Ergotech Freedom HD monitor arm
Really good, nice and quiet. Would have preferred the ten keyless but wasn't available in Australia when I was building.
Hi Blue, unfortunately I started a new job not long after building this and have been flat out working ever since. I hope to get back to some tweaking in the next few months. Not ideal I know!
Compatible = Yes, but I haven't finished tweaking to see if I can get them to run at the full 3200MHz since I started a new job a few months ago. The Flare are the recommended models, but more expensive and no RGB last time I checked.
No, I don't think a 240 would be enough for both, unless of course you live in a cool climate and don't do any overclocking. Since I live in a relatively warm area and like overclocking, the 240+360 is still pretty warm (as per my temps in the article).
Hi James, I've answered this previous. Long story short is I don't have the exact details any more (it's ~10 years old), and can't find anything online that looks similar. Sorry!
No, it's a piece of thin wood from a cabinet that I cut and filed to fit. It works great!
Hi wondersplitzen, I wouldn't personally recommend water cooling for a first or second build, unless you've got lot's of spare time and quick access to alternate parts for troubleshooting.
Hi Gaming_Universe, no problems with the CH6 besides the earlier stability issues I had. The Aura Sync software continues to be a bit flaky with the Trident Z RGB Memory, but otherwise all good. Still waiting for the 20'C offset to be fixed in the CPU temperature detection.
Thanks Tbrown, glad you liked it! Have started working on my next PC, going to build a full custom chassis this time, ack!
Thanks Yazis! Very glad you liked it. :)
Hi Koraxtu, glad you like it!
I've had the table such a long time (2006) that I genuinely don't know what the model. I recently tried to find another one but couldn't find anything similar.
Glad you liked it Jackdadog!
Thanks Dromedus, very glad you liked it!
I am using it for gaming and it performs great!
It really comes down to your budget, the purpose of your build and how many years you need it to perform.
For example if you plan to upgrade again in less than 3 years, I would suggest a 6 core varient Ryzen would be more cost effective. Similarly the 1700/1700X both overclock up to about the same level as the 1800X, so if budget is a concern then these would be more cost effective.
For my purposes I wanted 8 core minimum, and budget wasn't a concern (but not paying Intel 6950 prices!), and I was hoping the 1800X would overclock on water cooling better than the 1700/1700X, which ended up not being the case.
Hope that helps.
No worries DivineOnyx, glad you liked the build!
I cut out a thin piece of black craftwood I had handy. It fits into the front opening of the PSU cover nicely and I think it looks great.
The Ergotech Freedom HD monitor arm comes with the VESA mount / screws that you need for the Acer X34.
Thanks for the kind words! Very happy to be able to contribute to the community. :)
1) Yes, primarily a gamer. From a pure performance perspective, I'd very happily go Ryzen 7 again. I was definitely tempted to go the 7700K route, but I've always been a fan of 'more cores', and some reviews I saw showed the 7700K was maxing out all 4 cores already in some games, thus for future proofing I was reluctant to go 4 cores (previous PC was 6 cores already). The early adopter issues were certainly more painful that I expected, but hopefully anyone building a PC today would have far fewer issues. The other option would have been a 6900 or 6950, but the prices are just crazy (+900/+1600 AUD).
2) Yes, it's a drainage port. I've since read some people building without reservoirs / drainage ports, and I'd be keen to try something like that next time for ultra-clean aesthetics.
3) Unfortunately this is my first custom loop, so I can't answer from a prior experience perspective. Previously I've been a big fan of AIO closed loops, and they've been great, but I wanted to up the ante this time. That being said I was a fan of EKWB from their configurator and reviews of their products. The compression fittings are mostly Primochill, which are often regarded as the most reliable for this, and having used them I'd definitely use them again. What I would do differently: Having done a ton of research into the loop before hand, not much. The afore mentioned drainage loop / reservoir perhaps. Offsetting the lower stretch of the loop (reservoir to GPU) to the left using an additional right angled fitting (so it didn't occlude the reservoir). Otherwise I'd probably go for a more 'project' oriented case next time (like the Inwin 909).
Hi FWP, it's just the dark blue preset. The Aura Sync software doesn't give you RGB numbers.
Hi RaxRex, RGB parts listed below:
Case Fans: Yes
Case LED Strips: Yes
Keyboard / Mouse: Yes
Case: No (silly Corsair!)
Mouse Mat: No
Thanks Luke, I've entered the system this week, hopefully it will get a place in the next week or two. :)
Thanks Craterking, glad you found it all helpful! Researching all the parts and then troubleshooting all the various quirks was a royal PITA, so I'm happy if I can share my experiences with others!
Thanks Jsunter! Very glad you liked it. :)
I normally build all my own PCs, but I had heard bad stories with the Ryzen and motherboards dying, etc. And figured I would go with a premium PC builder for the base of this system so that they could mess around with all the RMAs and swapping parts in and out. Very glad I did because sure enough the mobo and RAM both ended up being faulty. Would have added another 4-6 weeks onto the process if I had done it all myself. Just a calculated choice on this one.
Thanks Ricardo, glad you liked it! The lack of SSD / HDD certainly helps. The cabling for the 6 fans PWM + RGB was a mess, and I had to cover it up. Plus not happy that the case requires a molex power cable for the PSU LED (tempted to leave it off), and the EKWB pump requires molex too, bleh.
Hi Thetortuga, mainly gaming, office work from home, some software programming, maybe some algorithmic trading when I get back on to that.
Thanks SirHalpin, glad you liked it!
Thanks BMC! Glad you liked it. :)
Besides the early adopter issues I outlined, I've been very happy with the Ryzen. For a dollar per GHz per core basis it's fantastic value, probably $1000 cheaper than the equivalent X99 build.
Thanks PW, glad you liked it!
Thanks Steelnoose, glad you liked it!
Hi Raphen, glad you like the build!
Good question on the desktop image, I was trying to find something to go with the Blackbriar theme, and the best I found was out of the game Deus Ex Mankind Divided, so I took a screen shot and it worked out pretty well.
No, not yet. Waiting for BIOS / community understanding / overclocking guides to get a bit more mature first. Maybe towards the end of May I'll spend a day tweaking everything. :)
Hi FWP, the Z35P looks nice, and overclocks up to 120Hz. I'm waiting for the next round of ultrawide with HDR, in the 35-40" range. Maybe in 2018...
Thanks Chaos! There were some nicer ones like the SilverStone EBA01S, but for the price I'm very happy with the Luxa.
Hi Dragoon, yes I was reading about the 1107 BIOS last night, seems they are definitely making good progress. I'm hearing Vega will only compete with 1070/1080, but fingers crossed they can pull something out. Definitely need more competition at the high end.
Thanks Wireless, glad you liked it!
Hi Pegotico, that is all very true and yes I did read about the CAS14's after I started the build. In AUD they were about 250 higher, which seemed excessive. I'm hopeful the CAS16 will eventually perform reasonably, perhaps 2866 or 3000, even if they don't get up to 3200. Always hard to decide with a new platform.
Hi Cokeman, that's definitely true. I was just not patient enough to wait for enough 3rd party cards to come out and wait for reviews and then availability in Australia. Very happy with how the ASUS FE is performing, and overclocks much better than the 1800X as well. :)
Glad you liked it Aion-MC!
Thanks Mokey, glad you like it!