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I started with an Alienware Area-51 case from 2016.  I removed the pop rivets that held the big front drive cage in place to allow for better airflow from the front Thermaltake Pure A12 120 mm green fan I installed.  I also replaced the rear fan with an identical fan, and replaced the left side panel fan with a green Cooler Master 120 mm fan.  I used Meguiar's car products to polish the case to a gloss piano black finish and topped it off with 2 coats of wax.  Components are as follows:

AMD Ryzen 5 5600G (lapped to ensure flatness of the IHS) with Enermax ETS-N31 cooling it.

MSI Radeon 6600 Mech 2X

MSI B550m-A PRO motherboard

Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3600 (16 GB)

Crucial 1 TB MX500 SSD

Corsair TX550m power supply




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Adept I

Oh man. I am embarrassed to post a picture of my rig because it is so boring. I built it as a compromise between gaming and my photography side hustle with a focus on function over form - but with clean lines.

The mainstays of mine are my Ryzen 5 1600 and my GIGABYTE Radeon RX 580 GAMING 8GB. Between these two (and my Soundblaster ZxR) I have a decent number of video features and a comfortable FPS rate - with enough horsepower to accomplish my photography work. All of this in a relatively basic case with nothing too fancy (save for a fun power supply that pulses an ominous red colour that you can just see through the vents.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of the rigs on here and I will probably be jealous - but when you have 3 kids and a full-time gig and something extra to work on,  you need to make the best of it!

Go Team RED!


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Journeyman III

The main purpose of this build is for gaming, and recording my gameplay to make YouTube videos.  This build is special to me because it started as my first ever gaming PC build roughly two years ago, and has evolved over time along with my knowledge and skillset.  This PC started off with a Ryzen 5 3600 and an RX 5700xt, with 16gb of DDR4 3600CL16 memory.  It provided amazing performance for the price, and I was very happy with it.  I upgraded to the 5800x and RX 6900xt, along with 32gb of DDR4 3600CL16 memory, shortly after the 5800x and the 6900xt were launched.  I just recently got rid of the brown/tan fans on the CPU cooler, and upgraded them to EK-Vardar EVO D-RGB fans to match the rest of the case.  This PC is a complete beast and can handle any game or task.  It delivers high FPS and stunning performance in 1440p and 4k, in my favorite FPS shooter games such as BF2042 and Apex Legends.  I didn't have to entirely say goodbye to my old CPU / GPU / Memory, because they ended up in my son's gaming PC, which we built together.

I would say the main two driving themes and motivations behind my build, are:

- AMD RED!!!
- Max airflow, for overclocking performance with no liquid cooling needed.

Thanks for checking out my build!


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Adept I

I have a Ryzen 1800X paired with an ASUS ROG 1080ti, CPU cooler is an EVGA 280mm AIO, PSU is an EVGA 850 P2, 32GB of Corsair Dominator RAM, ASUS Crosshair VI motherboard, 2TB Westerndigital Blue NVME SSD, 4TB Western Digital Black mechanical drive all being housed in a Lian Li LANCOOL II Mesh 


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Asus R.O.G. CF8.. Ryzen 9 3950X @4.4ghz, 16gig corsair vengeance rgb 3600mhz @ 3822mhz RX 5700XT liquid devil sucking all the juice.. everything water cooled... cpu on a airplex radical 2 420 rad.. gpu on a 420 airplex radical 2 rad the motherboard has been modded with a SB or chipset water block the factory vrms water cooled with SB chipset on a 280 airplex radical 2 .. 3 loops to do it all.... i would say its not done ...but they are like cars ...are they ever really done? Its fast ... Its mean ...and it makes your pc say ...waaiittt fooorrr meeee!!!!!! lol


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Adept II

This was an upgrade build after I got myself a Ryzen 7 5800X for Christmas. First time dabbling with LEDs and liquid coolers, but I still wanted it too look clean and simple. Always liked the streamlined lights you see in TRON so that was my inspiration.

My first PC ever was a Tandy 1000 SL, but the first PC I ever built on my own was with an AMD K6-2 233. From then on I've gone through Durons, Athlons, Phenoms, Ryzen Gen 1-3. I've been team AMD all my life because I think they always offer the best bang for your buck and always try to innovate.

So, this is my main PC and I use it for everything from basic tasks to gaming, video/image editing, streaming, content creation, etc.

It was fun to build and helped me learn a lot more about new AMD technology and features.


