Several 8700k Builds

Along with the amazing and beautiful Threadripper build, I had a client ask for a couple of machines based on the Intel 8700k CPU. All sported 16-32 gigs of ram, and combinations of WD Blue drives and WD Black 7200 rpm drives for storage. All came equipped with EVGA Platinum PSUs, CoolerMaster cases, Asus TUF Motherboards and some Nvidia based graphics. Every 8700k machine is cooler by baller Noctua U12S CPU coolers.

Check out the phots of the builds below, along with links to my 3D-Mark page that features benchmarks for all of the listed machines.

PC For Storage 3D-Mark Results

Workstation 3D-Mark Results

Workstation 2 3D-Mark Results

My First Threadripper Build (Updated)

Finally had a client that had requested a Threadripper build, and it was a fun one! Installing the CPU and getting it all lined up was amazing. Heaviest PC I have ever built for a client as well, which is surprising. The motherboard itself weighted as much as at least two other normal motherboards! I had a lot of fun building this one, and just for fun I ran 3DMark on it real fast before it had to be out the door. See the specs below:

  • AMD 2950X

  • be quiet! Dark Roc Pro TR4

  • ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha X399

  • ASUS ROG Strix 2080ti

  • Corsair LPX 8x8gb DDR 2666

  • Fractal Define R6

  • Seasonic Prime 1300w Plat PSU

  • WD Blue 500gb m.2

If you want to check out how this machine benchmarked in 3D-Mark Timespy you can check it out down below at the link.

Threadripper Build 3D-Mark Results

Check out these photos of the build. If you like seeing photos of builds and smaller projects I am on follow me on Instagram too!

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Spoiled with new hardware builds

I have been having it easy lately, all of the 1151 builds and AM4 machines. Sometimes I forget how actually difficult it was to build just 8 years ago. Having to fiddle with complicated mounting hardware for the AM3 platform has been trying at best. Then, the welds on the top of the cooler were a little off and the door would not close (while technically it was supposed to fit) so gonna grab a different crap case for my media ripping station and reuse this one for, well, anything else.

Getting a New Machine

So I have been faithfully using my Ryzen 2700x system now for a little while, and it has had several upgrades, the barely a month old RTX 2080, the sweet cable extensions, and my added HP 950 1tb NVME drive. But, as all good things come to an end so shall me owning this PC. I have a 3900x that I have waiting on a motherboard and some custom watercooling to pair it with an AMD 5700XT. For now, here are some photos of it, the benchmarks and a little video showing performance of my first Fortnite game. Remember, the FPS could be higher but I was using GForce Experience to record my session.

Hopefully its new owner will enjoy gaming on it!

Ryzen 3600 Build

Had a client who requested a mid range PC that they can do 1080p gaming on and some productivity work.. Loaded in a Ryzen 3600, 16 gigs of RAM, a Gigabyte Gaming X570 motherboard and an AMD 5700 GPU. Got all of the goodness loaded into a Phanteks Eclipse case and while its not the biggest case in the world, the build is clean and compact. This is all being powered by an EVGA 750w Gold PSU, with storage being served . by a WD Blue NVME drive.

All that space

So after I got everything unpacked I opened up the box containing my ancient Cooler Master Stacker case. Sure, its a little worse for wear, the wheels have all popped off but, the magnificent space this case provides is still here and ready to become the home for my new NAS storage. I had originally planned to use this as the base to revive my old school DFI board and 64fx chip, but I think I will find another case for that particular project. Should I prime and paint this beast, or just leave it like it is?

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Originally this monster housed a normal old Phenom II and a GTX 460. Oh have times changed for case aesthetics.

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Long time no post

Started a new job, so posting slowed down there a bit.  Finally have some room to breathe and thought I would do a little update.  Built a new main gaming rig, pretty decent specs as follows:

i7 7700k, GTX 1070, 16gb of ram. Went with Air using the Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 in a Fractal Design Meshify C. Pretty spiffy if I do say so myself. 

 

FX-60

In 2005 there was a CPU I wanted more than any other, the Athlon FX-60.  It was THE fastest CPU you could get from AMD.  It was unlocked, it was sexy.  Now the Opterons of the day COULD clock higher sometimes even with their locked multiplier, but something about the FX-60 just always was desirable to me.  Luckily, I was able to pick up a CPU that used to run 350 dollars and up for just around 50 bucks on eBay.  The only piece I am missing now is a GPU and a heatsink fan to keep my CPU cool.  Both should be here shortly and I can get a test boot.  

There will be lots of lapping on both the CPU and bottom of my waterblock.  Still waiting on some tubes and I need to convert everything over to compression fittings (because why not) so I can have myself a retro/modern 1/2" flexible tubing rig.  I am pretty excited about this.  I need to get myself a large case to put all of this in, but that will be after I get this thing booted and tested. 

