Well everyone, this is it. My teenage life's work. My magnum opus, if you will. After over a year of research, question topics, and useless posts about Tea in the Off Topic thread to the point Philip shot me a message telling me to tone it down. Oopsie daisies. After all that, I now have A Gaming PC and Setup that I will be eternally proud of. How did this all come to be? Sit back, it's a hell of a long story. Not really "long", but I just like going into detail and writing novels about my adventures in the Master Race. As Green Ham Gaming (If you haven't heard of him, go look him up. Great channel) would say, "Grab yourself a cuppa tea or a beer if that's more your thing, and come along for the ride".
New semester at my high school, Freshman Year. Imagine me; Angsty, offensive, and extremely edgy. But still happy. My average school day is four classes, each an hour and a half. Given these long classes and that I was an honors student in both English and Science. I spent a good majority of spare class time dicking around on this website. I was coming up with draft lists for absolutely beautiful builds, for ***** and giggles of course. No way I was going to build a White-Themed build with full RGB accents with a (at the time) fresh, new i7 7700k and SLI STRIX 1080s.
It was at this time I started to take my Youtube and twitch channels more seriously than I had before. I was drafting up all these part lists to the extent that it got me thinking that I could probably use an upgrade to my current build, SideWinder. (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/f4pG3C) The i5 chip and the amount of Ram were great for gaming, but I had found out the rather hard way that Streaming and Video Editing brought the hardware to it's knees. I didn't have trouble streaming lighter games like Minecraft, Unturned, and Roblox. (Yes, seriously.) But when it came to streaming games I wanted to play on Twitch, such as Battlefield, the CPU would absolutely ravage itself to the point where it and the Ram bottlenecked the whole system. Laggy game, and crappy stream quality, even when only streaming at 720p30 at a 2500 bitrate on OBS.
This got me thinking. " Okay... Maybe it's upgrade time. " My initial plan was to buy another set of Ram and a 7700k, throw it in, and call it good.
AND THEN RYZEN HAPPENED
I remember when it happened. First period, AP Science. Probably about 9:00 AM on March 2, 2017. I saw the performance benchmarks for the AMD Ryzen 7 1800x. A $500 CPU could match the multicore performance of a ~$750 6900k. I was in shock. I needed it.
I decided then and there that a summer work position was in order. I was going to build something amazing. But, of course, right when you have your plans figured out is when **** hits the fan.
There were three major incidents in April, May, and June. I don't like delving into this kind of stuff, since I'm still tired out from it all.
- April: Got kicked out of school for really stupid school-shooting related memes. administration didn't appreciate that.
- May: Got dumped, and cheated. Abandoned by everyone and attempted suicide.
- June: Loss of my brother. Assault which left him brain-dead.
These times were extremely difficult for me. More so as I didn't have a good coping mechanism up until my brothers death, which was video games. To attempt to cope, i turned to music. Listening, learning, writing, everything. That's how I learned about several of the bands I listen to today. I had listened to a lot of Green Day the last summer, so I was kind of on the punk scene for a while. But the new bands I discovered cement my fascination and newfound passion for music. Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, Pierce The Veil, Black Veil Brides, and most importantly for me, My Chemical Romance. In a time when self-hate and self-destructive thoughts were plaguing my head, one album really jumped out at me in it's lyrical sense; The Black Parade. It's uplifting lyrics helped me to Carry On through these very difficult times. (Anyone who knows the album saw what i did there.)
So, after the literal shitstorm that was my Summer Vacation of 2017, I landed at a new school. It wasn't very climactic. it was nice to get away from everyone that had ever picked on me, into a school where people didn't know me and I could blend in. I actually got to work on my new PC Project, which I had called, at that time, disenchanted.
Now Lets Actually Talk About Building My PC
It wasn't until Coffee Lake dropped that I was like " Woah, I have to get my *** in gear on this thing. "I compared streaming and gaming performance with the new i7 8700k and the Ryzen 7 1700.
