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Daydream Nation

by gthompson0912


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  • CPU

  • CPU Cooler

  • Motherboard

  • Memory

  • Storage

  • Video Card

  • Power Supply

  • Case Fan

  • Mouse

  • Custom

    $549.99 USD (Purchased)ViewSonic XG3220 32" 4k Monitor
  • Custom

    $59.99 USD (Purchased)DREVO Calibur 71-Key RGB LED Backlit Wireless Bluetooth 4.0
  • Custom

    $299.00 USD (Purchased)IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitors
  • Custom

    $12.99 USD (Purchased)Nanoxia Deep Silence Fan 60mm 2000rpm Cooling, NDS60-2000
  • Custom

    $10.81 USD (Purchased)GELID Solutions Silent6 FN-SX06-38 60mm
  • Custom

    $10.81 USD (Purchased)GELID Solutions Silent6 FN-SX06-38 60mm
  • Custom

    $200.00 USD (Purchased)Salvo Studios, LTD. - S401 Custom White Edition
  • Custom

    $76.75 USDMOD-ONE Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - 24-Pin (30cm)
  • Custom

    $33.23 USDMOD-ONE Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - 8-Pin EPS (45cm)
  • Custom

    $32.82 USDMOD-ONE Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - 6+2-Pin PCIE (25cm)
  • Custom

    $32.82 USDMOD-ONE Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - 8-Pin PCIE (25cm)
  • Custom

    $19.99 USDModdiy.com USB 3.0 20-Pin Internal Header FF Adapter Cable w/ White Sleeving 30cm (Low Profile Connector)
  • Custom

    $53.98 USD2x SilverStone Technology RGB LED Light Strip 2 Pack
  • Custom

    $7.99 USDBlack 0.3M 0.98ft 4 Color RGB Extension Cable LED Strip Connector Extension Cables
  • Custom

    $7.99 USD4 Pins LED Splitter Cable LED Strip Connector 4 Way Splitter Y Splitter for One to four RGB
  • Custom

    $9.90 USDNoctua NA-SEC1 chromax.white, 3-Pin/4-Pin Extension Cables (30cm, White)
  • Custom

    $12.50 USDCryorig C7 92mm Fan Adapter by J-Hack
  • Custom

    $9.94 USDThermal Grizzly Kryonaut Thermal Grease Paste - 1.0 Gram
  • Custom

    $60.94 USDSiliconlottery.com - CPU Delidding Services
  • Custom

    $5.99 USDRust-Oleum 12 oz. Satin Black General Purpose Spray Paint
  • Custom

    $5.99 USDRust-Oleum 12 oz. Flat White General Purpose Spray Paint
  • Custom

    $42.00 USDStickermule.com - Custom Stickers
  • Custom

    $3.99 USDAmazon.com - Banksy Girl w/ Balloons Decal
  • Custom

    X-Raypad.com Custom Mouse Mat (9.5"x26.5"x1/8")
  • Custom

    Filco Wooden Keyboard Wrist Rest 360mm
  • Custom

    TASCAM US 1x2 USB Audio Interface
  • Custom

    AKG Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (Green)
  • Custom

    beyerdynamic A20 Headphone Amplifier
  • Custom

    Rode NTK Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone
  • Custom

    M-Audio Code 49 MIDI Keyboard Controller
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Date Published

March 9, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.719 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.01 GHz


GETTING FEATURED IS ELATION! I think the last thing I won was a perfect attendance award in middle school because I annoyed my mother so. I'm merely a collector of the works of many brilliant minds who then placed them with deserved care together so they can compliment one another. Super big honor to be among all of the features I drool over. Thank you PCPP and this community that gave a naive Mac using Sonic Youth fan the tools to be a PC building convert for life!

Thanks for browsing Daydream Nation. This project took in excess of nine months from knowing nothing about PC building, other than one could, to what you see now. Since I will build a computer only a handful of times in my life I will take the liberty of being thorough.

