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. 🙂
|OS||MacOS Sierra and Windows 10 64-bit|
|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 (Windows)|
|SSD||250 GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD (MacOS)|
|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|