Ok, so im down to annual updates haha.
The good news, is that im getting back into my desk, and this time im going to finish
The bad news, i think i need a new name for this project...
So after struggling for a while, with heat and performance when using the 1070 in the laptop, and driver issues using the RX Vega 64 in the alienware Amp, i decided to throw in the towel.
I friend was needing a fairly high end laptop for media related projects and the Alienware was a pretty good fit, and at the same time i found the Microsoft Surface Book 2....
So i sold the Alienware and bought a Surface Book2 15". It runs great but too has some heat issues, which i eventually figured out how to undervolt the CPU and things are now fantastic...When on the Laptops display. When i connect it to my ultrawide...things grind to a halt with trying to get a 1060 to run far too many pixels, which i fully expected.
But in addition, my desk build was primarily made for a external GPU, under water.. So when i got the surface, my longer-term plans was to wait for Ryzen 3, and then build a Desk PC and have the Surface book as my mobile solution and im VERY happy i went that route.
I now have a Ryzen 5 3600, in a Gigabyte X470 Gaming 7 with my Vega 64 and all is running wonderfully.
Now obviously this has to tie into my desk, with the GPU mount and watercooling.
So without further ado, here are the
As above, I now need to fit a ATX board, into my desk....
I was pretty sure the hole for the Alienware was big enough, I just needed to create a tray for the motherboard to fit into:
I determined the GPU mount, and PSU positions could still stay perfectly as is, and therefore orderd a LONG PCI-E riser cable.
And thats what i ended up with. The tray will be, like the GPU mount, covered in Carbon fiber Twill to time them together.
The plans also got a bit more elaborate...
Occasionally, i have a Lan at my house, and a friend uses my Surface...So i need to be able to move my desktop. Occasionally.
I also dont mind a few minutes to remove a few screws etc to do this. So the idea is that the Motherboard tray will be removable, as will the GPU mount, and using Quick Disconnects, i will be able to remove the "umbilical cord" of cables and extenders between the motherboard and GPU and switch it into a more compact solution, but more on that to come.
After a bit, no wait, ALOT of cutting, this is where I ended up for the motherboard tray:
Next i am starting the GPU Mount, and the carbon fibre work there, as well as mounts for 2 fans to the Motherboard tray and some other bit and bobs.
Sneak Peak of whats to come: