Submissions

(These are listed in no particular order, I simply pulled the submissions from the reddit post)

1 – ukdaza https://soundcloud.com/ukdaza/destiny-composition-challenge-2

Really cool to see another submission from ukdaza. The mastering of this trick is significantly improved over the mastering of the previous submission as well. Even though there’s not much here in regards to rearranging the original idea, there’s still a ton of awesome improvisation going on here.

2 – Mr. Goodmorning https://soundcloud.com/mrgoodmorning/destiny-composition-challenge

Tons of instruments in this arrangement, and a surprising electric guitar at the end makes this a really varied arrangement. I really enjoyed the different textures scored in, but I wish that this piece had more cohesion and direction. Maybe if it lasted a bit longer and each section was given a bit more time to build, it would have helped with the overall sound of the piece.

3 – cparsons https://soundcloud.com/cparsons/september

Cparsons actually submitted one of the two winning tracks from the last challenge, so it’s nice to see him return with another track with some more amazing guitar playing. As before, the guitar playing is super sweet and super tasteful. The transition to and from the minor/middle section is handled tastefully, though I would have liked to see a bit of a difference in texture here compared to the before and after – maybe the piano that’s introduced here could have been utilized a bit more? The accordion also sounds delicious as well!

4 – DrumurBoy https://soundcloud.com/drumurboy/destiny-composition-challenge

This arrangement is incredibly sweet. The slight alterations in the chordal structure really add a ton of kick to the progression. The tracking on the drums was very sick as well (the ride pattern on the symbol so groovy!), and I’m a sucker for well processed drums. The only complaint I could possibly have with this was that it was too short!

5 – Bass Race Music https://soundcloud.com/bass-race-music/deceived

The atmosphere created in the first minute or so of this lead to something quite…unexpected. I like the transition in that it’s unexpected, but I feel like it didn’t relate much to the initial section. I also wish that the piece would have had a bit more expansion on both the initial and ladder parts. Both of them sounded okay on their own, though, but I really wish the two parts felt less disjointed.

6 – Fr0z3nFL4mE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7IGe-U_EiM

This is definitely a “safe” arrangement, insofar as nothing ventured too far from the source material, but it’s a very solid arrangement with some piano playing behind it. I enjoyed listening to this being fleshed out as much as it was, though I might have wanted to see a little bit more experimentation with the arrangement. Overall, though, a solid piece.

7 – kasperhhk https://soundcloud.com/kasperhhk/destiny-composition-challenge

This is a pretty “loose” interpretation of the source material, but I’ll let it slide in because, well, the more the merrier! I think that there are interesting ideas here, but the arranger would greatly benefit from becoming more familiar with whatever DAW he’s using. The midi instruments sound very flat and dead, and the lack of dynamics between any of the instruments gives the entire arrangement a pretty “flat” sound, in my opinion.

8 – rising_son https://app.box.com/s/8iqbw18h8vj2amnb8t0a

I like the way that the arranger handled the different instruments here, but I wish it would have gone on longer to hear some development for the second section. The volume on this was really quiet, too, and the abrupt ending was disappointing.

9 – Alexander Kolonelos https://soundcloud.com/alexander-kolonelos/stevens-challenge-2

I like that this one strays pretty far from the original, but at the same time it’s really hard for me to hear any of the original at all in this, heh. That being said, the chords used during the more spare sections towards the start sound really nice, and the piano motif introduced at 0:53 sounds really cool as well.

10 – Nuoska https://soundcloud.com/nuoska/destinys-composition-challenge

This arrangement deviates from the original in an amazingly awesome way. The combination of electronic/acoustic instruments is handled really well, too! The pizzicato strings in the second half are amazing! The instrumentation that follows afterwards is also really cool. Overall, a really adventurous and well handled submission. The only complaint I’d have is the sudden ending!

