Hi, everyone! This is Pat from Ballistix.
A lot of you better know me as ESV Diamond, and I’m here with our next
Ballistix build. This one is very special to us. I’m building a new
computer for myself, and I wanted to make something to remember and memorialize
all the amazing things our Team Ballistix did for us over the years. So,
we put together a bunch of parts here. We got a beautiful custom case, and we’re
gonna bring in our builder, Benny, who’s gonna go through all the parts and
actually build this into a working machine. So, we’ve got a really cool build
here today. Pat was talking about memorializing the Ballistix team. In
order to do that, we really wanted to make this case stand out. So, a simple way
to do that was with the Ballistix logo. But I didn’t want just a simple, small
logo up front. I wanted a big logo that wrapped around the side of the case. Now,
the best way to do that is with a stencil, but a stencil of this size was
pretty difficult to come by. So I had to custom laser cut my own stencil from
vinyl and then basically transplant that onto the case. After I did that, I was
then able to basically spray-paint the logo and remove the stencil, which revealed this
awesome logo. I then used some primer to seal it in, and after that, we got a
pretty sweet look and, you know, customization for this case, which makes
it stand out. On top of that, we also have the custom light bar, which sits on top
of the tracer modules, which really does stand out and give this case an extra
“bling,” in essence. So, for the parts for the build today, we’ve got a pretty
sweet setup here. Asus was kind enough to give us a
Maximus XI Hero board, which is going to serve as the basis for this build. On top
of that, we have Nvidia, which gave us a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, with 12 gigs of
integrated video RAM, which is good to play just about any game you’d want, I’d
say at 1440p at 144 frames a second. Of course, to power all this, we have the
Intel 9900K. Along with that, we talked to Cooler Master and we’re able to get a
MasterLiquid AIO cooler from them, which is going to keep our CPU at
reasonable temps. They also gave us a 750w power supply, which should be more
than ample enough for all the components we have in this build. So, for our main
storage, we’re going to have two P1 Crucial SSDs in a Raid 0 array.
This is going to give us blistering-fast speeds for our OS and all of our main
games. On top of that, we’re also going to have a couple MX500 2TB drives
to give us additional storage for that large gaming library. And for the memory
for this build, we’re going to use none other than our Ballistix Tactical Tracer
RAM. We have 64 gigs of it, and coupled with a custom light bar that we have
on top of it, it’s really going to make it show and give this case just some extra
bling. So, one of the first things to do on the build is actually to install your
CPU memory, and in this case our M.2 Crucial P1 drives. You don’t
technically have to install them first, but I think it’s a lot easier to put
them on the motherboard before you go through the effort of actually
installing the board and then trying to install them while they’re in the case.
So, one of the cool things about the Ballistix Tracer memory is we give you
the ability to really modify not only your lights, but the light bar up top. These
light bars are removable. There are two pins in the top of the memory that you
can simply pop out. Just with a little force, you can remove them, and
then you can slide the light bar right off. Cool thing about moving this light
bar: you can really kind of change how the lights look. Without the light bar,
you’re going to get a harsher, brighter LED light. And, of course, with the light bar
on it, it’s going to defuse it and give a softer look. So, depending on how you like
your lights, you can really modify that. In this case, since we’re going to have a
custom light bar up top, we actually want to remove these before we put the
modules in. And with your memory modules, it’s always really important to make
sure they snap in all the way. Now that we’ve got the memory modules in,
we’re going to go ahead and install our 9900K. We first need to remove the
plastic protection cover from the top, and then we can take our actual CPU out
of the box. Be very careful to not drop it. This is a pretty expensive
piece of metal here and silicon. On the CPU itself, at least with Intel CPUs,
you’re always going to have a little yellow triangle, golden triangle,
that indicates (corresponds with) a triangle on the actual CPU socket itself. So, now that we have the CUP memory installed, we’re going to go ahead and install our M.2
drives on this Asus motherboard. Now, this particular motherboard comes
with a couple heat sinks that cover the M.2 drives to dissipate them. So, we
basically need to remove these heat sinks before we can put the actual
drives in place. Now, we’ve got the motherboard and all the components
installed on it, we’re going to go ahead and take the sides of this case off so we
can start installing the components. With these Plexiglass cases, it’s really
important that you be careful with these glass panels when you take them off,
because they can shatter, and that wouldn’t be good. Now, normally before you put the
motherboard inside the actual case, you usually want to put your CPU and a AIO
cooler brackets on. The cool thing about this particular case, however, is that the
back of the motherboard is exposed, so I didn’t really make a mistake there, and
