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  • The Chimera #MicroCenterMadness thumbnail

    The Chimera #MicroCenterMadness The Chimera #MicroCenterMadness

    The Chimera is a powerhouse machine designed to be both an aesthetic statement as well as fully functional for streaming... The Chimera is a powerhouse machine designed to be both an aesthetic statement as well as fully functional for streaming whatever games I want to stream. It was given the name Chimera as a suggestion from a viewer that was watching me upgrade the cooling loop on Twitch. The original name of this system was the Kraken. For me monsters and demons are part of my theme thus every one of my personal builds will be named after some sort of "dark" creature. This is currently version 2.0 of this build as I have learned and tried new things. I started out with a kit that I got from Alphacool with a Laing DDC pump and single 360x30mm radiator that I had expanded to two of as well as the Helix reservoir and the V2 DPP 755. Version 1.5 as described is what I had been running for my cooling for the last year. I decided that since I had to take everything apart for the one year cleaning event that I might as well take the opportunity to go ahead and upgrade the loop as a whole. There was a leak that occurred during my first build iteration that caused the RGB lighting in the GPU block to short out, which is something that is getting fixed at the beginning of April. I'm also taking that opportunity to drain the loop and make the loop order a little more efficient. This has been my first liquid cooling loop, and I chose this particular case to build into because of the unboxing video JayzTwoCents did on it. One of the biggest issues I had when it came to the upgrades I've done on the loop thus far was the pressure of the loop itself. In one iteration I considered I was going to have an Eisball pump/res combo but that ended up getting scratched. While I love everything about this build once I got everything working and without any leaking I realized a few things I could have, and will be doing differently as I already have the parts needed on order. First some extra 90º fittings, one of which will be getting placed on the bottom of the reservoir with a 10mm extension. From there I'm going to take the quick disconnect from the bottom radiator and move it to the pump with the black top's out port with a 90º fitting while taking another 90º fitting and putting it on the acrylic top pump with a direct downflow into the bottom radiator. I realized this should have been done solely for the purpose of being able to remove the bottom and front rads with the pumps and reservoir still attached without having to drain either one after taking a good long hard look at the loop order. Along with replacing the RGB strip in my GPU block I will be replacing the stock Red Devil backplate with one made by Alphacool and adding a 45º fitting on the end of the port that it fills the top radiator thru allowing a shorter run there as well. I'm switching the in/out ports on the back radiator and rerouting the connection between the two radiators to go around the quick disconnect on the reservoir while also adding a final quick disconnect to the front radiator allowing both radiators to be removed without having to drain the loop, if need be. The backplate replacement is only to help clean things up in the look. Other little additions are the 90º 24-pin ATX and two 8-pin 180º PCI-E power adapters and the LinkUp PCI-E Gen 4 riser cable. The first few photos are the original layout I attempted a year ago with the kit I bought from Alphacool, followed by the final layout once I got the Helix res and D5 pump. The third photo is of an iteration I had considered using the Alphacool Eisball pump/res combo that ended up not working out. All of the rest of the photos are of the build as it currently sits in my office.
    $4,554.92
    Ambrosias
  • Light  Gaming / Plex Server thumbnail

    Light Gaming / Plex Server Light Gaming / Plex Server

    I built this to take the place of an older gaming rig that I have been using as a Plex server. I built this to take the place of an older gaming rig that I have been using as a Plex server.
    $1,058.91
    Derrick H
  • Eggrog thumbnail

    Eggrog Eggrog

    At first I began to use an older computer chassis to a modern motherboard. One function led to another, for the while it... At first I began to use an older computer chassis to a modern motherboard. One function led to another, for the while it takes the system runs efficiently smooth. It’s a build from a different moment in time. I really want a newer Nvidia 30 series, ergo the availability with those graphics cards need improvement.
    $2,233.41
    Angel D
  • Eggrog thumbnail

    Eggrog Eggrog

    At first I began to use an older computer chassis to a modern motherboard. One function led to another, for the while it... At first I began to use an older computer chassis to a modern motherboard. One function led to another, for the while it takes the system runs efficiently smooth. It’s a build from a different moment in time. I really want a newer Nvidia 30 series, ergo the availability with those graphics cards need improvement.
    $2,233.41
    Angel D
  • Ezraudio mini ITX thumbnail

