Hoshī Update - Carbon CableMod Extensions
About time I stopped procrastinating and fitted Hoshī with Den's CableMod extensions. 😂
...But 'Chew was legitimately busy, too, m'kay? 😅
Hoshī - Before
~Hello My Baby~
Hoshī - After
~Hello My Honey~
Motherboard 24-Pin ATX Cable Extension - Close Up
CPU 4+4-Pin EPS Cable Extension - Close Up
...I posted the Status Update first, and literally the second after I did that, I remembered I had written a build log for the express purpose of sharing Hoshī updates.
Lemme put on muh Dunce hat and go sit in the corner now.
Hey there! Welcome to 'Chew’s PC build log! 😁
It’ll be a bit of an odd build log, because... eh... the PC’s already built. But! Opportunity! I’m switching cases -- meaning I’m pretty much disassembling and reassembling most of my system -- and I thought I’d take the chance to write up a build log while I’m at it.
I hope you like reading, because I like writing, hehe.
What's Old News
Trolley-PC - 'Chew's First Build
ESCHEW-PC - 'Chew's First Case Build
What's New News
Disassembly and Reassembly!
Names are important. A good name expresses the personality of its bearer well, and likewise, a good title-bearer should live up to its name. The main reason I didn’t "officially" name my build until now was that I couldn’t think of a suitable name for it.
So, what's up with "Hoshī"?
I chose a weeb name because I AM A WEEB AND I'M PROUD TO BE A WEEB.
For real, though, the name crossed my mind as I was listening to 星降る夜のラピス (The Starry Night’s Lapis), a song collab by TUMENECO and GET IN THE RING. It is absolutely one of my favorite songs -- perhaps my favorite, period. I love everything about the song -- from the arrangement, to the vocals, to the lyrics -- as well as other contextual factors -- like it being a collaborative effort between my two favorite Touhou doujin circles, or it having two versions sung by my two favorite Touhou vocalists みぃ (Mie) and yukina.
YouTube Lyric Video (Fan-Made)
At the 2:01 mark, the song goes: "ねえ、星が綺麗。" That particular part of the song struck me vividly.
The lyrics bear an uncanny resemblance to the romantic phrase, "月が綺麗。" Translated literally, it means, "The moon is beautiful." Figuratively, however, 月 (つき, or tsuki) sounds much like 好き (すき, or suki); the former means "Moon," the latter means "Fondness," "Like," or "Love" (in the right context). Hence, "月が綺麗。" could also be interpreted as "好きが綺麗。" or "Love is beautiful." It's a poetic way of confessing attraction to someone.
In the song's case, 星 (ほし, or hoshi) sounds similar to 欲しい (ほしい, or hoshī; extended ī sound); the former means "Star," the latter means "Want," "Wish," or "Desire." Thus, "星が綺麗。" (The stars are beautiful.) could also suggest "欲しいが綺麗。" (Want is beautiful.) It makes a sublime sort of sense in relation to the song. (Hehe, sub-lime, ayyy...)
欲しい, or Hoshī, is very appropriate for my build. The entire purpose of my PC revolves around frivolous, unadulterated want -- as opposed to, say, the need for a server, workstation, or a backup system.
I wanted to own my first desktop PC.
I wanted to experience building my own PC with parts that I picked out.
I wanted to use the PC to play games at graphics settings that my laptop couldn't handle.
I wanted PC building bragging rights.
Also, the name's short and sweet. Purposely understated and unassuming, and a perfect fit for my build. 🥰
Current Parts List
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor
Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black CPU Cooler
ASUS PRIME X570-PRO Motherboard
ASRock Radeon RX 5600 XT 6 GB Challenger D OC Video Card
TEAMGROUP T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
Inland Premium 512GB M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x 4 Internal Solid State Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
EVGA SuperNOVA GA 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
Fractal Design Define 7 Compact
Microsoft Windows 10 Education 64-bit
Sceptre E255B-1658A 24.5" 1920 x 1080 165 Hz Monitor
Eighty #391 - Mode Designs First Edition Eighty Keyboard (Dark)
R2-968 - REALFORCE R2 TKL Keyboard
MGK64 - GK64 Keyboard
Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Mouse
Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse
Kensington Wireless Mouse-for-Life (K72392A/K74532A)
HIFIMAN ANANDA Planar Magnetic Headphones
Drop + HIFIMAN HE-35X Dynamic Headphones
ASUS PCE-AX58BT PCI-E Wireless Adapter
Grand Total (Shipping and Taxes Excluded)
+ $Too Much
+ $Dennn 😂
Parts Update History
Fractal Design Define 7 Compact and EVGA DG-75. Purely aesthetic and physical size comparison. I'm not GamersNexus, lol. 😆
Switching out cases, from an EVGA DG-75 to a Fractal Design Define 7 Compact, because I wanted the PC to sit up on my desk, instead of lying about on the floor alla time. The DG-75 case is waaay too big, but the Define 7 Compact is a noice fit.
