X-post from my Tech Blog: ‘These Battle-Stations pack a punch!’

I wanted to highlight a couple of builds that I liked on Reddit. Thanks to “Helrich” and “eagletwo808” for letting me post their builds.

The first build brought to you by Helrich, dubbed “Quasimodo,”¬†is a space saver build, but it has by no means given up any power. Helrich uses the small, but sexy, BitFenix Prodigy computer case which lays the motherboard down “test-bench” style. I think this helps with things like heavy graphics cards from bending down and potentially breaking. I know my SLI 560’s hang a little too low for my comfort which makes me a sad panda ūüė¶

The power packed into this thing is amazing.¬†Check out the spec’s here in comments of the Reddit post.¬†There is an amazing list of components packed into this little case including:

¬†i7 3770k CPU¬†OC’d to 4.8 GHz

–¬†EVGA GTX 690 Signature GPU

Р2x 120GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD

& much more in this SWEET sweet build…¬†Salivate¬†over some pictures, why don’t you!

     

The second build by eagletwo808¬†¬†named MAGI-XT is like a “finely combed beast.” By that I mean it looks so aggressive yet the cablemanagement (which makes me jelly) gives it is so smooth… I guess a Bruce Wayne and Batman reference is sitting in there somewhere. **Give me your best one in the comments below.** I truly love the red-sleeved cabling that is done. The dual fan radiator at the top is just beautiful. There is a list of spec’s in the imgur album, but here are a few that I like:

–¬†Intel Core i7 Extreme 3960X @ 4.5Ghz

–¬†EVGA GTX 680 FTW+ 4GB

–¬†Corsair Dominator GT 16GB Quad-Channel 2133MHz DDR3 RAM

–¬†Corsair H100 Liquid Cooler

…there is also a sweet¬†1200 watt PSU,¬†the case,¬†sleek fans,¬†gaming keyboard,¬†gaming mouse¬†, and much more that make this build abnormally awesome! I would not say that 808 is a Corsair fanboy, but probably more of a completion-ist when it comes to matching hardware.

Here are a few of my favorite shots, but don’t forget to check out the¬†entire build here.

   

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Ken Block Takes San Francisco by Storm!

I have a ton of different hobbies and interests ranging from tech, design, video games, and many others. Every once in a while, though, I find something that is new and intriguing to me. I’ve known what Gymkhana (drifting) was before this video, but this was one of those things that sent me spiraling into the YouTube abyss trying to find more. Ken Block is one of the (if not THE) best drifters in the world and probably the most popular. The team that pulled this off were able to turn San Francisco into a drifter’s playground. They went throughout the entire city and just killed it. Tons of GoPro cameras can be seen throughout the video and a cameo by Travis Pastrana is totally awesome!

Here is a link to the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuDN2bCIyus&feature=player_embedded

 

Go check it out, enjoy, and fall down the YouTube rabbit hole with me.

X-post from my Tech Blog: ‘Triple Feature’

Well it has definitely been a while since I last posted so I thought I would try to win back your love with a triple-feature of some very nice builds I saw on Reddit. Thank you to woox13, DominoMotherf***er, and tanmaniac for their permission to post their builds. I will post the links to their Reddit posts. Go show them some love and up-vote the posts to give them some sweet sweet Karma.

First is¬†woox13,¬†and his custom¬†desk with his water-cooled PC built into it. Totally futuristic look, but also functional as a riser for his¬†TRIPLE monitor setup. It reminds me of the¬†Matrix¬†when the guy says, “I don’t even see code anymore, all I see is blonde, brunette, red-head..” Some of you know what I mean..

     

Links:

Reddit post

Triple Monitor Stand

Matrix movie

The second featured build comes from DominoMotherf***er which is still a work in progress, but I thought was sick enough so far that I had to show it. His build includes water-cooling for his CPU with a loop into his GPU. It is sick looking and I can not wait until it is done to post more. The Cooler Master Storm Trooper case is just aggressive and adds to the green coolant on the inside.

