First PC Build: Red ITX
Second PC Build: Red mATX
Third PC Build: Yellow Mid Box [current]
Fourth PC Build: Future Build
Prior stuff below about my adventures building PC and area setup:
Case: Corsair Carbide Spec-04
CPU Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212X
Motherboard: Gigabyte 970A-DS3P
GPU: GeForce GTX 1060
Harddrive: OCZ Trion 100 Series 480GB 2.5in SSD
Case Fan: x1 Thermaltake CL-F038-PL12BU-A,
x2 Thermaltake CL-F038-PL12YL-A, + x2 Bitfenix Chassis Fans
Power Supply: Corsair CS450M 450 Watt 80 Gold
External HardDrive: Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB Red
Headphones: Sennheiser PXC 450
Chair: Herman Miller Aeron Chair
Desk: Ikea PÅHL Desk
Lamp: E26 Desk Lamp
Bulb: Full Spectrum
Cables: Cable Management
So yup, I built an mATX/ITX Gaming rig.
Took me ages and I fucking loved the experience.
Learnt a shitload.
Why a small computer:
My reason for an mATX/ITX build was for travel reasons, I move a lot.
Which is why for quite a few years, I just ran a laptop or/and used university computers. Even though I’d had personal desktops in my youth.
Computers were always a stable part of my diet. I did IPT (information processes and technology – computers) as an elective at high school for my end-of-school certificate.
Why this case:
2. Came in a shitload of colours.
3. Can fit in a suitcase with padding.
So yeah… I love them.
I wanted to buy, build and learn parts myself, because my computer is such a huge part of my life. As I have always;
1. Written a lot.
2. Researched a lot.
3. Made websites.
CPU and Motherboard
Originally purchased a AMD A4-7300 CPU and ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ Motherboard, equivalent to an i3 i guess according to benchmarks. I bought it cause it was cheap, and it played warcraft on Good with about 60 fps. When an area is packed, I had to drop it down but anyway.
I wanted Ultra graphics in it…
I nearly purchased a AMD Athlon X4 860K Kaveri.
Found and satiated my gaming with a AMD FX-8320 (AMD gaming) and ASRock 970M PRO3 mATX. Luckily around the time of when I wanted to upgrade, the specs for Legion were released (video), so I bought an FX that was higher than the optimum for WoW. I got the ASRock cause I have a windowed case, and the beautiful Motherboard is a slick black :). I purchased the specific FX because it was a competitive price for a newish FX :). FX 6300 being the minimum for optimal, so 8320 is strong. The new 9series range needs upscaled cooling I believe and so I might look into that later but not quite yet. I bought an AM motherboard and I hear they will probably eventually get phased out for FM, which was the typing I originally had. But the Kaveri was the highest compatibility with the older FM, so i just upgraded to the AM :). The new FX series will undoubtedly have their own motherboards upgrades by the time I get to them.
Why not intel: I grew up on Celerons just fine. I just am not as big of a fan of Intel and I tend to just sway towards AMD. I think its down to two reasons, 1: Intel are blue, AMD is red :P. 2: Intel make a shitload of ads, i’m not a fan of ads. I love researching all things. Fuck being told what to buy! :). 3: Intel are huge, AMD are the ‘underdogs’. 4: AMD are cheaper, Intel seems to be more expensive with a much less competitive gap nowadays. There is debates to which is harder to run, and as to whether AMD is as competitive. But currently, FX is pretty competitive, and it takes about as much cooling as high end Intel, so there is no difference for me in terms of played ability. But I get it. If you’ve not read any info in the past few years, or if your reading just shit by Intel-pro people, I can understand how you might not know :). [disclaimer: this was written pre-ryzen].
1. So because I bought an ITX case, and built originally, an ITX rig. I got to the point when I re-upgraded the CPU that AMD-FX ITX motherboards really didn’t exist at all -.-. Sooo… I bought the mATX case [BitFenix Prodigy M Fire Red]. Tbh, this was the case I had intended to buy originally that I fell in love with. Though the ITX was smaller, so I purchased it. The Bitfenix was the one that started off the love-affair with red chassis’, so that worked out well :).
