The Devil Within

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The Devil Within

This dual systems setup came to mind when the reviews of the P600s caught my attention around late November 2019 or thereabouts. Also around this time, I had a glimpse of the Liquid Devil which became the eventual dedicated GPU. Initially, it was simply a challenge to myself on whether or not I could pull off a custom water loop for dual systems in the aforementioned chassis. After multiple sleepless nights, reading and watching countless reviews a concrete plan was coming to form. For CPUs, Ryzen 9 3950x in conjunction with Ryzen 7 4750G (announced in July 2020) will be used. With this approach, there's no need (and no space) for a second GPU. However, the APU was not attainable by peasants in North America so Ryzen 9 3900x was used instead. Going with this decision, thermal and noise emission were two major concerns. While this endeavor may seem overly ambitious, midlife crisis is fast approaching, nonetheless.

Unbeknown to me, there was a novel virus lurking around the corner. This had a cascading effect on acquiring the necessary components for the build. The most perverse of them all were scalpers whom provide little to no value to the transactions yet stand to benefit some sizeable monetary gain. Without sounding too contrived, no gains were given to such scumbags. Sourcing the components for this dual systems was an adventure in and of itself. I found out the hard way by purchasing Alpenfohn fans from an UK retailer where a currency exchange took place and such an exchange would incur a fee courtesy of my creditor. I also found out that purchasing radiators and pump from New York does not impose sales tax. Here's to hoping that my state's treasurer does not see this!

This setup had evolved into a project in its own rights. A good friend of mine persuaded me to join Rossetta@home. The build now has another purpose which is to participate in protein folding in search for a cure/vaccine for various diseases that our species is facing. Oh no! Another existential crisis!

All in all, the fruit of my labor was coming to fruition. The bends from ITX CPU waterblock to ATX CPU waterblock to 120mm rad were inspired by none other than the devil himself. It took 2.4m+ of tubes to get those bends to their final form. Another incident took place during the mounting of the Aorus B550i Pro AX onto the Phanteks ITX bracket. On the mobo there's a plastic shroud that over extends the screw hole on the bracket by about 0.5mm. Caution must be taken when trimming off this piece of plastic with a wire cutter. Any mishaps could wreak havoc to the board. It was such a harrowing experience to put it mildly.

Discoveries made during this project:
- A handsaw and miter box are not required to cut PETG tubes. Dremmel electric saw provides cleaner cuts and does the job effectively.
- Alpenfohn fans are not as great as their listed specs. If not for monochromatic motif, Noctua fans would be the chosen ones.
- Alphacool 120mm rads were mistakenly purchased as they are not v2. Their stop plugs are too thick to mount directly onto the chassis with the provided screws. Washers and longer screws had to be purchased from a hardware store for top mount.
- The LED strip along the PSU shroud was a pain to insert. In addition to the cover and side panel being riveted together, there was a very hardened plastic strip shimmed inside. Literally, blood and sweat were shed trying to insert the 400mm neon aRGB strip in there.

Links to project:
https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/research/opn1/overview.do
https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/research/mcm1/overview.do
Color(s): Black White
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Fantasy
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
$ 375.00
AMD - Ryzen 9 (3900X)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 12
CPU
AMD - Ryzen 9 (3950X)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 16
Motherboard
ASRock - Steel Legend
Chipset: B550
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: ATX
Motherboard
$ 307.00
Gigabyte - Aorus Pro AX (B550I)
Chipset: B550
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: Mini-ITX
Memory
$ 211.27
Crucial - Ballistix (3600MHz) (White/RGB)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 16 GB
Memory
$ 364.99
Graphics
$ 1,079.00
POWERCOLOR - Radeon Liquid Devil
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
Chip: 5700 XT
Interface: PCIe x16
Storage
$ 197.76
Western Digital - WD Blue SN500 (2x)
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
PSU
$ 259.99
Phanteks - Revolt X
Wattage: 1200
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Platinum
Case
Phanteks - Eclipse P600s
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
Cooling
$ 102.20
Alphacool - NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper X-Flow (2x)
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 120 mm
Cooling
$ 117.50
Alphacool - NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 360 mm (3 x 120 mm)
Cooling
$ 172.98
Aquacomputer - D5 NEXT
Type: Pump
Cooling
332
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