  

Links:

Reddit post

Cooler Master Storm Trooper Case

And last, but certainly not least, I have a special treat for you all. A beastly $4,200 build dubbed¬†“Nighthawk”¬†by¬†tanmaniac.¬†He built it for a customer of his who wanted to do a lot of video production and editing. This thing just has astronomically impressive stats. For instance, notice the¬†32 Gb of RAM,¬†12 Tb of storage¬†space, and a¬†Core i7 processor¬†OC’d to 4.2 GHz just to name a few key features. I am also in love with the motherboard tray being turned 90 degrees to allow the heat to exhaust out of the top of the¬†Silverstone RV01 case.

    

Links:

Reddit Post

G. Skill Ripjaws RAM

Seagate Baracuda 3TB

Core i7 Processor

Silverstone RV01

I hope you all enjoyed the triple-feature in this post. Show these guys some love and give them some Karma on Reddit. If you have any suggestions for future topics or want to know more about any of these guys, leave a comment below and I will do what I can.

Don’t forget to check out our¬†Facebook Fan Page: Only the Best Tech and Gaming¬†to join the community and leave pictures of your own builds.

Also, I am hosting a charity fundraiser to help with MS research and awareness, visit: http://www.giveagiftofgreen.com/fundraisers/ms

Thanks guys!

Who has the better abs by summer?

So today for my first true post I thought I would share a little challenge a friend of mine and I are currently in. We decided around Christmas time we were not happy with our current selves and were thinking of a way to improve. We are always up for a little competition with each other so we decided to make a bet. “Who will have the better abs by summer?” was the bet.

Now what is competition without a little incentive? We both agreed to put up $250 toward the bet. That doesn’t sound like a lot to some people, but to me it was plenty of incentive. ¬†Just around Christmas time I was weighing 197#’s. I had been above 200# in college and told myself never to get that way again. It was an unhealthy 200#. From the beginning of the year I started to take my diet seriously. I have been following the Paleo Lifestyle¬†(link to Reddit Sub-forum) for the past 1-2 years and liked it, but did not take it TOO seriously until February-March of this year.

Before I get too deep into the details I want to share some pictures from the middle of March when I weighed about 187#

At this point I had already lost about 10# from the holiday season, but my GUT was still… bleh! (Technical term there). Also, around this time I had learned about author Tim Ferriss¬†who has a couple of NY Times best-sellers. I really got into his first book “The 4-hour Workweek”¬†and loved his writing style which is good mix of being able to relate as well as informing the reader of new tools and methods in the business world. I naturally started looking for anything and everything about the subject and author (which is my style, which I will share in a later blog).

I soon rolled over to his second book “The 4-Hour Body”¬†and again, could not get enough. This thing is text-book sized and jam packed full of ‘body-hacks’ that are so intriguing to read about. One cool thing is that Tim researched and performed most (if not all) of these experiments on himself before writing about it.

Within the book (circling back to the main point) I found the “slow-carb diet” which, in my opinion, let me get over the hump and fear of dieting. It seems similar to the Paleo method so I did not have to change much of my mindset, but it is really easy to follow (plus it involves a cheat day where you can go hog-wild and pig-crazy). My diet for the past 4 months+ has basically consisted of 3 things. Chicken+green beans+ranch beans. This may sound weird to you, but to me it sounds delicious. I think I will go into more detail about why in a later post, but this regime of food (plus a cheat day for my sanity) has helped me achieve an emotional and physical peak of feeling healthy I have not felt in years.

I am still not to my goal of a 6-pack, but I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

   

I will post more updates on the progress of the bet when I can, but in the meantime let me know what you all think in the comments below.

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This is the blog of ‘Entrepreneur Chris Tobaben.’ I will showcase what is going on in my life which could range from several topics including (but not limited to) start-up business, tech and gaming news, health and fitness, home-brewing beer, college, and anything else that crosses my mind. I hope you will enjoy what I have to say and share it with others!