Description

Pictures 3 and 4 are of the WiP period, not the completed build.

Hello everyone, I would like to present you with the first full PC build I have attempted. Right off the bat, I want to say that I was not the one that paid for most of this build, but my parents, so a HUGE thanks to them for this being possible. (I do plan on trying to pay them back with some summer job money, even if they don't want it back. XD )

History/Service Project Toxicity's namesake comes from its color scheme: Green and Black. This build was started with the purchase of the case back in October of 2015, and over the last couple of months the rest of the parts were purchased. Over summer break (I'm in college), I finished up the whole build by Plasti-Dipping the RAM heat sinks as well as all the red shroud pieces on the graphics card, as well as coloring the white case and GPU LED's with a lime green sharpie.The build itself has been running for a few months at the time of this posting, with regular cleaning every 2-3 weeks. I managed to achieve a stable 4.3GHz overclock on the CPU, with 4.4GHz possible but unreliable at startup. As for the GPU, it was able to be boosted by 110MHz (Core) and 350MHz (Memory). I could probably squeeze a tiny bit more out of the card, but I'd rather not potentially risk causing more issues with it by messing with voltages for so little gain. As it stands, it runs games at 2560x1440p flawlessly (read: above 60fps, sometimes right up to the 144Hz limit!), generally on the highest settings across the majority of the games I play with it.

Purpose This PC is as it looks; pretty overkill. That being said, I did not want to build a PC that I would need to upgrade within a few years time to keep up with gaming at 1440p, so overkill for present games was really the only good choice in that regard. You can't flat-out future-proof a PC, but you can future-proof it more than others. (More of a wish than a proverb...) On top of this, I plan on getting a BA in game design (although personally I do a lot of sound effect work), and so this PC was built with plenty of storage space for prototypes, old projects, and other such game development nonsense. :P

Parts Before you read: You may notice that there is a distinct lack of Razer parts in this build, and that was intentional. I see many green-themed builds on PCPP that almost always have at least one Razer part in them, and I wanted to try doing something different as a kind of mental challenge. What came out of it is amazing in my eyes, some of the parts that wound up in this build I hadn't even heard of when I first started putting the build together, while others I knew about but were out of stock and only popped up for sale sporadically. It was a real challenge indeed, but it came together and I couldn't be happier with it!