    Ezraudio mini ITX Ezraudio mini ITX

    This was built for AVID Pro Tools, Dante(Digital Audio Networking Through Ethernet), Server, and GAMES GAMES GAMES!!!! This was built for AVID Pro Tools, Dante(Digital Audio Networking Through Ethernet), Server, and GAMES GAMES GAMES!!!!
    $1,687.93
    Ezra M
  • TheCube Anti-Ampere thumbnail

    TheCube Anti-Ampere TheCube Anti-Ampere

    This is my first build. All my life I have suffered and compromised using low-end PCs for once I have money and built a... This is my first build. All my life I have suffered and compromised using low-end PCs for once I have money and built a no-compromise PC, been waiting since May for Nvidia to come out with a GPU and they have not made a single GPU. Will be going for the AMD one. When AMD says there will a card THERE WILL BE A CARD!
    $2,536.96
    Zahir k
  • Red Wolfs Build thumbnail

    Red Wolfs Build Red Wolfs Build

    All around gaming video editing pc i play everything from first person shooters to racing sims and so on as well as do audio... All around gaming video editing pc i play everything from first person shooters to racing sims and so on as well as do audio and video editing even run a server for minecraft with the buds
    $3,588.93
    Steven C
  • Custom 3U Gaming/Server Chassis thumbnail

    Custom 3U Gaming/Server Chassis Custom 3U Gaming/Server Chassis

    I designed this 3U case to be as compact as possible while still accepting standard size PC components. I live in a very... I designed this 3U case to be as compact as possible while still accepting standard size PC components. I live in a very small apartment and don't have a full height rack to work with, let alone a dedicated gaming environment, so this meant 3U as a chassis height! The case also has a removable base that can be attached to stand the chassis vertically upright like a normal tower, which comes in handy when needing to switch rooms. Finding a GPU that would fit in such a low profile case was an extreme challenge. If the card was too tall the lid would not sit flush on the case / slide without obstruction into the rack, as evidenced by some of the early pictures. The main issue being those PCIe power connectors sticking out just a couple millimeters too far on almost every card on the market. I searched for weeks in desperation as the 3D model had already been sent to Protocase for production, and I was going to be stuck with an unusable chassis I poured so much time and energy into designing. However, Nvidia threw me a hail-mary with the 3080FE and its new 12 pin connector design :) Not only was the connector more compact than the standard 8pin PCIe plug, but it's rotated at a 45 degree angle and recessed into the heat fins JUST ENOUGH to fit snugly inside a 3U height case... and it's perfect. There's not even 1mm to spare. The rest of the build is still a work-in-progress as I wait for Zen3 to swap out my aging 6600k, so please don't grade too tough on cable management quite yet lol. Overall it was a blast to learn CAD and design the chassis, Protocase did an amazing job manufacturing the case and the 3080FE truly saved this build from requiring an expensive redesign. I now get well over 144FPS in Apex Legends and am set up to expand in the near future as a 5950X will remove the massive CPU bottleneck currently limiting frames and programming projects outside of work - can't wait!
    $1,626.98
    Jackson W
  • Gaming desktop thumbnail

    Gaming desktop Gaming desktop

    Built for gaming/photoshop/general purpose. I play Monster Hunter World, Valorant, League of Legends, Red Dead Redemption 2,... Built for gaming/photoshop/general purpose. I play Monster Hunter World, Valorant, League of Legends, Red Dead Redemption 2, GTA 5, etc. Games run just fine on ultra setting with high fps. Lower graphic games like Valorant and League of Legends get about 280-300fps.
    $1,617.90
    Petcharat K
  • MY 1ST PC I'VE EVER BUILT thumbnail

    MY 1ST PC I'VE EVER BUILT MY 1ST PC I'VE EVER BUILT

    I WANTED TO BUILD A PC SO I COULD USE IT AS A PLEX SERVER AND SOME OCCASIONAL GAMING I WANTED TO BUILD A PC SO I COULD USE IT AS A PLEX SERVER AND SOME OCCASIONAL GAMING
    $1,242.95
    naterood
  • Entry-Level Gaming & Media Server Build thumbnail

    Entry-Level Gaming & Media Server Build Entry-Level Gaming & Media Server Build

    Future Upgrades:32GB (2 x 16GB) G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series DDR4 PC4-25600 3200MHz RAMGeForce RTX 3080Zen 3 CPUNotes:Hard... Future Upgrades: 32GB (2 x 16GB) G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series DDR4 PC4-25600 3200MHz RAM GeForce RTX 3080 Zen 3 CPU Notes: Hard drives purchases discounted (MSRP list price included for build)
    $2,813.93
    Evan G
  • Vader - Come to the Dark Side where anything is possible! thumbnail

    Vader - Come to the Dark Side where... Vader - Come to the Dark Side where anything is possible!

