The Hardware

The Computer

What piece of hardware powers all of the gaming goodness for RavingLuhn? Meet Wheatley:

Wheatley

Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower

PSU: Raidmax Hybrid 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX 12V V2.2

Motherboard: ASUS F2A85-M/CSM FM2 AMD A85X

CPU: AMD A-10 5800K APU (Radeon HD7660)

Memory: GSkill Ares 8GB DDR3 1866

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB DDR5

OS: Windows 10

Wheatley is the power behind the madness, named and themed after the unintentionally malicious personality core from Portal 2. It’s not the fastest computer out there, but it gets the job done and I’m happy with it – and that, honestly, is all that matters. The blue lighting is completely superfluous, there for no reason other than I like shiny lights. Bask in the blue-ness:

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*the left two photos were taken before the GPU upgrade.

The Peripherals

Mouse

Logitech G600 – If you scoff at the idea of being able to do anything on your computer with a mouse that has two buttons and a scroll wheel, like I did, then the G600 is the mouse for you. It features twenty buttons! The long button on the right side functions as a shift key, effectually allowing you to bind two commands to every button on the mouse. While I severely doubt I’ll ever have a need to have some command bound to every button on the mouse, I like the freedom to do so if I choose. It’s definitely built for larger hands and people unaccustomed to so many buttons will be afraid to touch it.

Mouse

It comes in both white and black. I got white because at the time of purchase it was about $7 less expensive than the black one. Plus it reminds me of a stormtrooper

On the thumb side of the mouse there’s a keypad with 12 buttons. They’re molded in such a way that you can always tell which button your thumb is resting on. The back six are positioned just awkwardly enough that they’ll be hard to use without mentally and physically preparing yourself to do so. I like it because there’s a lot of flexibility to what the mouse can do. The bundled Logitech Gaming Software allows macros to be assigned and recorded to any key (I have this same mouse and use it at work with Microsoft Excel). And, while it’s clearly not a “normal” mouse, it’s subtle enough that it doesn’t scream “Super Gaming Extreme Nerd” to anyone who looks at it.

Keyboard

Saitek Eclipse – It’s not bad as keyboards go, plus it has blue backlighting. The one I have is fast approaching ten years old, and it looks it. The keys are made of a translucent plastic covered with silver paint, leaving bare the “printing” to indicate which key is which. The paint is now rubbing off, so the labeling on a number of keys is indecipherable. The blue LEDs, though they seemed bright when I bought it, really aren’t bright enough and most of the time don’t even look like they’re lit up. My next keyboard will have considerably brighter lighting.

Joystick

Logitech Extreme 3D Pro – For an entry level joystick, it’s hard to find a better one than this. Twelve programmable buttons, plus an eight-direction hat switch, and the stick itself has twist functionality; it’s more than suitable for basic flying or mech games. The Logitech gaming software makes it pretty simple to map custom layouts to specific games. My only small complaint is that the throttle control is a bit small and may not be precise enough for some people.

Gaming Controller

Xbox 360 Wireless Controller & Wireless USB PC Gaming Receiver – Yes, you can use a wireless Xbox 360 controller with a PC. All you need is the latest driver from Microsoft’s website and a wireless receiver to do it with.