11 – OutsetReset https://soundcloud.com/traemenchaca/destiny-victory-march

I like the 8-bit feel to this, even if it does get a bit reptitive. Everything sounds nicely put together, surprisingly, considering how awkward it might seem to throw an acoustic guitar in here. I wish there was more variety as the verses repeat themselves, though.

12 – JayTea O _o https://soundcloud.com/jaytea-o-o/serenade-of-the-infestor

I like that even though the instrumentaiton is relatively simple, all of the parts seem to be really well thought out. There’s not much in regards to straying from the original, which works fine in this case because everything is handled so well within this piece. The only thing I could have possibly asked for is to have a bit more of the am->Bb section. Regardless, very nice scoring in this!

13 – Eshystie https://soundcloud.com/eshyshe/piano-improvisation-no-27

This remains faithful to the original source pretty much entirely, but the playing is absolutely phenomenal. It’s clean, the sound is nice, the player handles dynamics excellently. I would have absolutely loved to hear a bit more exploration with this, just because the performer seems to be so talented.

14 – Tao S https://soundcloud.com/taoset/composition-challenge-2

This arrangement is probably one of the more interesting/out there electronic arrangements. I’m not a huge fan of the dancey “untz untz untz” arrangements, but this one seems to handle it well enough.

Winner

Winning arrangement? There were a few that I’d love to choose from, but I managed to narrow it down to one this time.

cparsons https://soundcloud.com/cparsons/september

When I was going through these pieces, the key thing I started to look for were pieces that sounded like they could stand on their own as songs. This one definitely could, and the level of recording/play of the guitars + the wonderful and amazing addition of the accordion pushed this one over the edge for me. There were about 4 other pieces that all could have been here, but this one takes the cake for me.

Stay tuned for number 3 to be posted shortly, along with a slight change up of how I’ll run these.

People are introduced to a wide array of ideas while growing up. When a person is younger, all they can hope to do is sift through all of these ideas with input from family, friends and the society around them, picking and choosing which ideas are the most reasonable to them. In a perfect world, as we continue to grow, we will temper these ideas that we’ve acquired with the experiences we’ve endured outside of the classroom and our living rooms. The end result, ideally, is a well-rounded person always balancing both an idealistic and a pragmatic approach to the world, realizing that very few things in life are black and white and that no single idea ever exists in a vacuum.

I’ve been a lot of things in the past decade of my life; A passionate atheist, an internet libertarian, and someone who supports the freedom of speech so much it would make Penn Jillette blush. A lot of my views over the past have changed, sort of. They don’t really completely change or morph into other ideas, so much as they begin to change shape based on what I observe in the world around me. You find out, as you grow older, that the ideals that you hold to be true don’t always play out in predictable ways in the real world, which is why it becomes necessary to allow experiences to shape the way you perceive and interact with the world you live in.

If you’ve seen any interviews with me in the past 2-3 years discussing my views on language, you’re most definitely familiar with my position on offensive language. Have any of my personal views on language changed in the past year or two? Idealistically, no. Pretty much every thing I’ve said I still stand by, ideally. One thing I’ve learned, more than anything else as I’ve grown, is that we do not live in an idealistic bubble. So why bother bringing it up if my views are more or less the same?

Let me tell you a story. Maybe you can relate – maybe you should relate to it but you don’t even realize it, yet.

About a year and a half ago I was chatting with a few friends. These are guys that I’ve been friends with for a long time and, for the most part, they’re great people. We’ve played games together, talked and joked together, watched SC2 tournaments together, so on and so forth. However, after one of them started making a few too many gay jokes, I noticed something about him that I didn’t really pick up on before – he was genuinely homophobic. Not homophobic in a “I want to vote against gay marriage and murder gay people!” sort of way, but homophobic in a “I would never be friends with a gay guy and I genuinely think that being gay is a negative personality trait.” I distinctly remember one of the lines he said towards the end of the conversation, “Wouldn’t want to be a faggot now, would we?” followed by the usual laughter before we all departed and went our separate ways.

