Description

Reckoning:

the avenging or punishing of past mistakes or misdeeds.

Background

This is my main rig that I built back in January and the spiritual successor to my introduction to both PC gaming and PC Building. Since I moved to the UK and travelled with most of my components, I have since moved out of the tiny apartment that required me to purchase the Corsair Air 240 to a spacious house. I still do not regret my choice of buying the Air 240 but with greater space... the acoustic profile of having all the fans plugged into the psu became quite irritating. Thus most of the upgrades revolved around silencing the beast.

It has since then become the living room and family PC and it turns out my girlfriend's daughter games on it more than I do... what you may ask? Minecraft and The Sims 3 for the most part, though if I still had my WoW sub you could put that under her belt too.

I haven't had much time to truly push the PCs limits since its latest incarnation due to working part time and studying. More pictures will be on their way as I find time or if you want any specific, please feel free to ask. I know the current lot are grainy, they were taken pretty early in the morning.

The Upgrades

WiFi Card

As stated I moved into a larger house and the router isn't near the computer. I'm no fan of routing cables and therefore a WiFi card became a necessity. With only 802.11n WiFi, this card was a little bit excessive but the BT is appreciated and it had high reviews for a fair price.

CPU cooler

I've been wanting the Cryorig C7 since I was planning the build back in November '15. Since I just wasn't comfortable any more with the noise or temperatures of the stock Intel cooler I got it given to me for my anniversary with my GF. It was fun installing this, it is the first cooler I installed that didn't have pre applied thermal paste and push pins and I made many mistakes in accordance with this >.<

First and foremost removing the stock cooler was scarier than I thought, the paste had glued the cooler to the processor and it took quite a snap to remove... then when I put the C7 onto the processor, I wasn't happy with the cable orientation and thank the Omnissiah that I was so pedantic because when I removed it I found the plastic still covering the heat sink >.< On take two, I nearly forgot the back plate... I was on one hell of a roll.

That all said and done, the i5 ran a lot cooler and more to the point was nearly inaudible! Success at last!!!

Storage

This is sooner a downgrade, the two hard drives were dying badly and I decided I didn't need more than 500GB, therefore removed the entire hard drive cage and stuck to the SSD. On the plus side, less noise :D

GPU

About two months ago I was experiencing heavy crashes in games and anything graphical. I then noticed that one of the two fans on my GTX 760 had stopped spinning and temperatures were roaring! So I prayed to the Machine God that my warranty wasn't void. I had three months left!!! So I sent it back for an RMA. To my absolute joy EVGA sent me a brand new GTX 950 FTW Edition!!!

I did research on this card and it turns out that out of the box it performs less than a handful of frames slower than a reference GTX 960 and has strong overclocking capabilities which can set on par with said gpu :O I probably won't be overclocking it for a while, I love the semi-passive fans and the silence when they do actually spin. Plus the 950 is more than sufficient for the time being

Fan Splitters

This isn't listed in the parts list but the NZXT Grid has been omitted and replaced with a Bitfenix white-sleeved 3-way splitter. The three fans in my case are attached to a motherboard header and controlled with an automatic profile kudos to MSI command centre. They normally do not surpass 50% of their max rpm and still keep my components nice and cool, all the while my ears happy.

One final note, due to hypersensitive hearing, I am the only one that can actually hear my PC now, my gf cannot hear it anymore :D

Honourable Mention

The kitten in the last picture is called Cole. That's an older picture, however he's my gamer cat. He's been raised to join me when I'm gaming and leave me alone while at work. He's always with me when I'm on the desktop and a game is being played. He's the real mvp!

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Comments

  • 40 months ago
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The cat though, she might ESD your PC. Just sayin'.

  • 40 months ago
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Rip

  • 40 months ago
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Oh he is very respecting of the family desktop, can't say much about his sister though who will attack the cursor!

  • 40 months ago
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+1 for this build as it is very clean and good looking, also more importantly the plus one is also for that adorable kitten!

  • 40 months ago
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I'm glad you think its clean looking, makes me feel better about the hours I put in wrestling cables. Still wanting to get some white-braided extensions for the mobo and gpu cables.

  • 40 months ago
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White mobo and gpu cables would make it almost perfect, and also just a suggestion if you moved your monitor and other peripherals to the left of your main desk and put your pc on the white it would look nice and you would be able to admire your pc by just looking to your right.

  • 40 months ago
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It used to be on the right hand side (see picture with the cat), however as college struck I realised that I needed the extra desk space for books and printouts. To further increase desk space, I will be getting a vesa monitor clamp off amazon. I saw a nice one on Amazon for £20 (incl. shipping). And I have actually ordered gpu and mobo extension cables today! I still am dying to add some white LED's, especially with the new (pretty black) 950, the internals are pretty dark.

  • 40 months ago
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Adding the white cables and if you get white led's that would really enhance this pc because as you said it is quite dark on the inside, and that monitor clamp would make it fell more spacious too.

  • 40 months ago
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I have added the cables (see new pictures). It looks way better already! :O

  • 40 months ago
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Dat cat is like

Wot is dat potato?

  • 40 months ago
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Dat cat is my gamer cat. Leaves me along when I'm working but when gaming... he's by my side or on my lap :D

  • 40 months ago
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Sweet build and even sweeter kitten. We can't all pcpp posts be like this?!

  • 40 months ago
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Thank you! Cole should really receive an honourable mention in the description :P As I said in a previous comment, he's my gaming buddy!

  • 40 months ago
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Bigup, Cole!