The APEX Build by Calen Saddler (Envious Mods)

The APEX build came about after being approached by several hardware manufacturers to do a build that could be displayed with Gigabyte/Aorus for CES 2017. I was given full creative freedom but, I had less than a month from concept to finished product. A lot of neat features were built into APEX, including a 2-way acrylic PSU Window. When the PSU gets to a specific temperature the backlit leds turn on. This makes it so the window changes from reflective to see through which exposes all the inner workings of the power supply. Every single piece of custom work/modding was done in house and by hand. There’s a lot of detail work because I’m a big believer in the details making the difference between a good build and an epic one. 



  • CPU: Intel Kaby Lake i7 7700k
  • Motherboard: Aorus Z270X-Gaming 5
  • GPUs: SLI Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 X 2
  • Memory: HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 (16Gb)
  • PSU: Dark Power Pro 11 (1,000 watt)
  • Cables: Modular custom sleeved CableMod cables (white, black, silver and orange)
  • Fans: Silent Wings 3 high speed 4 X 140mm & 4 X 120mm




  • CPU Block: Eisblock XPX
  • GPU Blocks: NexXxoS GPX GTX1070
  • Pump:Alphacool VPP755
  • Radiators: Alphacool 360mm x-flow & 420mm
  • Reservoir: 250mm tube reservoir Eisbecher
  • GPX SLI connector
  • 13mm Satin Hardtube
  • Phoybia ZuperZero crystal blue coolant


Fittings: (Alphacool)

  • HT Hardtube 13mm fittings
  • 2-way ball valve
  • Various lengths of G1/4 extensions
  • 90 degree rotary fittings
  • 45 degree rotary fittings
  • 45 X 2 rotaryfittings


Extra Gear:

  • Phoybia 6 way PWM fan controller
  • Be Quiet PWM fan and LED controller
  • Addressable LEDS and wireless controller
  • Phoybia RGB strip
  • Alphacool reservoir RGB LEDs Aurora
  • Phoybia X 4 Fan PWM extensions (300 & 600mm)


Project Apex by Calen Saddler (Envious Mods)


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