Backstory: So I was working with an NZXT Phantom 410, with a i5 4790k, a MSI z97 Gaming 5, a Corsair H55 Liquid cpu cooler, 2x4 Corsair Vengeance RAM, a GTX 760 and and RM 750 Power supply. This setup my friends helped me get the parts for and I built it myself. After the first few weeks I started having crashes and my computer automatically restarting, since I knew very little about building computers, I took my tower into Fry's and they looked at me like a total idiot when I came to pick it up. Apparently, my none of my five fans were plugged in so my computer was just overheating and shutting off, but I found out later that the 760 was faulty and I had to get a replacement, Anyway, I used this computer to game and edit video. Over time, the computer was not powerful enough and my little brother was using some crap laptop so I decided to give the Phantom to him. I had worked for while editing videos for school and for small businesses as well as car dealerships, so I made a decent amount of money for a 17-18 year old. I setup a parts list and put my money down to get this new pc. Now the build was pretty simple but with my history of building my other computer I knew it wouldn't be perfect. I seemed to be wrong and the first couple weeks were great but then blue screens were showing up and they weren't consistent like it was a bunch of different issues. With the frustration I had, I went through ram checks and I removed the graphics cards and ran the computer off of the on-board display port on the motherboard and still had the issue. I called Asus and Intel and replaced both the cpu and the motherboard. Finally waiting for replacements two weeks later, I put it all back together and it worked flawlessly. This process taught me a lot of patience since I was out of a computer to edit for two weeks and this build issue of replacing parts has happened to me twice now. This computer is wonderful looking but it didn't come easy and it took a lot of time, really adds to the phrase "beauty has a price". I also had issues with this build, during the build I got in several verbal fights with my dad and almost decided to just move out, I was in a new relationship at school which also put my energy somewhere else as well as the fact that I'm recovering from a rear-end accident back in December resulting in a lasting concussion that still hasn't healed, and I'm trying to start swimming club again since the accident wouldn't let me do so. With my job being paused since I didn't have a pc built yet I also didn't make the money I needed to to save for college. This build was the hardest process due to the fact that I had so much going on in my life. But through all of the rough patches and hiccups, I made it through and I also have a wonderful computer to work with, that I do not take for granted.
4.15.16 Update: So the past week or so I've been busy after school customizing the computer more. Seen from my last post, I had a stock copper Asus SLI that did not go well with the setup at all. I ordered an EVGA two-way SLI and I unscrewed the silver plate off and I sprayed that white. Now, it is very important to use the right paint, I did some research on paint to use and found that barbecue/stove paint works best, since it is meant for painting on surfaces that retain heat. I sprayed about three coats or so on the SLI and also removed the graphics cards and painted those as well. When I put it all back together and look at the computer, I realized there was still white missing, so I then painted the Kraken x41 bracket white. To complete the setup, I purchased some Ikea color-changed LED's to shine from behind and above my computer.
@Mason54 had commented that I should enter in TechSource's Setup Wars, and after watching those videos I figured I would have a chance. So, I borrowed my friend's camera and decided to shoot some high quality pictures of my setup. Now two things that slightly bother me is the fact that a lot of people have the same Ikea monitor stand with drawers as well as how common the H440 case is, but, I have to say I am totally in love with this case and I highly recommend this case to all. I think to really customize the setup and make it unique in its own way, I decided to purchase several Boba Fett stickers to place on my desk as well as my case, cleanup my cords, custom paint my 980's as well as the SLI bridge, and make the color of my setup consistent with the black and white. I will tell you that cord management is absolutely a pain in the *** but if you have everything clean and tidy, it really adds to the setup and refines it making it a better clean area for gaming or editing, since people rarely cord manage, I highly recommend it because it makes your setup stand out and it is very visually pleasing and is totally worth the time. Please let me know what you think of the photos and how my setup is.
7.15.16 Update: My Setup finally made it on Setup Wars, kind of… So I submitted to PC Wars and Setup Wars but somehow I didn’t make it on Setup wars, Though I thought I would have a better chance there. Unfortunately I was disqualified from any placing or rewards because I forgot to add my 3DMark results...Smh, so that was that. I want to re-submit but I feel as the past 2 years have gone by, so have my specs.
5.10.18 2-Year Update: So I know it’s been a while and I don’t know if anyone still checks old setup posts but I figured I’d do a little update. I’m currently in college, it’s my first year at Seattle U after my gap year following high school. I still have the same wonderful setup, it’s now in my dorm, unfortunately with much smaller desk space than before. It’s still in the same condition since I’ve created it, more than two whole years ago, the only exception is that my glorious gaming mousepad has seen better days. Only changes I have made have been a monitor arm and some NKPC Rainbow keycaps for my Pok3r. If anyone cares, I could post some photos of my current setup.
Life as it is now: As for my life, definitely different than it used to be, fortunately things are a lot better at home with the family, especially my dad. I think being more mature and out of the house and putting time into school has made things a lot easier. I’m currently single, more fiscally responsible, and an avid planner when it comes to scheduling and daily activities. I quit swimming because my hard work didn’t pay off and I failed to make the team here at SU, but with this difficult decision, it brought new things, people and opportunities into my life. My computer has also brought many opportunities, having STILL such a powerful machine, I have been able to do a lot of editing and with the huge screen, I have had a lot of room to work with. Possible changes I might make would be downgrading to multiple small monitors so I can manage multiple applications like games and OBS or After Effects and Premiere. This transitions well into my work situation, I currently work as a graphic designer at my school’s health and wellness program, I have some small freelance photography here and there, and I have applied to a Photo Supply store in my hometown over the summer as well as an internship at Laika, an animation studio in Hillsboro, Oregon. Laika is known for their production of Kubo and the Seven Strings, Boxtrolls, Paranorman, Coraline, and has also taken part in The Nightmare before Christmas. It would really be a wonderful opportunity to get a view into the production word as well as the stop-motion animation world which really fascinates me. That’s about it for now, if you want to see a glimpse of my life feel free to follow me on social media, I can link my Instagram and Twitch below.