Description

My Linux gaming rig, updated with better aesthetics and pictures.

The Origin

In 2015 Christian made a gaming rig. Now the rig was formless and empty. And Christian said, "Let there be a parts list," and there was. But the parts list wasn't good enough. So he drafted parts list after parts list until he said, "Behold, I have found the perfect parts list!"

And so in June of 2015 he took up the task of ordering the parts. A few hours of calling back and forth with Newegg and the bank, and the parts were on the way.

And Christian said, "Behold, I have received the parts! Let us make for ourselves a gaming rig in the image of the PC Master Race." And so it was done. Christian took the parts he had received and made himself a glorious gaming rig. And he called it Ipswich.

Christian gave this machine the breath of life (plugged it in) and it posted! It booted to Xubuntu 14.04, but alas, that was not enough. And so Christian took it upon himself to install Arch Linux, and he saw that it was very good.

(The Book of Ipswich, chs. 1-2, excerpts)

The Evolution

My build was really clean and had good cable management, but I was getting bored with the looks and wanted to give it more pizzazz. But I was too lazy to do anything about it.

On Black Friday (2015) I ordered myself some sleeved extensions and a couple more case fans (can't argue with $10 for a couple 140mm fans!). So I went and installed them and I was pretty happy with the results...

For Christmas I got a new pair of cans (Creative Aurvana Live!) and a Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 LED strip. The cans sound wonderful and I couldn't wait to get dat lighting in my case...

Towards the end of Christmas break I decided to completely revamp my cable management in back--it was an absolute mess in the basement and I couldn't live with myself if I didn't do something about it. So I had my mom pick up some zip ties while she was at the dollar store.

When I got back to college, I didn't have any homework to do, so I went crazy with the cable management, tying and retying everything, bundling cables in the basement. I wasn't satisfied with just shoving everything in the basement and tying everything so it would look OK in front.

Today I finally borrowed my roommate's camera, dusted the insides, and took quite a few pictures. Many of them didn't make it here, because they were seriously underexposed. I am an amateur photographer.

Odds and Ends

High temp for the CPU was taken after an hour of stress testing, while stressing the GPU at the same time. I'm running 4.5 GHz (not all the time) at 1.42 V, and I'm not really comfortable with anything higher at this point. I haven't touched the GPU, mainly because GPU Boost gets most of the OC I would get out of it anyway. It works plenty fine for me.

Parts marked $0 were parts I had before building. Parts marked "Purchased" were bought at build time. All the other parts were bought afterwards.

If you have any questions about choices of parts/OS, refer to my original build post. I only did part reviews for new parts.

Part Reviews

Case Fan

Pretty decent fans that blend in nicely. Their sound at full speed, while it isn't that loud, is extremely unpleasant. I've got 'em running off a PWM header at a lower speed and they're fine.

Can't beat 'em for the price I paid.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

My build was really clean and had good cable management, but I was getting bored with the looks and wanted to give it more pizzazz. But I was too lazy to do anything about it.

For a moment there, I read it as "pizza." Oops...

Today I finally borrowed my roommate's camera, dusted the insides, and took quite a few pictures. Many of them didn't make it here, because they were seriously underexposed. I am an amateur photographer.

Why thank you so much for sharing this amazing build. It's so lovely, great parts and has clean cable management. And I'm an amateur myself with taking photos so don't worry. You don't need to be a professional photographer to show it's inner and outer beauty. It's a great build and you deserve my one and much more.
P.S. Thank you roomate for lending your camera. You are awesome.
  • 48 months ago
  • 5 points

My roommate said it looked like I was taking my computer's senior pictures.

My baby's all grown up! sniffle

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course! You should be proud. :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol, thank you very much. That means a lot.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You are most welcome. I meant it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a great looking build! So neat!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The pictures though.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Super clean and nice pictures !

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean organized. Have fun gaming! +1 for AMD.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 nice build

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice build and the cable management looks sexy

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much. Not very many people have the guts to show off their cable management but I figured I would since I spent so much time on it. Plus I couldn't stand knowing that all the cables in the back were just shoved under the PSU shroud... :P

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

niceOne!

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for taking so long to respond. Haven't had a ton of time for PCPP because college. :P

As far as benchmarks go, I'm limited to what runs on Linux (I'm too cheap to buy Windows), so hopefully these numbers make some sense to you.

  • Geekbench (32-bit): 2528 single-core; 8156 multi-core
  • Unigine Valley (Extreme HD preset): 1238
  • Unigine Heaven (Extreme): 1049