Aware this includes no actual "red" however, it was the successor to "big red" in my profile photo!
Decided I wanted to move away from my Dell Inspiron 7500 Gaming Laptop, as I found myself using it as a laptop less and less becuase it was so heavy and loud. At the same time, I also fancied a smaller compared to my previous and so: Little Red was born. Build out of the tiny Fractal Node 202, here are the specs:
MOBO: Asrock B450m mini ITX AC
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 6 core/12 thread @3.7Ghz
Cooler: Noctua NH-L9a AM4
RAM: Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB DDR4 @3000Mhz
GPU: MSI Gaming X 1660 Super 6GB GDDR6 @1990Mhz (photo is a week old, the super was an upgrade literally yesterday)
SSD: Sandisk 1TB
PSU: Fractal Integra 450w (came with case)
Extras: Noctua slim 120mm fan sat under the GPU
Having never actually built in such a small case before, it was quite a challenge at first. I removed the drive cage to make room for the GPU, and the SSD just kinda sits there in its place nice and secure behind the absolute MOUNTAIN of cables fractal provide with such a small case (???). Really impressed with the system! Runs everything I need games wise, as well as being silent as hell unless you're under some serious load. Even then, its only the tiny CPU cooler that you hear, but it still does a great job at keeping the 2600 frosty really in such a small case. I decided against mechanical drives purely for speed and noise levels, plus if im goig to move this thing around (like taking it home for the holidays), the SSD just made sense- much better.
The original iteration (this thing has been through 2 GPU's already because im picky) did have a sapphire nitro RX580, but that thing ran hot and loud. Credit where its due, these MSI cards might be expensive but i'll never use another brand I think as even its older brother Big Red who my friend now owns has a Gaming X 1060. I havent heard the fans spin up to audible levels ONCE yet.
Possible upgrades? Well, i'll probably replace that ram with 2x16GB just because I can (and thats the max the mobo supports anyway) and maybe drop in the version up on this CPU, again, because I can. But apart from that, the last thing to do would be to populate the M.2 slot on the back of the motherboard.
Thanks for reading, this was a fun build that'll hopefully last me some time!
My feline buddy Tikka, he’s just a few months away from his 12th birthday. Got him from the Humane Society when he was just a couple months old, he still acts a lot like a kitten even now. He used to live inside/outside but now gets to lord over the house all day; The local birds are thankful.
That's part of the suspected abuse she suffered. The vet thinks she was around children who beat and abused her. She was sore all over her body and had damage to her teeth and the eye. She was already neutered, so she came from a home, but either ran away or was dumped (from probably biting defending herself) when I found her.
When a cat decides to give birth under your roof in an unaccessible area of course...
This lil guy was the last one of the three kittens that were born inside the roof. It took 2 months to get them out (until the mother stopped coming to feed them) and this little one really wanted to stay.
They are now all reunited in their new foster home.
So in order to keep this topic alive, I'm going to post a cat pic everyday
You already have met Léopold, Aka Léo, he's like the boss. He's 4 years old and was given by a friend because her cat got 7 kittens.
Now meet Moui (the sound he does when he meows) aka the tripod because he had his left front leg removed.
He lost it after falling under rock and had to have it removed to avoid necrosis.
He's a rescued cat, he was beaten by his previous owner so he's very shy but will trust you after a while.
Stubbers and Patches. Stubbers was the runt of a litter from one of my rescue cats. Patches had a much harder life before she found me. Starving and obvious signs of abuse, she has really blossomed. Patches also really hates it when I'm on the computer..