I was really uncomfortable thinking about things that night. I’m sure I’ve made similar statements in the past. In fact, I’d wager that I’ve said probably those exact words at one point or another in my life. I’ve used faggot as a pejorative, a term of endearment, a random, nondescript adjective…you name it. I’ve always felt okay saying it because I knew, deep down, that I wasn’t a homophobic person. I have the classic “I have gay friends” card up my sleeve and I can even pull the “I have gay friends who constantly use the word faggot and support me saying it” card, as well. I have all of my views on language that I’ve detailed over and over again in the past to support me being able to use that word, and I’ve never felt out of place arguing its usage in public.

However,

I don’t like the fact that legitimately homophobic people might find comfort in me using the word “faggot”.

I am a very inclusive person. I would never imagine turning someone away from either a fan event or a group of friends or a conversation just because they’re of a certain race or sexual orientation. And I’m saying that because I have always been like that, not because I run some team and I want you to write good things to my sponsors, not because I’m trying to win any public fan contest, not because I support diversity, not because my boss or manager is telling me to say it, but because I legitimately love playing games and talking about music, and if anyone shares those hobbies with me I want to have the chance to talk with them about it.

I’ve said it a few times on stream that I’m working my best to cut some words out of my vocabulary from now on. Of course if you watch my stream enough you’ll still hear me slip from time to time, but I’m only human and this is a really hard habit to break. I’m just not comfortable knowing that there are genuinely racist or homophobic (or transphobic or anti-anything) people out there who feel like they are finding acceptance of their asinine and inane beliefs due to a word I might use. It’s something that’s so upsetting to me that I will go a bit out of my way to avoid it  happening.

I’m not really looking to change anyone’s opinions or argue with anyone over their own personal beliefs. A lot of people believe that you should be able to use whatever words you want, and that words are only words and shouldn’t hold any intrinsic, negative power. Others argue that the history of a word can be so powerful that the impact of saying that word is inescapable, regardless of context. While I believe both sides have legitimate points, I’m not addressing either side in my post here. I’m not even going to attempt to make a case for either argument.

I’m only offering you perhaps a different way to look at things, and maybe the opportunity to look at the things you say in a different light.

A lot of people e-mail me asking for different build suggestions even though they don’t necessarily want me to put it together. Obviously I can’t respond to everyone, and I don’t have the time to put together a bunch of builds for free, so I’ve heavily researched and spec’d out three different builds at three different price points.

The builds I am crafting are prioritizing the CPU and the GPU over all other parts. That means that these three builds are going to function off of a few key assumptions, so pay close attention –

1. These rigs are exclusively for gaming.

That means that there may be cutbacks made in certain areas where people would prefer different things. For example, you may see an HDD where you would prefer an SSD, or you may see an i5 where you’d prefer an i7, etc…

2. I make no effort for pleasing aesthetics.

Some people like to mix and match different brands of RAM or heatsinks in order to get “prettiest looking” build. If you want to, by all means, go for it, but I won’t be doing that here.

3. I don’t have a “favorite” brand or manufacturer.

I’ll be citing research and benchmarks for the parts I list. If anyone ever tells you “I’m partial to Intel” or “I think nVidia always has the best products..!” without sourcing their claims, don’t take their advice on parts to purchase.

4. The prices are subject to change.

I’m sourcing these now, in early December of 2013, so the prices may be a bit different when you view them, or newer parts may be on the market. Do your homework!

5. These builds do not include optical drives or operating systems.

Everything these days (even OS installs) can be done via USB drives. I highly encourage you to look into it! I’m also not pricing out operating system’s because everyone has different feelings when it comes to different OS’.

6. All of the links below are through my personal, Amazon Affiliate program.

That means that I get paid a certain % of every sale made once your click-through on my links. Everything I like should be available via Amazon Prime. It may be possible to find these parts for cheaper, elsewhere, so I suggest looking around a bit if you think you can find a better price. I’ll include a link to a pcpartpicker list of the parts to assist you in searching other sites for prices at the end of every list.

Alright, that being said, let’s get started!

