Description

Hello All!

This is my server/portable pc build. I use/want to use it as a DC and a WDS server as I work on re imaging quite a few laptops. The graphics card, APU and the ram were from my first pc build.

Yep that wasn't a typo, it's an APU! I always been a fan of AMD, hence why I chose to get a APU for my first pc build and I felt that it was only right to water cool it :-).

Color Scheme

Well, I'm originally from Jamaica and I wanted to do this color scheme as soon as got my main pc done ( https://pcpartpicker.com/b/3zm8TW ) and I was seriously reconsidering changing the color scheme of my main build to this.

Build Experience

This build was a major PITA all around! This was the first time that I didn't use any 90 or 45 degree fittings and bent all the tubing. Ironically, the shortest run was the hardest for me because the cpu water block is a little lower than the pump so I had to do a little bend to get it connected. I kid you not, it took me a little over 20 tries just for that one run!

The layout that I originally had had for this build didn't work out at all. I originally wanted to mount the reservoir to the radiator but the 970 was a little too long for it to fit there. I also originally had 4 fans but had to remove it because it couldn't fit between the radiator and the reservoir, also , the fans in the front would fit correctly because of the radiator screw holes so I had to drill new holes in the case.

Overall I'm glad I did this build and gained some solid experience on tube bending!

Some keynotes.

  1. I bought another windowed side panel because the original one was scratched up.

  2. The 970 price is how much I originally bought it for.

  3. The motherboard would not boot the M.2 drive in the M.2 slot so I just bought the adapter so that I could use it.

  4. I included pictures with different led colors because the fluid looks different with each color (fluid looks more cloudier than some).

  5. On my monitor, I have both my server and my main rig hooked up to it. Apparently, the monitor that I bought came with a software that allows you to use the same keyboard and mouse over ip to control two computers and the monitor supports two inputs to be displayed at once.

  6. I wanted to put a water block on the 970 but unfortunately there is no manufacture that makes a water block for the EVGA 970 SSC.

  7. Here is a link to the monitor https://www.amazon.com/LG-34UM68-P-34-Inch-21-UltraWide/dp/B01BMES072

If you have any questions at all, please let me know.

Thanks for looking!

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow looks great +1, my family is from Jamaica :) color scheme is nicely done. How is the performance with the APU?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The performance is good . The APU is bottlenecking my GPU though.

~28 degrees at idle. @4.5 GHz

~46 degrees under load. @4.5 GHz

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Great temps to be expected, are you waiting for next gen CPUs?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm.... I wonder why? Lol. Still, Nice Build! :)

DISCLAIMER: I know this comment is a little late. :P

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, you earned it :) Too beautiful, amazing.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea Mon!! Looks awesome, definitely one of the more unique and aesthetically pleasing builds out there!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Should have waited for zen. Just sayin.

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

It's older parts!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh

xD I'm stupid

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome to Jamrock by Damian Marley.

Good song

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the build, used to have my edit rig in an Air 240. But a question (and Im not complaining, just curious) why create PSU extensions when building in such a small case instead of sleeving the full modular PSU cables it came with?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I should have gone with fully sleeved cables instead. It was just cheaper to go with extensions.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohhhh ok, I thought you MADE the extensions yourself instead of purchasing them, maybe I should read the parts list better :-(. My bad, I just started tinkering with sleeving and its taught me a LOT!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your thermals?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

~28 degrees at idle.

~46 degrees under load. @4.5 GHz

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the color scheme! Seems odd to be pairing a 970 with an APU though... isn't that a severe bottleneck?

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! It's not too much of a bottleneck but there is one none-the-less.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Zen will be your savior i guess

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Ironically I have a i7 6800k in my main pc!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good man.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor are you using?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend a new cpu, I read that you are an amd fan but Intel has much better performance, still +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Hold on just saw your other builds, well I feel stupid

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yeah he also has a super crazy build, I think he knows what he's doing.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Weird part choices, but definitely likeable! Good work!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I would be nervous carrying this around lol

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that's true!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

This shows very well! I can only imagine it performs just a well. Nice work.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Look but You should have used this For rigid tubes (http://www.performance-pcs.com/monsoon-hardline-pro-bender-kit-3-8-x-1-2-13mm.html)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I really was tempted to buy that kit but I just wanted to complete a loop by bending it by hand (just for the experience).

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Now put some legs on it and it becomes Usain Bolt

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Another FM2+ loop build. Great work crookz_n_castlez, +1 :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the VRM temps on the board? Do you have any air going through the VRM heatsinks?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow a custom loop in a air240

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

What exactly did you have to do to boot from the m.2? I'm looking at getting the same board and SSD

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I ended up not using the m.2. I really not sure if it supports it. I'm planning on buying a samsung 950 pro and trying that out to see if that works. So far I tried intel 600p and a sandisk m.2 drive.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Were they recognized at all? Or just wouldn't boot.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The bios did not recognize it at all.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!