FX-60

CPU Block

 Building an ultimate retro PC circa 2005 you would think parts would be expensive.  On the contrary I have been able to find some equipment for pretty cheap.  Take this CPU block from Swiftech for instance,  cost me about 15 bucks.  Does it need a good lapping? Sure enough.  Will I need to open it up and do some cleanup conditioning? For sure.  Going down memory lane and building a PC with every part I would have gotten (if I could have afforded it) feels much like a car enthusiast does when they go to a junk yard and find a replacement transmission for a classic car.  I wish more people were into archaic hardware, its cool stuff!!  Maybe we can start a trend and do meetups or something.  Coffee and Overclocks or some sort. 

Kraken G12

In my spare cycles on my computer I usually let my idle time go to good use.  In this case I use the http://folding.stanford.edu/ client to help look for the cure of multiple diseases, like cancer and Alzheimers. From their web site " Folding@home (FAH or F@h) is a distributed computing project for disease research that simulates protein folding, computational drug design, and other types of molecular dynamics. As of today, the project is using the idle resources of personal computers owned by volunteers from all over the world. Thousands of people contribute to the success of this project"  So when I decided to build  a new Ryzen system with a 1700 CPU and an RX 580 in it, I knew I wanted to start folding again.  In order to keep my temps, and noise levels down I stripped the custom XFX heatsink and fan off of my RX 580 and replaced it with a Corsair H55 and a NZXT Kraken G12 cooler mount.  I could not be happier with my decision.  Idle temps are in the 20-25 degree Celsius range and under load it barely creeps up into the 60s.  GPU cooler modding is just another side of what we do here at Elite PC, and we would be happy to help you get your cards modded so you can start folding, mining, or gaming for hours on end. 

 

NV-78

If you were running water cooling in the 2005 era of water cooling, and you wanted to overclock your GPU like a king there was really only one brand of block you used, Danger Den! Man, these guys were kings, no one made products like these.  I remember running dual 7800s (I think that was it) in my AM2 system with my DFI Expert board.  Funds back then were never there to get blocks for these, so I was always limited to air cooling.  The block I would have gotten, would have been the Danger Den NV-78 Dual GPU block.  Seeing it on the internet back then, and finally getting to see it in person are two totally different experiences.  This thing is quality for sure, heavy, well thought out and beautiful to look at.  Parts are still making it to me, so when I get updates I will let you guys know, but for now, check out these photos.

 

Oh, and just one more thing.

My SLI bridge came in!

 

 

Golden

In the late years of DDR RAM there was a company that every enthusiast knew, it was OCZ.  They made themselves famous with incredibly overclock-able RAM and a history of getting more than what you paid for.  The kit everyone wanted was some OCZ PC4000 VX Gold. It would routinely overclock with more voltage, and man did it look sweet in your case.  Tracking down a pair of it was hard, and the only ones I could find on eBay at the moment were some EL with ratings of 3-4-3-8 at DDR500 speeds.  Sadly, Samsung and the like pushed OCZ out of the consumer RAM and SSD market in 2013 they just could not compete when the Tier1 manufactures were deeply committed to the consumer market. 

I hope my RAM works, and I hope I can get some next level performance (for 2005) out of it anyways. 

Thrifting

Sourcing parts for my retro build has been harder than I thought at first.  The first major hurdle is finding RAM pairs in sizes more than 2gb.  I forgot how in 2005 2gb of memory was considered MORE than enough.  I had also been going over the photos of my first water cooling rig, and making sure I get parts to as close to that build as possible.  My next find is a pretty cool part from Danger Den.  Its a fillport!  I had one on my rig then, and the remake will have one as well.  I hope to make it more visually appealing than that first attempt.  The one I had was plain silver, and this one is red but I think it will do just fine.  Only one on eBay!  I can not wait to show everyone the other parts as they come in.

 

New Hardware Migration

Finally ended up consolidating some hardware I had spread out.  Moved my RX580 into my Ryzen 1700 box, tidied up the cables and got everything stable on it.  Nice and quiet in my CoolerMaster Master Case 5.  Man I love this case!  Seriously though, you can look down into the case from the mesh in the top which is pretty spiffy.  Unlike a lot of current cases it has a full mesh front, and can even support 3 120mm fans up there.  I have a third I want to throw in there (it comes with two out of the box)  Maybe I will get fancy and throw some RGB fans in there, everyone knows they cool better. 

Parts Used:

  • AMD Ryzen 1700
  • Noctua Heatsink and Fan
  • G.Skill 2600 DDR
  • MSI Tomahawk B350
  • Seasonic Gold 750w PSU
  • XFX Black Edition RX580 (white fans)
  • CoolerMaster Master Case 5