As I board the hype train to Ryzen, I decided to call this the "Farewell FX" machine. This build is my submission for the Radeon Rig Challenge: Phase 2 #BetterRed!
Background: This is a machine that has been upgrading consistently since my first Core2Duo machine in 2008. The parts that you see are from around 2013 and on-wards. So the price you see here did not cost me nearly this much; I'm actually quite proud that the collective of my parts are worth this much at retail! Probably the only 2 elements that are glaringly not-so-cost-effective are the custom loop and the monitor (all new parts). But I hope to see better returns over time, as the loop will remain when I replace the core components.
I just use it to game and enjoy recording videos of gameplay from time to time, nothing else really. Using Freesync it's a 1440p beast. Build highlights:
FX email@example.com: Got it used for 100 bucks, upgraded from my FX-8320. Not really worth it when I had my firstname.lastname@example.org on AIO (what a great overclocker), which meant I paid +100 for a 200MHz boost. But at least I can say I have the flagship AMD CPU!
Custom Loop: The custom loop was built over a period of 5 days, in November '16. 2 of those days were spent failing an incredible number of bends. I used a hair dryer too! The bends aren't perfect, but I ran out of tubing so I just grabbed the best of the bunch. An exhausting but worth-while experience! The liquid is just distilled water + silver kill coil. Will be re-bending when building my Ryzen machine into this.
Colour-scheme Didn't actively choose an all-blue build, it just happened to be that the activity LED's on the Fury, the RAM and the Mobo all matched. I ended up getting custom-sleeved cables to match after the fact.
Build ExperienceThis was my by far the most exhausting (and expensive) but fun and satisfying experience I've had with PC building, as I ended it took quite a bit of brainstorming, (to fit everything) and incrediblepatience. Ended up completely pulling off the ODD cage and re-locating the SSD Cage to the bottom of the back of the PC; cage being set on a stick of velcro. Not much of a handyman so all of my adjustments were tool-less. I'm quite proud of that!
Case Don't think I would've managed a full loop in a standard ATX if it wasn't for the Air540, great case to build in and I plan to keep this case for a very very long time.
I soon say farewell to AMD FX. TO RYZEN AND BEYOND.