My build on Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/109760614703808266548/posts/YTfnxJNwdjg
This is my first PC build. I call her the Phoenix Feather. She's a beautiful beast. I created a monster on a shoestring budget.
The Phoenix Feather was built solely for emulators. And boy, does she run smoothly. I ran her with PCSX2 without my graphics card, and she started up and ran Ace Combat 04, nearly flawlessly, albeit with a few slowdowns on a widely-known quirk, where I have to software render everything. If it's optimized to hardware, especially now that I have my EVGA graphics card, she'll really become the monster that I created her to be... Thought she was DOA when I first turned her on... but after 15 minutes of sweating bullets and crapping bricks, I finally figured out that the 24-pin Motherboard plug wasn't plugged all the way in! DUH! She runs Dolphin flawlessly, playing a myriad of Gamecube/Wii games perfectly, at 720p, with extremely high anti-ailasing and Vsync. Haven't gotten the RAM to run fully at 1600MHz, but went from 1333Mhz to 1400Mhz... Apparently, going from 1400MHz to 1600MHz supposedly isn't much a difference at all. That Liquid Cooling system was the most time-consuming thing to do for this, followed by actually fitting and placing the motherboard onto the shell of a case. The case looks nice, but the materials used are quite cheap. Guess you get what you pay for. I got the Seagate hard drive from a neighbor, it's currently kicking in there until I get enough to buy a 512GB Solid-state hard drive. The EVGA power supply... Yes, it's a bit much, considering she's only going to be pulling about 250-300 watts max, but I went for the good quality one. From what I hear, if you go cheap on a Power Supply Unit, you'll lose out every time. Short, and long run. I've originally bought the wrong motherboard (Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H MiniATX Motherboard); It was a motherboard that did fit, just didn't have the capability to overclock safely above 4.2GHz, had a Core Voltage lock at 1.2volts. As soon as I read about this, I immediately sent it back for a refund, without even opening it. Lucky me. Sucks I had to pay for shipping, though. The motherboard I did get was a tiny bit warped. It still didn't stop me from using it, although I was annoyed by the cheap motherboard holder threads that's attached to and came with the cheap casing wanting to come off and not twist on all the way right. That SSD I bought... Damn, it's so addicting having a seven-second boot up time. I don't think I'll ever go back to booting up to a normal hard drive, ever again. From 2 minutes to 7 seconds... That's a HUGE leap in time. Plus, it's insanely fast just loading up other things. Got my other hard drive, the one that was donated, as a drive for all my downloaded games. It contains mostly PS2 ISOs for the PCSX2 program to play them. Swapped out the old 160GB hard drive with the 500GB one I salvaged off a broken laptop. Fair trade, huh?
Phoenix Feather: Build 1.4 Started: March 9th, 2016, approx. 11:40 am Finished: March 9th, 2016, approx. 2:55 pm Approximate Build Time: 3 hours Build 1.1 Update: Installed Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-Bit (March 9th, 2016, approx. 5:00 pm) Build 1.2 Update: Installed EVGA Nvidia Geforce GTX 750Ti GPU (March 16th, 2016, approx. 2:00 pm) Build 1.3 Update: Installed ADATA SP550 480GB SSD (March 31st, 2016 approx. 12:30 pm) Build 1.4 Update: Installed Western Digital WD5000LPVX Blue 500GB HDD (May 10th, 2016, approx. 10:45 pm)