Description

While this is technically a second build of mine, it was simply my first build upgraded one or two components at a time until literally everything had been changed.

I'm not going to say too much about it, other than the fact that I built the desk myself (it's made for practicality, not aesthetics) to accommodate my peripherals the way that I want. The CPU is overclocked to 4.7 GHz, and while I have not reached the limit of this processor it does everything that I need. Being as how I currently only use a single 1440p monitor at 60Hz, the 980Ti is only modestly overclocked (+45MHz Core, +475MHz memory) because it runs everything at 60FPS maxed out, including GTA V, American Truck Simulator, Elite Dangerous, Cities Skylines, and whatever else I have to throw at it. Finally, I decided to take the plunge and move entirely to solid state storage - the 250GB is used for the OS and key programs, one 500GB is used for Steam and games and the other is used for music, video recording, and all other storage. Let me know what you think below!

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Really nice set up you got! I'll admit I like the fact you built your own desk. That way you get everything you want just how you want it. I do have 1 little suggestion though. It will take you about 1 day to complete if you start in the early AM. I would grab some cherry wood stain and stain the desk to match that night stand. It's super easy ...wax on wax off Mr. Miyagi style then let it dry. Again nice rig. +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I appreciate the kind words! It was my original plan to finish the exposed wood before even building it (it's knotty pine) but I never got around to it. You're absolutely right though, one day soon I really should. I should also note that I only spent about $100 CAD on material for the desk. It's much cheaper than most you can buy. ;-) I was originally think of a real dark ash or charcoal finish, but I think you're right - a cherry wood to match the filing cabinet would be much better. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the black and red, Classified theme. Very tasteful.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I wasn't concerned about appearances at all with my first build but with this one I was. I'm very happy with it.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Really impressive gaming setup! With that money you spent here I could take my design business to the next level haha. I like the black and red cable management as well :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! It doesn't seem as expensive when you upgrade components one or two at a time. ;-)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess not! What did you upgrade first?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The first thing would've been the CPU, motherboard, and heatsink. Originally I had an i5-4690, an H97 Gigabyte motherboard and a 212 EVO. Sometime later I upgraded the RAM, then last month the GPU from a GTX 970 to this, and the PSU (originally was going to opt for an SLI configuration with a second 970, hence the overkill PSU) then the case, storage, and finally all of the fans as of yesterday. Here's my original build, posted after the CPU & motherboard upgrade: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/M8VYcf

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

whats the site for benchmarking in the 2nd to last pic??

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

3DMark - Fire Strike is one of the most commonly used benchmarking tools. http://www.3dmark.com/ | You can get it on Steam as well.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome desk! Clean build. +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I am guessing that you don't like racing games:) Nice looking build!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

No way, can you imagine having a clunky racing wheel in the way all the time? ;-)

Thank you!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey great build! What rpm do you have your CPU fan running at?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a good question, I haven't bothered to check to be honest. All the fans are plugged into the fan controller included with the case and it controls all the fans based on the CPU temp. I'm away from home for work for a couple weeks but I'll update you when I know.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks for the quick reply. To be a bit more specific I was just wondering at what speed the fans were running when your CPU was at load. Thanks again.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

So I plan on getting the G910 with cylindrical keycaps and the G502 Proteus Core for my blue setup, how do you like the combo?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally I really like both. If you're okay without a wristrest, get the G810 as it's essentially the same keyboard with the regular cylindrical keycaps and a more tamed design. The G502 is a great mouse, the clicks are really nice and the scroll wheel steps are very crisp. I actually ordered the G900 at the beginning of April and it's my daily driver now.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you like them, I feel much more confident about them now! I can't really stand a keyboard without a wrist rest, and the G910 also has 9 macros. I would get the G900, but my build is going to have a blue theme, which is why I'm getting the Proteus Core.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! :-)