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Yatagarasu
by Spirafall
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Description

Hello! ( °v°)/

Once upon a time in 2012, in a cold basement, far far away, I drew fancy pictures all day on the computer. It was my dream to publish a book and make lots of money so I could live comfortably ever after. Anyways, one cold winter's eve, my old laptop said, "Dear user, I am afraid I won't be able to see your dream come true. I am getting old and my parts are starting to creak. I took a lot of abuse from you because you unmercifully stuffed me in your backpack all those years in college. This is karmic retribution and you should go find yourself a new computer."

It threatened to BSOD. I decided that it was right, and that it was time I got myself a new computer. Trouble is, I only had a budget of 700 bucks (excluding monitor and peripherals). A passing farmer (at the farmer's market) told me he knew where to get cheap computers. He told me that if I consulted the great oracle, it would tell me all I need to know to make my very own computer.

Excited with the news, I quickly went online and asked the oracle. "Oh great Google, how to build a computer?" and the oracle replied, "In a distant land on the far corners of the internet, you will find a group of people named "Builders" who play the latest games like Battlefield 3 and research computer parts all day long."

I traveled for many hours and learned many things about computer parts until I finally reached that strange land. I was too shy to speak with the natives, so I just watched as they built their computers. ( . _ .)

Several months later, I had gathered all the necessary parts and built my new computer. It was probably not the best computer you could build, but I loved it just the same. ( °°);;; At the time, most builds were gaming oriented and PCPartPicker forums hadn't even existed so I stumbled around a bit and made my own mistakes. Thankfully the build worked like a charm and was perfectly suited for the job. The end.

If you have questions about any of the parts I got, ask away! I'm still saving up for the graphics card though, so let me know if you have any suggestions. d(°u°d) I do wish I got a bigger power supply, but it should be enough for at least one. Ah well, I'll do better next time.

I'm not finished setting everything up yet, but I couldn't wait to test out my new workstation, so I made a new wallpaper to celebrate. Thank you for all the help the people on this site has given me. ( °v°)

Item Comments
Programs SAI, Clip Studio Paint Pro, Adobe Photoshop CS4, InDesign CS4, Premier Pro, C4D, Livestream
CPU Works really fast when compressing files that I send over to clients. Helps save a lot of time.
Cooler The CPU cooler was originally bought for a mini-ITX build when I later changed my mind. Works well and it hums reassuringly. Goes up to 4.4GHz overclock at 82 degrees, but decided to play it safe and stuck with 4.2GHz.
Mobo My first motherboard, feels solid, what can I say? It was the best I could afford at the time. It has all the features I needed and the BIOS was easy to navigate.
RAM Really like this RAM. Likely to get another set for a RAMdisk and because I still run out of memory ( >u<). Found the red set for sale on Newegg. Sold that for regular price on Ebay, and used that money to buy myself the blue set when it went on sale because it matched my motherboard.
Storage Found the SSD on Craiglist, and who could pass up that offer? It was still new, I tried it and it worked so I bought it. Saving and opening files is really quick. Purchased the HDD on Thanksgiving and got myself a really good deal. They say it's not as reliable as the WD, but it's okay since I use other things for storage as well.
Case The first case I worked with, there was enough room to fit everything. I like the sleek and simple design of it.
PSU I got to say, I really really like the XFX power supplies. It's really quiet and I expect it to last a long time.
OS Windows 8 is really nice. I'm pretty used to working on Windows operating systems, so I know my way around things. ( °u°) The new Task Manager is so useful and it's easily found when you right click the task bar. Taking screenshots with Windows Key+Prt Scr is neat.

