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star-rice(he/him)
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Dear merciful fuck okay. So I dicked around with my computer today because 1) - I got my cable extenders in like, Tuesday and hadn't had any will to go messing around on the insides, 2) - I needed to put my SSD on the inside of the computer, and 3) - I needed to at least have a set up for connecting a 3.5 inch mega bastard hard drive because the usb to sata cable I have doesn't (I assume) give the bitch enough power to function properly. And I'm glad I didn't intend to try and fuck with that hard drive because of the massive spook my graphics card just gave me.


So the good news is that the rats nest in the front is No More! Everything was very painstakingly tucked under the top and side panel. It was a huge pain in the ass trying everything in the book to get everyone lying flat and close enough that the side panel didn't bulge, but I got it all together. I swear to god I spent at least 30 minutes slightly adjusting about a billion cords, which was after the debacle that was getting all the cords to go where they needed to in the first place. Of which, during all that I ended up completely unplugging my LEDs and bumping a certain something a little bit too much.

The bad scare I had was when I powered everything up, first the cosmetic LEDs didn't come on, but everything else booted fine, which was an easy fix. I even got photos of everything after making sure those were working 100%. I assumed everything was hyper kosher and went about booting up my usual programs, including FFXIV, which I'd forgotten about when I started poking around waterfall. That's when I noticed that images had this very particular artifacts on them. :)

My reaction was as follows:

I then started moving stuff around and seeing what happened when I switched screens, reloaded windows, etc and witnessed extremely gut wrenching behavior that confirmed that yeah. This was my GPU fucking up. Not many things can cause those artifacts and whole assets in FFXIV (like my now black, textureless boots) to completely unload.

Of course I start panicing because ofc I do. This is the single most expensive part in my PC and its exactly the last part I'd want to fail. Replacing it at this point would be devastating and near impossible (not to mention costly both in time and money). But I pull my heart out of throat and my stomach up from my knees enough to think "god what must I have done to this thing". Of which, I hadn't thought I'd really done anything! As far as I knew, all I'd done is unplug its power cord, fiddle with shit round the back and plug the same power cord back in. But of course I knew that in the midst of fucking around with every other cord (especially that damn SSD who refused to stay seated and plugged in) I must have knocked it around a few times. So, as with most trouble shooting, start with the easiest stuff first. Maybe the connections are misaligned. So I unscrewed the back plate then unseated and reseated that hoe and turned it all back on to see if anything had changed.

And boy oh fucking boy am I glad to have, since, not seen a single graphical fuck up, because I didn't have anything else to try without spending 2 hours googling shit. Which probably would have disrupted my everything even more than just doing these fiddles and writing up this post has done, which is to say, before I started this task, I completely made a pan of food and planned 100% to get a bowl and sit down and watch something on my Chromecast, then maybe start poking around at my computer. Brain went haywire for approximately an hour and a half to two hours hyper focusing on getting this shit figured out and done. Hell, I'd actually stood up went "yeah fuck I need to go eat now" pranced into the kitchen and but a bowl in the microwave. Then I discovered my GPU being naughty and wrote up this post. I have yet to retrieve my bowl. (I'll get there eventually"""" )

Another set of good news; back before I'd built what I've dubbed "Starkid", when I was still using ye olde Memeshit Supreme (who has since been dissolved), I had tried to connect my wireless earbuds to my computer because that sounded super dope, I hadn't bought my wireless headset yet, and I really love my earbuds. :') Also, now that I have purchased and used my over the ear headset for a while, I can say that, while its really convenient and of good quality, if I wear it long enough, it get hella uncomfortable and starts to hurt. So for casual listening to shit and maybe a short call here and there, I would still like to have my earbuds available to use. But at the time, the bluetooth dongle I had wasn't fantastic and any audio I was getting was choppy as fuck. I even bought another bluetooth dongle with a grade higher bluetooth and it still wasn't enough.

Because of this, bluetooth was a heavy consideration when i was picking out motherboards way back in the planning stage of this computer. Which is to say, I wifi and bluetooth are built into my motherboard and I can screw on any antennae I'd like in order to utilize it. And, as I had hoped, its way fucking stronger than a USB dongle could ever hope to be and my earbuds work absolutely perfectly (so far. I haven't tried out the mic quality on them yet, but I've had phone calls on them and they've never seemed to have a problem. I'd assume they were the bottle neck for quality at this point).


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star-rice(he/him)
Time ago
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Lets see if i can begin detailing the computer bulding adventure incrementally. Should work for better readability anyway.

