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This is the latest revision of my gaming PC, which I named Sheila. This is her 4th major upgrade, hence the Mark IV.

Shelia started out as a Gateway FX6800 in this sleek orange and black case back in 2009. When I got it, it originally had Vista running on it. But I was doing a co-op course in the store I was buying it from at the time, and they let me put Windows 7 on it. It was super exciting for me, and when it asked me to put in my name and give the computer one I thought "This beast of a computer deserves a real name, not just Tasha-PC or whatever." And being I thought of the computer as a tank, I named it after the tank from Red vs Blue, Sheila. (At this time, this was my first computer that wasn't a mish-mash of parts from other computers. My requirements as a little '09 version of my self was simply to play The Sims 2 on high graphics.)

Sheila Mark II was just some simple upgrades, a new case, video card, and RAM. But Mark III was the one that got her up to this generation. Until my PSU failed and apparently took the motherboard with it, I was still running basically the same system from '09. Which was fine, it was running everything I wanted to play. When the PSU died, obviously I replaced it, but she still wouldn't power on. After much fighting and struggling it was determined that the motherboard had fried too. And since the motherboard and CPU were from sometime in 2009, it was recommended to just upgrade both. Of course that led to me getting new RAM and a new video card. Turns out the motherboard and CPU were just fine, by the way. They ended up in another computer, Felix, which I built for my boyfriend. But that's another story.

Sheila Mark III was in a Zalman Z11 Plus case, but when I saw this NZXT case I had to have it. I was also trying to get the Windows Tech Preview to install on a separate partition on my hard drive, which did not work as planed. That basically left me with 50GBs floating around not being used on the hard drive. So I derped that up, and when the new case came in and I reinstalled Windows 7 onto the hard drive she was named Sheila Mark IV.

That's pretty much her back-story, so here's some junk you probably actually want to hear about.

She runs phenomenally. The games I play (Skyrim, The Sims 2, 3 and 4, Diablo III, etc.) look great. Ultra Fine/High detail for everything I play, cause I'm all about 'dem graphics. The case is amazing too. Tons of room, great for cable management. (Which is something I was never very good at.) And I mean it's super sleek looking. Under the door on the front is the original DVD burner I had in the Gateway PC, and a card reader. Neither of which are listed cause I have no idea what they are. I do have a portable DVD burner too, so that got listed instead. And the 4 fans are located on the back, top and front. I can't say I have any complaints about the parts I have, and I don't really have any specific reasoning behind why I picked that I did, other then the case. It was mostly just a matter of "how much money do I have to drop on my PC right now?"

As you can see in the photos, I've also got a dual monitor set up going on with my TV and original monitor I got with the Gateway. And you can also see the fuse bead Pin Up girl and Iron Man I made floating around behind Sheila's case :)

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Goddamnit Caboose!!!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't you mean Sheila in the title? I like the setup. Its great.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Why yes I do, thank you for pointing that out!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I love and still love fuse beads. But I'm honestly not sure of the rationale behind the Z87 board. I personally encourage the use of Z-series boards with higher end i5/i7/E3, but the $220 price tag for that board is ridiculous. Between that, the 4570 and its stock cooler, this has seriously left me scratching my head.

Still a decent build (even though the Phantom 240 received pretty horrible reviews and appears to be cheap + flimsy).

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Fuse beads are dope.

I was trying to keep the post a bit shorter then the small novel I already wrote, but to be honest myself, I didn't pick the motherboard/CPU. This was my first higher end PC and the original plan was to build it my self so that I could better learn how all the parts worked together. But when the store I was in got the Gateways, they told me that was a better deal then trying to build my own. So I went with that and even though I was working in a computer store, I never really learned how to properly pick a motherboard and what makes them the best for their prices. Fast forward to when my computer eventually failed, and I'm in a panic to get it back up and running and I don't know how to pick a new one. So I waltz into the store and ask my friend who works there, and he picks out this board and CPU. Now I wish I did take the time to better learn about the parts I was getting, but my problem is I tend to trust people who are supposed to know what their doing. The stock cooler is because I never really thought about upgrading it. I know it's overclockable but I just never had the need to do so. Or the know-how. Now seeing so many people comment on the stock cooler, I'll more then likely upgrade it when I have the funds.

And when it comes to the case, I personally love it, but everyone has different tastes.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Why you got expensive mobo and no cpu cooler?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

or overcloackable cpu for that matter. i would subtract $100 from the mobo budget and use it on an i7.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

As I mentioned in my reply here I didn't actually pick the motherboard and CPU. I was told that the old i7 I had in my first PC was about the same as the current run of i5s, so I didn't question it. Plus my budget was already $0 as this was an unexpected upgrade. I trusted my friend to give my the best items for the price, and I guess I didn't get that?

I'll be looking into CPU coolers now, I hadn't really thought about it before. Not sure why?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Stock Cooler -_-

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have a link for that wallpaper? Looks pretty cool

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! I don't know where I got the exact one I'm using but you can find the same image here, but mine was flipped with Display Fusion to work with my setup.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that case?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I dig it, a lot. Personally I think it looks sleek and a lot like something from Aperture Science. Inside it has a ton of room, I took out the removable hard drive bay because I didn't need it, but even with it in place it's got a lot of room. For my components at least. We will see what it's like when I get a new cooler.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

FYI

VI = 6 IV = 4

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Yes, I do mean IV, and yet I typed VI through the entire post. Thank you for telling me. I'm brain dead or something right now.