In the ITX I originally had a Noctua NH-L9a 57.5. Then building the mATX i realised it might not be strong enough for the FX. So I just put in the stock fan. It drove me insane. It was making this fucking rattling noise. It doesn’t all the time, just fucking like once an hour. Apply some pressure and it stops -.-. Took it out, clipped it back in, still noise. Its not like you can tighten a clip -.-. Rofl. I looked, and it is reaching 60degree temperates, so… Cooler Master Hyper 212X was the solution. *sips on a glass of black sambucca*, I got mad as fuck installing this Fan. My brain = totally logical, these instructions were written for morons. No fucking intro page, AMD not cited to have a different set of notes. Sigh, I got super mad. Steaming internally. And… now my computer is heavy af. The fan itself isnt heavy, but I just realised… that its now accumulated to become heavy. This mATX. *pats it*, sigh.
After watching a fucking video on how to install this months later… because my computer was fucking temp’ing hard. Was between 60-70 degrees just after being turned on :(. AMD stating that is max, probs not should be just stable speed without WoW playing or whatever. And, another video about the direction of the internal fans. Like top is meant to blow out, and bottom is meant to draw in, because heat rises. Etc. So, I refucked around with all the fans. And its now back down to 30 degrees. Thank fuck.
I have had hunching problems for a long time in my life and as I got into my mid 20s I realised that it had to be fixed.
I spent about a year being cognitive about sitting up straight, each time I sat down. Highly altering my back to be much more vertical, rofl. It worked wonders. But, I was aware that for some reason it was still, even with habitual change, was still trying to revert back to slouching. If that makes sense? I shouldn’t have, my body should have adjusted, but there was some underlying cause for the behaviour and so, even though I was still thoughtful about trying to sit up straight, I realised that there was some causality. That my body was ‘weakening’ after only a few hours of sitting, and it was unsettling but a great realisation.
In my youth, I just thought that I was subconsciously trying to be a gangster XD. Trying to slouch in my car and drive around like a gangster or whatever. Rofl.
So over a long few years of research, I finally stumbled on some articles, and the study referenced by all of them, and specifications about height and chairs. I purchased an expensive Aeron chair because it is one of only a few chairs in the world which support people around 5 foot tall and over 6 foot tall :). Most regular chairs are not made for between 5-30% of people :).
When I first read the study and references to it, I pondered it in an analytic sense. I’m a logical thinker. Then, literally a week or so later, I actually observed myself doing this activity a few times. See, the articles/study claim that the reason I was getting back pain and slouching was because my feet were not touching the floor. This fascinated me, I’d never considered that at all! I was focusing on my back and not other areas of my body :). Mindlessly I put the information into the back of my head, along with other research subjects, especially because all petite chairs are extraordinarily expensive… Though it became clear to me, after a few weeks/months, that observing my own behaviour had proved the study extremely valid. My behavioural practice was that I would slide my bum forward on a chair until my feet touched the floor. Then id stop moving around, inciting that my body was indeed focusing on this as its intended purpose. This made my back curve awkwardly on seats and not sit my back alongside the chair’s back. The reason the human body needs to place its feet on the floor is tho make the body stable and grounded. My mother (after spending hours listening to me infer and explain that the need for the chair verses price cost was totally worth, and that I was excitedly altering my health) noted to me a week later that she had sat in a position where her feet were dangling for a period of time and she had noticed that her calves were in pain. At this point of course, that information fell into place. See, my whole body would be awake, I wouldnt be tired, but my lower legs would be on fire with pain. I had noted in the last few years. I even had purchased a creme for it. I was of the notion prior to this, that my legs were possibly the only area of my body which were warning me of my tiredness or something. And using them as a marker for when I should sleep because the pain would be unbearable. Awesome to know that it was because I wasnt placing them on the ground because the chairs were tall. I recall sitting in a cafe drinking rooibos tea. And it being one of the times I noticed that I was sliding forward on the chair. I had maneuvered myself subconsciously into sitting in a weird diagonal position so that my feet would properly touch the floor. To put it into perspective, on most chairs my feet rest casually on my tippy-toes -.-.
So, all chairs are too tall for me yeah. If you type in the dimension specifications 5’1 that I need from here, height, you will find that the only chairs available at that height for purchase on the internet are children’s classroom chairs. Wooden chairs, of a large range and to buy in bulk. Rofl. Not something you would ergonomically sit on for 13 hours a day, rofl.
