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Greetings interwebs.

I've been working on a new build for a coworker and am excited about where it's going. Hoping to have everything complete by this weekend.

The goal of this build was simultaneous gaming (1080p @ 60hz) and streaming. Target budget of $1,500. I've been building PCs for years but don't have any experience when it comes to streaming. My research indicated that it was quite CPU intensive. Because we were only looking at 1080p @ 60hz for the gaming display, we opted to go big on the CPU and more conservative (but admittedly still a bit overkill) on the GPU.

Originally, we were building around an i7 6800k; however, we posted for feedback the week of the Ryzen release and got a lot of suggestion to consider Ryzen on account of the increased core count. I haven’t built an AMD rig since 2001 (when the Athlon was actually causing Intel to sweat a little!), so I hadn’t even considered Ryzen. Ultimately we agreed with the suggestions and I scrapped the build and started over with the 1800x as the centerpiece. I considered a 1700x w/ an overclock to save a c-note, but given the fact that we live in a climate where summer temperatures can hover at 105F (40.5c) or more, I opted to stick to the 1800x with no overclock.

Here's the build we settled on:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD RYZEN 7 1800X 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: EVGA CLC 120 74.8 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME B350M-A Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($92.43 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($20.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1433.35
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-28 13:14 EDT-0400

Parts started arriving a couple of weeks ago...







We'll just go ahead an get the cat tax out of the way now:





"Great . . . this crap again?" - My Wife





Got home from work one night and the backordered motherboard had finally arrive -- time for some bench testing!! And then I realized something . . . The EVGA CLC coolers don't yet include an AM4 Bracket!! mad.gif I hadn't realized this as it was the only 120mm liquid AIO option listed as compatible by PcPartPicker . . . should've done my research! So, I pulled the trigger on the Thermaltake from Fry's (as it was the only in-stock option I could find to fit which would get here in a reasonable amount of time) for getting things started until the bracket arrives from EVGA.





The cooler finally arrived on Friday night and I set to bench testing . . . and banging my head against the wall. I could not get this thing to post to save my life. Everything powered on . . . but no display. For hours I was trying things: different video cables and types, testing the PSU with a mutlimeter, testing different RAM configurations . . . at one point I was so worried that I had somehow botched the seating of the CPU (since I'm so unfamiliar with AMD) that I uninstalled the cooler and reseated the CPU just to be sure . . . nothing. I had read lots of negative reviews on the Asus B350M-A citing dead on arrival. I've always been an Asus motherboard fan and had never experienced any DOA issues before. I was slowly starting to accept my fate of needing to RMA something . . . and over three hours into the struggle I finally realized my stupid mistake: Ryzen doesn't have integrated graphics!! In the interest of bench testing with as few parts as possible, I had been bench testing with the monitor connected straight to the motherboard. When I threw in the GPU and fired it up . . . everything worked like a charm. Sigh rolleyes.gif





Let the sleeves begin! I'm not doing "full sleeving" all the way to the PSU -- just the eye candy parts.





This is my first time doing paracord and I am really happy with the way it's turning out!





With the two 16-pin connectors out of the way I started on the prep work for the biggie...





EVGA has three capacitors on the 24 pin connector -- motherboard side of the cable! Not exactly ideal for sleeving. I'd read that they're not "necessary" and can be removed without causing damage -- that they just help supply cleaner power. I realized that since I'm not sleeving all the way to the PSU that I had a very simple solution on my hands: Flip those bad boys around! I swapped the capacitors to the PSU side of the mess and re-heat-shrinked them for protection.




There were at least two "double wires" on the connector. Following the sage advice of my boy Lutro0 I soldered and shrinked the connection closer to the PSU. It's not pictured, but I also ran a dummy wire (who you calling a dummy?!) from the unused pin and shrinked it to its neighbor (no solder, obviously) farther up the PSU side.




I think I could've done a much better job with uniformity on the heat shrink, but overall I'm pretty stoked with how this turned out. I suppose this as good a time as any to 'fess up that this is my first time tackling a 24-pin connector! thumb.gif





For the sake of seksyness (and because I'm doing a front-mounted radiator) I wanted all the drives mounted in the 5.25" bays. Since these bargain DVD drives always come in that familiar and lovely shade of 1989-computer-component-beige I always wrap the visible bits in black vinyl. We're not wrapping a Ferrari here so it aint gotta be perfect . . . just gotta be black!





I had this little monstrosity of adapters and anti-vibration mounts that I rigged up a few years back for Project DPC which I scavenged for this build to put the SSD in the 5.25" bay.





I did a little bit of grunt work on the SATA power cable to feed my two drives while leaving an open and perfectly-spaced connector for a second SSD in the future since there is room for two in my Frankenstein adapter:





Poifect.





Radiator time. I've got a corsair SP120 in "pull" configuration connected to the radiator for aesthetics (Red LEDs on the fan). In order to maximize its pull potential, I used a rubber shroud I had lying around. It worked perfectly on the sides, but on the top and bottom it left quite a bit of breathing room which I knew would impact its potential:





It's not the most elegant solution in the world . . . but it'll do. I sealed the top and bottom gaps with black electrical tape. I considered using some Automotive GOOP, but I ultimately decided that the tape had far less potential for disaster. My main concern is dust build up, though there is very little adhesive actually exposed. Please provide feedback on this issue if you've got any!





