Description

This build was a long time coming for me. I have used standard desktop parts over the past several years, and I have finally stepped up into the expensive world that is HEDT. Also, this is my first time experimenting with custom watercooling, so 2 birds with 1 stone, as they say.

Many of the parts in this build have been carried over from previous builds. The only new parts were the following: - 1900x - Mobo - Samsung 960 SSD - Asus PCE-AC88 - All of the watercooling gear

The primary purpose of choosing the 1900x over the Ryzen 7 counterparts was for the extra PCIe lanes. Like I mentioned in the comments below:

"I do a lot of folding@home (Go team 37726!), and I will sometimes have 2 or 3 GPUs in my primary system. When you add on the 2 NVMe drives, you quickly fill up those available lanes.

Also, I anticipate this system lasting me a few years. I expect AMD to revise the threadripper platform over the coming months, so with that information, I feel confident that I will be able to do a simple CPU swap moving forward, if I ever buy a revised CPU."

This computer is my daily driver, and I anticipate giving it a lot of use over the next several years.

Link to Build Log on OCN

Part Reviews

CPU

Solid CPU. Great entry level CPU for the X399 platform. Mine clocked up to 4.1 GHz with no modification to the voltage.

Motherboard

Great motherboard. Primary reason for purchasing this was for the aesthetic, and the built-in U.2 port.

Case

Fantastic case. In most ways, it is the true big brother of the Air 540. The additional fan mounts in the bottom of the front chamber in a great touch. The 3.5" drive cage is located in the rear of the case, and can be removed. The sidepanel window is on a hinge, similar to the Corsair 760T.

My biggest complaint is the lack of 5.25" bays. I still use optical drives and other accessories that fit into the ODD bays, so I find this to be very disappointing.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 9 points

(Clicks right arrow to pic 12) = mind explodes...

Great build too

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like me! lolz.

  • 23 months ago
  • 5 points

Is the Crystal Pepsi your coolant?

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Gosh, I hope so.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Talk about a missed opportunity...

:P

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

Ok, not many builds suprise me. BUT DAMN. This thing is lit AF

+1

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow, that case is AWESOME. I love how you can hide the reservoir behind the mobo. Super nice case.

Incredible setup, too!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

That was one of my big motivations for getting this case. I really like how much you can hide in the rear chamber.

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Beautiful build. Love the setup, nice motherboard wall too. But why the 1900X over a Ryzen 7? Was it for the extra PCIe lanes or some motherboard feature? Just curious, not judging :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'm curious about that too.

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

The big reason for the 1900x was for the benefits of the bigger x399 Platform. Like Velocitron said, the extra PCIe lanes was a must for me.

I do a lot of folding@home (Go team 37726!), and I will sometimes have 2 or 3 GPUs in my primary system. When you add on the 2 NVMe drives, you quickly fill up those available lanes.

Also, I anticipate this system lasting me a few years. I expect AMD to revise the threadripper platform over the coming months, so with that information, I feel confident that I will be able to do a simple CPU swap moving forward, if I ever buy a revised CPU.

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Is that pee in that milk jug?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Clearly.... /s

It's a gallon of drinking water lol

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering that too...

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Room in a mess but I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the motherboards on the wall. Definitely want to steal that idea. and the build is nice

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a great build and all, but +1 for crystal pepsi.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Sigh... I used to have one of those graphics cards, totally regret selling it. I still think that is the best looking card I've ever seen in person. The painted matte-black heatpipes are an amazing touch.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

It's funny you mention that. I bought this GPU several months back from a seller on Ebay. We briefly chatted over private message, and he told me that he was really on the fence about selling it.

I really felt his pain, but I am very glad I managed to get my hands on it. It has treated me so well, and I have had 0 complaints. The GPU looks gorgeous, and performance like a beast.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I've since replaced it with a 1080ti, but I still wish I had it. One of those card that even if you're not using it, it would look great on a shelf as a display piece.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

love the setup

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that wall needs more motherboards on it

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Just added a new photo, see pic 16/18 :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

What antenna is that on the side and any reason you took your mobo over the ASRock Taichi? You could have saved on the wireless network adaptor.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It came with the Asus WiFi adapter. And yes I could have saved on it, but I dig the aesthetic more than anything else.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Not to take away something from this build, but for GPU compute you dont need PCIe lanes. Running at x4 or even x1 is totally fine.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

That is valid criticism! And sure, you are correct, but I really like investigating the differences between the different F@H projects, and I am also in the Overclock.net F@H team competition, so every little bit of extra bandwidth helps.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the poster in pic 12. Tried the new game out yet?

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Ay! Glad someone noticed it!

Not yet. I have it downloaded and installed, but school has been really kicking my *** this semester, and I haven't had a chance to play it yet.

My girlfriend has played it though, and she loved it. :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah why so many monitors lol? Nice build BTW, i'm over here trying to fit parts for a 500 dollar budget lol

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

Thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Everyone talks about the Computer - but I want to know where you get the copper flowerpot thing from :o

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh lol! My mother bought that at an brass instrument repair shop. We have a guy who owns a shop about 25 minutes from her place that repairs all sorts of metal items: trombones, buckets, tubas, you name it.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I totally would love to have one or two x3 Might look around on ebay...

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Would definitely check local yard sales, antique shops, metal repair shops, and potentially Craigslist as well. The best ones are the ones you can find for cheap, and locally :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any trouble with the E-ATX motherboard and this case? I am thinking of getting this combination but it came up with a warning from PCPP that they weren't compatible?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Not for this particular board no. Technically, this motherboard is on the lower end of E-ATX. That spec can get very large, and may have issues in this case. For this board, it uses the standard ATX screw holes, so I had no issues.

On a side note, I even managed to get an SSI-EEB board in my Air 540, so take that for what it's worth :D

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get a eatx motherboard into a case that doesn’t fit eatx boards

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I would strongly suggest you look at the photos. The motherboard uses the standard ATX form-factor screw holes.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it true that the U.2 slot works because I was messing around on here and PCPP didn't even realize the mobo I chose had one? Otherwise great build +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed it does. I am using U.2 for the Intel drive.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Your going to make me buy this case lol.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Admittedly, I am looking at selling my Air 740 in favor of a smaller case. HMU if you are interested!