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According to Fallout lore, "When Vault 42 was sealed, no source of light brighter than a 40-watt bulb was included in the vault's inventory. The experiment may have been designed to test the psychological impact of poor illumination, or it may have been designed to cause the dwellers to adapt to low-light conditions."
Additionally, "As part of the vault experiment, no light bulbs of more than 40 watts were provided. The location of this vault is unknown."
*Note - This build has been updated from my previous listing: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/WFtgXL
With the lore in mind, I have designed this build to reflect the conditions of Vault 42. The only source of light in the case is provided by my motherboard and it is set to 50%. The white PSU extension cables are in place to accent the green military case and give it a more cohesive look to match the decals.
I have included more white case fans and an aftermarket CPU cooler from Cryorig which has led to better overall cooling. I am aware that I still have the red ram from my previous listing.. which is due to insane prices at the moment. I don't imagine that will change anytime soon.
I'm still looking to invest in Vega when stock becomes available to pair with my ultrawide freesync monitor. However, an overclocked Sapphire RX 480 has served my needs sufficiently so far. Definitely no complaints there.
Here's a link to my most recent FireStrike 1.1 score: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/14707042
Please continue to ask questions as I have learned a lot from this experience!
This processor was an upgrade from an i5-2400. It has performed exceptionally well and will handle anything I throw at it. Additionally, this processor is overclocked to a stable 3.7 GHz on all cores and draws around 86-90 watts under load. Conversely, this CPU draws around 15-20 watts while idling.
According to GeekBench, my single-core score is 4039 and multi-core score is 19322.
I'm in love with this CPU cooler. I have it set to the maximum fan speed of 1600 RPM and I can barely hear the thing. It keeps my Ryzen 1700 around 26ºC idle and 53ºC under load. No need to worry about faulty pumps like I would with an AIO!
I decided to go with the B350 instead of the X370 due to the fact that I will only ever have one GPU. Additionally, I just needed one m.2 slot and this board allows me to overclock with ease.
This board is beautiful with plenty of fan headers and RGB lighting. The BIOS is easy to navigate and there has been good driver support.
I was able to overclock this ram to 2633. Any attempt to go higher makes my computer cry.
This is my primary OS boot drive. It contains my OS as well as any applicable drivers. I have the equivalent version in SATA form for my Xbox One and has been solid for over a year. Boot time is less than ten seconds which is an upgrade from >3 minutes on my old Dell system.
I use this for games only. Load times are practically non-existent which is always a good thing! You can't go wrong with this drive.
It's a WD Blue drive. It holds all of my miscellaneous files. No failures. 5/5
This video card has served me well over the course of 10 months. I have it overclocked to 1380 MHz core/2000 MHz memory. I can play most games at high to ultra without leaving my freesync range of 40-75Hz.
Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
Min FPS: 26.4
Max FPS: 151.6
Mode: 1600x900 8xAA windowed
Initially, I didn't like the color in the photo but it definitely looks better in person. The case has plenty of space to route cables and the included fans are adequate even though I did replace them. This case has excellent air flow with support for a 240mm radiator.
My case has three 140mm and four 120mm fans which allows for excellent cooling.
Check out the specs here: http://www.corsair.com/en-us/vengeance-c70-mid-tower-gaming-case-military-green
After reading many reviews and taking the advice of JonnyGURU, I decided on the EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Semi-Modular PSU. It has more cables than I need and has been running smoothly so far. No complaints.
I'm old school. I need a Blu-Ray reader.
Wireless Network Adapter
Installation was easy and drivers were simple to download. I put them on a USB drive and it has been running at maximum speed with low ping since day one.
I have two of these set to exhaust and one directly hitting my GPU. Overall, these are great, inexpensive fans and I would definitely buy again.
I have three of these as my intake and one as exhaust. Arctic is the only brand I will buy in the future.
I bought this at Best Buy and has been a great monitor so far. The freesync range is 40-75Hz which is easily attainable with my RX 480. It's an IPS panel and initially wowed me since I had previously had a crappy TN panel. The only con I can say about this monitor is I can't go back to 16:9! I'm an ultrawide monitor person for life now.
I love this STRAFE keyboard. Even though it doesn't have physical multimedia keys, it is programmed through the FN keys. The software is okay and allows for many different customization options in regards to color and light patterns. Also, the included wrist rest is a plus!
I had a hard time finding an adequate replacement for my Logitech G400 mouse that recently died. I'm glad I was able to find this beauty since it has a similar feel that I'm used to. I even bought two of these in case my initial one dies!