Let's start with the base PC I bought. This shoebox sized bad bitch is amazing all on its own. It literally fits in a shoebox (proof below) and is packed wall to wall with parts and was a wonder to see how everything was made to fit in such a small space. From the vertically mounted GPU and specially 3D printed shield around the CPU fan (to prevent recirculating hot air), I had fun just looking at this dude.

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But alas, he was destined for bigger things, so some disassembly had to happen.


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So, ive already shown off the exterior of the case (over here) but here's the inside with exactly zero parts installed.


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This is sort of the first iteration of the build. Neither the final CPU or fans had come in yet, but i was eager to get this puppy up and running and figured swapping those things out would be easy later.

All the 92mm noctua fans had to be put aside, much to my dismay. Noctua fans, while being less than appealing in their signature brown and flesh color scheme really do make up for it in sound and performance. They could be baby puke green and liver pink and I'd still covet them. But my case doesnt have slots for 92mm fans, so alas, away they go, off to be used in my room mates franken computer thats canabalized my previous conputers mother board.


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Also, after remebering that plugging in the power cable to the mother board is a wee bit important, the dude powers on and all the fans spin. Speaking of fans, the temporary ones im using came off an old PC that didnt work anymore. They've since been returned to the now working, previously caput tower.

Pay no mind to the cable spaghetti around the power supply unit. I had figured, given the particular cable management challenges with this case, I would definately need an extension kit, but didnt want to order it just in case it wasnt necessary.


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So, after taking a day trip, I returned shome to find the beautiful be quiet! fans and Scythe Fuma 2 cpu cooler finally delivered. Time for some upgrades!

Here's a shot of the beautiful Ryzen 7 CPU after removing the old small form factor CPU cooler and cleaning the thermal paste off (serial number blurred out). At this point I'd already installed two be quiet! fans. One on the front panel for intake and the back fan you can see in the pic. Note that this back fan doesnt make it to the final build, you'll see why later.


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Here we are with the CPU cooler installed. Insert meme about using the perfect amount of thermal paste here.


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However, notice something about it's placement? More specifically how fuck huge it is and its proximity to the rear wall of the case? Yeah. Me too.

I probably spent half an hour trying to fit that fucker in there while keeping the back exhaust in tact. It just wasnt happening. If I wanted to keep the CPU cooler, I'd have to sacrifice it.

Which, while being unfortunate gives me pause for a minute because it means theres an imperfect pathway around my only exhaust vent. I've puzzled over it for a bit. Airflow is very important and now I'm trusting the two fans on the CPU cooler to do all the work of removing heat feom the case. And neither of them are flush with the case meaning i cant garuntee all the air their pushing is actually making it out.

The more I ponder it the more I consider returning the PSU and going for something a little less fuck huge. The only reason I'm not is because the cooler itself is overkill (honestly that fact itself is a proponent for returning it) and its not like I'm gonna be overclocking this hoe. But it is definately something Im still contemplating and am not sold on yet. I know the most correct option is to return the CPU cooler and get another one. But I have a couple other fish to fry before I want to do that (mostly irl time obligations).

CPU cooler debate aside, I realized i was more than free to install the fancy aRGB lighting kit I splurged on and wow did it kick my ass with how bright and pretty it was.

My PCs gay and so am I. Happy Pride Month!



star-rice(he/him)
star-rice(he/him)
Time ago
star-rice

Lets see if i can begin detailing the computer bulding adventure incrementally. Should work for better readability anyway.

Let's start with the base PC I bought. This shoebox sized bad bitch is amazing all on its own. It literally fits in a shoebox (proof below) and is packed wall to wall with parts and was a wonder to see how everything was made to fit in such a small space. From the vertically mounted GPU and specially 3D printed shield around the CPU fan (to prevent recirculating hot air), I had fun just looking at this dude.

star-rice

But alas, he was destined for bigger things, so some disassembly had to happen.


star-rice

So, ive already shown off the exterior of the case (over here) but here's the inside with exactly zero parts installed.


star-rice

This is sort of the first iteration of the build. Neither the final CPU or fans had come in yet, but i was eager to get this puppy up and running and figured swapping those things out would be easy later.

All the 92mm noctua fans had to be put aside, much to my dismay. Noctua fans, while being less than appealing in their signature brown and flesh color scheme really do make up for it in sound and performance. They could be baby puke green and liver pink and I'd still covet them. But my case doesnt have slots for 92mm fans, so alas, away they go, off to be used in my room mates franken computer thats canabalized my previous conputers mother board.