  • CPU: The 6600K is what I consider the ideal version of Skylake for multipurpose gaming and light video/audio editing. You aren't wasting money on any extra threads that you never use outside of a few applications, and the four cores are a necessity for a few games to even run nowadays.FC4. Couple that with the fact that you can overclock it pretty decently, and you've got yourself a winner.
  • CPU Cooler: The Kraken was chosen because of its great intersection between looks and performance. It cools the CPU really well (280mm rad) especially when coupled with a good set of static pressure fans, and it has a RGB logo housed in the pump unit. The tubing is also of good quality, and it doesn't have any of that (in my opinion) terrible ribbing that so many cheaper options had.
  • Motherboard: Man, this was a trick to find, but it was worth it. I found it on sale from OzGameShop in New Zealand, and they shipped it over here to the States in no time. Kudos to them for that, especially when it was free shipping. Now, I did learn a few things about this motherboard, and to be honest it's not the greatest performer out there, but I didn't really expect it to be either. The main issue I had with it while overclocking was that the Vdroop is pretty bad, but still not too much of a hindrance to squeeze a good amount out of the CPU. I did have to disable power states in order for it to stably overclock however, as one of the lower levels kept causing freezes followed by a crash. Other than those issues, it has everything I need: Z170 chipset, SATA Express, several PCIe lanes, room for a (possible) sound card in the future, and a really nice green paint job at that. The LED's are nice too, but I just keep them lit solid rather than flashing or going along with any audio coming out of the jack.
  • Memory: RAM is RAM is RAM for the most part, picked out a good set of 16GB (because muh Google Chrome), 2400 memory. I do believe that the increased RAM speed has helped a tiny bit with audio file loading times, but that might just be the placebo effect, so take that with a grain of salt. Plasti-dipped the top of the heat spreader from red to green to match the system, although I had to be very careful with the peeling part due to the shape of the red piece.
  • SSD: Nowadays it's always a good idea to have an SSD as your boot drive, but I decided to make it a little more multipurpose and got the 500GB model of the 850 EVO on sale. It currently houses the OS, many of my smaller but frequently used programs like Skype and Steam, as well as Star Citizen, hopefully in its entirety at some point.
  • HDD: I originally planned to go with a Seagate Barricuda or WD Blue/Black drive, but after doing some research I though an SSHD would work a little better for my needs. It can load frequently-used games (usually singleplayer, multiplayer doesn't generallly benefit all that much) as well as some other applications with faster speeds than normal HDD's, which comes in handy a lot.
  • Video Card: Oh boy, this one will be hard to explain. ("I was drunk!") No but seriously, I thought about getting a pair of 970's instead, but the incompatibilities that SLI can produce just weren't worth it to me, even if SLI does look more cool in a build. The 980Ti was the most powerful per-dollar card at the time I bought it, and it still holds up quite well when OC'd against a Titan or even some of the newer Pascal GPU's. Considering the card I moved up from was a AMD 7770 series with 1GB of memory (used for about 6 years), I think I'll be using this quite a bit longer.
  • Case: Can't really go wrong with the H440, and the fact that there was an absolutely sexy green-colored version of it basically sealed the deal for me. As soon as there was a sale, BOOM! On a side note, the wire routing in this case was definitely not easy, but it wasn't excruciating as some other cases look to be. The hardest part was just getting all the cables pressed down enough that the sound-dampening foam on the inside would let it seat against the chassis properly, otherwise it bowed out a little too far for my liking. The dust filters on the front and PSU are a godsend, absolutely wouldn't buy a case like this without them.
  • PSU: Found this P2 750W on sale, and the fact that it was fully modular and 80+ Platinum for that price was hard to turn down. Been working just fine for me, and the 'eco' setting for the fan really cuts down on noise whenever I'm not gaming. Necessary? No, not likely. Worth it? Yup.
  • OS: Windows 10, nothing to see here. "Iz gud."
  • Fans: Got two replacement Thermaltake RIING 140mm fans for the X61, as the stock fans are a bit more noisy and don't push as much air pressure, as well as not being green enough!Blasphemy! These monsters have a ridiculous amount of SP near the fan, perfect for radiator cooling.
  • Monitors: I got the Dell S2716DG on sale, first off, as it ain't exactly cheap. But man was it worth it! Running games at 1440p AND 144Hz is just glorious. Insert PCMR joke here. As for the other monitor, it isn't great and there are at least 3-4 dead pixels on it, but overall it works fine for web browsing, socializing, and audio work while gaming. I salvaged it off of the old PC build I was using, that's why it's listed as free.
  • Mouse: I have to admit, I hadn't even heard of Mionix until I started searching for Green/RGB mice. I saw a lot of cheap offerings, but many of them looked like they would break, and then I stumbled upon this little fella. I don't really care for wireless mice all that much, and I didn't need a keyboard stuck where my thumb should go, so this thing seemed to be the perfect fit, and so far it has been. The DPI buttons help out with different sensitivities in games, and the extra side buttons are good for navigating in browsers as well as more functions in games. I have noticed that clicking with the scroll wheel requires a bit more pressure to register now, but it's still not too bad.
  • Keyboard+Wrist rest: Ducky makes some very nice keyboards, even if they aren't as customizable as ones from Razer or Corsair. I wanted a Cherry Brown mechanical 'board, and it also needed to have backlighting for late gaming sessions. I had a few options left, but I really didn't want to learn yet another piece of software just to adjust the lights, and Ducky's software-less adjustment fit the bill. Color reproduction is great, and the ease of just a few keypresses to adjust them works quite well. The wrist rest matches the rest of the build, and it isn't mushy at all, which is great.
  • Various Bits and Bobs: All good audio workers need good headphones. I knew that there was a limit to how far you could go before the placebo effect kicks in, so I simply looked for a good set of closed-back headphones with a relatively flat frequency response without breaking the bank to do so. As for the speakers, they were a spare set we had lying around the family's house for some reason, so I "commandeered" them. Same goes for the external HDD (used for backups and sound effects library) and the microphone. The router was included in this list because it was upgraded during the time that parts were being collected, and I use it. A lot.

TL;DR: This PC was built to be overkill, for gaming and game development. The goal was to also make the green and black theme without using any Razer parts at all, which was accomplished.