Fractal Design Define 7 Compact - Solid/Mesh Top Panel
Fractal Design Define 7 Compact - Mesh Top Panel/No Panel
I've heard others saying they don't like the disorganized, irregular design of the mesh panel, especially with the unsymmetrical dust filter underneath. I... kinda like the mesh design...? But I have to agree with the latter part, the case definitely looks a little bit odd with the mesh plus filter peeping out from the holes. Good thing it'll be hidden from my view 95% of the time! 😆
Fractal Design Define 7 Compact - Solid Top Panel
It's a simple sheet of metal. I love it. I'm assuming that fabric is noise-dampening material?
Left: Fractal Design Define 7 Compact, Right: EVGA DG-75
Length matters, when the d**k is tiny and the case is too big. (Desk, y'all, DESK.)
Top/Right: EVGA DG-75, Bottom/Left: Fractal Design Define 7 Compact
They're about the same height. Define 7 Compact has slightly more chonk (width), more CPU cooler clearance.
Disassembly and Reassembly
Double the ass...embly.
Hard Drive (No Pictures)
PSU + PSU Cables
EVGA DG-75 System Interior - Hihi
Graphics Card Removal - Unscrewing PCIe Slots
ASRock Radeon RX 5600 XT Challenger D OC Graphics Card
Disconnecting (PITA) Cables
Motherboard 24-pin and CPU 4+4-pin connectors are always a PITA to remove. The ones that came with my PSU, anyway.
Motherboard Standoff Screw Removal
'Chew recommends a magnetic screwdriver. Second pic had around an inch of space to maneuver, my hands are too big to fit in that sorta gap.
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI ATX Motherboard
Also attached: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X processor, Noctua NH-D15 CPU cooler, TEAMGROUP T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 RAM, Inland Premium 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.
Oh. I... seem to have left the wireless mouse dongle in the USB port.
PSU Removal - Sliiide...
EVGA SuperNOVA GA 650 W PSU + PITA Cables
EVGA DG-75 Case - Barebones (Hehe, Nekkiiid)
Didn't pack it up immediately, 'cos some hardware was still attached to EVGA DG-75 case parts/accessories (e.g. HDD mount, PSU mount). Lazy way to keep screws together, lol.
Water Break - Stay hydrated!
PSU + PSU Cables
(Hard Drive Rack)
PC POST + Startup
'Chew sleep. Not PC sleep.
Fractal Design Define 7 Compact - On the Surgery Table!
Opening the Case - Smooth Side Panel
Thumbscrews, thumbscrews... Wait. There aren't any screws or handholds.
Opening the Case - From the Top
Straddling the case to get inside it.
Opening the Case - POP!
I popped it's cherry, huehuehue.
Fractal Design Define 7 Compact - First Barebones Look
Why hello there, you pretty lil' thing.
PSU Installation - Prepping
HDD Tray Cover - Thinking About Cable Routes
*Stares at HDD rack and HDD rack covers in confusion.*
*'Chew.exe is loading.*
Oh! I should remove the HDD rack.
HDD Rack Removal - From the Bottom
Ooh, the dust filter slides in and out. HDD rack can also slide along the rails, flexible positioning.
HDD Rack Removal - Nyoop!
HDD rack trays must be removed before nyooping the HDD rack. There's not enough clearance, otherwise.
HDD Rack + Case Accessories
Accessories are packaged like candy. 10/10 would prefer over Halloween candy. Gimme alla screws. Wait, I mean--
HDD Tray/Mount Comparison
'Chew's first time installing into a HDD tray. Odd holes confused me for a bit, 'til I read the manual.
Define 7 Compact also comes with noise-dampening marshmallows. (⊃゜▽゜)⊃━□□□
Halfway through fiddling with the HDD rack, I forgot why I was playing around with it.
Back on track... PSU. Install. Yes.
Cable Routing - I Feel a Migraine Coming On...
Protip: Install the HDD rack before planning cable routes. 'Chew did not follow the protip. 😫
On the bright side, front panel headers. Nifty lil' thingymajig came with my GIGABYTE motherboard. Plug the itty-bitty parts into their labelled slots in the nifty thingymajig, then plug the thingymajig into the motherboard's front panel header pins.