For four years I was off the grid working as a missionary. I had no access to the internet or a smart phone. Before my missionary work I used a 2009 iMac to produce music with. When I entered my work in Jan 2014 my iMac was struggling to keep up and I knew once I finished I was going to purchase a new computer. A guy I worked with was an avid PC builder and spoke affectingly on the subject. He loathed Mac and I was reluctant to agree because in the early 2000s all my friends had Macbooks, then iBooks ha, and they seemingly decimated my Sony VAIO PCG-V505EX. I was embittered throughout college that I chose to purchase a PC, and vowed I would purchase a Mac in the future.

I adored my iMac. I spent about 2 grand and loved the aluminum unibody design and so did all of my friends. We were musicians, and like the musicians we loved, we used Mac for music production. It only made sense I would purchase the latest greatest Mac when I finished my missionary work right? The iMac Pro is 5,000 bucks for the base model. I was flabbergasted. 3 grand more than my then, top of the line 2009 iMac. How could this be? My PC enthusiast friend said above all Macs are overpriced, and with the iMac Pro's pricetag I thought . . . So I investigated upon the components and found every PC counterpart at this pricetag was astonishingly more powerful. Spending 3 grand on a PC would surpass the iMac Pro's credentials. I could buy a stellar laptop and a magnificent desktop for roughly the same price. That's what I did.

I found Origin PCs in the summer of 2018. I purchased an EON15-S laptop and have been converted to PCs ever since. With my infatuation for my laptop, I scoured the market for a desktop to assist me in creating my third LP, a long awaited album I've been tinkering with since the dawn of who knows. Looking at Origin PC as the logical choice I almost chose the Chronos line. However, the voice of my PC builder colleague echoed, 'the most cost efficient mode is to build your own.' I was apprehensive. I'm a musician, not an engineer. Shouldn't I simply invest in people who know this stuff? In an attempt to not cop out and certainly not ask my friend for help, I weighed my options.

I wanted a PC that is portable in which I can put it in a road case for safe keeping, therefore the HTPC form factor is a great means. There are a few firms that make very nice rackmount pcs for music production. I almost pulled the trigger but realized they have pitiful GPUs.

I like games. I've been a big fan of Civilization and the Total War series since I was a kid. My laptop is great at running Civ VI and Warhammer II at 1080p, but the thing sounds like what I imagine the Millennium Falcon would sound like standing at the rear of it. The screen is restricting when deep in a game of Civ VI. Oh how darling it must be at 4k. I needed a boost. I needed a 1080 ti. I needed a PC that was precisely what I wanted. Enough of compromising with the inflated prices of prefab machines. Enter PC part picker.

This website and community made this possible. Thanks.

I wanted a case that stayed within the space requirements of a 4U rackmount space. I wanted a case that could be oriented vertically and horizontally. I wanted the Salvo Studios S401. There I met the sole operator and main benefactor to making Daydream Nation a reality. He helped immensely over emails.

  • i7-8700 under a Cryorig CO Cu -

I chose Intel because the only mini ITX motherboard that supports Thunderbolt is ASRock Phantom gaming series. Why do I need Thunderbolt? Because the lowest latency audio interfaces are all Thunderbolt. I've used them and they are astounding to work with. I will soon be purchasing one when my wallet recuperates.

I wanted the processor's capability to be completely utilized and run efficiently. Through much research I chose the 8700 (non k).

As for cooling this thing I missed the boat when you could find one for 50 bucks. I got one on eBay for more than twice the price. Max TDP is 115w for the copper version. and from my research the 8700 runs @ 4.3ghz at 120w. Where can I ensure that this 5w is accounted for? Delidding no doubt.

