43 Replies Latest reply on Sep 25, 2017 12:58 PM by darkwolfca

    House of the Ryzen Sun

    walking_corpse

      Description

      AMD sponsored Ryzen build

       

       

       

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      More to follow as parts arrive... Plan is also to blog with modding how-to's on the forums as I do the corresponding work.

       

      Specifications

      CPURyzen 1800X
      CoolerSwiftech H-240X
      MotherboardMSI Xpower Titanium AM4
      Memory16gb Corsair LPX 3000mz DDR4
      GraphicsVisiontek Fury X
      Disc Drive 1Intel 600p NVME 256gb
      Disc Drive 24tb Seagate SSHD
      Disc Drive 3{drive3}
      PSUEVGA G2 750
      CasePhanteks EVOLV ATX in Anthracite Grey
      MonitorASUS VG248QE
        • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
          sgtt8ie

          Looking forward to the build

          • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
            kxuping

            I want the AMD Ryzen wood box so bad

            Have fun building it and post photos.

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            • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
              walking_corpse

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              Teaser running while testing and getting Windows into workable state to clone to m.2 drive

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              • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                banis

                I am very  hyped about Ryzen ryzen7 is out of my  budget, but i planning   upgrade my fx6300 rig to ryzen 1600x when  ryzen 5 family come out...

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                • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                  juggernautxtr

                  that box is almost as beautiful as what is inside. but assembled, the box takes 3rd.

                  • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                    walking_corpse

                    Just a quick update on planning stages:

                     

                     

                    My case finally arrived and she's a beauty. Going to look amazing with the X370 MSI Titanium inside, a real 80's hifi cabinet vibe going on. Will be tearing down and doing some drafting this week so I can finalize the rest of the plans.

                     

                     

                    PHANTEKS-ENTHOO-EVOLV-ATX-GLASS.jpg

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                    • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                      blazek

                      Nice!

                      • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                        walking_corpse

                        So this week has some interesting developments, first of which is that AMD sent me another care package to coincide with the upcoming Ryzen 5 launch. Really excited to swap these in for some testing, and for my daily driver while I'm working on the Ryzen 7 1800X build. The Gigabyte AB350-Gaming-3 looks really well-featured for a more mainstream-focussed board, with design keys from the enthusiast boards.

                         

                        KIT-THUMBNAIL.jpg RYZEN5-1500X-1600X.JPG MOTHERBOARD-THUMBNAIL.jpg

                         

                         

                        The other things that happened this week are some progress on a logo for the build, and also all my sleeving materials and tooling arrived. Been lusting after Mainframe Customs Teleios Sleeving for a long time now, and with this build I decided to fully sleeve everything using it. It'll really make the build pop.

                         

                        SLEEVING-THUMBNAIL.jpg  TOOLS-THUMBNAIL.jpg

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                        • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                          walking_corpse

                          So after the high of last week’s delivery, I started fitting in hardware as I’d envisioned before shipping and discovered that due to the way the X-flow radiators are designed that while the 360 X-flow radiator was installed I didn’t quite have the clearance I need to mount another radiator onto the back mounting position without putting it outside of the case. Fortunately I’d thought about this in the planning stages, and Alphacool graciously agreed to send another 240mm X-flow radiator in case I ran into issues. Mounting this gives me acres of clearance, but doesn’t quite have the same aesthetic.

                           

                          ALPHACOOL-360-240-RYZEN.JPG  ALPHACOOL-120-240-RYZEN.JPG  ALPHACOOL-RADS-CORNER-BOX.JPG

                           

                          I’d still like to use the 360 I think, but have left the 240 on currently to see if anything pops while I brainstorm. I do keep eyeing the back mesh and my Dremel…

                          The other option here is to forgo the back radiator, and use the 360 and 240 radiators either still as separate loops or as one loop. This would be easier, but who said this should be easy? I set out to build a showcase, dual-loop PC; as I haven’t seen anyone put a dual-loop into this case and it looked like a fun challenge.

