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Aero Steel: The Build part 2

Once I really started the build, I got overwhelmed and dropped off. Sorry about that! In the end I blame video cards…

The video card saga: I started off with a set budget, so I picked a gigabyte 6750 XT PC which would’ve been a decent upgrade from my 5700 XT and was $389… It was already en route when I changed my mind so I had to rma

Then, after reading more and considering aesthetics of my build I started researching other options… Placed at least three other orders and cancelled them before realizing I would not be aesthetically pleased with anything less than a gigabyte aero…I also had no interest in anything other than the latest generation… After a hard debate, I went with the gigabyte RTX 4080 sorry aero oc. At that point I felt lucky to find one in stock and even at MSRP… Not my most cost effective purchase and might even be able to get it for $100 less 6 weeks later, but once you see the pictures I think you’ll see why I went here.

Here’s the first day of install as a gallery. GIGABYTE B650 AERO G AM5 LGA 1718 AMD B650 ATX Motherboard. GIGABYTE GP-UD1000GM 1000 W ATX 12V v2.31 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply. G.SKILL Trident Z5 Series 64GB (2 x 32GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR5 6000 (PC5 48000) Desktop Memory. Lian Li GALAHAD AIO 360 RGB UNI FAN SL120 EDITION WHITE – Triple 120mm Addressable RGB Fans AIO CPU Liquid Cooler. AMD Ryzen™ 9 7900X 12-Core, 24-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor

The important part here was learning clearances, routing and alignment. This Evo case is a mind-blowing experience that managed to suit every need I could imagine. A lot of these options, especially the swapping of the entire case mounting to a left side view would normally take hours of manual modifications. At this point I was still battling with myself on the video card selection, waiting for white, sleeved power supply cables, multiple nvme and sata drives, a vertical mount and pcie5 extension cable…


UV Dye, Yay! Oh wait no….

So I received my order for the Primochill UV Orange Dye today. Strangely….just like the UV Orange Coolant, the UV on the packaging was marked out with black marker. I still added the dye, it at least improved the color, but is definately not UV reactive….e-mail sent to . yay fun. I have also sent my 3rd e-mail and tried to call about the broken cathode that I received, but still not response from .

On the plus side, my 3 new fans came in. I’m setting them up to specifically be quiet. They are the same as the 3 intake fans that I have set up for the radiator in color. 2 are 120mm and 1 is 140mm. They work great at least.

2 – 120mm Thermaltake Riing fans for the front intake.

1 – 140mm Thermaltake Riing fan for the exhaust. Also you can see how faint the coolant is.

After dye has been added. I didn’t use the whole bottle, so there’s more orange to go if I want. I kind of want to get some yellow to match up with the rest of the color scheme. At least the color did improve.

Its not that it looks bad, it just doesn’t glow as I’m really aiming for. 

With the side window on.

Hardware Asylum for supplying the case.

Exhaust fan lit up

Intake fans lit up

New keyboard, spray paint and consideration

Soooo, there’s a few delays, I’m still waiting for the UV Orange Dye. It doesn’t look like I’ll be able to get the side window for the 915, upper portion of the case. Coolermaster seems to have abandoned the case altogether and doesn’t even have replacement parts. I’m tempted to mod it myself, but with it being my first attempt at a side panel mod, I’d at least like to have a back up. I had a 3rd cathode coming in, but it came in broken, sooo waiting on the customer support of Adorama.

While waiting I found a deal on a G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB (brown switches for around $100 after some running around), so I picked it up. I’ve been running a Steelseries 6GV2 (black switches) for several years, but the “C” key seems to over poll and I’ve had issues with that keyboard since purchase. I’ve also owned a Steelseries Apex (rubber domes and it was soooo wide), a Corsair RBG Red (never worked as I wished it to and returned to Best Buy), and a Corsair with brown switches (LEDs started dying within a day and they couldn’t replace the board with the exact same one, so I got a refund from Corsair). Anyways, I also wanted orange LEDs, but despite paying $50 more for a Ducky Shine 4, I would have to go RGB. For RBGs I was considering this G.Skill, the silent switch Corsair Strafe (currently only available at Best buy for ~$160) or a Ducky Shine 5 with Natural White Cherry MX switches (first RGB on switch for Cherry), running around $160 on eBay. I didn’t go with this just because it was cheaper, but I liked the extra buttons, the design and its basically comparable the rest of the keyboards (okay, supposedly Corsair’s software has improved over my previous experience and supposedly better than the G.Skill’s software, but to be honest, I just set this keyboard up and it did exactly what I wanted with no issues). The better benefit of the Ducky Shine 5 is that there is not “key bleed” (light shining outside of the keys, the Natural Whites only shine through the key itself, so that it highlights just the character).

Another fun thing was pH testing ORANGE water….no matter what I did the results were orange…so with a suggestion from my friend [XMEN]Gambit, I went with a digital pH meter.

Now for pictures and a couple of videos:

A clean picture. I guess I didn’t get the radiator completely drained, so the fluid was diluted, though it wasn’t UV reactive anyways and the dye will fix this.

Goodbye white boxes! I painted them with headlight tinter and now there will be no white boxes hanging out in my case.

And black electrical tape on the LEDs, Blue lights be gone!


pH test kit


Buffer for water to test the calibration of the meter.


Key caps…great…red…okaaaaay. Included key puller in the top and the box clips to the back of the keyboard.

The desk all of this belongs with. Unfortunately I have to reroute my cabling again, but its mostly done already and I just need to fix the basket that holds the extra cables.


I wish the under-desk LEDs would do orange…closest is either red or off-white


Stock, individual key lighting. I almost like the “key bleed”, as it fills in the space. Still pondering…

Orange…thank you blurry camera!