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Ahh, a build from Australia I see. :wink:


Finally got my HTPC gaming-capable machine together today. I’m excited!

Removing stock cooler paste from my testing phase:

All built up! After installing and removing the mobo a few times you figure out pretty quick where the cables need to be to get it all in and it’s not as annoying as the first time:


Turns out the fan blades contacted the mesh just barely so I made some ghetto standoffs using electrical tape:

Attached feet to the bottom (well, back panel) because this’ll be living on its side in the entertainment center under the TV:


AMD Ryzen 5 2400G (in agreement with @wendell about value here)
2x8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3600 bought via r/hardwareswap (running at 3200 right now but I will improve that, it’s B-die after all)
Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WiFi
Samsung OEM 120GB NVMe (got this cheap)
Shucked 1TB 2.5" HDD, I think it’s a Seagate.
All shoved into the In Win Chopin with its 150w PSU (I’ll be doing some wall draw testing tonight I think).


Update to the Chopin build: replaced the stock C7 fan with a 120mm Rosewill slim that’s much quieter and temps dropped close to 10°C. The cooler is good but the fan kinda sucks. I might suggest anyone building something similar look at the Noctua. But I’m pretty happy now.


Yeah the 15mm thick Noctua “NF A12x15 PWM” is amazing other than its look and price… best slim fan I’ve used, although sadly the application I got one for it actually didn’t fit without some additionally width reduction and the sheet metal of the case being stretched out an extra mm or so… note to self and others, traditional slim fans are half width (12.5mm) nominal (although actually more like 13mm), not 15mm. I think your application would have fit the noctua without mods though…


This is the fan I got:

Says 1.5cm on the box (which I found odd, not specifying in mm). Once I got wire cages fabricated out of 19ga stainless hobby wire I had the same issue that I had with the C7 where one or two of the blades would just barely scrape the mesh, and fixed it the same way: judicious use of electrical tape. It’s actually ridiculously quiet at the max 1500 RPM and does a way better job. I ran Valley windowed for ten minutes or so and CPU temps never went over about 65°C pushing over 60FPS.


There is an ITX board somewhere down there…


ASRock AB350 ITX/ac
Ryzen 3 1200
2x8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 3200
XFX RX460 2GB passive
Samsung OEM M.2 NVME 128GB
Silverstone semi passive SFX PSU (have to think about that one…)


Right now I am seperated from my rig, so no pics at the moment, but here are the specs of both my main rig and laptop:

The SummitRig

  • Ryzen 1700X OC to 4 GHz
  • Corsair H110i
  • 64 GB of 2400 MHz DDR4
  • ASRock X370 Fat1ly Professional Gaming
  • SLI GTX 1070
  • Samsung 960 Evo 512 GB
  • 1 TB Sata SSD
  • 2 X 2 TB HDD
  • Manjaro for main OS
  • Windows 10 for Gaming


  • Lightly modified Sky Lake based Asus GL502VS
  • Intel i7-6700HQ
  • 32 GB RAM
  • GTX 1070
  • Samsung 960 Evo 512 GB
  • Seagate Firecuda 2 TB SSHD
  • Manjaro for main OS
  • Windows 10 for gaming

Use case

  • Virtualization
  • Recreational Password cracking
  • AAA Gaming


Oldboy Diesel, about to be gutted out and have its bits sold, damn, i’m going to miss this magnificent build.

Here’s how it was:
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Extreme
CPU: Intel Xeon X5670 @4.0ghz
CPU Cooler: Scythe SCFM-1000 Fuma Rev.B (which i wanted so much i imported it from the US)
GPU: Asus ROG Strix GTX 1060 6GB
RAM: 2x Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600mhz (removed fake heatsinks)
Storage: SanDisk SSD Plus G26 240gb + 2x 2tb Toshiba P300s
PSU: 20$ Seasonic S12II Bronze 620W
Case: Cougar Panzer MAX
Acessories: Orico hot swap front bay, Asus DVD burner, Orico thin line SATA cables, vintage Intel and Nvidia case badges


How’s the case doing? Looks solid, massive, monstrous thing…


It is indeed a very solid, well built case, very heavy too, i like it a lot!
After more than a year of ownership, the only thing i can complain about it is the perspex side panel, i think Cougar should’ve used glass instead.


