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Update 26/3/2019 - I moved to 1440 gaming, upgraded to a 1080ti and PG279Q monitor for an additional £200. Worth evbery penny!

So after choosing the worst time possible to build a rig, I finally give to you my completed build:

Altered Carbon

I have been struggling on console with an elbow injury for several years and now I have finally got around to returning to the PCMR. The release of my main game Destiny/Destiny 2 being beautifully made for PC was a huge incentive but mainly the struggle with my elbow from controller usage. My theory was the resting position of using a desk and keyboard would be far more comfortable for my arm after a decent gaming session, so far this theory is working out, thankfully.

All parts used were a mixture of NEW/Refurbed via Amazon/eBay. Where I saved in area's I maybe overspent in others but due to the mining problem all parts came with a reasonably higher price tag, however I searched for the best prices possible before hitting that purchase button and overall I think I'm more than satisfied with the outcome.

My biggest problem during the build was finding a new desk to accommodate the new Dual Monitor setup + Tower and have the desired space to move the MnK. After searching for Extra wide/ long desk';s I decided it would be easier to build one myself, as a Welder/Fabricator I had that luxury and the resources to do so fairly cost effective (I paid nothing on materials and the labour was all myself, I only paid £100 for the paint job to be carried out).

After returning to the PC scene for the first time in over 10 years I was very scared to do anything. . . . Alas I proceeded to OC with the aid of friends in Overclockers UK and Shotgun Academy, two fantastic communities on Discord I have the privilege of being a member.

To my surprise my lovely wife was very encouraging when it came to the build and actually got involved with the changeover to PC when I suggested cleaning up the room before installing the new desk. Although, I have now somehow contracted myself into re-decorating the rest of the house . . .

I hope you enjoy the photo's of the project and support the time and effort I wandered into.

Also feel free to add me up on PC/PSN Epyrah on all platforms, Epyrah#2997 on Battle.NET

Links to the communities can be found here:

OverclockersUK Discord

Shotgun Academy Discord

TLDR,

I built a PC, I called it Altered Carbon because it was what I was watching at the time and I altered some carbon in the form of welding the desk,

Thankyou for viewing/reading!

Epyrah

Part Reviews

CPU

This thing is a champ! If you OC get some decent cooling, however getting voltages correct I've had my chip running at more than decent temps.

CPU Cooler

Fantastic purchase, my first experience of WC but glad I chose this, looks and works beautifully.

Motherboard

Easiest BIOS I've ever worked around, has more than enough features I could ever dream of using!

Memory

Does the job. . . Cleanest looking RAM available imo

Storage

Love the grey colour, chose this over the newer black 850 models mainly for aesthetics in my case (there is a lot of black and an 850 would have just merged into the case) Speed's are just fine

Storage

Bought this as a backup drive to just pile crap onto, shopped around for a good price and got a refurb for over half the price. Fantastic HDD

Case

The only case I could use for my build, so clean, thought out design, classy. There's a reason so many use this case

Power Supply

Compact little PSU which was needed due to the cable extensions I had to cram into the PSU shroud. Nice and Quiet

Keyboard

My first real mechanical keyboard and probably my last. . . This thing is just perfect.

Mouse

So many options . . . . My transition from my old SteelSeries Ikari to this has been extremely smooth

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 4 points

desk PC in the making

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I’d love to but I cannot afford to go out on my own or have the resources. I was lucky with where I currently work that they allowed me to do it.

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Those are some pretty welds! Beautiful work on both the desk and the PC.

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks man!

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build on the desk/pc. You should definitely have less pictures, maybe just of the best parts 94 is a lot to look through!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks my brother

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Really good looking desk you have, there. I also really like the white/black ascetic of your PC; it's rare to see a build that doesn't mix in some primary/secondary color.

If you want to try and find a monitor that suites you better, I'd suggest a VA or IPS panel; as long as you're willing to sacrifice some refresh. TN panels have really good refresh rates, response times, and prices; but lack in color reproduction. I've heard VA is a good middle ground; but I only use IPS personally. The only problem is you tend to either sacrifice refresh, or get into really high prices.

How's your stability running Destiny 2? When I play it myself, I get very few application crashes; but every ~3 hours, I get a full OS freeze. I'm not sure if it's my G-sync, SLI; or some driver issue.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thankyou, the B&W theme stood out more to me than all of the RGB you see these days, a few other builds on here were my inspiration. I wanted the lighting but i wanted it to be subtle. Stay Classy. Colours arent that bad, its just settling on the overall image, I think its a known issue with the monitor, top left and bottom right of monitor are different in contrast/brightness. I will perhaps change it out sometime in the future, thanks for the advice. Stability has been a little up and down, testing OC of cpu and gpu but ive had a few crashes now during game and some i believe were down to Geforce Experience in background, that has had reported issues with D2. I would try and run without that in background before changing drivers/g-sync etc.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly. I have nothing against colors (my PC is entirely lit by red LEDs); it's just nice and refreshing to see a rare color scheme, and B/W is one of the hardest to find. The problem is you need a really clean design to make it work, and I have so many wires strewn around my PC. It looks really solid and almost minimalistic with your build, though.

And yeah, if different parts of the screen have different colors and brightness; that definitely doesn't sound like display-type problem. I could only see that happening if it was a large display from close up, but obviously you're not sitting within 8 inches of a 24" screen. Hope you can resolve it one way or another.

