The Tragedy of Jest

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Blake Dove
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The Tragedy of Jest

Sometimes building with the best intentions still yields unsatisfying results.

Jest was meant to be a build for a dear friend of mine, Rich. We'd met a long time ago doing goofy podcasts, hanging out playing games, and generally just getting down with all things nerdy. Rich has always been a fan of Dungeons and Dragons, and still plays several games a week. One day he approached me with a proposition to be in his newest show, based around an entirely new homebrewed version of DnD he'd come up with himself. It had a map, an engaging story, and we'd be able to record it from opposite ends of the country - it was perfect! For the first few weeks we recorded with little to no issues, but then disaster struck. As anyone who does anything remotely creative knows, your show is only as long lived as your equipment. Rich's laptop died ten minutes into a session and we lost the previous weeks of recordings. Bummer.

At this point, you've got to ask yourself "why does this matter and who cares?". Well, this story might be the only part of the build that ever sees the light of day. Rich needed a PC and I happened to have some parts. We made what we had work - but I couldn't just ship a boring computer to one of my best friends, could I? Nah. I spent a few days overclocking (shout out to AMD for such a beefy stock cooler) and I put together a party piece. I had the map of Rich's Dnd world laser-engraved into a piece of plexi for the side window. Jest, with all it's green forests, hidden castles, and deep blue oceans - I might be a little full of myself but I thought it was cool that we'd literally be playing a game in a world built using hardware that represented that same fantastical world.

Alas, the United States Postal Service spares no victims and has no honor. Shipped with insurance and double boxed with the highest quality foam I could find - they still managed to tear into the box, and then the computer itself. As far as we can tell; someone might have gotten into the box and then ripped the cooler and cpu out after intentionally dropping it. It's been almost 6 months since I sent this little box of magic off to it's rightful owner, only for it to be destroyed in transit. Lesson learned, I guess. The USPS has chosen not to communicate what exactly their going to do about the situation and at this point, I've sort of lost hope that they'll own up to their mistakes despite every update being "just a few weeks away".
Color(s): Black Gray Green
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: Air Cooling
Theme: Fantasy
Size: Micro-ATX
Type: General Build


$ 366.56
AMD - Ryzen 7 (1700)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 8
$ 129.99
ASUS - ROG Strix Gaming (B450-F)
Chipset: B450
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: ATX
$ 209.99
Crucial - Ballistix (3600MHz) (Black/RGB)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 32 GB
$ 859.00
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1080
$ 55.99
Western Digital - Blue SN500 NVMe
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 250 GB
$ 304.00
Western Digital - Caviar Green (2x)
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
$ 134.13
Thermaltake - Smart BX1 (RGB) 750W
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Bronze
$ 49.99
Zalman - S2
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Estimated total value of this build:
$ 2,109.65
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