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Old 26-08-17, 12:34 AM
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Project "Cry Baby"

My current Lian-Li has served me well for the best part of 10 years. Ditto the FX8350 which has been in there working tirelessly for about 4 or 5 years at 4.8Ghz. Time to move on.

Budget will be around the €2000 mark spread over 5 months. My want is a TR4 platform setup but my need is probably AM4 so we will find out over the next few months whether or not head rules heart or not.

Power - The heart and soul of the system: I will start as always with what is going to power the system and I decided on a be quiet Dark Power P11 850W. But Seasonic is better or SuperFlower is better still and you can control a Corsair RXi - yeah probably but I have used be quiet Dark Power for the last 7 / 8 years in my own builds and the few that I have been persuaded to do for family and friends and they are all still running... and they are quiet, as in mouse fart in a church quiet and by in large I like to support UK / EU design where possible.

Case is next up. I have had a Lian-Li A70B for about 10 years now and it was a great case for its day but that day has moved on. I want something easy to use, big and heavy enough so that my 2 year old daughter can't knock it over and fit all the stuff I want into it - like rads, fans, fan controllers, pumps, drives and a graphic card or two. Case Labs I hear you say.. See my budget I answer, yep Caselabs are probably the Rolls Royce of cases but once they leave America their prices go nuts. Lian-Li don't have anything in their range that I like and I won't touch the Thermaltake rip offs. I ended up picking the Phanteks Enthoo Primo as successor to the Lian-Li. All black, not as well built as a Lian-Li it has to be said (in fact I get a USSR vibe to some of the fit and finish in some parts) but for a watercooler or someone who has stuff to pack into a case then the Primo has some very nice intelligent solutions.

Cooling - EK is my go to man for waterblocks since I swapped out my original Asetek many moons ago. I still have an original supreme up in the attic somewhere I generally plumb for the Acetal finish, I like dark and foreboding.. I have a EK Supremacy (non EVO) and I have ordered the AM4 upgrade set to cover all bases. Pumps will be DDCs but modded with the DIYHKINK Toshiba chipset which gives more power but also PWM control, these will be mounted on an EK Dual DDC V2 top which in turn has the discontinued adaptor to allow an EK Res to be fitted. My EK RES is 250mm.
I will run an EK EX240 rad at the bottom, picked because it has ports either side of the chambers, this will allow be to plumb in a drain setup easily and I have an XSPC RX360 V2 which will take over the top duties. Fans will be Noiseblocker PL2 (1400rpm) which have served me well for the last few years.

Pics or it never happened:

Old build - Lian-Li A70B



Some of the new arrivals:



Bit of be quiet unboxing:





Swanky accessory and cable box


Looks a bit lost in there


One of the reasons I like be quiet - the mad stuff you get for free. These thumbscrews are the business and they throw in an extra one just in case


Opening up the Primo:






My first thought was WTF. What on earth are all these for? admittedly there are 5 fans already installed and a hub and some LED cables but I do need to strip this down completely and find out what is going on here. The hub will be useful in that I think I can power or control it from my Aquaero or perhaps even both, the Aquaero has 4 x 2.5A (30W) fan headers and I can use one of these to power the Phanteks hub which in turn can drive 6 /12 fans and use the Aquaero for PWM control also I think (I need to experiment and find out how to hook them up)

Other bits and pieces:

DDC pump controller upgrade:


Aquacomputer Aquaero 6LT


Sundry fittings for loop


So that is where I am at the moment, I have just unboxed the Primo and PSU, cooling is sorted in my head and I have 32GB of Samsung B-die memory, a Sumsung 950Pro 500GB M.2 card and 2 x Toshiba 4TB drives. I don't know if I am doing it backwards or not in that I am sorting the power, casing, cooling first before getting that bits that will need powering and cooling but it allows me to have a good hard think about fitting and routing etc, etc.

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Old 26-08-17, 09:43 AM
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If you go with the Crosshair you can use your old AM3 block. That should save you a few bob like. Looking forward to seeing how this works out
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Old 04-10-18, 01:55 PM
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Head ruled heart and got into AM4 with an Ryzen 7 2700+
This arrived yesterday
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Old 04-10-18, 01:58 PM
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Build begins tomorrow with the following bits of kit
Enthoo Primo case
AMD Ryzen 2700+
AMD RX Vega 64
GSkill TridentZ 3200 14s 2 x 8GB
Asus Prime X470Pro
be Quiet Dark Power 11 850W
Samsung 950 Pro 500GB nvme (Primary)
AMD StoreMI setup consisting of
Samsung 970 EVO 250GB and Toshiba X300 4TB + another X300 on the way
Cooling as follows:
Aquaero 6
Aquacomputer D5 + integrated res
XSPC RX V3 360mm
EK 240mm (fat one)
EK Velocity (AMD Acetal + RG
EK FC Vega with RGB
10 x Noiseblocker PL2s
3 x Phanteks 140mm
Steelseries 7G keyboard
Steelseries Sensei mouse
Dell UltraSharp 2516D (2K but 99% AdobeRgb for photo work)
Full set of CH Products Hotas hanging off for Flightsim duty + Elite Dangerous) and a mid range Logitech FF steering wheel for rallying and F1 duties. Oh and a Track IR and a Canon Pixma Pro 100 for a bit of printing.