Originally I had moved the Corsair decal from the front of the fan to the visible side. It was already starting to peel and I felt like it looked a little underwhelming. It also didn't quite sit right with me putting a Corsair sticker on an EVGA cooler (extremely nitpicky, I know, especially since I'm the one that strapped the Corsair fan to the EVGA rad!). My happy compromise was to harvest the EVGA decal from the already-discarded factory EVGA fan and slap it on the Corsair fan. Turned out great!







I'm hoping to somehow create some positive air pressure in the case. With only two fan headers on the motherboard this is not proving to be an easy undertaking, and I'm still rattling around different ideas for how to accomplish this. I know it's not going to help overall pressure due to resistance from the radiator, but I opted to mount the 140mm air-flow factory case fan in a "push" configuration over the radiator. I'm not trying to start an airflow war, but I'm open to input on fan placement options.


Edited by LiquidArrogance - 3/28/17 at 11:46am
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Reserved: PSU Shroud (fingers crossed!)

Got a ton done on the PSU shroud today . . . just need to start on paint.


I did the layout in Illustrator. Made a few last-minute revisions on the bench, but this is pretty much it. The notches are to allow room for cables running from the PSU up the side of the case, and to allow the whole thing to clear the expansion slots on the back of the case. The big hole is where I'll run the 24-pin connector and the smaller hole will be for the PCI-E cables.




Did a cardboard mockup first to ensure fit in the case which is what led to the few last-minuted revisions.




I have pretty much zero experience working with metal (especially steel!). I first tried cutting with aviation snips but it looked like crap.




This crappy little saw has surprised me on many projects in the past so I decided to give it a whirl.




At first it was working but painstakingly slowly. I was using PB Blaster as a lubricant but every 5 seconds or so the friction would build up and yank the blade right out of the saw. I had a bright idea and dug into my automotive stuff. It was kind of crazy how well this worked . . . cut through the steel way faster than I've ever seen this saw get through half inch plywood.




Protip: When cutting metal ... Don't set up your cutting station directly above the buckets you use to wash your car so that all the clear-coat-demolishing bits of metal fall into the bucket. D'oh!




All the cut outs done and I started sanding some of the extra rough areas.





I used a file to round off the crazy sharp corners.




Cleaned everything up before I started bending...




Gotta love Harbor Freight. Found this dinky little metal brake which worked surprisingly well.




Did some test fitting before moving to paint -- fits perfect!





I gave the whole thing another thorough sanding and cleaning and set up my paint booth outside to start primering.


Edited by LiquidArrogance - 3/29/17 at 5:20pm
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Finished up the Geforce PSU shroud. Used good ol' Rustoleum black... decided on gloss which was out of stock at the big orange box store so I used satin w/ a gloss clear coat.




One thing that sucks about painting outside is that the code is full bugs.




I've still got some leftover spare decals and red scrap vinyl from Project DPC and I used this to emulate the Geforce Logo on the shroud.




Edited by LiquidArrogance - 3/30/17 at 7:32am
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This morning I did some grommets on the cutouts for the cables.

Originally I had intended to use this adhesive foam from Michael's but I had both my kids with me at Home Depot and I was too lazy to go to another store! So I found this rubber sheeting that I thought might hold up even better.




I overcut each piece so I could glue it on the back and did my best to emulate the cut pattern found on factor grommets.




I had this spray adhesive leftover from another project and opted to use it instead of something in a tube . . . downside was the amount of masking required.




This stuff is nasty . . . Always makes me feel like Spiderman when I spray it . . . I guess that could also be on account of the fumes . . .






In my haste I neglected to mask the front/lips of the cutouts which unfortunately made for some nastiness on the business side of the shroud. Only 3M can fight 3M so I used this to remove the adhesive and then did my best to touch up the paint using model paint. Kinda bummed I messed this up but it still looks alright.




Edited by LiquidArrogance - 3/30/17 at 11:08am
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Cable combs finally came in. I had originally intended to use these open-style clear red ones, but I don't think they were intended to be used with sleeved cables. I couldn't get more than 3 to 4 cables pushed into the and they'd snap in two. I ordered these "stealth" style ones and like them quite a bit better . . . downside was that was obviously going to have to undo each of my cables to install them.




I was excited to finally get the cable management going so I went into this pretty happy. Things turned frustrating quickly when I realized that the heat shrink didn't fit through the cable combs . . . so I had to cut the heat shrink off of each and every cable and melt it to the connector "shrinkless" style.




I resigned to my fate and go back into the sleeving grind. I quickly realized that the cables were going to look significantly better without the heat shrink so I was kind of glad this happened.





Next morning I finished up the last few wires on the PCI-E connectors and got down to cable management with the PSU Shroud in place.




The rubber grommets were holding tight and serving their purpose well.





Really happy with how things are starting to look . . .




Unfortunately I'm still waiting on the dang AM4 bracket for this cooler, so in the meantime it's ziptied to the side of the case and I'm waiting to finalize my cable runs until it's installed.

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Bracket finally came in and she's done! Very happy with how this one turned out... biggrin.gif





































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