Build Your Own: The Customizable, Illuminated Dream Machine

Lighting Controller And Enclosure

Lighting: NZXT Hue RGB LED Controller

This is the piece of hardware that sparked my idea for this story. NZXT's Hue consists of a simple six-foot-long LED sleeve that adheres to a case's interior. The controls are housed in a 5.25” drive bay, providing easily access for adjusting brightness, color, and even effects (referred to as modes).

Modes make the lights flash, pulse, fade, and change colors. Considering a reasonable $33 price tag at Newegg, this component definitely has the biggest impact on our build's aesthetic for the lowest buy-in.

Enclosure: Thermalktake Level 10 GT

Acknowledging that chassis choice is highly subjective, Thermaltake's Level 10 GT is one of the most unique and attractive PC enclosures I've ever worked with. It's designed to be a less pricey version of the $1,000 BMW-designed, ultra high-end Thermaltake Level 10, reviewed by Thomas Soderstrom in 2010.

Despite an $800-cheaper price tag, the GT's build quality is still excellent. Its unique semi-modular design makes component installation an absolute pleasure. Five externally-accessible 3.5” hot-swappable SATA drive bays are a luxury that add to this case’s style and function.

Perhaps more relevant to this particular build, the Level 10 GT comes factory-equipped with customizable LED lighting. Fan lights can be set to blue, green, red, two patterns that alternate between the three colors, or off. In addition, the case features a small window to the CPU area, which is ideal for showing off lit-up components.

For $200 on Newegg, Thermaltake's Level 10 GT is one of my favorite enclosures, and an excellent home for our illuminated dream build.

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  • Robi_g
    Turn PSU up the other way for more light.
    How about water cooling it and put LEDs in the 'blocks.
  • mikerockett
    After reading through all that, looking forward to the video - 'This video contains content from EMI, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds' -_-
  • Steveymoo
    It's annoying for us in the UK - $200 in the US for this great case, £198 ($314) in the UK. Who are you trying to rip off Thermaltake?
  • Anonymous
    Looks like the Youtube video is blocked on copyright grounds.
  • ciaranmc2011
    going to be starting my second build soon will be defiantly looking at this question tho do you think this will be nice with a 800D chasis
  • Anonymous
    OK, you've spent more on peripherals than I would spend on the core components of my own machine!

    Looks ace, though...