine. I had to heavily mod the intake fan area to allow the MF120S fans to be used as push configured radiator intake fans, but you can hardly tell unless you get in there with a magnifying glass. Vinyl wrapped the right side and right side top, and added decals that were cut with a cricut throughout. There's 2 Noctua 120mmx15mm chromax fans on the bottom as intake supplying fresh air to the GPU fans, and 2 more Noctua 120mmx15mm chromax fans mounted on the top as exhaust. There is room on the back panel (where I've mounted the Canadian Flag Decal) for 2 60mm exhaust fans, and I had planned to populate these if necessary as I had heard bad things about the temperatures in this case.

I was able to mitigate the need for those extra exhausts by raising the feet to reduce intake obstruction, and raising the top glass panel to increase exhaust efficiency. With an ambient room temperature of ~22c, I'm idle at ~31c on my CPU, and ~36c on my GPU. With Cinebench pushing my CPU at 100% the max cpu temp was only 52C, and running Uningine Valley & Superposition @ 1080p Ultra x8 pushing the GPU at 99% the max gpu temp reached was 72c. I'm more than happy with these numbers, especially given how little was required to adjust the airflow efficiency of this case, including negating the need for 2x60mm exhausts AND overcoming the increased resistance of trying to use the MF120S's as radiator intakes.

Cinebench: 2222 [multi-core] 415 [single-core] 5.35x [MPratio]

Superposition Bench: 1080p Ultra; Score of 10717 - Avg FPS 79.9

I don't have access to any reliable sound testing equipment, but it runs fairly quiet even at higher RPM - very comparable sound profile to my old Meshify C build, mind you we don't sit directly beside the PC when working. I have my curves set to about 60% unless temps exceed 50 on the CPU or 70 on the GPU, and I very rarely hear it increase unless I'm running some sort of bench or playing Destiny 2 @ 1440p.

And last but not least, the EVGA Ultra 2060 KO we grabbed is indeed a TU-104 model, which explains why I'm seeing performance closer to that of a 2070S/2080 - happy day! If anybody has any questions at all regarding this case or how to do similar aesthetic mods, give me a shout and I'll be happy to reply.

Imgur Album; https://imgur.com/a/zImq16M

Reddit Link; https://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/exn48o/custom_corsair_crystal_280x_gopro_editing_1440p/

Part Reviews

CPU

For the price I have no complaints. Runs at decent temperatures and gives me the performance I'm looking for without breaking the bank. Solid choice.

CPU Cooler

One of my favourite AIO's, I've always enjoyed the CAM functionality compared to other software suites - and the beautiful visuals it can create. Third build I've used one of these in now, good temps, no leaks - highly recommended.

Motherboard

Perfect board in theory, but not in practice. If it didn't have an absolutely obnoxious built-in RGB backing strip along the right side - it would be much better. It's far too close to the edge of the board and makes individual LED modules visible. I keep it off because of this, but it continues to come back on each time the PC is woken from sleep despite all my efforts in the bios, software, and even contacting Asus directly. I honestly might just paint over the individual bulbs with black nailpolish, which is something I shouldn't have to do on a nearly $300 board. The functionality of this board is incredible, there are several m.2 slots, gorgeous and high performance heatsinks, etc... but this one annoying caveat is seriously a deal breaker for such an expensive product.

Storage

Using solely as media scratch drive for editing. Nearly the same performance as the Samsung EVO series, at half the price. Amazing performance, great speeds.

Video Card

Incredible performance for the price. Getting benchmarks in the range of systems running 2070/2080's - thanks EVGA! <3

Case

Beautiful case. Cable management is beyond a breeze and the seperated chamber for the PSU and drives makes the inside of the case as clean as ever. This is definitely a 'showcase' tier chassis and it shows, despite being a reasonable price compared to similar offerings on the market.

Power Supply

Runs quiet and consistently. No complaints here.

Previously had the CX650M and it made horrible clicking sounds and coil whine. Replaced it with the RMx and never looked back.

Case Fan

Good looks, good performance, disproportionate pricing.

These cost way more than the normal Noctua's despite being nothing but a different colour plastic poured into the molds, and the most average one used at that (black). Unfortunately they were the only reasonable looking slim fans with PWM control that I could find, so I had to bite the bullet.

I will say the temperatures are in the 'good' range, rather than the 'great' range.