I’m able to get away with it. So, we’re gonna first go ahead and put the
brackets onto the a AIO cooler, and then put the one on the back of the
motherboard so we can marry them together and get this hooked up. This
particular case has an I/O removable bracket up front. This makes it really
easy to install your liquid-cooled I/O radiators, in this case a 240 millimeter
from Cooler Master. We’re going to go ahead and install the fans alongside
with this radiator. You get a couple options for how you can mount it into
this bracket. I know this may not be the most optimal to some people, but this is
the way I just like it, and I think it looks the best. So we’re going to go ahead
and get these mounted onto the bracket and then we’re gonna go ahead and pop
this bracket back into the case before we mount the actual AIO cooler on the
CPU. So, this particular AIO cooler comes with
some thermal paste and a pen. Some may come with a pad already applied, and
either work fine. There really isn’t a huge difference between either
of them. In this case, we’re going to include the included paste and put about a
pea-sized drop in the middle of the core. Now, we’re going to go ahead and move the
cooler around and mount it on the CPU bracket, and our AIO cooler is installed.
So, when you’re building a case, you really want to opt for a modular power
supply. This Cooler Master PSU gives you the ability to plug in the cables you
need and also remove the ones you don’t. This is going to free up a lot more space
in your case and make it really easy to tidy up and manage those cables. With our
power supply, we also bought this extension cable kit. These come in lots
of different colors and different combinations, so you can really customize
your case in the way it looks to suit your build. These extension kits are
really simple. You basically clip them on to the existing power connections, and
then all you need to do is tuck and hide away the old cable inside the case to where you
only expose the extension. This really tidies up the case and just gives it
that extra flare. So, for this particular build, we of course are going with a 24 pin.
The 1080 TI also has an 8x and a 6x PCI Express PowerLink, so we’re gonna
have those along with the CPU power and motherboard power that go directly to
the motherboard. So, now that we have the power supply
inside the case and our extensions on, we’re basically going to start to do our
cable management and start weaving these cables where they need to go. With this
actual case, there’s an included USB front header. As well as some other audio
ports and a SATA power for the actual fans. These are all important to make
sure we have connected, but they’re going to need to be routed up, through, and
around, and onto the motherboard. And, of course, we’re also going to need to route
our other cables for the 24 pin and other connections. We’re gonna go ahead and take a few
minutes to try and tie you up some of these cables in the back of the case. And
now, we can go ahead and put our panels and Plexiglass side on the case. So, with
this particular Maximus motherboard we have, there are lots of fan output
options we have. In this case, we have two fan plug-ins here, one labeled, “chassis
fan,” and another one labeled “W pump” for water pump. Well, you would think, “Why do I
want to plug in a fan into the water pump outlet?” Well the thing is these PWM
plugs basically, through Asus software, give you the ability to manage those
plugs for essentially whatever you want to do. So, even though one of these fans
is gonna go to the actual water pump plug-in, I can have this run off the
temperatures in the case like if it were a normal fan. So, at the end of the day, it
really doesn’t matter, and I’m gonna plug both of these fans into these ports
right here. So, now that we got the motherboard, power supply, and the majority
of our cables in, we’re going to go ahead and drop our video card in. And we got a
GTX 1080 Ti to put in here that Nvidia gave to us. This is an awesome card. I
actually own one of these, and it is my daily driver. I love it to death. So, let’s
go ahead and drop this in and get it hooked up. So, we’re back now from a short
break that we had to take to manufacture this custom light bar for Ballistix
Tactical Tracer modules. A really cool thing about this Ballistix light bar is
it slides across all four of the modules, so we can get a really cool illuminated Ballistix badge along with all the championships for our Ballistix team. I really do like how the light bar
turned out in this mod, as well as the custom badge on the front. This wasn’t
the most complicated mod, but it was really fun to work on, and I’m really
happy with how it turned out. I’d like to thank our sponsors as well as everyone
on the Ballistix team and everyone who made this mod possible.

Team Ballistix Memorial PC Build
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6 thoughts on “Team Ballistix Memorial PC Build

  • September 25, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    First! Now please giveaway me a ballistix ram kit xD

  • September 25, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Wolfy was here…

  • September 25, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Nice case..I miss HGC and pro level HotS.

  • September 30, 2019 at 9:45 am


  • October 3, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    i want one like that xD

  • October 22, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Super Nice Build Benny!!


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