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