Case Fan

By far the best looking fans I've ever worked with. The cooling capabilities surprised me when I attached these "exhaust only airflow fans" as front-mounted in-takes on my Kraken radiator. I was expecting temperatures so bad that I'd need to instantly replace them - but it turns out I idle around 30c (both CPU/GPU) and load for both is around 52c Max - which I've perfectly comfortable with.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Super nice aesthetic. Can definitely see the attention to detail and not relying on tons of RGB. +1 for the all white AIO hoses. Mightve just given me an idea :D

  • 3 months ago
  • 4 points

Yeah it worked out really well - I really appreciate the compliments! My general take on RGB is accent lighting, in that I prefer neutral/monochrome builds with minimal RGB lighting to change the mood/feel. I'm not one for picking out coloured components like blues or reds on mobos, etc. and I definitely don't like the "TASTE THE RAINBOW MOTHERF****R" aesthetic some people go for (:

Just an FYI, if you end up using CableMods AIO sleeving kit, they offer them in a few solid colours (green, red, white, etc) but I also found out that it perfectly fits 1/2" expandable PET sleeving that can be purchased in all sorts of colours, patterns, etc. like this red and black weaved one for example; ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FWH17MD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 )

Here's a post I made to show them side-by-side;

https://www.reddit.com/r/pcmods/comments/ese079/psa_cablemod_aio_sleeving_kit_12_pet_split_cable/

In case you're after something very specific, it's likely out there!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! I never thought to check into using anything other than legit cable mods. Thanks for the links! I have a slight tendency to overdo the RGB, but im really aiming for a clean black/white build next. Definitely gonna be using this for some inspiration. Just wish the case didnt say Kawi:/ #ridered

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Yeah my girlfriend rides a 650, I had to put on for her ;)

If you do end up using something like those cables I linked, you'd still need the cablemod version itself for the clips, as I've not come across any other way to get/make the clips outside of 3D printing something.

Best of luck with your build, hopefully I'll get to check it out when it's done!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Ride #bmw ;) haha always nice to see a fellow rider

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

One word: Clean.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean. +1

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

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  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

good boy!

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

am not a dog but thankyou!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

That red NZXT led looks f***ing sick! Superb. +1 for aesthetics

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

C: agreed, I love it! Thanks!!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing looking dark knight rider!!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, i love how everything blend together. Awesome

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job. Anyone can build a pc but not anyone can build a pc that stands out. Love it. May it serve you well.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I appreciate that, thankyou :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean clean and i repeat clean build ! Just one question because i really like the white coated water cooling cable. What's the material you need to do a clean job like this ? Is it working on a Corsair H100i ? Thank you !

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The white AIO cooler sleeves are actually from CableMod (got them on amazon for about $20) and they DO sell them ones compatible with the Corsair coolers as well :)

AIO Sleeveing

They're available in a bunch of colours, like white, green, red, blue, and grey.

Thanks for the kind words :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

do you think it can fit on H100i RGB Platinum ? on the Amazon page it's only fitting on GTX H100i, don't know the difference to be honest

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

https://cablemod.com/product/cablemod-aio-sleeving-kit-series-1-for-corsair-hydro-gen-2-white/

The official compatibility list is on there which reads;

Corsair® H115i v2 Corsair® H100i v2 Corsair® H80i v2 Corsair® H110i GTX Corsair® H100i GTX

And I located a post on their forums with a reply from Corsair staff;

"Are any of them compatible with the H100i PRO RGB?"

"Hi Matt – sadly our AIO kits currently do not support this model."

However, if you can find out the diameter and length of your AIO tubes, you could match it to the nearest similar one and it should work.

The length isn't as important as the diameter, because you could always cut it down shorter if need be - just make sure it's long enough.

edit: also look up "Expandable PET tubing" on amazon and look for the one with a split in it (so you can wrap it around cables). I believe 1/4" works, and is the same thing as the CableMod sleeving that you can cut to any length you'd like - the only thing you'd be missing is the clips that come with the kits.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Normally I'd criticize a built like this for being incredibly expensive for the parts involved, but this looks way too damn good. Great job man. It's hard to find builds that don't go overkill with RGB. I mean on some fans and RAM it looks great but other than that I think it's kind of meh.

  • 20 days ago
  • 2 points

I have nothing to ask you. Literally just wanna say your rig is OP.

That is all. Good day.

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

You da real MVP!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that's a sic looking build, Sir, good on you! I especially like the look of the white AIO sleeves in an all black build. +1 Looks juicy. A 6.5" strip of electrical tape is another option but as you said, for the price paid you shouldn't have to deal with that ongoing.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated! It's the first build that I really took seriously. My first few were very much so budget builds where I was learning and making mistakes. I definitely agree on the white sleeves it really pulls the attention to the center most point of the build.

