Feast your eyes on the machine that runs on the tears and blood of console peasants! Now with actual* tears!
not actually actual
This version of the Blood Machine contains all new CPU! The 6850k is definitely more overkill than I need for the games I play, but I tend to run tons of stuff, and on the rare occasion stream my Audioshield gaming sessions. And occasionally a game server or two for me and some friends, so it helps.
All new RAM to go with it! Definitely too fast for your standard game, and as many know, ram speed means jack when it comes to decent gaming. 1866/2133 is more than you'll ever really need. Probably. BUT, I did mention game servers up there a bit, and there these babies help a LOT. Ever try a Minecraft server on not-so-fast ram? When you play as hard as I do, the game gets WAY slow. This helps a lot (if I ever get around to making another server).
And of course, all new Motherboard! She's a beaut, and I needed her specifically for my color scheme and CPU requirements. So far runs like a dream (until you try to restart the comp, then all hell breaks loose... don't let any of the IT guys know that I haven't restarted it in weeks..).
And why bother with the extreme upgrades if you're not going extreme with the countermeasures?? My new CPU cooler helps a lot with that! Sure, it's an AIO, but we all got to start somewhere, right? And I'd be scared-s**tless to try a full loop just yet. I need experience screwing up someone else's build first. Right, moving on!
Another upgrade comes in the form of a second GPU! Why have all those CPU lanes if I'm not using them? Well, now I am! GTX1080 in SLI is a glorious thing, making my gaming and gaming on the HTC Vive all that much more fun. I haven't got around to OC'ing them yet, and I'm not certain I'm going to at this time. Temps do get up there on a hardcore push, 83C on my second card.
I also got my fourth monitor back! Finally. I do love it, and Wallpaper Engine gave me a great use for it when I'm not using some game wiki open on it. I am considering splurging for that PG348Q, but there's a good chance it won't fit with my current setup. Might have to make some major adjustments to my desk's macguyver'd addition.
I have had some bizarre issues with this PC, such as the Vive not working if I have the 4th monitor in use (something about DVI and SteamVR compositor not being compatible...when the Vive is on the HDMI port. :/ weird), but otherwise I am quite proud of my latest rendition of the Blood Machine.
And yeah, I know the fans are dirty. Cleaning fans are hard. :(