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ASTRA project (scratch-build)

Hi friends, 

It’s been a while, this crazy year and COVID have messed with my plans. But, I’m not giving up so easily! I’ve been preparing a few projects for a while and it’s finally time to get going with the first one. 

 

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It’s a scratch-build competition project, water-cooled, filled with top-quality hardware and made out of full aluminum cut with CNC. For now, here’s the teaser pic announcing the project and a partial list of hardware which goes in it. As always, I promise a lot of good photos, a few videos and lots of fun! By each day, you will find out more :)

 

BR, neSSa

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So let's get started, the list of hardware is still not absolutely clear due to the fact that the expected premieres of the new GPU have been moved to next month, so I will edit the list in a timely manner. Mostly the hardware is next::
 
MB  - Z490 Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme
CPU - Intel xxxx
GPU - Asus STRIX RX 5700 XT
RAM - Patriot Viper 4 Blackout Series DDR4 4X32Gb 3600 Mhz
SSD - Patriot Viper Gaming VP4100 1TB M.2 2280
PSU - Cooler Master SFX 850w
FANS - Cooler Master & EKWB
EKWB LC parts (Magnitude CPU block, DDC pump, 360PE rad, Torque fittings, Vector GPU block etc...)
 
Reservoir/distro plate will be custom made by SS Mods :)
 
Basically, you can see the conceptual sketch in the photos below, this was from the very beginning of the project development, later I will take you through the total preparation and production.
 
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8 hours ago, neSSa said:

EKWB parts has arrived, thank you for support!
 

these pics are great

what is your camera

Cameras main canon xti Secondary Panasonic GX85 spare Samsung ST68 and nikion s4000

main HP compaq 8300 prebuilt - Intel i5-3470 - 14GB ram - 500GB HDD - bluray drive

old windows 7 gaming desktop - Intel i5 2400 - lenovo CIH61M V:1.0 - 4GB ram - 1TB HDD - 160GB HDD - MSI GT 710 - dual DVD roms 

main laptop acer e5 15 - Intel i3 7th gen - 16GB ram - 1TB HDD - dvd drive                                                                     

school laptop lenovo 300e chromebook 2nd gen - Intel celeron - 4GB ram - 32GB SSD                                                     

storage server - AMD X2 250 - ASUS m4a785-m - 4GB ram - 500GB HDD - 320GB HDD - 80GB HDD                                  

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"There’s a fine line between perseverance and failure to accept reality'- Tim leatherman

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30 minutes ago, sub68 said:

these pics are great

what is your camera

 

Thank you, this is Canon M50 with 50mm lens.

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6 minutes ago, neSSa said:

 

Thank you, this is Canon M50 with 50mm lens.

not bad *looks over at 14 year old canon xti*

tbh skill is number one I get complement that my photos are awesome and I go like this was done on a 14 year old camera people sometimes don't know how to respond

Cameras main canon xti Secondary Panasonic GX85 spare Samsung ST68 and nikion s4000

main HP compaq 8300 prebuilt - Intel i5-3470 - 14GB ram - 500GB HDD - bluray drive

old windows 7 gaming desktop - Intel i5 2400 - lenovo CIH61M V:1.0 - 4GB ram - 1TB HDD - 160GB HDD - MSI GT 710 - dual DVD roms 

main laptop acer e5 15 - Intel i3 7th gen - 16GB ram - 1TB HDD - dvd drive                                                                     

school laptop lenovo 300e chromebook 2nd gen - Intel celeron - 4GB ram - 32GB SSD                                                     

storage server - AMD X2 250 - ASUS m4a785-m - 4GB ram - 500GB HDD - 320GB HDD - 80GB HDD                                  

myanimelist

#Muricaparrotgang 

#animepfpgang                                                                                   

"There’s a fine line between perseverance and failure to accept reality'- Tim leatherman

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17 minutes ago, sub68 said:

not bad *looks over at 14 year old canon xti*

tbh skill is number one I get complement that my photos are awesome and I go like this was done on a 14 year old camera people sometimes don't know how to respond

I am a professional photographer, I worked as a photojournalist for 22 years, I have a lot of cameras, but this is my favorite for photographing hardware. If you have skills, the camera doesn’t matter.

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1 minute ago, neSSa said:

I am a professional photographer, I worked as a photojournalist for 22 years,

oh wow

1 minute ago, neSSa said:

but this is my favorite for photographing hardware

makes sense m50 is small but good enough

2 minutes ago, neSSa said:

 If you have skills, the camera doesn’t matter.

so true

Cameras main canon xti Secondary Panasonic GX85 spare Samsung ST68 and nikion s4000

main HP compaq 8300 prebuilt - Intel i5-3470 - 14GB ram - 500GB HDD - bluray drive

old windows 7 gaming desktop - Intel i5 2400 - lenovo CIH61M V:1.0 - 4GB ram - 1TB HDD - 160GB HDD - MSI GT 710 - dual DVD roms 

main laptop acer e5 15 - Intel i3 7th gen - 16GB ram - 1TB HDD - dvd drive                                                                     

school laptop lenovo 300e chromebook 2nd gen - Intel celeron - 4GB ram - 32GB SSD                                                     

storage server - AMD X2 250 - ASUS m4a785-m - 4GB ram - 500GB HDD - 320GB HDD - 80GB HDD                                  

myanimelist

#Muricaparrotgang 

#animepfpgang                                                                                   

"There’s a fine line between perseverance and failure to accept reality'- Tim leatherman

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And short video about this beautiful "dark" RAM and M.2 attachFull77575:)

 

 

 

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Finally parts are coming along!

 

Sadly I can't see the videos when I am at work. I am sure it looks great, if the photos are anything to go by!

 

My 2020 Upgrade: CPU: Ryzen 5 3600; MB: MSI X570 Tomohawk WiFi; Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3600 MHz; Case: Lian Li Lancool II Mesh Performance; PSU: Corsair RM550X 80+ Gold; Storage: WD Blue 500GB SSD; Seagate 4TB Compute HDD; Monitor: GIGABYTE G34WQC 34" 144Hz Curved Gaming Monitor, 3440 x 1440 VA 1500R Display

 

Previous Components Still Using: GPU: MSI GTX 1070 (bought Used); Storage: WD 3TB Green HDD,WD 1TB Black HDD, SanDisk SSD PLUS 240GB

Previous Monitor I want to VESA mount: LG 29UB55-B 29" Ultrawide 1080p 60Hz IPS

 

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Result of the work on the foot-stand for the ASTRA project, progress...

 

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After a lot of delays in the procurement of GPU solutions, the decision on the Asus STRIX RX 5700 XT fell. I know that many will say that it is not good enough as the Nvidia 30 series, but it is good enough for gaming, which is what the ASTRA project strives for.

 

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