Two things. Firstly, this has absolutely nothing to do with dealing with clinical depression. If you’re suffering from any kind of diagnosed medical condition, your best bet is to consult with a trained, medical professional. They have years of education and experience under their belts and they will be able to assist you with whatever you’re dealing with infinitely better than strangers on the internet. Secondly, this is dedicated to the lovely soul from chat: Intrigued.

In an attempt to answer all of the e-mails I receive, I’ve come across a large number of incredibly varied questions. Everything from “how do i stop this all-in in zvt” to “I have cancer and I don’t know how to tell my friends”. Obviously some things are more common than others, but I’ve more than a dozen e-mails asking me how to deal with depression. Some people tell me that watching my stream puts them in a happy place because their life is shitty, and others tell me that they just constantly find themselves sick and depressed when they’re dealing with the people around them.

I have a system that works pretty well for me. I don’t claim that this will work for you, or for anyone else, to be honest, but I like it and I recommend it to anyone that asks or is having trouble dealing with life and what not.

“You play games all day, you have no idea what it’s like…”

Granted, my life today is infinitely easier than most people’s. Truth be told, the hardest decision I have to make some days is which game I’m going to play. Alright, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but in regards to feeling hopeless or depressed, I definitely don’t have to deal with that anymore. So why listen to anything I have to say on the matter?

I’ll qualify it with a little bit of history.

I graduated high school in a pretty unique position. I had amazing test scores (a 35 on the ACT and enough 4-5’s on AP tests to almost enter College as a sophomore), an amazing girlfriend (who would become my wife at 19) and was half Cuban. Silly as that may sound, it puts me in an amazing spot for financial aid, which was needed to enter college.

Even though I didn’t get a full ride to college, my life entering it was almost perfect. I was married to the most amazing girl I’d ever met in my entire life, I was pursuing music, a great passion of mine, and I had a promising job/future career started at a casino with a huge opportunity for personal growth. In fact, in a short amount of time I was promoted to a supervisory position over the night shift. $20/hour with plenty of overtime available, 401k/benefits etc…etc…Great stuff!

Over the course of the next few years, things would happen that would cause a great change in a lot of these things. Working full time and doing school full time left little time for anything else in my life. My relationship with my wife started to deteriorate, I ended up failing out of music school due to all of the overtime I was putting in at work, and I was eventually fired from my job at the casino due to a dispute with one of the managers. During my time working at the casino, my best friend of 15 years discussed with me and then subsequently committed suicide due to troubles in his own life.

Skip forward another 6 months and I’d exhausted the savings in my 401k, leaving me with nothing to pay the mortgage in the house I’d purchased. I was able to find work carpet cleaning. Since it was a small business and times were incredibly tough, I was essentially working 80 hours a week for ~$1,500/month. It sounds impossible and crazy, and I wish it were, but those were easily some of the hardest and darkest days of my life. Topping all of that off with the fact that I was stuck in a relationship with a girl who I’d been on and off again with who was now pregnant, and you’ve got yourself in a pretty sticky mess.

There were more than a few times where I’d find myself standing outside of a job site staring off into traffic or out into someone’s yard, only to have older memories triggered by a breeze in the wind or the crinkling of the Autumn leaves. In a couple of short years, my life had literally crumbled away to nothing. I had no financial or educational future, my job was a complete dead end, I was fostering a child that I couldn’t afford with a woman I could hardly stand in a house I could no longer pay for.

There are people around the world (and even in my own home town!) who have had it worse off than me, and I’m definitely not trying to say that I’ve had it worse than most, but I do know what it’s like to be stuck at the bottom of a pit and feeling absolutely, incredibly hopeless. There are songs that I can’t even listen to anymore because just hearing the opening measures will suck me back into that dark, depressing period in my life. It’s one of the reasons you’ll never hear me play a Pogo song anymore on stream, for instance.

So how does one deal with uncertain or depressing periods of life?

