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Winter Oak - Glorious AMD Custom Water Cooling Threadripper 1950x + Vega Frontier Edition Insane TT Core P3 Mode

by pfbangs

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  • Thermal Compound

  • Motherboard

  • Memory

  • Storage

  • Video Card

  • Case

  • Power Supply

  • Operating System

  • Custom

    $10.49EK-Vardar F4-120ER Type P030 BULK
  • Custom

    $10.49EK-Vardar F4-120ER Type P030 BULK
  • Custom

    $10.49EK-Vardar F4-120ER Type P030 BULK
  • Custom

    $10.49EK-Vardar F4-120ER Type P030 BULK
  • Custom

    $130.94Alphacool Eisbecher D5 250mm Acetal Reservoir incl. 1x Alphacool VPP655 Pump (13291)
  • Custom

    $9.49Aquacomputer SPLITTY9 Splitter (53231)
  • Custom

    $129.99EK-FC Radeon Vega - Nickel
  • Custom

    $26.95 PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Flexible Tubing - 1/2in.ID x 3/4in.OD - Retail Bundle (10ft pack) - Elegant White
  • Custom

    $9.49Alphacool 120/140mm Mounting Bracket for Alphacool Eisbecher - 2 pcs
  • Custom

    $26.99EZDIY NEW PCI Express 16x Flexible Cable Card Extension Port Adapter High Speed Riser Card-25cm
  • Custom

    $1.95Black Mesh 120mm Honeycomb Grill
  • Custom

    $1.95Black Mesh 120mm Honeycomb Grill
  • Custom

    $1.95Black Mesh 120mm Honeycomb Grill
  • Custom

    $1.95Black Mesh 120mm Honeycomb Grill
  • Custom

    $4.75Barrow G1/4" Thread 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD Compression Fitting - Black (THKN-1/2-V3)
  • Custom

    $4.75Barrow G1/4" Thread 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD Compression Fitting - Black (THKN-1/2-V3)
  • Custom

    $4.75Barrow G1/4" Thread 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD Compression Fitting - Black (THKN-1/2-V3)
  • Custom

    $4.75Barrow G1/4" Thread 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD Compression Fitting - Black (THKN-1/2-V3)
  • Custom

    $4.75Barrow G1/4" Thread 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD Compression Fitting - Black (THKN-1/2-V3)
  • Custom

    $4.75Barrow G1/4" Thread 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD Compression Fitting - Black (THKN-1/2-V3)
  • Custom

    $4.75Barrow G1/4" Thread 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD Compression Fitting - Black (THKN-1/2-V3)
  • Custom

    $4.75Barrow G1/4" Thread 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD Compression Fitting - Black (THKN-1/2-V3)
  • Custom

    $5.99Barrow G1/4" 90 Degree Rotary Adaptor Fitting - Black (TWT90-V2.5)
  • Custom

    $5.99Barrow G1/4" 90 Degree Rotary Adaptor Fitting - Black (TWT90-V2.5)
  • Custom

    $5.99Barrow G1/4" 90 Degree Rotary Adaptor Fitting - Black (TWT90-V2.5)
  • Custom

    $5.99Barrow G1/4" 45 Degree Rotary Adaptor Fitting - Black (TWT45-B01)
  • Custom

    $3.99Barrow G1/4" 30mm Male to Female Extension Fitting - Black (TNYZ-G30-V2)
  • Custom

    $2.75Barrow G1/4" 15mm Male to Female Extension Fitting - Black (TNYZ-G15-V2)
  • Custom

    $6.25Alphacool NexXxos GPX Thread Extension 73mm - Deep Black (12566)
  • Custom

    $7.99Barrow G1/4" Thread Rotary 3-Way Block Splitter Fitting - Black (TX3T-A01)
  • Custom

    $1.99Barrow G1/4" Stop / Plug Fitting - Black (TDS-01)
  • Custom

    $5.99Barrow G1/4" 45 Degree Rotary Adaptor Fitting - Black (TWT45-B01)
  • Custom

