The Build

Julian's Feedback:

I have it up and running yay! The LED lighting that comes with the case actually will change colour when you press the button up front (far right by front usb ports) so it's sweet that way with nice colours that all look good. Thank you and thx for all your help :) Btw in case you don't already know it, you are awesome!!!

Built: July 2015

Julian based this build off of our $2,500 Extreme 4K Gaming PC Build, as of July 2015. We exchanged a number of e-mails with Julian to make sure he was able to build up just the system he was looking for. We considered different video cards, power supplies, cooling setups, and even a few overclocking configurations. In the end, this system turned out beautifully, a combination of the stunning Phanteks Enthoo Luxe case, some nicely-coordinated LED lighting inside and out, and excellent cable management on Julian's part. This system's got the looks down, and can back them up with serious gaming firepower!

Below you can see the all-important "box shot", along with Julian's complete parts list.

The Parts

Component List:

  1. CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz Hexa-Core
  2. Motherboard: Asus X99-A/USB3.1
  3. Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti SC+ 6GB
  4. Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x4GB DDR4-2666
  5. SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 1TB
  6. Hard Drive: Toshiba 4TB
  7. Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe
  8. Power Supply: EVGA Supernova GS 1050W
  9. Optical Drive: Samsung DVD Burner
  10. CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H105
  11. Thermal Paste: Arctic MX-4
  12. Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit 

TBG's "Extreme 4K Gaming PC" is designed to tackle everything up to 4K gaming, which means it's quite a beast when it comes to 1080p and 1440p gaming. The GTX 980 Ti has really proven itself to be a cut above other high-end cards, averaging about 30% faster than the GTX 980 and 45% faster than the GTX 970. That's a difference you can feel. It's backed up by the potent Core i7-5820K six-core processor, which comes clocked at 3.3GHz stock, but has room to run a whole lot faster once you strap a big liquid cooler to it, as Julian did here.

The Backside

One of the toughest parts about building a PC is figuring out how to get all the cables out of the way of your components and the case's airflow. With high-end cases like the Enthoo Luxe, cable tie-downs come standard, along with plenty of case cut-outs for cable routing. In the photo to the left, you can see all the cables bundled together with Phanteks straps, along with the case's built-in 8-port PWM fan controller below the motherboard cut-out, not far from the SSD trays, which are also visible. And while there are obviously a lot of cables stuffed back in this section of the case, the main section of the case is ultra-neat, as shown below. 

As it turns out, Julian had a really good question about positioning the 240mm-class Corsair Hydro H105, especially given that the Phanteks case already had a 140mm fan mounted up top. He considered mounting the H105 next to that fan, but it seemed this would mean the cooler would be partially stuck above the DVD drive in front of the case. So Julian instead moved the top-mounted fan to the bottom of the case, positioning it as an intake blowing up towards the video card, and then mounted the H105 in the top rear corner of the case, above the motherboard. In this position it does double-duty as a CPU cooler and a general case exhaust fan.

The System

We think you'll agree that Julian's PC is a real looker, with a clean interior, matching white LED lighting (he got lucky there!), and room to mount another GTX 980 Ti in the future! This is one well-appointed PC. Congrats, Julian, on a job well done!