The Amaranth


  • Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 250D Black Aluminum Mini ITX

  • Motherboard:  Asus ROG Maximus VI Impact LGA 1150 Intel Z87 Chipset Mini ITX

  • CPU:  Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4Ghz LGA 1150 Quad-Core HD 4400

  • VGA:  Asus nVidia GeForce GTX 760 2GB GDDR5 PCI-e 3.0

  • RAM:  Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133Mhz

  • Storage 1: Samsung 840 Series 500GB Sata 6Ghz SSD

  • Storage 2:  Seagate Momentus HDD 500GB 7200RPM Sata 6Ghz

  • PSU:  OCZ ZT Series 650W Full Modular 80+

  • Heatsink:   Corsair Hydro Series H100i 240mm Dual Fan CPU Water Cooling

  • Optical: Asus Blu-Ray Burner 24x


  • ACC 1: 2 x Red Corsair Air Series AF120 120MM Silent Fan

  • ACC 2: BitFenix Spectre Pro 200mm Fluid Bearing Fan

  • ACC 3: 10 x 12in Cool White LEDs Strips


  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64Bit


Version 0.7 Pictures

Version 1.0 Pictures

The Amaranth Signature PC is a small Mini ITX based system.  The Amaranth packs the most power per square inch we've built into a PC so far. Intense gaming, dual monitor views and audio/video editing are some of the tasks performed marvelously by the Amaranth. This PC's case has been installed with the most LEDs strips that we've put on a PC before, 10 in total.

Other PC facts: 

·         Builder(s):  Andrés Hernández

·         Ver 0.7 Finished date - Saturday, February 22, 2014.

·         Ver 1.0 Last Modification Date - Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Hints for building a similar PC:

  1. The Corsair 250D case makes installing pretty easy, but treading the LEDs and making them functional was tricky.  We used 3-pin fan connectors to make breakaways for the LEDs so when maintenance time comes, one can easily detach them to remove the panels.

  2. Installing a 200mm limits available space on a case.  Make sure you properly take measurements or you might not be able to fit a PC part.  We almost ordered an 11inch graphics card that wasn't going to fit, lucky for us we double checked. 

  3. It's the first time we used white LEDs on a PC.  This changes the focus to the true color of your PC parts rather than the color of the LEDs.