I considered the electrical tape option but I've seen a lot of people having issues with it eventually becoming a gummy mess over time, and I have to say I've come across that myself a few times when wrapping plain wires behind my TV years ago.

It's funny, but I've joked about just crushing the individual bulbs or de-soldering them - lol!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man extremely clean build although I ride a s1000rr :( haha extremely clean man very very nice, where did you get the bike heartbeat on the bottom ??

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

My girlfriend is getting a kick out of the motorcycle related comments haha!

I just googled 'motorcycle heartbeat' and found one I liked and cut it out of some silver foil vinyl with a cricut machine I picked up used for $50. Makes case modding super easy and very personalized, works great for spray stencils too. Half the 'case badges' and decals available to buy online cost half that much alone anyway.

There's also usually some local places called makerspaces, if you look that up in your city. They usually have professional vinyl cutting machines and even people to help show you how to use them for minimal cost (material cost), as well as 3d printing, etc.

Cheers for the compliment on the build!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you a Titan, Hunter or Warlock?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

D1 Titan Main/Hunter Secondary

D2 Hunter Main/Titan Secondary

Warlocks can ESAD ;D

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I use all 3 but mainly Titan.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing contrast

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I’ve seen this style of build a few times with the white AIO hoses on an NZXT Kraken and matching 24-pin cables, but what separates your build from the rest is the case. Most I’ve seen like this use the NZXT H510 Elite, which looks great, but this is a really nice alternative. My only suggestion is to try using the remaining RGB lights on a dim white setting. But that would work best with RGB RAM included I think. I’m a dirtbiker so you gave me an idea for a dirtbike themed build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely wanted to include the RAM in the lighting, but I couldn't find any source for the original Corsair Vengeance RGB sticks that weren't an absurd price. It's a shame as they're the only style of the RGB sticks I really like. Corsair Vengeance RGB

If you check out some of the photos in the album, there's a couple shots with it set to dim white to match. Unfortunately the camera was overexposing the white a bit and showed it a touch blue. In person it's a nice soft subtle white for sure.

My girlfriend's bike is red, so we had the lighting set to red for a bit ;)

That's the beauty of RGB after all, f**k the rainbow vomit, I love being able to change the look/feel of a build so drastically with the lighting.

edit: P.S. there's literally a case that looks like a dirtbike frame if you're into that: DB Frame Case

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. F**k the rainbow vomit.

My favorite RAM sticks are the G.Skill Trident Z RGB or the Thermaltake TOUGHPOWER RGB sticks. The Thermaltake sticks are just as expensive as Corsair Vengeance, but G.Skill is slightly cheaper. Plus they both look just as good as Vengeance imo.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

but the DB case is i little hard on the wallet lol, nice build though +1!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

definitely, I personally wouldn't go for that case at the pricepoint. Just figured I'd throw it out there as existing ;P

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, sorry about that. I'd be happy to do that in the future, it's a shame that I'm not allowed to edit it into my comment properly.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

About the "dirtbike frame" case, are you talking about the Inwin D-Frame?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's about the closest thing I've seen to something that would work for that and not cost more than $200 haha. Still a bit pricey for an open-air chassis though

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, its pretty expensive. But there are a few knockoffs. For example, there's a company in India named Mofotech. They have a similar case called the Reaper XT700

Its not as good looking as the D-Frame, but its way cheaper

EDIT: The Reaper actually looks more like the Cougar Conquer

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Definitely cool looking.

Honestly one day I'm just gonna gut a pocket bike and build a PC inside an actual scale motorcycle. haha!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

ok

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build. +1

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheers

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

sexy

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

May i ask why you called it the "Corsair ninja", but you're using an NZXT cooler?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is the Corsair Crystal 280X. In retrospect I may have gone for a Corsair AIO as well but the kraken just gets me in the feels with that slick circle design

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

fear enough, anyways, nice build

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I think this build is the reason you have a girlfriend in the first place. +more than 1 lmao

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

l0l that was a good one ngl :') Thanks for the laugh <3

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Although you get the TU104 on that GPU, it's still only got 1920 of it's CUDA cores enabled. Don't expect higher gaming performance than a standard old TU106 RTX 2060, even if certain workloads like Blender are closer (but still not matching) an RTX 2080

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

As mentioned the rig is used mostly for editing, with gaming as the secondary function. I've kept well updated on the whole thing regarding these EVGA cards (KO/UKO).

We're definitely enjoying the TU104 for rendering applications!

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

FortNine!!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

xD Represent!

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