Have fun taking a look at the pictures of the finished build! Also, the headphone stand that I have in the pictures was one that I built out of parts fromtwo old boxes of Legos I had lying around my room from many, many years ago. Used some to prop up my drooping second monitor as well. :)

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 17 points

You may notice that there is a distinct lack of Razer parts in this build, and that was intentional.

Sir, you are legendary. Legendary. +1

Also inb4 everyone :P
  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

Technically, I was inb4 all of you. HAH!

Also, how do you get that super small text? I don't comment on the site all that often lol.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

There are two ways. One way which Ravenhelm mentioned was to put a ^ in front of each word, making it look like this.

Another is to put # in front of a sentence. You can put up to 6, with 1 hashtag looking like

this

and 6 looking like

this

More hashtags makes the word smaller. Again, an awesome build. I really like it :D

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the tip, used it in a post below.

salutes
  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

;)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point
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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

lol is there like a guide to the complete formatting of text on the PCPP website

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point
###testing
  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

GG

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

This was an interesting experience

wow
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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Comments like this are not appropriate for this site.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

^like^really^tiny^?

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

hi

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

hi

  • 36 months ago
  • 4 points

The Build:

Okay first off, props to the distinct lack of Razer products ;)
Second off, very well executed. Most of the time I don't really like the H440 thanks to it's overuse, but in this case I have to let it slide. The H440 really fits with the theme extremely well, and really makes this PC one of a kind. To the absolutely stunning colour coordination, to the DIY work (seriously, props to using a freaking sharpie, really shows some dedication), as well as not falling into the typical pitfalls of going with extremely overdone themes and colour schemes. Overall, extremely well done, this is a PC I really would love to have on display if I had the option to do so

Description and Backstory

I found reading what you had to say interesting rather than "My eyes are falling out of my sockets because of this boredom." While definitely not the longest, it's better than 99% of the Completed Build descriptions I've seen. I love seeing the history of the build process of a PC, and what went into the background. Sometimes I see these amazing builds, and wish that I could've seen the backstory and what happened. And well, that is what happened here, which I seriously appreciate.

I absolutely love the type of stance you have on this, and going with products that don't see as much limelight as they do (Notably the Ducky keyboard & lack of Razer products). There's just something to a person that makes me happy that they didn't follow through all of the normal trends and found good products that were diamonds in the rough instead of going with what everyone else likes. Props to you for that.

Presentation & Final Thoughts

Yes, not everyone has a spare DSLR to take pictures of their PC's. Not everyone has $5000 burning in their pocket to make a absolutely mind-boggling PC. And it doesn't have to cost more than a small loan to build a wall that apparently others will pay for in order to look good. While some of the pictures aren't the greatest looking, that is no problem of the skill, and all with the camera. And even despite this, the pictures turned out pretty good, and you worked with the cameras flaws instead of wishing you had something better.

If I had to say something about this build, it's pushing the boundaries of what people think of as epic builds. By no means it's a cheap PC, but compared to the multi-thousand dollar builds that always seem to get sponsored here, this is a really refreshing sight to see. Something new and different, with a description and good history behind to back it all up.

Well deserved +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks for the wall of text in return, it's nice to see other wall-builders like myself.

Just don't expect for me to pay for it!

Yeah, the camera I used was actually the rear camera on my Galaxy S5. Honestly compared to my first phone's camera I couldn't believe how detailed the latest ones have been getting. Regardless, I already have enough potential, as well as more applicable, venues to spend whatever little cash I have currently, if I'm not saving it up for later in life at that. A good camera could be added as item #12 bajillion on my priority list. XD

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

I saw this featured with only 3 upvotes

It is now 4 upvotes... :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

Lowest upvoted feature! EVARRRR.

Love the green btw.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks guys :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

beautiful build man. :) :)

:)
  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG, I just now figured out how to upvote a build!!

All this time.....duh!!

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

sees ducky board

immediately gives high five

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

High fives back

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

can I join in the high fives? XD

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

No, unless you have a spare hand. I've only got two and one is typing this.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I need another one. I've only got one :P

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! I've got one fre- Oh, well there goes that idea...

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 For lego headphone stand and book monitor stand.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

You stayed true to your color ---> Green. It looks great!

What did you get for Fathers day after you getting this system? :)

Your parents are great!

