Description

Are you threatening me? You will give me PC!

A deceptively modest 1080p gamer to brighten up the end of the 20teens. Hoping this color scheme will still fit somewhere outside the holiday season — the belt buckle & chimney bricks can be peeled off for plausible deniability.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

The AMD-RAID Controller hijacks the screen for several seconds & I don't see how to skip it. Would not POST with the default profile for 2800 MHz memory, so I settled for a 2666 kit which is well shy of the advertised 3200 MHz memory support. BIOS let me run the Ryzen 5 but otherwise this board has been blah.

Memory

It's fine for now, for 2666 Mhz, but I may try some faster kits for the Ryzen 5 1400.

Storage

These are the older, heavier SSDs from a few years back. I got a bunch on eBay to see if RAID would make them more competitive. Verdict: OK, I guess. More of a complication than a breakthrough, but it's working.

Case

Unforgivable design blunders made this a start-to-finish nightmare for my ATX build, pushing me to extremities of cable management just to fit standard components. Nearly broke multiple SATA connections getting everything plugged in. When all is said & done it looks passable, but a lot of unwholesome things were said along the way. They should list this case only for mATX or smaller, or just stop selling it & burn the warehouse for insurance money.

Power Supply

Didn't irritate me too much, considering the shameful layout of the so-called ATX case it went into. I think I'm hearing a faint buzz or sizzle kind of noise from it occasionally but it's not consistent enough to be sure what that is. Bought used so I'm mildly wary, but more or less unbothered by this PSU.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Omg, this looks amazing. Well done! Christmas is always nice, so this build will make me happy 24/7.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I know it's a bit early but I'm putting it up for sale & want to give it enough time on the local market.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

This build looks beautiful man nice

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I hope it will help somebody get in the spirit! Thanks

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeahhhhhhh! R9 rise up!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

A lot of older parts are overlooked without good reason. This seems like it's going to do a fine job for a while yet.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Got myself a gtx 1070, wondering if I should put a fan under my card also? What direction of air flow did you put your fan under your graphics card?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

More air for hot components is never a bad thing. I would have liked to mount 2 fans on the bottom, but as you can see they didn't leave any room in front of the motherboard headers.

Almost always, fans are pushing air in the direction of the hub, through its supports. So that bottom fan is blowing directly up to the GPU's intake.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

well done

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you kindly

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

so creative, i love builds like this

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm in that kind of phase lately, customization-happy. Definitely recommend this kind of project to anyone who hasn't tried. Thanks for taking a look

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I hope we're all going to have a better-than-average holiday season.