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I haven't bought myself a new computer in quite some time, in fact my latest computer was built by a friend and I got it as a hand-me down when he decided to upgrade. Weirdly, this was only a year ago and I was riding on an old Core2Duo, so it was a huge upgrade. (No idea what model) Went from the i7-920 to the i7-5820k and Crossfire 4850s to a GTX 970. Games are beautiful again.

Her purpose is firstly, gaming, secondly editing and rendering gaming video and thirdly serving as a home server for security lab VMs, media and a sort of NAS. (via External 3gb USB drive) I got a lot of **** from friends for justifying my spending my money this way, but it's my money. I could of built several purpose built machines for a lot less, but I'm limited on space. When my situation changes at the end of May, I'll have the purpose built machines and this bad girl :)

The name comes from reading a lot about Alan Turing in anticipation of the new movie and for some of the function of the machine. I plan on building a password cracking rig in the next year and it will actually be a digital bombe :)

Short term plans is to get a stable overclock on the CPU, I got up to 4.6, but the following Prime95 test crashed her, I need to do some more reading on overclocking because I haven't really done it before now. I followed anandtech's 5960k's chart. Following that, probably picking up another G1 970 around Christmas bonus time. First time using a watercooler as well, which was interesting. What I liked about the x99 SLI Plus, and I'm not sure it's a feature across the rest of the x99 motherboards is that I didn't have to attach a mounting plate, there was one built in already.

The H440, besides being the flavor of the week case, was a breeze to build on. I love it's ascetics, despite being a popular case lately, I couldn't find a competitor case that had what I wanted. Between the Kraken x61 and the default fans I don't worry about heat. The hottest I've seen the CPU get to was 87 while under Prime95 and the failed overclock. I haven't checked the temp while gaming. Cable management was a bit of a bear because my hands are huge and I made the poor choice of waiting to plug the power cables into the power supply after it was mounted and ran from the components. I had to be creative to get the side panel on and realized I didn't take any pictures, which is why there are none. The cable management itself is alright, it just needs to be cleaned up, especially in the PSU compartment below, which blocks the bottom fan.

Haven't built a PC in a very long time, it was just like riding a bike and I rather enjoyed myself. My girlfriend had taken a few pictures of me grinning from ear to ear while I was building. I know this was expensive and probably a bit overkill, but I haven't spent good money on myself in a while for just the sake of it.

edit: Also, I wanted to mention that if you live near a Microcenter, you are lucky! A kind Redditor was offering his services to buy components for others, so I was able to pick up the 5820k for $299, plus tax, shipping and I tipped him.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

That water block on the cpu that is tilted is bothering me. IF it wasnt for that +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it bugged me too, but I decided I wanted my hoses there.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 enjoy this beast

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build man! 1+ I think I can, but can I fit the X61 in a Thermaltake Chaser Mk-I case? Planning for a build. Thanks in advance.