My girlfriend and I went to some friends to stay overnight and when we came back I noticed my system had crashed (I usually ran the pc 24/7 during that time). With a huge thunderstorm roaring outside the night before I thought that maybe the power went out and the system restarted afterwards, but no such luck. Either due to the extreme heat (we had temperatures up to 32°C during the day… which is much for Germany) or due to the thunderstorm half of my memory modules died and caused my system to act unstable. I didn’t want to risk buying new memory modules only to discover that my motherboard might have some issues as well, so my girlfriend and I decided that it was time to buy the parts for a completely new pc. The rebuild was planned anyways, but only in about six month and not right now.
With Version 3 I wanted to continue the blue theme but turn things up a notch. After doing some research I decided to go with the X99 chipset and the just released Haswell-E processors. Since ASUS is always my first choice when it comes to mainboards, the X99-Deluxe was the one I went with. Paired with the Intel i7-5820K and its immense overclocking potential the system was off to a good start. I planned to go with Corsair Dominator memory, but since they were unavailable the Kingston HyperX Fury were the second best choice. DDR4 was still new and availability was a constant problem, so I planned ahead. Due to the huge memory demand of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop I opted for a 32GB Quad-Channel configuration and the only reasonable priced version were the 2400MHz CL15 kits. As a system SSD I went with the SM951 OEM M.2 SSD from Samsung which featured 2.2Gbit/s read at a reasonable price. An additional 500GB SSD for games and a 250GB SSD for Photoshop/Illustrator/Video editing cache and other work related stuff were added later. I salvaged the 640GB and 1TB HDD from my old rig, since they had survived the ordeal. Same goes for the graphics card, I re-used the Nvida GTX 660 Ti, which was later replaced by a GTX 970. I modded the GTX970 with a custom BIOS and added a heatsink onto the back plate since the card got REALLY hot there. I replaced the card again some time later when Nvidia released the Pascal GPU series and I got myself one of the first GTX1080 by ASUS. The whole system was powered by a Corsair AX860i power supply and the CPU was cooled by a Corsair H80i which was later replaced by its big brother the H110i GT.
Since I’ve opted to go with Corsair i-series products, which can be monitored and configured via the Corsair LINK software, I also got a Commander Mini fan controller of the same series. The controller allows to specify custom fan curves which react to system events. It also gathers and works with data from all available system sensors. Also included is a connector for Corsair Lightning modules (RGB strips) which you can also configure through the software to react to temperature changes or simply glow in a static color.
Since I also planned to include UV LED strips I ordered a transparent blue acrylic glass plate that I fitted into the side panel and replaced the clear window already installed. The special thing about the panel I ordered is that it is UV reactive as a whole and emits a nice subtle glow. Since I also engraved the panel I knew that the effect would be stunning. I first ordered some LED stripe from Amazon, but it lost most of its luminosity over the course of 14 days. So after I asked around I got recommended the Nanoxia Rigid LED bars which I can confirm are very high quality. Not only do they still work at full capacity about 3 years later, they are also very sturdy build with a robust PCB, included Velcro strips and detachable cables.