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Published on July 15th, 2011 | by Brandon

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Bro Cave: Brandon

Hey guys, Brandon here. To get your weekend off on the right foot, we’re starting a weekly feature here at KBMOD, which we lovingly call “Bro Cave.” The bro cave is a sacred place where we retreat from the ails of everyday life to boot up our PCs and dominate newbs in our game of choice, drowning out their cries with the sound of our case fans. Each week, we will feature a gaming setup from one of the KBMOD authors or take submissions from you guys to feature your setup for all the world to see.

This week, I have the honor of being our initial bro cave contributor, so I hope you enjoy.

To start things off, here is my tower, the full-size Cooler Master HAF 932 in all its glory:

Built in March 2010, this machine can still hang with the best single-card machines out there. What’s it got inside? I’m glad you asked!

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
Power Supply: Kingwin Lazer LZ-1000
Motherboard: EVGA X58 SLI
Graphics Card: XFX Radeon 5870 XXX
CPU: Intel Core i7-980X (overclocked to 4.2GHz)
RAM: 12GB Corsair Dominator
SSD: Intel X25-M
HDD: WD Caviar Black

If we take a look inside the case, you can see I tried to make the wiring as tidy as possible for max airflow. The result is that my CPU idles close to ambient temperature, so I’d say the effort was worth it.

Now, on to my actual bro cave. A few months ago, I was rocking dual 22″ Samsung 226BW monitors, and my setup looked like this:

But I knew I could go further. I had to go further. So in true KBMOD fashion, I bit the bullet and ventured into the world of triple monitors. Here is my setup now, complete with three 24″ ASUS VW246H displays:

Triple monitor gaming with Eyefinity is pretty neat, as you can see here with Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

So there you have it, my bro cave. If you have any questions about my setup or just want to tell me how sweet it is, hit me up on Twitter.

Keep an eye out next Friday for a new bro cave!

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10 Responses to Bro Cave: Brandon

  1. Achilles17 says:

    >i'm jelly.

  2. Welshboy2142 says:

    >Eyefinity is insane

  3. Jason says:

    >So So Sweet….This is the ultimate gaming setup. P.S. nice alarm clock :)

  4. Unknown says:

    >Don't bother showing the others, you win

  5. dominick says:

    >i think your cpu is a bottleneck

  6. Dex says:

    >Is that a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 HSF?

    Kinda disappointed. No SLI on a board that supports 3 cards?!! No dedicated sound card?!!

    The monitors sure are nice, though. Your wiring looks great, too. <3

  7. vol1tion says:

    >@Dex:

    Yep, that's a Hyper 212+. Best price/performance ratio of any heatsink out there.

    I didn't need SLI/CrossFire at the time I built it, but I may CrossFire 5870s soon or upgrade to a better single card once the next generation from AMD/Nvidia comes out.

    Lastly, onboard sound has come a long way; dedicated sound cards are becoming increasingly niche, and I just didn't need one. I've had no complaints with my onboard sound since I built this rig last year.

  8. Dex says:

    >@Brandon – Why did you choose that board, with 3-way SLI, then? There were/are better boards in that category in terms of features and/or ease of overclocking. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice board, but when talking about niche components, 3-way SLI stands out.

    While I agree that onboard sound has come a long way, that doesn't mean that it trumps a dedicated sound card. Onboard video has come a long way, too, but still isn't on the same level as a dedicated card in terms of what it can do.

    Very nice looking setup, no doubt. How do you like your ASUS monitors? I hear mixed reviews, but I rarely hear anyone say something bad about Samsung monitors.

  9. xxgiantxx says:

    >What desk is that? I need a new one and I really like that one.

  10. vol1tion says:

    >@xxgiantxx:

    I don't remember what it was called, but it's from Ikea.

vol1tion

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Brandon started his PC gaming days playing Doom II (IDDQD/IDKFA for life) and has been hooked on online gaming since the original Starsiege: Tribes. The way to his heart is through proper grammar, corn dogs, and cookie cake.


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