Personally, I’ve found that finding a hobby or craft that is completely independent of other people is the best approach to dealing with depression. A lot of people make the mistake of relying on family or friends for support, but as soon as those family members or friends are no longer around to support them they completely fall to pieces. Everyone has seen that person, that person that seems to do great in life until they’re truly challenged by some event or obstacle and they can’t turn to someone for help, whether it’s the first time they’ve confronted with a problem at a new job, or with a problem at college when they’re away from home for the first time.

The nice thing about finding a hobby or a craft to work at is that it will always be there for you, completely and totally unconditionally. No matter how bad or terrible the decisions you’ve made in life are, no matter how badly you’ve messed up, no matter how little money you have and no matter how bizarre the relationships are with the people you deal with every day is, no one can take that special thing away from you.

For some people, this is as simple as drawing, singing, or even playing video games.

If you haven’t guessed by now, that “thing” for me was music. A lot of people have asked me so many times why I chose to do music in college, and that’s because music was that one area in life where I could always retreat to and find solace.

Whether that meant sneaking into the practice rooms at 11PM when I got off work to bang out a few keys on the piano or try to figure out how to play the melodies from video games on my saxophone, I could always, always turn to music if I found I was feeling down about anything else in life. There were so many rough days at work or terrible paychecks I received or frustrating situations that were thrown at me when I was growing up that were sometimes completely beyond my control. If I hadn’t the ability the screw around on the keyboard every night or blow a few notes on my horn, I’m not sure what I would have done.

Sorry that I don’t have an amazingly complicated or detailed method of system for dealing with depression, but it’s surprising to see how many people completely rely on other people as their sole method of support during times of trouble in their life. I would highly suggest finding some kind of art or hobby that you can sink all of your extra time into because you will always be able to turn to that if you’re feeling down.

No matter what happens in life, you need something that you can turn to that no one else can ever take from you.

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Assembly Video

Person wanted a rig that would kill games and the budget was around $1800 in parts. This build offers the ability to overclock an amazing processor capable of amazing multi-tasking, and it provides overkill firepower for 1080p. This build would be able to handle most games smoothly at 1440p.

Note: At the end of the assembly I noticed a lot of bubbly noises coming from the Thermaltake cooler. After running the build through my normal battery of tests, the bubbly noises went away completely.

(Amazon links to parts are my personal affiliate links – every purchase helps!)

CPU – Intel 4770k

Haswell offers the best single-threaded performance on the market right now. That makes it a great choice for gaming, as many games still do poorly in regards to multi-threading. The fact that this offers hyperthreading also makes it a good candidate for streaming, as programs like OBS and Xsplit definitely take advantage of multi-threaded processors. It’s also good for programs that do 3d-modeling, as they often utilize mutli-threaded processors well.

Cooler – Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme

I’m starting to switch away from the h100i. I still love that CLC, but this one offers comparable performance with much quieter fans.

Motherboard – Gigabyte UD3h

Gigabyte was the king of Z77, so I’m still a bit partial to their UD3H boards. This board provided excellent OC support for me, and has plenty of features for extra USB/SATA ports, as well as support for crossfire. I don’t see myself moving away from this board any time soon.

RAM – Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB

RAM is RAM. 8GB was fine for this build.

GPU(s) – PowerColor 7970 X2

Two 7970’s in Crossfire are one of the strongest cost/performance options available on the market for 1440p gaming. Cheaper and better than a 780, these things are amazing.

Storage – 840 EVO 250GB & Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM

The 840 EVO’s are priced really nice compared to the amount of storage they offer, and the 840 controller is one of the best on the market at the moment, making this SSD an excellent choice. The Seagate Barracuda’s are priced really well compared to the amount of storage they offer as well.

Case – Fractal Design Define R4

Still love this quiet case. It’s small, it looks nice and clean, it’s not “plasticy”, it has padding on the inside to dampen sound and there’s plenty of room inside for managing cables. I absolutely love this case.

PSU – Rosewill 750w Hive

Good PSU, good price.