So, I did a shitload of research on the chairs. There was a few resources for petite chairs, but;
> Half of them don’t ship to aus or have a local distributor.
> Most of the resources had american prices, so once I did the exchange rates it was :-O.
> I worked out that all the chairs were working out to be the roughly same price. The smaller brands, would have large shipping prices anyway, and after conversion rates also.
> So, the big brands and smaller brands had the same price comparisons. So, I started looking into reviews and such. And totally fell fucking in love with the Aeron.
See, I have this problem, in cars, on chairs, etc… where my elbow is much lower than the “resting” area. Or not high enough :). Armrests are one of the banes of my existence, rofl. But I love to “look like I’m chill as fuck all casual with laying on armrests”. So, the Aeron has armrests that go up-and-down. And in and out to add ease getting out of the chair :). I O.O in excitement when I saw this guy doing it. Rofl. He also showed some images of NASA using the Aeron chairs and the rapper Drake using them in his recording studio.
After more research realising that Herman Miller, the company that make the Aeron, is widely considered one of the most famous chair companies in the world :). The Aeron was actually designed in 1996, has a ten or twelve year warranty, etc. About this time I realised that the study I had found, was also done by them. So that kind of sealed it. The study had impacted me greatly, had made me put two-and-two together, and given me a great load of knowledge. Knowledge is something I rate most highly and it one of the things I consider worth incentive. For example, I have only ever really dated men who I consider to be able to teach me something. Regardless of what the information is doesn’t matter, just any form of passionate knowledge acquisition that a person imbues upon others I sincerely enjoy sitting and absorbing. So, even though I researched many many things, over many many years, I realised that this one study, referenced by a large range of articles, actually had changed my life. Especially in retrospect. As I was explaining to my extended family. Spending a chunk of money now, to save me having to spend hundreds-of-thousands on hospital surgery later to fix a problem which I could have fixed now. That perspective was something extremely beautiful to me.
So the chair = cure for my ills :). Expensive… = worth. When I took my mother and her partner to see it at one of the small handful of shops australia-wide that imports them, there was such an elation. Just sitting in one for just a minute or so was enough to make me want to cry/orgasm in joy :).
So, I paid for the chair in installments. Love it immensely.
Definitely also enjoying its three posture positions.
Both my parents are relatively computer illiterate. My mum uses one at work, so she knows software and stuff. But she’s not a computer person. Shes very practical and has an impulsive builder kind of persona. Dad has just worked out recently how to listen to audio on a computer and write an email, so kudos to him ;). Though my dads brother, used to work for the major telecommunications network in aus for a long time. So even though his understanding of hardware and software is relatively outdated, he knows the basics indepthly. So my brother and I were always raised to have basic computer understanding because of the influence of my dads nonidentical twin. Ie, he would update our computers for us. After our parents got divorced when I was a teenager, he lived with my father, so there was a higher influence of proximity there too.
Our first computer was of the type that it had a black background and green text on it and large-flat floppy disks. It was very cool playing space-invader-ish kind of games on it :). Later we got a computer that was, I shit you not, the entire computer HDD was 3gb :P. I remember getting very mad at my brother because he [thinking back on it now, he must have been about 8 because I was about 10], had diablo on the computer and it was like 1.5g and so it took up half of the computer space XD. I just remember being so mad :D. But now of course getting into the history of blizzard entertainment, I am impressed at his historical standing :D.
I’m actually currently using one of my younger brothers old BenQ 21″ monitor in my dual-monitor set-up. My mum’s boyfriend has given me a good website to buy one from to upgrade I might do that… [Ended up buying a Samsung instead). My brother and I had a lengthy chat on the versatility of 60htz +, his is the largest or something because he streams. But he was explaining something about how the human eye cant see it really anyway. But its important for him because he does speed runs, in terms of whether I need the higher htz or not… hmmm… he gave a variety of numbers. So the comprehending was whether its worth it for me to fork out the more dolla’ for something that I might not even notice the difference in. Either way, I have a dual-monitor setup now, so not in any rush -.-. See the issue is, because I move realitively frequently, shipping an amount of monitors or flying with them in luggage, is risky and they take up a lot of room :P.
