Gaming / Compiling / Workstation - First time I've built a desktop. Every computer before was a laptop and I finally got tired of it. Rainbow hydra because rainbow lights and every time I got rid of a monitor, I have gotten a second to replace it.
I updated the graphics card to a 1080 FTW. I have not taken new pictures yet, so it will still have a 1070 in the pictures.
Wanted a "future proof" build but didn't quite hit it on the nose. Should last for a few years though, if my dust storm of a house does not kill it first.
You will see an old msi 770 in a few pictures. This was before I got the 1080.
I might upgrade to liquid cooling later. For now, it stays fairly cool and quiet.
Its an average build, but I felt it needed some lights. So I shoved 30 rgb LEDs into it and made it light up to music. (https://cloud.asrl.io/s/5JowEKC3K5W6A38 / https://cloud.asrl.io/s/WjDjkiM6H46bFbp) It's standby is a rotating rainbow. The lights run off the PC power supply, through a 5V regulator. Controlled by a metro mini and some custom code. (https://gist.github.com/amreuland/0d2d67ae014d0929be2d9a04b9e276aa)
Here is the repo containing the wiring diagram and arduino code. https://github.com/amreuland/hydra-led-build
Please note: The LED strip used in the diagram is not a DotStar. You need to be sure to use the correct pins on the DotStar LEDs.
As for those LED-lit fans, they will be disappearing soon, and will be replaced with some quality, non-LEDs. They clash with the light from the led strips.
Sorry for potato-quality images. I only thought to document this after I already put together the case and PSU. Also, my real non-phone camera takes tilted pictures...
Feel free to contact me (i'll probably read the comments here for a little while) if you want to know more, or have questions / want help with your own lighting.
Takes what I throw at it and does not complain about the heat (if it were to actually get hot). Nice processor for compiling and video editing. Capable of running VEGAS, Adobe Illustrator, Overwatch, Steam, Discord, Chrome, OBS, and a few more programs all at once and still be super snappy. (I was testing its responsiveness, of course I'm not using VEGAS and AI while I'm playing).
This is a great motherboard with tons of features. I expected this to have the bare minimum as far as functionality, but it really blew me away. Never failed or gave issue. ASUS is a really good MB manufacturer.
Memory.... Is good.
I use this drive for my Linux install. It is capable of booting into terminal in under 2 seconds. I call that a success as far as performance standards go. I have not had any corrupted data as far as I know, so its a pretty good drive.
A wonderfully fast drive with few downsides. Would be 5 stars if it was not so expensive.
WD has always been good to me. This drive is no different. I use it for my personal files, while keeping my OS on the solid state. The response time is good and the read/write speed is plenty for text documents and pictures.
Lots of space, for a relatively low price. What more do you need? It is a bit loud when reading/writing though.
This graphics card is amazing. It blows my 1070 out of the water, not to mention the 770 I was running previously. I can get a steady 280 fps in Overwatch on ultra settings. It also has more than enough power to run my dual 144hz setup. Price makes it 4 stars though.
Fantastic case if you want to show off. The build quality is excellent, but there are some issues with the hinges for the window panel. They are almost unnoticeable, just a slight gap.
Near garbage adapter. I bought it from prime now because I needed one fast. I'm going to replace it with a dedicated PCI card.