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  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

First green themed build I've seen without any Razer products, kudos to you sir

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

A green theme build with nothing Razer ? +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

GREAT BUILD!!!! Loved how you refrained from using Razer products. Some suggestions for future upgrades on your setup would be to get a slightly larger desk. Also, maybe a nice monitor arm to hold both of your monitors on equal level instead of using books for the one on the left.

Anyways, those are my two cents but +10000000

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'll eventually replace the desk (as it's my mother's from the 1970's in HER college lol.) As for the monitor stand, that'd probably come after the desk redo. Gonna earn some cash with what (hopefully) will be my new summer job, then probably pick up a good Ikea model.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang, that desk has lasted quite a while Haha. Good luck with your summer job and I hope your build serves you well for years to come!!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope so, both myself and my parents paid an arm and a leg for it! Collectively!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

You fine sir a one hell of a legend +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

do you collect lionel trains, awesome build though .

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I used to, but they were mostly Athearns, Bachmanns, and whoever else made interesting local railroad locomotives in HO scale. Long, long time ago.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Props to you for no Razer parts doing my own green and black build and I couldn't find any quality green keyboard or mouse for around the same price +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

To be fair, Razer's keyboards as of late aren't bad per se, but they can certainly be one-upped. Corsairs are pretty good and imo even some of the older model Ducky's are well worth their price tags. Things are built like friggin' tanks I tell ya.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I haven't bought my keyboard yet been looking for a quality keyboard

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the legos ;)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I had 'em lying around, so why not right? :P

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

WOW, Amazing

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent build, congrats!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Sees a System of a Down reference, immediately upvotes

It may not be intentional, but oh what the hell.

Excellent color coordination. I wonder when we'll have these parts affordable in India. If I try anything even remotely similar, it'll set me back $4000 easily.

Congrats for the feature :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

One might be able to guess i like green builds, so this really appeals to me. Also the choice of parts really appeals to my OCD, so i enjoy this even more. A worthy feature.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

My favorite color scheme without any crappy Razer gear.- +1

Great build!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

please get a new desk! (nice build though!)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 well done!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Very creative with the headphone stand. It's very unique, and it's not something you see on every build. Great build! :D

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable management could of been improved.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

That's one of the things I should be getting done here pretty soon. I tried doing it before, only to find out that I needed to move some stuff around and basically had to untie everything behind the desk. Morale for cable management suffered a bit after that lol.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Just use the code "File" for 0% off on an Ikea signum to improve cable management.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Duct tape loops and zip ties are much cheaper, and just as effective. :P

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

You also need a monitor that doesn't have a hole on its neck.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking rig man! I have a similar setup, the Razor branded H440, and I had the swifttech h240x until it crapped out. I also use Cougar Dual-X green LED's fans. I agree the H440 looks great but it has mediocre airflow and too little space for cable management.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, routing how the air is supposed to go through the case is a pretty big deal with it. So far I've got the air flowing in a positive pressure scenario, although I might need to do some tweaking as I can feel cold air leaking out through some of the cracks in the case.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I Have To say this is by far my FAVORITE setup that I've seen! The dedication you put into this build is amazing! the plasti-dip and coloring of non green components is remarkable! I think this the best air cooled green themed system i have seen. Above all of that you obviously put a lot of time in to choosing parts and matching prices, very difficult to REALLY find what would suit your build best and i think you NAILED IT!
Also with challenging your self not to use razer products?! HUGE PROPS!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

all you need now is a bigger room and a bigger desk :P

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Tell me about it. XD

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks so sharp...and green :) Good! I'm sick and tired of black/red themed builds.

+1

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

YES

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Great color scheme: +1 Dank Meme

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

You may notice that there is a distinct lack of Razer parts in this build, and that was intentional.

You're a REAL genius.

+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+11+

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same mouse, I love it, quite comfortable

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol no razer products.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

What? A featured build that

1. Isn't a bajillion dollars

2. Isn't some cray 6950x and 2 way sli 1080s

3. Is green themed without Razer products.

You sir are legendary

Good job mate! +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Patience and sales, man. If you have those two, wonderful things can happen XD Thanks.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol. Determination is key. Also to get good deals just

Don't sleep! Sleep is for the weak!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

What keyboard is that?

