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"Yellow Grange", an air cooled MSI build

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I built this PC for a friend of mine. He wanted something quiet and flashy, but also something which will last him for a long time. I did my best to abide. Check out the pictures below to see the results.


No sponsors, nothing fancy, just cash


Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Windowed


CPU: Intel Core i5 4670k


Motherboard: MSI Z87 M-Power

RAM: 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LP 1600mz cas 9 @1.35v (only one stick shown)


Graphics: MSI GTX 680 Lightning


CPU Cooling: Phanteks ph-tc14pe


Boot Drive: Samsung 840 120gb


Storage: 3TB Seagate Momentus 7200rpm


Power Supply: (modified) OCZ ZT650w 


Additional: NZXT HUE and Corsair AF140 QE fan(s)


I believe he also has a razer BW ultimate keyboard and a corsair M60 mouse.


The parts all lined up 



The PSU was a little loud, so I installed a 140mm Cougar Vortex fan to silence it.  


It worked great! Now the PSU is practically inaudible. 


Just installed the CPU and wanted to check out my lazy custom cabling



We're getting there. Just wanted to stop and take a look. 


Did you notice the Pci covers? I would have done the hard drive trays as well, but I thought it would be too much yellow


Time to install the graphics card! He is so lucky. This 680 lightning is so nice


















I hoped you guys liked it. Other than a few software problems, it was a blast to build.


also, if you liked it, check out my personal rig. http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/13117-project-juiced-budget-modded-itx-build/#entry140069


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Looks awesome, pretty much what i wanna do except sli 770 lightnings in a tj11 :) awesome build though man

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Wow, great looking build. I love how it all matches so well!

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+1 R4. excellent color scheme. LEDs give it a neat super high tech feel. cookie for you.

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I love the simplicity of it.  A little bit of extra paint goes a long way.  Great job!

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Wow, this looks really nice. You should consider painting the fans on the cpu cooler yellow to match everything better. 
Even without that, this build is beautiful.

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love the bumble bee theme

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Very nice build - I had plans myself using the yellow/black theme MSI is sporting.

I was planning to use Akasa fans - Should have a look at them :)

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Awesome build, I like how you used the bumblebee colour scheme but didn't overdo the yellows :).

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Very nice and clean, love the Lightning themed build.


What are you idle and load temps?

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wow man looks nice like the colors good job!

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Very nice and clean, love the Lightning themed build.


What are you idle and load temps?

 On the lightning?

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clean very clean, i'm using the aircool solution also, but i have a lot more fans running my rig :p does it keep cool?

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my build: http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/133477-750d-finished/

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i love it it looks really awesome :D But the hints of white really dont go well with the yellow i think, if you can you should fix that but other than that it looks GREAT!!

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