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Neon Genesis Ivangelion

by Puntosmx


This is he first stage of the build, meant for gaming and eventual streaming. Pieces were purchased, one by one, starting February 2014.

Case is Avengers special edition, not a custom paint. It's listed as the White one 'cause I didn't find the part listed here. There are a few physical changes (less 5.25" bays, HDD cage is not removable), bust mostly it's cosmetic.

PSU is over the minimums for future upgrades (read on).

MB and CPU were purchased online within Mexico, arriving 2 bussiness days early. RAM was purchased from amazon.com and shipped to Mexico, arriving 3 bussiness days early. The rest of the parts were acquired at local retailers.

Plans for upgrading:

  • Upgraded: R9 270, fans.
  • Upgrading right now: CPU watercooler, most probably a Nepton.
  • Within 1 Year: Optical drive.
  • Within 3 years: SSD, couple HDDs for storage, second discreet GPU for Crossfire.

Total cost was $11,257.53 MX pesos (~ 850 USD at the time of publication, over 200 above the cost of parts due to customs, shipping and taxes).

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pegotico 2 Builds 6 points 56 months ago

the 650 PSU is overkilled......

chowsownsomepizza 1 Build 4 points 56 months ago

Hmmm....to my guess. The only next reasonable reason for buying a 650W PSU is that he wants to upgrade in a later time.

DodecPCs 2 Builds 3 points 56 months ago

Considering he started with an APU he will probably grab a AMD GPU in the future and crossfire it with the APU. That is what I would have done.

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LittleBaka420 4 points 56 months ago

+1 because Evangelion and nice budget build.

WingThing 1 Build 3 points 56 months ago

Your case is that a Aerocool XPredator X3 Avenger? Didn't find it in part list lol. It's different. Like different. Going to put in a video card? With that power supply and ram, I assume your not done. In your description you should put in why you picked a part. What are going to use it for and so on. Just suggesting. (It's easy to have it come out the wrong way.) I like to see more.

Norm101 3 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

Looks like a custom paint job on the case.

reoper6 3 points 56 months ago

Actually Aerocool released an "iron man" edition case

Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Fascinating. I had no idea. I just looked it up too.

Puntosmx submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Even more troublesome, I never found information in Aerocool's webpage. There are some reviews around that state the specifics in the case (the HDD cage is not removable, but it can mount an extra 2 fans), and it still allows to install a GPU of 310 mm, so I found it enough for my needs.

Puntosmx submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Yes, it's the Avenger edition. I searched for it in the list, but couldn't find it, so I went with the "normal" part for the list. The normal part allows one to take out the drive cage, but this one allows the mounting of two extra internal fans (maybe for the leds?). Yes, I'll put GPUs later, plan is two R9s, and it still lacks SSD, one or two HDDs and optical drives... and watercooling.... Thanks for the suggestions. I'll add comments for my next build :D

Barton 1 Build 3 points 56 months ago

If this if for gaming I strongly urge you to get an aftermarket cooler and overclock that bad boy. Love the paint job! +1

Puntosmx submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

It's for gaming. Though not much right now. I'm eyeing some liquid cooling for first quarter next year, and I'd overclock it by then, probably. The paintjob.... well, that's how it came. PcPartPicker didn't have the Avengers edition listed, so I had to go with what was closest -_-¡

Barton 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Wish I'd have known a case like that was out there, oh well. I would look at a Corsair H60 or a Cooler Master 120M. I tried out the Corsair H80i but the extra bulk didn't help temps all that much.

Puntosmx submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

I had been eyeing a HAF 210 or 220 for half a year, actually. But then I saw one of the whites and fell in love with the design (specially the fins above that open and close).

Thanks for the suggestions. My favorite retailer has the H60 available and a "COOLER MASTER SEIDON 120M RL-S12M-24PK-R1" (is that the one you suggested?). Though I might consider a few more expensive options when the time comes. (currently this store has an H80I, an H90 and an H100I)

Barton 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

Yeah that's the AOI from CM I was referring to. I would skip over the H80i & H100i the included Corsair link software is doggy and very annoying if you move anything in or out of your PC. If you can support it the H90 is a good option but again all way overkill for this APU.

friedfacekkk 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

Nice Kaveri build +1. So, are you planning on getting a GPU later on?

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

whats the point?? Buying a gpu defeats the purpose of an APU (wasted money)!, If he wanted a gpu the best way to go would be an X4 760k + a gpu.

Barton 1 Build 4 points 56 months ago

That's not true, you can add a R7 250 for Dual Graphics for a pretty substantial boost.

pegotico 2 Builds -2 points 56 months ago

yes but its way better the 260x which can't dual graphics with the 7850k. Its just not worth it!!

Dentothor 1 Build 3 points 56 months ago

the 7850k is pretty powerful on a budget on its own. Who knows, maybe AMD is going to fix it to becompatible with GDDR5 in the future opening up endless possibilities for Dual Graphics. Keep in mind, HSA on Kaveri is very worth it.

Puntosmx submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

The point is getting a functional computer right with sights to upgrading later. Also, in hopes HSA develops to the point where discrete GPUs process graphics and integrated GPUs to perform other tasks, like a virtual Vsync (as Virtu MVP), in the future. Also, to have an FM2+ platform ready for an eventual release for the next AMD APU generation. Also, I have an AM3+ build at home, in case AMD jumps the shark and improves upon that platform (very unlikely). Also, did I mention that this 650 USD build cost me over 850 due to customs, shipping and shipping?

