Description

Named after the dragon in Greek mythology, known for his hundred heads.

I've been meaning make this a completed build for months now, but never got around to it. Here we are now, roughly 6.5 months since this was completed.

To be fair, it had been even longer since this build was originally built. I fully built this in March of 2017, but at that point, I had an i5-6500, one that turned out to be defective. I had bought it off of eBay, and since no warranty was included or returns accepted, I had to save up some more for a new processor. Thankfully, my family all pitched in and got me one for Christmas, and Ladon has been working ever since.

Ladon is really only used for gaming, although I am trying 3D modeling, and I'm thinking about getting into some music production (although I would need better audio equipment).

I'm happy with how this performs: I can get 60 fps or higher in almost every game I play. But, I'm not happy with the aesthetics of the build, or the status of the entire setup. Originally, I had wanted a black and blue setup; now, I would rather black and white. Probably the summer of 2019, I will be upgrading Ladon, if not my entire setup; although, I will probably upgrade my setup over time (cable raceways, LED strips, a poster or two, etc.).

Thanks for reading, and any feedback is appreciated!.

Part Reviews

CPU

Pros:

  • Actually worked, unlike my i5-6500.

  • Works well for what I do.

Cons:

  • Only 2 cores.

  • A bit expensive for being only 2 cores, even after Coffee lake came out.

CPU Cooler

Amazing cooler. Keeps my cpu nice and icy. Will probably keep it around for my next few builds or upgrades because nothing better will be needed.

Thermal Compound

It's thermal paste. Seems alright. Can't say much else.

Motherboard

Easy to use BIOS, decent number of USB ports, and once painted, the heatsinks don't look half bad.

Memory

Pros: - Just enough Gbs to run what I want. - Has a heat shield and blue LED strip. Cons: - The LEDs flash, and there's no way to change them. That's just how this model works.

Storage

Pros:

  • Coming from a 2009 Macbook, this was a blindingly fast.

  • Has enough storage for Windows, my most used programs, and my favorite games.

Cons:

  • None. Although, I would suggest going with an MX500 series drive.

Storage

Pros:

  • Coming from 150GB of storage on a 2009 Macbook, this is both a lot of storage and still faster.

Cons:

  • Noise is a bit noticeable at times, but I don't mind.

Video Card

Pros:

  • Can run all of my games just fine at high to ultra settings.

  • Efficient cooling system that is both quiet and keeps the temps around 45 degrees under load.

  • Looks great.

Cons:

  • Only a little one. It has orange accents on one face. Fixed this by putting a bit of white decorative tape over the bits and adding some to the backplate as well. Looks much better now.

Case

Pros:

  • Holds my parts.

  • Is the color scheme that I wanted back while looking at parts.

Cons: - Only one front intake fan mount.

  • Side window has two more fan mounts ON THE SIDE WINDOW. Why?!?

  • Lots of sharp edges.

  • The drive cages, which I don't think you can remove, completely block the front intake fan.

  • Crappy stock fans.

I honestly don't know why I bought this case, besides the color scheme. I should have just gone with a black case with better reviews.

Power Supply

Pros:

  • Has enough wattage to power the PC.

  • Quiet. I don't think I've ever heard the fan.

Cons:

  • Only 450W.
  • Non-modular, which is a pain for cable-management. A lot of extra cables that I can't do anything with.
  • Ketchup and mustard cables.

Operating System

Pros:

  • Windows 10 Pro

  • Was $28, and it hasn't been deactivated yet.

Cons:

  • I bought it from a website that, as it turns out, obtains keys illegally. I won't be buying from them again, and once I upgrade my boot drive, I'll get an official key.

Monitor

1080p, 144Hz, Freesync (G-sync compatible), and great colors. Got it really cheap for my birthday, and it's the best choice I've made so far with my setup. Loving it.

Keyboard

Has nice RGB lighting, a wrist rest, and good mechanical switches. However there are a few problems:

  • Wrist rest is hard to detach

  • No white backlighting

  • Blues are VERY loud (my mistake for not testing them and deciding which switch I liked best)

  • No software support.

  • This thing is a dust and fingerprint magnet. I clean it off at least once every 2 weeks.

Mouse

Nice shape, weight, sensor and buttons. The RGB is tasteful. Few complaints:

  • DPI indicator isn't all that useful since I never change DPI, so an option to turn it off would be nice

  • DPI indicator can't change color

  • Occasional double clicking problem; off and on the past few weeks

  • Adhesive for the rubber on the scrollwheel is somewhat gone, meaning if I scroll slowly with a light touch no scrolling will happen. Might have to add a drop of gorilla glue to it.

Headphones

Pros:

  • Good sound quality, coming from cheap earbuds.
  • Exceptional bass.
  • Decent mic quality.
  • Inline controls

Cons:

  • Weird positioning for the controls.
  • Rough cushion material.
  • Mostly plastic construction, so a little flimsy.
  • Not the lightest things.

Speakers

Sound great, compact, the 2 audio ports are appreciated and I like the volume dial and bass control dial. The plastic is a bit cheap so fingerprints and dust collect easily but it's also easy to clean off.

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree this isn't bad at all for 1st build. You paid a little more for the GPU than I did, but I think I got lucky on that one thanks to eBay. It hasn't exploded yet so... haha. I think in general your build will probably run a little cooler than mine , since my fans aren't that great and the stock cooler isn't amazing either. 74 under load seems a lot better than my 80. Probably a perk of you going Intel, these AMDs run toasty.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

no bad mate for the first build last photos dose cables can be lifted up with somethings and clip them toghz with tie wrap or something will be so much better

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I plan on adding some system to the back of the desk to help hold all of the cables out of view. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build, but I think your keyboard is the Indrah k555-R, i bought the k555, and it is like its advertised :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it's definitely the RGB version. I don't know what the deal is.