The case all prepped up for the motherboard to go in
Back, After assembly. Four GPUs and a sound card. I was really proud of myself. The 2nd GPU is pulled out using a PCIe riser cable. Looking back I wonder if this could have caused parts on the motherboard to overheat- should not be possible due to the use of NanoITX cards which in my calculation are smaller and shouldn't restrict airflow.
Picture taken for an AMD contest. I lost for some reason. You'd think I'd win because I pretty much spent almost twenty thousand Malaysian Ringgits on this build.
At this point the PSU was still an old AcBel 900W which I had lying around. I wanted the machine up and running first.
Pay no attention to the DDR3 RAM on the top of the machine, they were from my MCPC build and I was going to RMA them because they had failed...
The machine after assembly. Didn't stay this way.
(Scrapped) Red Dead Ravager
In late 2017, I decided I wanted a piece of the YouTube pie after hearing how Pewdiepie is earning enough money off Youtube's ad revenue alone to regularly buy Lamborghini Countaches. After being scorned and dumped by a female colleague for driving a shitty Proton Persona. That, and my day job wasn't paying well and I needed more money than I earned monthly. I decided I want to get into youtubing as a second job, and decided to repurpose my channel for tech and toy content.
I secured funding from some sponsors (namely my aunt) and set about making my first set of videos- for a rig known as the Red Dead Ravager, which I decided that I will also use to render my videos. I am only home for a few hours each day due to commute (the traffic here in the Klang Valley in Malaysia really sucks, i work only in the next town a few miles away and it takes one hour to get there and two hours to get back) and having a full time job, and a fast rendering machine is an advantage.
That didn't turn out well.
Youtube kept moving the goalpost, and I could not afford to repay my aunt as I could never get ad revenue. And to top it all off, the motherboard burnt up while encoding a video in DaVinci Resolve fresh after running Superposition just a month later! "Never buying Asrock ever again", I told myself. Making things worse was that Asrock refused to elaborate on why the board burnt up and just sent an RMA replacement, tarnishing my trust in the brand further.
And then the Threadripper 2990WX was announced. I was already unhappy with the knowledge that the CPU contained two working but disabled pieces of silicon in the MCM, but when that was announced with it's 4 fully working silicons, I lost it. I also found out about the single slot WX5100 cards, which I decided I should have went with because my original plans was for single slot RX 570s, which allegedly didn't exist (the WX5100 are RX570 cards in all but name. I made up for it using riser cables to make it possible to have 4 GPUs along with the sound card).
As of late 2018, I have RMAed the motherboard, but have then decided that I needed a more practical gaming rig instead (that would eventually become "The Secret Build") since I finally got my hands on Quake Champions and that game absolutely choked on my then-flagship "Red Dead Revenger". So I sold the CPU, motherboard and GPUs off. The rest of the parts were eventually recycled into the Secret Build and the Modest Build, and even the PSU found it's way into the Red Dead Revenger when I shuffled stuff around while building the Modest Build.
I do plan to rebuild this system someday with better specs, once I've decided what the better specs are. Some of the specs are already set in stone (as noted, I am envious of the Threadripper 2990WX and want to upgrade the box to one). Others are still open to changes.
Color(s): Black Red
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: Air Cooling
Type: General Build
Part 1: The Start of a Journey
Part 2: The Fan Episode
Part 3: AKA Part 2.5: More Fans
Part 4: Putting it all together... For the most part.