DVD Drive – LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer

Just a standard optical drive for reading DVDs.

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Assembly Video

This build was a bit more original in regards to what the person wanted from their machine. Gaming wasn’t a top priority, but working with music in DAWs was. As a result, we made some choices in regards to parts that were uniquely suited to this machine. There were a few things I’d have wanted to do, but this budget was pretty strict, so we did the best we could.

CPU – Intel 4770

While overclocking wasn’t really possible at this price point due to the increased cost of a Z87 motherboard and an aftermarket cooler, the hyperthreaded 4770 was still in range. DAWs are typically very good at utilizing multiple threads, and an i7 ensured excellent performance while working on audio projects.

Cooler – None

No aftermarket cooler was needed in this build since we’re not overclocking.

Motherboard – ASRock H81M-DGS H81

All we need for this build is a motherboard to hold the parts. The H81 chipset is fine because we don’t need a ton of features from the board, and we have no plans to overclock. Saving money here lets us invest it into other parts as well.

RAM – Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600

While loading a ton of samples and VSTs inside of a DAW it’s possible to use a ton of RAM. 16 gigs ensures that the producer will never get bottle-necked, even when working with a large number of plugins etc…

GPU(s) – PowerColor HJD 7870 XT

The 7870 will do fine for gaming in this system. As I said earlier, gaming wasn’t the focus, so we went with a really well priced, budget series card.

Storage – Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM

I actually used a Toshiba 2TB HDD here because it was cheaper at the time of purchase, but any 2TB HDD will do.

Case – NZXT Source 210 (Black)

Again, to save as much money as possible, we went with the cheapest case possible. The Source 210 is my favorite budget case because it’s cheap and it gets the job done well enough for these budget builds.

PSU – Antec BP500U ATX 12V 500W

Decent quality PSU given the wattage, and perfect power for this build.

DVD Drive – LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer

Just a standard optical drive for reading DVDs.

Starting today, I’ll be supporting Dollar Shave Club to see how many razors I can sell to the unwashed, unshaven masses.

I know what you’re thinking – “But Destiny, you don’t even shave, look at your face!” Have you seen my face recently? Literally smoother than my child’s. If Nathan wasn’t so clumsy I’d be teaching him how to shave with these razors.

Then there are the lazier among us – “But, but going out every day to buy razors, and there are so many to choose from! It was easier when mom would just pick some out for me or let me use my dad’s razor when he was off at work…” In that case, Dollar Shave Club is right up your alley! You can order razors online and have them shipped directly to your house, with automatic shipments going out every single month! Not only is ordering easy, automagically renewed and even tracked via Fedex, it’s cheap, too! Meaning you’ll have enough money left over every month to pony up for one of my beautiful Tier 3 subscriptions.

You can also add in extras every month to your package. One Wipe Charlies (the gentlemen’s way to wipe) and Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter are easy to add with just the click of a button.

It’s time to get rid of the neckbeard and your crippling reliance on your dad’s/roommate’s/little sister’s razor blades and it’s time to step into adulthood.

If you want me to get credit for your purchase, make sure to click the box below on my website! If you use ad-block (because you hate e-sports and want to kill the planet), clicking this link should suffice as well.

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Assembly Video

This build was relatively straight forward. The person ordering this machine wanted a rig that could play any games at 1080p at 60fps on high settings, along with something that would be good for streaming and 3d modeling.

CPU – Intel 4770k

Haswell offers the best single-threaded performance on the market right now. That makes it a great choice for gaming, as many games still do poorly in regards to multi-threading. The fact that this offers hyperthreading also makes it a good candidate for streaming, as programs like OBS and Xsplit definitely take advantage of multi-threaded processors. It’s also good for programs that do 3d-modeling, as they often utilize mutli-threaded processors well.

Cooler – Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme

I’m starting to switch away from the h100i. I still love that CLC, but this one offers comparable performance with much quieter fans

Motherboard – Gigabyte UD3h

Gigabyte was the king of Z77, so I’m still a bit partial to their UD3H boards. This board provided excellent OC support for me, and has plenty of features for extra USB/SATA ports, as well as support for crossfire. I don’t see myself moving away from this board any time soon.

