Description

I'm finally putting my build up as completed after two years of working on it! Here's how the description will go: I'll talk about how it's all setup, then include the description/update notes on the bottom from the parts list. No dates since I forgot to record that stuff.

1) Tower: I don't need to delve into this too much ironically enough, as all of the parts are already listed. But this has largely been untouched through the years other than swapping a 290 for a 295x2, the psu from corsair 750w to a EVGA 1000w modular gold plus rating, and a 212 evo cooler to a NZXT Kraken x41 cooler. The build went well, especially since it was my first build. My description down below contains notes on potential future upgrades.

2) Audio: I do like some good sound. I have two pioneer bs22's hooked up to a bic f12 sub on speaker out. Then more speaker wires from receiver out on the sub go to the smsl 36a amp. Then I have analog cables hooked from there to an smsl sd793 dac/amp. Finally, I have a spdif cable from the dac to the sound card on the motherboard. Complicated, but I used reddit.com/r/zeos 2.1 setup guide for this. I also have a recently purchased fidelio x1 for some peaceful gaming audio, which sounds great.

3)Monitors: I have a Samsung pnf5300 plasma tv mounted on the wall, above a 3 monitors. Two are dell 23 inch ips monitors with a crossover 27 inch qhd ah-ips monitor. They are all hooked up to the video card via hdmi cable and active mini displayport adapters. This was a pain in the arse to get it hooked up properly. But it works well enough. I use the plasma tv for gaming/movies/music screen. The bottom three are for browsing the web/programming/extra screen space. Overkill? probably.

4) Desk: I'll include keyboard/mouse in this. I originally had a razer blackwidow I found in the dumpster. It got old, so I bought a corsair k70 with blue switches. I have a strong preference toward blues :) Plus the build quality is amazing! Works much better than I thought it would. Then I have a logitech performance mx I got for very cheap. I prefer bigger mice that form to my hand over gaming mice. Notes for future buyes: Always test out a mouse or keyboard (or most any product) before you buy. Don't blindly follow recommendations and reviews, as I did not care for the g502, far too small for my hands. The desk itself is an ikea galant I got on craigslist. Love the space, but A-legs are horrible. One broke already.

5) OS/System Usage: I have two OSes that I use with my system. I use windows 10 for gaming/media and linux for work. I have linux installed on an external hdd, and windows installed on an ssd. Thanks to the built-in hotswap dock, I plug in the linux hard drive while the machine is off, then boot it up into linux. To go into windows, I unplug the hdd and it goes into windows. I don't like dealing with the grub os switching. This just works better for me.

6) Final notes from past two years:

  • I upgraded the gpu from a r9 290 to a XFX 295x2. Crossfire is... not worth it imo. I should have just gotten a fury, oh well. When I do get the benefits of it, games are buttery smooth.
  • I wish I would have gone with Intel 1150 socket, just for the upgrade-ability. Perhaps I'll wait on AMD Zen
  • The write speed on the 840 EVO does slow down over time, that would have been nice to know
  • I wish I would have gotten a 3tb drive, now I awkwardly have 2 1tb drives (one I got for free)
  • The full tower is HUGE. I don't need all that space, a mid size that's more sleek would have been preferred (perhaps NZXT H440). BUT, building in it was a breeze! So much space, great build quality, and lots of great features. Just, very very big...
  • I had to upgrade the power supply to EVGA Supernova 2 1000 watt
  • I added a gigabyte GC-WB867D-I based on intel wifi modules... it's fantastic, seriously the ONLY good pcie wireless card I found.
  • The Asus motherboard probably has the best drivers and bios ever. Seriously, their motherboards are great. No problems whatsoever. Overclocks like a beast.
  • I upgraded to 16gb ram, overkill? Nah. Good for running my VM's in linux environment anyway.
  • Decided to use bookshelf speakers with DAC/Amplifier. Sounds amazing. Used r/zeos recommended wiring guide for a sub/bookshelf desktop setup (http://i.imgur.com/Z8FMJ.png)
  • Upgraded to a NZXT Kraken x41. I was disappointed to find that the massive case did not properly fit this cpu cooler, so I had to drill holes in the back of the case where the 140mm case fan was to properly fit it. It was a scary process, but it seems to work fine. *Upgraded old razer keyboard to a corsair k70 mx blues. I love mx blues.
  • Logitech g502 was taken to use at work, I now use a performance mx. Much better suited for my large hands.
  • Acer h23bid was sold, replaced with my plasma tv which was mounted above the three monitor setup. Bookshelf speakers were mounted up there as well.
  • Desk used is an older ikea galant I found on craigslist. These desks are great, but the a-type legs are an abomination. One of mine broke already, and is being supported by a small crappy drawer.
  • Chair is a generic office chair from officedepot, got it for my birthday from my gf when it was on sale. It's comfy enough.
  • Looks like HAL thanks to the red theme. I'll name it HAL. Only took 2 years to name it properly.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

That is really a lot of monitors. LOL. That top one looks like you are looking up at a steep angle.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I do wish I had mounted the tv a little bit lower, but I'm a fairly tall person and I have my chair sitting up pretty high, so it's not as bad as it looks. But still, if only. I'm not about to put it down farther though, it was a nightmare getting that thing mounted!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah just leave it if it is already mounted. Too much trouble. LOL.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Was the name hal by any chance based on 2001 a space Odyssey?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it was! I have a theme among my systems to be science fiction robots (albeit HAL is a system, but I had to name it HAL because of the red).

