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Zen Clarity +

by legendarypoet

Description

This is a re-re-build of my Zen Clarity rig. It started with Wanting a Vega 64, then wanting Vengeance RGB Pro RAM, then using a 2700X I bought a while ago and never installed since I hate taking the glass panels off. Then I wanted to see the benefits of X470. I also hated the C6H and its seemingly unfixable cold boot bug. I wanted to move away from something that needed a beta BIOS monthly to be functionally normal. Could just be that I had a bad one, but that's all over with now. Going with the H150i was an aesthetic decision. I'm sure there's not a huge gap between the H100i V2 and the H150i Pro in terms of keeping Ryzen cool. A 360 rad just looks much better inside the case.

Things I loved about the build:

  1. Not having to tooooootally start from scratch. Routing all the fans and RGB cables was a pain in the butt the first time.
  2. The finished aesthetic. I keep the build red, white, or red & white. Not really into unicorn vomit for anything other than photos.
  3. The lack of dust from the 570X. The previous build was going 24/7 for 9 months (max RPMs on fans since it was inaudible where it was). There wasn't much dust inside the case. The filters had the thinnest layer of dust I've ever seen.

Challenges:

  1. Building backwards. I didn't intend to do a new build, I just kept wanting to replace things since the case was finally open. Fast-forward to now and it's mostly new parts. Done so very out of order since the mobo was the LAST thing.
  2. I didn't read the manual this time around since building with the C6H wasn't all that different. Doing so meant I used the new fan extension header for the Commander Pro. Now I should have known this from the Zenith Extreme, but that header cannot address more than 1 USB device, so I could not get it to read my H150i Pro and I thought the cable was defective. It took too long for me to realize that I should use the other port.
  3. The 570X's USB 3.0 header cable. It's ridiculously thick and difficult to cable manage. Luckily the board is black (unlike the gray of the C6H) so it does not stand out as much.
  4. GPU sag. Even with all the methods employed by various YouTubers, this beefy card still sags a bit.

I might do the Cablemod vertical GPU adapter whenever they get the issue worked out with it and it goes back in stock. Not 100% sure though.

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ericide 2 Builds 11 points 2 months ago

I normally auto-upvote AMD builds but I had to stop by and compliment this one. Congrats, looks fantastic.

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 3 points 2 months ago

Thanks!

Linka 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

"I normally auto-upvote AMD builds"

Same

Kisalida 4 points 2 months ago

This so needs to be featured!! What an amazing build. I'm amazed to see someone using a vega card, is it any good?

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you! I like it. The previous iteration has a hybrid GTX 1080. They performed very similarly. The one place I will say I like it better is when I'm using Linux on the system. The drivers being included in the Kernel really made it a great experience.

Kisalida 2 points 2 months ago

told you it would be featured ;)

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I figured it was too simple a build. Used to seeing full loops and heavy modding. Happy nonetheless though. :)

J-quan 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

Dude. Godly. Love the photography

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you!

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Hi @densetsu

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Hello OrbitalBuzzLightyear!

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Hi there!

cramstr 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

+5 for that photography

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks!

FurryJackman 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Any issues with the VRM thermals with the STRIX Vega 64? I've heard accounts the supplied thermal pads are too thin and don't cover all the components:

https://old.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/8zn0yh/strix_vega_56_disassembly_and_thermal_repasting/

FunnyBrosGaming 2 points 2 months ago

Hey love the build and color! I like that you used my Favorite CPU and it is rare to find someone witch such artistic ability and even including a sound card! I love your choices in brands as well. Good build!

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you!

Camranatic101 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

For GPU sag, Jay-Z Two Cents addressed this and said that if you screw a screw in the back part of your case (where you route cables) under the metal support thing of your gpu in a hole, it will keep it solid - and it will form his video proof, but thats only if you have access to those holes

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Yeah, that was the first thing I tried. It didn't help.

Tlmccann2008 1 point 1 month ago

check out mnpctech on facebook they have a gpu sag prevention bracket.

dominicc_02 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

This is 100% gonna be featured! the photography and the build are amazing

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks! Didn't think it would, but you def. called it.

dominicc_02 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

told you ;)

TVwazhere 2 points 2 months ago

The day I build my new rig is the day I commission you to come take the photos

IngeniousTinkerer 2 points 2 months ago

legendarypoet? More like "legendarybuilder"

beardedmisfit 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Great build. Love the look of the corsair RAM. Also, love the b/w photos. Good job +1

PrivatePengu 2 points 3 days ago

Wish I could upvote this a million times!

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

Thank you!

CooproxXo1 1 point 2 months ago

This build is so cool. I agree with every part choice (even though I prefer intel) and the picture quality is amazing. I hope you enjoy the build +1

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you!

Meggolor 1 point 2 months ago

Looks great! Nice photography with the black and white pictues!

