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Zebra A.I.

by Pierceoftheender

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Date Published

Oct. 1, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 18, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.178 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

Description

Hello!

I really don't feel like writing very much, but, I will. So read, I put my sweat and tears into this. (You don't have to if you don't want to)

My name is Pierce, this is my 1 1/2 build, (ill go into depth below) and It was really stressful, but fun. So I guess I will tell you the story of my ventures below!

Ventures: Okay, I have been into PC gaming since I was 11/12, And I still use my old PC today. (Its an iBUYPOWER Valkyrie CZ-27 laptop.) And about half a year ago, all the modern games, and Nvidia updates, just started destroying its overall performance. So I decided, "Oh, why don't I just go buy a desktop so I can upgrade it?" first and only mistake, I liked the cases on Cyberpower PC, so I decided to get from them, turns out the MSi 970 in it was fried/dead. I took apart the entire (when I say entire, I mean ENTIRE) PC to see what was wrong with it, couldn't figure out what the heck was wrong with it. Decided to put it back together and RMA it. never, ever, buy from that company, the RMA process is unfriendly and just absolutely dreadful. So after that turn of events, I decided, "Hey! if I can take apart a PC and put it back together who says I can't make one?" So I found this website. And I began putting together a black and white themed build. (With a reference 980 Ti) Not much later when I went to order the parts, I realized that the 980 Ti was out of stock, all for a couple MSi 980 Ti's, thats when I decided to make my build Black, red, and white themed. Thus, the AMAZING (not so much close up) paint job. Anyways, the story must go on, I began building, I started at 5 PM, Friday, as soon as I got home from school. I believed it would take 2 hours to build, NO, it took 6 hours. Why? because i didn't want to break anything and was freaked out by the fact that I might short them [(electrically)even though I had a anti-static mat and wristbands] but, I succeeded, and as you see in one of my pictures, I shoved all the wires into the PSU cover, because I wanted to sleep by then, and was becoming lazy. So, now concluding this very moderately boring story, It works, its cool looking, and i just finished painting the case around 2 hours ago from when this was posted.

Now ill get to this statistical stuff.

TEMPS: Really no idea because i've been VERY busy, and haven't been able to find out. Average, I guess.

CASE: Chose this case because it was the same case as the one I got off Cyberpower PC, and the only reason I bought from them.

GPU: 10 words, The 970 didn't feed my enthusiast craze for maxed graphics.

CPU: Skylake, fast, overclockable. (overclocking soon)

Der Kühler: Its innovative design made me want to get it, and its black, white, and cheap.

RAM: Its ram, and I use Photoshop. oh, and its black and white too!

Storage: Wanted a speedy SSD to run my OS, and a large amount og gigs just for all of my games, and documents.

PSU: Freaked out because my GPU requires minimum 600w, but it works. I found a loophole through the system.

WiFi: No Ethernet in my room.

Everything else: Just to make the build have more than a theme than old fashioned TV.

Thanks for reading, sorry for my really lame sarcasm. I would have not been able to build a computer (from scratch) without this websites amazing tools and community.

PS: Thanks Jipster for serving us.

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Hostility 1 Build 3 points 43 months ago

I absolutely love the decal/paint on your case! building your own PC definitely beats buying a prebuilt, and I think you did a really good job with this one!

mhiziab 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Wow my first thought verbatim was also "I absolutely love this"

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Thank you!

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks!

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the_legendairy_cow 3 points 43 months ago

calling for a monitor upgrade

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Yep, I just picked one up lying around, that's what I'm getting next.

OnilEssallal 1 point 42 months ago

agreed haha

Hameck 3 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

Glad to know that I'm not the only one who had a bad experience with Cyberpower!

Iceman320 1 Build 3 points 43 months ago

That paint job is fantastic! one of the best I have seen on here if not the best, really enjoy looking at this case it's such a joy +1

Love it :D

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Thanks!

Pill_Slinger 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

this is fantastic

Chaos_the_God 2 points 42 months ago

That PSU is really close, you left almost no headroom for upgrades, you'll end up having to buy another PSU if you want to make upgrades. Not to mention the RM series is tier 3

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I know, i'm actually about to buy another one. its got good reviews, but it would be great if you told me what you think of it?

PSU link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438017&cm_re=PSU_supernova-_-17-438-017-_-Product

Chaos_the_God 1 point 42 months ago

That's a VERY good PSU, tier 1 without enough room for upgrades. Overall a great buy

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Okay, thanks for the feedback, its very helpful!

