My Battlestation

Welcome to my battlestation! As a software developer and gamer, having a capable PC for both productivity and play is very important to me. Along with my PC, I have a fleet of other personal devices that I use on a regular basis.

Radiance (rev. 7)

Windows 10

Purchased June 2013

Last updated April 2017

Radiance is my very first DIY system build, not only for which I researched and hand-picked every component myself, but also which I put together with my own hands. It is my pride and joy for this very reason, despite it being strictly a mid-range build, and I eagerly look forward to upgrades and future system builds.

The name Radiance comes from the purple and white color scheme I chose. It's no RGB, but it's discreet yet distinctive.

Revision 7 adds the Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound, which I used to rescue my processor from dangerously high temperatures.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item
Prices omitted as local merchants and prices are unavailable
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-30 06:15 EDT-0400
CPU Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Thermal Compound Noctua NT-H1 3.5g Thermal Paste
Motherboard ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage Intel 530 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 480 4GB NITRO+ 4G Video Card
Case Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-N15 PCI-Express x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter
Case Fan Xigmatek CLF-F1455 60.5 CFM 140mm Fan
Case Fan Xigmatek CLF-F1455 60.5 CFM 140mm Fan
Case Fan Corsair CO-9050017-WLED 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan
Monitor Dell U2412M 24.0" 1920x1200 60Hz Monitor
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard
Mouse Cooler Master Recon Wired Optical Mouse
Other NZXT CB-LED20-WT 2-Metres Light Sensitivity Sleeved LED Kit (White)
Previously owned:
Name Part List
Radiance (rev. 6) PCPartPicker part list
Radiance (rev. 5) PCPartPicker part list
Radiance (rev. 4) PCPartPicker part list
Radiance (rev. 3) PCPartPicker part list
Radiance (rev. 2) PCPartPicker part list
Radiance (rev. 1) PCPartPicker part list
Radiance (rev. 0) PCPartPicker part list

Daniel's MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)

Received February 2014

This MacBook Pro was given to me by my big brother when my MacBook broke down. It's a build-to-order model with a high-resolution 1680x1050 antiglare display and an aftermarket 128 GB SSD.

I'm no longer an avid macOS user but I do still use it on a daily basis. I love Day One and have yet to find a worthy replacement for it on Windows. Maybe I'll just build my own! Someday.

Previously owned:
Name Product
Daniel's MacBook MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010)

Lumia Flourish

Lumia 830 (16 GB, White)

Purchased June 2015

Lumia Flourish is my very first Windows Phone after over six years of using iPhones. I've always wanted one since Windows Phone 7, and although the app gap is still a real problem for many users, it doesn't bother me too much as I don't use many mobile apps to begin with. (Shock and awe.)

The name Lumia Flourish comes from an unreleased wallpaper set I made called Flourish that was designed for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Previously owned:
Name Product
iBolt Chartreuse iPhone 5c (16 GB, Green)
iBolt Crystal iPhone 4 (16 GB, White)
iBolt 3GS iPhone 3GS (16 GB, White)
iBolt 3G iPhone 3G (16 GB, White)
Nokia 2610 (Blue)
Nokia 3310 (Light Blue)

iBolt atto IV

iPod shuffle (4th generation, 2 GB, Purple)

Purchased July 2015

I'm a traditionalist: I've always liked having a cellphone and a portable media player as two separate devices. (Don't ask me how I ended up using iPhones for over six years.) When I made the switch from iOS to Windows Phone, I knew right away that I needed an iPod if I wanted to stay in sync with my mature iTunes database.

I've always wanted one of those clip-on iPod shuffles since the 2nd-generation iPod shuffle came out, and now I finally own one (in purple, no less!). It pairs excellently with Lumia Flourish, with that click wheel being nearly the same size as the Lumia 830's camera housing!

All my iPods are named iBolt atto as a parody of the iPod mini and iPod nano.

Previously owned:
Name Product
iBolt atto III iPod touch (4th generation, 8 GB, Black)
iBolt atto II iPod nano (3rd generation, 4 GB, Silver)
iBolt atto iPod shuffle (1st generation, 1 GB)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S750

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S750

Received December 2008

I've only ever owned one dedicated camera: a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S750 that I received for free as part of some sort of promotion back in 2008. I never named it, but it served me well; I will be retiring it on its 10th anniversary as my Lumia 830 is now my primary camera.