New Desktop Assembly

Since I'm all settled back in the states, it was finally time for my new desktop assembly.

I ordered the parts while I was working in Belgium, but I had them shipped to my US address to save a bit of money (and to motivate myself to come back on time).

Spec wise it was a lot nicer than my older desktop, and it also included some nice upgrades like SSD and decent cooling.

Here are some of the parts still in the box, just about ready for their new home.

Desktop Assembly - Parts

The case that everything went into was a Artic White Corsair Carbide 500R, which I definitely like the look of.

Desktop Assembly - Case

Let's not forget the all important PSU or video card though.

Desktop Assembly - PSU & Video Card

First off, I put the motherboard into the case, and got the RAM properly seated.

Desktop Assembly - Motherboard & RAM

Of course, for this (and all the remaining steps), I had my trusty helper - Hacker's Girlfriend!

Desktop Assembly - Helper

Next up was getting the video card in there. It was a little tight, but fit just fine in the end.

Desktop Assembly - Video Card

With all of that red and black in there, we had to back the Pack.

Desktop Assembly - Go Pack

Of course, once I had these parts put in, I realized that I had to take them all out again. Apparently my fancy heatsink came with a mounting bracket that attacked to the underside of the motherboard. After a bit of cursing, part removal, and reassembly, I was back in business.

Desktop Assembly - Heatsink

Once I got all the cabling sorted (yay for modular power supplies!), it was time to try to boot to my Win7 disk.

Desktop Assembly - Booting

It booted up just fine, and I was able to begin the Windows 7 install process.

Desktop Assembly - Windows 7

I noticed that my fans weren't spinning (or lighting up) yet though, which was because I had missed a power connection to my fan controller.

Desktop Assembly - Fans

With that settled, I was able to close the case up and see my machine in all of its glory!

Desktop Assembly - Complete

After I got Windows 7 installed, I upgraded it to Windows 10 to give that a try as well. Of course, once I completed the install, I made sure to disable the telemetry and tracking "features".

Desktop Assembly - Windows 10

Once I had everything installed and running, I ran 3D Mark (Fire Strike 1.1) to see how it compared. I ended up with a 9279, which is awesome (and allegedly better than 77% of machines tested).

Desktop Assembly - 3D Mark

All in all, I'm very happy with how everything turned out, and I'm excited to really get using my machine for labs, testing, and vulnerability research.

The final specs for it are as follows:

i5-6600K Skylake (3.5GHz)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UDF
G.Skill Ripjaws V (2 x 8GB)
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD
MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4G
Corsair 500R White ATX
Corsair HX750i 80+ Plat.

If you are interested in the same/a similar build, then you can check out my PCPartPicker list.

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Ray Doyle is an avid pentester/security enthusiast/beer connoisseur who has worked in IT for almost 16 years now. From building machines and the software on them, to breaking into them and tearing it all down; he's done it all. To show for it, he has obtained an OSCE, OSCP, eCPPT, GXPN, eWPT, eWPTX, SLAE, eMAPT, Security+, ICAgile CP, ITIL v3 Foundation, and even a sabermetrics certification!

He currently serves as a Senior Staff Adversarial Engineer for Avalara, and his previous position was a Principal Penetration Testing Consultant for Secureworks.

When he's not figuring out what cert to get next or side project to work on, he enjoys playing video games, traveling, and watching sports.

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5 Responses to New Desktop Assembly

  1. Now install Arch Linux

    • That said, I’ve been thinking about trying a clean Arch or BlackArch just to play with it. That’ll go inside of VirtualBox for now though.

      • Dan

        Boo! What’s wrong with you? Don’t you like fighting endlessly with drivers?

        • Boy, back in my day I had to configure my xorg.conf manually for my video card…and don’t get me started on wireless drivers.

          • Dan

            Lol, I learned more about the Linux operating system fighting with Broadcom drivers and trying to get shitty integrated-button multitouch touch pads than I ever did in college

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