EDIT 2 - see comments regarding the Gigabyte x570 Aorus Xtreme - great motherboard, but not without a CRUCIAL flaw
EDIT 1 - lots of you wanted to know about the thermals of the 3950X. I replaced the Thermal paste yesterday (thermal grizzly kryonaut) and am now able to sit comfortably at 65 degrees under Aida64 stress test for 15 minutes. This is with the fans at a static (and quiet) 60% fan speed. Comparing it to the 3700X placeholder I had in this socket before, I can confidently say (at least with PBO settings) that a 360 AIO cooler is more than enough to cool this comfortably. If you want to get those max clocks - by all means a custom loop is obviously the way to go, but this AIO will do just fine for now.
Vince, if you or Tin are reading this, I hope I didn’t let you down. This PC, while built as a tribute to my love of computers was also built to honor the mad science you have been creating for years. To you I say “hen hao” and “xie xie ni”.
I wanted to give a special thank you to Jinair on this site. He never directly helped me or anything, but his builds inspired me to make this, and I can't wait to finish this dual system craziness:) Thanks Jinair!
F – Fractal Design
E – EVGA
N – Noctua
G – Gigabyte
G – G-Skill
P – Phanteks
C – Corsair
This PC is still not fully finished. There will be a second system going in this chassis powered by a HDPlex 400 once it gets back in stock. I’m super excited for that and will update the build once that happens!
UPCOMING UPGRADES - Mini ITX system running a 3700X and (maybe a 2060 super), Synology NAS, Monitor upgrades
If you folks have any questions feel free to ask. I'm always willing to help the PC Master Race!!!
I already know there will be questions regarding this so I’m going to answer some of these ahead of time:
“Why did you buy dual K|NGP|NS?” When I was younger, I remember looking through a PC magazine and seeing the 780 K|NGP|N in an ad. I thought it was so cool and I told myself that when I had completed some milestones in my job that I would buy one as a symbol that I had made it. Well I made those milestones, and I bought two because I’m very lucky to have a wife that read my mind😊
“Are you crazy?” Of course I’m crazy. But hey, I’m also happy. Crazy and happy – I’m crappy.
“Why didn’t you just build a custom loop for all of this?” I will be undergoing a very large transition (cross continental move) in under a year and I was very apprehensive about building something like that and having it moved by someone who potentially doesn’t care about PCs. I did challenge myself to make this AIO setup somewhat visually appealing. It’s no Rembrandt, but I think it looks pretty nice given the circumstances.
"Why so many fans?" - This was more of a challenge to see the capabilities of the chassis. I'm happy to say that the system is pretty quiet (apart from benchmarking, then it sounds like a F-22 taking off). The fans were purchased more for their longevity (and they were the only black noctuas I could find at the time).
I’ve been interested in computers for so long. I used to watch my brother play Flight Commander and Doom. My mother was a big Wallpipe fan (shout out to those that remember Wallpipe lol). I wasn’t allowed to play as much, but when I did, it was strategy games and Pitfall. When I was 11, I wanted to play this game called “Total Annihilation”. I didn’t have enough space on my mom’s computer, but I found this really large file that I deleted to make room for my game. That “really large file” turned out to be a critical Windows boot file that bricked the computer. I’ve been working on computers ever since. My very first PC that I built had a FX 8350 at its core. It was a hilarious endeavor (if I have a picture I’ll post it) – I had no knowledge other than what I saw on some old Linus tech tips videos but I managed to build it and I was so happy.
Fast forward to today, and I’m using computers all the time. I work on computers as a network administrator. I go to school on my computer. Some of my favorite hobbies (AutoCAD, Music Creation, Gaming) are all on the computer. After reaching some milestones, I decided to build this computer. This was built to be a tribute to my love of PCs. It is my passion and one of my top loves next to my wife and child and I can’t wait to have fun with it!
I had two primary goals with building this: 1. Make the AIO setup somewhat visually appealing 2. Make something that on paper can’t be done
I went through three different PC cases before I picked the Luxe 2 (or 719 or whatever it’s called now). The O11 XL is a beautiful case, but it couldn’t fit the dual 240s needed for the KP cards (at least, not in a visually appealing way). I then took a look at some of the Thermaltake cases like the Level 20 VT and XT but the VT was too small for my motherboard and the XT was WAYYY too big. I stumbled upon the Luxe 2 and decided to go with that one.
I ran into a big problem though – the Luxe 2 will not fit dual 240s on the side area. Phanteks told me it wouldn’t fit. Reddit told me it wouldn’t fit. My measurements told me it wouldn’t fit. After a lot of thought I bought a Dremel and made it fit. I cut out some areas for the radiators to fit in a symmetric way and I think it turned out nice.
The rest of the build represents a lot of building then tearing down. It took me about three months from planning to finishing (and it’s still not finished yet). Cable management in this was not friendly at all. But I’m satisfied with the (somewhat) end product, and I hope you guys like it! (Last picture is my first build lol - I laugh every time I see it now lol).
Pros + Completely passive (no fans on the motherboard) + Gorgeous looks + Right angle connectors + 10GB Ethernet + Comes with a plethora of extras (RGB Fan commander etc.)
Cons - The LEDs on the motherboard are rather dull; at full brightness, they are visible, but barely - Half of the heatsink has to be removed if you want to install more than one M.2 SSD - The six pin accessory power on the bottom of the motherboard is not right angle. This means that you cannot install practically any card in the bottom slot without modding the card or without a special right angle adapter (which is not included).