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Sorry for giving my PC such an overused name. This is my first build and I'm pretty proud of it. I'm only 18 and I learned so much from this project, that I've decided to study computer engineering or science. It all started as a hobby, but it has escalated to something more. When the next gen consoles came out, I was outraged by the price and my PC was pretty good, so I decided to just buy a graphics card (R9 270X); which was way cheaper. I continued to do research and watch videos, and I ended up making this a hobby. During the summer, I got a job and decided to build my own new computer from scratch. I worked a couple months and bought the parts, one by one. I currently use my computer for anything from gaming to using programs that require a lot of horse power. I'm currently a high school student studying engineering and using programs such as SolidWorks and MasterCAM. SolidWorks, especially, requires a lot of CPU horse power when using Finite Element Analysis and Photoview 360 rendering. I have to be honest and it performs better than expected. I can do pretty intensive Finite Element Analyses and realistic renderings of my different projects in no time. Complex parts with multiple features, and extensive assemblies featuring multiple parts are not a problem at all anymore. What started as a simple project, ended having me help friends fix and build computers under much more restricting budgets; all of them are happy with their builds and I'm proud of my decision to become part of the computer building community. I might save some cash and buy another GTX 980 and go SLI. I might also do some case modding, fortunately, I have a couple of CNC mills and lathes available in my engineering class and my engineering teacher will probably not mind at all. If you have any suggestions and/or advise, please let me know, thank you.

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Your CPU load average was about 75C according to RealTemp. Really solid build you have here though! Glad to hear it's all you wanted and more. :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

BTW I just noticed your builds, and you sir have all of my respect, I tip my hat to you.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thank you! I probably spend a little too much time on here. Building computers is quite addicting.

I'm impressed that you took the time to check temperatures under various testing methods. I'm used to just trying to get the max temp I can get to be as low as possible so that when under normal use, I know that the temps are within a safe range.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I just wanted to have a look at the worst case scenario.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for pointing that out. You are right. The "underload temperature" that I reported was the average over a larger span of time of average use. The one that I reported was when my computer is playing Battlefield 4 and other games, along with my engineering software which is what I use my computer the most for. So the max temperature that Real Temp was reporting the temperature caused my the 100% stress from the Prime 95 test and I don't put my CPU at 100% stress at all of the time. So the max reported by RealTemp might be referring to my CPU at 100% stress (or something similar since the numbers don't exactly match.) But the one I reported is my usual everyday max. Maybe my conclusion is wrong, but that was more or less my criteria and my explanation for the discrepancy between the two. Again, thank you for your keen eye and noticing small details such as these. Thank you for your support.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

it's like a dang spaceship up in here! So many lights!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

The really cool thing is that it is all remote controlled and I can do some cool effects; such as flashing and colors fading and changing.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

cool

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice to see your hard work pay off. I'd recommend a 2nd monitor for more productivity.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest, sometimes I need two monitors to do some assignments for my engineering projects and a second monitor would come really handy so I could work on my 3D models and look at sketches, videos and tutorials on the other screen. Since I'm kind of cheap, I just use a nearby TV and plug it into one of my HDMI ports and I have a second screen. So that's my cheap solution for a second screen. I only use a second screen, mostly for productivity reasons. It would be pretty cool to do some surround gaming, but I got to save some money I could buy two more of those Asus monitors, which I highly recommend; but I would buy another GTX 980 before doing that. I love and prefer my over 120 FPS than anything else, but I'm willing to compromise.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Wouldn't it be better if you used more budget in monitors? like 27inch or dual cuz thats where you get the real thing

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree to some degree. I wanted a 120 or 144 Hz monitor in order to play Battlefield 4 and other games at 1080p and 120 FPS, and I do use a second monitor (really a cheap LCD TV), but only for my engineering projects and productivity reasons.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I am wondering if I can ask a question, seeing as you used standard RGB lights, and not PC specialized ones. I have been wondering this for awhile, do you just hide the white power brick/remote receiver in the case? Or do you have some female DC to molex connector I don't know about.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not the op, but I would suggest getting a Molex connector and a barrel connector and making your own (soldering wires together just make sure you do it right), or just buy a cable that's done it for you. Also be sure your psu can support it! This is very important! I believe they run around 72W so ensure if you plan to do this your psu is 100w higher on top of the 100 extra watts you want to leave as a buffer. That's why I got a 630w psu for a 350w computer. Also leaves me room to overclock which is nice, or the ability to add more in the future.

