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kirayatail
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The Steam machine

My first custom build since 15 years. I was eager to try out building with more modern hardware and get components that were actually designed to look good as well as provide good performance. The goal for the system was to play games, do some digital content editing, programming and occasional CAD. I was also curious about crypto and blockchain, and I thought I might do some mining with this machine as well.

The original non-watercooled build started out as a lonely AMD Vega card. I managed to get one of those for the original MSRP, and at the time, I was very lucky to get a graphics card at all. As I put the rest of the system together and started mining between gaming sessions, I realized that I either had to invest in quality hearing protection, or do something about the devastating cooling solution. That's how the idea of doing copper plumbing emerged.

I had no real intention of making the machine look true to the theme of steampunk with loads of gears, clockwork and victorian lace. Instead, I'm going for a more functional industrial look with a lot of matte black, loads of copper and some blue accents where it may seem fitting. Frankly, I envision a modern take on the Steam machine, in the way Valve is doing it. So.. Less 'punk' and more Steam.
Color(s): Black Blue Orange
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Steampunk
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Build Updates

v1: Single GPU

v2: Twice the GPU fun

v2.1: The Valve handle

v2.2: Light tube

Hardware

CPU
$ 195.00
AMD - Ryzen 7 (1700)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 8
Motherboard
$ 349.99
ASUS - Prime (X370-Pro)
Chipset: X370
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: ATX
Graphics
$ 449.41
Sapphire - Reference
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
Chip: Vega 64
Graphics
$ 479.00
XFX - Reference
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
Chip: Vega 56
Storage
$ 110.00
Samsung - 850 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
Storage
$ 211.00
Western Digital - WD Black (WDS500G2X0C)
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
PSU
$ 179.98
EVGA - SuperNOVA 750 G2
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
$ 100.00
Fractal Design - Define S, Black
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Window
Cooling
$ 209.06
EKWB - CoolStream PE
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 360 mm (3 x 120 mm)
Cooling
$ 86.20
EKWB - CoolStream SE
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 280 mm (2 x 140 mm)
Cooling
$ 80.97
EKWB - EK-Supremacy EVO
Type: CPU Waterblock
Cooling
$ 219.00
Cooling
$ 100.00
EKWB - Fittings
Type: Custom Loop
CableMod
$ 60.00
CableMod - Sleeved Cables
Mode: Custom
Sleeve: PRO ModFlex
Color: Light Blue
CableMod
$ 60.00
CableMod - Sleeved Cables
Mode: Custom
Sleeve: PRO ModFlex
Color: Orange
Accessories
$ 64.99
Estimated total value of this build:
$ 3,069.19
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