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Deceptirig: Starscream 2.0


Build Goals


To expand on my most recent personal build Deceptirig: Starscream to give it the audio and desk upgrade it deserved.

Its been a tad bit over a year since I finished this monster and I initially wanted to do an audio upgrade alongside the build but funds did not allow that. So here we are about a year and a week later and I have finally wrapped up the gaming battlestation (mostly)!... Waiting on a couple monitor stands, another monitor, and my JBL sub to arrive that is on backorder.

I'll break the upgrades down into sections below (Going to keep it pretty simple as this is just upgrades to the overall setup, if you want to read in more detail check out the original build mentioned above. Thank you!):

Audio


This started off with me picking up the JBL LSR305 studio monitors, a JBL LSR310s subwoofer, a Denon DP300F turntable, and a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 as a main hub for them all to run through, including my PC.

I was running this for about a week on my old glass desk and was completely out of room. I actually had to get a second table for my turntable itself to sit on. While brainstorming ideas I actually picked up a triple monitor stand and designed brackets to make the monitors mount to it, but when the stand arrived it was much heavier than I anticipated and didn't trust a glass top with so much weight and equipment.

It was brought to my attention that the Focusrite 6i6 was a really poor way to go about managing my monitors, especially since I don't do any live recordings. So I returned that and picked up the Jotunheim Balanced multibit DAC and Amp from Schiit, along with their Mani phono pre-amp to run with my turntable, and a SYS for additional inputs and individual channel volume tweaks.

After having the Jotunheim for a bit I pulled the trigger on Massdrops HD6xx headphones and the fan music balanced cables for them. Those have yet to ship though I can't wait to try them out!

Desk


This is where the gears really started turning. I wanted a clean desk space with more real estate and something I could really customize for my needs. I decided to borrow the admittedly overplayed setup from randomfrankp and add some tweaks of my own. Such as I decided to get a solid wood butchers block and then stain and seal it myself instead of getting the particle board tops Ikea sells cheaper to risk permanent damage to the top if liquids penetrated the thin outer veneer they put on them.

So I picked up an 8' long solid piece of birch butchers block and applied 2 coats of special walnut stain, and 2 coats of semi-gloss wood sealer. I think the color came out amazing and it has a really nice golden brown shimmer to it. The color shifts as you walk along it, its a really cool effect. I sadly had to taint the top by drilling two 1/2" holes in it to mount the speakers but the outcome I think was worth it.

The thing I am most impressed with in the setup is baby Groot though.


When the monitor stands arrive I will be putting an Asus 4k monitor above my main monitor, and then a Samsung 4k monitor in the section to the right as a secondary gaming station for guests.


Please feel free to comment or ask any questions, I enjoy helping people on here however I can! Enjoy

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Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow. Just wow. Your build continued to impress me, and surprise me as I kept reading and scrolling through the pictures. The custom loop is fantastic, clearly so much time and effort was put into routing it. The lighting complements the chrome, and really makes it stand out. the audio setup is to die for, just having a Jotunheim is beyond impressive; most people wouldn't even know Shiit let alone know what a Jotunheim is. The custom desk, the clean desk space, the simple but aesthetic and efficient peripherals...I'm not surprised by a lot of builds anymore, not after looking at computers for this long. This build drove it home. Congratulations and thank you. +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I appreciate the feedback and compliments, I'm glad you like it!

There was a lot of time into the tower itself, all in all it was between 40-60 hours of work laying out the loop and customizing some parts of the case to route it, and then actually executing it!

most people wouldn't even know Shiit

So you're saying most people don't know Schiit huh? lol

Schiit offers quality gear at a really affordable rate. The Jotunheim is well below competitors products that offer balanced ins and outs. I had a Modi 2 Uber also on back order but lucked out and while waiting on my Jotunheim was informed they started offering the multibit DAC chip with the Jotunheim the day it was supposed to ship. So I went that route and cancelled the Modi 2 Uber.

All of this audio is replacing a set of Logitech Z506...so the improved audio quality is insane. The audio actually sounds like it comes from the middle of the monitor with the studio monitors being properly placed and angled...its a weird feeling and its geeked a few people who have heard it out!

Once again thank you for the kind words, its nice to get positive words off of something you're passionate about!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

people don't know Schiit! That's lucky with the order. But of course Evil it's so good to see such passion, we as a community are obligated and honored to elevate those who put in the time, money, and effort to exemplify what we're all gathered here for.

I had a bit of an audio upgrade myself, I was using just a SteelSeries Arctis 5 for audio....which is fine as a gaming headset in fact the mic is really good, but it simply didn't do it for me in terms of audio. I got a nice set of wood finish Edifier studio montitors, an ASUS Essence STX II, and AKG K702 headphones, so whether I'm using the speakers or the K702s I'm getting superior audio and I really enjoy that.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

AKG makes some great headphones. I enjoy them but don't personally like the huge round earcups. My buddy replaced his old AT M50x's with AKG 712's, paired to a Schiit Magni of course.

Edifier also makes some really quality stuff. I'd actually say their R1280's, and R1700's might be better stand alone units than my LSR305's. The 305's really need to be paired with a sub to make them shine. So I can't wait until mine come's...eventually.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like your desk setup A LOT. I like the use of those legs as risers on the Ikea drawers to add that little extra space for your small thin pieces of equipment, which adds a really nice touch. The table itself is just beautiful looking and might look into this now for my eventual desk upgrade. +1 for this clean desk setup

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the use of those legs as risers on the Ikea drawers

I stole that page from randfrankp's book, who has an insane desk. It does make the desk sit at 32.5" though, which I know a lot of people prefer their desk to be in the 28-30" range but it doesn't bother me and the added space is worth it imo.

Thanks for commenting, glad you like it!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the higher desks because I am a taller guy so I would sit a tad bit more comfortably at this height.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I think the custom table is the best part! NICE JOB!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the custom table is the best part!

You spelled baby Groot wrong

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Saw the turn table and instantly smashed that up vote button! Very impressive, well done!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm enjoying the vinyl game!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Your PC looks amazing and that whole setup you have is what I call an awesome one! I honestly love the way you have made all the components match in the build. It's nice to see a non-RGB build once in a while. I hope this gets featured +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Appreciate you, thanks.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolute masterpiece, a dream titan PC if I ever saw one.

One question that plagues me, where did you get that figurine in the 3rd picture?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Its baby Groot from Etsy! His hair is an air flower :P

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a clean setup! Where did you get the Daft Punk poster too?! +1 OP

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

Actually got the Daft Punk poster off eBay awhile back. The picture with the poster is the setup I upgraded from. I need to hang the poster still for the new setup. I think I'll put it on the wall directly to the right of the desk since once the additional monitors are up it won't really be visible if mounted above the desk.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Meh. It's not bad... :) -Truth

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the baby Groot! Nice continuation. Personally I'm using the HP Z34c, but mainly cause I got a great deal on it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the setup! I was wondering though, I noticed the
Sennheiser GSX 1000. What would you say that it helps with the most? Like, is there that much of a difference in quality compared to plugging it directly into your PC? What are the main perks of having that, and do they justify spending that much on it? Thank you!

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate that very much, and one can only ever dream of being the featured spot. There are a lot of very skilled builders on here and lots of builds at a time that deserve to be featured. Must be a tough job for the PCPP crew to pick!

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  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I appreciate it!