Thanks for looking. ( °D°)/

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle24.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load58.0° C
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hunter32tz [1 Build] 91 points 15 months ago

I CAN BARELY DRAW A STICK FIGURE TEACH ME YOUR WAYS

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 33 points 15 months ago

I so much enjoyed reading your description and I absolutely love the logo you made me!!! Thank you for sharing. Btw your build looks great!! In case anyone hasn't seen the logo Spirafall made for me: https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/250524_532310946827732_455367675_n.jpg

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 14 points 15 months ago

Thanks! I'm glad you like the logo. I hope to do lots more work with this build. XD

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 4 points 15 months ago

I remember you asking me a long time ago if it would work without a graphics card. I'm really curious how well it works for you and is it meeting your desired performance?

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 15 months ago

It works for C4D, Photoshop, Clip Studio. For Premier Pro, I can do my key animation with it. Then it chokes horribly for Sony Vegas. XD
So I can do most of my illustration work and 3d modelling, but video editing needs a dedicated GPU for sure. ( °°)b

I'm in no hurry though (animation is just a hobby), so for now I'm just looking at the software requirements and seeing what I'll need. Got anything you'd recommend?

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

Of course! message me either on facebook or on skype and we can discuss options to best fit your needs and budget :)

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 15 months ago

Is it free? :D

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 6 points 15 months ago

for you of course

 
 
Highwlaker [1 Build] 11 points 15 months ago

Loved the story. First description that long that I've read entirely x)

And very nice drawings. Keep up the good work!

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [7 Builds] 8 points 14 months ago

I like how you had the fire extinguisher ready in one of the photos, lol.

Very creative, and very artistic. Great part choice for the money.

Wish I could give +2, but +1 will have to do for now. :)

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 7 points 14 months ago

Huzzah someone noticed the fire extinguisher.

I thought it was an amusing way to demonstrate that I was a newbie. But really, when I first started researching, I found out that bad PSUs could literally set your builds on fire. That little tidbit inspired me and helped remind me to make sure I knew what I was doing before putting the build together and pick out a good PSU.

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [7 Builds] 4 points 14 months ago

I found it quite amusing as well. Personally I love the XFX power supplies, I have one in my own personal rig - albeit being overkill for most people.

I have never gotten a power supply to catch on fire before, although I usually like to blow one up occasionally. Usually they just die, a nice fast and quiet death. No shenanigans or anything of the sort.

I also own 2 Dynex PSU's, one which was in an older computer I have in the garage which the PSU fried (and was replaced with said Dynex). The other one being from a dead office computer, which I reused in my girlfriends computer.

Both Dynex PSU's (despite the fact they have gotten a bad rep from people on here, have both lasted and worked perfectly fine for me until now.)

Hopefully if one does catch on fire, it will be the one out in the garage. I have lots of volatile chemicals out there, plus that computer sucks. Wouldn't mind claiming that on the home owner's insurance, lol.

Just blame it on Dynex :p

 
 
lenoz [2 Builds] 5 points 15 months ago

Amazing story, great build, amazing drawings, amazing attitude and intrigue. Perfect. Can't upvote it enough.

And I feel I need to point out: you went out of your way to colour-coordinate your RAM despite the fact you have a case with no window so no one else is going to see it?... I think you might just fit in here :)

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

It also has a lower CAS latency! :D Heheh. It was a convenient find.

That means a lot to me. When I was still a newb, it was nice seeing a familiar name and knowing there were people offering honest and helpful comments on builds. I was thinking about cutting a window on the other panel (they are actually identical and you can use them on either side). However, I don't know if I'm tough enough to handle a jigsaw, LMAO. I was strong enough to drill holes in the case for installing my SSD in the back though. More case mods to consider. Haha.

PS: I saw your note about why you named your PC Hanuman which is another god from another mythology. XD Haha I think I just might fit in after all.

 
 
lenoz [2 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

I see Yatagarasu is symbolic of guidance - that's nice. Hopefully this PC will be a muse for you, an inspiration for your excellent artwork, guiding you by giving you the tools to go to the next level :)

I thought I recognised the name from somewhere - my girlfriend taught in Japan for two years so it must have been mentioned by her at some point.