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you serious?

CUSTOM $165.00 (Purchased) Ducky Shine 5 RGB LED (MX Brown Switches)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn that's noice.I agree with the 6600K,but for the price you could have gotten a 1080.

I'M STILL JELLY DOE, +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

The 1080 wasn't out when I got the graphics card, I've had it for several months. :P

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Umm mind if you tell me how u manged to spray paint the video card? Cus it looks absolutely amazing, just like right out of the box card. drools*

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Took it apart and plasti-dipped (spray can version) the red bits. The MSI cooler comes apart rather nicely, and all the red bits separate into the black and red parts that mostly just snap back together. The LED was colored with a lime green Sharpie.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

#dedication

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect build for most CSGO players

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point
amazing
  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Got my +1. How do you like the Dell monitor? I'm thinking of getting that exact same monitor in my build. What games do you play on it and how well do they run? How's input lag? Do you have any negatives on it? Haha, sorry for all the questions.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really nice, I've been enjoying it quite a lot. I play a lot of different genres and such on it, from Burnout Paradise (which benefits from that a LOT when you're at high speed) to War Thunder, where looking around the cockpit quickly while flying produces zero screen tearing even though it's running at 144Hz. Input lag I haven't specifically tested for, but in all the games I've played I've never had much of an issue with it. I don't play a lot of twitch-shooters though, so someone else would probably be better talking there instead of me.

The only negatives I have with it are that it outputs a noticeable amount of heat when set to its 144Hz mode, even when it's only set to use GSync when in a full-windowed game. The other is that Dell thought it was a great idea to have the very edges of the bezel, as well as the back of the entire monitor, covered in glossy plastic, which is annoying because fingerprints... fingerprints everywhere.

Overall though, 10/10 would watch my mouse cursor move smoothly again.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

hey man I have same card and proc. do u think I can oc my CPU& GPU with a seasonic 620watts?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

You would probably be better off trying to replicate your build on this site, having the list tell you what kind of voltage the build uses on average. If your power supply has about 150-200W (what I'd recommend minimum) more than what PCPP's list predicts, then you could probably OC those two pretty well. I'd recommend researching the topic of overclocking a bit further first, though.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Toxicity. Lel. The salt is with you and your fellow silvers

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

its like the bigger brother of my custom green plasti-dipped S340 using the B85 G1.sniper :'] green is such a nice color haha

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, they are quite a bit similar. Great Green minds think alike!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

SOAD

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and at a good price mate!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

+1. Have you had any other mechanical keyboards? As of right now, I am torn between a ducky and a corsair mechanical. I have seen a few ducky boards online and am curious about any first hand experiences? Is the ducky heavy like the corsair?

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

While I haven't ever laid hands on a Corsair keyboard, I have a good friend who has one of their K-series boards.

I have yet to have any major problems with the ducky keyboard, although a few months ago I think either the keyboard's software or Windows was causing the keys to become non-functional unless the Alt key was held down when starting a game for the first time. It's been fixed for a while now though, so I dunno how exactly that got started or fixed, I just updated the drivers for the keyboard and after a while the problem corrected itself. Weird. shrugs

As for the Corsair keyboard, I think they are just as reliable for the most part, although my friend had to RMA his brand-new because the "u" key stopped responding consistently. Either way, they seem to both be really good boards. If you want something that's a little easier to clean, I'd go Corsair honestly, since their models don't have the keys recessed into the frame. I chose the Ducky board over Corsair mostly because I didn't want to have to learn how to use their software to program the colors. :P

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for your reply.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I still have never seen a green and black build not using the gigabyte sniper wish there where more options for green and black builds because of that im stuck making a red and black build

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the train poster on the wall

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, great choice of colours

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

i didnt read anythin but all im gonna say issss..... 6k pc but have books to mount your monitor and lego headphone stand

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

10 points for the lego headphone holder.

  • 36 months ago
  • -2 points

What kind of overkill gaming are you trying to achieve? Are you playing Minecraft on it? What games do you plan on developing? I could understand browser flash games, but you're not going to get very far otherwise. Just saying.

  • 36 months ago
  • 5 points

Minesweeper. 980Ti minimum for 1440p, dunno if I'll even get 30fps.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

MINESWEEPER LOL

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta love Jipster's ninja comments! ;)

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