Leaf Me Alone

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Dave Cathey
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The goals of this build were to create a case that was beautiful and interesting, but also could easily be upgraded down the line.

For the beautiful part, I went with walnut inlaid with an epoxy/mica mix. Since I was using a chunk of walnut for the case, I modeled the leaf designs on walnut leaves. The walnut was finished with tung oil and a urethane to protect it and bring out the grain, and to break up and compliment the wood side panel and base, the other side of the case is aluminum with a 2 stage metallic green automotive paint.

The ability to upgrade is a nice feature, especially when you're used to tearing down and rebuilding systems just to slot in that new piece of hardware. To that end, I skipped the water cooling and went with a downdraft CPU cooler that takes care of the system cooling. Currently the build is running a mATX board, but it drilled and ready for an ATX upgrade and I slipped in an extra mount for an additional 2.5" drive down the road if needed.

Mods include, well, the whole case, plus custom made AM4 bracket for the Cooler Master Gemini cooler along with replacing it's slim fan with a full size 120mm RGB fan, paracord sleeved cables, custom cover for the M.2 drive, and ditching the heatspreaders on the RAM.
Color(s): Green
RGB Lighting? No
Cooling: Air Cooling
Theme: Nature
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

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Hardware

CPU
$ 399.87
AMD - Ryzen 7 (1700X)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 8
Motherboard
MSI - Bazooka
Chipset: B350
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: Micro-ATX
Memory
$ 97.48
Kingston - HyperX Predator (3200MHz) (Black)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 8 GB
Graphics
$ 329.99
NVIDIA - Founders Edition
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 980 Ti
Storage
HyperX - Predator
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: PCIe x4
Capacity: 240 GB
Storage
Kingston - HyperX Savage
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 240 GB
Storage
Samsung - 840 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Capacity: 250 GB
PSU
$ 294.99
Cooler Master - V850
Wattage: 850
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
Custom - Custom (custom)
Cooling
$ 116.59
Cooler Master - GeminII M4
Type: Air Cooler
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