Behind the Name:
My brother is an insanely creative and intelligent human being. He has designed, cut, and welded multiple skid plates for his lifted TrailBlazer, he coded a program to operate multiple floppy drives at different speeds, to create different frequencies, resulting in music, he has also created a robotic hand that mirrors the hand of the user, he cut and welded a front bumper for his TrailBlazer from scratch, and is currently designing and building his own custom back bumper from scratch, plus many (maybe thousands?) more of undocumented experiments and projects. This being said, he loves to code, make stuff, blow stuff up, design stuff, etc. and has ALWAYS wanted an Intel Galileo Prototyping Board. So, because of his prolonged hunger for this board, we decided to name this beauty, "Galileo".
How could we get a $3.2k computer?:
First off, I know it isn't worth $3.2k, but that's what we paid, minus the parts we already owned.
We were able to afford a computer that cost so much dough because, for Christmas, my brother and I figured that instead of upgrading each of our computers individually, why don't we just combine those available gifts into one awesome VR build? So we did.
The build process went SUPER smooth! The only complaint we have, is that the Asus Maximus X Hero Mobo has a BIOS setting that "tunes" the CPU, and was causing it to receive too much power, and the CPU was idling at 56C while running the BIOS at the stock frequency. We tried reapplying the thermal paste three different times, each with a different technique, we also checked the mounting bracket for the cooler, tried turning all the fans to 100%, underclocking the CPU, and contacted NZXT support, only to figure out that it was a simple, one-click fix in the BIOS.
Also, we forgot to plug in the second part of the 24-pin power cable to the back of the PSU *facepalm*, causing the motherboard to only receive part of it's required power, which then resulted in an unsuccessful boot, so we freaked out thinking we would have to take this whole build apart and RMA the board. Fortunately, it was just a simple fix.
•The blue batman and the red dog were 3D printed by Mason at his college
•We bought two Windows 10 Pro keys ($69.98 is the price of both combined) with hopes to split the M.2 ssd so we could have a different "profile" for each of us. After some more thought, we decided to just use one operating system (so we wasted a Windows 10 key), and maybe use the rest of the M.2 to store a couple of games or something else frequently accessed.
•Mason already owned the GPU, 3TB hdd, webcam, and monitor from his upgraded Alienware Aurora R4
•The VIVE and Razer headphones were also a Christmas present
•The DVD/CD drive came out of my computer
•The router was obviously already owned
•There are two tubes of thermal paste because we bought a pack of two (duh)
•We painted the CD/DVD drive black so it didn't stand out with that ugly silver it comes with
1/08/18 - We bought a new keyboard and mouse (Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 and Razer Mamba Tournament Edition)
5/11/18- We borrowed Parker's monitor from his rig "Samson" and we are using it as a secondary monitor. We also hooked up Mason's TV from his dorm as a third monitor and to be used as a VR game display during parties and stuff
5/13/18- We bought the 400W Logitech Z623 speakers (Heckin awesome btw)
5/14/18- We bought the red and black sleeving for the VR headset's cable to help reduce the times it got tangled (and make it look cool) and we bought a foam replacement for the VR headset that is WAY more comfortable
12/24/18- We modded the HTC Headset to be wireless for more mobility and less tangled wires/accidental rippages from the link box
Pros: Super fast! With 6 cores and the capability of being overclocked to 5.0GHz, this is one of the best i7's
Cons: Runs A little hot, but easily tamed with a decent cooler
Pros: The RGB Logo and Infinity Mirror look amazing, and it cools great! My i7-8700K is OC'd to 5.0GHz and runs 32C at idle
Cons: Not really any
Other Thoughts: The ASUS MAXIMUS X HERO mobo has an automatic CPU "tuning" setting in the BIOS which can cause the CPU to recieve WAY TOO MUCH voltage, and the temps will sky rocket, tricking you into thinking it's a bad cooler
This stuff works like a charm
Pros: The RGB lights look B-E-A-UTIFUL and this is a high-quality mobo with plenty of features (all useful)
Cons: This mobo has a BIOS setting that "tunes" the CPU, and was causing our i7-8700K to receive too much power, and to idle at 56C while running the BIOS at the stock frequency. Turned it off and now it's OC'd to 5.0 GHz and idles at 32C
Pros: I love that this thing has Asus Aura Sync. Looks absolutely stunning with my Asus Maximus X Hero. Also, DDR4-3200 is plenty fast
Cons: Not really any
Pros: Talk about a difference! Going from a 7.2K RPM HDD to this M.2, BLEW ME AWAY! Definitely worth the money
Cons: Absolutely none
Details: I use this as a boot drive for Windows 10; Pretty sure Windows boots faster than my monitor can turn on
Pros: Freakin' fast! I love this thing
Cons: None at all
Details: I use this as a storage device for my applications and games, all start with almost no wait
Pros: Not bad for a 7.2K RPM HDD. Decently fast
Cons: It's an HDD. I prefer an SSD, but we already owned it, and it's 3TB, so...
Pros: Can handle any game I've thrown at it on max settings with over 60FPS (Tom Clancy's Wildlands hits over 100) and runs semi-cool
Cons: Can't think of any
Other Thoughts: I wish I had gotten the RGB edition
Pros: Plenty of space; Tons of expansion slots; Looks stunning; Came with 3x140MM and has room for 5 more
Cons: No dust filter for the top if you have intake fans there (Lucky for me, I don't)
Pros: I love the RGB fan, looks great!
Cons: Has flat, black, rainbow cables
Other Thoughts: The cables didn't look as bad as I expected
144Hz looks absolutely awesome
Heckin awesome! Such wow!
With a 130W subwoofer included, these are totally worth the money! The things make listening to music, playing games, even browsing youtube sound so much better!