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Water Chilled Ryzen Build

by Kleon333


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Date Published

March 3, 2017

Date Built

March 2, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.772 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.105 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

51.0° C


For my AMD Ryzen build I decided to give a shot at my first custom loop. I didn't water cool the RAM, but I got some that matches the color scheme of my build. Either way it took some work but it is up and running.

I had all of the parts prepared except for the CPU and Motherboard, so as soon as I got home from Microcenter I was able to finish it up. I had as much of it built as I could so I would be up and running immediately. I am still working on getting everything in the BIOS set up for the best performance so I will update it over the next few days.

There were a few issues getting windows installed properly as it didn't detect a usable partition until I plugged in a spare HDD I had via SATA, then I was able to format it correctly and get it working. That may have been an issue between the motherboard and the PCI/m.2 ports.

CPU-Z Benchmark: http://valid.x86.fr/rmnqlr

Update: Finally got a handle on the BIOS and have it running stable at high performance. I am not planning on trying any excessive overclocking as I feel this will be sufficient for my needs.

Late Update: BIOS updates have improved performance drastically and made my variable pump work properly depending on CPU temperature so it only gets loud when I'm gaming or using editing software. I also moved one strip of LED's and re-ran some of the wires for a cleaner look inside the case.

New pictures have been added, the original build is included near the end of my images now. My part list has been slightly updated with my new fans (not updated as of the pictures) and removal of the fan-controller as well.

I had trouble with my fan headers glitching due to an issue between Aida64 and ASUS motherboards so I had to disable it from running. Since then it's all great and I will respond to all further questions in the future to my ability, but it may take a few days to get a response. Thanks!

Part Reviews


Not yet fully optimized for gaming as many know, but this will improve in time as developers and manufacturers have more time with the architecture. It will serve my needs for quite a while though.


After BIOS updates I recommend this board, it's stable now. It can perform auto-bios updates which is nice and cmos reset button on the back is convenient. It doesn't seem to work with Aida64 though, some issue with the sensors, but that's just an inconvenience.


Runs well so far, I think speed may be a bit motherboard limited. It is C14 Memory but that may need some help and time to work at max capacity. BIOS updates for motherboards may help handle the increased latency in the future. Overall it is slightly overpriced (at time of purchase) but I bought it for the Aesthetics.


I have my OS on this drive, runs extremely smooth.


Great value compared to the 960 PRO Series.

Video Card

Runs everything I play without a hitch, keeps cool with the custom loop.


I fell in love with this case from a purely visual standpoint. But being able to customize it allowed me to fit both Radiators inside in a way most other cases do not allow.

Power Supply

Runs great and works perfectly with the 3rd party Orange wires.

Optical Drive

I still burn CD's for my car, maybe I am a bit old.


I have this on the top of my case with the top-fans pulling the air out. It's a bit thick so make sure you have enough room in your case if you are mounting this inside.


It can be seriously loud at full speed, works well though.


I really liked the look of this Reservoir and it's mounting solution in my case. However, the screws it came with didn't work with my case-housing so I had to use some extra supplies.


Functionally awesome, but a bit thick and wide for many cases so make sure you have enough room or are willing to mount it on the outside.


I wanted to protect my fingers when working inside the case and thought this was sexy as.


Not great for airflow or as a filter. But it looked great aesthetically and didn't cause any issues.


Great for reducing noise and increasing gaps between the radiator and its fans.

Comments Sorted by:

Mike2015 2 Builds 26 points 26 months ago

Benchmarks, we want to see benchmarks!!!

uberlizard 1 Build 11 points 26 months ago

give us the benchmarks good sir

Kleon333 submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

busy weekend took a while

uberlizard 1 Build 3 points 25 months ago

you can be pardoned for this.

Zurus 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Yes we do

Chedley 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Very nice build you have there @Kleon333.

Some benchmarks over at the bench site. Gotta say the Ryzen cpu marks well but the remainder of the systems seem stymied. Compare to my i7-6700K build.

The Ryzen cpu looks to be a cheetah. And I mean that in a fast way.....

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+Ryzen+7+1800X&id=2966 http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V9/display.php?id=78245236312

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iPxn3z 14 points 26 months ago

Congrats on the first Ryzen build ! +1

jaden99 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago


shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 7 points 26 months ago

Haha I love how you buckled in the motherboard and CPU on your way home.

