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They say that people's PCs are like their owners... (I am 5"6' after all)
This is my personal build which I use for gaming (mainly eSports + older titles), and a fair amount of programming from time to time. This build has been through a few different transitions and is made up of parts accumulated from deals, from my old work (PC World), and from the world of ebay. I'm not saying this is the best value for money build ever, but most of the parts here are generally good deals. (The ram was purchased during the start of the ever waging RAMpocalypse, and the Crucial SSD... Well I don't know about that xD)
I will mention that the pictures shown here are of when I F I N A L L Y got round to cleaning the machine out, putting it back together again, and actually taking photos this time around :)
This build started in a Thermaltake F1 Suppressor around October last year when I snagged the second hand i7 for £170. I used the new (at the time) 200mm noctua fan. Temps were great. Noise... Well... Let's say the questionable build quality of the Thermaltake chassis really let down the otherwise functional design. It liked to rattle. It was also pretty debatable even being "MINI" itx in all honesty.
EVGA SSC 1050ti - I got this on an Amazon warehouse deal just before GPU prices went crazy, but just after I sold my old r9 280X for the same price I bought it for 2 years prior. This was in my old FX-8350 for a short time, also (I need to get round to posting that build on here!). Brilliant card and design but was a little on the loud side for an idle card (no 0-rpm fan mode :( ). Never went above 65 degrees C however, on a very quiet fan profile. This was also what was making my machine rather annoying when just web browsing, netflix, working etc. So I came to the most logical conclusion. Take the fans off. Stick a Noctua fan near it. Hope for the best. Thus, the idea of shrinking to the Metis Plus (with its very convenient 120mm fan spot on top near the GPU) was born, and after a couple of weeks, fiddling meticulously with zip ties and those very annoying power led switches, the build was done.
Extras: RAM heatsinks for £2 from China to cover up the ugly RAMpocalypse-induced green sticks. I also bought a very overpriced (paid £10) for the cable to adapt the 4-pin Noctua fan header to the 2-pin GPU fan header. LOVELEH braided cables... Gives me 10%+ frames per second, of course.
White lighting because RGB isn't my thing. I like poo coloured fans after all.
Kingston FURY 480GB - deal from Ebuyer back when RAM was cheap, and to an extent SSDs. Bought for myself on my Birthday in August, 2016. At £80 I couldn't refuse!
Monitor - brilliant for CS:GO and fast paced games. Yes, the 1050ti can manage this! Got 20% off the full price at the time through my old work. Not the best panel in terms of colour and brightness (it's TN), but it's FAST.
Toshiba 240GB SSD - This isn't the exact model, but's very similar. Older liquidated stock from work with 50% clearance lines + staff discount. Not bad for £17.50. Wouldn't use it for an OS though.
Processor, MOBO bought second hand.
I went with slim SATA cables from Silverstone which really helped in terms of cable management and looks. Would 10/10 recommend these, albeit a little pricey! Again. B R A I D E D C A B L E S
In terms of actually mounting the drives, I used adhesive pads and created a kind of practical monstrosity... The SSD Sandwich. It's actually quite practical for cable management.
Happy with the noise levels at long last. The temps aren't bad either. Even for prolonged gaming periods. Then again, I am based in the UK.
Let me know what you think of it peeps. I look forward to your feedback.
Can I also mention that SJW in my username are my rather unfortunate initials - this account was created before I came across the term of Social Justice Warrior...
Don't judge the desk cable management ;)