    $122.95EKWB EK-CoolStream XE 480 Radiator 480mm (Quad)
  • Custom

    $77.99EK-Supremacy EVO Threadripper Edition - Nickel Plexi
  • Custom

    $9.99EKWB G 1/4" 45 Swivel Adapter Fitting - Black
  • Custom

    $12.00Super basic B&W oil-based "flat" paint & cheap brushes
  • Custom

    $36.00Custom artwork - vinyl decal/print
  • Custom

    $6.004pin EPS adapter cable
  • Custom

    $14.007x G1/4 stop plugs for painting process
  • Custom

    $12.00New screwdriver set w/ Torqx T6 support
  • Custom

    $6.0016 (bought 18) extra screws
    • $3363.66

      Subtotal:

    • $50.00

      * Mail-In Rebates:

    • $3313.66

      Total:

Details

Date Published

Oct. 5, 2017

Date Built

Sept. 30, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.6GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

945MHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

53.0° C

Description

Am I allowed to link youtube here? I just finished editing & uploading (all) the build videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2EznvuQVELsA9bAYGULsXUO8Csqcjr92

This is really just the machine I've wanted since I got a taste of VFX with a brief, introductory experience in 3dmax well over 10 years ago. I've always wanted to create realistic environments and AMD finally made it available to the working man on a budget, albeit budgeting for a badass machine. I'm planning to start wherever I can on elemental animation (water, smoke/air/particles, everything else) and hopefully manage some realistic architecture as well. In VR? Maybe. I hope so.

This build was my second solo build from the ground up. It was far and away the most expensive and far and away most difficult. I had never touched any WC components. No one I know has ever used them. I spent 2-3 weeks researching water cooling heavily and then ordering, delivery, & building took a total of 3 weeks from there. It's been a big project/effort/ride. And it appears to have been completely successful :]

The main hiccups in the build were not knowing the forward length of the GPU tray of the Core P3 case ahead of time and not knowing the mounting positions that were available on that GPU tray, which I had hoped I could use. I used a hack saw and a drill to fix that inside of an hour once I realized the (only?) solution. But it was a bit of a headache in any case. I painted over the parts that got hit with tools and it's as good as new, in my opinion. The other hangups were dissecting and rebuilding the Vardar fans after painting. That was brutal. I may have just paid for white fans had I known the effort and tedium involved in that. I think maybe they were sold out at the time of ordering. I know I looked at them. Last, mounting the artwork on the front plexi glass was successful, but another pair of hands would have been advisable. I am really, really enjoying looking at it, regardless :]

I started 100% focusing on "function over form" but spent a lot of time talking w/ experienced water cooling folks who, from an outsider's perspective, were really focused on the presentation (form). I ended up switching from clear tubing to white when considering the simple use of simple B&W paint could make a visual impact with my primitive approach to water cooling aesthetics. All the artwork itself was printed for a total of $36 and I figured that was a small price to pay (+$12 for everything related to paint) to potentially elevate the machine visually in a really big way. I think I hit pretty much exactly where I wanted to land on it - so I'm just super, super happy about it.

I OC'd to 4.0ghz as soon as I was comfortable directing my attention away from the running water loop. It hit on the first try across all cores @ 1.25v. XMP profile in BIOS hit 3200 on the ram immediately. I don't really know what I'm doing with benchmarking but I'll add some pictures if I can. Somehow, it appears to have gotten better 3d scores than an i9 7980xe or whatever that big one is (with 128GB RAM & a 1080Ti). It is screaming through every game I have at 1080p on ultra (I'm just a lowly 1080p scrub). I might pick up another, better monitor around whatever sales are coming up this fall, but I am not very motivated to do that right now -- probably just VR stuff if I make good progress quickly.

There is still a lot of stuff bouncing around my head that should be said but is in all the build videos I put up. Once I got about ~4h into it and knowing I was getting into properly uncharted territory with the Core P3 case, I thought I had a bit of an obligation to share my experience with everybody. Hopefully yall can see the videos here or somewhere else. Still learning the "completed build" stuff here.

Ask any questions you have and I'll do my best to answer them. Cheers!

Comments Sorted by:

Design1stcode2nd 5 Builds 15 points 9 months ago

Heck of a machine, congrats although I have to ask. The name is Winter Oak and the graphics are of pine trees in Winter...?