Main rig : “Valentine”

Specs :

Case : Fractal Design Define R5, windowless. HDD cage removed.
Case fans : 3x Noctua NF-14A PWM Chromax, fan curve controlled by BIOS via the CPU2 header
(sysfan headers on this MoBo don’t allow proper PWM control and these fans were ticking like crazy when idling on voltage control)

Motherboard : MSI X99A Gaming 7
CPU : Intel Core i7-5930K @ 4.5GHz
CPU Cooler : BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 3
GPU : MSI GTX 1080Ti Gaming X 11G
RAM : 32GB (4x 8GB) Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4-2666
PSU : Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium 650W

SSD1 : Samsung 960PRO 512GB NVMe with EKWB NVMe heatsink (windows disk)
SSD2 : Samsung 950PRO 256GB NVMe with EKWB NVMe heatsink, on Akasa M.2 to PCIe adapter (Linux disk)
SSD3 : Samsung 850EVO 250GB (local copy of my music collection, that way I don’t have to turn on the NAS every time I use the PC)
SSD4 : Samsung 840EVO 1TB (local storage for the Windows disk, to temporarily store fresh blu-ray rips, edit large video files etc)

Extras :
Pioneer BDR-209M Blu-ray burner
DeLock 2.5" + 3.5" hotswap bay
TPM 2.0 module

Cable management isn’t the best, but in my defense there’s quite a bit going on inside that case. All in all I’m pleased with it. It’s primarily a workstation, so it doesn’t really have to be pretty in the back

Secondary rig : “The Queen”

Specs :

Case : Fractal Design Define C, windowless
Case fans : 2x Fractal Design GP-14 intake, 1x Fractal Design GP-12 exhaust, fan curve controlled by BIOS

Motherboard : MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming
CPU : Intel Core i5-2500 @ 4.1GHz
CPU cooler : BeQuiet Shadow Rock 2
GPU : ASUS GTX 1060 3GB. (if I find a 2600K for the right price I will replace the 1060 with an MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G that I have lying around)
RAM : 8GB (2x 4GB) GeIL Black Dragon DDR3-1333 CL9
PSU : BeQuiet Dark Power Pro P10 650W

SSD1 : Samsung 840EVO 250GB (Windows disk)
SSD2 : OCZ Agility 3 240GB (Linux disk)

Extras :
TPM 1.2 module (arriving tomorrow, waiting for that to do a fresh install)
Cabling is ready for a 3rd drive, just in case I’d ever feel the need to expand the local storage

This PC has basically been evolving since 2011. It’s been in a HAF X, in a Storm Trooper, had a 4870X2, dual GTX770s in SLI, has been used as a mining rig with dual 1070s and a 1060, etc. Now it’s just a spare PC though. In fact I’m still not sure what I’ll actually use it for.

Post your battle stations!

The handbag.

The build with some pictures:

The Plan was to put stupid power into a tiny box. For the CPU that worked. For the GPU …
no, that nano is not working in a case that limited on airflow around the PCIe slot.

I had to switch that for the Sapphire 570 ITX, which is not bad… but, you know…
Otherwise the build was very manageable, not easy but also not terrible.
Most of the stuff is already mounted to the board. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Test with PSU sitting outside the case.

It is really just strapping cables together mostly.

Other than the GPU switch I also removed the back I/O cover to allow for more airflow.
Oh, and I only connected the red drive LED for power, just for looks.

