Description

I had an old Dell Inspiron running a Core 2 Duo that I got in 2006. By 2017 this was showing its age with the Windows 10 upgrade really making it crawl (it was pretty good during my Left For Dead years though). I use a PC for light gaming and bad music production so I wanted to get a flexible PC that was relatively small, quiet and that looked nice.

After way too many hours reading reviews, I plumped for the parts lists shown - Ryzen because I wanted to support the little guy (and more cores if good for running multiple instances of VSTs for music production) and the RX 580 coz it was on special when I got it. Almost all parts were bought during the Black Friday sales or in the run up to Xmas when I came across good deals.

YES, I KNOW the cooler is upside down (hence the name) but due to the space in the case and me going for a push pull configuration, that was a deliberate choice as the water pipes were being uncomfortably flexed in the correct configuration.

I was originally going for a black and white theme, aiming to get the Mortar Artic and matching RAM and video card, but the I came across various deals that meant I ended up going for (mostly by chance) a red and black theme - traditionally my two favourite colours - fate I recon. Plus, it matches the name, a cheapo mouse and keyboard combo I had bought a few years back and a Lego tie fighter pilot toy I was given for secret santa (who now guards the PC from my kids)!

It seemed wrong not to trick it out with some silly LEDS, so I ended up getting two Phantek HALOs, because, well LEDs!

So far it works really well, I still use it to make terrible music and to stream games via Steamlink. I am a happy bunny and remarkably not broke as I sold my CD, vinyl and gadget collection to fund it all.

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Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

I do quite love txzN coolers

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

They are the bomb. I had planned to pair it with that new letnI processor as well, but weirdly it didn't turn up in my googles, so I got a DMA one instead.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats probably for the best.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Was expecting an inverse mounting case, GPU up top. Was pleasantly surprised.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

question, how the fudge did you get your hand on an rx580 they r out of stock everywhere. Nice build tho

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

He said he bought it all around black friday, came across 2 power color rx580 8gb red dragons for $215 each at pcpartpicker today.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, like the man said, it was a black friday deal - got it from overclockers - seems like they had been holding a load back / stockpiling for a black friday special - I was as pretty surprised I can tell you!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure if you know already, but your cooler is indeed upside down. You're welcome.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG, I totally didn't realise, ahh balls.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

This case is fantastic! It's my favourite, good choice there ;)

Enjoy the rig

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Funny description, mid tier parts, and --most importantly-- terrible music +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Stranger Things!!!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty soon it seems intel might become the little guy with how well AMD have been doing.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Get urself a new monitor

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Its on the cards at some point - I had this chap lying around and I couldn't justify to the wife getting a new monitor when this wasn't broke.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably been said but you should get a mousepad. Maybe even one that is extended to put your mouse and keyboard on. Then the setup would look complete.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, agree, this is my first proper desktop build - having only messed with atom based SOC motherboards before - so the concept of tidy cables is still relatively new to me. It's a work in progress.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Fatal design flaw

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Fractal design flaw I know, I'm punny.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

He explains it in the description.

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