The first "Blackbox" was originally build in 2011, based on a Silverstone FT03 with an semi-passive-cooled AMD Phenom II X6 and a semi-passive-cooled Radeon HD7850. Clear and brief: It still works fine, but needs a little performance-upgrade ;)
The system is used for casual gaming (incl. VR), all kinds of tinkering, programming and telecommuting via Citrix.
I tried to find a good compromize between price, performance and noisiness. I also hoped to reuse my beloved slightly-modded FT03-Case (with non-stock 120mm-Fans), Storage-HDD, PSU and my favorite CPU-Cooler (Prolimatech Megahalem).
Sadly there was no AM4-retention-module for the Megahalem, so I had to try the Stock-AMD-Boxed-Cooler ... which performed sub-par and was therefore replaced by a Thermalright Macho Rev.B. (I knew the Stock-Boxed-Ryzen would be "hot", but during prime95-stresstesting the temperature rose to 85°C and that is not acceptable to me. The Macho performs at around 68°C while stresstesting - thats OK!)
I really love the look and chimney-concept of the Silverstone Fortress FT03B. It sucks air from underneath and uses 3 slow/silent 120mm-Fans to funnel the air through the CPU-Cooler and out through the ceiling (...and as hot air normally goes up by itself, this is nothing less than perfect for the airflow ;) ). Done right, this makes a very, very silent system. (While idling there is no chance to tell if it is running or not - gladly there is an LED ;) )
The internal cable-management is really well-thought-out and three of the four side-panels are only "clicked" to the chassis, so that you can access the hardware without tools in the blink of an eye.
What I also like is, that the mainboard-ports are on the upper side of the case and my cable-management is installed underneath the tabletop of my desk. I modded the case, so that the power cable can also be plugged into the upper side of the FT03 (next to the GPU), so I`ve got no cables lying on the floor. Nothing is in the way of the vacuum-robot or my two cats while running crazy ;)
The GPU does use a custom-cooling-system by Sapphire which is a also quite silent and nothing like the really noisy reference-design. Under full-throttle (furmark-stresstesting) there is a little whistle - but thats it! I am happy with it - and I am a stickler for silence.
I tinkered around with replacing the angular 120mm bottom-fan with two 80mm fans (as seen on some of the screenshots), but that affected airflow and noise in a really bad way, so I went back to one angular 120mm fan.
Performance is what I hoped for, so I've got no need for overclocking (but it is nice to have the option)
Since english is not my native tongue, I hope that everything I wrote is at least a little comprehensible - if not: Use the comments ;)
I would like to hear your ideas and thoughts!
with kind regards Nyndroth
Really nice CPU ... a little hot with the stock boxed cooler. I think its the perfect combination of price and performance right now.
Another massive block of aluminium with six heatpipes ;) Does not reach the build-quality of the Megahalem but can produce nearly the same cooling-power and works very silent. I am pleased with it. Good accessory (included screwdriver) and AM4-Compability with separate backplate out of the box.
I really like this board ... I've got nothing to nag. Two m.2-Ports, Bios-Flash-button and VR-ready-USB3-ports are a nice bonus.
I am using only Corsair Vengeance Memory since 2006/2007(!?) and never had a reason to change. Good performance, good durability, good price and I never had a non-functioning one or compability issues.
I love m.2-Storage ... its incredibly fast (PCIe), not that expensive and you've got no cables to zip-tie and hide ;)
Good custom cooling-solution. Much better than the reference-design. Right now it is the perfect combination of price and performance and also a good pick if you want to start VR-Gaming.
I would give 10 stars if I could ;)
The visual appearance, the chimney-concept, the cable-management, the ability to fit even large CPU-coolers, the hot-swap-HDD-slot, the top-facing connection-ports --- I LOVE THIS CASE!