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So this started off as an office PC, which had a pretty decent CPU (i7 3770), 8GB ram, some intel business class motherboard, a 1TB HDD, and I believe a GT 530 GPU, basically a fully functioning PC. I bought this off craigslist for a pretty reasonable price back in 2013 (~550 CAD). It served me okay in everyday tasks such as browsing the web, watching youtube, and playing TF2 at 120fps (the only game I played back then).
One day my friend suggested to upgrade the graphics card as I had been playing TF2 at ultra low settings with a max performance graphics script. Luckily the GTX 660ti was on sale that day, being a high school student with limited funds, it was the perfect card. This was my first glimpse at the true "pcmasterrace" and I enjoyed many of the games I couldn't run properly otherwise.
Fast forwarding to this day, I've upgraded 2 SSDs, a beefier GPU, CPU cooler, a better PSU, fans, and lastly the case. The next thing I'm probably going to upgrade would be the CPU and mobo and RAM once the new generation comes out, whether it's zen or skylake 2 or whatever, we'll see later on.
Now comes the RGB lighting. It is running on a custom controller named Asteri that my friend and I developed, similar to HUE+ but hackable and programmable, controllable through a C# program or android phone via BT, also supports in-game integration (LoL, CSGO, more soon), and sleeping animation. I've got 8 strips in this case, (Ceiling of the chassis, left and right of the window, power supply section, 3 underglow, and lastly the indicator light), the strips are the ordinary addressable WS2812b which I cut in appropriate lengths, running off of 5V molex rail @~1.5-2A draw. Ignore the ugly tapes around the strips, it's just my temporary soldering, if it was in production it would have been properly heatshrunk. More details on it later, if anyone is interested in the controller let me know. The cost of the controller is a fraction of the HUE+ and I believe the controller is much more powerful than it. Oh and it will be open source of course. Additionally there are 2 acrylic strips (laser cut and sanded) running down the bottom of the case to better diffuse the light. It's pretty sexy if I do say so myself.
The keyboard is a Korean custom Winkeyless B.mini with gateron clears, DIP modded, stickered and lubed, 62g springs. Blank thick pbt grey keycaps with some signature plastic keycaps. The rainbow mode perfectly blends with the case. I was lucky enough to get in the next duck octagon v2 group buy, with the blue grey top + acrylic angled bottom it WILL BE the end game, and it will be the absolute perfect match with my case and RGB.
I'm also in need of a better monitor, the 980ti is just a waste with this 1080p 60hz. Got my eyes on the acer xb271hu and x34 but man they are expensive, on my co-op work term right now and I can hopefully pick one of them up soon.
ooh and I could post some interior photosbutI'mjusttoolazytodocablmanagementsonplacesInormallywon'tsee
Still a relevant CPU up to this date, have not experienced any bottlenecks in any new games (GTA V, Rise of Tomb Raider, Fallout 4), does what I need it to do.
Kind of an overkill for my system, but then I can run the Phanteks 140mm fans at 10-40% on max load without hearing anything. Pump is kind of noisy though (slight buzz)
IDK anything about this board but it works, wish it had more features but it's a business class board and held up pretty well up, so I'm happy. oooooooh also this is the only build with this motherboard so I feel specccccccccccccccial
My boot drive, nice and fast.
Temps are not the greatest, slight coil whine, no aftermarket waterblock for it, but highest boost clock out of the box of all cards. Great gpu. I need a better monitor to pair with it though haha.
SO SEXY, EASY TO MOD ON, RGB FOR DAYS
Overkill, but fan doesn't spin even when I play csgo, tf2, l4d2 or other less demanding games, got it on sale. SUPER SLIGHT FIT WITH THE EVOLV WITH THE HDD CAGE THOUGH BEWARE.
This thing dropped my gpu temps for 3 degrees.
Quiet and efficient, white and black.
2 years old now, still going strong. Nice sensor.