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Considering I haven't done a build since 1995, I was a bit nervous buying parts from different suppliers and putting it all together. Everything arrived on time and was laid out on a table waiting for me to dive right in, there were piles of wires and various mountains of screws in a sea of manuals. I made sure to fit the IO shield before anything else, then slotted the CPU in and gave a sigh of relief. The difficult part was over, so the motherboard went in and the RAM was slotted in the right lanes before the GPU was firmly put in to place. The rest was simple, wires from the case were routed and put in to place before the AIO pump was attached. Drives were installed, more cables routed. Finally the PSU was installed and the rest of the time was spent making sure my cable management was tidy.

The moment of truth was upon me, the monitors were attached to the GPU and I pressed the power button. The inside of the case glowed white, like the waking up of a space ship. Fans whirred in to life, and the 2 minute wait before the BIOS screen appeared seemed like an eternity. I checked for beard growth, finding nothing remined me that time was an illusion and the BIOS appeared. All was good in the world.

All in all, a fun build and no problems encountered.

Note to builders: The stock BIOS is out of date and would benefit from an early update. If you are running with the same memory, then enable DOCP in the BIOS as the memory will be clocked lower than what you are expecting. It is worth removing the stock thermal paste from the cooler, and applying your own. With the BIOS update and thermal paste, I dropped 10°c. You can also apply a voltage offset of -0.0775 to drop temperatures a bit further without affecting performance. My idle temperatures are around 38°C with an ambient room temperature of 25°C

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice X570/3700x build. Congratulations! Nice write-up and tips for temp adjustment. Thank you. I'm guessing the monitors were from another build as they are not shown in the parts list. What apps are you using it for? Nearly 25 years since your last build. Why so long?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

I already have monitors as I work from home a lot, I'm mainly using Studio One for audio recording plus throwing a few AAA games at the rig. I haven't done a build for so long because I've been either buying pre-built or using work machines at home. I thought it was time to design my own build again

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I worked for a CAD VAR in the mid-80s and helped build a lot of PCs. If my memory is right, the component layout has not really changed all that much. I recall having to set jumpers on the MB and various add-in cards to get them working together. A 10MB HD was luxury and so were color monitors. I believe a 17" SVGA monitor costs something like $1,000 and it took an hour or two to ray-trace one image. If someone said we would be able to ray-trace 60 fps at much higher resolutions and colors in 25 years I would have laughed. Enjoy!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Remember POV raytracer? I had hours of fun waiting for scenes to render on that.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. The finished images were very life-like and helped sell a few PCs for us.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! Gotta love the black and white. What vers bios are you running currently? I'm on 1201, but heard there were some problems with ram speed/docp with the newer ones so I've been waiting.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

1405 is working for me.

I set out with a black/white vision, I'm glad I went that direction.