Vairfoley 30 Builds 11 points 26 months ago

You have to protect your children and make sure they're safe

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Vairfoley 30 Builds 6 points 26 months ago

First RYZEN build hype! I'm assuming a lot of people are waiting for the 1080ti release to build their new setups.


Blacksm1le 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

There is also the release of VEGA in May

Vairfoley 30 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Ah, good point. I can't wait to see the return of mainstream full AMD builds.

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Kleon333 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I've been waiting on Ryzen to complete this for a while now. A water-cooled 1080 seemed enough for me :)

RedRageTNT 4 Builds 4 points 26 months ago



Awesome! +1

rhali8 2 Builds 4 points 26 months ago

Beautiful! Congrats on the custom loop, as well as the first Ryzen PC PCPP has ever seen. We've all been waiting for this, just show us some benchmarks :)


Kleon333 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks! Got a couple benchmarks posted now.

uberlizard 1 Build 3 points 26 months ago

Congratulations on being the FIRST Ryzen build!

Take the up vote i deservingly give you. and hopefully a feature!

Kleon333 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thank you. Finally got a few more pictures posted, long weekend.

Zurus 2 Builds 3 points 26 months ago

The real question is can it run minesweeper on a solid 30 fps?



we need them benchmarks soon.

Also congrats on being the 1st Ryzen build on PCPP.

fortking 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Can it run pinball at 1280x1024 and still get 30fps? (Win xp pinball)

Zurus 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

can it run windows?

fortking 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I thhought about that.. can it run dos?

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Batmandrew 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Oh man I loved that pinball back in the day. Best built-in OS games next to Ski-Free.

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philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Stop spamming.

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edubPC 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Ryzen is here

+1 for the build man

BattleDor 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Nice, first Ryzen build!

syg101 3 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

congrats on the first ryzen build. May your temperatures be low and your frame rates high.

JCMsergox 4 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

This is actually amazing.

AMD is back.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

How's that Ryzen chip? :DD

Blackhat132 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

i love the color scheme and funny you actually had the ryzen chip safe and sound in car with seat belt lol i like to see bencmarks

ajpinton 11 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

It is really strange to see an AMD build getting so much attention, and well deserved. +1 for sure.

Also the first Ryzen build on the site from what I can tell. Woot!!!

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WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Ryzen has Rizen! xD

Jace223 2 points 26 months ago

This is perfect unity. you see AMD, Nvidia AND Intel all in the same build. you deserve honor.

why cant they all live as one?


ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 26 months ago

First build I've seen on here with Ryzen and a custom loop. Looks great, especially with the orange/black colour scheme. +1 :)

scotty100 2 points 25 months ago

I would of waited a little longer for the gtx 1080 ti and got that 30% profomance boost for a little more. But over all I love the build

Kleon333 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks! I already had the 1080 from last Summer. If the Ti uses the same water block I may sell mine and upgrade.

RustyRedbeard 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

+1 for buckling-up! :P

Kobay 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Nice build man :D

Blacksm1le 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Possible to have a benchmark

no_mans_buy 1 point 26 months ago

Picture #6 always protect your loved ones

Jeuloth 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Benchmarks or it didnt happen. LOL jk we all just really want bms.. Gotta love AMD with PCie 3.0 now so your SSD's actually perform.

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Yes! First Ryzen build on PCPP!!!!!!!!! +1

HZXT 1 point 26 months ago

The CPU block is compatible with Ryzen and the AM4 mobo's out of the box, or you have to mod it? And if this is true, you can add a purchase link pls

HZXT 1 point 26 months ago

OMG thank you. Now i have to search it in Europe. I'm goign to to buy a 2500$ PC with the 1800X and a 1080ti. Any recomendation for a noob building a custom loop?

Blacksm1le 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

If you have any question, do not hesitate to ask them :-)

SpearsZ 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago


skyrise 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Awesome buld, but why Nvidia graphics?!

Wait for AMD Vega good lad.

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Vega 11 is until May~June 2017.