RAM – Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB

RAM is RAM. I think at the time the 1 stick version was cheaper so we went ahead with that.

GPU(s) – EVGA GTX 780 3GB

A 780 will destroy everything you throw at it for 1080p, and it fit in the budget of this system.

Storage – 840 EVO 250GB & Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM

The 840 EVO’s are priced really nice compared to the amount of storage they offer, and the 840 controller is one of the best on the market at the moment, making this SSD an excellent choice. The Seagate Barracuda’s are priced really well compared to the amount of storage they offer as well.

Case – Zalman Z11 PLUS HF1

I would not recommend this case, heh. The customer wanted to give this case a shot for this particular build and we went ahead with it, but there were a few problems (which you’ll see in the video) that came up. The side fans are a bit excessive (for cooling the HDD bay) and, more importantly, there is no support in this case for a 120mm radiator. The workout for this was sticking the fans on top of the case and removing the fins. I could also make some complaints about the cable management in the case, but those weren’t major.

PSU – SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified

Good PSU, good price. Could have skimped a bit here, maybe 620 or 600W, but this is fine for this build.

DVD Drive – LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer

Just a standard optical drive for reading DVDs.

Images (Some of these are blurry, oops)

Assembly Video (This video got chopped in half due to one of the outlets I was using dying and me flipping a ton of switches, so I decided not to upload the fractured VOD to Youtube, and I’m too lazy to combine them and edit out the messing around in the middle. Here are the links to the two VODs – http://www.twitch.tv/destiny/b/457329704 and http://www.twitch.tv/destiny/b/457428078)

This computer didn’t have the most strict budget (fluctuating anywhere from $1,300 to $2,000), but the goal was to play games at a high level and stream at the same time. With that in mind, we sought to build a computer that could handle both of those tasks with ease.

CPU – Intel 4770k

Haswell offers the best single-threaded performance on the market right now. That makes it a great choice for gaming, as many games still do poorly in regards to multi-threading. The fact that this offers hyperthreading also makes it a good candidate for streaming, as programs like OBS and Xsplit definitely take advantage of multi-threaded processors.

Cooler – Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

This is a sick, budget cooler. It’s cheap and it performs very well. This has been the standard “go to” cooler for overclocking for quite a while.

Motherboard – Gigabyte UD3h

Gigabyte was the king of Z77, so I’m still a bit partial to their UD3H boards. This board provided excellent OC support for me, and has plenty of features for extra USB/SATA ports. This is just an all around, awesome motherboard.

RAM – Patriot Signature 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600

Just 8 gigs of DDR3 RAM, nothing special about it.

GPU(s) – EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB

Crossfire’d 7970’s would probably out-perform this 780, but there’s something to be said for the elegance of a single-card solution. Zero hassle with SLI/Xfire, less PSU requirements and the ability to upgrade down the line made the 780 a decent choice here.

Case – Fractal Design Define R4

Expect to see me use this case a lot. I just love it. It’s small, it looks nice and clean, it’s not “plasticy”, it has padding on the inside to dampen sound and there’s plenty of room inside for managing cables. I absolutely love this case.

PSU – SeaSonic 620W 80 Plus

 

What can I say? I love SeaSonic PSUs, and 620W is easily enough here to get the job done.

DVD Drive – LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer

Just a standard optical drive for reading DVDs.

The second challenge!

The chords in the first part move from CM7->FM7, and in the second section from am7->BbM7

The last submissions were great. I’m still not sure what to do with the “winners”, other than featuring their soundcloud and what not on my stream overlay. If you were one of the two winners from the last contest, message me via e-mail or on reddit so we can figure something out!

If you’re new to this, the idea is to take this simple, melodic idea and arrange it into a full piece.

Post all of your submissions to the relevant reddit thread linked below the title!