Atron 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Cue Tiny with his input on the PSU though I have to say that the RM is a poor PSU and the fact that it is at maximum draw alot means the life is going to be decreased horribly

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Eh, I'll cross that bridge when the time comes.

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Or I could cross that bridge now and get it over with...

Atron 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I would say a XFX XTR 650W, I have the exact same and it is gold rated, modular and tier 1 (Highest rated) Its small downfall I found was that the cable ends are a little hard to push in but other than that it is exellent and has a hybrid fan which only turns on at around 50C I think. Also I just recreated your build and it uses 460(ish) W that isnt over the maximum output

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

This is the best call. While the RM550 is half decent (better than the CX) you are working it pretty hard with this system and it uses less than good quality components. I'd replace it for a proper quality/size unit.

CQC 11 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

It's very obvious you put a lot of time and thought into this build. Please do yourself the favor of getting a quality psu before that one dies. The RM series by Corsair is not a very good unit to begin with, but you are at maximum draw which is a very big no no on a unit of this quality.

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks for the feedback I'll put it to good use.

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Also, which PSU would you recommend?

CQC 11 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I'm a big fan of XFX as they are Seasonic OEM units and are great quality. EVGA G2/B2/P2 units are also very good as well. Of course, Seasonic is great.

Right this minute Newegg has the XFX Core Edition 850w 80+ Bronze for $50 after rebate. While that's a little overkill for your system, it's a great value. I hope this helps!

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Great recommendations. I would also recommend anything Antec over 650w.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

100% agree about the PSU. It should be swapped.

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thank you for the help! I don't want this thing to all of a sudden explode because of the PSU.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Glad to be able to help!

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elventhor 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Hi, sorry to jump in at this point. May I know why Corsair RM PSU is not a good unit. I am currently using RM 850. Just last month, my Ivy Bridge Motherboard just suddenly went dead. I went to RMA the board and got a new replacement. Today, the same motherboard died again. It just wouldn't start. Could it be a PSU problem?

CQC 11 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

The RM series is typically looked at as a Tier 3 power supply. It's an ok unit as long as the user isn't pushing to the max. Generally it's overpriced compared to higher quality units such as XFX, EVGA, and Antec.

I'm not 100% on if your psu is killing your motherboards, but it sure sounds like it. Someone with more experience can weigh in on it. If I was in your shoes I would RMA the psu (if it's still in warranty) and sell the replacement unit. I would then get a higher quality unit.

elventhor 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Hey Just want to let you know that you are spot on about my issue. Somehow the PSU can supply power to the motherboard but not to the CPU. I will be sending in this 2 month old PSU for RMA. I would definitely like to purchase the brand you recommended, but it is not available in the place I living in. What I could buy will be brand like, FSP, Seasonic, Silverstone and Thermaltake.

Currently I am using FSP 550W (my 3 yr old PSU), but I worry it may not be enough for my 980 Ti.

CQC 11 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I would definitely go Seasonic or the Cooler Master V Series. I'm glad I was able to offer some assistance. I hope the new unit works out!!

elventhor 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

I see, thanks for the valuable feedback. Will consider this option. Thanks.

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Looks more like a dead zebra with the paint job ;) +1

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Yeah, almost named it "Bloody freakin Zebra"

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Think I'd have gone with that one instead

Apollo5C 1 point 43 months ago

Loving the decals! This caught my eye :) +1

Srtpower 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Awesome paint job my friend!! I also love the minimal red accents of the build!!+1

powellbm86 9 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Sic paint job.

eptanisioz 1 point 43 months ago

AWESOME !! the paint on your case !!!

mypooper 1 point 43 months ago

Keyboard?

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

AVjazz something or other? Dont think there made anymore.

mypooper 1 point 43 months ago

I am so used to a laptop keyboard I think I would beneift from its form factor EDIT it's A-Jazz

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I believe the form factor is called Mini/Tenkeyless. (And just so you know, its not mechanical)

mypooper 1 point 43 months ago

Damn, it it was mechanical I would have found a way to get one

Sp00n115 1 point 43 months ago

where did you get the braided cables?

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

off of Newegg, Just some silverstone extensions.

Sp00n115 1 point 43 months ago

thanks

Sp00n115 1 point 43 months ago

can you send me the link if possible thanks

GatsuGodhand 1 point 38 months ago

Great build and really dig the paint job.

GilParnon 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

How did you actually do the paint job? I'd love to do something similar

Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

You can take a paintbrush and flick it and you get a splatter effect.

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Pierceoftheender submitter 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

those aren't decals, made the design myself.

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