Description

Four fingers and a thumb, as it were.

-Lucian Lachance

(This build is devoted to the Dark Brotherhood of the Elder Scrolls series, from which my username is based.)


Obligatory update: The RX 470 has been replaced with a Sapphire R9 Fury Nitro and the power supply has changed back to the 750W B2 because I gave the CXM to a friend.

Good afternoon (or morning/evening) my fellow part pickers. This completed build is the culmination of 3 months worth of upgrades and changes to my previous completed build, Scrappy v1.0. The scrappy build was dedicated simply to get a well working machine that could play my games. This time, I've focused considerably more on quality and looks than the original iteration. In order to keep this short and sweet, I'll list each of the parts that changed and my thoughts on the build as a whole.

Changes from Scrappy to The Black Hand:

R9 290x to RX 470:
Why I switched: I mentioned this in my old build, the R9 290X died on me, so I did a quick update to the build (in the form of Scrappy V1.1) to include the new GPU which I had to rush out and buy, the RX 470. I chose the 470 over the 480 because I didn't have the cash with me at the time to afford the $30 price jump at Microcenter.
Thoughts: Great card. Definitely wish I could've gotten a 480, but this thing's OC'd nice and high and it runs everything I want just fine at 1080p ultra with a couple things turned down.

EVGA 750W B2 to Corsair CX450M:
Why I switched: Basically, the B2 was large, loud, and ugly. It was very cramped in my mATX case, and the overload of soldered cables didn't help. It also ran pretty loud, and I can get a bit anal about noise when my ADHD is acting up. Finally, the cables were all ketchup and mustard with a see-through black mesh around the majority of them; simply not as good looking as the all black of the CX450M. Not to mention, I just had the 450W lying around from before I got the 290x, so I figured why not?
Thoughts: I am much happier with this CX450M. It fits much better in the case, runs quieter, and the cables look a lot nicer. I don't need the 750W anymore now that I have the 470. I have to say, the 24 pin was notably difficult to fit into the rear cable management space of the N200, so I had to route it through the middle when I redid all my cable management.

Encore ENEWI to Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I
Why I switched: The ENEWI was simply lent to my by my good friend IwannaPC until I had the money to get a proper wifi card. The ENEWI lacked an antenna, which was made worse by the fact that I am a good 50 feet (or 2 stories) from the router. Downloading all my steam games on the Encore wifi card was not fun. I would gladly take the 8-10MBps that I get with the Gigabyte versus the 100-300KBps with the Encore.
Thoughts: So much better than the ENEWI, and the antenna is apparently magnetic on the bottom (found that out today!).

Added AOC i2476vwm Monitor
Why I bought it: It was on sale at walmart for only $64, and what's not to love about a cheap 24" 1080p IPS monitor?
Thoughts: Solid panel. The stand is a bit wobbly, but most of that is my ****** desk.

Repasted CPU Cooler
Why I did it: I don't remember if it's in the video or not, but I had IwannaPC do the thermal paste for me because I couldn't seem to get it to come out. He may have been a bit too generous with the paste on accident, and I honestly felt that I should have been the one to do it, given that it's my build. This led me to repaste the cooler with the same CP15, but did it in a P shape this time instead of a large blob.
Thoughts: Not much actual difference, but it helped me bond a little more with my PC ;)

Other than that, I added a bunch of stickers I bought from my friend, redid all the cable management, and switched the fans from molex to 3-pin. I also overclocked the GPU and monitor.

Final Thoughts:

This has been a very fun journey, and a much more personal one than my previous build, which was mostly built by IwannaPC. I put a lot more of my own effort into this, and tried to personalize it to my tastes. I got lots of help on the PCPP discord when doing installing everything and doing cable management, and I highly recommend you go there if you ever need anything.

Thanks for sticking around this long. I hope you all enjoyed the build!

Part Reviews

Video Card

A great purchase. One thing I've noticed is it's not nearly as hot as people typically think it is. As long as you don't get the reference cooler, this thing will actually stay about as cool as your typical 1080p-1440p capable GPU (it got about the same temps as my RX 470). If you can get this at a decent price it's a great deal!

Wireless Network Adapter

Great wifi adapter. About the best I could hope for, and the Bluetooth is a plus.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 5 points

I gotta hand it to you, this build is a huge improvement over the last one!

I'm sorry

+1 for the custom hand paint case mod

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! It took my 4 tries and about a gallon (okay, not quite a gallon) of blank paint. My hands still smell funny.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Well at the end it was worth it :)

Btw I noticed you don't have an IO shield in the back, what happened to it?

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

The motherboard was open box, didn't come with one. I'd say it's a fair price to pay considering I got it for less than half of what it usually goes for.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok, that makes sense, thanks

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

He may have been a bit too generous with the paste on accident

insert some overused triggered gif, angry face emoji, or whatever related reaction here

/s

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I had to be honest... ;)

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes
YES
YESSSSS

This is good

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes/10

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

10/Yes

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Ashen One

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You noticed Dark Souls 3 on the monitor, eh?

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

How are you finding that GPU? I have exactly the same one but it seems to be running a bit hotter and loud. Not sure if you've managed any overclocking but mine is too hot even when bumped up to 1300mhz on the core

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine is at 1400mhz on the core. I've found that the AMD Wattman custom fan curve is superior to afterburner's if that helps. The thing has been great so far.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I'll take a look. I hadn't considered wattman until now. I love elder scrolls games too. Mostly skyrim but I plan on getting oblivion and occasionally dabble in ESO.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude......man.....dude man....dude.....nice....

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Glad you're back.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice upgrade. Cable management looks really good too.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Brother , What is the sound of life ?

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Why silence, of course.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The color scheme is magnificent. It's nice to see another Assassin's Creed fan here :D

Also, your cable management isn't trying to strangle your GPU-Why's that? I don't think I've ever seen that... Could you rearrange it to be more PCPP-Friendly? /s (Beautiful cable management! +1!)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Assassin's Creed

triggered

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I love your George picture. Such a funny episode! Great build though +1!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

c l e a n

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

So I gotta ask where you got the name. Was it from the Command and Conquer series of games? Nice build overall. Good choice of parts.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Command and Conquer

TRIGGERED

But for real though, it’s from the elder scrolls series. The Black Hand were the elite group of leaders of the Dark Brotherhood, a cult of assassins.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

yo you got a r9 fury - you know whats up in performance land ( at least in last gen ) fiji vs maxwell --> fiji > maxwell

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I definitely tried a lot harder. I should include a pic of the rear cable management space. In fact, I'll do that right now.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! In fact, I was referring to the Black Hand who killed the Emperor way back when... ;)

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The MX300 is great. I don't have anything to compare it to, but most of my boot time is spent in the bios, so that's good I guess.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Ayyyyyyyyy.

I appreciate the positive support, I certainly did my best.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Congratulations! You win... uh...

My upvote! (Note: I'm not actually giving people upvotes for finding George, I'm only upvoting because I appreciate it when people take the time to comment on my build)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

George...?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a poster of George Costanza in his underwear above the PC.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh. Umm... Imma look for it, so I can win..?

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Skyrim themed build

Lord of the Rings reference

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I was just trolling, I know that this is a GTA V themed build! But I don't see Trevor... (Trigger warning)

Alright, but seriously, It's a great build. But do you actually play AC?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Responds to wrong comment

I have played most of the AC games, but have never beaten one. I found them to just be too boring.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not very good at PCPP yet, I'm still pretty new xD

Why too boring?

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

You do realize that you have the option to spare Cicero and make him your companion, right...

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, me neither. I have only ever saved Cicero once in the over 2000 hours I’ve played the game.