Description

Same as Black Eye with a few revisions to prep for the year to come.

Case has changed for the sake of keeping the 480's noise levels under control, using my crappy old 1080p monitor until I get something else as my Pixio had some issues and was refunded, and I got a nice little headset holder for cleanliness.

Beyond all of that, my plans for a full V2 will be a new monitor, mousepad, 140mm intake fans, new keyboard, and external hard drive for all of my saved footage. Also, my 480 has been running extremely hot with new thermal paste and a hefty undervolt, so I might just sell/replace it with a 580 for the sake of noise and temps. As for possible V3, Ryzen or Ryzen 2 are a definite upgrade.

Update: I have sold my 480 Nitro and replaced it with an XFX RX 580 and it is so much better. A few minor things in the setup have changed besides this, making the current pics outdated.

Update 2: My 580 died after playing destiny 2 for like an hour. This happened not even a whole month after I bought it. So I refunded it and got a Nitro 580 from Newegg whilst prices were still reasonable. It's actually a better 580 but my experiences with polaris have left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

U[date 3: Keyboard died, got a racing wheel, replaced my G203 for a older G602, picked up an MF68, and OC'd my i5 a bit more.

Part Reviews

CPU

"upgraded" from the FX 8320e. The upgrade was kinda cancelled out by the higher res monitor but I can play Arma better! First intel cpu since my i7 980x, so there's that.

CPU Cooler

Only chose this because it was better than the H7 and was actually in stock. Not four hours go by that the h7 comes back in stock. I've been eyeing this heatsink for a year now and I'm honestly amazed by its performance. Even at 1500 rpm my GPU fans are louder. Get this if you can fit it in your case.

Motherboard

Cheap, z170 platform, stable, and has a good feature set. Better than the train wreck that was Asrock's AMD software. It also can hold very nice OCs without the VRMS getting too toasty.

Memory

RAM is RAM and 16gb gives me a sizeable "desk space" increase.

Storage

Somehow cheaper and yet much faster than my Ultra II ssd. These fit my OS and plenty of games flawlessly. Plus they look nice.

Case

Keeps everything nice and silent(with the video card still making a bit of noise) on top of providing better thermals than my Node 804. As a plus, it fits neatly on my desk with its small footprint.

Power Supply

It didn't die(since I bought it refurbished as indicated by the price that I have posted for it), stays quiet, has beautiful black cables, and came with a generous amount zip-ties.

Operating System

It's great and all, provides me with a typical Windows experience, but I would ditch it in a second once the majority of the games I play make their way to Linux(Ubuntu Gnome more specifically).

Case Fan

Sold the Node 804's stock fans alongside my last build and didn't expect much from these. The original fans already did a great job but these are quieter, have better static pressure, and are more than worth the money. Only problem I had was with the mounting screws that I needed to force in at the risk of stripping them.

Keyboard

The most basic mech keyboard I could find in order to replace my thermaltake. Might get some new keycaps from Massdrop or AliExpress.

Mouse

At this point, I'm pretty sure everyone knows what this mouse is about.

Speakers

Great media speakers(Not studio monitors!). Boomy(but adjustable) bass, decent high end and amazing mids.

Custom

My thoughts on this echo those of General Patton's regarding the M1 Garand,"The greatest battle implement ever devised." Don't think about it as another controller with a weird quirk, but as the perfect representation of PC gaming in relation to standard console controllers.

Custom

Perfect for War Thunder sim, Arma 3, and Elite Dangerous for less than $50.

Custom

Ugh, I payed for this and a bluetooth adapter just to play Forza Horizon 3.........and oh my was it worth it.

Custom

"Oh dear, a gaming headset, let me post a reductive comment about how my superior audio will make you feel bad about yourself." I used to have a fairly high end audio setup when I was on x58(DAC, AMP, $400 headphones, and studio mic included) but for gaming and streaming every so often, a gaming headset with good noise cancellation means no more desk clutter, a recording device that does its job well, and doesn't require DACs or AMPs in order to get the most out of it.

Custom

The refund for the Pixio came in and I wasn't planning on spending much more on another 1440p/144hz ips monitor. 1440p and ips/va was the goal....thank goodness for Microcenter and their Labor Day sale. $400 monitor for $300 with a few unique features like the Ambiglow thing that replaces my LED strip. Oh yeah, forgot to mention that this thing is MASSIVE, it's like a tv on my desk. Hell, I might even need to take out the lamp in order to fit the speakers on the side of it. Everything looks amazing on it tho, highly recommended.

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Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

i like it alot, especially the cpu cooler :D

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for cpu cooler ;)

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

XFX is indeed higher quality than Sapphire. Smart choise.

The Fractal Design Define Mini C case is a keeper. Also very good, has better noise suppression than the tempered glass variant.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey i have the same cpu, motherboard, and ram, and i was wondering what is your max stable cpu clock, and its load temp, i have mine at 4.6 and max 59c, i cant seem to get it to go any higher. thank you in advance.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't gone over 4.6 @1.35, but I can probably go further.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

i have mine at that right now, i cant go any further.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say that 1.45v should be your limit. Whilst not ideal, it'll likely get you to 4.7-4.8. IMO getting any higher wouldn't give you much of a boost outside of bragging rights in benchmarks.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

does the window side panel fit with the cooler? couldn't tell from the pics.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have the windowed version.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

ah I see. so does the non windowed side panel fit then? thanks :)

edit: I guess I meant for the node 804. I didn't realize this was an updated build with a different case.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

with plenty of room to spare. Can even fit a Cryorig R1 since the clearance is up to 169mm.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, what temps do you get on the 580?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Look under the parts list on the left in the details section :)

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