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Zen Clarity +

by legendarypoet

Description

This is a re-re-build of my Zen Clarity rig. It started with Wanting a Vega 64, then wanting Vengeance RGB Pro RAM, then using a 2700X I bought a while ago and never installed since I hate taking the glass panels off. Then I wanted to see the benefits of X470. I also hated the C6H and its seemingly unfixable cold boot bug. I wanted to move away from something that needed a beta BIOS monthly to be functionally normal. Could just be that I had a bad one, but that's all over with now. Going with the H150i was an aesthetic decision. I'm sure there's not a huge gap between the H100i V2 and the H150i Pro in terms of keeping Ryzen cool. A 360 rad just looks much better inside the case.

Things I loved about the build:

  1. Not having to tooooootally start from scratch. Routing all the fans and RGB cables was a pain in the butt the first time.
  2. The finished aesthetic. I keep the build red, white, or red & white. Not really into unicorn vomit for anything other than photos.
  3. The lack of dust from the 570X. The previous build was going 24/7 for 9 months (max RPMs on fans since it was inaudible where it was). There wasn't much dust inside the case. The filters had the thinnest layer of dust I've ever seen.

Challenges:

  1. Building backwards. I didn't intend to do a new build, I just kept wanting to replace things since the case was finally open. Fast-forward to now and it's mostly new parts. Done so very out of order since the mobo was the LAST thing.
  2. I didn't read the manual this time around since building with the C6H wasn't all that different. Doing so meant I used the new fan extension header for the Commander Pro. Now I should have known this from the Zenith Extreme, but that header cannot address more than 1 USB device, so I could not get it to read my H150i Pro and I thought the cable was defective. It took too long for me to realize that I should use the other port.
  3. The 570X's USB 3.0 header cable. It's ridiculously thick and difficult to cable manage. Luckily the board is black (unlike the gray of the C6H) so it does not stand out as much.
  4. GPU sag. Even with all the methods employed by various YouTubers, this beefy card still sags a bit.

I might do the Cablemod vertical GPU adapter whenever they get the issue worked out with it and it goes back in stock. Not 100% sure though.

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ericide 2 Builds 7 points 9 days ago

I normally auto-upvote AMD builds but I had to stop by and compliment this one. Congrats, looks fantastic.

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Thanks!

Linka 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

"I normally auto-upvote AMD builds"

Same

J-quan 1 Build 3 points 9 days ago

Dude. Godly. Love the photography

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Thank you!

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Hi @densetsu

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Hello OrbitalBuzzLightyear!

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Hi there!

Kisalida 3 points 9 days ago

This so needs to be featured!! What an amazing build. I'm amazed to see someone using a vega card, is it any good?

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Thank you! I like it. The previous iteration has a hybrid GTX 1080. They performed very similarly. The one place I will say I like it better is when I'm using Linux on the system. The drivers being included in the Kernel really made it a great experience.

Kisalida 2 points 7 days ago

told you it would be featured ;)

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

I figured it was too simple a build. Used to seeing full loops and heavy modding. Happy nonetheless though. :)

cramstr 1 Build 2 points 9 days ago

+5 for that photography

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Thanks!

FurryJackman 2 Builds 2 points 9 days ago

Any issues with the VRM thermals with the STRIX Vega 64? I've heard accounts the supplied thermal pads are too thin and don't cover all the components:

https://old.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/8zn0yh/strix_vega_56_disassembly_and_thermal_repasting/

FunnyBrosGaming 2 points 8 days ago

Hey love the build and color! I like that you used my Favorite CPU and it is rare to find someone witch such artistic ability and even including a sound card! I love your choices in brands as well. Good build!

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Thank you!

Camranatic101 2 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

For GPU sag, Jay-Z Two Cents addressed this and said that if you screw a screw in the back part of your case (where you route cables) under the metal support thing of your gpu in a hole, it will keep it solid - and it will form his video proof, but thats only if you have access to those holes

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Yeah, that was the first thing I tried. It didn't help.

dominicc_02 1 Build 2 points 8 days ago

This is 100% gonna be featured! the photography and the build are amazing

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Thanks! Didn't think it would, but you def. called it.

dominicc_02 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

told you ;)

TVwazhere 2 points 7 days ago

The day I build my new rig is the day I commission you to come take the photos

IngeniousTinkerer 2 points 7 days ago

legendarypoet? More like "legendarybuilder"

CooproxXo1 1 point 9 days ago

This build is so cool. I agree with every part choice (even though I prefer intel) and the picture quality is amazing. I hope you enjoy the build +1

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Thank you!

William_M_Butlicker 1 point 9 days ago

Push/pull on the radiator would look better and some black sleeved cables too.

Other than that, this is really good!

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Thanks! I did try sleeved cables, but much to my dismay, they were thicker than stock cables and I couldn't route them in the cable cover. I am having a friend of mine make a larger one and then the sleeved cables will return.

Meggolor 1 point 9 days ago

Looks great! Nice photography with the black and white pictues!

Simulint 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

Noice photos +1

HotShot_01 4 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Great build

HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Awesome build. Love the Red & AMD. What speeds can you get from your corsair rgb ram? I am debating on a RAM rgb upgrade in my pc. 2x8gb is what I'm looking for. Debating between the g skill 3200mhz and the corsair vengeance rgb pro, like yours. Thanks!

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Thanks! I only tried for 3200 which it did with ease.

Otaku1214 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

Amazing +1

ChaosBlade 2 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Sexy <3

Velocitron2000 1 point 7 days ago

That is so cool, a high end AMD PC.

7ha7as1an 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Nice Build! Started out the same with mine which is still being upgraded here and there. Still have to upgrade the CPU and Mobo. Waiting for what I9 9900K beings to the table though I really want to go team AMD. Just because of how much they've grown these past few years. The motherboard I hear is future proof for the next batch of AMD Zen 2 CPUs. People comment that this board is overkill now though when AMD reveals a 10 core 5GHz monster this board will still provide enough power to it. If not the option of having a CPU manufacturer state the socket will be supported through 2020 is also awesome!

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Agreed. Some said the VRMs on the Zenith Extreme were overkill too, but the 2990WX sure needed it. (I went with the 2950X in that build from the 1950X).

ssjg5rlly 1 point 7 days ago

Next upgrade obviously needs to be Kingston's new RGB ssd

Mango2go 2 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Nice one!

Rajenator 1 point 7 days ago

+1 very nice build! :)

DerpyAlpuca 1 point 7 days ago

wow the contrast between the ssd orange coloring and the black and gray of the background. this is some legendary build

Squid_Soup 1 point 6 days ago

A 570x build ;)

joshwhite 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Great build. Love the look of the corsair RAM. Also, love the b/w photos. Good job +1

LeuryT 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

I'm not a big fan of AMD, I prefer Intel , but your build looks awesome, good job!!

poc88 3 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

I digging those rams! im going to buy them for sure on my next build. how bright are they?

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

I had to turn them down for photos. They are significantly brighter than any other LED in the system, so it was actually downing everything else out.

sandris 2 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Are you sure the PSU is enough? Won't be better at least 850W?

legendarypoet submitter 10 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

No. This is fine. Before this build I had an 1800X w/ the GTX 1080 that folding 24/7 for 9 months and running VMs. Not even a hint of an issue. Similar story here.

I will be shuffling parts soon though. I bought an HX1200i for my main rig, so this RM1000i will be going in this build, then this PSU will get re-used. Not because this needs that kind of power, but because the RM1000i has some really cool data collection abilities.

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