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Built: 4/5/15

This is a new build but I used some of my old components. I have also wanted a tricked out theme case and finally I have one. I present .... THE GREEN HORNET!

Parts like the CPU, GPUs, Mobo, RAM, SSD / HDD are all old parts I had in my previous rig. The first challenge was finding a case that was (1) consistent with my Green Hornet theme and (2) a solid case that I could grow into in the future. I found this case in the Phanteks Enthoo Primo and I absolutely love it. This case is a beast and is by far the best case I have built in. Cable management is a breeze since the PSU is behind the motherboard tray.

Once I got the case I needed theme correct fans. The cougar dual-x green fans were an expensive but obvious choice. Since the Enthoo Primo is built for custom water cooling, it has massive potential for radiators. I originally had a Corsair H60 but wanted to take advantage of the increased space. I chose to upgrade to a H100i. I also bought the NZXT Hue to add even more green hornet glow to the case. I must say, the Hue is a great product and very simple to use. To round out my build, I bought a new PSU. All told, I spent about $550 on updating the rig to the Green Hornet. Money well spent IMO.

One thing this build enabled me to do was custom cable sleeving. I had always seen it done but never given it a shot. For this job, I used Ultimate Personal Computers (http://ultimatepersonalcomputers.com/). They had a great selection, reasonable prices, and quick flat rate shipping. Overall, I am pretty pleased with how the cable sleeving came out. I spent about 20 hours on the job, some of that was trial and error though.

I had high ambitions for this build and unfortunately it did not meet all of my expectations. I wanted to create a led backlit Green Hornet logo on the front panel. Unfortunately the panel is aluminum and extra thick so cutting into it would be rather difficult. I could not find any shops in town that would help me do it and so at this point I'm tabling the idea. If anyone has some thoughts/comments on the idea, please let me know. Since I couldn't get the backlit logo, I opted for a custom vinyl sticker for the logo.

Here are my planned upgrades in the near future:

  • Full custom water cooling loop
  • Find a way to have a led backlit green hornet logo on the front panel
  • Upgrade to two GTX 980s
  • Upgrade to latest gen Intel CPU and get Mobo with matching color scheme

Thanks for looking and please leave comments/advice/etc below!

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 4 points

That's a hell of a lotta green, awesome! Shame the remake with Seth Rogen was terrible, imo. All things aside, love the build. +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

Great theme! Any shop or college nearby with a CNC mill should be able to cut out that logo if its just an aluminum panel. I guess the hard part would be to find one willing to do so.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Two other notes about cutting into your case that I found when I looked around to get some cut-work done: 1) Waterjet will give you a cleaner cut in metal cases and I think the CNC guy said that it would also be able to better handle small/sharp turns.

2) Both guys said that a repaint of the case would be necessary, so keep that in mind if you don't intend on repainting the side the cutting is on.

(caveat, I didn't spend a lot of time asking around and my information is a year old, so I may have misinterpreted a response)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Good things to note. Hopefully I can find someone with a laserjet willing to do the work. Re-painting the front might be an issue since the finish on the case is somewhat unique. I'll have to think it over and ask around town.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the idea, I'll ask around.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

MAny Green Hornet Fans hate the 2011 movie version where Jay Chou was Kato because of his acting

but can't fault when he is funny and wow he kinda like Q with all the gadgets and the car is like the star of the show

now for you build

you can get dual reference GTX980s or straight go for the Titan X and you are pretty much golden since they emit a greed LED on the Geforce GTX logo

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

My thoughts exactly! I'll probably opt for the reference 980s to save on cost. I wanted to get them for this round of upgrades but cash flow did not allow it. They will look AWESOME in the case when I get them. I'll be sure to post when I get them in.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

actually even better idea

the price of dual 980s is close to the Titan X

go for one then upgrade later for dual Titan X when DX12 allows VRAM stacking for 24GB of VRAM for 4K gaming

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Oooohhhh . . . thought never crossed my mind. Not a bad idea at all. It'll be sad though to only have one card in my beast of a case though.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

wait, DX12 enables VRAM stacking?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

rumored to be able to do VRAM stacking

but subject to nVidia and AMD if they want to allow DX12 to work with their drivers.

you know nVidia is a ***** when it comes to modifying their drivers

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

true, true

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

if you just want the case lighting as the backlight use a Dremel. Cut the slots for logo then cut the plexi to fit, lip the edge of the plexi and use a high bond poly adhesive... Voila! Or another poster suggestion, nearby college kid may do it with mill or lazec cutter can do that

