Let me tell you, when Linux 4.15 hits (it's out now) and Xen and KVM get up to speed, you can ditch Windows and use Linux full time to run our VMs from that.
Or heck, scrap Windows and Linux altogether as your hypervisor and containerize all your OSes with ESXi.
Someone here must watch Hardware Canucks. It's Fred's brother, Fernsworth!
But seriously, very nice sleeving on the system.
You are also really lucky to get a 1070 for the price you got it for.
Thank goodness you got that 1070 at the time that you did. Planning a similar build in a Define Mini C with a 1500X and a 1070 (IF I CAN FIND ONE) or a used 980 Ti (because 1070s are 3x their usual price. It's that bad.)
Just make sure to not apply the Meltdown patches. 1st Gen i7 loses about 6 points single threaded after Meltdown patches are applied, and this was overclocked too to 4Ghz.
You got EXTREMELY LUCKY to get that 1070 Ti for $450.
Only thing with no panels is you have to worry about dust filtration. May be worth it to invest in Silverstone ultra fine mesh filters.
Was gonna ask this too cause this card is actually discontinued by ASUS. It's a shame cause it's ASUS' only 2.5 slot GTX 1080 offering.
Very nice use of sleeved extensions to hide the ketchup and mustard.
Was there a free RGB header for the lighting on the cooler itself?
Even though the pictures aren't here yet, the 480 and a 1500x is quite balanced for a budget build. And I'm glad you moved off of the G3258 because of Meltdown.
Move off of that PSU. NOW.
A Corsair 2017 budget PSU will do miles better than that Raidmax.
If you do find a ASRock mATX X79 board though, definitely go for it, cause it will allow you to OC your Xeon.
You could try to push for 4.2Ghz cause this Xeon has an unlocked multiplier. Especially if this is under water. Just be VERY CAREFUL with the System Agent voltage. Anything above 1.05V System Agent is the danger zone. Anything above 1.2V VTT is danger too.
If the BIOS has extremely limited options though... you're out of luck there. You may be better going with a Asrock X79 Extreme4-M in that case.
Double check your warranty in that case. If it was sealed, you're good. If it was opened, definitely double check your warranty.
Looks pretty optimal layout wise to me.
Only thing I might add is to consider 2 slim 120mm intake fans (1 on the right fan spot where the 240 rad bracket would go, and one beneath the GPU) to add positive pressure where needed, and reverting to your original config on the Cryorig cooler with the dampeners on the additional fan to the rear exhaust fan spot. Sometimes you can take care of the vibration by taking out the magnet on Cryorig fans. It's removable underneath the exhaust side sticker.
Not a fan of the Cryorig fans cause they're basically sleeve bearing with a removable magnet under the sticker. If you're doing top facing exhaust, peel off the fan sticker on the exhaust side and remove the magnet. It will reduce rattling sounds. Side intake or exhaust works with the magnet though.
Gamers Nexus called it Pasteripper.
You are extremely lucky to get a STRIX 1070 for a decent price right now. A 980Ti on the used market is cheaper than a 1070 new right now.
Some people "claim" to have flushed the loop properly with the preparation fluid and still encountered gunk. YMMV is all I'm going to say.
I think the E5-1660 clocks higher cause Ivy Bridge had a OC headroom regression for little IPC gain. The only reason to use a E5-1660 V2 is PCI-E 3.0. E5-1660 doesn't have PCI-E 3.0.
Cleanest loop I've ever seen. Now if only you could bend glass tubing to make it shinier and cleaner.
This is the definition of true dumpster diving. ;) Don't load Windows on that, use Linux. You'll get much better mileage out of the Athlon with Linux.
Open faced GPU heatsinks tend to dump a ton of heat into the case. I'd probably adjust the fan curve on the STRIX to be above 31% always so all fans spin at all times. Anything above 60% will get quite noisy.
Very similar Mobos we have for our builds. If you could get a Xeon E5-1660 with that mobo, you could basically get a 3960x with overclocking capability. (though you can't push the memory frequency as far, but if you stick to DDR3-1600, you won't have problems)
You are also very fortunate to have a 1070 right now in the midst of a cryptocurrency wave snapping up all the 1070s in existence.
ITX TR4 is but a pipe dream. ASRock already had enough issues gettting TR4 working in a mATX form factor.
"Did I tell you guys you have to boot it?" -Fractal Josh 2017
WAY CHEAPER right now... OCing gets it to 1070 performance. It's practically the only option right now for a cheap card with similar performance cause of another wave of cryptocurrency mining.