So an All AMD build which I believe is something of a rarity these days
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Old 05-10-18, 09:09 PM
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I kicked off rebuild this morning at about 11 stopping at 4 to pick up our toddler from creche at 4.

To begin it looked like this:


2700X hidden under a wraith prism rgb and a standard Vega 64 in standard config. Tidy enough considering that there is an Aquaero 6LT hidden on the reverse of the panel on the right and it is fully hooked up.

Next to throw some bits and bobs at it


and from a previous incarnation:


XSPC 360 RX V3.0 and an EK XE240 which will be fitted with Noiseblocker PL2s (push / pull)

Old EK and New EK


EK FC Vega 64 with standard Acetal top + the RGB upgrade version.


Converted from Acetal to RGB






Now to offer up a Vega 64!




A bit of cleaning later and we have this..


About an hour later faffing about with thermal pads and I have a newly suited Vega 64


Found some rust on the chokes underneath the power supply area. Looks like the previous block was rubbing and took the paint off.


Betraying my age probably here but on the left an Original EK Supreme, in the middle the EK Supremacy (non-Evo) and the latest edition EK Velocity


Rad Time | The EK XE240 will be on the bottom because it has 4 inlet / outlets of which 1 will be used as the drain. I have just about enough room to feed the tube through the rad mount.






Blocks fitted and a test / support tube fitted


Bottom rad fitted and getting suited up with some fans


I'm trying out Alphacool fittings this time round, replacing a mix of XSPC and some no name jobbies. First impressions are pretty good.


And the EK Velocity matches nicely with the Asus Prime decor.


Finally figured out pump placement. I had bought Aquacomputer's D5 bracket which is the most unusable piece of design I've come across in a long time, so ditched that and I've mounted the D5 directly to the case at a very slight angle to miss the Vega64.

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Old 06-10-18, 11:22 AM
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Nice work. Loving this build log!
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Old 06-10-18, 12:49 PM
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Old 06-10-18, 01:33 PM
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@WYP & @tinytomlogan Thanks a million for stopping by and giving some encouragement. And I need it because it pee'd on the floor last night...

PC Mayhems Ultra pee


Once everyone had gone to bed I had the kitchen back to myself so shifted everything back down (I had to put everything away out of sight - the little one is 2 3/4s and into everything) and was banging my head against the wall as to where to mount the pump with the Aquacomputer mount which is the weirdest thing going.

So at about 2am I had this after starting at 11 (I'm slow I know but its so relaxing pottering about putting a bit here and changing your mind and shifting it about) - Oh and the 140 fan is loose because I need to fill the res.



So pump into 240 to 360 to CPU to GPU back to RES / Pump



I had begun to fill it but it was about 2:30 when I heard the "what the hell are you doing?, do you know what time it is?" from the Mrs so I packed up

Couple of things to note, while pondering pump fitment I stole the hot swap bay from my Lian-Li and once I find the screws to mount the drives it will be staying so that is an addition. The EK Coolstream XE rad is a good little job but it does have a flaw and that flaw is the recessed G1/4 holes so either use proprietary EK fittings (I presume) or you're into that land of extenders. I suspect that is where my issue is. I am using a Alphacool 90 deg fitting without an extender and probably have not secured the seal properly on the drain pipe as mentioned yesterday.
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Old 06-10-18, 04:55 PM
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Another little update with loads of pics. I am dumping the EK Coolstream XE 240, just don't have any trust in it anymore.

Removed from case, went straight to where I thought the leak might be and its as dry as a bone.


There is definitely a leak as shown when I started to take the fans off








My next thought was that maybe I had screwed into the rad itself attaching the fans? Nada, each was clear.

There is another blanking plate in place and on removing it, a suspiciously squashed O-ring presented itself


Put it back and gave it the sink test with a bit of Dual DDC pressure to wake it up and sure enough




Sooo what to do..
Luckily another trip to the attic and root around found me this


A fat Mayhems 240 rad and onwards we go. Might get some more time later to have a go and will post up.
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Old 07-10-18, 09:15 AM
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Anyone know of a good guide to tune up my Vega? Idling at 25C and maxing out at 55C

Looks like this:






Build casualty


Never showed you where I fitted the Aquaero 6 LT


OCD Meltdown


Settling in for the night - bubbles working through
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