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!