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The current set up is a modified version of my "Exodus" system that I've built on over the years since its construction in December 2015/January 2016. It remains the core components of a i5 4460 and Z97 chipset, in addition to a 1TB WD drive, but now has a Crucial 500GB SSD, in addition to a Gigabyte GTX 1050 2GB. Also, perhaps most signfiicantly, it has a new case - the Corsair Spec 06 (non RGB) in red. It's named "Red October" after Tom Clancy's The Hunt For Red October - a silent submarine. Likewise, this PC is practically silent thanks to the 120mm BeQuiet fan in the back (not on the parts list) and the much better quality case. Cable managment was incredibly easy, I actually bought 100 cable ties thinking it would be a mare, but none of them were needed.

I was actually worried that when I upgraded it, it wouldn't even work properly, because my younger brother who I had recruited to help out with some of the parts where I needed two hands, kept manhandling the board and hadn't grounded himself. To add further insult to injury, whilst attempting to cable manage the USB 3 cable, I accidentally bent back the USB 3 pins - but fortunately my brother was able to bend them back into place. First time this has ever happened, and definitely a hair raising moment.

I also doubled my RAM, from 8GB of HyperX (1 module) to 2x8GB of Corsair Vengeance, albeit at the same speed. The speakers have been replaced with Logitech Z337 which come with a subwoofer, they sound amazing. Since the inital build, I've also wall mounted my monitor and placed red LED strips on my desk. I'm considering getting some to put in the PC.

The sticker on the front was custom made on eBay for about 99p. The font is Eurostile bold, in case anyone is interested.

Overall, a fantastic upgrade at the PC's hallfway point which should see it through another four years, hopefully more. I was reluctant upgrading the RAM on a DD3 platform, but I couldn't use my current RAM as it was blue and so wouldn't match the system, and besides, this was the best opportunnity to get some actually affordable RAM.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Its a nice computer. Good starting point for pc gaming. the fortionate thing is that quadcore xeons with ht for the lga 1150 socket are on the cheap now. (such as the E3-1245 v3 )not that you need to unless something you are currently playing doesn't run on it. with that power supply it also gives you headroom to upgrade, maybe a gtx 1660 super if you want to take your game to the next level. There is no rush on that though. nice computer!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I never thought of that, maybe I will try that if I do ever need to upgrade, as changing to a completely different chipset is expensive etc. I imagine though if I upgrade anything it will be the GPU, but tbh, everything runs fine. GTA 60fps, R6S similar, the RAM also helps out.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

thats fine only upgrade if you need it. All i do is play league but i have a vega 56 so its kind of a waste. It doesn't make sense to hire a strongman to move a couple pillows

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! Can you post some pics of the inside of the case? Would love to see what the inside looks like.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Sure, will do. My only complaint about cabling is one of the fan cables hasn't been cable managed yet, but apart from that it looks great. The motherboard also has orange LEDs

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

In case anyone happened to notice - the bottom left hand pin on the CPU cooler wasn't properly secured. Upon noticing that I was getting temps just under 100C when gaming, I quickly rectified this issue, and with the help of some compressed air, temps are much cooler than before.