Siliconlottery.com is undoubtedly legit. I had the processor sent directly to them, and in two days after they received it, my delidded 8700 was on my doorstep. One of my pictures illustrates that after running two instances of Prime 95 (to account for the 12 threads) in an In-Place large FFT torture test for 10 hours the temps never exceeded 86c on any of the cores. At the end of the 10 hours the CPU was running at 77c, thus ensuring me that the 8700 is all the Intel might that can fit in the S401. Overclocking will certainly be addressed in my future build, and just maybe I'll delid the thing myself if need be. Regardless the 8700 doubtlessly trumps the CPU in my laptop. A picture with my DAW running shows something I made that crashes my laptop and the 8700 is running in the high seventy percent range

  • Noctua Mod -

The Cryorig C7 factory fan is loud @ 30dB(A). The Noctua is 13.5dB(A) w/ the low noise adapter. It is the best fan as db(A) to cfm ratios are concerned that fits in the S401. It is brown. All that is holy it is brown! This kid singlehandedly alleviated my woes. 40 minutes and thorough. Truly remarkable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEZELWvQGlk

  • 1080 ti for the gamer in me -

When I had dreams of a stellar desktop the 1080 ti reigned supreme. This Gigabyte was always my favorite as it is white. Although the 2080 ti had come to fruition, all games I enjoy are slow paced. I do enjoy an occasional racing game, and this thing delivers Forza Horizon at 60fps. I am not a competitive first person shooter, mainly because I get destroyed these days. 30-60fps at 4k was the mark. Once I realized G-Sync monitors were much more than others I thought adaptive V-Sync would do the trick and I purchased the View Sonic. It is certainly an upgrade from my gaming experience on my laptop.

  • Banksy White Motif w/ a Mod-One Kicker -

I'm a big fan of Banksy, have been ever since I watched 'Exit Through The Gift Shop'. I noticed a lot of PC fans have stickers on them and naturally I investigated putting Banksy stickers on all of them. Stickermule.com delivers superbly. You can custom order them to the hundredth of an inch. They stick well. They are not however perfectly round...barely.

I had envisioned from the get go that I wanted everything white, with black as the alternative, and loud cables. I went to Mod-One. They have a sample pack you can buy for 5 bucks, so I took some measurements, lined em up, and there you can see, not a single row the same color. I understand if you may not like the aesthetic. To me it conveys how graffiti can make a stoic structure more alluring.

  • S401 Custom White w/ PSU to boot -

Initially I purchased a black S401 from Salvo Studios with custom white acrylic side panels and was determined to get everything as white as possible from there. From this purchase Salvo Studios, to my astonishment understood from my white panel purchase that I wanted white. Did he ever deliver such a request.

This case is masterful. I love the industrial look as it complements the graffiti undertones. Salvo Studios made five of them. I am still blown away how well the factory powder coated and painted the PSU. The galvanneal steel will certainly outlast me. This thing is a tank. Not a single detail went unlooked.

  • Final Thoughts -

If you have perused Daydream Nation to this point then we are probably on the same wavelength. I hope your PC is treating you well if you've already made your dreams a reality, and if you're like me before undertaking this project, you can do it. I haven't done many things more satisfying. Sonic Youth RULES, and Daydream Nation will light my way during the record making process. I did it Mike P. You were right all along.

Comments Sorted by:

malik1994 7 points 1 month ago

Dang man, totally off the gnar setup

could be in a museum

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

You made my day.

IForgotMyPassword 6 points 1 month ago

This REASONable setup was sponsored by Banksy.

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

Shhh, no one's supposed to know. Reason is blowing my mind.

ApocPony 4 Builds 5 points 1 month ago

I'm a Bansky fan and the fact you managed to put decals on the PSU fan itself is dedication. Build is a great tribute and a work of art in itself +1

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 5 points 1 month ago

This means a lot coming from the creator of the coolest Shift case I've seen. You're no slouch when it comes to SFF. You're wood paneled I/O shield is brilliant. Def got me considering wood as an optional motif for future projects. Thanks for liking my build!

ApocPony 4 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

Congrats on the feature well deserved!

TrademarkJTM 4 points 1 month ago

I think this guy is secretly Banksy.

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

har har. If anything I'm Mr. Brainwash

grsychckn 3 points 1 month ago

Fantastic build. Probably the best S401 build I've seen thus far. Great photography and excellent detail. Thank you for sharing!

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Quite the compliment as those who choose the S401 are certainly efficient.