And that’s it. :slight_smile:


Lian-Li PC-TU100B
ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac
AMD Ryzen 7 2700 with Noctua NH-L9a AM4
16GB (2x8) G.Skill Trident-Z 3200 C14
Sapphire RX570 Pulse ITX 4G
Samsung M.2 960EVO 1TB
Silverstone SST-ST45SF-G
Corsair ML120 Pro red

Super Tiny ITX Build

Update to my main gaming rig:

ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X with a Noctua NH-C14S
Sapphire RX Vega64 Limited with a Raijintek Morpheus II and 2x NF-F12PWM
16GB (2x8) G.Skill Trident-Z 4133 C19 @ 3200 C14 (hoping for improvements)
Samsung NVME M.2 970EVO SSD 250GB (System)
Intel SATA series 730 SSD 240GB (scratch)
Sandisk SATA Ultra II SSD 960GB (games)
Seasonic Platinum 1050W PSU with modded in Noctua NF-A14PWM
2 x Noctua NF-A14ULN as front intakes
2 x Noctua NF-A8PWM as exhaust
Intertech 4U 4098-S rack case
Lian Li PW-IC01NH45 (isn’t that catchy?) USB3.1 Type C front … thingy
and a Silverstone SST-ES02 remote for maximum lazyness


Challenging little project of mine:
Ryzen 7 1700
ASUS ROG Strix B350 ITX board
Galax GTX 1070 Katana Single slot GPU
16GB G Skill Trident Z 3200 RAM
Noctua NH-L9i CPU Cooler (with AM4 adapter kit)
Samsung 850 Evo 1TB SSD
Corsair SF 600 PSU
Dan Case A4-SFX v2 SFF case


I posted pics of my first Ryzen build directly in the Build a PC thread so I probably don’t need to post here again with that system.

Here’s the CoffeeLake build I did two weeks before the Ryzen.

  • CPU - 8700K @ 5.1GHz Delidded (Silcon Lottery)
  • Motherboard - ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero (Wi-Fi AC)
  • Cooler - Corsair H150i
  • RAM - 32GB 3200 Corsair Dominator Platinum
  • GPU - Asus Strix 1080 Ti
  • Boot - 960Pro 512 NVMe
  • Storage - 860EVO 1TB SSD
  • PowerSupply - Corsair HX1000i
  • PSU Cables - CableMod-Pro
  • Case - Corsair 500D
  • Fans - 2x ML140 Pro roof exhaust, 1x ML120 Pro rear exhaust

I need to re-work the PCIe cables for the GPU somethings just not right. Also thinking I need to black out the rear exhaust or at minimum change the rubber tips to black. The mother board RGB I was able to get to match the white of the corsair pump but the GPU I can’t get to match even close - it’s a pale lavender so I don’t know… anyway it is what it is. I may just leave all the RGB crap off and just let the fans provide ambient lighting.


New rig (full team red :D):
Asrock Taichi X470
Ryzen R7 2700X
2x 16 GB g-skill Trident Z non-RGB 3000mhz (running at 2800 with tightened timings. not on the ryzen list, but about $250 AUD cheaper than something that was)
Storage: 1x 500GB Evo 850 SSD, 1x 1TB Evo 860 SSD, 1x Toshiba 250 GB SSD
2x RX Vega 64 reference
Corsair HX850i
Fractal Design R6 tempered glass

Love this case…

oh yeah… e-peen

Current Build: 
Processor i7 6900k
Motherboard ASUS x99 Deluxe
Cooling Custom Water Cooled
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB DDR4 2400 CL10 (4 x 8GB)
Video Card(s) MSI Aero OC GTX 1080Ti
Storage Samsung 960 EVO 500GB NVMe, 2 - Samsung 840 EVO 1TB (RAID 0)
Display(s) Acer XF270HU
Case InWin 303 Black
Audio Device(s) Sound Blaster SB-Zx
Power Supply Seasonic 760 XP2
Mouse Fnatic Flick G1
Keyboard iKBC New Poker II (Type-c) w/ Cherry MX Browns
Software Windows 10 Pro


I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to report this as pornographically related content.

… But seriously, that is gorgeous, good job!


Fractal Design Nano S
EVGA SuperNova G2 750W
ASRock AB350 Gaming ITX/ac
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X @ 4.0 GHz
NZXT Kraken X52
G.Skill Ripjaws V 3200 MHz 16GB @ 3200-16-18-18-38
Samsung 960 EVO 256GB M.2 NVMe
Axiom 240GB S-ATA SSD
Windows 10 Professional x64 1803


Love Nano S builds, I miss having one.