I run a mild overclock on my CPU, but it doesn't cause any issues with any other game. I don't know why it would cause D2 to have issues, but there's no real harm in temporarily disabling it to see if it yields results. I've already uninstalled Geforce since day one (I'm one of those people who like to micromanage every graphics setting I want, so I don't have much to gain from using it), so I don't have many easy things to try and fix it. Honestly, it's probably the SLI causing the issues. I'll probably test tonight. First 'eater of worlds' planned, so it'll be a good time to test stability.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I was using GFX for streaming/recording but I think that is what caused the initial freezes. I think I may lower my OC for now. Good luck with the raid dude!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Altered Carbon was one of my favourite shows on netflix... do you think they will make a 2nd season?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope so, its been a favourite for me this year also

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing work!!!!! Congratulations.... thanks for sharing it.....

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Much love dude!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

To my surprise my lovely wife was very encouraging when it came to the build and actually got involved with > the changeover to PC when I suggested cleaning up the room before installing the new desk. Although, I ? have now somehow contracted myself into re-decorating the rest of the house . . .

LOL

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehe

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  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Incredible work on the desk. Awesome job overall.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankyou!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done. Great stuff. I really enjoyed all the photos you've included I love the end result. It's simply stunning!!!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! Much love

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey I love the build and I was thinking of getting the same keyboard as you. Any thoughts or things to consider from your perspective? Thanks

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Get the software to go with it and be aware of the bios switch on the back of the keyboard, will take a little setting up to understand unless your not an idiot like I was

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I really enjoyed watching the progression of the pictures. Well made, well done. +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man, means a lot

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

**** dood. 10/10

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Do u need 94 Pics?!?!?!?!?

Althoe Great Build Love it!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankyou, pictures reviewed

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Pictures reviewed - There were FAR too many, apologies!

  • 17 months ago
  • 0 points

The welds are spectacular, only complaint is... its not RYZEN!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, that's an argument for another day

  • 16 months ago
  • 0 points

At least you have an SSD, most people do not but are yours m.2?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I have 1 x m.2 NVMe, 1x Sata SSD, 1x Sata HDD, Should be shown in the parts list.

  • 16 months ago
  • 0 points

Well good, now get a mining rig, just set mine up recently.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Why is that a complaint? The 8700k performs better than the 2600x in every way.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Comparing the 8700k to the 2600x is a little unfair, considering the i7 is ~50% more pricey. comparing the 8700k to the 2700x is much more fair, IMO.

That said, the 8700k still easily wins for gaming. It's single core and quad core (what most games bother to utilize) have a clear advantage. The only reason I'd say to go with the ryzen if you do video editing, or other tasks that can utilize every core. In that way, the 2700x's advantage in multithread is almost equal to the 8700k's advantage in quad/single.

There are AMDs that are very competitive with Intel (TR just crushes Intel's i9, IMO), but I have to agree that the 8700k was the best option here.

UserBenchamark for i7-8700k vs Ryzen 7 2700k; http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-8700K-vs-AMD-Ryzen-7-2700X/3937vs3958

Edit: fixed single "2600x" to "2700x", and link.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Disagree. Performance apples to apples should be what we look at. Same core count. It's not fair to pit a 6/12 vs an 8/16 imo. I say take away the price since those are arbitrary.

The 6/12 intel proc, even not OC'd, does everything better than the AMD 6/12 proc that OC's itself to max specs out of the box.

TR crushes lowly 7900x's and such, but gets mopped by 7980xe. And we haven't even gotten to the Xeon's yet.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I find that comparing performance by core count is only useful in determining how advanced the technology is; which pretty much everyone admits intel excels at. When it comes to choosing between two processors; essentially everyone compares how good they perform the needed task(s), at a specific price point. Most people don't care how many cores a cpu has. EG; if it does rendering faster, for cheaper, it's probably the better option if you need it to render video. If there was a cpu with one core clocked to 25ghz for cheaper than the 8700k, then it'd be considered the king of gaming.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

25ghz single core proc, the dream! lol

I don't disagree with your mentality. I just hate how the majority of people swing the argument to price/performance when that is exactly the game AMD chose to play. What about performance vs performance?

If Intel suddenly matched the price of processors with the same amounts of cores and threads then what would AMD's argument be then?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks

  • 16 months ago
  • 0 points

Okay? I do not like who Intel affiliates with, AMD does not affiliate with anti-support groups. And you are wrong the 2600X is better at video rendering and photo rendering along with the fact it has less latency. Please look u pthe facts before you jsut say random stuff.

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

If you don't like Intel as a company, and don't want to support them, that's fine; but shoving your opinions down other people's throats are why vegans get such a bad reputation. Try not to follow in their footsteps.

Same goes for crypto mining. There's a time and a place to talk about mining rigs; but someone's gaming build is not an appropriate place.

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

That's incorrect. The 8700k at 5.0 beats the 2600x at everything unless you can show me otherwise. Unless you're one of the AMD fans that thinks it's fair to compare a maxed out stock OC 4.3ghz chip vs an 8700k that has 800mhz of headroom left.

  • 16 months ago
  • 0 points

Why should you have to OC your CPU for it to be better?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that a serious question? You realize that AMD procs are OC'd to max specs out of the box, right?

  • 16 months ago
  • 0 points

and... it actually has a faster OC multi-core speed and normally it has a faster multi-core speed along with more cores, faster video rendering and photo rendering. A better Workstation score. Please just look it up.