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The cheap Radiohead build.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I recently picked up a TR 1920x and X399 Gaming Pro Carbon from a buddy for £200.

 

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Originally I was going to upgrade the dying Alienware.

 

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But decided to go full water. Now do note, I said cheap. The GPU I already had (2070 Super) and the PSU (750w Aorus I got for half price last year) and memory and hard drives. I bought this distro plate.

 

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On sale. Then I found this case for £48.

 

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Again on sale. The idea behind this was to use up all of the left over gear I had. The first thing I did was remove the water cooling gear from a build I hadn't used in over two years.

 

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Then ordered some cheap stuff. Cheapest ram coolers (12v 4 pin)

 

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2 sets, obs. Then a cheap cable set from Amazon.

 

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I got those because they were the only set I could find with twin 8 pin EPS, that I needed.

 

I ordered the cheapest pump top I could find.

 

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And a cooler for it.

 

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The cheapest 3 pin RGB controller I could find.

 

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The cheapest 4 pin 12v RGB hub and 5v 3 pin RGB hubs I could find.

 

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And then set to work. The block was left over from another build so cost me £0 this time, though it was only £30 new.

 

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OK so first up, rip the case apart yes.

 

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Replace the honking great 200mm fan in the front with two Eloops left over from another build, and fit the two spare RGB frames I had left over from a build I did two years ago.

 

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Get rads ready. The fans on these are Silverstone Air Penetrators. I have had them about four years.

 

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Fit rads, and test fit the Cooler Master vertical riser I had in a box. Remember, I said I was going to use up as much crap that I had lying around as possible.

 

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Yup, that'll do.

 

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Then fit the singlemost expensive part of the rig, the distro.

 

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Put the RGB on life support from the old Alienware and test.

 

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And start plumbing. Before you say it yes, I don't like hard tubing at all I think it's horrid.

 

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Fit pump top and cooler.

 

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Fit CPU whilst simultaneously crapping my pants. I've done this three times now and it still scares me.

 

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Mmm, piles of mess.

 

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Nearly kinked, but not.

 

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Fit board and run cables.

 

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Receive the wrong coolant (FFS)

 

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Get refund for red coolant order more.

 

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Then change mind and order black.

 

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Make sure GPU fits before hacking up the case.

 

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Fit and secure pump

 

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Fit Bitspower res that was my old one.

 

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Test fans with rig on life support from old rig (note there is no coolant in it yet)

 

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Yup, they work. Bust out hair dryer and remove old ram coolers and fit RGB cheap ones.

 

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Test in old rig.

 

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More testing.

 

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Fill.

 

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Then leave it running on life support (pump and fans) for several hours to bleed and burp it. And then build.

 

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Connect up RGB to distro.

 

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And the pump top.

 

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And then mod ever so slightly.

 

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Just a PSU cover to make.


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Could use a little more green I think. ;) 

 


 

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In case of USB confusion, refer to this sh*t.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Well you would have had a green CPU block but the LEDs clacked it lol.


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All that work on the inside....and you get a case...without a window?


Current PC:

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CPU: Intel i3 4160 Cooler: Integrated Motherboard: Integrated

RAM: G.Skill RipJaws 16GB DDR3 Storage: Transcend MSA370 128GB GPU: Intel 4400 Graphics

PSU: Integrated Case: Shuttle XPC Slim

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

Budget Rig 1 - Sold For $750 Profit

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CPU: Intel i5 7600k Cooler: CryOrig H7 Motherboard: MSI Z270 M5

RAM: Crucial LPX 16GB DDR4 Storage: Intel S3510 800GB GPU: Nvidia GTX 980

PSU: Corsair CX650M Case: EVGA DG73

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

OG Gaming Rig - Gone

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CPU: Intel i5 4690k Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 Motherboard: MSI Z97i AC ITX

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR3 Storage: Kingston Fury 240GB GPU: Asus Strix GTX 970

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX

Monitor: Dell P2214H x2 Mouse: Logitech MX Master Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I ordered the one without the window because it was cheaper. It was half RRP at £60. I had no intention of using the window, it was just the cheapest case the distro was known to fit.

 

I will be getting a sheet of tinted acrylic and making a full clear panel. Oddly that was my plan originally, but the case that turned up had a window that was broken.

 

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So the company part refunded me the cost of an entire piece of smoked acryl to replace it with (hence the case cost me £48). Which was a bonus, as that is what I was going to do any way.


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Radiohead build - an OK Computer I like it ☺


Intel i9 9900kf - Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Pro - HyperX 64GB (4x16GB) DDR4 3000MHz CL15 - ASUS Dual Fan GeForce RTX2080 Super EVO 8GB GDDR6 - Corsair 275R Airflow - Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB NVMe / Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SATA - Corsair RM750x 80 PLUS Gold 750W - MSI Optix G241 24" IPS 144Hz - Noctua NH-D15 (cpu) 3 x NF-S12A PWM (intake) 1x NF-A12x25 PWM (exhaust) - MS Wired 600 Desktop - Win 10 Pro

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Posted · Original PosterOP

It was going to be the Fake Plastic Trees build I have been planning for over a decade but I always promised myself that would be a scratch build like no other.

 

So I kept this simple for now. Well, simple in my terms.

 

I did however start ordering stuff for the build when it does happen.

 

Thom Yorke, live at Astoria "This song is about Canary Wharf"

 

Railway token.

 

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Green plastic watering can

 

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for a fake Chinese rubber plant.

 

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And the fake plastic earth.

 

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It's coming one day. I also managed to snag these. They are an incredibly hard to find promo set of decals from when Radiohead were in South Park in 2001 (Scott Tennorman must die)

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Finished it today. Cable management took me a while.

 

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I peeled the stickers off of the PSU and left it black.

 

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