Simulint 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Noice photos +1

HotShot_01 7 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Great build

HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Awesome build. Love the Red & AMD. What speeds can you get from your corsair rgb ram? I am debating on a RAM rgb upgrade in my pc. 2x8gb is what I'm looking for. Debating between the g skill 3200mhz and the corsair vengeance rgb pro, like yours. Thanks!

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks! I only tried for 3200 which it did with ease.

Otaku1214 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Amazing +1

ChaosBlade 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Sexy <3

Velocitron2000 1 point 2 months ago

That is so cool, a high end AMD PC.

7ha7as1an 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Nice Build! Started out the same with mine which is still being upgraded here and there. Still have to upgrade the CPU and Mobo. Waiting for what I9 9900K beings to the table though I really want to go team AMD. Just because of how much they've grown these past few years. The motherboard I hear is future proof for the next batch of AMD Zen 2 CPUs. People comment that this board is overkill now though when AMD reveals a 10 core 5GHz monster this board will still provide enough power to it. If not the option of having a CPU manufacturer state the socket will be supported through 2020 is also awesome!

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Agreed. Some said the VRMs on the Zenith Extreme were overkill too, but the 2990WX sure needed it. (I went with the 2950X in that build from the 1950X).

ssjg5rlly 1 point 2 months ago

Next upgrade obviously needs to be Kingston's new RGB ssd

Mango2go 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Nice one!

Rajenator 1 point 2 months ago

+1 very nice build! :)

DerpyAlpuca 1 point 2 months ago

wow the contrast between the ssd orange coloring and the black and gray of the background. this is some legendary build

Squid_Soup 1 point 2 months ago

A 570x build ;)

poc88 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I digging those rams! im going to buy them for sure on my next build. how bright are they?

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I had to turn them down for photos. They are significantly brighter than any other LED in the system, so it was actually downing everything else out.

sandris 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Are you sure the PSU is enough? Won't be better at least 850W?

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

No. This is fine. Before this build I had an 1800X w/ the GTX 1080 that folding 24/7 for 9 months and running VMs. Not even a hint of an issue. Similar story here.

I will be shuffling parts soon though. I bought an HX1200i for my main rig, so this RM1000i will be going in this build, then this PSU will get re-used. Not because this needs that kind of power, but because the RM1000i has some really cool data collection abilities.

forkbomb9 1 point 1 month ago

Nice build! I saw on a comment that you use Linux on that system. How's doing the C7H with Linux? And I suppose that you control the Aura Sync within Win10, right?

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

It runs really well. No issues. Slowly becoming the primary OS as I try to reduce my usage of M$. Tired of the whole OS being a giant ad/data collection machine. The only thing that drives me nuts is not being able to control the Corsair lighting to turn it back off. It's been too long for Corsair to keep ignoring Linux users.

forkbomb9 1 point 1 month ago

The ram don't sync with Aura?

bakedpwn 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Another cool one! bet this beast is a workhorse too!

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! Yep, I was using it as my backup rig while rebuilding my latest build. It's a beast too!

Tlmccann2008 1 point 1 month ago

I have a question for you could I use the 3200mhz version of the corsair vengeance memory you used? the reason I ask is cause I have it left over from my wifes ryzen build.

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah should be fine. I run these at 3200.

Tlmccann2008 1 point 1 month ago

Okay cool. Thanks for the info.

Tznutz 1 point 28 days ago

Nice build mate visually looks stunning and the attention to detail

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

Thank you!

Tznutz 1 point 28 days ago

Did you have any issues when fitting the asus C7H Mobo into the 570X Case? Currently i am building something similar ( same corsair case and sane mobo ) but the C7H mobo back plate with all the ports doesn't seem to wont to go into place, it doesn't sit flush which in turns wont let it sit in the case properly, i was thinking of just cutting the little piece of metal off. Thank you in advance for any info.

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

No, I didn't have that problem. How much of it does it look like you need to cut off?

Boodie 1 point 27 days ago

Can I ask why you did not stick with the stock cooler that came with the 2700x (the prism rgb)? I ask because I am in the process of building my first AMD and getting the 2700x, just not sure if I should stick with the stock cooler or get an AIO. I know this CPU runs a lot hotter than the 8700k and that one needed an AIO for the most part.

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 2 points 27 days ago

Purely looks. The Prism is more than capable of running the 2700X even overclocked within reason. I used to on an 1800X build so I know it's capable. I would not agree that it's hotter than the 8700K at all. That is one toasty chip. I de-lid mine. Best advice I can give is to use the Prism cooler and if it doesn't meet your needs, get an AIO.

KoeppColto024470 0 points 15 days ago

Dude you could've gotten a GTX 1080 for the same price and got better performance.

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 15 days ago

That's a rather useless statement.

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legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks! I did try sleeved cables, but much to my dismay, they were thicker than stock cables and I couldn't route them in the cable cover. I am having a friend of mine make a larger one and then the sleeved cables will return.