Averito 3 points 1 month ago

BEAUTIFUL, omfg that is such an insane build!! So much power in a small box, done perfectly!!!

radjsavery 2 points 1 month ago

Let us both sit and wait for this oncoming feature for both exception photography and craftsmanship :P

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Couldn't have done this without the help of all the features on here. Thanks.

mm6568 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

This is sick, what an accomplishment

species348 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

This is nice, never seen a tower that thin. Makes it a great Modular set up. Missionary work wow, Never been a fan of Apple. Prefer open ecosystem.

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

You can take off the feet and orient it horizontally as well. It's quite versatile. I highly recommend it.

FurryJackman 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Are you the elusive "Banksy?" Because this would totally be the PC that Banksy uses as their daily driver!

Extremely well done! Give this guy a feature, please!

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Your avatar pic is great.

SS_Garand 2 points 1 month ago

Where the airflow to the c7 is unrestricted (it was designed for tight mini itx cases with little airflow) its probably performing well above it's rated tdp. That case is amazing for airflow in such a small package, just might have to invest in a datavac to manage the dust.

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

In the prime95 torture test the 8700 can reach 120+ watts. When this occurs the temp has reached 85c. I am fortunate there is such good airflow. The room this machine resides in must certainly remain tidy. A datavac will certainly be considered. Thanks.

RegularTimster 2 points 1 month ago

So cool and unique never seen anything like it and the decal on the case is so amazing! +1 for the rainbow cables

havertysfurniture 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

One of the Best builds I've seen . Tips his hat!!!! That is a labor of love! So awesome!

ColdConduct 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Modular and portable builds are the best. Great job, and love that quote you've put on your GPU. "Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under."

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

H. L. Mencken was truly remarkable. My favorite free speech advocate. Awesome Rage Wingstick Avatar! +1

ColdConduct 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Absolutely. Ayn Rand is another favorite of mine, although I'm not sure you'd consider her on the same caliber. Thanks, buddy! RAGE is one of my favorite games - the theme of my build was inspired by it.

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I always chuckle when I see someone nose deep in the behemoth that is 'Atlas Shrugged'. That takes some grit to accomplish. Just saw your build and THAT took some MAJOR grit. +1 immediately.

ColdConduct 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Congrats, buddy, you got featured! Well deserved.

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Coming from the Rage builder it means a ton!

TurtleBobThe1st 2 points 1 month ago

This looks SPECTACULAR ! also your story is amazing, thank you for sharing your master piece !

annasoh323 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

You, my friend, have the S401 build to end all S401 builds. I've been tracking Salvo Studios for a while now but this... this is on another level. You inspire to go to another level. The only thing holding me back is the part where you very carefully went line-by-line through your expenses. If I did that now, well, I'm afraid of what I would find out about myself. You have so much going on here that I resonate with. What was your missionary work with? What's your music workflow? It's not something I do but it's something that I want to at least start dabbling in.

Small PC in the big leagues. Incredible accomplishment.

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

In all sincerity thatnks. I was very lucky to be shopping for an S401 right at the time when the white cases were in the works. I feel It is the glue to the whole aesthetic. I definitely utilized pcpp to keep track of my expenses, and that final cost still makes me a bit queasy. I'm super stoked with the reaction this build has received. I learned a lot and I know where I could have improved, and I have a better understanding what I want for 'my ultimate build', which is undoubtedly years down the road. If you would like to dabble in music production all you need is to choose DAW software. I use Propellerhead Reason, and Ableton Live. There are many and I would just investigate which one would best suit your personality. I would then recommend you purchase an audio interface, which also acts as a D/A converter. You can then plug in mics and instruments. I would go with Focusrite or Universal Audio if you've got the cash, or Tascam if that's what fits your budget. I really like your final comment. It was my goal to make the most out of a SFF build. Thanks again to you and all.

annasoh323 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

If I included things like my headphone amp, as you have, I'd surely push the same sort of figures. Thanks for the tips about audio. My younger brother has dabbled a bit with Reaper and it'd certainly take some faith to jump up to the level you're at (I've heard of Ableton before). I have a basic Behringer audio interface at the moment which is fine for me for now.

Is your "ultimate build" an all-out ATX system or do you have another ITX system in mind?

annasoh323 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Boom. Featured. Nice. <wild applause>

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I'm absolutely floored!