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay good advice, thanks! I'll start to ask around. I could do the dremel idea myself but I don't want to screw this baby up.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Practice on old tin, and make sure to tape the cuts (if you fall off helps prevent scratching) steady hand and patience. I just am comfortable with it because of experience

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll tell ya, that green hornet theme is sexy as ****. You better flash that PC to anyone that comes in your house cause that things a bute!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic job! Love the case mods. The cable management is impeccable (BTW, where did you get those great cable extensions?). This is way over my head but I have something to aspire to. I'd give a lot more + if I could.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually made the extensions myself by buying cheap extensions (or using the CPU extension I had) and then individually sleeving each wire. With the PCI-E cables, I actually converted my old modular cables into extension cables by changing out the pins and the connectors. All this allowed me to sleeve the cables for pretty cheap. All told I probably only spent around $35 (incl. shipping) on the sleeving process.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool. That's something I'll have to learn how to do. But I want to get over the hump of my first build before I get into that. :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats your build is now a featured build ;)

Plays Green Hornet Theme

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Its a nice build! This build looks great and looks like it stays frosty even under load! Seems like it could be VERY loud but still super cool.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It does stay rather frosty but luckily its rather quiet. Even with all the fans it stays quiet. The Cougar fans are extremely quiet.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll keep that in mind next time i'm looking for fans!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Lucky that you can say you had old parts... wish I Had Old 650 Ti Boosts's that I could reuse rather than look everywhere in the Internet trying to find at least one

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I know the feeling. I only had one 650TiB for quite awhile and then chose to SLI. Trying to find the second card was tough but luckily I found one on eBay. Good luck in the search!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build looks sweet and well done. I'm in the process of putting together a green build myself with the last part arriving this coming week. I'm curious what you used for the coil you have around the water cooling tubes. That's a great idea I'd love to incorporate into my build as well. I also plan on using custom vinyls as I bought the Silhouette Cameo to create my own skins. Just need to wait a bit more for massdrop to ship which takes forever.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! The coil is called PrimoChill Anti-Kink Coils. FrozenCPU carried these but with the company's status I had to source it elsewhere. Amazon has it for $4.99 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ZEEZBQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1).

Just make sure you get the correct size to match you OD on the tubing.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx for the info. I'll definately check it out.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like your a green hornet fan? Also that is some noice cable managemnet

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I am in fact a big fan! It was either this or I build a Tron case. I had never seen a Green Hornet build so I opted for that.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

this is a VERY sexy build! 1+ for you!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

$126 in fans! Still love it. Amazing case and a CPU that will last for a lot longer.

What's your 2500k overclock at?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful job! Love the green. I may go green on my next build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the light on the front of the Primo green? And the inside?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The light on the front panel is illuminated by two case fans with green LEDs. Originally I had intended to run a led strip back there for extra illumination but the current setup works fine.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

¡EPICNESS OVER 9000! Nice build Man :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of fps do you get on those boosts? my friend has one and was considering getting another for cheap since he is on a budget

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy **** the colour got me like 0.o ,i love it

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

God, the part choices...

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

i like it

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

This might be the first I've ever heard of someone putting 650 Ti Boosts in SLI. But dang does that look nice! After those upgrades you'll have some nice spare parts for a secondary rig.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build bro! Can't wait to see the upgrades! +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Freaking Awesome!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow.. I really wanted to go with a Green Power Ranger theme myself but ended up going with a Boston Bruins black and yellow build.. Your build looks amazing! I cant wait to see if you get the Green Hornet logo lit up! +1 all around.. Nice job!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

im lovin that green man! +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it man, it looks beautiful. Good job man.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Even with the current 650s, this a gorgeous build! Kudos to staying true to the theme of the build. :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

looks nice but in reality the parts are pretty low tier. But i honestly would make the same thing

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

little known fact: the fish tank next to the computer is where he gets the water for his water cooling.

  • 59 months ago
  • 0 points

Holly balls! this is flipping amazing looking!!! that hornet is amzing!!!! every thing in your build is amazing!!!!! +9000!!!!

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I realize that, performance wise I'm content with my system for now. I wanted a more aesthetically pleasing build and opted for a new design. I'm planning on dropping another $1,500 at the end of the summer to upgrade all the performance aspects.

  • 59 months ago
  • 14 points

I don't know why people think that every dollar spent has to be for some kind of performance bump...you wanted a new aesthetic, put in the money to get it, and it's turned out great. +1

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