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Also, after remebering that plugging in the power cable to the mother board is a wee bit important, the dude powers on and all the fans spin. Speaking of fans, the temporary ones im using came off an old PC that didnt work anymore. They've since been returned to the now working, previously caput tower.

Pay no mind to the cable spaghetti around the power supply unit. I had figured, given the particular cable management challenges with this case, I would definately need an extension kit, but didnt want to order it just in case it wasnt necessary.


star-rice

So, after taking a day trip, I returned shome to find the beautiful be quiet! fans and Scythe Fuma 2 cpu cooler finally delivered. Time for some upgrades!

Here's a shot of the beautiful Ryzen 7 CPU after removing the old small form factor CPU cooler and cleaning the thermal paste off (serial number blurred out). At this point I'd already installed two be quiet! fans. One on the front panel for intake and the back fan you can see in the pic. Note that this back fan doesnt make it to the final build, you'll see why later.


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Here we are with the CPU cooler installed. Insert meme about using the perfect amount of thermal paste here.



star-rice(he/him)
star-rice(he/him)
Time ago
star-rice

Lets see if i can begin detailing the computer bulding adventure incrementally. Should work for better readability anyway.

Let's start with the base PC I bought. This shoebox sized bad bitch is amazing all on its own. It literally fits in a shoebox (proof below) and is packed wall to wall with parts and was a wonder to see how everything was made to fit in such a small space. From the vertically mounted GPU and specially 3D printed shield around the CPU fan (to prevent recirculating hot air), I had fun just looking at this dude.

star-rice

But alas, he was destined for bigger things, so some disassembly had to happen.


star-rice

So, ive already shown off the exterior of the case (over here) but here's the inside with exactly zero parts installed.


star-rice

This is sort of the first iteration of the build. Neither the final CPU or fans had come in yet, but i was eager to get this puppy up and running and figured swapping those things out would be easy later.

All the 92mm noctua fans had to be put aside, much to my dismay. Noctua fans, while being less than appealing in their signature brown and flesh color scheme really do make up for it in sound and performance. They could be baby puke green and liver pink and I'd still covet them. But my case doesnt have slots for 92mm fans, so alas, away they go, off to be used in my room mates franken computer thats canabalized my previous conputers mother board.


star-rice

Also, after remebering that plugging in the power cable to the mother board is a wee bit important, the dude powers on and all the fans spin. Speaking of fans, the temporary ones im using came off an old PC that didnt work anymore. They've since been returned to the now working, previously caput tower.

Pay no mind to the cable spaghetti around the power supply unit. I had figured, given the particular cable management challenges with this case, I would definately need an extension kit, but didnt want to order it just in case it wasnt necessary.


star-rice

So, after taking a day trip, I returned shome to find the beautiful be quiet! fans and Scythe Fuma 2 cpu cooler finally delivered. Time for some upgrades!

Here's a shot of the beautiful Ryzen 7 CPU after removing the old small form factor CPU cooler and cleaning the thermal paste off (serial number blurred out). At this point I'd already installed two be quiet! fans. One on the front panel for intake and the back fan you can see in the pic. Note that this back fan doesnt make it to the final build, you'll see why later.



star-rice(he/him)
star-rice(he/him)
Time ago
star-rice

Lets see if i can begin detailing the computer bulding adventure incrementally. Should work for better readability anyway.

Let's start with the base PC I bought. This shoebox sized bad bitch is amazing all on its own. It literally fits in a shoebox (proof below) and is packed wall to wall with parts and was a wonder to see how everything was made to fit in such a small space. From the vertically mounted GPU and specially 3D printed shield around the CPU fan (to prevent recirculating hot air), I had fun just looking at this dude.

star-rice

But alas, he was destined for bigger things, so some disassembly had to happen.


star-rice

So, ive already shown off the exterior of the case (over here) but here's the inside with exactly zero parts installed.


star-rice

This is sort of the first iteration of the build. Neither the final CPU or fans had come in yet, but i was eager to get this puppy up and running and figured swapping those things out would be easy later.

All the 92mm noctua fans had to be put aside, much to my dismay. Noctua fans, while being less than appealing in their signature brown and flesh color scheme really do make up for it in sound and performance. They could be baby puke green and liver pink and I'd still covet them. But my case doesnt have slots for 92mm fans, so alas, away they go, off to be used in my room mates franken computer thats canabalized my previous conputers mother board.


star-rice

Also, after remebering that plugging in the power cable to the mother board is a wee bit important, the dude powers on and all the fans spin. Speaking of fans, the temporary ones im using came off an old PC that didnt work anymore. They've since been returned to the now working, previously caput tower.

