YIDIY: Larry Andersen & His Terminator Velox

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In our latest edition of YIDIY, we take a look at a stunning mod by Larry Andersen of UltimateMods.net. When we last saw Larry, he was helping us make our own Monster build. This time around he brought his own beast of a build, the Terminator Velox- a shiny frag machine based on a Digital Storm Velox sporting two GeForce GTX 980s in SLI and even includes a modded NVIDIA GeForce GTX SLI bridge. It took top honors at LANFest Sacramento XV last fall.

Let's see what makes the Terminator Velox so "killer."

What first got you into modding PCs?

When I went to my first LAN event at PDXLAN back in 2007, I was shocked when I saw LOTS of modded rigs everywhere. That's when I realized it could be 'my thing' - because I always loved art and building. I decided to make my first attempt at modding with the wooden "Dragon Blood" case. After placing first, I then decided to keep at it as a hobby.

It's been 8 years since then. After all this time, why do you still DIY?

I haven't gotten bored with it. It's my passion. I don't see any reason why I would want to stop modding. In fact, it has given me a lot of motivation to do so much more.

OK, tell me about the Terminator Velox?

I am a big fan of the Terminator movies. Their colors and designs impressed me. My ideas for my build are inspired by the actual Terminator T-800 with chrome and red lights (red eyes). I wanted to do something similar with the case. Also, I fell in love with the case design from Digital Storm Velox. It is just the perfect size to contain a full water cooling system and high end parts. It also is a great quality case with full steel! The Gigabyte motherboard offers the best quality which includes a water block on the board, WiFi, Bluetooth, Killer e2200 LAN and a sound card all-in-one. It also has a 'eye' on it that just fit perfectly into the Terminator theme when they light up in red.

Terminator Velox Specs

Component Product
Chassis Digital Storm Velox
Graphics Cards NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (2x) with modded NVIDIA 2-way SLI bridge
CPU Intel Core i7-4790k Haswell 4.0GHz (overclocked to 4.8GHz)
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK ATX
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 (2400 MHz)
Storage Intel 730 Series 480GB SSD (2x)
Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB
Power Corsair AX1200i 80 Plus Platinum Full Modular
Cables Lutro0>
Cooling Full custom water cooling loop: Bitspower
Coolant: Mayhem's Aurora coolant (red)

How much time did you spend on the rig?

It took me about 1 month to figure out and conceptualize what I wanted. After I made a decision, it took me about a week working on this project. The most difficult thing was to decide how to build it the way I wanted. I still have few other ideas in my mind and am planning on doing those another time.

Any specific details on the rig that you really want to point out

Sure. There's a few things:

  • I want to point out that all the tubes are straight with no bends anywhere.
  • The special coolant I used is a Mayhems Aurora 2 of red and pearl. It makes awesome swirls within the chrome and clear tube inside the case. You can see liquid move around inside as they go through the tubes!
  • Since I'm using two GTX 980s in SLI, I created a custom cable to save some space in the back by going from 24 (four 6-pins) individually sleeved cables to a 24-pin to two 12-pin power connectors.

  • I made the power supply cover with a faded blinking light near the GIGABYTE logo/eye. The glass looks shattered on the corner by the Radiator, making it look like an awesome tube break through the power supply cover.

  • Lastly, I modded the GeForce SLI bridge into a chrome version with a red Digital Storm logo to match rest of the theme.

To see more pics from the build, check out his worklog on overclock.net.

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