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Cerberus MK1

by prasfear


Basic ludicrous gaming rig of yestergeneration

Original build had a much larger custom case as well as two GTX 690s. (this original case is up for sell)

Initial plan was to run three individual liquid cooling loops (one for a CPU and two GPUs) encased inside a pretty case, hence the name Cerberus.

I got the CPU loop going first.

Yet misfortune struck all throughout - RAM channels 3 and 4 burned out, then reservoir for my CPU loop cracked, the water burned out the pump, then the primary GPU burned out, then I lost my job, etc.

I see its current condition as a transition and that someday there will be a Cerberus MK-2.

Cable management - maybe someday I'll do it, but after having to remove the cover-up-cables-and-make-everything-pretty-plate in the current case to accommodate the MoBo, I just don't care enough (plus personal life problems sap the motivation out of me)

Current usage - general gaming, re-encoding, and streaming on Twitch

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Works well for it's price, but you may consider replacing the fan with something better.

Thermal Compound

Works wonderfully - no noticeable issues over the last couple years of use


Be weary of RAM channels and other things burning out.


Note: You will likely have to remove the wire covering plate to accommodate larger mother boards

Power Supply

Provides an unwavering flow of power but is heavy, big, and cumbersome to install in most cases. Not in much need of as GPUs and other computer parts start having smaller power profiles. Note: The cord is proprietary it seems, and you will not want to forget to bring it to any LAN party or you'll be SOL.

Sound Card

Just a bunch of fancy digital audio hardware, that works well without being tubular


Beautiful looking for a generations old monitor


I do wish it had more weight


Having tried similar Turtlebeach and Corsair headsets, I have found this to be the best headset for me. The only problem is that the stitching on the cloth covering the cushions unravels.


Wonderful sounding for "computer speakers", but are sadly discontinued.

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gugu96 19 Builds 3 points 41 months ago

I like the name

TimoHalofan 16 Builds 3 points 37 months ago

What did you do with the burned out gtx 690 ? Also love this build except for the cable mangement.

prasfear submitter 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

It sits on my table as a paper weight

MrMoose88 5 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

All I can say is, cable management please.

prasfear submitter 1 Build -1 points 41 months ago

Good luck with that

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

That's one expensive rig for "basic" gaming. :D

prasfear submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Clarified in description

OAcesync 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Can you do cable management please that case really doesn't deserve it

prasfear submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago


TexasBuilder 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

You oc that spaghetti monster with a reportedly $1100 cpu yet?

prasfear submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I did when it had liquid cooling installed.

izac.bongo 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Why is your ram all on one side?? Shouldn't they be arranged in quad channel

prasfear submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Channels 3 and 4 burned out awhile ago - haven't needed them, so I haven't replaced the mobo.

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16chance1 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

It may be overkill now but what about the future? 4GB used to be WAY more than anyone ever needed. But now I find even 8GB to not be enough at times. Games in the next few years may be able to handle the extra cores/threads. Plus it makes a awesome gaming/multitasking CPU today. Just some thoughts

Jake762by39 6 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Yeah, the problem with graphics these days is that although 6 CPU cores will likely still be a little much for gaming, the pixel rate and density of enthustaist monitors is far outpacing hardware. In a year or two I fear even 8 GB of VRAM will be a minimum.

16chance1 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I agree. The computer im building is going to have 16-32 gigs of system RAM and a R9 390 with 8 gigs of VRAM. They are also saying that 8gb of system RAM will be too little to play new games like the new star wars game. LinusTechTips is saying it takes up to 6GB without taking into account your operating system, windows 8.1 itself takes 1-1.5GB on idle. so yeah times are definitely changing for computer hardware requirements

prasfear submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Transcoding and streaming...maybe both at the same time

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