Description

This build started as a Christmas gift for the kids. They're highly interested in becoming YouTubers and the laptop we had just wouldn't cut it when video editing is concerned. I started to consume all the info I could about budget builds, as I'm not exactly wealthy, but understood that a rig would need to be at least mid-range to effectively handle the demands of video editing.

As I began to seek out quality components on the cheap, I found a need to test these as most were used or refurbished. I noticed on some YouTube channels that hosts would use test benches to overclock and test components, so I decided to make one myself. After getting some very good deals on some parts, the idea started to formulate that I could build both at test bench and eventually get the parts for the kids build this Christmas through the savings.

This bench is build from pieces of plexiglass that I cut, sanded, and painted myself. Getting the design was fairly easy, as the plexi came with a peel-off paper that I could cut the design out of and paint first, then peel the rest of the paper off and paint the entire surface to achieve the effect. Some 1-1/4" dowel rod was then cut to length, painted and installed to the upper and lower sections. I carved up the cheapest PC case I could find to get the mounting bracket and on/off switch, as well as some additional I/O ports. All-in-all, the project was a blast and turned out pretty cool imho.

Huge thanks to Scattervolt, Linus Tech Tips, GamersNexus (Buildzoid specifically), and JayzTwoCents for direction and information.

I've also attached some screen shots of the auctions I won to prove the pricing. You'll notice parts not in this build, as some are for the kids rig and others didn't work at all. Also, there's parts on the rig that I'm not including in this build sheet as they're going into the kid's rig eventually (like the 960EVO and 4TB Barracuda) I received a refurbished MSi Pro Carbon board that was DOA and needed to be returned. I received an H270 board that was advertised as an x370. There were bumps in the road, but with a little patience, I believe I put together a pretty solid rig.

I've been able to recover some of the money spent through reselling some parts after testing them. You'll see I purchased 4 R9 390x's for just under $200. I replaced the fans and tested, and sure enough 2 were able to be sold as working cards, and 2 had to be let go for parts only. I not only recovered what I spent but was able to make a couple dollars in the process. Perhaps going forward, I'll continue to hunt cheap parts and flip them on eBay. It's a lot of fun!

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome case. I've been thinking about doing a wall mounted homemade case kinda like yours. Great inspiration. There may be some money in making box-less cases like this one. My only critique is it looks like allot of the components are just sitting there. And some cable managment options would be cool.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks fun! Great build, enjoy the benching!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I am experiencing an issue with the Ram not being fully compatible with the MB, so while it's labeled at 2400mHz, it's only running at 2133 and I cannot bump it at all in the Bios without crashing the rig. Oh well, I should've looked a bit harder at the compatibility list.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work on the build. You'll find 2nd gen ryzen to be much less picky on mem, I had the same issue with a g skill Ripjaws kit on ryzen r 1600 before I upgraded to the 2600x

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I thought these G1 Ryzen issues were resolved with June's BIOS updates, but I guess not fully. Perhaps I'll upgrade to the 2nd Gen processor next summer when prices come down a bit.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

when you built the test bench you should have looked at the thrift shop or on craigslist for a dirt cheap older system to hack the moboard tray and i/o parts out of it and maby show em the older components take the big neodymium magnets out of the HDD's the fans you could get away with using but the PSU moboard cpu stuff like that can me explored and most likely insist worth anything

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah this is better

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Good idea. I thought $30 for the case was pretty cheap and I got a USB 3.0 in it's I/O. I do like the concept of an old case with updated parts inside, tho. Maybe that'll be my next build! Thanks!