Description

This started as a very basic desktop for general use and light gaming that I put together back in early 2013. In the last several months, I've been replacing components one-by-one and now the only remaining original part is the crummy Toshiba HDD that I use as backup storage. With the glut of awesome deals from Black Friday through Christmas (2014), I got some killer deals on pretty high end stuff. I'm very pleased with the end result, and this thing runs great. The last updates were the XFX R9 290, the XFX PSU and the Raijintek Aidos CPU cooler.

Note - All "purchase prices" are after rebates/coupons/promos/etc.

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice I love seeing the bargain builds. Any consideration to upgrade the case with something that's better for cable management?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment! At some point I might upgrade the case, but I really dig the minimal footprint that this micro tower provides. Definitely that's something to fix in the future.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The cables...they burn my eyes! Seriously though, with those high end specs you should have at least did them justice and invested in a better case with cable management options to let your components breath. They'd run much cooler and more efficient that way. :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I know, I know, hahaha. I really like the small footprint the Cougar Spike provides and I don't overclock anything (another sin, I know) so I'm not terribly concerned about cooling for now. The 4x 120mm fans are doing the job for now. The biggest problem for cable management, even more than the case, is that the power supply isn't modular and it has way more connections that I need. There are two huge cables just for IDE power which is almost completely unused and just fills the space at the top of the case... Someday I'll get a big boy case and make it look cleaner.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That's good to know. Have fun with that beast in sheep's clothing then, and hopefully they'll last you a while. :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I like big computers, more room to route cables and there is more to look at.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You need better cable management, and I recommend this thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5 http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm , other than that cool build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

why? shin etsu is a great tim..

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment. I know my cable management is terrible but between the small case and a non-modular power supply, I have way too much power cable to jam into very little space. Someday I'll upgrade the power supply and the case. Until then, this is about as good as I can swing it...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The EVGA SuperNova 750 G2 is a rebrand of a Super Flower Leadex PSU and it scored a 9.3 out of 10 from TechPowerUp: http://www.techpowerup.com/mobile/reviews/EVGA/SuperNOVA_G2_750/1.html

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. =)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You're quite the bargain hunter. It's too bad you didn't go for a modular PSU, but that's what you get when you need a good deal! Your cable management is actually decent considering the circumstances. If desktop use and light gaming is your goal, the single 285 and 16 gigs of ram you have shouldn't need to be upgraded any more. It's pointless to upgrade any further. But you can invest in a new mouse, that's for sure. I recommend the Mionix Naos series. The 3200 is on Amazon for $45 right now.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Super cool, thanks for the input. Yeah, I like to pretend that I'm still a gamer but between kids, work and grad school, I get almost no time to play. Once you start the upgrades, it's hard to stop, though...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an example of why we buy modular PSU's people. lol nice build

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

After all the [gentle] heckling, I went ahead and just ordered both a bigger, more cable management friendly case, and a modular power supply. So much for this being a "completed build", right? Will update build and photo when it's complete... again.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What case did you get?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The Corsair Carbide Series 300R. Nothing terribly fancy - I'm still a bargain hunter at heart - but lots more room and proper cable management design. Space for extra fans as well. It's coming in the mail tomorrow but I won't be able to rebuild it until probably the weekend since grad school is starting back up.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Full update complete, including build name change. Sorry the new picture is pretty blurry, but at least you can tell the cable management is more under control. I splurged on a second R9 285 because I found the same killer deal again. Now I need to buy a few current-year games and find time to play them!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you happy with the Raijintek Aidos cooler in terms of looks, sound and performance? Would you recommend it?