The 21 inch really isnt so bad, its that I need the two screens to watch stuff. Linux comes with this epic functionality, where you can tab into four different actual screens. Which is useful, I have all four keybound. So I can just Ctrl+key to flick over if I need it. Also, I asked my bro if he had any CPU fan adapters, so he gave me two cords, so that was epic XD. Now running x5 fans, so that’s baller.
Upon starting to build this PC, my dad came up to me and said that I should just ask my uncle for advice about building a computer. I *huffed and puffed, and stamping my foot*, rofl, explaining that it is not fucking useful to do that.
Examples; When i put linux onto my small 12 inch laptop a few years ago, a mate went all cray-face trying to get me to do all this super advanced stuff.
Examples; When I posted on social media about six months ago that I had decided upon what company I was going to get to custom make a computer for me. Like a pre-built. An old school friend that i hadn’t talked to in about 6 years, literally wouldn’t take me saying no when he offered me his old computer.
Examples; When my computer had a hiccup, and I remember I was relaying it to a friend of a friend, he was like, oh I’ll fix it. He went to take a look as I laughed out-loud and was like “mate, its running linux, you will have no idea”. He just looked at the login screen in a state of surprise. Probably had never seen anyone run linux before.
Examples; Buying a new mouse. I was in a computer store and a dude wouldn’t leave me alone to just wander around. I was polite, he asked if he could help. I answered his questions and then just expected him to walk off. I wasn’t sure if he was being annoying and remaining for like 10 minutes for a commission, which I doubt, or because I was a girl.
These examples show how ‘other people’, in othering terminology, want to provide things and do things. Rather than imbuing me with the power to do it myself. It tends to happen a lot in my life, from all avenues, computers are just one variable, it is not a computer specific argument. But, as computers are a part of my life then it is something affected by this scenario of occurrence. People very rarely teach equate knowledge. In epistemology they say there is two kinds of knowledge, things you know, and then things you know well enough to explain. Neither is wrong, I am just merely stating that doing something and not explaining it has no longevity and detaches from the point of you being there. I am a smart person. If the person in my presence isn’t smart enough to explain something to me than I note that as being less intelligent than me. Therefore, why would I want someones help who is not smarter than me? If you see my angle here. I am not saying that I am more intelligent, I am saying if the person shows indicators then that is all I have to go on. I cannot undo the analysis that the person’s intelligence isn’t apt enough to explain something to me in a form of context that I can go and research more indepthly later. I enjoy being taught something, then romantically coming back and being so excited and conversing about my successes and failures on my exquisite journey of whatever I was doing.
The other variable in this conversation is that men of all ages and decrees, seem to run around trying to do shit for women in general. I am not implying that this is bad. Or that men should not be kind to women. Its just the way men relate to women, and thats fine. In my honest opinion, I equate a man trying to do something for a woman as occasionally being a ‘I’ll take over’ scenario. The man is doing a woman a favour, therefore the woman should feel imbued to have sex with the man. This is not wrong. Though it is something I sincerely take as a threat. Like they are removing me from something which is my task, to take it upon their own life path. I just don’t appreciate losing intelligence just so the male-sex can ‘take a crack’.
When it comes down to it though. Imagine if every teacher did that to you? You would be a moron. Its incredibly stifling for the growth of a culture, for all teachers to decide that they want to do the students work for them. I like my time to be spent very wisely. I get very aggressive when I feel that someone is doing something which is going to make my have to repeat the exact moment again. I need the knowledge, obviously, so voiding it isn’t successful or good time management. I am implying that not teaching someone what your doing whilst their standing so that they dont have to call you everytime. Is extremely belligerent -.-. No doctor wants to be called at fucking 3am out to someones house, just because the person didnt know to drink warm cocoa when they had insomnia and lowered their immune system and got a cold. Etc. You give people tools to care for themselves, and their possessions.
The help I Utilised;
I got a few random articles linked to me when I began about ssd vs hdd; I got the a monitor and motherboard splitter adapter cords for the case fan from my brother; My uncle took a quick look over the motherboard inputs before i turned it on for him to feel okay that i wasn’t going to blow up my +1k worth of money :P. And the rest, all on me :D.
I really really enjoyed it :).