Honestly if you have the psu power I find it stupid to have another power brick inside your pc, adds another unnecessary plugin and could pose a potential hazard if it went bad.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

kleinja's response and idea is the ideal one and I would suggest doing that. I might post some more pictures of how I did, but I will give you a quick run through of how I did. I basically had a very small white receiver which I hot-glued to the inside of my case, and then had to connect a 12V DC power adapter and ran the cable through out of the water cooler holes from the back and connect it to a power surge protector that I use to keep my electronics save. Yes it is an extra cable and I could have gone kleinja's way and done that, but I felt that my way was a bit simpler. I did not want to have to do anything with soldering cables or anything like. I'm pretty sure that kleinja's way is easier than I think and I just did not do enough research.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, that is essentially what I was going to do. But I found a DC to molex adapter, so I will stick the white receiver in but then connect the power directly to my psu. Thank you for the reply.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I've been interested in that case for a while. What's your thoughts on it? Good choice on career. I'm about to graduate with a mechanical engineering degree and be a product engineer. Fun field with fun people! Good luck with school.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

The only concern that I have is the front mesh. It gets kinda of messy with the dust piling up, but it isn't too bad - I guess that it is good, since it means that the dust being collected in the mesh isn't getting inside. Sometimes I feel that the inside of my case isn't cool enough, but I live in South Florida and the weather doesn't help. The case is a bit heavy, but it is a full tower, so I am assuming that you are not planning to move it frequently. Other than that, I full-heartedly recommend this case. Every bad thing I just told you can also be seemed as a positive. I do not regret buying my CM Storm Stryker/Trooper.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Brings a tear to my eye Cecrigope, keep up the amazing work and good luck on your career mate.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your support, it is just my first build and I'm proud of it, if you can save a bit and build your own.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

There really is no better name for a Stryker build ;)

Well done on the cable management and nice part choices. How are you liking the Taipan?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey just noticed your "Project Valkyrie Build"...nice cup holder, by the way; you got to teach me that mod. The Taipan gave me a bit of trouble on the first few days because I was not used to the side buttons to be honest; and I kept on switching pages on Chrome by accident, but I got used to it. After a while, it has been a complete pleasure. To be honest I'm a right-hand user, so I don't know how it feels on left handed users, but since it is ambidextrous I assume that it should work just fine. I remember looking at your Project Valkyrie when I was browsing for other people's work; really big fan of your cinematic shots, different from 95% of the people.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Hrm, my Gigabyte mouse is failing and I need to pick up a new mouse. The Taipan looked pretty decent as I share my mouse with a left handed person every now and then... Totally weird, but the sad truth. All mice need some adjusting but as long as it's possible to reach a good comfort level, I'm happy. You just sold me a Taipan! Thanks. And thanks for the kind words as well. The cinematic comment means a LOT as I'm working to be a cinematographer and/or 3D modeler-VFX artist.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest, I forgot to mention another thing that bothered me in the first few days, but I sort of grew used to it; the illuminated Razer logo can only flicker or be turned off, there's no way to keep it on all of the time. This might be a bit late, but I hope that this maybe helps you.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Who makes the lights that you put in the case? They look extremely bright...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest I just bought them off Amazon (5M 16.4Ft RGB 5050SMD 300LED Waterproof Flexible LED Light Strip lamp + 44Key IR Remote https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EMSU3DK/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_Acf9ub1QYEESJ)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

That thing looks awesome! :D I'm thinking of a similar build same case, CPU, GPU, and OS. 1. How is the power, is it too much, do you need 1000w? 2. I have also never built one and would like to know how you learned to build it yourself. It seems like you did it right and I don't want to mess up.

If you're into gaming I have a Razer Epic Naga. The thing is awesome the buttons make playing games, actually really everything you do faster an easier, just food for though.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

To be honest...All I did was basically watch a bunch of YouTube videos (Tek Syndicate, Linus Tech Tips, Paul's Hardware, Hardware Canucks, Jayz2Cents, Awesome Sauce...those are a few names) and you can't mess up if you are careful...most of the cables are unique and if you pay attention you will connect the right cable in the right place...and you can always see your motherboard manual on where to place certain cables. 1000W is overkill for now...But I've move onto more ambitious project such as actually changing to a Corsair Air 540 and adding a custom water loop...and not mentioning that I plan to add up another GTX 980 some time in the future. I will update the whole thing after the second GTX 980 and hopefully watercooling both of them too. 1000W was simply for expansion in the future. The stupid reason why I don't use a Naga...and yes I admit it: it is a stupid reason was because I didn't like the way it looked first and then I don't need that many buttons...But I guess I would use them if I had the Naga. Thank you by the way...If you need anything message me...

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, thank you! :D Will do. :D