I started drafting up a viable build for the money I could make by selling a load of useless junk I didn't need. In the Autumn, I had acquired a few Dell Optiplex PCs from my dad's office, who were upgrading to new desktops. The first two he brought home weren't anything special. A pair of Optiplex 760 Units with Core 2 Duo chips inside. The next load, though, was something truly special. There was a third 760, but there was also an Optiplex 990. the 990 sported 4GB Ram, a Radeon HD 6350, and the cream of the crop, a Core i5 2500. This desktop would make a useful replacement for my laptop. I listed the laptop up for sale, as I now had 2 desktops for each of my divorce-separated houses, and my iPad could handle all the mobile workloads I needed it to. I eventually sold the laptop for $300 this last February.
The first wave of parts came a little after Christmas. I was lucky enough that holiday to receive a $100 Newegg gift card. Promptly decided to put it towards parts. With this first batch of cash, I snagged the H100i V2 on sale for $85, the thermal paste, and the LED strip.
This is where things got lucky. I pooled birthday and Christmas money all together on January 6, and nabbed the Graphics card. A week later, every midrange GPU, including the D5 6G 1060 I had bought, was sold out or inflated due to crypto. I am one lucky boi.
The rest of the part money came from selling off my Blue and White Beauty, Sidewinder, to a local buyer. They had offered $$650 for it, which i considered fair, as that was exactly the amount I needed to buy the rest of my parts for this Ryzen build. I sold off my laptop as well, and most of that money went into buying some nice setup gear. Acoustic foams, a wall shelf, a guitar hanger, etc.
My Thoughts On The Build
I can't sugarcoat it, this thing is utter perfection. it looks absolutely stunning, and runs just as well. Livestreaming all my games at 720p30 at 2500 Bitrate while the games are running at Ultra settings barely causes the CPU to break a sweat. Speaking of, she overclocks like a champ. ~30C idle at 1.4v and a core clock of 4.0Ghz. The white-on-black really does it for me. It contrasts in an appealing way with my desk, and really cements the Black parade theme I was going for.
My future plans include adding a second VS228 to eat up the extra space on the desk.
Also, tell me picture #10 isn't the best thing you've ever seen.
(ToughNerfguy101 Was Here)
In awe at the power of this lad. Absolute f***ing unit. 1.4v, overclocked to 4.0 without an issue. Shreds through any game or application you could ever put it through.
Worth every penny. Keeps my OC'd Ryzen 1700 ~60 on load.
BIOS are finnicky, and RGB Fusion is a pain to figure out. Other than that, this board supports overclocking, and has RGB. Very good value.
Ram is Ram, really. This set has a good clock speed, and looks absolutely stellar. Includes it's own tuning program.
Classic tale of a PC user who went from a 7200RPM to an SSD. Never going back. Boots Windows and all applications in ~10 seconds.
Carried over from my last build for Steam and origin Library purposes. Works great. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Beast. Simply a beast. Shreds through games at 1080P maxed out. Absolutely ginormous heatsink kills the need for the fans to rev up to the point of making a sound above a whisper. Also, RGB is cool too.
Beautiful case. Tempered glass is fingerprint-prone, but that's to be expected. Looks absolutely stellar and top-notch. Cannot fit a front-mounted radiator without removing the 3.5 Inch drive bays, however. Had to mount my HDD in the back cable room. Looks gorgeous, and definitely worth the upkeep cost in the form of Windex.
Quiet, fully modular, and always on Rebate for some reason. I could have easily done with a 430W but this was on sale for a good price. great buy!
Again, carried over from my last build. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Moves a lot of air out of my system and look pretty while doing it. Extra points for the low-noise cable, as I have to really move in close to hear them running.
Run of the mill 1080p60 monitor. Great when you're on a budget.
Excellent mid-range mouse. 6200DPI and full RGB.
"Tastes like gaming," -Boogie2988
Why do people say Pop-Tarts are ravioli?
They are extensions, so cable management will be a bit more difficult. But otherwise, these are an awesome alternative to expensive cablemod kits and look exactly the same.
Certainly doesn't have as much horsepower as the beauty it sits beside, but games like Halo and Gears of War make up for it. Yet to set up this box, still waiting on some more cable loops.
Went from a membrane Cooler Master Devastator keyboard to this. Love the Kailh Reds, certainly an improvement.
I named him Pocket Gerard. He's cute.