    This rig is used for everything from everyday use to streaming, to PLEX server, to hardcore flight simming. It's my do... This rig is used for everything from everyday use to streaming, to PLEX server, to hardcore flight simming. It's my do everything rig and Im proud that everything works with no issues no matter what I through at it. I had multiple machines that I used for various tasks around the house and gaming, but decided to consolidate into single machine which is now what you see here; Vader. Vader is an Intel 10900K 5.4ghz behemoth boasting 64gb of G.Skill Ripjaws overclocked to 4000mhz cl15, an ASUS Strix OC 2080ti with a 1060 daughter card for more displays, 50tb of HDD disk space, 4tb of Samsung Evo powered NVME goodness, and more monitors than most people can handle - 7 (65in Oled, 2 LG 34in, 1 Acer 38in, and 4 ASUS 22in touchscreens). Audio for this machine is power by a Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro MQA DAC that feeds a Monoprice 887 amp leading to the reference level Sennheiser HD800S with seat attached bass shakers and a Jet Seat for rumble immersion. Input devices are led by an iKBC MF87 keyboard, Corsair m65 mouse, 3 Elgato Stream Decks - Mini, Default, and XL, a Real Simulator joystick, Thrustmaster TPR pedals, Winwing Throttle, 2 DSD button boxes, and a TrackIR This whole machine is a never ending upgrading monster. I always tell my wife that Ill be done after the next upgrade, but low and behold there is always one more over the next horizon.
    $14,280.92
    m0ltar
  • Research and Gaming thumbnail

    Research and Gaming Research and Gaming

    This is my all purpose desktop, perfect for pandemic life. I teach classes virtually through it, perform research and... This is my all purpose desktop, perfect for pandemic life. I teach classes virtually through it, perform research and writing, develop code, run a SQL server, and game in my off time.
    $1,031.88
    Yoni N
  • EcoSteamEQ thumbnail

    EcoSteamEQ EcoSteamEQ

    This computer serves 2 purposes: to stream Steam games to my Steam Link (light gaming) and an Everquest emulator server.... This computer serves 2 purposes: to stream Steam games to my Steam Link (light gaming) and an Everquest emulator server. Unlike existing Everquest emulator servers like Project1999, this server has Vallon Zek PVP rules (8 level pvp range, coin loot and 4 race teams of Human, Elf, Evil and Elf). I was able to make Sullon Zek's level range work as well, but never cared for that server.
    $314.99
    FRANK F
  • The Borg Cube thumbnail

    The Borg Cube The Borg Cube

    I had wanted to do a smaller Form factor than monstrous, size of a minifridge type build. This one was built from excess... I had wanted to do a smaller Form factor than monstrous, size of a minifridge type build. This one was built from excess parts I had from old systems or stuff I got on sale before or after my main build. Primary purpose is as an HTPC, media server, and gaming rig for living room to run on the BIG TV
    $3,889.97
    omakuch
  • Main Build thumbnail

    Main Build Main Build

    back in the day me and my friends used to game and stream it so it was originally used for that but quickly became solely... back in the day me and my friends used to game and stream it so it was originally used for that but quickly became solely gaming after i upgraded the proc. eventually it was used to run a minecraft server for a few months but that died out. it is now used for rainbow six siege, fall guys, pubg, brawlhalla, black ops 3 zombies, modern warfare, and more.
    $1,294.98
    aloscity
  • First Custom Loop Build - ITX Tower Streaming Gaming Rig thumbnail

    First Custom Loop Build - ITX Tower... First Custom Loop Build - ITX Tower Streaming Gaming Rig