That's cool that you saw my comment renaming my Media PC as Hanuman. I didn't expect anyone to pick up on that really (once a completed build is gone from the front page only the best of the best persist on the site!) so it's nice to know at least one person read it.

If you want a sneak preview on what my newly built PC will be like (not yet on the site), I'll give you a clue by giving you the name: Durga

As far as case modding, it does seem like a scary idea. I have seen plenty of people handle it really well but I guess it's very easy to make a mess of too without experience. If you do it, I can't wait to see the results! Good luck!

 
 
Divdor [1 Build] 4 points 15 months ago

I know I am late to the party, but I wanted to say your narrative and artwork are impressive. Your PC is equally impressive in its part choice and build quality. Good Luck to you.

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

( -^) thanks!

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

This is a great build and it is very focused. I like it a lot, and your art is amazing, +1.

Edit: I have the same art tablet :D

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Thank you. :3 Tablets are a lot of fun aren't they?

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Indeed :D I have mine for drafting and random drawings.

 
 
Icepenguin 3 points 15 months ago

This is my favorite build and awesome drawings!

 
 
BlastXin 3 points 5 months ago

"Hair under the heatsink" XD Wow, impressive work and your storywriting :) Haven't thought that Windows 8 has such a task manager with more hardware information :o

 
 
xing 2 points 15 months ago

Your desktop looks absolutely fantastic. May I ask what kind of UI or skin mod do you use? =P

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Sure. It's a modification I made to Gray8 Color Pac by gsw953 using elements from areao4.8 by neiio. Sorry, I don't have links to the exact theme I used, since it's modified and still full of glitches, but those two are a start.

 
 
xing 1 point 15 months ago

This is awesome! I did not know deviantart has a skin section. =P It makes me want to change from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Thank you very much! xD

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

They also have lots of Windows 7 themes if you use Windows 7!

My favorites are:
+ Pastellia by Mag1cWind0w
+ Gaia09
+ Tapek by kiko11

 
 
xing 2 points 15 months ago

Thanks a lot! You are awesome! xD They look fantastic!

 
 
xing 1 point 15 months ago

BTW, are those desktop gadgets skin included in the mod? I can not find any. o_O

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Ah the desktop gadget thing you are talking about is Rainlendar. It's pretty old. Most people use Rainmeter.
The skin I used for Rainlendar is Statica2.

 
 
xing 1 point 15 months ago

I just saw Rainmeter a couple days ago, lol. But I think Rainlendar + Statica 2 looks better, they match the style of Windows 8 =P

 
 
kornitsky101 2 points 13 months ago

Very, very good build and cable management! The cable management in the back is better than most builds in the front.

 
 
LokStock [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

How good is the monitor? I'm thinking about buying this monitor

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Hmm well don't know if you are referring to gaming or work, I would say it's a good monitor. It does have a Asus logo splash screen which is one thing I dislike about it. It has a fast response time, which I guess it good for gaming, but I don't game much. In terms of media and display, the monitor has very good range colors despite not being IPS. Calibrating it for the first time however is a bit of a pain. It's best if you used your own speakers, but I find that having the speakers in the back are useful. The sound quality is so-so. The reason why I bought this monitor is because it has great pixel pitch. Lineart is really crisp and sharp. The text is really clear. Also it is matte which cuts down window glare.

So, gaming -> good(?), movies -> okay, browsing and office use -> awesome, art -> average.

 
 
LokStock [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks for the in depth information. Yea sorry for the lack of depth of what I wrote above. Yup, I mostly game and I heard from Youtube this monitor is excellent because what it packs for very cheap. I heard IPS isnt good with gaming or was I mistaken? Do you recommend me to get this monitor? I will mostly be gaming, working, and watching films/social use.

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

No, IPS is good with gaming. Some people prefer the color fidelity and don't really care between 5ms response times and 1ms. IPS monitors mean they come with nice colors and accurate display right out of the box and you likely will never need to calibrate it in 5 years. Non-IPS monitors have the advantage of 1-2ms response times which is what some gamers really like, at the cost of some trouble calibrating it. Since most gamers aren't doing art or something where color is that important, this would be a perfect monitor to fit their budget.

