Computer

Not really a resource, I know! Weird, right? But a page about my Charon is an easy way to slap some buried affiliate links on the site. Plus it is a nice way for me to keep track of my own hardware and what I think of it. And of course it’s a great way to stay in shape.

External Hardware

  • Acer GN246HL 144Hz 24in

    144Hz is buttery smooth, and I think this is one of the cheaper 144Hz monitors you can buy. Worth it for me -- everything is buttery smooth.

  • AOC I2367F 23in LED

    This is my secondary monitor. I did play Overwatch on it for about six months, and it was great. But I wanted a 144Hz monitor, and this is only 60Hz.

  • Logitech G Pro Mouse

    This mouse is light and small, and it fits my hand really well. It's close to the size and weight of a standard office mouse, so it was an easy transition. It has a few side buttons, and some colorful lights.

  • Logitech G710+ Cherry MX Blues

    A great, noisy keyboard with super bright white LED backlighting. Blues are frequently cited as sub-optimal for gaming but I enjoy the tactile feedback and the glorious noise far too much to ever switch.

  • Corsair Graphite Series 780T Full Tower

    This is a case with more room than most sane people can ever use. It is almost as tall as I am when I sit down next to it. It is very solid and well-made -- there are no fragile, bendy metal bits to destroy. I probably did not need this case but I went for the extreme solution when experiencing heat issues.

  • Sennheiser HD 569 Headphones

    These headphones are pretty big, and I love their sound and ability to block external noise.

  • TONOR Pro Condenser PC Microphone

    Nothing super special, just a relatively cheap arm microphone I bought. I've used it with both a desk stand and an arm. The arm that comes with the mic is kind of trash, but I bought another brand arm for about $15 and I've had no problems since!

  • SteelSeries Mousepad

    I have a SteelSeries rubber base mousepad. It's 450mm x 400mm and Black.

Internal Hardware

  • AMD FX-8370 & Wraith Cooler

    I bought this processor to replace my old AMD processor and went from 70-80 FPS to consistent 150+ FPS. My computer also stopped sounding like a jet engine. The Wraith cooler is super quiet.

  • MSI Radeon R9 390 8G

    I bought this thing when it was relatively new, and it's served me well ever since. It took me two years to discover the LED has a flash/strobe feature -- can you tell I am totally RGB obsessed? (/s)

  • Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB DDR3

    Note/tip: some Overwatch players have reported much better performance when their RAM is dual channel versus single channel. If you aren't sure if your RAM is single or dual channel, download CPU-Z to check. You can potentially increase the game's performance on your rig as easily as moving a RAM stick one slot over!

  • ASRock 970M Pro3

    My tiny motherboard. It breathes well in the case, and supports my graphics card without a wiggle.

  • EVGA SuperNOVA 750W

    A great power supply with removable cords to help keep everything nice and neat. It has extremely clear labeling for what goes where, too.

  • 480 GB SSD / 250 GB SSD / 160 GB HDD / 500 GB HDD

    I have four hard drives.

    • PNY 480 GB SSD, which has my Windows installation.
    • Crucial 250 GB SSD, which has my Overwatch for those super-fast load times.
    • Western Digital Blue 500 GB HDD, contains files and junk.
    • Seagate Barracuda 160 GB HDD, just for recorded games. It was a weekend bandaid when I had ~1GB total free space on my system. Bandaid fixes are never really temporary though, are they?

Past Hardware

  • AmazonBasics Headphones (used 1.5 years & counting)

    These are really light headphones -- they have a decent sound. I compared them to a gaming headset, and found I preferred these (the headset sounded tinny in comparison). They have lasted me 1.5 years at this point -- after retiring them from Overwatch, they became (and still are) my work headphones. They work well enough for blocking most background sound in an office environment, too!

    I think you are hard-pressed to find a better set of headphones at this price point. AmazonBasics tends to make some really good stuff at low prices, and these headphones are not an exception.

  • Thermaltake Versa H22 (used 2.5 years)

    I used this case for about two and a half years. It was a decent case and probably could have survived a second build, but it had a few problems.

    Namely, the plastic bit in the back didn't properly fit my graphics card, so I had to leave it off. Additionally, the back pieces are the metal bendy type -- once you break it, you're done. I also managed to mangle the front headphones port, somehow? I am not sure how that happened, but it stopped working and was a bit more recessed than it should have been.

    The final nail in the coffin I experienced with the case was poor airflow and high temperatures -- I had to open up the side and use a fan to keep things cool enough. Although this might have been more relevant to what I was trying to stuff in the case it did finally force an upgrade.

  • Rosewill Cherry MX Blue RK-9200BU (used 3 years)

    I had zero complaints about the performance of this keyboard. It worked great for me, and its simplicity -- no extra buttons, no weird excess, small yet retaining a numberpad -- really appealed to me.

    The problems I did encounter with this piece of hardware did not affect performance: (1) Some of the key etching wore off really badly in under a year. After three years of use, well, some letters were just blurs! (2) One of the LEDs died within two weeks of receipt. I probably could've RMAed it but I did not bother over a single broken LED.

  • AmazonBasics XXL Mousepad

Preferred Hardware Brands

  • Logitech

    Logitech as a brand deserves an extra shoutout on this page. They warranty replaced both my G Pro mouse and my G710+ -- no questions asked and no struggle. This was after I'd already gotten a year or more of use out of their product. I have only good things to say about Logitech's customer service and warranty policies!

Software

General

  • Windows 7 Home Premium

    I use Win7 because I still use Windows Classic. None of that Aero junk for me~

  • Firefox

    I've been on Firefox since IE6 was the browser of choice. Chrome will never take me alive!

Recording / Gaming

  • Open Broadcaster Software

  • Nohboard

  • Windows Movie Maker

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