    Purpose: Streaming Gaming Rig. Thanks to Nvidia's GameStream and the Awesome guys at moonlight. I'm able to stream from the... Purpose: Streaming Gaming Rig. Thanks to Nvidia's GameStream and the Awesome guys at moonlight. I'm able to stream from the ITX Rig to phone, laptops, & TVs via the moonlight app. Streaming Project Cars 2, TitanFall2, GTA 5, StarWars Battlefront II, Fallout 4, Destiny 2 over Ethernet or WIFI, I'm usually either 2k@144p or 4K@60p, Ultra settings. Also, the typical Bitrate of the stream over WIFI is usually 100 Mbits/s. Next up, will compare raw performance between my main computer (Macbook Pro with eGPU) vs ITX Rig. More future projects to come. Few Lessons learned: 1) Distilled Water......🙌🏾. So doing custom loops you learned quickly it's better to be safe and use non-conductive water. Saved me many times. 2) Fans Step Up and Step Down...Please set this option.....it helps soo much to stabilize temperatures. With this option set to 0, temperatures would never stay consistent on idle. 😔 3) Graphite Thermal Pad is good enough. Some of the best paste used: MX2, MX4, IC Diamond, Noctua are all great choices. Graphite helps to keep it clean, no paste mess. 🙄 4) Rollercoaster relationship with water cooling. Love to tinker, So pulling stock cooler from PCD, and installing water block was awsome....👏🏾. Getting all the air pockets out of the system sucks. And pouring water over electronics and seeing a drop of water anywhere is scary 😳😓. 5) Using water temperature sensors to relay temps to the motherboard. This allows me to set the fan controls for the GPU. Future Upgrades: 3950X or 3900XT, Waiting on the new AMD APUs, Quick disconnects, External Water Flow Sensor.
    $1,314.96
    Alex C
  • Hot Coffee thumbnail

    Hot Coffee Hot Coffee

    Gaming, folding@home, and watching movies & shows. My computer runs 24/7 doing it all. Most obvious hindsight fix would've... Gaming, folding@home, and watching movies & shows. My computer runs 24/7 doing it all. Most obvious hindsight fix would've been to not attempt to make a DIY purple dye, that backfired horribly and resulted in the name of the system because it stained the reservoir brown. It looks like the system has coffee pumping through the watercooling loop! Despite initial teething troubles with XMP the system is now rock stable and been problem free for most of the last decade. Planning to upgrade it to Zen 4, a proper NVMe SSD, and just maybe a 3080 Ti... Oh, and most importantly a new case that has room to allow for proper cable management!
    $0.14
    Robert T
  • Leftovers thumbnail

    Leftovers Leftovers

    I needed a separate place to store my files while easily being able to access them across multiple computers, so I took my... I needed a separate place to store my files while easily being able to access them across multiple computers, so I took my leftover parts and added a few minimum grade pieces of hardware to get a small file server going.
    $227.30
    TsengCyen
  • Mid-tier build for gaming and general purpose thumbnail

    Mid-tier build for gaming and general... Mid-tier build for gaming and general purpose

    For gaming (Monster Hunter World, League of Legends, Valorant, Overwatch, etc.) and Photoshop For gaming (Monster Hunter World, League of Legends, Valorant, Overwatch, etc.) and Photoshop
    $1,609.86
    Petcharat K
  • take over thumbnail

    take over take over

    I originally built this pc just for the sole purpose of having a challenge. I have never been a pc before this one I've only... I originally built this pc just for the sole purpose of having a challenge. I have never been a pc before this one I've only ever used MacBooks through high school and college. I wanted to actually turn this into a hakintosh but once is was finished I kinda fell in love with it as it is! I use it for daily computing, research, the occasional gaming (GTA5, fortnite, cod) and music library organization. I dj most every Friday and Saturday night using a MacBook Pro as my go to gig computer, this workstation is perfect for staying at home containing most of my music library. I plan on upgrading the gpu and cpu down the road but for now this works way better than I planned on originally. I have a massive amount of storage for how small this thing is and plan to add more. total I would like 6-8 TB.
    $1,652.94
    dain p
  • The Quarantine Machine - The perfect bedroom office setup thumbnail

    The Quarantine Machine - The perfect... The Quarantine Machine - The perfect bedroom office setup