 
 
LokStock [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Ok, If I was to choose an Monitor with IPS technology, what would you recommend? I was looking at the MX279H

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Ah, I love that monitor. Very classy and really great if I could have afforded that one. Dell also has a very similar model that I can't remember at the top of my head, but the frameless design is beautiful. The sound quality is tons better than the Asus VX238H. Personally I like the MX239H due to the differences in pixel pitch, so I'm not sure about it's more expensive brother. But that's the one I would recommend. d(u^d)

 
 
LokStock [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Yes, its a lovely monitor, love the flameless design. One problem from reading the reviews were the red grid problems. This has kinda put me off :S decisions, decisions..... MX279H or VX238H. VX238H is an overall descent monitor on the cheap and MX279H is quite expensive but has good colour contrast.

 
 
malcar11 [3 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

I love your work!! (PC, drawings, story, the comic, and the part of the hair under the heatsink! I almost die of laughing!!!). As many here, This is one of the few descriptions I read completly. I put a lot of work (and love hehe) in my computer too, even if she is a gaming / media baby. congrats and Thanks!

 
 
coryjamesking [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

I really like your build. Anyone that adds a custom touch to there PC deserves props. Also nothing better while at the computer than a nice cup of tea. Gotta recommend trying Yogi throat comfort sometime. Sold at Walmart. Take care and again beautiful computer mate [:

 
 
FlusherBox 2 points 8 months ago

Lol I love the pictures, makes my day when people add a little humor into thier posts

 
 
KuroNeko51 [2 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

I am actually really amazed there are also people like me who both have a knack for computers and art. Keep up the good work!

 
 
Fr33Th1nk3r [2 Builds] 2 points 3 months ago

Coolstory bro

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Wow nice build and you are really really talented :! awesome drawing as well! I don't know how tou got such awesome deals lol

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Aww thanks. I was really patient in waiting for those deals. This was all bought during Black Friday and Christmas and they had a few sales for RAM around January as well. I also looked around eBay and got my motherboard and CPU there. :D

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Your drawing are confusing I'm not sure if you are a guy or a girl. I'm thinking a girl!?

lol and you really got lucky on the prices specially the ram.. how is XFX?

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Yes, that's right.
RAM is so expensive now - the prices rose sharply after January. I don't know how I'm gonna get my second set, LOL.

I looked at some of the recommended watts for some of the graphics card and they recommend 600?!?! So I'm like a bit worried, but when I asked on BaPC, people said that it was okay. It's a really good PSU though. I did my research and it's a reliable brand. At the time, Japanese capacitors were considered the best but now Taiwan makes some pretty good ones too. This PSU has a good warranty so I guess I feel safer knowing it'll last that long.

 
 
saw1833 [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

I've been told that even the GTX 780 should run fine on a 500w PSU, despite it's power recommendations.

They're usually a little overrated, so when people buy poor power supplies their is a little more... cushion.

I have to say, I'm a huge fan of that transparent Windows 8 UI. That looks really sharp.

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

^ Thanks. It's a custom theme I modified from Gray8 Color Pac. I also took some of the buttons from areao4.8. Edit: Unless you mean the Start screen. Haha, that took forever to get right, so glad you noticed. ( >D<)

 
 
saw1833 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Both really, it all looks pretty darn good.

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Most graphics card will run perfect on a 500W you've got a 550w so you'll be fine. just make sure to look at the cards manufacturers recommended psu wattage before buying one!

I'm sure you know this already but wow you have a lot of talent! the detail on the wallpaper you made.. simply magnificent.

Btw what does Yatagarasu mean?

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

A crow god with three legs from Japanese mythology. :)

 
 
BlastXin 1 point 5 months ago

Do Japanese manufacture computer parts as well? Most of them are Taiwanese and US manufacturers. Never heard of any Japanese-made PC parts, except for Sony and Pioneer, but they only have DVD drives for PCs.

