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Modest gaming rig with a strong focus on aesthetics. Built for streaming on Twitch.tv. Was able to fund most of it through Twitch bucks/donations, so shoutouts to my viewers. :D
March 20, 2015
Updated with pics of desk and streaming room. I spent $20 total for the three monitors. They don't match but they get the job done. Mount is from amazon; it is very sturdy and exceeded my expectations.
Pinpointed the noise to the GPU. It's not crazy noisy but it is definitely noticeable. Is this grounds for an RMA? At least I wear headphones half the time.
Blacked out theme for this build. Trying to keep it as quiet as possible (while still looking clean). Six fan setup - three intake (two front, one bottom), three exhaust (two roof, one rear).
Spray-painted the mobo with 3 coats of Plasti Dip, 20 minutes apart each coat. Left to dry for four hours. I accidentally smudged it cause somehow I had some wet paint on my hand that rubbed off. Can you spot where?
Removed HDD cage, empty SSD cage, and ODD tool-less mounts. Mounted HDD inside ODD tray via 3.5" to 5.25" bracket.
The Sleeved LED Kit is meant to fit in a PCI slot but the motherboard armor was blocking it. Just removed the PCB from the metal piece and taped it to the back of the ODD tray. Need to get double sided tape but electrical tape will do for now.
Where can I get a damn Corsair PSU cable with a single molex connector instead of a chained connector? Tried my best with the cable management here...
I almost bricked the mobo by horribly failing at upgrading the SSD firmware. Why do you make it so hard for me to update your SSD Crucial? I couldn't get the firmware update software to boot from my USB drive and somehow it stopped my PC starting up; couldn't even go into BIOS. Thank God for BIOS flashback... Never thought I would need to use it.
PC has failed to power on a few times before. It seems to happen right after I move some stuff around inside... I inadvertently fixed it by making sure cables are properly connected but haven't isolated it to one thing. Is there a some sort of short somewhere?
Here's a rundown of why I chose each part:
CPU: Leftover from my last build - needed something that could handle video encoding 720p/60fps video encoding while gaming. I should have just gotten an i5 - the i7 is a bit of an overkill. Something something, future-proof. :P
Cooler: Decent cooler for OCing in the future. Most importantly: it's black and looks good.
Motherboard: This is the "central piece" of this build. Needed a black motherboard without all the visual noise the usual mobo has. The armor covers everything and gives it a clean look. It actually comes grey-colored (check pics to see the difference) but I spray painted it matte black with some Plasti Dip. I should note that I almost mATX and bought the Gryphon.
Memory: It was between this or the G-Skill Sniper. I thought the white accent complimented the H100i nicely, so this won. Was originally going to get the 1866 set but picked up the 1600 for a bit cheaper. I'm not too particular of RAM timings.
SSD: Had the 850 EVO/PRO in mind but got this for relatively cheap. Not bad. Cons: not black >.>
HDD: Salvaged from last build - apparently this is a good HDD? Not black either <.<
GPU: Went with EVGA for this build cause it simply looks the best, IMO. Would've been happy with either a 760 or 960, which I find to be the sweetspot for me. Almost bought the 960 but I found this for pretty cheap, like new! Plays my games maxed out at 1080p. The gold trim on this 770 is pretty but EVGA's 980 is all black - must be why it's so expensive.
Case: Cleanest case, IMO. Nothing stupid on it. Does have its drawbacks, though - could use better cable management, front dust filter is lackluster, only 2 front USB ports.
PSU: Why did I buy this again? Its got too much not-black on it! Anyway; it's full-mod, looks decent (cable wires are black instead of "rainbow"), platinum efficiency (psh), $30 MIR
Case Fans: Idk about these. They don't seem all that quieter... maybe I've got sensitive hearing? They look decent though. Update March 20: Pinpointed the main source of the build's noise to the GPU. These fans are actually pretty quiet; virtually inaudible frrom my seat.
LED Kit: It was cheap and lights up my case. Couldn't mount this thing in a PCI slot (mobo was blocking it) so I just stuck it behind the ODD tray. Weird mounting the LED sleeve at first but turned it out great.