Puntosmx submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Thanks! Two. At least 280s, one next year and the second a couple later. There haven't been 290s around in Mexico (first one I saw listed was just this week). Though, I guess that dual 290Xs plus watercooling and more drives would require an upgrade un PSU..... we'll see how it all comes up.

NaturalCarr 2 points 56 months ago

Oh man, that is one of the best custom paint jobs ive ever seen! Easily like #3 in my top 5. We have a Unit-02 fan here! (Really man, that paint job is all kinds of sick!)

rishabhchugh13 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

I don't think thats a paint job. It is actually the Aerocool XPredator X3 Avenger like WingThing mentioned. Google the avenger version, it looks like the one he has. I think he just couldn't find this version on the site.

Puntosmx submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Oh, sorry to give out the wrong impression. The case is actually the Avenger edition, as it came out from the box by Aerocool (nice design anyway). I picked the no-limited part because I couldn't find the special edition on PcPartPicker list, and leaving the space blank wouldn't be nice either.

I DO plan on painting it, but it will take some planning (and would take it far from the Ironman aesthetic, I guess).

loader963 2 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

Loving that case bro!!!!

GalacticDonuts 2 points 56 months ago

Love the Ironman colour scheme

Hazarded 2 points 56 months ago

You should add an AMD ssd next later

LeOrange 1 point 56 months ago

AMD doesn't make SSD's.

welshdiesel 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago
LeOrange 2 points 56 months ago

Ah, ok. Well, they still don't make them. lol. But why do you suggest an AMD SSD specifically over, say, a Samsung or MX100?

welshdiesel 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

i wouldn't. depends on the price mainly when the dust settles. if its cheaper then maybe. but you get what you pay for.

LeOrange 1 point 56 months ago


Hazarded 2 points 56 months ago

I suggested it cause it looks like this person likes amd brand a lot so yea...

LeOrange 1 point 56 months ago

Ah ok :)

Puntosmx submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

I do like the brand, yes. At least over Intel and nVidia. The RAM was jst the less crappy choice between simmilarly-clocked dimms with worse latency at simmilar price (Kingston and Corsair), or faster RAM at +25% price (Corsair). Not saying that any of my options were BAD, but when the "imported, exclusive, brand-advertised" option competes with the midrange brands in price.... well, it's smarter to chose the best performer.

Frostfyre 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

Its a really Nice build, all the colors in the case flow perfectly with each other, But i would get a different PSU, As corsairs RM line of PSUs have bad capacitors that short out relatively quick compared to other PSUs, And to be honest you don't need 650 Watts, more like 430-500.

Puntosmx submitter 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

Yay! Thanks. Actually, this is the first step, as I plan on getting a nice GPU next year, and probably a second a couple years on. Those, added to cooling that's not stock, BD unit and a few SSD/HDDs will eventually require even a PSU upgrade.

ahivan 2 points 54 months ago

Nice, first build I see from a fellow compatriot. It sucks our frickin' import taxes are so high I'm lucky to have a relative living near the border so I'll be getting a new rig soon.

ArtzPCPP 1 point 56 months ago

Fully modular 80+ Gold 650 watt PSU is way too overkill... a CX430 would have been more than enough...

Barton 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

May be overkill now but at least he has options on future upgrades without having to purchase a new PSU.

Puntosmx submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Final project (within 4 years from now) includes double R9s, at least 280s, which would require ~500W. Adding the APU, 650 is kinda what the build needs, and I'm not sure how much would aftermarket watercooling add to the mix. I went with 650 because I didn't want to fall short in wattage as I upgraded this thing.

jshoop 0 points 56 months ago

cx psus are made with cheap capacitors anyway. a seasonic, xfx, or something like that would have been a cheaper alternative (for semi-modular and 80+ bronze)

Puntosmx submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Seasonic and xfx don't exist here in Mexico. Aerocool and Corsair haven't been around here for long either. Actually, I'm greatly surprised I could buy the MB and APU at a national retailer.

jshoop 2 points 55 months ago

your 650w rm series is good, the other rm series are bad, but it wont be enough to crossfire 280s i dont think. maybe 285s since the power consumption is less but ittl be close. to crossfire its best to get atleast 750w, 850w if theres more high end power hungry hardware

Damjan25 1 point 54 months ago

how's the cpu in adobe premiere ?

Puntosmx submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

I haven't tried video editing yet. I've been getting 30-45 fps in low-to-mid graphics settings on most games I've tried, but that doesn't include any 2014's AAA game.

elgrian 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

When I first saw #11,257.53 I almost had a heart attack, then I looked over and saw pesos, XD

dbenstart 1 point 48 months ago

Get in the computer, Shinji.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Pictures of your finished product please. What operating system did you go with? Did you add any fans to the case? How does it game?

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Black_Shadows 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago
Puntosmx submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Actually, yep. It was named by a friend, as a joke to my name (Ivan) and the fact that I love anime (and Evangelion's one of my favorite). The HDD partitions are named "Neon" and "Genesis", actually :D