Don't watch what Bitwit did to this case on a boat. He "made" EATX work in the Meshify C with consequences.
Thankfully the Define R6 finally supports EATX again.
Ironically, the message to say "Your processor is unsupported" uses the same codebase as "Get Windows 10." They can easily make the close button "consent" to upgrade to 10 again if they wanted to cause it's the same code.
I was highly tempted to add a Pickle Rick sticker to cover up some scratches in the acrylic. Alas, I want to keep the outside of the case pristine...
If I really wanted to theme this off of Rick and Morty, I'd put that sticker on the radiator. I'm broke after building this though...
I plan on using Linux QEMU KVM.
I'm still figuring out if the build video for this will be independently released or released elsewhere...
I use Dynamic Super Resolution with the Nvidia driver to render games at 4K. With the 2 GPU setup, it is also possible to use NVENC on the 2nd GPU with OBS with almost no encoder overload.
Everyday use and trying to learn overclocking on a readily available chip available on the used market. Because I went through 4 CPUs learning the ins and outs of the architecture, I learned all there is to know about OCing these Sandy Bridge-E chips.
There's only a couple of ways to make this build better... Glass, PrimoChill Vue, and a CPU monoblock...
Since the hard tubing isn't bent, glass might make more sense for tubing cause of the shine it produces.
In the very least, if you can't do glass, do PrimoChill Vue and the CPU monoblock. There's gotta be a monoblock for this mobo.
Personally would have chosen a Fractal Design HP12, because the HPLN bearing on the Cryorig is just a sleeve bearing with a magnet. The HP12 is actually FDB.
Nice way to use a taller heatsink with using a SFX power supply rather than a full sized one. That isn't common in Sugo builds cause people think just cause the ATX power supply fits, they can only really go so high with the cooler clearance.
Good to see someone run Windows 7 with Ryzen, but make sure to get the patches to patch Windows Update checking what processor you have.
RAM is in the wrong config for dual channel. The other stick should be in the other red slot.
The HP12 fans are more helpful on intake cause the stock dust filter chokes airflow fans by quite a bit. The HF12s can work on the Noctua cooler cause the fin stack on that cooler isn't dense. I'd move the HP12s to the front, get another HP12 for the front, and move 2 HF12s on the Noctua cooler. You'd have a spare HF12 leftover in case one goes bad.
E5-1xxx Xeons can be overclocked. AFAIK, E3 and E7 and E5-2xxx Xeons can't, but my personal build is proof the E5-1xxx CPUs are unlocked. (for sure V1 and V2)
Triple 120mm fans for intake work a lot better in this case, especially with quiet high static pressure fans like the Fractal Design HP12 PWM fans. I know this cause I have 3x 120mm fans blowing directly into the GPUs and the area surrounding the AIO in my own Air 540. If you're running those fans though, make sure to replace the included dust filter with ultra fine mesh from Silverstone. 3 120mm dust filters together works wonders on the Air 540 compared to the coarse mesh on the stock case.
Protip, the back 2.5'' bays have 2 orientations. You'll find notches for the other configuration on the backside of the case.
Same thing, cause Threadripper supports ECC RAM.
When I made that comment, Enermax hadn't made their TR4 specific AIO yet. Make sure to use that instead of a Asetek AIO when you do make the move to Threadripper cause the Enermax has a full coverage coldplate.
I'm just surprised cause this is the first critical review of Vue that I've seen. Will have to second guess the fluid then.
Really? You're the first reported instance of Vue clogging up blocks. Did you take proper preparations to flush out the loop before putting in Vue?
You got extremely lucky that you got the batch of STRIX 1080 Tis before the silent PCB layout change that made current EK blocks incompatible. On the used market, before EK makes an updated block, a pre-installed STRIX block may just be worth it's weight in gold at the moment.
Also, PrimoChill Vue... You need it in your life.
Where the heck did you find a Galax GPU in North America? Not a single store carries that or any other Galax GPU in Canada.
Yikes. Can't help you out there then...
I'm sure if you look up Magic Lantern RAW footage there should be some ZIP files floating around on the forums for that.
That's an interesting angle to place the pump. The coldplate channels may not be 100% aligned with the CPU die at that angle so you could see a small performance improvement if the pump is perpendicular to the CPU rather than at an angle.
Once you do decide to put the 1080 Ti under water, change the coolant to PrimoChill Vue. Been hearing nothing but praise for that coolant.
I think you can run 1080p60 on medium with a 1950x and most definitely 720p on medium.
Define R6 just got released. You know what has to happen...