Wolfemane 7 Builds 4 points 9 months ago

Wouldn’t be as visually stunning I’d think . Oaks lose their gorgeous leaves in fall and are left a giant brown monstrosity in winter. That would make for a very dead look to me. Pines add a bit of color to a white scene.

That’s my guess at least.

Probably over thinkingnit :) :) :)

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 4 points 9 months ago

HA! Yep. I considered this for a while. I think they're evergreen, tbh, but I have no idea. I really, really, really, really wanted to use a picture of an oak tree covered in snow but I simply couldn't find one that was available for use and was a high enough resolution/quality for 18.5" x 18.5". I guarantee it wasn't for a lack of trying! https://i.imgur.com/8J1yHC6.jpg I would have loved to have that particular image work out (especially without much color) but the dimensions just weren't there. I even experimented with different ideas (https://i.imgur.com/5r6qWB0.png) to accommodate smaller res images. But this is where I landed :] It is so much of an afterthought to me now (was only considered during the design stage) that I just love someone else was on the same wavelength as me. Take it easy, homie :] EDIT I will also mention -- for $36 total printing cost, I am NOT locked into this artwork if I ever want to change it :)

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 7 points 9 months ago

One of the quickest features I've ever seen. Well deserved too. This is awesome!

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 3 points 9 months ago

Thanks, brotherman. I'm glad you like it.

mcgoff360 1 Build 6 points 9 months ago

wow, love the painted glass look!! looks like you stumbled across some machinery in the woods in winter ... in a sci-fi / horror movie haha

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

ty dude. This was the vision. The "waterfall" effect in the res also sounds like moving water. I am legitimately in love. Ty again!

skyrise 1 Build 4 points 9 months ago

AWESOME WORK MAN!!!!!!!!!

I have always thought AMD + ASRock is a great combination, but they have once again exceeded the expectations!

I thought the lowest Ryzen/Threadripper voltage is 1.325V, but 1.25V is just HEAVENLY!

About the monitors:

  • Wasabi Mango UHD420 42" 3840X2160 60Hz
  • Acer XF270HU 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz

Congrats on everything!

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

TY dude! Still can't really vocalize where my head is right now. I just wanted to show someone ASAP. I'm on cloud 9, 10, and 11. Cheers.

LatiosGaming 2 points 9 months ago

Congrats on the feature dude! Any plans to push it further than 4.0 since your chip is so good?

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

ty man! I will probably try. I was not expecting the reaction I got today. It's been a busy day, job & all. The weekend is coming up and... yeah I need (want) to play with GPU tuning and may give the AMD gods the sacrifice they demand with a couple OC runs maybe a little too hot on the CPU :] I am very happy @ 4.0, though, so I do not know. Thank you again, dude.

skyrise 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

According to official Threadripper 1950X info:

"The maximum operating frequency is 4.2 GHz when better than stock cooling is used."

Just don't push over 1.325V-1.35V and 70°C.

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

tyvm!

andrewkakrak 3 points 9 months ago

Needs way more up-votes. Beautiful design. +1

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

TY.

JCMsergox 4 Builds 3 points 9 months ago

Inb4feature

JCMsergox 4 Builds 4 points 9 months ago

Lol called it

robinson427 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

lol

GoodGuyGilmore 3 points 9 months ago

I swear on me mum I just found my new fav pc. Thanks for blessing my day

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 3 points 9 months ago

I love you.

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 3 points 9 months ago

Dude, you REALLY planned this out! Nice! +1

SirHalpin 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Simple, powerful, and unique. Nothing short of impressed. +1

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Thank you!

syg101 3 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Dude, that's awesome +1

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

ty man. The build was brutal for a scrub like me. Really appreciate it.

acs590 2 points 9 months ago

wow, I say it a little ago, and it is already featured!!!!! Awesome build!!! could you post some speeds of it in games?

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Hey bossman :] Thank you for the comments. I may make some standalone game videos, but maybe not. Here's what I have for you so far:

FWIW, I'm on 1080p display and have tested PUBG @ 75FPS constant on ultra (except the plane jump cause you know), CS GO is like 300fps (:O) and Ghost Recon Wildlands is 35-65fps on ultra. Insurgency also runs at 75 ultra consistently. That's all I've tested, I think. I haven't even touched the "game mode" yet (threadripper specific) so I'm really optimistic.

dmaster9494 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

That really is beautiful. Congrats on finishing such an awesome project. Nothing better than looking over at it and knowing you did all of that yourself :)

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Thank you, dude. I'm still kind of in denial that it's working and won't just... explode at any given moment. Give me a week and maybe it'll seem real. Thanks again & take it easy.

