Project-INDIGO

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av8rarky
Alan 'Arky' Tran
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Project-INDIGO

About INDIGO:

One of my good friends and former flight instructor (who is also a tech geek) approached me about overhauling his computer when he saw some of my builds. Of course, I wasn't going to decline. I'm not going to go in-depth about the parts at all, as my job was just to clean up the build and make it look good. I'll talk about the parts that I selected and why I did!

Part Selection:

Case:

Corsair 750D Airflow Edition

This is my first time working with the Corsair 750D after hearing so many great things about it. I can definitely agree with all those great reviews. This case is AWESOME! Plenty of fan and radiator configurations available, superb cable management cut outs with rubber grommets and the case is sturdy! It is very roomy and the ability to move around or remove the drive cages is a huge plus. The filters are magnetically attached, making it very easy to remove and clean. The new and improved airflow front mesh allows for much better case airflow compared to the non-airflow edition. My only gripe is the plastic front bezel. It was designed to look like brushed aluminum, but it's easy to get dirty.

CPU Cooler:

Prolimatech Megahalems 2 x Corsair SP120 Fans

If you've seen my other builds, you know that I've used this CPU cooler before! This CPU cooler does such a great job both aesthetically and cooling wise that I had to pick it up again. Although next time, I'll have to change it up. He does light overclocks and this cooler will definitely meet his expectations. The SP120s look perfect with the blue accented rings. Although next time, I would like to try the Thermaltake Riing series.

Power Supply:

Corsair HX850i

I was actually looking for a 750W version of this line but I got a killer deal on the 850 that I couldn't pass up. Naturally, it fits the blue theme and I know Corsair makes some great quality power supplies. I do wish that they would improve the connectors on these as they are a royal PITA to remove and put in. I convinced my friend to step away from the CX as it's not really that great for SLI and power demanding configurations. This PSU will serve him well for a long time with the added efficiency, noise, and cable management benefits.

Sleeving:

Aquamarine / Riviera-Blue MDPC-X Sleeving
OverkillPC Cable Combs


MDPC sleeving is pretty legendary. I remember the first time I wanted to use this stuff was back when I was building Project-ARK, and unfortunately, Nils at MDPC had temporarily closed his sleeving business for a little bit. The first time I used this stuff was with Project-ZERO and I was very impressed, it definitely lived up to the hype. MDPC has so many range of colors and I wanted a different palette of blue to use. The OverkillPC Cable Combs are some of my favorite combs, they are made of aluminum instead of plastic so they won't break and they hold their shape better. They were a perfect accent for the rest of the build.

Lighting:

2 x BitFenix Magnetic LED-Strips

I reaaaaaaaaally wanted to try out the NZXT Hue+ lighting system but decided against it due to the poor reviews about the software. My friend wanted a clean lighting setup without too many obnoxious LED fans and whatnot, so I opted for these BitFenix strips. I wish I had found these sooner, instead of supergluing regular LED strips in my other builds. These are super bright and work really well, no complaints at all!

Things I would have done differently:

First and foremost, the SLI bridge. We were trying to find one that would work well with the scheme and I was going to use the ASUS ROG one, but it sold out and was impossible to find. In the end, we just decided to stick with the ribbon cable for now.

I was not too happy with how the PCI-E cables came out, and looking back on it, I would cut them to a shorter length to pull some of the slack out and make it look a little nicer.

If you guys have any questions, let me know! I’ll do my best to answer them. Thanks for visiting my page! Be sure to check out my other builds if you liked this one.
Color(s): Black Blue
RGB Lighting? No
Cooling: Air Cooling
Theme: none
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
$ 249.87
Intel - Core i5 3570K
Socket: LGA 1155
Cores: 4
Motherboard
$ 249.00
ASRock - Extreme4
Chipset: Z77
CPU Socket: LGA 1155
Size: ATX
Graphics
$ 200.04
EVGA - GeForce GTX 760
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 760
Storage
$ 146.89
Samsung - 840 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 250 GB
PSU
$ 425.00
Corsair - HX850i
Wattage: 850
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Platinum
Case
$ 161.85
Corsair - Obsidian 750D Airflow
Type: Full-Tower
Side Panel: Window
Cooling
Prolimatech - Megahalems Black Series
Type: Air Cooler
Size (WxHxD): 130 mm
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