AbsolutePunk.net
   Username
Password
 
Share
12:40 PM on 04/12/14 
#1
Offline
User Info.
codeseven
/* No route to host */
codeseven's Avatar
Raleigh, NC
Male - 27 Years Old
Been meaning to do some Googling/research, but has anyone here tried out the Raspberry Pi yet? I'm really wanting to migrate my current HTPC setup to something that's not a huge glowing desktop tower sitting next to my TV. Not sure if it would handle my 1080p video and gaming emulation needs though.
08:39 PM on 08/11/14 
#2
Offline
User Info.
codeseven
/* No route to host */
codeseven's Avatar
Raleigh, NC
Male - 27 Years Old
So basically for my job I'm more or less a rack monkey. Though I do spend a decent amount of time in various *nix distro'd servers fixing apache/nginx when clients break shit, I'd say the majority of my time is spent in the datacenter building web servers, running cables, racking and installing, etc. Even though I've been doing this for quite a while, I oddly just became very interested in building a PC for myself about two weeks ago. Then I thought to myself why I haven't done this already, considering all I have is an old desktop I built back in high school (before SATA cables were available and cases had better cable management, so there's just big fat gray ribbon cables everywhere) and a really shitty Dell laptop that just hit the 6 year old mark.

I didn't really need to do much research considering in my job I have to keep up to date, however graphic cards and GPUs I was completely behind on because obviously you don't install those in web servers. Anyway, so throughout the past two weeks I compiled all the parts I wanted, bought them, and just finished building it out last Friday. And I wanted to share my creation with you all, because I think it came out great for a nice budgeted build! Especially since I hadn't done this in over 10 years.

But without further ado...

Here are pictures of Penguin v1.0

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case
An incredibly, gorgeously subtle case meant for silencing your build until it's barely audible. No glass panels, no flashy lights. Just roomy, black on the outside, white accents on the inside, adjustable/customizable case with great cable management possibilities.

Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 V2 550W
This is a completely white power supply, with a sexy finish and incredibly quiet. It matched perfectly with my black/white case above.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H ATX LGA1150
An absolutely gorgeous motherboard at an extremely reasonable price considering the features/slots/expansions included. And though I'm not a fan, it has both types of NICs - the old, reliable Intel, and the newer "Killer".

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150
In my opinion, it doesn't get any better than the K/Haswell Intel chips right now. So needless to say, I had to grab an i5 and extremely happy that I did.

Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support w/ EVGA ACX Cooler
I'm a casual PC gamer, so I definitely didn't need anything hardcore. However I was still hesitant about grabbing this one and hoping it would at least be good enough to run my games in 1080p with a dual-monitor setup. Luckily this thing can handle that without breaking a sweat. I still don't feel like I fully understand the ins and outs of GPUs yet, but I'm still super satisfied with this purchase.

Storage: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 250GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD
Well it's 2014, so I obviously wanted to install an SSD. It was basically between this and a similarly sized Crucial (256GB), but this one was on sale at the time and $45 cheaper so I went with it. Plus I've never had issues with Samsung, and so far it's proving to be great.

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Honestly, memory is memory - despite what many will argue. So in deciding this, I went with a brand I was familiar with, that wasn't incredibly expensive, and that was a "low-profile" (so I could later replace my stock CPU fan with an actual third party CPU cooler; the cooler I want needs a lot of room). I'm thinking 16GB was probably a bit of overkill, but I just thought fuck it.

Total Cost: $1158 (including coupons/deals)

Would love any feedback!

Future planned products:
ENERMAX ETS-T40-W White 120mm Cluster CPU Cooler
Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i Mechanical Keyboard (White LED/Brown Switch Model)
09:06 PM on 08/11/14 
#3
Offline
User Info.
codeseven
/* No route to host */
codeseven's Avatar
Raleigh, NC
Male - 27 Years Old
Everything you've gotten so far looks really amazing, I did a build in the Define R4 and while it doesn't have enough radiator space for me it is an absolutely beautiful case.

Edit: There doesn't appear to be a picture of the finished build in that album so I'm not sure if you did this already, but as long as you are only using 1-3 hard drive bays (you techincally don't have to use any since there are SSD mounting points on the back of the motherboard tray) I would pull out that middle hard drive cage so the front fans have a clear path to blow air over the graphics cards. Hard drive cages are very restrictive so if you aren't using them and they can be easily removed, as the ones in the Define R4 can, I would pull them out.
Yes, that was another thing I was completely surprised about. I mean, it may be standard these days, but I read in the manual you could mount the SSDs on the back of the motherboard tray in the R4. I thought that was incredibly bad ass. I still just kept it in the top five-bay cage, but I honestly might plan on mounting it in the back.

Also, you don't have enough room in it even when you completely take out that top five-bay cage?

And I'll add some more pictures of the actual finished product in a minute. I had to take it home to finish working on it and the lighting wasn't the best here so I couldn't get as good pictures as I could at my office.
09:20 PM on 08/11/14 
#4
Offline
User Info.
codeseven
/* No route to host */
codeseven's Avatar
Raleigh, NC
Male - 27 Years Old
Daaamn son, yeah that's not fitting in the R4 hah. What keyboard is that by the way? Crazy sexy build, brah.
11:06 PM on 08/14/14 
#5
Offline
User Info.
codeseven
/* No route to host */
codeseven's Avatar
Raleigh, NC
Male - 27 Years Old
Ducky Shine 3 with cherry MX greens, white backlight, and a few aftermarket keycaps. I replaced the spacebar with a blank one since it comes with a design by default that I didn't particularly like and ruined the otherwise very professional look of the keyboard. Also replaced the stock OS keycaps that just have the ducky logo on them with a couple that have the Tek Syndicate Logo on them. Don't like the ducky logo but I also use Windows, Ubuntu, OSX, and occasionally Fedora so I didn't want to have a specific OS logo on my super keys.
So maybe you can help me with this. I'm looking into the CODE keyboard and trying to decide between the Green switches and the White. I'm having trouble figuring out if they both require the same amount of actuation force (80 from what I've read), or is one slightly less/more than the other?

Edit: Actually it looks like the Clear requires a force of 55g which I'd prefer.



NEWS, MUSIC & MORE
Search News
Release Dates
Exclusives
Best New Music
Articles
CONNECT
Submit News
Forums
Contests
Mobile Version
AP.net Logos
HIDDEN TREASURES
AbsolutePunk Podcast
Free Music
Sports Forum
Technology Forum
Recommendations
INFORMATION
Advertising
Contact Us
Copyright Policy
Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
FOLLOW
Twitter | Facebook | RSS
AP.net Podcast on iTunes
UnderTheGun
Purevolume
Chorus.fm | @jason_tate