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Snow Crash

by Jcrook



Date Published

June 13, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz


My first foray into the world of PC Building.

Well it took a while but here we are, I've always had a keen interest in technology and fiddling around with devices but until recently this had never extended to PC's. I had enjoyed PC gaming and playing with Design programs but it had always been on sub par machines. My most recent computer is a 6 year old Toshiba Laptop that was never stellar to begin with and has recently begun showing its age. I was initially going to do what I've always done buy some cheap laptop from my local tech store and not even question the performance and enjoyment hit i would take by doing so.

Back in January I subtly hinted to my wife that it might be time to upgrade and that this time around we might like to look at desktop computers rather than laptops whose mobility we don't ever utilize. She was rather surprisingly supportive of the idea and i started perusing online catalogs and seeing just what was around. It was during this initial research that I stumbled upon a little website called Pcpartpicker, double clicking on the google search result I had no idea of the rabbit hole down which I was falling. This site is truly an awakening experience to behold. Not only does it provide well needed and freely offered advice but it is a wonderful forum in which builders can express their individual vision and creativity. I was astounded at the artistry and quality of the builds and wanted nothing more than to do as so many of you have done and build something that was truly mine.

This is the almost end result (though anyone who has built their own rig will tell you it's never truly "done") Yes its missing a Gpu, Yes some of the aesthetic touches are not as polished as I might like but I'm proud to say that it is mine and I built it. (Even making the time consuming mistake of sleeving my own cables on an evga psu. Damn ripple suppressing capacitors.) As far as the Gpu goes I live in Australia and typically only buy components from bricks and mortar stores so until 1070 availability improves i'll make do with the integrated graphics. Other than that I'm happy, its damn fast and to my mind looks good and its capacity for upgrading is pretty reasonable. On a final note i'd just like to say thankyou to those of you who make it your mission to welcome and assist those of us who stumble in here without a lick of knowledge or an idea of what we're doing, you are what makes this site truly amazing... well you and those amazing builds on show.

Part Reviews


Wow compared to my previous computer this thing is quick. Quad core and effective for my usage patterns.

CPU Cooler

Keeps that cpu really cool even when benching at 4.6. Only gripe was some issues with pump noise due to me failing to recognize that mobo was fluctuating power supply through fan header, rectified with an easy bios tweak.


Great motherboard, was going to go with the Z170-A but wasn't available and this was open box and only slightly more expensive. Easily overclocks and has plenty of connectivity, just with there were more Usb 2 headers that would have enabled me to use Hue+ and Grid without the need for an expansion unit


Ummmm... its ram. It does what it's supposed to easily runs at advertised speed through xmp profile in bios


Quick, my first experience with an ssd an whilst not top of the line the price versus its performance is pretty damn good


It's a Hard drive. It's my main storage and it works quickly and quietly


Good case, easy to build in but damn i wish there was just a little more space behind the mobo tray. Basement is great for hiding those unsightly masses of cable

Power Supply

Cheap and fully modular wattage is more than sufficient for my needs and eco mode means fan doesn't run unless temp limits are exceeded, only annoyance was sleeving the cables from it and those pesky capacitors. Next time I'll just sleeve some extensions.


Coming from a six year old laptop and gaming on an old TV this is amazing, real estate is phenomenal and clarity great. Only bug bear is the adaptive brightness setting seems to respond to my rgb case lighting and phase in and out I just disabled it and decreased brightness a bit.

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Jerkk 1 point 34 months ago

I love how clean this build looks. A+ for the high quality pictures too!

Jcrook submitter 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

Thankyou for your kind words

relco 6 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Gorgeous build, love the color scheme as well. If you're at all interested in some blue fans Prolimatech makes some that might match nicely with the scheme, and they're great fans too, just a suggestion though. +1 from me, please post more pics when you get a sexy GPU for this rig!

Jcrook submitter 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion the fans definitely look good. Love the fact that they're 140 for rear exhaust. will definitely post photos when i finally manage to get a gpu in there.

ricinsing 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Clean build, special thumbs up for do the sleaving yourself. I am ok doing water cooling but cables scare me..no patience.. but may have to do a shorting job on my build as cables are too long.

One thing about GPU's.. there only the latest for short time :) I live in Singapore and we get the parts here quick but more expensive. I find it cheaper to buy from newegg, amazon, performancepcs and ship in than buy local.

Jcrook submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Agreed in regards "latest and Greatest" just want a solid overclockable card that'll handle 1440p for the forseeable future. If 980ti drop sufficiently in price might even see an sli setup. as far as shippimg goes my only complaint is time frame and difficulties with returns if and when necessary

ricinsing 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I am waiting for the 980ti to drop too to go SLI.. takes about 5 days to ship from US to SG, add couple for AUS probably. The returns policy for newegg and amazon is quite good if you run into issues, generally agree though and tend to only stick to big ticket items that also have intenrational warranty so you can do local claims in the future.

TheBlackPython 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

it may be a bit more but the 1070 would also fit that description, iv'e seen it do very well in 1440p
and it is very overclock able (also it has 2 more gigs of vram that also runs at a faster speed)

Crackedy 1 point 34 months ago

150watts needed and you got 750w gold. otherwise neato

Jcrook submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Yeah I know overkill but It was cheap cheap like the budgie plus there's no Gpu yet so Sli config could very much push that will have to wait and see. Plus It was actually the first thing I bought, I started sleeving while I saved for the rest

xNawfy 1 point 34 months ago

Such a beautiful build. Well done.

Jcrook submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Thankyou very much

Nuckles_56 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Very nice, I wouldn't mind borrowing that build for a few days.

jnanof 32 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

+1 for cable sewing! And looks like you made your own cables too, nice. Great job. Snow Crash was a great book too.

Jcrook submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Yeah I love the character naming, hiro protagonist brilliant. As far as the cables go I was watching sleeving tutorials and stumbled upon it thought why not give it a go.

lx-teevee 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Awesome work on the build. Hats off to you by doing cable sleeving yourself...

Jcrook submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Thankyou for your kind comments yeah I actually really enjoyed the sleeving process like learning new skills and the challenge is good

haroldlod 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Wow the amount of effort put into this build is amazing. By any chance are you a photographer? Cuz the angles on those pictures are perfect. +1

Jcrook submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Thankyou No definitely no photographer. The great thing about a digital slr is that the film costs you nothing trust me there are many more potato pics that I didn't post.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Great GPUless PC! Not having a GPU makes a PC look cleaner.

Ninjadudewhat 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

+1 for old high Gallifreyan

Jcrook submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Yeah that was a nod to my wife massive whovian I was wondering if anyone would notice that :)

Ninjadudewhat 2 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Nice. Excellent choice in wife.

couchjohn 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Hi, very nice build. I live in aus too.. where did you get the nzxt hue for 50 and which store did you find the IU01 from. Looking at buying a very similar build soon.

Jcrook submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Both bought bricks and mortar place In Adelaide called it warehouse bought with case and got a discount which I just took off the price of hue rrp was about 85 aud

LightProtecter 1 point 29 months ago

I cried because it was so beautiful. +1

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Jcrook submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Got to love plasti-dip its amazingly easy to work with and the fact its removable takes some of the stress away.

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