Pay no mind to the cable spaghetti around the power supply unit. I had figured, given the particular cable management challenges with this case, I would definately need an extension kit, but didnt want to order it just in case it wasnt necessary.



star-rice(he/him)
star-rice(he/him)
Time ago
star-rice

Lets see if i can begin detailing the computer bulding adventure incrementally. Should work for better readability anyway.

Let's start with the base PC I bought. This shoebox sized bad bitch is amazing all on its own. It literally fits in a shoebox (proof below) and is packed wall to wall with parts and was a wonder to see how everything was made to fit in such a small space. From the vertically mounted GPU and specially 3D printed shield around the CPU fan (to prevent recirculating hot air), I had fun just looking at this dude.

star-rice

But alas, he was destined for bigger things, so some disassembly had to happen.


star-rice

So, ive already shown off the exterior of the case (over here) but here's the inside with exactly zero parts installed.


star-rice

This is sort of the first iteration of the build. Neither the final CPU or fans had come in yet, but i was eager to get this puppy up and running and figured swapping those things out would be easy later.

All the 92mm noctua fans had to be put aside, much to my dismay. Noctua fans, while being less than appealing in their signature brown and flesh color scheme really do make up for it in sound and performance. They could be baby puke green and liver pink and I'd still covet them. But my case doesnt have slots for 92mm fans, so alas, away they go, off to be used in my room mates franken computer thats canabalized my previous conputers mother board.



star-rice(he/him)
star-rice(he/him)
Time ago
star-rice

Lets see if i can begin detailing the computer bulding adventure incrementally. Should work for better readability anyway.

Let's start with the base PC I bought. This shoebox sized bad bitch is amazing all on its own. It literally fits in a shoebox (proof below) and is packed wall to wall with parts and was a wonder to see how everything was made to fit in such a small space. From the vertically mounted GPU and specially 3D printed shield around the CPU fan (to prevent recirculating hot air), I had fun just looking at this dude.

star-rice

But alas, he was destined for bigger things, so some disassembly had to happen.


star-rice

So, ive already shown off the exterior of the case (over here) but here's the inside with exactly zero parts installed.



star-rice(he/him)
star-rice(he/him)
Time ago
star-rice

Lets see if i can begin detailing the computer bulding adventure incrementally. Should work for better readability anyway.

Let's start with the base PC I bought. This shoebox sized bad bitch is amazing all on its own. It literally fits in a shoebox (proof below) and is packed wall to wall with parts and was a wonder to see how everything was made to fit in such a small space. From the vertically mounted GPU and specially 3D printed shield around the CPU fan (to prevent recirculating hot air), I had fun just looking at this dude.

star-rice

But alas, he was destined for bigger things, so some disassembly had to happen.



star-rice(he/him)
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Time ago

Lets see if i can begin detailing the computer bulding adventure incrementally. Should work for better readability anyway.

Let's start with the base PC I bought. This shoebox sized bad bitch is amazing all on its own. It literally fits in a shoebox (proof below) and is packed wall to wall with parts and was a wonder to see how everything was made to fit in such a small space. From the vertically mounted GPU and specially 3D printed shield around the CPU fan (to prevent recirculating hot air), I had fun just looking at this dude.


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Mkay~ so computer doesn't get here until tomorrow (and maybe the day after that if shipping goes screwy) but I wanted to show off my case before I start filling it with juicy juicy hardware.

So here is the case (feat. Megan):

Its super nice ;w; the panels pop off real easy (no thumb screws!) and you can remove every panel but the bottom and back of it. It also has a tempered glass window (hence the massive reflection) to show off the rgb strip I wanna put in it.

And here's one of the biggest reasons why I've been excited about this case, check out how much smaller it is compared the rig I've been hefting around:


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I am so ungodly excited for this PC. Like, other than being better and running 1 billion% smoother than my present rig, I'm excited to work on electronics again. It's a very specific type of puzzle for my brain and it's such an expensive hobby that it's almost always inaccessible to me. It's something I really enjoy and take pride in and I'm just so highly anxious and elated at the same time.


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Adventures in Computer Building quickly turned into Adventures in Computer Buying. As you may know, I've been looking heavily into building my own computer, and, I guess in a way I still am, but I found something incredible.

