Hello PCPP. With Ryzen just about to hit shelves and the fate of the AM3+ platform hanging in the balance I see it only fit to go out with a bang and introduce The Unryzen. Fill in your own fitting description for name chosen;)
This build was made March 2015 and a little over a year and a half later received it's final major upgrade; two Gigabyte 980Ti Extreme cards replacing some Gigabyte G1 980Ti gaming cards that replaced some XFX R9 380X's. Some other updates were performed including RGB Lighting and a Corsair Mini Commander. Friends and family hated the original name (Overkill) and so did I. It certainly was overkill for AMD but not for a pc in general. I have included pictures of its past and present showing its transformation along the years.
Let us start at the beginning of PC building time for me with the AMD 939 chip. At this time of my life I was heavy into building PC's and was playing with overclocking and such. I embraced Crossfire and all of its growing pains. I built three, at the time high end builds beginning with a HIS digital HD 3850 AGP (yes you heard right) then the PCI version and my first Crossfire setup. These were paired with two FX 60 processors another with an FX 57 and yet another with an Opteron 185. My history and love hate relationship even goes back further than that but all were starting with the 939 socket.
Over the years the builds progressed and kept me going until the next build was an absolute necessity due to the inability to overclock further or a push from an O.S. that would kill older tech ( I am speaking to you Microsoft with your compare exchange 128). For those of you who know what that mean then you know how I felt. Goodbye 939, hello AM3+. This all happened almost 3 years ago as I was a tester for win 10. So I kept the love/hate going and rocked another AMD setup. At the time I wanted to go all out and chose the FX9590 and the best board I could get at the time that would not literally 'melt', a Gigabyte 990 fxa-ud3 board. In December of 2015 Gigabyte released the G1 gaming 990fx board for the AM3+ with m.2 and USB 3.1 support so you can bet I picked one up. This board is amazing and is still. My love for AMD even extended to their GPUs but here comes the beginning of the hate side of the relationship. Hate is a strong word so for that sake I will use dislike. The drivers for AMD, especially in a Crossfire scenario where buggy at best and when they worked they would always cause some other bug on the next update and so on and so on with a continual fixed/known list of concerns that was always getting bigger on the known concern side. The hardware was amazing, I blame drivers. Due to that I decided to move over to NVidia and could not have been happier even in SLI which is all that I run on all my machines now. No more driver concerns and PhysX is just amazing! Enough said!
So Fast forward and here we are on the eve of Ryzen and another post for a ridiculous AMD build that will undoubtedly get some crossed eyes. The truth of it is that this is running as my main gaming pc and is pushing 3840 x 2160 at 60 frames on a 65 inch 4k tv. It gets hot and is loud but it is just so visceral that I don't want to go efficient or quiet or cool or stealthy. I came from the days of PC building and overclocking that required an extra fan sometimes pointed at your case from the outside just to keep things cool and even opening a window too. If there wasn't noise coming from your fans then it just wasn't up to par. Two chamber Flow Masters vs three chamber for you car buffs. Because of this visceral connection to pc builds this pc was built to emulate and be the most ridiculous heat/noise monster I could imagine on purpose. Mission accomplished. I pretty much duplicated this build on another Sublime just due to how well it worked and again the visceral quality of it.
AMD's crowning AM3+ achievement. Kills any game I throw at it as well as my electric bill. Make sure to keep this thing properly cooled (high end air or water) and an ultra durable and capable mother board. Do some homework and make sure it will work and not melt the VRM chips.
This is one of the best all in one coolers on the market. Easily tames a 220w TDP chip and has room to spare. Has an excellent warranty. Only 4 stars due to the fans not being the best of quality and somewhat noisy. Had to RMA both of them and the replacements are much quieter now.
This board is the best AM3+ board I have used with its ambient lighting and reinforced PCI slots as well as and M.2 slot. The VRM chips are more than capable of taming 220w TDP chips and the black PCB with red accents is choice!
Beauty, brawn and speed. Its high quality memory at a premium but in the end its memory, they all do the same thing. You pay for the complete industrial quality of these as well as their amazing cooling and overclocking ability.
Samsung 950 Pro M.2. Faster than a speeding bullet and just about as small as one too. They do get very hot though so don't be alarmed if you find it idling at 49c.
Best platter drives I have ever owned. They rip through data with ease and as a bonus they sound like coffee brewing when they do. Another visceral element to a full senses build.
The beast of the beast. These Gigabyte 980ti's are so beastly that they have and extra 6 pin power plug on the back of the card end with a bios switch just for overclocking beyond sane levels!. The RGB and fan off settings for under 50 c is amazing. These boost out of the box to over 1600mhz in gaming mode (not OC mode) and can push 4k at 60 frames when in SLI.
Currently my favorite case with so much room and wire tending capabilities that it is just impossible to make a messy build in this case. The extra chamber for wires, SSD's and power supply is great. It comes with a washable filter in the front. Only suggestion is to replace the two 140mm fans in front with 3 120mm fans for a slightly positive pressure setup.
So much power, so much power! Enough power and cabling to light a small city and with the Corsair link system it is amazing. The link software can monitor all you temps and fan speeds as reported by your motherboard as well as GPU and CPU and it also controls the Corsair Mini Commander RGB and Fan hub as well as Corsair AIO coolers. The LINK software is free to download.
Who doesn't still have some retro game that they need to install on optical? Am I right?
MEH! It's and OS and is getting better always. But just like all OS's go once it is perfected they will move on and introduce another.
Quiet, cheap and white, no PWM but great either way.