Unhandybirch656 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Benchmarks pls

Mohsin_Ali 1 point 25 months ago

dude don't worry about the 1800X gaming performance since the AMDs CEO has stated that there will be a patch released soon which will improve it's performance...

hartmantam 1 point 25 months ago

How is the temperature? Hot enough to fry an egg?

dragoon20005 4 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

nice build.

I may prob get the same parts as yours for my own Ryzen build as well

what BIOS you are running with the Asus board?

I would like to see your max OC on the 1800X

but just for science

can you do the comparison performance with all 8 cores 16 treads and go down the stack like 8 cores and 8 treads with SMT/HT off

Then 6 cores 12 treads test

followed by 4 Cores 8 treads and OC the heck out of it to see if the 4 Cores could hit 4.2GHz and above

then see if disabling SMT/HT will further increase the OCability of the 1800X

this might give us an idea of how will the Ryzen R5 and R3 will perform

Kleon333 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I'm not too familiar with all of the different testing procedures but I did disable SMT and the number of treads dropped to 8 treads on 4 cores. Performance wasn't much affected, but so far I have been unable to get above 4.1Ghz. I've adjusted DRAM timings and voltages to try and alleviate any stress but I can't get it to hit 4.2 yet. I know my lack of overclocking experience and voltage knowledge may be to blame, so I am confident it can hit 4.2 with the right settings.

Mason54 25 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

What software are you using that gives temps for your CPU in game/benchmarks? I cant find one that is supported yet.

Kleon333 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

AIDA64. It has shown reliable graphs and numbers so far. It seems to monitor temps well when running benchmarks and games.

Mason54 25 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

thank you very much! And hows the RYZEN Treating you?

Kleon333 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Everything is running smooth and keeping very cool. I'm relieved that my first custom-loop was a success with no leaks or issues so far.

Mason54 25 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

custom is fun, i love my custom loop (One of my 12 builds...) its my daily driver though there is one curse of custom. Once you Watercool a CPU and GPU you can never go back because of the temps you get on water!

winterbegins 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago
  • 1 - The BeQuiet Dark Base Pro is a monster. So many features !
vangocambo 1 point 25 months ago

Do you get this qcode 24 using this mobo, i got this code after windows loaded? is that normal? my build here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/jD29TW

Kleon333 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Since codes 2B-2F are Memory Initialization and both the preceding and following codes are for memory issues as well, I would begin by testing each memory module and slot individually. Also ensure you get a good firm placement when you insert them, I hadn't pushed them down deep enough the first time I started up my machine and got a similar error.

vangocambo 1 point 25 months ago

I insert them very good. I check with other people who has a similar build, they said it's normal code. That's what it should be. :).


Tobi_Kenobi 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Nice build.

Where is the water chiller? I just received my water chilling unit, EXC-800. Sub-ambient is such an interesting realm :)

Kleon333 submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago


Sorry for the confusion I only named it saying Chilled to rhyme with Build. Not using an actual water chiller, sounds awesome though!

Tobi_Kenobi 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Ah, that makes more sense, lol. Dude, water chillers are so...cool. Ba-da-dum xD Only recommend chillers if you have a need for 24/7 sub-ambience, very niche.

JPhipp 1 point 24 months ago

Nice build, looking at the same case and mobo to start a build in the next few weeks, trying to understand the fan positions available as from what i've seen/read the case is solid on the base but has fan mounting and a dust filter, does this mean air gets in from the sides? i want something i can have reasonable air flow through as i want to do a custom loop later on, but be able to have positive pressure inside the case. Cheers

Kleon333 submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Air intake from the side is possible but only if you get the case without a window or if you put the window on the back-side of the case, the other panel has an intake but since I wanted my windows to actually show the insides it is on the rear of the case (therefore not in-taking any air.)

It is a variable intake so it can be popped open when utilized or closed to appear as a solid panel. The openings on the top and bottom have input holes in them, but they lead directly to the top and bottom fan intakes so they don't actually go through the side.

JPhipp 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks for replying, my main concern was the air flow through the bottom and top, currently intend on a Kraken k62 and lots of fans but want to have rads at the top and bottom when i do the custom loop. were there any major difficulties with mounting your reservoir and cooling?

