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.

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?


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


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.