Description

This is my first ever AMD scratch build. I've decided to switch teams after so much publicized success of the new Zen architecture, so I thought it's time to give the red team a try. Prices were hot, and this was the time to strike!

This desktop is a replacement to my four year old Intel X99/5820K desktop, known as Echelon4, which will become my VMware ESXi host for my home servers (Untangle firewall router, Blue Iris NVR, Axigen e-mail server, various desktops).

Primary function for the new desktop is AAA gaming. Secondary function is occasional video editing. Also, I work from home on occasion, so there will be moderate office multi-tasking work.

Windows 10 1809 is installed on the Intel 660p on a 80GB partition. The remaining drive space is dedicted to game storage - primarily Origin and Steam libraries.

The six WD VelociRaptor 10Krpm mechanical drives are setup in three striped volumes (software RAID-0). The first volume consists of document and photo storage; the second volume is for storing large files like ISO's and application installers; the third volume is for storing large media content like Shadowplay screencapture and movies. With this configuration, the system is able to do sustained write jobs of nearly 1GB/s with tens or hundreds of gigabytes of data per job.

The photos don't yet reflect the G.Skill Flare X memory, as it hadn't be delivered yet. I instead used some Klevv Cras DDR4-3000 XMP memory from another desktop to help me get this guy booted up. The new memory is installed, and I'll update the photos as I have time.

Parts recycled from Echelon4 and other machines: MSi Geforce GTX 1070 Gaming X, (6x) WD5000HHTZ VelociRaptor 500GB, TP-Link Archer T8E PCIe WLAN adapter, Dell U3415W 34" Ultrawide display, Cooler Master CK530 keyboard, SteelSeries Rival 310 mouse, SteelSeries Siberia 800 headset

Parts from product review samples: Corsair H60 120mm liquid cooler, Corsair Carbide 678C ATX chassis, Thermaltake TR2 RX850W power supply

Thanks for looking!

Edit The G.Skill Flare X DDR4-3200 2x8GB kit is installed and running at full speed. No noticeable improvements during gaming, but I'm sure synthetic benchmarks might show a slight gain.

The power supply has been replaced with a Corsair RM650 (2019 model).

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Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you sell one of your parts in that case or no?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Like which parts?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

That GPU

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Make an offer I guess.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really nice. Where did you buy the extra hdd cages from?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

The case shipped with six 3.5" cages. However, there's mountable space for eight cages, if you can find two more.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank. Where did you find those 2 more?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have two additional cages. I only have the six that came with the case.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I didn't realise the bottom 2 hdd space was empty. My bad.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, it's hard to tell from the photos. There are black plastic snap-in covers in the bottom most two bays - they look like HDD's from the backside. I would like to populate those two bays with additional drives, but I haven't been able to locate spare cages.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

hey, i have heard that this case has bad airflow. is it true?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. With the front door closed and the sound panel installed on the top, airflow is poor. I often open the front door during gaming sessions.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build man! Is the mobo worth it? Currently its the only x470 board that fits a black white color scheme so when it was $130~USD I was willing to spring for it since even a nice B450 board is close. But now its closer to $170. Would you still pay for it?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought mine from Newegg as an open box item for about $100. It's a feature-rich board, and I would have paid up to $150 or so brand new. $170 might be getting a bit steep... You should keep your eye out for a rebate or maybe an open box.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

That is good advice thanks for the response!