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TL;DR: Looks great, works great. Difficult to get working with Ubuntu but gets a little more frames than Windows(which it works with without any special downloads). Glass panel is hard to deal with if you're worried about design. CPU cooler is huge.

The babyEater started out as a joke between me and a friend of mine. I was mocking a YouTuber who said his computer ate babies, and he found it funny. I referred to his computer(a beast of a computer at the time) as the Baby Eater from then on. Later on it was decided that I would build the true baby eating computer, and from then on my laptop would be referred to as babyEaterJR(with the uncapitalized b because it looks cool).

Late May I finally got the last piece of the puzzle, the Asus GeForce GTX 970 STRIX. I got to building ASAP. Everything went together pretty easily, despite the case looking claustrophobic. The only hard part to get together was the CPU cooler(which is huge given the size of the case. I almost didn't think it would fit). The CPU cooler is held to the mobo by a metal piece shaped like an X, and it goes on pretty easy. But when you realize you put it on wrong, it's insanely infuriating to get off. Word to the wise, make sure you're doing it right before you screw it on. Also the thermal paste made me nervous as hell to apply, but I think that goes for any build. Who doesn't have nightmares of that **** seeping out off the CPU and all over your $60 mobo? Also #2, the fan screws are very difficult to get off so they get ruined easily. I currently only have 3 screws in the fan in the back of the case because I turned the + on one of the screws into an o... Or maybe that's just me being bad with tools.

The GPU was a little difficult to put in given how little space I had after putting in the CPU cooler, but it wasn't impossible. I scratched my hand on the corner of the cooler countless times because of the GPU but it was worth it.

Now depending on what OS you use, you'll have a totally different experience with the GPU...

  • Linux(I used Ubuntu, not sure about other distros): So with Ubuntu you'll have to start out using integrated graphics because without the Nvidia graphics drivers or whatever, your monitor wont receive anything. And the drivers are kind of a pain in the *** to install... I had to dig deep into Google to find a set of instructions that would work because the manual doesn't tell you anything, there is no official guide online, and it's not very clear what you have to do anyways... I had to use TTY1 to get the installer to run at all, and then it wouldn't run until lightdm wasn't running(the installer doesn't tell you that it can't be running). I had to run a few commands on top of that but I can't remember for the life of me what they were. Once all was settled, though, it kind of ****** up Ubuntu(loading screen runs strangely and TTY1 is always orange... and it's just TTY1. not 2-6) but games ran great and everything looked fantastic. GS:GO would run at ~300 fps and so would all other Source games. Rust ran ultra settings at ~30 fps and RS3 almost gave me a heart attack the first time I ran it at ultra settings, but I'm not sure about the framerate exactly.

  • Windows: 10/10, no problems. CS:GO runs at least 250 at all times(usually closer to 300 but rarely above), Rust runs at ultra as well as Linux did but I haven't checked the exact framerate. RS3 is still orgasmic, and DS:PTDE looks so beautiful, no fps issues(especially after DSFix).

A few comments about the case itself... Very beautiful, nice and simplistic. I don't know what material the handles(and the bottom things) are made out of but wow is it easy to clean. The entire case is black so oil shows up pretty easily but it comes of with just a little rub from the sleeve of your shirt. But since the buttons are on the opposite side of the glass panel, there are very few places you can put this case where you don't either have the glass panel facing a wall or you have to reach around the entire machine to press the power button/plug things into the USBs and headphone jack. If you're not worried about showing off the guts of your computer while its running, don't bother trying to find somebody that offers the case with the glass panel and just go with the cheapest one. That way you don't have to worry about which side faces the wall(there are probably ways to avoid that problem like I had but I'm too dumb to problem solve). I also like that the black version of this case has a front panel that allows airflow for the PSU. Also #2(again), the LEDs on the button panel is like looking at the sun. With my computer room light off, the case alone could keep the whole room lit.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you happen to have a link (or links) to what you used to figure out out the Nvidia drivers? I'm planning an Ubuntu build soon with the 1070, and it would be nice to avoid some of the Googling and frustration.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately I have no idea where I got the instructions from. The steps I took were an amalgamation of a bunch of different sets of instructions. I would find a list of instructions on sites like stackoverflow.com that looked like they'd work with my current situation, then something would go wrong at like, step 3. From there I would google what to do in that situation, then find different instructions, do them until they stop working, rinse and repeat...

If you find the drivers, in theory this is what you have to do:

  • Go into TTY1 (I don't remember which one you're put in when the computer starts, but the point is that it's not that one. It should look like a command prompt.)
  • Make sure lightdm is stopped (I think it's 'sudo service stop lightdm' but it's been a while since I've used Linux)
  • Navigate to the installer location and run it
  • Progress through the installer like you would any other installer
  • At some point it may tell you to stop some other services, in which case you'd do it the same way you stopped lightdm
  • If not, it should go through with the installation. It may ask you to 'force' the installation, which I did but maybe you should go with the non-forceful option first... (It's not a big deal if you force it and it bugs out. All you have to do is reinstall Ubuntu. It went smoothly for me and didn't break anything, but that doesn't mean it won't bug out for you).

This is the point where it stopped working for me. I don't remember exactly what it said happened, but it made it clear that this wasn't going to work. I had to exit the installer and put in a few more commands before continuing with the installation(I did this quite a few times before it actually worked). It might work perfectly for you, though, who knows. When the installer is done you can turn.

PS, sorry for the late response. I don't check this site very often.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

When I saw your build name, all I could think was "Atleast he didn't name it The BEAST."

  • 43 months ago
  • -1 points

(insert funny comment here)