Cable Routing - MIGRAINE
You... do not want to know how long this took me.
It took me a full two hours. 'Chew was being indecisive, FFS. 😫
Motherboard Standoff Screws Installation
Once again, 'Chew reeeaaally recommends a magnetic screwdriver.
Define 7 Compact Progress - Interior
FINAL STRETCH, LET'S GO LET'S GOOO.
Dooon't worry about the floppy USB-C cable, my motherboard doesn't support that feature ahahahahaha...
POST + Startup
Also, 2:30 AM, when I have to wake at 7 AM! #PoorLifeDecisions!
Current Desk Setup
Fast-forward past 30 min briefly cleaning up, 20 min shower + hair drying, 4 hour sleep, 20 min morning routine, 1 hour desk arrangement, and TA-DAAAH!
I forgot to peel the thingy off.
Post-Hardware Installation List (Windows OS)
With the hardware part done, it’s software time! Or, er, it would be time for software, if this were a fresh build.
Installation list included anyway, because it’d be handy for Future ‘Chew to have a clear-cut order of things. Based off JayzTwoCents’s Guide (YouTube) and personal preferences. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Windows 10 OS Installation Media (Offline)
Disk Management (For SDDs/HDDs)
Windows Updates (Online)
Preferred Browser (Chrome, Firefox, Etc.)
NVIDIA/AMD Graphics Driver Update
Display Preferences/Monitor Settings
RAM XMP Settings
Motherboard Driver Updates (Chipset, Ethernet/Bluetooth, Sound Card, RGB Software, Etc.)
Essential Software (7Zip, Java, LibreOffice, Malwarebytes, Notepad++, Etc.)
Ninite Customizable Software Package
Codec Pack (K-Lite Codec Pack, Media Player Codec Pack, Shark007's Codec Pack, Etc.)
Additional Software (Discord, GIMP, Skype, Steam, VLC, Etc.)
Ninite Customizable Software Package
HWiNFO, CrystalDiskInfo, MSI Afterburner
Folding@home Client and BOINC Manager
Thanks for reading through my sleep-deprived spiel, I hope it was somewhat entertaining? I certainly found it a lot of fun tearing down and putting back my system! Good learning experience, too; thought about things that I could've done to make the process more efficient, and also reminded me that I'm still a novice when it comes to PC building. The largest time investment in my case was cable management -- I could've just jammed all my cables in whatever gap there was, but OCD is terrible curse. 😆 Those long and grueling two hours paid off in the end, though, I think.
Ow, the migraines are coming back, ow ow ow...
I fully realize that my build is far from balanced. For $1,300, I wager others could draw up a significantly more powerful system. But note that I'm no OC'er, and I have very minimal interest in "min-maxing" my build's price-to-performance. It works perfectly well for my current use case, and I've yet to encounter any detrimental hardware issues.
*VERY LOUD KNOCKING ON WOOD.*
Though, I do plan to fit s'more things in my system. If or when I do, I'll post updates in this thread. 👍
To get access to some of the modules you may need scanner that is updated to allow access, or the manufacture's diagnostic software to get access. This happens sometimes and it really sucks when you can't fix something that should be easy to solve.
This is one off the many reasons why I drive a vehicle that is 25 years or older.
rest assured CRTs are perfectly safe to use normally.
You'll hear some horror stories now and then, like the time a very old and defective CRT TV knocked out a small villages internet every time the user turned it in on after getting home from work. (was actually a funny story).
But beyond that, its fine, just like how some people are convinced the average mobile phone will give u cancer, some of those who have never lived with a CRT will have some odd theories about them.
Response time can be added to processing and frame time to give the total input latency, but generally speaking when talking about input lag u dont include pixel response as the 2 have different symptoms when to slow.
Response time issues manifest as visual artifacts, ghosting (blurring), and overshoot from overdrive.
Input latency issues manifests as a perceived delay in the image on screen.
You could easily pick up an old workstation (optiplex type, or education special HP, slap an old quadro in for multiple displays, run a few Display port to hdmi adapter a for monitors, and with 8GB of system RAM, be well on your way.
LTT doesn't need a dress code.
Linus doesn't give a crap about fashion.
I respect that he is trying to make his employees more free than a normal office job and as long as he treating employees right I don't give a crap.
If the literal CEO of the company (Linus), doesn't give a damn what he looks like (he wears socks and sandals... You really think he cares?), who are we to tell them to dress better? Who are you to think polos and chinos is more appropriate ? And why? Future employees looking at them would just think "Hurray! I don't have to buy clothes I'll never use outside of work!"
It doesn't matter how much money they make, it's their right to dress however they want.