Published on May 10th, 2013 | by Jonathan Beck4
Bro Cave: Barnacules
I don’t even know how to intro a cave like this one. This week, Barnacules puts previous caves to shame, and has enough monitors to make even me drool. Add in a complete racing simulation rig, a Hex Core 3930k and SLI GTX680s and you can push any game you want to its limits. Not only that, but with a 3D Printer in the mix there is little you can’t do in this office.
Whats up fellow nerds
My name is Jerry (AKA: Barnacules) and I am the producer of the Barnacules Nerdgasm channel on YouTube. Today one of my Twitter followers mentioned this site and said I should put my Bro Cave up on this forum and it sounded like a lot of fun. Well here I am and I hope you guys enjoy what I have done with the place. I look forward to reading your comments and making some new friends!
The main machine is a hex core i7 3930k on liquid at 4.7ghz per core with 32gb DDR-2366 and twin 256gb SSD in Raid 0 with 4 720 WD Blacks in Raid 5 for content. It has duel 680 GTX FTW+ graphics cards in SLI and a ASUS Xonar STX sound card piped through a Mackie 802-VLZ3 into my Logitech Z-5500’s and Beyerdynamic MMX-300 headphones. The build is in a CaseLabs M10 case with extended top for twin 360 black ice radiators with an external reservoir on the front just to look different.
I have a dasKeyboard Model S Silent mechanical keyboard with cherry MX brown switches which I absolutely love. Once you go mech you never go back! I use a Razor Imperator BF3 edition mouse since it’s very light weight and I love the feel. I also have a Belkin N52te I rarely use and a Connexion 3D Space Navigator which I use when I’m 3D modeling. I also have a Microsoft Surface RT tablet positioned in front of my keyboard for chatting when I’m live casting and as another display when I’m in games.
I also have an XBOX 360 w/ Kinect sensor and a XIM edge with a USB switch to connect my keyboard and mouse to the XBOX for playing FPS games, it works really well. For broadcasting and recording I have a Audio Technica A2020 microphone hooked to a ART Tube MP microphone amp which then goes into my Elgato Game Capture HD to merge the audio with video (only the center screen). I have tons of other little peripherals but nothing else really worth mentioning, if you see something in the pictures just ask about it.
I recently have really been getting into 3D printing so I purchased an Ultimaker 3D printer that can print in PLA or ABS and I have tons of videos on my YouTube channel showing it printing stuff. I also had a 3D scanner but I returned it because the resolution was horrible and it had too many problems. I’m in the market for a better 3D scanner if anyone knows of one? This printer has a 9x9x9 inch build volume and is actually pretty fast by 3D printing standards (which means it’s still very slow).
There are 2 other towers in the Man Cave. One is a server I used for hosting hyper visors for various tasks and the other computer is the music/video station from the picture above. They range from first generation I7 to Core 2 Duo and have good specs but nothing compared to the beast machine at the heart of the cave. I also have a netbook and a home server in the cave for keeping data backed up and I also have another home server under the staircase with a 14tb redundant array on it. I didn’t post a picture of that since it’s technically not in the cave.
The editing station has two KRK-Rokit 5 studio monitors connected to a ProFire 610 Firewire audio interface which I really like. I also have some peripherals for audio editing, etc so if you want more information just let me know!
My simulator setup for racing is an Obutto R3volution game cockpit with a Thrustmaster T500RS wheel and Fanatec Clubsport V2 pedals. I also have the TH8 shifter mounted for both sequential and H-pattern shifting. I modded the wheel to have a real Sparco steering wheel out of a car to make it feel more realistic.
For flight simulators I have a Logitech G960 flight system which I use with Flight Sim X when I have time to play it. I also have the T500RS original pedals which I no longer use but I keep on hand as a backup in-case I have problems with the Fanatecs.
For my little print center in the man cave I have an HP LaserJet 5MP that is older then the hills that I absolutely love and will never give up! And next too it I have an all-in-one Epson 610 Workstation.
I also have a fully stocked mini fridge with booze and energy drinks, however I don’t drink the energy drinks anymore (kidney stones). I have a comfy reclining love seat on the far side of the cave for friends to hang out on or if I just want to watch a movie or play some XBOX with a controller. The heat generated from all the computers and power requirement of the room required me to install 2 additional 20amp circuits to the Man Cave and a 15,000 BTU dedicated window A/C unit to keep the room at a constant 68 – 70 degrees even on the hottest day in summer.
I’m sure I missed tons of stuff but I wanted to get this posted since I’m having a lot of fun taking the pics and doing this write up. It’s hard sometimes to find other like minded individuals that understand why someone would do something like this. But I have a feeling I will be calling this place home moving forward since I’ve seen some other amazing setups on here!
Thanks for reading my post guys and I hope you get a chance to check out my videos on my channel and also come find me on Facebook and Twitter.