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

There are Japanese manufactured capacitors for power supplies... owo)b

 
 
Sabotage 1 point 15 months ago

Dat tiger stare! I love this build, you got it at a good price, and have awesome parts. I would get a nice gpu to top this thing off!

 
 
PickItApart 1 point 15 months ago

I was thinking that too. She doesn't need to buy a really expensive one either. By getting a GPU those programs will be even faster.

 
 
Sabotage 2 points 15 months ago

A 7770 or a 650 would do the trick.

 
 
duramax08 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

best. story. ever. Enjoy the crud out of it dude, you deserve it :)

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks for reading. :D

 
 
Azote [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Have you even though of doing a manga kinda thing? you totally could! xD

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I hope so! Lately I've been piled with commissions and other projects so I haven't got around to working on it.
But now that I've got a new spiffy computer, work's been going faster, so yay!

 
 
Azote [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Sounds cool! and btw why is all the writing in your pictures japanese ?_??

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Not all of it's in Japanese. The stuff I use in English are my file names and Adobe software because I actually installed it in English.

Japan actually has tons of great art and image editing software such as Clip Studio Paint Pro and Paint Tool Sai. Some of the programs use UTF16-LE and are non-unicode, so I switched my operating system language to Japanese so it'd be easier to use. Otherwise I'd get a whole bunch of squares or ????? when the characters don't show up right.

 
 
Azote [3 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

hahaha me too, my hotmail, (outlook) was created in chinese, so all those years im either been stuck with squares or use google traduction thing ahah xD

 
 
NUclearD3 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Very nice build and great drawings!

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thank you. :)

 
 
domon [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Nice case artwork. I went with the windowed version. Is Japanese your first language?

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I wanted the windowed version myself but it was slightly more money. XD So I got the windowless one and spray painted it. Thanks for noticing!

Nope, I don't speak Japanese at all in fact. But I read manga in Japanese. Haha.

 
 
domon [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Can you read japanese? Btw, I'm super jelly of your serene drawing style and writing flow. I write like a malfunctioning robot and draw like an 8 year old.

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I'm still learning, but I can read most of it. I set my OS language to Japanese so I could practice with it and the art programs I use work better that way. Thank you for the compliments. I'm not that great at writing either since English isn't my favorite subject in school, but I'm glad you liked the description.

 
 
domon [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

No Problem. Check out my build, people seem to like the graphics card.

 
 
xhris 1 point 15 months ago

Your description was the best I have ever read. Your drawings are also awesome too!

BACK ON TOPIC: Your build is fantastic especially for the price you got it for. +1!

 
 
FreeFireXI [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

I just wish I could hand out more than +1 Interweb Points! I read the fantastic story, then followed along with the pictures and artwork. Enjoy your build! Everything looks to be very solid! As for the GPU... TAKE MY MONEY (°_°)>[$]

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

-Takes the money, runs out the door, grabs the next broom I see and flies off cackling, never to return.-
Thank you very much. I'll be sure to enjoy working hard and saving up for a GPU.

 
 
TotalNoob [4 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Hey "Spirafall." this build is awesome!. i like the whole story of how it came together! Enjoy it!

 
 
BLC 1 point 15 months ago

Really nice build, and dem drawings just look epic, you have an amazing talent.

Just a question though, from the drawings and the name, it feels that you are into anime/manga, is my assumption in place ?

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks!

It's not a bad assumption. My whole job is practically filled with it, so I'm into it because of the money. Lol. Thinking of moving into the comic industry as well.

 
 
BLC 2 points 15 months ago

You do a good job at drawings, a very good job, and moving to the comic industry isnt bad, good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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smittypantz@hotmail.com [9 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Love the whole thing thanks for sharing!

