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2014 / 2015 changes

PSU: Seasonic X-750 V3 750W
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
HDD: WD Black 2TB
Mouse: Logitech G500s

Replaced stock side and rear case fans, added one top case fan, improved cabling now that motherboard backplate cable opening is accessible (old PSU length blocked it) and PSU is modular.

Future upgrades…
Keyboard (no idea what I’d pick) → Windows 10 (ugh) → GPU (Pascal / Polaris) → 2TB+ SSD (drop HDD entirely) ⇄ 2560x1440 or higher display with adaptive-sync → CPU and cooler / RAM / Motherboard / Case

Might get better speakers and / or headphones at some point


CPU: I5 4670k Cooled by: Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 2 ( not overclocked, because of my s$&#ty chipset)
GPU: GTX970 EVGA ACX 2.0 (overclocked)
MB: MSI H87 G43
PSU: SilentiumPC Deus M1 750W
Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DX
SSD: 120GB GOODRAM (for OS and startup apps)
Case: CoolerMaster Elite 430 with all possible fan options
LG BD drive

Keyboard and mouse are A4Tech X7 series
1080p Samsung monitor
Microlab FC330 speakers


Tower: Cooler Master HAF X nVidia Edition
PSU: Corsair AX860i
Mainboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5
CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K
CPU Cooler: Be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2
CPU Paste: IC Diamond 24 Carat Diamond Thermal Compound
Memory: Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GB
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB
HDD OS: Crucial M500 1TB
HDD 2: WD Black SATA 6 Gb/s WD4003FZEX 4TB
HDD 3: WD Raptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB


OS/SYSTEM Windows 10 - 64bit - Pro
CPU/PROCESSOR Intel i5 4460 Quad Core Haswell Processor (3.2GHz, Turbo 3.4 GHz)
CPU COOLER Phanteks U-Type Dual Tower - 2x120mm White Silent Fans (PH-TC12DX)
GRAPHICS CARD/VIDEO CARD Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming (6GB)
PSU/POWER SUPPLY UNIT EVGA - SuperNOVA 750W P2 Platinum (92% Efficiency)
RAM/MEMORY 32GB DDR3 1866MHz - HyperX FURY Series - White
MOTHERBOARD Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK - LGA1150, 4xDDR3, 8xUSB3.0, 6xUSB2.0
PC CASE NZXT H440 Mid Tower Case with Side Window and 6 Quiet Fans - White
CASE LIGHTING NZXT HUE+ Advanced PC Illumination RGB LED - 3x LED Strips
SSD/SOLID STATE DRIVES Samsung 850 PRO 256GB and Samsung 850 EVO 500GB
HARD DISK/HARD DRIVE 1 Western Digital WD3003FZEX Black, 7200rpm, 3TB
HARD DISK/HARD DRIVE 2 Western Digital 1TB, 7200rpm (Powered External)
HARD DISK/HARD DRIVE 3 Samsung M3 1TB (USB 3.0 Slimline Portable)
SPEAKERS Ricco MD02 - Ultra Light Aluminium (Built-in DSP 2.0 Channel Sound Card)
HEADSET/HEADPHONES Sennheiser HD 598 Cream with AntLion ModMic 4.0
GAMING MOUSE AND MAT Logitch G502 with Razer eXactMat X - Control Side (Metal)
GAMING KEYBOARD Basic White Fujitsu Low Profile Keyboard
MONITOR BenQ XL2411T 24 inch Widescreen LED 1920x1080, 1ms, 3D-Ready, 144Hz


Colossus never did get over the annoying boot problem it was having, which is a known issue with the Asrock Z97 Extreme4 motherboard. So I took some of the bonus I got at work this year and used it as an excuse to perform a little upgrade.

Colossus is now based on a Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 5 motherboard, has an i7 6700K, and has 16GB of DDR4 memory at 3200MHz. I kept the Corsair AX760 PSU, Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD, 1GB WD Caviar Black HDD, ASUS Xonar Essence STX audio card, and EVGA GTX 980Ti SC+. I also rebuild it in a Fractal Design Define S case, which is a really nifty case. Among other things, it features 140mm fans, which are noticeably quieter than the 120mm fans I used to use.

I also carried over the same Windows 10 installation (the one I got for free from my Windows 7 upgrade). So far, Windows isn’t complaining about the new hardware. I’m going to have a bit of time getting all of the old motherboard utilities off and the new ones on, though.

Pretty soon I’ll be renaming it. Colossus’ time is past. I haven’t come up with a new name yet, though.

I also bought a few components to flesh out the husk of the old Colossus into a second PC. I intend to use it to replace Archivist, my QNAP NAS. Archivist is doing a good job, but it’s too boring. I haven’t had it for very long, but I realized pretty quickly that what I wanted wasn’t actually a NAS. I wanted a Linux box that I could hack on and turn into a NAS myself. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to pull the RAID straight from Archivist and put it in the new box, but I’m not holding my breath. It’ll probably end up an Ubuntu box, but I’m also toying with the idea of running CoreOS on it.


You could go with Helios or something else along those lines if you want to keep the greek mythology tradition going.

If it has a soul you could call it Legion :stuck_out_tongue:



Theeeere it is. Windows is no longer activated. And the troubleshooter that should reactivate it won’t work - it says the servers aren’t available right now.

I had to let a Microsoft support person RDP to my PC to fix it. I feel oily.


Brand new build I just finished up last week.

Tower: Corsair R88 Mid Tower MicroATX
PSU: Corsair RM550x
Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170M-D3H OC MicroATX
CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K OC’d at 4.0 Ghz
Memory: Corsair VengeanceLPX 16GB DDR4 3000
GPU: Sapphire AMD Radeon RX480 8GB Nitro+ OC
HDD 2: Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 2 TB
HDD 3: WD Blue HDD 1 TB