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.
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! 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.
Here’s a rundown of the specifications and some pictures of the assembly process. 🙂
|OS||MacOS High Sierra|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-6700k LGA 1151|
|Memory||Patriot Viper 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4|
|GPU||Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti w/ 6GB GDDR5|
|M.2||250 GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2|
|SSD||250 GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD|
|HDD||2 x 2 TB WD Green drives in RAID 1 (storage)|
|PSU||OCZ ZT Series 750 watts|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H80|
|GPU Cooler||Corsair H90 on NZXT Kraken G10 bracket|
|Case||Fractal Design Define Nano S ITX|
|Monitors||Dual LG 27″ E2742V LED monitors|
|Mouse||SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse|
|Webcam||Logitech HD Pro|
|External Media||Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB USB 3|
|Chair||Merax Gaming Chair|