 
 
Kurasuke 1 point 14 months ago

In our world of electronics and precise specifications it's wonderful to see a real spark of creativity. I absolutely adore this, probably because I love Japan just as much as you. I envy your artistic style :)

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Magicguy38 1 point 14 months ago

You shall be a very successful artist, I foresee it in your future Edit: Holy crap you drawings are the best I've seen, and ever will see

 
 
TheMadPierrot 1 point 14 months ago

I enjoyed your description and the pictures. I myself only have a budget of 800 dollars and I'm going to build it soon. I really want to get the Bitfenix Shinobi case because I also like the sleek and simple design of it and I love the name, but I haven't heard great things about cooling. Anyway, I'm going to go with the NZXT Source 210 Elite, but I was wondering if you've had any problems with the Shinobi?

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you. It's my first case so I don't have much comparison, but I also didn't have any problems with it. It's pretty easy to work with, even for beginners. The Shinobi is probably better at noise management than cooling.

As for cooling, I live in a fairly cold location, at idle, the temperatures inside are as cool as the temperatures outside (if you leave a thermometer inside or something - not the cpu). On load, I would say that things can heat up, but I only have one fan. There are 5 locations for placing more fans that could help if you have any cooling concerns and the air intake/vents are placed in good locations. You could even put it on thin carpet, not that I'd recommend it, but the legs are high enough to allow you to do so.

It has fairly good features. If I had any problems, it was using a drill to create a location for mounting the SSD without using brackets, (they could have just included it, imo) there is enough space in the back for taping an SSD behind the motherboard. The hard drive cage could also face another direction but it was most likely done to help with air flow. Cable management is really easy as there are places behind the hard drive cage for you to stuff extra wires and zip-tie locations.

One other thing of note is the USB ports on top. I have mine under a desk, but if you place the computer in a dusty location, dust can settle in there.

 
 
jazzymouse [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

I've never been so intrigued to know what happens next in a description box. Honestly the most fun I've had reading something on this site, ever!

Great build as well, really thought out part's. I see you had help from the all mighty master too! Great stuff :)

 
 
RicOmega 1 point 14 months ago

Pretty nice and simple. great story, and awesome descriptive visual narration :D off topic. definitely love your reference Redjuice build (and not just because of the name) :D wondering since i was planning to get a medium intuous myself. is the small comfortable enough size wise?

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Much thanks. :D

And I'm glad you liked the reference build. Redjuice pretty much inspired me to build my own computer. His build was like a beast when I first saw it and he's updated it over time. 8D I've been going around collecting builds that other artists have, sometimes they list them in blogs and stuff; it's interesting to see what other people are using.

For tablets, it depends on the person. I've always been sketching in notepads and stuff forever, and when I get a full page, I tend to draw in a corner somewhere. For me the small is pretty comfortable. I'm more detail oriented as well, so I don't need a lot of space. Most of my movements are in the wrist. Some people prefer moving with the whole arm, so larger tablets are more ergonomic. Would this be your first time using a tablet? It's a lot like using the mouse for the first time, but once you get used to it, it's no problem.

 
 
RicOmega 1 point 14 months ago

yeah. i mean. you can't go wrong with 48 GB of RAM and a cintiq HD.

first time using an actual drawing tablet yes. i do make doodles and whatnot on a samsung note 2, and generally tend to draw with my wrist more as well. thanks for the help, and if you've got a place displaying your art, do link it up. your style is pretty awesome.

 
 
PersonalNice 1 point 13 months ago

What a cute story :>

 
 
DontUSASme 1 point 13 months ago

Dude, a couple of oddball questions? What start menu replacement are you using? Looks fantastic with your theme. What's that too, btw ;D Amazing build, favorite to date.

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

It's a modification of Pokki's start menu and Gray8 Color Pac. :)

 
 
DontUSASme 1 point 13 months ago

Dang. I need to learn how to set that up like yours!

