Discussion created by esmea on Jul 27, 2015
Latest reply on Oct 18, 2018 by kc5vdj


This system has been continually built/upgraded from one system since the early 1990s. It has never been 100% new at any time, but it has always been 100% awesome.

System is now featuring a Ryzen 2700X.

Made the upgrade from AM3+ to AM4 on 08MAY2018.

Notes about the upgrade: This far into the planned upgrade, I had relaxed on a lot of things that I was holding out for. The RAM wasn't nearly what I was planning, but it wasn't too much of a compromise, either. I never would have touched Team brand if it wasn't for my recent experiences with the PC Building Simulator that I had been using to scratch my itch.

I reconfigured the case fans again for this upgrade, since I no longer had to sacrifice two of my Cougar fans to the CM212, and taking into mind the results of configuration testing from LTT regarding the PSU fan - being that exhaust out the bottom of a filtered case can aid greatly in filtering the air that the PSU is taking in. Combined with the significantly lower heat from the 2700X, the whole system is quieter and the air around it *feels* colder.
I've yet to run it through its paces, but I'm overall pleased with it so far.





Old info:
Currently running at stock clocks on lower voltage to keep thermals down, I've managed to get it up to 5.1GHz (unstable), with moderate stability at 5.0GHz (won't pass IBT AVX, but it does fine with benchmarks)

5.1GHz: 1542572.jpg


Back in December, I was working on GPU benchmarks, but my GPU gave up the ghost at stock speeds halfway through... I have to underclock it to nearly HD5870 specs just to stay in the OS. ASUS RMAed it, and upgraded it to a Strix R9 390X 8GB, assuring me that the memory problem in the R9290X-DC2OC would not carry over.


Overclock Season has unfortunately come to an end... but at least I now have solar panels on my roof - so I won't feel so bad when I push things during off-season.


Update 25MAY2016: Swapped out the stock Tt 200mm fans for BitFenix RED SpectrePro fans. I had to break out the Dremel and bandsaw to make them fit, but I'm very pleased with the results.

Update 09MAY2018: Motherboard replaced with ASUS Crosshair VII Hero (wi-fi), CPU replaced with Ryzen 2700X, RAM is Team Group T-Force Dark DDR4 2666 (CL15) 32GB (2x16GB), Boot storage is now Samsung 960 EVO M.2 500GB.

Build logs:

04APR2015 - Imgur album







Below: Pictures of the system as of 23rd of March, 2016


I really do miss the red variation of the Monoprice Headset.

For those wondering about the glass on the case - that's there to keep my cat from stepping on the power button... and to house my Nikola Tesla figurine.

New Red LED fans:


Now I just need to 3D print new HDD trays in Red



CPURyzen 2700X (Formerly FX-9370)
CoolerAMD Wraith Prism (Formerly CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo)
MotherboardASUS Crosshair VII Hero (wi-fi) (Formerly ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z)
Memory32GB (2x16GB) Team Group T-Force Dark DDR4 2666 CL15 (Formerly 16GB (2x8GB) Radeon Gamer 2133MHz)
GraphicsASUS Strix R9 390X-8GB
Disc Drive 1Samsung 960 EVO M.2 500GB (Formerly Samsung 840 PRO)
Disc Drive 2Hitachi 2TB
Disc Drive 3Western Digital Black 4TB
PSUSeaSonic SS-1050XP3 1050W 80Plus Platinum
CaseThermaltake Core V71
Monitor2x Monoprice 27" WQHD 2560x1440p AHVA 144Hz Freesync (Formerly Samsung Syncmaster T240HD)
KeyboardLogitech G510s
MouseLogitech G903 w/ Lightspeed Pad (Formerly G700s)


Next Planned Upgrade




MemoryTBA (prices suck)
GraphicsWaiting for Navi?
OS Drive


Storage Drive 2Keeping the Hitachi 2TB from previous, but this drive's days are numbered...
Storage Drive 3Keeping the WD Black 4TB from previous.
PSUKeeping the SeaSonic 1050W Platinum.
CaseKeeping the Thermaltake Core V71.
MonitorMaybe a 3rd one... who knows?
KeyboardKeeping my Logitech G510s until it breaks.

I don't think it gets any better than what I have...

VRHTC Vive, of course.



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