This is project Lazarus. My daily driver which I've been building up for over 7 years.
The build started off in a standard office case with only an AMD FX-4170 and an ASUS mobo that I cannot remember for the life of me what the model is, 8GB of DDR3 RAM with Windows 7 Home Premium. I didn't even have a PCIe GPU installed at the time of getting it. It was my first 'gaming' pc so I was thrilled regardless.
Over the years its gone through many changes:
- I bought an Nvidia GTX-660 to get some more Minecraft frames (I was 13 at the time don't judge)
- Upgraded the RAM kit to a 16GB set (4*4GB)
- Got a beefier GPU for Christmas, ASUS Strix GTX 970 OC Edition
- Case swapped to a Phanteks Enthoo Pro (I ended up scraping the back of the original mobo in the process which killed it)
- New mobo, MSI 970 Gaming (AM3+)
- A metric butt load of fans for the new case
- Entire base overhaul after my second CPU bit the dust (upgraded to an FX-8350 Black Edition as a placeholder during college), moving to Intel 9600K w/ ASUS Prime Z390-P (My current architechture)
- And many other small additions in between those big ones!
The reason I picked Lazarus as this computers name is how it was revived from the dead. The FX-4170 gave up after 6 Years of service, during my exam season of all times. It remained dead for about a year and even moved houses with me. One day I decided I would attempt to revive the fallen beast, buying the FX-8350 Black Edition in spring 2019 for next-to-nothing and a cheap ass mobo. After days of toying to get it working, the beast POSTed and sprung back to life. While not the fastest, it ran and thats all I wanted. This made me realise I had to treat to a well deserved parts overhaul, which moved me to the intel architecture.
In the past week or so I decicded I wanted to make a leap towards my ultimate goal of having a PC which was not only very capable at gaming, video/photo editing and other things, I wanted it to be an Art Piece too. One night I browsed the internet for some sexy cases and I came across the Fractal Design Define 7 in white. I instantly knew I had found what I wanted and set about getting my Art project started on its journey.
The build is not yet finished however, with my current setup I only have the two LED fans to complete the White/Black look. The list of things I plan on adding to the system next (in order):
- 6x Corsair LL120 White RGB fans (3 for top, 2 for front of the rad and one in the rear)
- PCIe Riser Cable (Most likely the Fractal Design one as the mounts are designed for my current case)
- New GPU, Likely an RTX 2070 Super
- 16 more GB of RAM (2*8GB)
- Possibly a Mobo upgrade, likely an ASUS Prime Z390-A
- M.2 Storage for Boot Drive/Import Drive for pictures and video
In conclusion, Lazarus is on its way to becoming a work of art (in my eyes at least), but is by no means done.
Please let me know what you think and feel free to haze me for my terrible GPU lol
No seriously though, I finally completed the build with the addition of a Gigabyte RTX 3070 Vision OC. While a build is never finished, its in a near complete state for now.
The first update for Project Lazarus is here, and I'm quite happy with how it's turned out!
The first thing I did was to complete the RGB layout with the addition of 6 more Corsair LL120 RGB fans in white (A pricy purchase I must say)
The second change I've made is the vertical mounting of my ancient GTX 970 Strix, using a PCIe Riser. I think it makes the system look a lot nicer, but the card will hopefully be replaced soon (I'm eyeing up an RTX 3080 FE as my replacement, considering the price).
Not much to write about but its a big change aesthetically. I do have some White sleeved extensions for the GPU and 24-Pin arriving in the next couple of days, which I'll take pictures of and post here too
As mentioned in the previous update, I've purchased some braided extensions for my 24-pin and 8-pin PCIe cables. They've now been installed and make the build look a lot nicer. I didn't get an extension for the CPU power cable as it's not particularly visible up in the top left anyway, I figured I could save some money that way.
I've also invested in a Corsair Commander Pro to give better control over fan speed and the RGB in general. The standard fan profiles with my Asus motherboard were too loud when in quiet mode. With the commander pro, they are whisper silent, its surprisingly quiet actually. Side note: am I the only one that thinks Corsair purposely make their RGB cables near-impossible to cable manage well? (/s lol)
I spent a good hour and a half tidying up the back-side of the case too, so I'll get a picture of it once I'm moved into my Uni accomodation.
I also mentioned that I am planning on buying an NVidia RTX 3080 FE. I'm going to follow NVidias recommendation of using at least a 750W PSU, which means buying a new one to replace my CX650. With the PSU upgrade I'll be getting a full set of Cablemod Pro White braided cables, to get everyting looking nice and pretty, with the PSU being EITHER the Corsair RM750X White or the ROG 850G White Edition. This also poses a challenge for the aesthetics at the GPU end, with Nvidia deciding to make an ugly black 12-pin power cable. I'll likely zip-tie the two 8-pin ends together to keep them compact and clean.
More updates to come!
PSU Upgrade + Cables
Back again with another build update!
I'm moved into my university accommodation now, so I had a chance to take a picture of the cable management at the back of the pc when I did the upgrades (included in post). It was better before I got the cablemod cables with the new PSU, but thats as good as I could get it without disturbing the already okay(ish) cable management job I'd done.
So the first thing I've done is get a new PSU, ready for the 30-series RTX cards. I went with the recommended 750 Watts of power, to save me money and because its good enough to run the 3080 anyway. I got the RM750X White Edition PSU, to complement the system (of course) and paired it with some Cablemod Pro series white braided cables.
The cablemod cables are awesome and okay to work with; the only thing I wish is that the 24-Pin atx cable was longer so I could route it better at the back of the case. The cable combs are like no other though, they work super well and look the part too.
The third thing I got was another 16GB set of matching TeamGroup memory, as I'm doing CAD as part of my course, which means large assembly and part files, coupled with some simulation later on in the degree. Having 32GB should help with all that gubbins.
This will likely be the last update for a while as the waiting time for an RTX 3080 in the UK is pretty big at the moment. Overclockers said that if I preorded now I'd be waiting till January of 2021 to get it, if not later. I'll wait out the stock debaucle and stick with the GTX 970 for as long as I can. It still works and hopefully will for the forseebale future (touch wood).
Thanks for all the kind comments on the build, I'm glad some people find it as pretty as I do <3