Kleon333 submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Mounting the reservoir was super easy, but the screws it came with were a bit short so I had to buy some longer one's along with a Nut to secure it, once I had those it was a piece of cake. Airflow IS a bit limited on the entire case as part of its ultra-quiet design, but it's more than sufficient for keeping it cool. Also my radiators needed slightly longer screws to secure them, but I think that was because of the brand I used and the way I placed them in the case.

I had to move the motherboard down 1-notch for the top radiator to fit and if you use a radiator on the bottom it may get close to the power supply, so make sure you have enough room for your wires. The case can be modified so many ways I'm sure you'll find a design to fit your needs.

akula2 1 point 24 months ago

Hello, nice build. I'm ditching Intel in favor of Ryzen 1700 for its value and performance.

I've a Q regd. this Asus board -- does it retain RAMDisk feature in the BIOS? I'm very used to this fantastic feature on Intel ROG boards. Please confirm and good luck with that build!

Kleon333 submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Sorry I am not familiar with the RAMDisk feature. The BIOS has been updated a lot since launch, it may have it but I am not sure. Keep an eye on future updates.

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eopest 9 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

I'd wait some. The R5 chips will be out fairly soon, and those should be more in most folks' price/ performance range. The 1800x, just like the $1000 Intel cpu it's getting compared to (see here) isn't meant for gaming, whatever the hype train may say. I'm waiting to see what an R5/1080 TI combo looks like before possibly jumping on the bandwagon.

LeMMingSlayeR 24 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

All the CPU threads available in the 1800x are more workstation oriented, but if you game while livestreaming there is a compelling argument that this would be a very good CPU for that level of multitasking. There are more livestream gamers now than ever. I bought the much cheaper R7 1700, $329 and so far from what I'm reading in reviews it's only 7-10% behind the 1800X in most applications. I plan to run mine at the 3.7ghz boost frequency on a solid OC so I expect to run very close to the 1800X for $170 cheaper. Just waiting on FedEx...

Everything I have seen involving the Ryzen in gaming action shows that it doesn't throw avg frame rates as high as the 7700k (undisputed gaming champ in 2017), but the minimum frame rate numbers were right on par with the aforementioned Intel CPU. This will mean a much smoother gaming experience than current AMD FX users are used to. I love my FX8350, and after 5 years it is still going strong. But I will say from experience that the FX chips never gave a buttery smooth gaming experience like the Intel ones. Although I play most games at high settings and almost all keep their 60FPS locked, I do see stutters in some games and frame drops that simply won't be there with Ryzen. (Battlefield 1 and Fallout 4 were especially stutter heavy in certain conditions).

Personally I think anyone currently gaming on an AMD build, whether it be Athlon or FX or APU, would benefit greatly by upgrading to Ryzen, but if you are on the Intel side with anything newer or faster than Haswell i5 ish and you are JUST GAMING, you might want to wait and see before buying anything.

eopest 9 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I don't livestream; most people don't. I'm not dissing the hardware, I'm just saying that if your needs are more mainstream, you'll probably want to wait to see what the R5 series will be like before making a decision for or against. I don't plan on spending more than $200 - 250US on a CPU; Intel may end up dropping prices to tempt players players like me their way, which will be a good thing. That will also push AMD to get their optimizations and improvements out a little faster so as not to lose what momentum they may have built up. If the 6-core Ryzens are down around 90-95% of Intel's IPC but 10 - 15% cheaper and have smoother gameplay with streaming, that's a win. We'll need to wait and see.

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Yeah, plus the R5 series should in theory overclock a little better with much more acceptable thermals.

I'm even considering switching from my 6600 to a 1400X, but after seeing the R7's do worse than the not so high hopes that I had for it in gaming...I'm not making any serious plans yet.

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eopest 9 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Are you talking GTX card or a 1080p monitor?

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

It's not a gaming processor. It's for heavy productivity workloads that can't be offloaded to the GPU. Honestly, I'm hoping the builder knows this, because it's just not worth $500(by a long shot) if you're only gaming.

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shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Shhh...I like to give people the benefit of the doubt :P

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Blacksm1le 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

It is necessary to wait a little for the real test for RYZEN all the benchmarks which were seen on the net was tested in the beta version still remains mother board to update, driver of RYZEN also to come

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