Project: Define your world.

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John Scarborough
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Project: Define your world.

Where to begin?! This PC was built in 2017 and started life in a Phanteks 400. It was originally supposed to be a graphics card update to a previous build, but then I wandered in to a Microcenter and I'm sure you know how that goes... I over shot my budget early in (as can happen) and skimped out with an MSI 1060 Gaming X which was a VERY solid card but I always felt like I should have gone for a 1080. At the time GPU prices were CRAZY and a 1080 would have set me back close to $800, which just wouldn't work. Since it was the last thing I bought, I had to go for the best bang for buck card. I eventually did a front panel mod to the P400 to open up some air (and let that delicious RGB out) but the P400 was going to be too small for my imaginary (at the time) future needs of for a full custom loop. I was watching CES coverage of a few years back and came across two cases I needed, the Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic and the Fractal Define S2 TG. After a couple weeks of back and forth I eventually chose the Lian Li for it's unique design and aesthetics. I switched everything over but the Amazon RGB ring fans just weren't cutting it so I bought 9 Bora Lite fans over a month or so, swapped in some RGB memory, the CoolerMaster ML240 and I was pretty content.

After a couple years I picked up a Gigabyte 1080 from a friend which was great, but I still wanted more. I used and bench-marked the 1080 for a few weeks and decide it was time for a 2080. Sold the 1080 and headed to Bestbuy to bring home the MSI RTX 2080 I have now which has started the process of updates again. I decided to grab the Define S2 on Amazon ($94!) and moved everything over recently.

I'm currently waiting for my Seasonic Ultra 1000w Gold to get here, and then I'll be ordering custom cables from Cablemod (Thanks!) and I'll be switching to Corsair Vengeance to match the build a little better. Hopefully in the near future I will be moving to the X570 chipset and 3950x, and then custom loop.

Stay tuned for updates as I CONSTANTLY change stuff.
Color(s): Purple White
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Theme: Color
Size: ATX
Type: General Build


This build participated in 1 contest.

Build Updates

Installed last 3 Bora Lite Fans

GPU Upgrade

Custom painted GPU Shroud and Motherboard Armor


$ 466.22
Intel - Core i7-7700K
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 4
Integrated Graphics: 1
$ 219.94
ASUS - ROG Maximus IX Code
Chipset: Z270
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: ATX
GeIL - Super Luce RGB
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 16 GB
$ 839.99
MSI - Gaming X Trio
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 2080
Interface: PCIe x16
Kingston - HyperX Savage
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 480 GB
$ 149.45
Seagate - FireCuda Gaming SSHD
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 2 TB
$ 148.99
Fractal Design - Define S2 Black TG
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fans
$ 39.99
Corsair - LL120 (RGB) (Black)
Size: 120 mm
$ 52.49
$ 398.99
Size: 24 Inch
Panel: TN
Refresh Rate: 180 Hz
Corsair - Strafe RGB
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Cherry MX Silent
Type: Full Size
$ 74.99
Corsair - Dark Core SE (RGB)
Interface: Wired/Wireless
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