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ASCEnD - Aperture Science Computer Entertainment Device

by ggrrqq


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Date Published

Aug. 17, 2017

Date Built

Aug. 16, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.102 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C


Given the name and the pictures, you probably already guessed that I'm a huge Portal fan. Also, as this is my first personal build and I'm a broke teenager, I wanted to get the best bang for my buck out of this PC. I spent a few months planning this build and watching prices before buying anything. I then bought my parts mostly from /r/hardwareswap and Craigslist, while buying a couple parts off of Newegg with various discounts and rebates.

I use my computer to edit videos in After Effects and Premiere, as well as 3D modeling and rendering in Autodesk Inventor and Fusion 360, and some occasional Photoshop and Illustrator work. I also play quite a few games, such as Cities: Skylines, Civ 5, GTA 5, and of course, the Portal series.

Part Reviews


This is one of the most popular CPUs on the market right now for a good reason. It's a great value and I was able to get a conservative OC of 3.7 GHz using the stock wraith spire cooler without a very noticeable rise in temps.


Looks better than the other B350 boards, has RGB headers and the BIOS works great for overclocking. Only issue I had was it not recognizing a M.2 SSD, however the SSD could have also been DOA.


It's RAM. It works fine at the advertised speed, looks okay, and it was cheap. The heat spreader is definitely cheaply made though, and you can see it bending under pressure when it's in the computer.

Video Card

Similar in speed to a 1070, and you can buy one used for less than a 1070. Highly recommended.


This case looks absolutely amazing, sorta like if the old Mac Pro had gotten modernized instead of turned into a trashcan. It's also built extremely well with thick aluminum panels and tempered glass, and was a complete dream to build in. Also came with a nice LED strip.

Power Supply

Nice PSU, it works fine. I don't like the rainbow cables, but for the price it's a good buy.

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Kwhite87 1 Build 7 points 20 months ago

Should totally look into having blue LEDs on one side of the side panel and orange on the other side. Looks great tho. Huge portal fan myself

ggrrqq submitter 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

I was wanting to do that, unfortunately my motherboard's RGB software wouldn't let me select multiple colors. I actually have two strips though.

Alexkilljoy99 3 points 20 months ago

I'd have to say this is a pretty neat build you have here. I really enjoy the amount of portal you have actually put into it.

jueda38 3 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

Awesome build! I have been wanting to play Portal for a very long time, but have been so busy that I forgot about it until just now. Portal will be the first game I play after putting together my new system (once all the parts finally arrive).

I_Need_Big_Drink 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Really tasteful amount of decals. I can't decide which side looks best!

edurieux 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Stunning build !

EndTheFed 4 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

"This was a triumph.."

This build gave me a burst of happy feels!!! Looks beautiful!

INFLCT 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Would you like some birthday cake?

ilikeoreos 2 points 11 months ago

should have added thermaltake riing fans for portals

WoodmanCodes 2 points 11 months ago

This is amazing, and I love Portal. +1

NothinButFallout 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Have you thought of getting a NZXT Kraken and setting it to orange? I think that would be a great addition.

ggrrqq submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I've considered adding an aftermarket cooler, but as this build was done on a pretty tight budget I'm probably going to stick with the stock one. I wanted to do orange and blue LEDs instead of white though.

Wize5 1 point 11 months ago

Quick question, on your review on the Mobo did you find out if the m.2 SSD was DOA?

l-_-ll-_-l 1 point 8 months ago

When I was going through the pictures in fullscreen that turret spooked me!

ThatcherTheEpicGuy123 1 point 4 months ago

Great build!

Stellur 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

When you powered it on, did the ASUS motherboard automatically display its RGB, or did you have to download the Aura software.

iOhy 3 Builds 0 points 20 months ago

It came with a LED strip? How? Also - how did you get this case for 90$

ggrrqq submitter 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

I spent a lot of time watching my local Craigslist, and somebody really wanted to sell his so I offered him $90 and he took it. He also included an LED strip.

TheGreenfatman 3 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I was able to score mines for $80 and the guy threw in a s340 for free. Used market ftw!

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ggrrqq submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I see what you did there...