  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
  • Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 AIO (I thought I could use the same Arctic Freezer 33 air cooler I had on my Ryzen 5 2600X, but had no idea how hot a 5800X could get!)
  • ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4
  • GSkill Ripjaws 16GB DDR4-3600 CL16
  • PowerColor RED DRAGON Radeon RX 580 4GB with Arctic Accelero Xtreme IV (can't afford to upgrade right now)
  • 1TB XPG Gammix S70 Blade
  • 4TB Seagate Expansion External HDD
  • Antec P82 Flow v2 Mid Tower
  • Corsair RM650x PSU

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Adept I

upgraded my computer 6 months ago, total new build

amd 5900x

asus tug 6900xt , msi 570 tomahawk mother board

64 gigs of kingston ddr4 3600 beast furry rbg

coolmaster liquid master ml360 illusion,

coolmaster case , msi 850 ps

sound blaster fx audio card

500 gig wd black sn 850 nvme ssd

500 gig samsung 980 plu nvme m.2 ssd

all kinds of led strips

running on windows 11

49 inch samsung curved monitor 1440 p

5.1 speakers

just a great running system

thanks for viewing.


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Adept I

Built this as an upgrade from my tired Intel Ivybridge build in 2012 (StormCUBE on mt Builds.GG profile). I set out as i did in my previous build to create PC that would meet all the needs - from my day job as a graphic designer / web developer to watching movies and gaming after hours.

The one piece of the build that set me on the path for Ryzen was the B450 Mortar Titanium motherboard. I had seen this around online a few times over the past year or so and figured that if i'm gonna build a new PC, it better look the part. I believe I snagged the last one in existience. A least at respectable price that is... I picked it up for $225cad. Anywhere else that was selling for well over $350.

And so the build began.

With the mobo purchased it was time to source a case worthy of featuring the art piece the MSI board was. MetalicGear, a Phanteks partner/company, just released their V2 Neo case and i'm glad they did! The V1 of their ITX and MATX sure caught my eye but the V2 addressed some quality control and airflow concerns that i had (and the PC building community as well!). With my previous build being ITX in a somewhat large case for the form factor (Bitfenix Prodigy Rev1) i figured a sleek case that would proportionally fit the hardware was the way to go. I've never be one for ill-fitting components in oversized cases so with a few days of checking clearances and fittment compatability the case was ordered and on its way.

Ram had to be RGB - this is 2020. I went with white heatspreaders to compliment the white tube sleeving on my AIO and the aluminum theme of the mobo/case. 3000mhz may be a touch slow given Ryzen loves more hertz but i've been running the completed system since May 2020 and the 2x8gb kit is definetly more of a bottleneck than ram speeds at this point in time. mID 2021 I dropped in an extra 32gb so the system and google chrome are all happily chewing up my now 48gb of ram. hahaha.

For brains, I settled on the Ryzen 5 3600 as a great balance of everything i need to do. Was also a treat to hear, when I was building it, from a LTT video on the topic of "Why is everyone buy this cpu?" (which happened to focuson the my CPU). I've been a big fan of Linus and the team, but also have my own backgorund of self learning and component research and it was a nice virtual pat-on-the-back to hear Linus commend the builders who bought the 3600.

Each piece of my computers ends up having some random story about how i found or aquired it! You can't plan these things, you just roll with it. The build reuses my existing Nvidia GTX1070 which just so happened to be a auction-site special from the former NCIX (I got it for $500cad on some random/weird firesale - an epic deal considering it was regularly $675cad at the time), PSU (a meh 750w that does the job and for the life of me i can't recall how i even own it), Corsair GTX H100i AIO (Newegg refurb special, that turned out to be brand-new overstock) and some corsair white rgb fans.

Since the original build i have swaped in a 16gb RadeonVii gpu (some cooler lapping and mods were made and that card should last a while now that it runs a lot cooler under load). Maybe one day a rtx3080 will find a home here, but that will have to wait. Some "EZDIY" rgb fans were added in as well.


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Hello all and welcome to the Light Show, this rig is themed around the AMD Red Team, I don't have the latest & greatest hardware but it's a humble build that I can proudly show off 🙂 




The brain of the PC is the first gen almighty Ryzen 1800X being cooled by NZXT's Krak3n, pushing pixels with EVGA's GTX 980 all mounted on a Republic of Gamers Crosshair VI Hero, powered by the Corsair RM1000x






In action in the dark:



And yes, the RGB can be changed to different modes, speeds & brightness!

The square you see on the bottom left is a mirror I purchased from the dollar store, I attached it to 4 wooden pieces, slapped the Ryzen sticker on it and inserted a red LED strip around the center of it to give it that effect.


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Adept I

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