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Old 05-06-17, 01:15 AM
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Raven - My First-Ever AMD Build

I really wanted a black, silver, and purple color scheme build so I set out to do just that. It's been a really slow process getting this build put together, considering that I was one of the 'pre-order' Ryzen 7 people.

I got the processor (Ryzen 7 1800X) quickly, however the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero board took over a month, even with my pre-order on the initial day of pre-ordering. The rest of the parts I got in a timely manner, including the dual 1080Ti FE's.

Here are the specs:

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero board
NZXT Kraken X52 AIO
Samsung 950 Pro 256GB m.2 nvme drive (reused from previous build)
G. Skill Trident Z 3200 (14-14-14-34) 16GB kit (Black and Silver)
Dual GTX 1080Ti's (Founder's Edition)
Corsair AF 120mm PWM fans
EVGA G3 850W PSU
Cable Mod custom cables in Black, Silver, and Purple
Jonsbo UMX 4 compact ATX aluminium & tempered glass case

To start off I knew that I wanted a tempered glass case but I wasn't sure what to get. So many people are using Phanteks, NZXT (My last case was NZXT btw), etc, and I wanted to be a little different. When I saw the Jonsbo UMX4 I knew that I wanted that case.

(just look at that tempered glass goodness)



A pretty decent/smart layout for a rather small ATX chassis, so I thought this is going to be my first foray into custom water cooling. Boy, was I wrong about that:
When using a full ATX motherboard there is very little room left over for even an AIO. 'Regular/Standard' sized fans won't fit on the NZXT radiator, as they press up against the motherboard making it virtually impossible to connect the 8-pin EPS/power cable. As it is, the rear fan sits directly on the I/O shroud , so there's no 'wiggle room' so to speak. I wound up having to order a pair of 120mm slim fans (15mm thick) to make the AIO work.



I also don't like the cutouts for the bottom 120mm fans, as they're offset from the board. Making it worse the USB 3.0 cable is so thick that it gets squeezed by the fans, so I had to buy a low profile USB 3.0 extender cable to prevent any damage to the header/cable.

Anyway, I really did not like the way the AIO tubing was routed so I took out the power supply (which sits up top in the front of the chassis) and re-routed the tubing in between the PSU and the bracer lattice work. I then wanted to see what the GPU's would look like in the case as I was concerned about the AIO tubing resting on the top GPU: It's not going to be a problem after all.



The cabling arrived, only to discover that I got the wrong cables for the GPU's - I got the 8+6 pin PCI-E cables, when I really wanted the 8-pin and a 6-pin (Kind of worried about the power draw on the 8+6 pin cables, as well as it won't look as clean inside the build). Anyway, with the rest of the cabling here I could then move forward and start color matching certain things to the cables. I decided to try my hand at painting the AIO:



Overall, I think it looks great! BTW for some reason (angle lighting perhaps?) the bottom fan rings look more blue than purple in the photo, but they are indeed purple.



That's it for now, but I've got some things still on order and I plan on taking apart the GPU's and painting the GEFORCE GTX logos to match the purple in the build.

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Old 05-06-17, 02:19 AM
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Nice build A cool addition could be to paint the MB "armor", the heat spreaders, RAM
And the "harddisk cover"(The vertical black thing in the front of the case)

EDIT: Ohh and the GFX'es can be dissembled and panted as well (And the sli bridge)
In other words, go on at painting spree
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Old 05-06-17, 02:28 AM
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Nice build A cool addition could be to paint the MB "armor", the heat spreaders, RAM
And the "harddisk cover"(The vertical black thing in the front of the case)

EDIT: Ohh and the GFX'es can be dissembled and panted as well
Thanks!

I plan on adding some black plasticard to cover the SSD rail, as I made a mistake - I wanted an acrylic plate to replace the unsightly Jonsbo plate but the one I ordered is 7mm too small: There's an ugly white backing in the cutout behind the mirrored Jonsbo plate and my ROG logo is unfortunately too small, leaving some of that white backing visible.

Thanks to Tiny Tom Logan, I saw how he used some Plasticard to make things look better so I'm going to cover that area up with plasticard and use my logo. Here's the logo:



It's actually purple, but the photo lighting makes it look more pinkish than purple.

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I also ordered some round stickers to be made with this emblem to put on the case fans:

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Old 05-06-17, 06:29 AM
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I LOVE PURPLE BUILDS. Can't wait for more updates. Don't know why, but purple themed builds really just get me going
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Personally i'm not for the shiny plastic
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Personally i'm not for the shiny plastic
But.... It's purple!
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Old 05-06-17, 08:26 AM
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Personally i'm not for the shiny plastic
There's not much that will be shiny plastic, outside of the NZXT Kraken X52 mirror, and the purple part of the ROG logo on the acrylic plate. What you're seeing in the photos is the light coming in from the large bay window, which is admittedly overpowering and makes "everything shiny, Captain." Sorry, I just had to cheaply quote from Firefly.

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Yes, that Jonsbo logo is annoyingly shiny, and it has to go.
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Looking good. Some nice white lights in there to put accent on color, and it will be stunning.
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