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The Birth Of Zeratul – My Fellowship Workstation

It’s been four years since Tassadar’s birth, but with fellowship fast approaching, I once again took advantage of Black Friday 2016 to assemble an updated rig. Say hello to Zeratul.

I had three goals with this build: quiet, compact, and powerful. I’ve transitioned from the classic gamer chassis with side windows and colorful LEDs in favor of a simple and compact Fractal Design Define Nano S ITX-case with sound dampening. The power supply by Corsair has a fan which only turns on with increased load. Additionally, Cooler Master’s Hyper 212X Turbo dual fan combination helps with the system’s overall airflow at an affordable price point with minimal acoustic impact.

This is also the first time I’m delving into the realm of the M.2 PCI express specification. I have my boot drive going through this blazing fast interface, and have certainly noticed the speed! I’ve carried over my old GeForce GTX 660Ti GPU and intend to upgrade this once the prices of the GTX 1000 series becomes more reasonable. Otherwise, this build has less memory (16 GB), no optical drive (what’s a DVD/CD anyways?), and 1 terabyte less storage space compared to my previous build.

The largest change came in the software department. Instead of running Mac OS Sierra on non-Apple hardware (“Hackintosh”) as sole operating system, I’ve opted to dual boot with Windows 10. The latter has much richer gaming options, and I don’t have to worry about breaking compatibility with incremental Windows upgrades. It’s really the best of both worlds.

Here’s a rundown of the specifications and some pictures of the assembly process. 🙂

NameZeratul
OSMacOS Sierra and Windows 10 64-bit
MotherboardGigabyte H170N-WiFi
CPUIntel Core i7-6700k LGA 1151
MemoryPatriot Viper 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4
GPUGigabyte GeForce GTX 660Ti w/ 2GB GDDR5
M.2 250 GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2 (Windows)
SSD250 GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD (MacOS)
HDD2 x 2 TB WD Green drives in RAID 1 (storage)
PSUCorsair Professional Series Gold AX 650W
CPU CoolerCooler Master Hyper 212X Turbo
CaseFractal Design Define Nano S ITX
MonitorsDual LG 27″ E2742V LED monitors
MouseSteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse
KeyboardApple Keyboard
WebcamLogitech HD Pro

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 4 comments

  1. Nice component selection! I definitely came across some of those when researching for my own custom build. I’m sure the rig is humming along nicely.

    • Thanks man! I’ve been running some stress tests for stability, and its taking all of them without a hitch! Happy with my current configuration.

      I’ll be writing a blog post in the coming week or so about how I approach building a new computer. 🙂

  2. I guess these newborns of yours should definitely be called gaming stations instead of working stations. These are entertaining beasts pal… My workstation should lie in a museum should we ever compare the two…

    • Haha, they’re really not meant for gaming. I do a lot of computing which requires parallel processing, so I’m excited to see how far I can stretch my multi-tasking. 🙂

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