TableTerrorMatt 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

This right here... Impressive!

Tisleet 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Yeah Chief, this is definitely it.

daUnitedpotato 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I really like the creativity behind this build. Very well done. :)

kevbui 4 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

That's hot!

Mactire420 2 points 1 month ago

I love how thought out this build is. Very unique. +1

billdcat4 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Incredible and unique! Well done!

GrandRoman 2 points 1 month ago

YOu have a very nice hand

-parzival- 2 points 1 month ago

It took me a while to realize what I was looking at in the first few photos. I couldn't comprehend the greatness

SonsBlud 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Not sure if this is incredibly creative or a total waste of time, either way, the amount of mental effort and tediousness put into this inspires even the most stoic workaholic. Glad you decided to leave the Apple dystopia and join the real cult. Anyone who puts a Mencken quote inside thier PC is probably wide awake anyway smh, my goodness.

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Throughout the entire process I was asking myself if it were a total waste of time. More may know Mencken. That's enough for me.

Raedyn 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

As amazing a job you did with the build, your write-up was equally as enjoyable. Thoroughly impressed by both.

Velocitron2000 2 points 1 month ago

That keyboard, that build, that setup, dammmmn nice

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Took many years of consolidation. I used to have too many keys and knobs and clutter for lack of better words. Thanks!

Samsy 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I think it's a Banksy.

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

As I've said before, if anything I'm Mr. Brainwash

Samsy 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Lol that was mostly a joke I ripped from Spiderman: Into the spiderverse. Your mod reminded me of it. ******* excellent work though man.

diypartsjoy 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Definitely deserved that feature. +1

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

You are one of my favorite commentators on this site. Thanks for the +1!

diypartsjoy 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

You are one of my favorite commentators on this site.

I have been kind of inactive lately.

berryboy808 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago


thedogsbarking 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

amazing build. Very beautiful.

3Prcntr 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

That PSU quote is... decent. +1

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

HAHA! There are only four others like it. Thank you Salvo Studios for the best palette one could ask for.

auldlangsi 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

+1 for that background, great album Also dope PC ;)

OllieManMan 15 Builds 2 points 1 month ago



MatthewThomasA05 2 points 1 month ago

oh mah gah its so amazing!!

Vreaker12 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Congrats on the well deserved feature. This is a rad build

cannibalnomad 2 points 1 month ago

Really nice build and write-up. I love the usage of the cable sample pack. But I believe those cables are from Mod-one not Cable-mod, for anyone else looking for them as I was.

gthompson0912 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Thanks a lot for clearing that up! Super po'd at myself for mixing up the names. I think I did it for alliteration sake subconsciously.

Kyojin93 2 points 1 month ago

This is beautiful. I'm glad you decided to make your own PC build over an iMac or pre-built.


Vovical 2 points 1 month ago

Wow, what a great little setup. Good job and nice build +1

ChosenWon 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

This is litty. high five for real

pauleee 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I was actually considering building a desktop like this lol. Amazing build. Love the personal touches on the fans. Good luck with it!

powerup777 2 points 1 month ago

Real pro - visionary artist with skills to make it so. Impressive work sir.

4D-PC 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

This is fantastic.

Wi1dCard 2 points 1 month ago

First thing I did when I saw this build was ctl+f your description for a mention of Banksy, lmao

I haven't seen many pcs that have so perfectly captured an aesthetic like this has, awesome build!

Overlandr 2 points 1 month ago

Thats quite some ketchup and mustard cables :P

lazyfatcat 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago


zachstonhail 2 points 1 month ago

banksy btw, hella clean build good stuff my bro

PC_Mate 9 Builds 2 points 22 days ago

This is art in his perfection!

rookie5656 1 point 23 days ago

wow just wow homie. do you make music?

Zambacan 1 Build 1 point 19 days ago

I meant to comment earlier. You have done such a brilliant job. I think the cables are the best I have ever seen. If a cable can be joyous then this is the one..and it contrasts so well with the rest of the build. Well done.