                          Also while staring at the case, I’ve decided to build some custom acrylic backplates for both sides of the motherboard tray. Will be a much cleaner look, especially once I route various parts of cabling behind it.

                           

                          So while I've been given a puzzle on the radiator side, I've found a solution for one other issue: Airflow. Now we all love the sleek looks of the Phanteks Evolv, but one thing that's generally agreed is that those sleek lines come with a lower airflow from the front panel. Step in Mnpctech with his [url=https://mnpctech.com/phanteks-case-mods/evolv-atx-vented-bezel/]Evolv Vented Bezel[/url]. This is a full replacement for the front panel, using the existing mounting hardware from that panel. I've seen forum posters saying that their temperatures dropped 5 degrees after adding this mod, can't wait to test that out myself.

                           

                          It's a straight-forward, swap hardware across and mount on the case.

                           

                          MNPCTECH-PHANTEKS-VENTED-BEZEL-MONTAGE.jpg

                           

                          I've left the acrylic cover on so I don't gather scratches as I work, so here's what it looks like from Mnpctech's own website

                          phanteks-evolv-front-bezel-airflow-vents-replace-mnpctech-three.jpg

                           

                          That’s all the updates I have this week, to give me some more time to think about the radiator issue I’m going to start on cabling this week, and probably some paint of components.

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                          • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                            walking_corpse

                            Lemme reverse it..

                            Waterblocks (and roadblocks)..

                             

                             

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                            Those custom Alphacool blocks that ModMyMods did for me.

                             

                            So.. I learned something this week. Plans go awry, things break, and even the best-planned builds get sidetracked.

                            I had originally planned to get some tubing routes done this week, but the universe had other ideas.

                             

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                            First was noticing a small chip of glass in the bottom of the case. Hmm, not a good sign at any time, especially with a Tempered Glass case. Getting a RMA was easy (thanks Phanteks), but then having to ship it to Cali to get a replacement wasn’t ($65). Luckily was within Amazon’s return, so back it goes to them.

                             

                            Now.. I don’t have a case. Okay.. I decide to take apart my fans to repaint the housings.. as the rain starts. Took out my sleeving supplies to start on cabling, and realised that I’d only bought male ATX pins and I need female ones. Did do my first cable crimp though, which went smoothly and gave me needed confidence for when I do get the correct pins.

                             

                            Test cable sleeving on MNPCTECH Aluminum Billet Combs

                            BILLET-CABLE-COMBS-2.jpg

                             

                            I love how the cable looks on those billet combs from Mnpctech, they’re gonna look great with all the other titanium/aluminum items in this build.

                             

                            So, bit of a mixed bag this week.. Haven’t really made any progress, but I’ve learned a few valuable lessons on the way. Check all your deliveries within a day of getting them, make sure you have the necessary parts (even if you’re sure you do), and always keep smiling — life’s too short to be grumpy and setbacks always happen.

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                            • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                              walking_corpse

                              The Best Laid Plans..

                              Or “Strike while it’s hot”

                               

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                              Masterplan is in effect!

                               

                              So this week I’d like to talk about the importance of planning, documentation, and forethought.

                              Having to RMA my case last week was a blow, one that I both hadn’t bargained for or had enough contingency plans in place so the build didn’t lose momentum. I did have some backup plans, but a combination of weather and me ordering the wrong item meant those plans were also a washout.

                               

                              That said, the first thing I decided to do once I got the replacement case back was to start on full-scale drawings of the inside so I could work off of those if necessary. This also gave me time to get a better understanding of the case itself, and some time to meditate on the next steps.

                               

                              The upshot of this is that over the next week I will be doing a lot of assembly work. I have 10 Alphacool Susurro fans that I need to strip down to paint while the weather is cooperating, RAM heatspreaders to remove so I can put the waterblocks on, along with waterblocks for CPU and GPU. I’m also planning to start on cable sleeving, and will be taking plenty of photos to put together some how-to’s after I’m done.

