Description

this rig is 3-ish years old, used for gaming and media. only issues are that the case (made from a genuine, not a cheap chinese imitation, CNU405/E explosive ordinance container) was an absolute P.I.T.A. to build and the rx 480 gpu is slowly dying. it only has 1 working hdmi (even then it's still flaky) and it hard locks the pc when gaming on my main display every so often especially when watching a movie on the second display (50 ich tv on a onkyo tx-sr333 with monoprice surround sound speaker system).*

i used rigid cell cast acrylic to mount everything to, and mounted that and the can lid to a set of desk door drawer slide tracks with L-brackets and shelving corner braces so i can slide out the whole system, sans the 3.5 inch hard drives which are mounted low on the 120mm case fan via a fan mounted drive rack, for cleaning. going to add mesh to the fan grills eventually and maybe get another can if able to make a better version if i can find someone with an angle grinder i can borrow since i moved away form the guy whose i borrowed previously.

i do need to get better at lining up the screw holes on the case with the stuff i am mounting to it though. would make mounting the psu and cooling system a bit easier and more stable. would not need the brace i improvised for the psu with better hole placement

gpu temp is with "zero fan" disabled. no amount of tinkering with voltages or clock yields better stability with this card now, just randomly poops itself when running games requiring the system to be restarted hard.*

cpu always runs in boost. rarely does it drop to 3.4, no idea why since i am more familiar with the peculiarities of the amd fx series cpus than intel UPDATED with the Ryzen 5 1600AF (underclocked 2600 essentially)

also, ignore the cable rats nest. i have improved it a bit and there is enough room in the can for unimpeded airflow regardless. still working on improving it further though. got a few ideas on that.

*EDIT: msi armor oc rx 480 now replaced with asus phoenix oc gtx 1660. zipping right along so far

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

4 years old and still keeping the cpu cool like the fonz. very quiet, amd mount was a bit janky.

Storage

works good for my multimedia storage (movies and music) still going after a couple years, no errors or s.m.a.r.t. alerts. also worth mentioning: got this drive from an external drive bought at wallyworld that had its sata to usb converter die within a week. didnt qualify for a return because "reasons" essentially so i took the enclosure apart (how much friggen glue is needed to hold a plastic case together?) and salvaged the drive in a handy little 2.5 to 3.5 drive adapter i have bolted to the plexi tray in my homemade case

Video Card

so far so good after an initial hitch after install. used D.D.U get rid of my rx 480s drivers and then installed nvidia drivers, launched a game and... crash. had to reset a few games and settings manually to complete the switch apparently. after that... all is mostly* good

*my lcd tv (for movie watching) needs to have its overscan setting turned on then off again every time i boot the pc or the image overscales for some reason and cuts off most of the edges all around the image, cannot find a permanent fix other than resetting overscan in the tv menu every boot. i assume it is nvidia driver communication related issue. especially considering my last nvidia card (gtx 660 and even a 8600gts using dvi before that) did the same thing years ago with a similar tvs from different brands regardless of connector used and no amd cards i ever used did this except the rx 480 on rare occasions when it started failing, and only when the system would power down but kept all the lights and fans on (this particular power issue stopped when i switched to the 1660). submitted a ticket describing the issue and how it is ongoing with all tvs i have used on all of the nvidia cards i have had, and was advised to not use a tv. uhhh F right off there, nvidia. try fixing your drivers. -1 for the tv issue, -1 for the "solution" from nvidia "support"

Power Supply

this little gem does its job. got it for $25. at that price "modular" can suck it.

Case Fan

i nicknamed mine "Ang" cause it moves a lot of air quite well. quiet-ish as well in my case. used as primary intake to keep positive pressure which works well in my case

Case Fan

using the non led version of this (cannot find the exact one on here) as an auxiliary intake to bring extra air to the gpu psu area of my custom case. quiet and works well enough for me

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Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

USA, USA, USA ...

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

let freedom ring!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the ammo box PC

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

counter terrorists win

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

woah

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

designed to blow? sorry i saw the I.E.D in the title

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

well, i was torn between calling it this or the insurgent. picked this since the case was an explosive ammo container

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn but this is an awesome build. Can I ask how large and portable this build is? I thought from the pics it was a mini-ITX build but then I see from our parts list it's actually a micro-ATX build. Does the ordinance case have handles on it?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

sure, its the size of a full tower except a few inches shorter and a couple inches wider (18h x 10w x 14h). as it is entirely made of steel and aluminum it is heavy. about 40-50 ish pounds (18-23kg) assembled. it does have handles though, but it is WAY to big, bulky, and heavy for say backpack transport. backseat/trunk of car however is quite feasible. the trade off is it is a tank if built right, and doesnt vibrate with fan noise so it is quieter than most cases i have used, and also doesnt really care much about dust. just scoop it out of the empty bottom once in a while and spritz the parts with canned air every few months. much easier to clean. especially since everything slides out on the tray assembly. warning however: if you are thinking of building this GET A REALLY REALLY GOOD angle grinder AND jigsaw AND drill with grinding discs and blades and even drill bits rated for HIGH CARBON steel, hard stainless, and high grade aluminum*. and be patient when grinding/cutting/filing. when i made this the lid (hardest part to cut since it is 4 layers of steel) broke a pneumatic (air powered) angle grinder. that sucked... but was worth it imho

*iirc the case is made of 1095 carbon steel (what they make machetes and some high grade large knives out of), sus 304 stainless and 5052 aluminum. it is tough. has to be, its meant to hold explosives for crying out loud. lol