Story As you can read in the CPU section, this build started as a spur-of-the-moment plan and ended a year later with another (likewise audacious) desk build. The name 'wRIGley' comes from the fact that the first boot of this rig occurred almost exactly one week (± 1 hour) from when the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series. GO CUBS! (See Photo 21). Now, enjoy my build and the wall of text that my (now stinging) hands have prepared to accompany it. (I wrote this top part last.)
CPU Was purchased with a promo code from Fry's Electronics after wanting to upgrade from an old Dell Inspiron 535 that I had inherited a few years prior. This was my way of getting my foot in the door and convincing my parents that:
"Now I have no choice but to spend all my hard-earned money on a motherboard and RAM"
CPU Cooler After spending ~1 month in the hospital earlier this year, (where you get paid for completing schoolwork) I had accumulated enough Best Buy gift cards to fill the gap between my (stagnant, because hospital) wallet and the price of an AIO. After getting home with this wonderful new piece of hardware, I realized it would not fit in the hand-me-down bare-bones (apparently MSI) case that I had received from a friend and (until recently) housed my PC. So I grabbed all the sharp and pointy things I could find and got to work (See photos 13 to 17). After three days of breaking screws, deforming scissor handles with heat and sweat and dulling nearly every sharp thing in the house, I was finally able to mount the darn thing. Fast forward six months and I want to paint it white to match the rest of the build in the new case and followed this guide to get the result seen in photos 3 to 6.
Video Card Truthfully I paid about $20, The price tag said ~$150, with a $20 Mail-in Rebate; the rest was paid for by my mom who drove me to Fry's Electronics on my Birthday and said:
"You have $100, go crazy"
(or something like that). Thanks to the non-existence of x50 series founder's edition cards, and EVGA binning, I'm pretty confident that I ended up with one of the best examples of GP107 silicon there is, or maybe I just like bragging rights, so here's a grain of salt.
The most recent addition to my setup, this thing looks
sick Ballin (get it, baseball?). I had the idea for a while and even spent a few hours creating test renders (see photo 18) before my friend informed me that I should use orange instead of black for my (as of yet unordered) CableMod Extensions and give the build a Blue-Green-Orange theme that would be difficult to pull off otherwise. So naturally, I championed for it, ordered the case and upon its arrival, was quick to white-out everything that was once black and soon thereafter give the grille and AIO inserts the Blue-Green-Orange treatment. I accidentally (meaning intentionally, but having the hindsight realization that it was a mistake) painted the front I/O cables and cable management grommets white with the rest of the frame, resulting in tacky cables that could not be used in the build due to conductivity and paint spread concerns. 90% Alchohol to the rescue, I was able to wipe most of the paint off the cables and proceeded with the install, during which some of the paint wiped off the grommets, but I managed to cover most of the bare spots with the accusing cables.
Peripherals & Setup
Monitor Came with the Dell I mentioned earlier, an Ultrawide is planned for the future.
Keyboard Got it on sale on Amazon, isn't great in the way of typing experience, but I've gotten used to it and the functionality of it makes it more than worthwhile. (Although I do plan on upgrading to a mechanical at some point)
Mouse Had been interested in it for a while, bought it when my last mouse died, it's served me well, though the swipe up function is very finicky.
Speakers Were purchased soon after the aforementioned Dell machine for watching Hulu with my family around this monitor. (We had a 'big' TV before they were mainstream and chose this as our Hulu machine... err, okay.) Thanks for the speakers, Stargate!
Webcam Another one of those walk into a store, you have X amount of money, have fun, pieces of kit.
Joystick I couldn't get past the glider tutorial in Microsoft Flight Simulator X, this was my solution.
Headphones I have been repeatedly gifted Bluetooth headphones and they all seem to die quick, stupid, deaths. I bought these for myself 8 months ago and the only issue I've had is with the audio out port that I never use.
Microphone Went on sale on Amazon shortly after my Snowball decided that the USB block-style connector was too good for it, the pins bent, and it died. >:( I Hate USBlock connectors! The Yeti is great though.
Mousepad My new desk I built for myself was not poly-coated so moving things on it is hazardous, this mouse pad looked cool and was cheap enough that my parents would buy it for me. A week later (today) I received this (photo 11) matching light switch cover that I plan to install on the one switch randomly separated for the rest that controls the lights over my desk, too bad we have the fat switches (awaiting an opportune trip to Lowe's).
The Desk This was an adventure. TL;DR: DI Saves the day with $5 legs, my mom and I struggle to properly connect two pieces of wood with borrowed equipment, I suck at cutting stencils, staining is hard; I built an awesome desk in a couple of weeks and I love it. (See Photos 19 and 20)
Hyper-Threading and BSCK OC make this little CPU punch way above its weight class. Awesome
Keeps my CPU chilly, looks awesome (now), and has a great (voided) warranty.
It's thermal paste, LTT may have been involved in the purchasing decision. Actually did lower temps by a couple degrees.
Still runs the original BIOS, allows me to BSCK OC; holds a stable 4.5GHz OC. (Could do 4.6, but that started BSOD-ing when I switched cases... weird.)
Never filled it all the way up with giant photo and video editing projects, holds to its rated speed just fine.
Boots fast, Is big, what more could I ask for? Truthfully just glad to get off of the ticking time-bomb of an 8-yr-old HDD that I was running earlier this year.
The best of GP107 (from what I can tell). OCs like a champ, accelerates video and photo editing, and holds its own in the games I play. Perfect.
Super-Moddable: Allows me to make it look more awesome than it already is Horizontal Motherboard Layout: I can plug something into the back without looking! Altogether just a great case
It works, hasn't burned down yet, but no 80+ rating.
Better than any previous version of windows, but forces me to spend 3-4 hours after every install locking down the telemetry in it. Not cool, my intellectual property is created and stored on this, not sure what you're thinking Microsoft. >:(
It's still working after 10 years, OCs to 70 Hz (Somehow), allows me to do everything I want to. It's not an ultrawide, but It works for now.
I can text without lifting my hands off my keyboard, and my phone is able to stand right below my monitor. The typing experience isn't great, but the functionality is worth it.
Has all the functions I want, works as it should aside from a finicky swipe up function.
Sound great, more than I need for the little audio work I do when no one else is home (the only time I feel comfortable using them as opposed to my headphones, my PC is in a large, echoey room, connected to every other room in the house. :P)
Isn't mind-blowing, but works for conference calls, recording, and streaming.
Lets me fly gliders in MSFSX without snapping the tow cable. That's good enough for me.
The only pair of Bluetooth headphones I've owned that hasn't died in the first few months. The (never used) audio out jack is buggy, though.
Awesome sound, no USB block-style connector that killed my previous mic (Snowball). Checks all the boxes and is way more than I need. Love it.
It's a little too small, but just barely. Looks cool, keeps my desk in tact; I like it.