 
 
vlad007 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I simply love your build and your story. I have a great respect for artists and I think you captured the essence of the art of building computers perfectly. Great you did young Padawan :P

 
 
deerhunter113 1 point 13 months ago

What is the name of the wallpaper with the spaceship on it??

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

It's the Stargate Daedalus. :D
"Real Air Force" by Martin Steil

 
 
deerhunter113 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks!

 
 
SharePoint2013 1 point 13 months ago

What a lovely Build it is, Ping Back xD

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you for the compliment. XD

 
 
SharePoint2013 1 point 13 months ago

do you have kik, I wanna talk to you xD

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I don't, but you can PM me on here if you have any questions or need help with computers (mostly software related). I'm not that good with games, but if it's about art programs, I can help you there.

 
 
Edam 1 point 13 months ago

The more I look at the partlist, the more my own looks like it. Someone else might spend 80$ more on a cooler and have the same temperature, even if a little faster. Why is that?

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

$80 more is a lot. XD I don't think my cooler can match the power of a Noctua or a liquid cooler. To answer your question, it has to do with location/season, room temperature, and "undervolting".

This was built during the dead of winter after the holiday sales in fall, I live in a pretty cold location already, not to mention that this is a cold basement so it never gets warm, I practically use my computer as a space heater. Hahaha. Also, I set my CPU to the lowest voltage it can handle without crashing. After overclocking I was too scared to set my voltages that high ever again. I can't get it past 4.4GHz without it going over 80°C because the cooler can only pull a set amount of cold air from the surroundings, which is why I'm pretty sure an $80+ cooler would be able to do much better.

It is currently 12°C in here or roughly 50-55°F, so I don't expect my computer to be going over 64°C at full load. This is the hottest season by the way.

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Rayyo 1 point 12 months ago

GPU?

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Currently iGPU. It's sufficient enough for all of the illustration and number crunching programs that I use, which are more CPU dependent than GPU. Will also get a decent GPU later (for animation) after I've finished up saving and waiting for those good deals to come out. I've got my eye out for several AMD and Nvidia cards. I'm likely going to end up with one or the other depending on what I can get on sale.

I don't do any gaming so this is purely a workstation. ^;;

 
 
LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

7870 xt

 
 
SangeetKhatri [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I don't usually say something like this..

But this build is so ******* awesome!! Damn! I love the setup and everything. Nice choice with the Bitfenix Shinobi. Great case, I must agree.

 
 
SangeetKhatri [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I don't usually say something like this..

But this build is so ******* awesome!! Damn! I love the setup and everything. Nice choice with the Bitfenix Shinobi. Great case, I must agree.

 
 
mattataki [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

You are an inspiration! Very good build, the best build actually I found here, it was fun to read. I really loved to see those drawings in the end. If only I could upvote more than once.

 
 
ArcticEditor 1 point 11 months ago

Great story, 10/10 would read again :D

 
 
MahimulH 1 point 11 months ago

Omg...dat description. If only I was able to give +100 :'( Awesome build, awesome description, awesome drawings... +10000000000. :D

 
 
sacSONE 1 point 10 months ago

Simple but great built. My future built is kind of like yours except more expensive parts which I can't afford yet. ?(;´???) I love the intro story and I especially love your artwork and the Japanese language you set up for your computer since I'm an artist in-training , and currently learning Japanese (* >?<) Also the UI and skins is awesome. May I ask what do you use? It's probably mention somewhere in all those comments... (¬?¬)

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

No problem, and thank you for the compliments. :)

It's a modification I made to Gray8 Color Pac by gsw953 using elements from areao4.8 by neiio. ... those two are a start.

 
 
sacSONE 1 point 10 months ago

Ohhh. Thank you very much.

Is it easy modifying the skin?

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Haha, not really; you need quite a few tools like Photoshop, Resource Hacker, Notepad++, icon editors, Restorator, etc.. My recommendation is to start small, take a look at other people's skins, and start cracking them open to see what's inside. There maybe be a few tutorials around out there on the internet.