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Your setup looks great, but just wonder about the practicality of it all...i mean you can only look at so much at one time.
Super cool set up tho! +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, it's overkill at times. However, when I'm in linux, all that screen real estate is an absolute dream!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

curious, what is it about linux that makes all those screens at one time valuable? more of question around what it is so unique about linux os?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The screen realstate is more for my personal work flow. When I work from home, I have irc client up, thunderbird, about 8 terminals, chrome, vm, and maybe some other things up. But generally, it's much easier in linux to have more screen realstate, chances are you'll have a few terminals up plus a browser while doing some work. What's unique about linux (and unix, for that matter), is it's built as a modular and open source system. There's almost nothing about linux that you can't get to tinker with and it really becomes a system that ultimately, you decide how it looks and functions without being told you can't do it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

cool...yeah i like unix (and therefore linux) for that reason, but open source these days scares me. If i'm not mistaken mac OS is based on unix, as Jobs developed that os while at next and based on unix. So lots of screens it is...almost like your very own headquarter control room! hehe

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

love you setup!

esp those wall mounted speakers!!!

i can tell you are an audio geek from the headphones and amp

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I appreciate it! I'm just now getting into some better audio lately though :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

your monitor and TV display setup looks almost like a command center console in NASA

which is the main display for gaming?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I was going for with the monitor setup! I have the plasma as the main gaming monitor, I prefer better colors/blacks over pixel density. Hence why I don't use the qhd monitor for gaming. Plus, ya know, it's bigger than the other monitors.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

yea if you are upgrading to Intel Skylake

the R9 295x2 is still the most powerful GPU until the FuryX2 comes out

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

That 295x 2 doe mmmmh sexy

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I have that same exact mouse. It's not really made for gaming. But it's one of the most ergonomic mouses ever made. Logitech really spoiled me. When I put any other mouse in my hand now it just doesn't feel right. I could play for 10 hours with that mouse and my hand won't get tired. It's absolutely incredible.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. When it comes to gaming, I just throw in a 360 controller and call it a day. If I'm doing competitive (looking at you counterstrike), I just suffer the wireless latency for the nice ergonomics of the mouse :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

An incredible and underrated mouse. I will only get Logitech going forward. Nothing else.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome set up! I agree with you in regards to crossfire and sli for that matter. Not worth it unless games take full advantage but often you are presented with issues. I had an r9 295x2 and upgraded to 980ti sli. Love both cards but sometimes the drivers let you down...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I got the 295x2 for a great price, so I'm not let down by it. It's a beautiful card and has great potential, just needs some better software support. Here's hoping!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Hot damn. I like it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's been fun to build it up.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the kind of stuff that restores my faith in humanity lol.

Great build. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It's my hobby building and setting these kinda workstations up. An expensive hobby, but too much fun!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

What Linux distribution do you use? I've played with a fair number, but Ubuntu (Unity) is my favorite so far...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using fedora 23. This distro has been off/on for me. Some releases I love it, others I need to find something new due to instability. I wanna try elementaryOS as my next try. Ubuntu was fun too, I have my stepdad's system running that.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried Fedora yet, but I have a Raspberry Pi and an old office PC running Arch Linux headless, just SSH'ing into them with PuTTY and my laptop. Arch is nice and lightweight, but it's probably the most difficult distro to install.

I'm going to put Fedora in a VM and try it out! I'm always looking for more distros.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, hopefully you enjoy it! Another great one to try is opensuse. They just released a big overhaul to their consumer distro that kind of melds together their server (SLES) and consumer (opensuse) distros. Imma try running it in libvert one of these days just to see how it functions, but my coworker has it and he enjoys it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

funny enough, I just downloaded opensuse yesterday! I'll try it out today, it sounds good!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow this is a great setup.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! T'was a fun time to get it all setup, erm, mostly. Mounting the TV was a nightmare to do by one's self.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice very nice :) lots of screens but damn, it looks mean. and good clock rates and load temps. any comments on your overclocking experience? did you overclock your R9 as well?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It is mean indeed! My overclocking experience has been great so far though. I pushed it from 3.5 to 4.0 no prob, then slowly up to 4.5. I'm amazed at the temps I've been getting, the x41 really helps. Overclocking was honestly a lot less scary than I thought. Just followed some tutorials and got it working. I didn't overclock the video card though. It runs a bit hot as is, since it's a dual gpu card. I get enough performance anyway, so it's all good :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the red. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Sometimes, when I come home from work or out in the town, I'll forget that I left it on and I see this demonic red glow in my room and get slightly scared I summoned lucifer accidentally. Then I remembered it's my system. I might try blue next time.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like the AMD proccesor? I am getting the i7 4790 k, but I'm on a tight budget. Is it worth saving the money on or should I splurge and buy the i7?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm an AMD fanboy, just gonna get that out of the way. But I regret buying it. It's not a bad CPU by any means, in fact it's great. The problem is the am3 chipset is dead, very dead. And I bought into, essentially, a non-upgradable, old chipset with older features. And, unless you absolutely NEED the hyperthreading that an i7 will give you, go with an i5 and save around 150 dollars. Because an i5 is an i7 without hyperthreading (and maybe less cache)