Hello and welcome back to our Sunday Setups series! This week the featured Death Blossoms member will be yours truly. I really like my setup and wanted to share it with our readers so I hope you enjoy!
First off, hello, I’m Stardust! I’ve been in Death Blossoms for approximately 15 months and you may know me as a member of Team Aris (snek squad!), your weekly NA PUG manager, or perhaps the friendly DB blog manager! I am 31-years-old and proudly call myself a Mercy main. I love cats, stars, and the color red. I have truly been happy as a member of Death Blossoms and I truly enjoy giving back to the amazing community that has blossomed here.
My setup has evolved over the last 3 years. I recently got my second monitor and it’s been a game changer! It took me a bit to adjust to the freedom of two displays, but it has been a welcome change. I feel like having the larger than usual desk is also great for me since I have to keep my CPU tower on the desk due to having a carpeted “office” area and three cats! Cat hair in my tower would be a big no-no. My Elgato streamdeck is also newer and I’m still getting 100% used to it. There’s still a lot of Googling and random testing going on!
Despite the changes I’ve already made, there are a few things I am hoping to upgrade or change entirely. I would like different speakers for starters. The current ones have a shorter cable so I can’t place them on either sides of my monitors which kind of sucks (first world problem!). I would also like to get a standalone microphone for audio purposes. I think that’s probably the priority for me if I had to pick one.
My setup is far from perfect, but through trial and error I’m learning what I would want to do differently. I definitely multi-task and have taken up streaming more often so when we originally built this computer in 2014 we tried to ensure it was able to stream at a decent level. Now that I’ve reached affiliate status on Twitch (hype!) I am hoping to make some internal upgrades in the coming year. It is pretty beastly overall and I have minimal complaints. I can play all of my favorite games with ease and lovely clarity. Prior to building my custom PC I gamed on an iMac and making this change was the best thing I could have ever done.
While I am the primary user on this computer, my husband actually came up with the build himself and put it together by hand. I asked him what advice he would give to anyone considering building a PC for themselves or others, and the important thing he stressed is to take your time and do your research. Ensure the components are compatible and that you are able to do everything with your computer that you’re hoping to do. It’s an investment, financially and otherwise, and it’s worth doing it right.
You can find the components my husband used in my tower below. I’ll also include links to my personal social media if you’d like to give me a follow! Thank you for checking out today’s Sunday Setups post all about my gaming “hub”. If you’d be interested in submitting your setup to the blog, fill out the form you can find here. Check back with the Death Blossoms blog soon for more content from our amazing community.
CPU: Intel – Core i5-6600K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master – Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus – Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial – Ballistix Sport 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
Storage: Kingston – SSamsung – 850 EVO-Series 500 GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive, Seagate – Barracuda 1 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (x2)
Video Card: EVGA – GeForce GTX 970 4 GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card
Case: NZXT – Phantom 820 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: EVGA – SuperNOVA GS 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus – DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
OS: Microsoft – Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit
Case Fans (4): NZXT – FN-140RB 62.5 CFM 140mm Fan
Monitors (2): Asus – VG248QE 24.0″ 1920×1080 144 Hz Monitor
Headphones: Razer – KRAKEN 7.1 CHROMA 7.1 Channel Headset
Others: Elgato Stream Deck (15 Key)
CORSAIR Glaive Mouse
CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Corsair Gaming MM400 High Speed Gaming Mouse Pad