 
 
Craftablez_Seth 1 point 9 months ago

Wow. I can barely even draw a face... of a stick figure. BTW Awesome build and pictures and dats a nice fire extinguisher you've got next to the Shinobi. Shows that you think ahead... :D

 
 
Gregfx [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

very creative with the art work :) how's it work with no video card is my only question :p great build +1 from me

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Ahaha thanks! It actually does have graphics support through the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. It supports a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 (two monitors) limited by the motherboard. You can actually play games with this, but you really can't compare this to playing with an actual dedicated graphics card - you can get 33-45 frames per second on the lowest settings. However, watching movies and making art, there are no problems. :)

Actually looking into deals for a nice graphics card this holiday season. d(ouo)

 
 
dromni 2 points 7 months ago

I'd say a 7770 or a 5850 would be more than enough to play not-that-demanding games and video editing.

 
 
AztecEagle1321 1 point 9 months ago

Your digital art skills make mine feel inferior.

 
 
twaelbroeck 1 point 9 months ago

+1 just for your description! +1 for that tiger. +10 for the build quality, parts choice, and just overall sexiness and cleanliness from cable management to monitor to motherboard. Beautiful.

 
 
daemonika 1 point 9 months ago

cool! did you actually draw the eagle on the side or is it a skin? Cuz I want to buy one lol...

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thx! It's done with spray paint and some painters tape. :)

 
 
ThunderHead_MC 1 point 7 months ago

Wow... thats insane! YOUTUBE! HOW DO YOU DRAW LIKE SPIRAFALL?

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gemichi 1 point 7 months ago

Amazing build!

Miku! :p If I can build a computer, I'll paint the case blue and make draw a white miky figure on the side...

 
 
biobasher 1 point 5 months ago

you do arts and such right? where's da graphics card D:!

 
 
Spirafall [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Actually, art related programs are less dependent on graphics cards than you might think. Doing video, however, is a different story. I make illustrations that take advantage of having a faster CPU, but I don't make enough videos at the moment to take advantage of a better GPU.

However I've been saving up to get a graphics card later in order to work on animation. Hope that explains it. :)

I tried out a few graphics cards, but they were mostly old parts from friends. Never got around to updating this though, since they were all temporary. Currently using: ASUS 7770 HD / 1GB @ 1020 Mhz.

 
 
biobasher 1 point 5 months ago

ah, that's interesting to hear, I always thought that art was GPU related, thank's for that, now I can go and shave a few ££ from my build for a lesser gpu and more accessories :). thanks!

 
 
Electrospeed 1 point 5 months ago

So many new text emotes... I will use these forever (/v)/

 
 
MySong 1 point 5 months ago

It's probably my fourth or fifth time looking at this. Man, I gotta say it's really beautiful. Oh, and those drawings -w- makes me hngnggng you're good man.

Edit: or woman? I don't know lol.

 
 
navyseal470@gmail.com 1 point 5 months ago

nice build good job very organized inside looking very well done

 
 
Dr1337 1 point 2 months ago

Nice build, you're Japanese?

 
 
username22 1 point 2 months ago

How's the case? Is it easy to work with?

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AcSeann 1 point 29 days ago

Hey Spirafall! (: Is it possible for me to know your calibration settings? O: I'm glad that you like using this monitor for artworks. It makes me feel more at ease as I will be doing image editing using Lightroom and Photoshop.

 
 
thekasafist [1 Build] 1 point 6 days ago

I know this thread is a little old but if you get a video card which would it be? I really liked your story it was interesting too. You're a good story teller which often comes in handy and coincides with your talent. Since illustrations often tell stories it will also be handy for your videos. Honestly though it was a creative story and I think when we all build our first computer we feel exactly like you do when we find the "BUILDERS" LOL! Then learn about computers and all that jazz haha! Anyhow let us know about the video card when you can. :)

 
 
EyassShahoud -3 points 8 months ago

I wanna find u and marry u