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by thetolsonator


Looking back on all the systems I’ve built, they’ve always been a hodgepodge of parts and colors and really didn’t have a cohesive color scheme. This all changed with my latest build, dubbed #FORTHEKIDS. The name comes from my involvement with Extra-Life, an organization that works closely with Children’s Miracle Hospitals and provides assistance to kids and their families while they’re in the hospital for whatever reason.

For more information as to why I do this, check out:


Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

A slightly more expensive option (depending on which way the wind blows) than a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, but IMO worth the extra $$$. Smaller and more aesthetically pleasing color-wise, will fit in a lot more mid tower cases than the 212 Evo.

+PRO+ +Great performance \ 1-2C lower idle and 3-5 lower under load vs 212 Evo +Much quieter fan than stock 212 Evo +Very clean and sleek looking (black top and no protruding randomly closed nubs) +Angled design that allows for "Zero RAM clearance issues) +Metal clips to hold the fan on vs destructive screws +Mounting back plate and securing cooler is fairly simple and straight forward.

-CONS- -Metal fan clips are a little difficult to apply/remove -Finding all 4 holes on the bottom of the cooler with the fans attached is difficult to secure the cooler and finalize the installation. -Coolers' angle doesn't leave much room behind it for rear exhaust fans if you want a dual fan push/pull setup.


Stupid fast SATA based SSD's, the 500GB capacity is tough to find at a good price, but I bought these way back before the prices shot through the roof. One in my system is OS and apps, the other is games that benefit from fast loading times and these are very easily mounted in the back of the Define C case.


Cheap and fast (for mechanical drives) and used for frequent file transfer/changes (google drive/dropbox) and games that do NOT benefit from faster loading times via an SSD.

Gave up on WD and their bunk drives after a rash of 4 bad/chirpy drives in a 6 month period and am VERY happy with how Seagate has turned their drives around from what I remember them being in the early 2000's

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Galius 2 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

How are the Bitfenix fans?

thetolsonator submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I really like them, both the ones on the front panel and the ones on my 212 Evo are very quiet. I've got them all tuned to run at a max of 55% when under full load and I keep a pretty good temp all around.

Viveycore 2 points 19 months ago

Man your kids are spoiled ssds! Gtx 1060 6gb 16 go of ram and RGB for days! Plus win 10 pro nice build

thetolsonator submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Kids? Nah this is my system. For The Kids is part of the Extra Life slogan! We play games for the kids ;-)

Viveycore 1 point 18 months ago

Lmao nice

firespitter2917 1 point 39 months ago

what os do you use

thetolsonator submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Win10 Pro. Upgraded from Win7 at one point and did a fresh re-installation. Runs great!

VinnyPlaysGames 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

hows that mouse?

thetolsonator submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

(For posterity, this is referring to the EVGA TORQ X3)

Ehh, to be honest I got rid of it after a couple weeks. I need to fix it in my listing. Back to using my trusty old Logitech G5 (v2)