    What started out as a simple build in late January, to help process photos in Lightroom and 4k drone footage, quickly got... What started out as a simple build in late January, to help process photos in Lightroom and 4k drone footage, quickly got out of hand as March rolled around and everyone one was stuck inside. Next, after a 13 year hiatus Steam was installed back on the computer and CSGO with the old crew was back in full swing. The bones of this system in January were a Ryzen 9 3900, Asus TUF x570, Gskill 32gb, Raedeon 580, a Samsung Evo 970 pro n.2 and a Corsair HX Power supply pretty grand prix by some standards. With all the hours of usage added to the machine in March I couldn't go forward without making a couple of major upgrades. On more than one occasion (two) I maxed out the 32gb of ram in Lightroom and Premiere so that was the first upgrade 128gb ddr4 RGB Corsair Vengeance. Also, when I first bought the Ryzen 9 3900 I didn't fully realize what a powerhouse I was getting. Pairing the Ryzen 9 up with the Raedeon 580 felt like owning a Ferrari and putting regular gasoline in it. The next upgrade was the RTX 2080ti. It felt a little bit dangerous running all these components with a power supply that was 8 years old so after doing a bit of research I found that the Corsair RM850 had some of the best acoustics in the RM series. Other notable mentions in the computer are all Noctua coolers and fans also chosen for acoustic qualities. The last bit was I realized I still had an N.2 space to fill so I grabbed a 2TB XPG S50 NVME drive, this thing is a rocket, I regret not installing windows on it, that's the only regret I have with this system. Onto the most important parts of the computer, the peripherals. Having a powerful supercomputer is great but it's worth nothing if you're clicking a crappy mouse and using rubber doomed keyboard switches. For the keyboard and mouse I was pretty flexible for the most part with requirements but I did have one very import requirement that limited my available selection greatly, its 2020 and they have to be wireless, I can't have wires on my desk it's just in appropriate at this point. For the mouse it was between the Logitech G703 and the Corsair equivolent. I went Logitech just because it was a bit more low profile. Keyboard was a much more complex decision with a much more complex result. There are no to very few wireless keyboard options with Cherry MX brown. So after weeks of quarantine research I went with Keychron K2 with Gateron browns, it's a great keyboard but I dove down the rabbit hole on mechanical keyboards. The result was Keychron K6 hot-swap with Zealios V2 switches and Tai Hao PBT Keys definitely a very special board and lots of fun to put together. The last peripheral that I didn't get into yet is the monitor. I started with a 32 Samsung 4k Curved. This was fine for the level of editing I was doing when I first got the computer. Once I started gaming the 60hz just didn't cut it. I grabbed an Acer Predator 4k 120hz and it was great but expensive for a 27 inch monitor, it also didn't have every feature I was looking for like HDR 1000. The only monitor that does have that is the ASUS ROG 27 which is even more expensive. After another couple of weeks of research and decision trees I decided to give the LG C9 55 inch OLED TV a try as my computer monitor wall mounted, best decision I've ever made in my entire life. It's got all the features you want from the ASUS ROG 27" monitor for the same price and its OLED the best local dimming you can have, the contrast, colors and HRD are the BEST. Lastly I'll mention the case. I made this case custom in college 10 years ago as a Hack Pro. I took a G5 Apple Case, cut the back out and threw a Lian Li Motherboard tray in soldered some wires on the front panel. During Corona Virus quarantine I took the customization to the next level. I painted the interior Matte Black to bring it up to modern standards and made more modern cable routing possible under the motherboard tray,it was one of the best 3AM start time projects I've ever done. It really elevated the level of the system. The most fun part of the project was getting everything on the front panel working and getting a female USB-C working through an old Firewire port.
    $5,441.94
    Doug R
  • Baby's First PC thumbnail

    Baby's First PC Baby's First PC

    I built this PC to be useful for both graphics intensive games and some light creative work I do in FL Studio 20. I also... I built this PC to be useful for both graphics intensive games and some light creative work I do in FL Studio 20. I also stream occasionally, but I don't do it often. I stream Warframe, League of Legends, and sometimes Rocket League. Ultra1nstinctVsauce is my stream tag, but me and a friend also have a discord server at https://discord.gg/6g6JWTp.
    $2,572.85
    Alex H
  • AMD-Ryzen thumbnail

    AMD-Ryzen AMD-Ryzen

    I build PC's to last 5-10 years. Even if you purchase from a main line PC manufacturer, go for a top tiered pc that will... I build PC's to last 5-10 years. Even if you purchase from a main line PC manufacturer, go for a top tiered pc that will last. You will get your moneys worth. You save few hundred bucks building your own and I'm thankful for Microcenter and their very competitive pricing.
    $1,109.92
    Blake M