                               

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                              Have also had some time to play with a few other accessories for the build, including these custom machined Ryzen fan grills from MNPCTECH, which look amazing on the Alphacool radiators.

                              MNPCTECH-RYZEN-GRILL-ALPHACOOL-XFLOW.jpg MNPCTECH-RYZEN-FAN-GRILL.jpg

                               

                              You noticed the tape, right? Can’t put anything past you.. To fit the 3rd radiator at the back, I have to cut the top pci-e mount, which is okay as I’m not using it for hardware. Also need to do some cuts above the radiator so I can mount the fans above it.

                              Going to be a busy time, hopefully can start mounting the watercooling loops next week.

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                              • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                                walking_corpse

                                Only a small update for this week, jigsaw and a couple of things I needed to cut the thicker acrylic I have have arrived. Was going to mock up the gpu loop with flex, but decided to strip the paint off of the block so that's also on hold. So far I've been finishing one job, and creating 4 more. I think I'm getting close to the tipping point where I won't be adding as many jobs to the list, or they'll be end-time finishing jobs instead of hurdles.

                                 

                                 

                                Have almost finished all the PSU cabling now, just the 24-pin to do now. The PCIE ones turned out beautifully and am really happy with the coherent design.

                                 

                                 

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                                until next time, Mod On!

                                • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                                  darkwolfca

                                  very awesome clean looking build so far walking corpse

                                  • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                                    walking_corpse

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                                    Well that took a lot longer than I’d anticipated. Still have a couple of strands to put into the main 24-pin cable but happy with the results so far. Still have to sleeve various other things, but I’m going to let my fingers heal up before tackling those. Seeing these finished in a pile has given me renewed vigor to tackle the rest of the build.

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                     

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                                    Alphacool NexXxos Fury X Waterblock

                                     

                                     

                                    Next stage is some mods to the waterblock for the Fury X that I’m using in this build, and to put the gpu loop together with flex tubing to test my desired config.

                                    Until next week, Mod On!

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                                    • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                                      walking_corpse

                                      I was hoping to show some progress on the watercooling side this week, but the powdercoat on the Alphacool NexXxos block is super tough - Aircraft Stripper barely took it off on a couple of corners.

                                       

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                                      I did finish my ATX cables though, so here's some glamour shots in-situ

                                       

                                      ATX-DDRSLOTS-24.JPG  ATX-SOCKET-24.JPG ATX-PCIE-GPU.JPG

                                      ATX-LOOKING-ACROSS.JPG  ATX-ALL.JPG

                                       

                                       

                                      All with MNPCTECH Billet Combs

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                                      • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                                        walking_corpse

                                        Unfortunately this week I pulled something in my upper arm moving furniture so no modding has taken place.

                                         

                                         

                                        I did get another small project finished and sent out though, so will have a separate post to do with that once I've finished writing it up.

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                                          darkwolfca

                                          cables look amazing great color combo

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                                            walking_corpse

                                            ALPHACOOL-NEXXXOS-PAINT.jpg  ALPHACOOL-NEXXXOS-HYDROXY.jpg

                                            Have also had another crack at taking the coating off of the GPU block, without much success. Have one more idea of how to remove it which I’ll be trying later today. Powdercoat remover didn’t really do much to it, so trying sodium hydroxide as it might be anodized on. I know I could paint it, but I’m a big fan of bare metal and there’s a lot of it in other places of the build.

                                             

                                             

                                             

                                             

                                            I just got word that I’m receiving something very interesting from Alphacool soon, really excited to share that with you all once it arrives.

                                            Until next time, Mod on!

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                                              rulikas4

                                              Really cool build project, can't wait to see it finished!

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                                                mech_cheese

                                                Everything is looking great with this build! I cannot wait to see it completed!

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                                                  dylantran

                                                  Perfect, i want to have it !

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                                                    xobeloot

                                                    Looking great! Have been following the progress of this for a while now!

