"Needy Healing" - Used Parts Overwatch PC Build - PART 5

With the system build complete, it's time to get all of our software installed and get to the business of setting up a stable overclock to see if this old CPU can run Overwatch smoothly.  As this is the first time I am overclocking a PC, I am sure the process of getting everything sorted out will involve a lot of trial and error, but fortunately, we are using core components that did not break the bank!  So, this sets up a great opportunity to be a little bit adventurous and learn as much as I can about the process.

"Needy Healing" - Used Parts Overwatch PC Build - PART 4

Time to assemble the parts!  In this segment, I will test, clean, and assemble the parts for this budget/performance Overwatch PC build.  The process should be pretty similar to most other PC assembly guides, but follow along if you want to see me muddle my way through this build after the jump.

"Needy Healing" - Used Parts Overwatch PC Build - PART 3

Case hacking!  This would be the first time I have modded a PC case, and luckily, this project will provide me with a great learning opportunity.  For this build, I obtained a Thermaltake Tsunami case for free as it came attached the the Craigslist power supply.  I had originally planned to use an entry level Corsair SPEC-01 case, but after poking around this old case, I started to see some good potential.  It has higher "cool factor"and saving $25 on the tight overall budget by using a free part is always a bonus!

"Needy Healing" - Used Parts Overwatch PC Build - PART 2

These are my adventures in parts hunting for the used budget/performance PC build introduced here:

"Needy Healing" Used Parts Overwatch PC Build - INTRODUCTION

In this post, I will go into some details about how I collected the components for this gaming build and some of the reasons for selecting them.  Feel free to skip through to PART 3 if the short list provided in the introduction is enough, and you want to get right into the build action.

"Needy Healing" - Used Parts Overwatch PC Build - INTRODUCTION

After over 10 years away from computer gaming, I got sucked back in when a friend put out a request to see if anyone was interested in starting to play Overwatch together.  While searching for information about building a gaming PC, I became intrigued with the idea of used parts, price/performance builds and began monitoring local Craigslist computer parts ads as well as Ebay auctions.  In my over-zealous and often misdirected parts collecting, I accumulated more components than I actually needed for my computing needs.  At that point, the obvious thing to do was to double down and keep buying MORE parts to assemble a complete system from all of the extras!

Part 2: Portable Lighting System for Beach Volleyball

This is part 2 in my ongoing DIY sports lighting project and details assembling a 24V DC power supply for the battery charger.  Part 1 of the project can be found here.

Most of the higher power balance chargers for Lithium Polymer (Lipo) batteries require a separate DC power supply.  For our project, we will be using the Revolectrix Power Powerlab 8x2 which can charge at 40 amps per channel.  Feeding this beast requires either an expensive (~$300+) 2000 watt power supply, or a bit of DIY modification to some widely available computer server power supplies to adapt them to the task.  Being as the overall lighting system cost was already running out of control, I decided to adapt powerful and reliable Hewlett Packard DPS-1200FB server power supplies which are readily available used from $20-$30 each.

Introduction: Portable Lighting System for Beach Volleyball

One of the main problems with playing beach volleyball and having a regular job of any kind is the obvious inability to play when the sun goes down.  While much of California boasts fantastically playable weather year-round, when the time changes and the days become short in the winter time, the sun sets around 5:00PM precluding most professionals from playing except on weekends.  I have often schemed in my mind searching for a way to right this injustice.

Given the widespread need for portable sports lighting, I was surprised at my inability to find any viable, cost-effective commercial products.  Recently, the appearance of a wide array of household and automotive LED lighting products got me thinking a viable DIY solution is possible.

In this series of posts, I will describe in detail how to build a battery powered, portable sports lighting system from readily available components.  While this system is designed specifically for beach volleyball, it can be adjusted and scaled for the technical requirements of other sports.  In this first introductory post, I will lay out my overall scheme and discuss some of the component choices that I made.  Subsequent articles will describe all of the modules in step by step build detail.