So, with the graphics card market the way it is, I was looking into all sorts of ways to help get my hands on one. I was planning to buy that first because honestly, if I can't get that, why are we buying stuff now? Well, I had made my way to a subreddit for buying and trading computer parts and came across a build a guy was selling. I was initially drawn to the fact that they were trading out of Texas (though, as it turns out they're way down south, so a local pick up was a no go) but the specs on this PC... I was confounded.

Like 85% of the parts in this bitch were the same or better than I was gonna use. Not even kidding. Same CPU and same range of GPU I was looking at, better fans, solid PSU, the CPU cooler is worse than I would get however thats exclusively because its in a very small form factor case which is understandable, speaking of the case its p much the size of a shoebox. Only 16gb of ram in it, but I can always upgrade that whenever. But the first thing that got me was that it featured the same motherboard I was gonna buy, of which, I had chosen that motherboard for several reasons and I knew I didn't need to research it at all to make sure it would work with the case I wanted and had already ordered.

But the second, and probably most important thing that struck me about this build was that it cost about 200 dollars cheaper than it would take to build myself (and thats using about MSRP gpu prices). My housemate said it best: "the universe build this computer for you". I have to agree. The ad was posted less than an hour ago, at the time of my finding it. I couldn't not hit this guy up about it. So I did.

I, of course, went in playing it safe. The guy wanted to use paypal which is standard and safe. All the important parts of the build are new (CPU, GPU, mobo). The package is being insured on shipping. Everything about the conversation I had with them wasn't even the tiniest bit sketchy. Dude even threw in extra cables and an antenna for me.

That is to say, I've officially bought a new computer and am waiting for it to come in. It's suppposed to get here on Tuesday and I cannot be more hyped for it. Depending on what time it gets here Tuesday, I'll have the whole rest of that day and Wednesday to transfer the guts to the new case (which got here yesterday and I'm also drooling over). I also have some RGB strips on order so I have a little bit of self-gratuitous bling to go shnaz it all up.

I do have some extra upgrades I'd like to do to it, but I wanna check out how it runs baseline out of the box. Obviously I'm gonna jump for 32gb of ram over the included 16gb. I run photoshop and while I'm bouncing with 16 rn, I know I can benefit from the extra leeway. The CPU cooler is probably something I'll replace. I'm not a fan of the cooler that comes with it (even though its a noctua ;w;) if only because its low profile and the way the fan is oriented I'm worried airflow will be way less than optimal. The case I'm using already threatens airflow quite a bit, so I'd like to minimize that as much as possible. The cooler I want has two fans on it (over the one on the cooler I'd be replacing) and they're pointed towards the back of the case instead of the side, which should help quite a bit. I'll already need to probably buy two more fans since I want to have two on the bottom side for more intake. I'll probably use the two included fans for this since they're slims (and noctua) and I was unsure if I'd be able to put full size 25mm fans in the space below the GPU. But we'll see!

Another sort of fun thing that ended up happening was I was contemplating, since this is a small form factor build, the mobo doesn't have a hell of a lot of USB on the back and I have quite a few dumb things I'd be plugging into this hoe, so I'd probably need a USB hub. And I was thinking about it, thankfully all the USBs are 3.0s so I wouldn't have speed issues (hopefully). I've had some issues with USB hubs before. But then I remembered, I have a fancy ass USB type C jack on the back. And it also just so happens that a long ass time ago when I was first screwing around with getting a USB hub, I had accidentally bought a hub that plugged up with USB C. And I had kept it, and for no good goddamn reason too. But now I'm super glad I did because fuck yeah, thats one less than I have to buy.


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star-rice(he/him)
Time ago
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Its official, I've started buying parts for my new PC 👀

It started with the case, which is a largely non-negotiable item whose price doesn't fluctuate to much and would really kind of make it "real". I could start really doubling down and visualizing the dream.

Then I found the processor I wanted for $100 less than normal and could not pass that up.

Probably gonna lose my entire mind when this fucking case comes in, istg.

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Awe dicks....



star-rice(he/him)
posted this
Time ago

Its official, I've started buying parts for my new PC 👀

It started with the case, which is a largely non-negotiable item whose price doesn't fluctuate to much and would really kind of make it "real". I could start really doubling down and visualizing the dream.

Then I found the processor I wanted for $100 less than normal and could not pass that up.

Probably gonna lose my entire mind when this fucking case comes in, istg.


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