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Ok this is it. the very final version of my build, no more updates, no more upgrades (other then a ups but i wont update over that) But Fenrir is done, completely done. it has been a long and interesting journey for this pc, being my first build and certainly not my last build. i have posted photos of how my build started to how it is now from start to finish but this is basically the story of my build. Fenrir started out as a rough idea in my head, heck even at the time it was just a meager thought as a freshman. i had always wanted a desktop to call my own and i was starting to really get into pc components and other things. Now the plan for Fenrir changed quite a bit over the years (as a freshmen it was only 2014, being only 15 years old) i was going for a WAAAY overkill build with a FX-8370 and dual r9 290's and this plan stuck for quite some time and it was a large deal since at the time i had a tiny amd a4 laptop that was not even 2 ghz. But at sophomore year i got a new amd a10 5745m laptop that crushed my old laptop as it had 3X more ram and way more processor power and graphical power which satisfied me greatly, causing the desktop to slip back away into nothing until my junior year which then i realized i needed a change. As we all know each year new games come out and they get harder and harder to run, especially on lower end machines and my laptop was starting to loose its ground. new games could barley run and even my beloved game minecraft was really starting to slow down, and since i do have a youtube channel and i upload gaming videos (which was another catalyst in this) this didn't help as now my games were starting to look like the old amd a4 laptop all over again with a slideshow fps.

So this is where Fenrir truly came to life, i started reading books on how to build pcs and i started to watch more and more videos on technology that was new and what was and is coming out and starting to realize how games are truly meant to be seen and played sparked my interest to levels that could just not die. Now i am only a 17 year old guy in high school with no job, no license and parents that didn't want me to build a pc.(they thought it was a waste of time as my laptop was still new). So i was on budget and a tight one. i had just sold my geckos and had a hundred dollars plus 70 in cash, i was off. The first part i ever bought was a thermaltake tr2 430w power supply in a case that i got from my grandmothers dead gateway Pentium 4 pc. The way i ended up building fenrir was around the limit of the power supply and the size of the case (which was matx) so i knew a few things. One, size was limited, Two, i couldn't stick an fx processor in it (because airflow in the case was awful) and Three, i would have to go with something light gpu wise and i wanted good performance with low power. But as you can see, that plan fell to pieces very quickly.

So this is where the whole problems of this build start to come in and i really wish i would of checked things more thoroughly. the first and biggest road block was the case. At the time i didn't know of the vast changes in technology in cases and non-standard designs in off the shelf pcs. AS for what stopped me was the power switch as it was basically like a USB 2.0 header. As modern builders go, power switches do NOT look like that and by then i already had everything in the case, but didn't install anything and check if anything even posted . So i had to order a new case, i was tight on money and needed a case quickly so i ended up ordering the thermaltake n21 versa. (which i honestly really like) So, first problem done. The case came and i installed everything back in, quickly and hastily aaaaaaaand ran into more problems. i was installing the os Via driver disk that came with the motherboard(bad mistake) as the drivers on the board conflicted with 8.1 froze my ENTIRE system, corrupted my 8.1 install and made my computer un-bootable as re-installing it through the disk. but through some godly miracle just plugging in a usb stick with windows 10 on it fixed the problem. But i wasn't out of the woods as then more problems came. (that i probably should of searched on google about but it led to a really nice payoff). My computer would randomly freeze and sometimes would completely lock up and i would had to reset. Without thinking i ordered a evga 600b quickly got it the next day, installed it aaaaaaaaaand......nothing changed. I was still locking up and freezing from time to time and randomly restarting. (a friend of my moms came over whom is an it guy ended up buying me the r9 380 as a late Christmas gift)So i did a clean os install again and without installing any drivers i let it sit on the floor on a board away from the tv (as my tv gives off a stupid amount of said heat) and the random total lock ups were gone. i went ahead and installed the amd drivers again, and the lock ups came back but this time with blue screens a few times. so i looked them up and learned that the gaming service Raptr bundled with crimson was causing the crashes. With that hurdle out of the way i still had two problems. The fact that my pc still sounded like a jet engine and that i was still having times where my system would hang randomly, and more so when loading large files (they got really bad when saving in fallout 4 and flying across the map in gtav). but i tackled the jet engine with a arctic alpine 64 plus cooler. So thermals at the time were taken care of. In hopes to tackle my system hanging i bought a WD blue drive and started to use it as my games drive and that was the last purchase for some time.

And that is where i lead into the final stage of Fenrir. By now i had decided that i would just send in my drive for an rma after emailing WD and getting an email back saying that my drive was certainly not acting right at all. By now i had saved up even more money and decided that i would utilize the space on the back of my case for a Boot SSD. And that is what i did. I went off to best buy to buy a scan disk 240 gb ssd but in the end i ended up buying the 120 gig as my mom was in a hurry and the fact that they didn't have it, impatient i know. Anyway i got home and installed the ssd after doing a hell of a lot of cable management to get it pretty as it honestly took a few hours to make everything look nice and on top of re-installing windows 10 and all of the drivers and making sure that everything was ok (honestly i started at around 5pm on Saturday and started again on Sunday at 2 and fished at 3). So the last problem finished but yet i wasn't really happy. Fenrir was still running uncomfortably hot and was still noisy and the fact that i was using my video drive as general storage. So now i decided that it was best to cool my apu and bought the arctic liquid freezer 120, which does the job perfectly and is quieter then the alpine 64 plus that i had in there. Now to my last problem which luckly i didn't even have to leave the house for a i just used a drive out of my moms dead laptop that fried itself from the fan motor dying, so i just popped it in, formatted it and now it is my general storage drive.

This is where i sit now, and that is the story of fenrir and the awesome journey it has been to get here

Matthewv1998

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

that case is really cramp which might explain the cables

once you have saved up more cash

invest in a sturdy and more roomy casing

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Case - I can really recommend Fractal Design Define S ATX (no optical bay, but great cooling), Corsair 300R ATX or Fractal Design Define Mini C mATX. Ventilation and radiator/fan expansion is a breeze.

I am considering getting the Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 since it has really nice reviews, but on two of you last pictures it seems to be touching the GPU board. Is there enough space between the hoses and the GPU after installation?

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

Cable managment could be a little better, but nice build! +1

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  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

Stop upgrading parts and upgrade your cable management lol

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Right now its the best i can do, the back door really doesnt even fit right now

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

lol mine too