Description

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 9590@4.7: Got it used for 100 bucks, upgraded from my FX-8320. Not really worth it when I had my 8320@4.5 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.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

looks good. i like the black and blue color scheme. not seeing many of those around recently.

just wondering though, how much did you actually pay for that fury?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The Fury was $350 aud used (about 4 mths use according to seller) on ebay, got it around september '16. It scales really well at the higher resolutions thanks to the hbm and I've yet to see it hit 4gb on the vram (comes close though).

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this build. It's very, very beautiful.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

"atleast i can say i have the flagship AMD cpu!" rip

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha, using a 2.5in drive for a cup holder. +1 mate, the PC looks really good.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad you spotted that! Cheers

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous build, and even more elegant watercooling build. I'd love to do something similar to this one of these days!

I gotta ask though.. why does the whole back of your look like it's worn to white?

Edit: What're your temps? GPU CPU?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks! Really appreciated.

If you're referring to the off-side & backside of the case (with the psu), that's just sunlight I believe. Camera didn't do the best job of discerning that it seems.

The GPU won't hit beyond 60c under load, but it's not the best overclocker. Using Sapphire Trixx OC utility. With up to +40mV and a max power limit, I still couldn't get it to run without stuttering on most games. I know it's got headroom because the temps are fine and the machine never actually crashes, just the game- it's just not stable. Currently sits at +15mV on 1.09GHz on the clock, 550MHz memory clock and runs all games stable. I have it at -12mV when just browsing the internet.

The CPU is around 43 on idle- it's a very hot chip! Even so, that seems like decent headroom to OC but these chips are infamous for locking up when running at higher speeds. I could not get any OC on these chips without it locking up; I've even had to disable the turbo boost because it locks up whenever it jumps to 5GHz for too long! Some people get lucky and manage to get beyond 5GHz, but I haven't had any luck.

edit: I've since attached my idle CPU and GPU clock & temps!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Your custom water loop is awesome. Where is a good place to go to learn how to install one of those? +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks! I spent alot of my procrastination time in between studying to learn about custom looping. I was motivated firstly because I got the fury for such a great price but also because Australian summers will push you to do it. Honestly EKWB's website (the shopping guide on the front page) was a good place to get my foot in the door and from there I referred to http://whirlpool.net.au/wiki/pcnr_wc to get started + I watched singularitycomputer's beginner's guide to learn about radiator fin thickness and optimal materials, pump speed and other niche details to consider. Alongside other build logs on youtube and a week's worth of labour I eventually landed with this!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. Very clean. Very efficient. Have my +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Should've said: "Farewell to FX, for AMD has Ryzen once again!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Now that is a really cool case. So much space to work with.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

No amd case? No stars!

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

MuahahaahahahahMUAHAHAAHAHAHAH. Yes Yes Ryzen SHALL Rise And Intel Will Fall

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I just realized that AM3 (the foundation for AM3+) was released in 2009 (am3+ was 2011), this was when the Core 2 Quad was still going strong. I will be so glad when team red gets some new blood out there, lots of hope for what it will do to the market pricing. Unfortunately intel has not really had and competition for some time, with any luck with AMD's Ryzen we will see a falling in CPU prices.