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                                                      adr_tech

                                                      That Ryzen wood box looks sexy almost as sexy as ryzen itself lol

                                                      Cant wait to see progress on this build!

                                                      • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                                                        walking_corpse

                                                        Getting back to bare essentials

                                                         

                                                        A base metal and a stripper walk into a bar…

                                                         

                                                        It could be the start of a corny joke.. but it’s really the start of something beautiful. After a whole bunch of false starts, finally success! The anodizing is gone and the bare aluminium on the Alphacool NexXxos GPX block is revealed. Will be so much more in keeping with the overall theme of my build.

                                                         

                                                        Black anodizing removed from the Alphacool NexXxos GPX block

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                                                        Anodizing removal in dilute NaOH solution

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                                                        I’ve also solved one long-standing problem with the build. I’ve always wanted to paint the support frame on the Alphacool Susurro fans, as the blue doesn’t fit with the theme of the build. Was scratching my head wondering how to take the fans apart, as they don’t have an accessible c-clip as most fans do. Got to the point where I was going to irreversibly disassemble one so I could see how they’re made, when I decided to have one more go at pushing the fan hub off. Previously I’d balked as it seemed like something was going to snap, but if I was ready to write one off anyhow…

                                                         

                                                        Success!

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                                                        Once one came off, all 10 were disassembled in no time at all. Turns out there’s a slightly oversized flexible washer on the end of the spindle, so it holds the fan on with a combination of friction and pressure. Time for paint!

                                                         

                                                        Ahh, that’s better!

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                                                        Now that’s out of the way and not taking over my workspace, I can get back to figuring out the radiator placement on the top of the case and the acrylic pieces that I’m making for the inside.

                                                         

                                                        Just one more thing for this week, I was lucky to win a prototype tube bending kit from Alphacool (1 of only 7 currently). The Eiskoffer kit is fantastic on first impressions, and I’m really looking forward to learning how to use it as I get closer to the tubing stages of this build.

                                                         

                                                        I’m so in love with this case/kit

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                                                        Thanks again to MNPCtech, Modmymods and Alphacool, who have been awesome throughout this process.

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                                                        • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                                                          xobeloot

                                                          You are a braver man than I to pop those fans apart like that!  Greatly enjoying this build.

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                                                            daren901

                                                            Wow! Looks absolutely incredible. I read this build some three weeks ago while I was awaiting my parts to arrive for my own build, and I was in much doubt as I recall over my own much simpler build. But your build, walking_corpse, managed to dispel most of that based on your parts list and compatibility of those parts, and thankfully it's now up and running with only a few minor hitches. This build, being laid out so comprehensively as it is, not only did it give me the confidence to build with what little knowledge I have, but inspired me to build with some efficiency too. Thank you man!
                                                            P.S. Looks like a lot of fun..

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                                                              whiskey-foxtrot

                                                              *Pokes walking_corpse * Updates please! Would love to see the Eiskoffer pieces and the water block in action!

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                                                                darkwolfca

                                                                love all the work you've done can't wait to see more updates

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                                                                  spc88

                                                                  I can't wait to see the next update!

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                                                                    walking_corpse

                                                                    new update will be soon, just reorganizing my workspace back from photo studio..

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                                                                      kxuping

                                                                      where did you learn to do that treatment to your GPU WC block? awesome.

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                                                                        darkwolfca

                                                                        yeah anodizing is a pain alot of times powdercoating is easier al long as you have the correct size oven thing to bake the coating on.

                                                                        • Re: House of the Ryzen Sun
                                                                          walking_corpse

                                                                          Few minor tech support issues, but with the purchase of a new Crosshair Hero WiFi (AC) we're back on track. Have got Ballistix Elite (32gb kit rated at 3466) in there currently for some testing and review.

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                          Still working on an issue with my GPU, hopefully that will get resolved soon and regular updates will now hopefully resume.

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                          Thanks to you all, and to my sponsors, who have been nothing but patient through these hiccups.

                                                                           

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                                                                            darkwolfca

                                                                            great pic nice and clean looking