Sam_Flynn 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Ok, so this is awesome!

Chief_Savages 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Beautiful built very clean and well planned. Question, Why the P3 case instead of P5 in white?

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

TY! short version on the case choice - price. P5 is like 2x$ and I'm mostly just insane. I make a lot of decisions that don't immediately make sense to me or anyone else, but I made it work. TY again for the comments. I appreciate it! EDIT I forgot to mention, I knew I wanted a 480mm rad and wanted the build to be as small as possible. I saw a SINGLE pic of a 480 rad mounted onto a P3 on overclock.net's core p3 owner's club thread (with zero detail/info/explanation) and that was enough for me to pull the trigger. That radiator size is not officially supported. I went out on a big limb and the view from up here is... what I had hoped it would be. And now we know -- 480mm rad DOES work on a Core P3. Cheers

jak-jak 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Beautiful design. I like the open case with the extending radiator. Can't say I have seen that before, and I like it!

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you very much, JJ. It was a huge roll of the dice. The response has been far more than I was ever expecting. Cheers.

tony475130 2 points 9 months ago

Winter pine would sound better, and be more accurate to the build. Either way, nice setup!

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

yeah I explained in another comment reply here. The name just stuck with me after I realized the artwork I wanted (snowy oak trees) just wasn't available in any resolution that would work. The artwork can be changed at any time :] Ty for the kind words, my homie. Take it easy.

Tech22 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

This looks amazing! +22

What did you use to render this?

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

ty dude. The design was done in Rhino!

FlipLaw 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Bruh that's tight AF! Really awesome work.

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

ty homie. I really appreciate it.

JackOfSpades789 2 points 9 months ago

This is a really awesome build! If I may ask, what exactly influenced your case choice?

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

TY! Someone else already asked this so Ima copypasta. please don't hold it against me! <3

short version on the case choice - price. P5 is like 2x$ and I'm mostly just insane. I make a lot of decisions that don't immediately make sense to me or anyone else, but I made it work. EDIT I forgot to mention, I knew I wanted a 480mm rad and wanted the build to be as small as possible. I saw a SINGLE pic of a 480 rad mounted onto a P3 on overclock.net's core p3 owner's club thread (with zero detail/info/explanation) and that was enough for me to pull the trigger. That radiator size is not officially supported. I went out on a big limb and the view from up here is... what I had hoped it would be. And now we know -- 480mm rad DOES work on a Core P3. Cheers

Linka 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Vega love man, Vega love!

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

So much love happening right now. Thanks, homie!

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

+1.. WELL deserved!!!

I wish it was more... :)

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

I appreciate it. This is absolute madness. Thank you so much, P.

Dhillskiier1653 2 points 9 months ago

That is sick design dude. Good choice with the processor. +1 from me.

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you, man. I really appreciate that. The feedback has been 100% unreal and unexpected. Have a good one.

Nabushi 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Wow nice work!

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

ty!

Magik_uwu 2 points 9 months ago

-1 for no rgb xDDDD jk this is just super clean it doesnt need any. great work dude

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

lol! 100% ty for the support. I really appreciate it.

robinson427 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Beautiful build.

I have a feeling more and more people are going to customize their glass :)

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Cheers, Robi. I took a chance and I guess it worked ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Take it easy & ty again!

Catarino. 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

dude nice work! white and black is the best color scheme

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

ty boss. I got super lucky. Cheers!

SpeshBun 3 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

beautiful build. well executed.

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

tyvm, speshy. I really appreciate it.

Velocitron2000 2 points 9 months ago

This is bloody incredible! Excellent job due, looks great and awesome performance!

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

tyvm, dude. I really appreciate it!

Camranatic101 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

CONGRATZ FIRST BUILD ON PCPP WITH A FRONTIER CARD

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Oh shoot is it? Well deamn, ok. Cheers!

monestinea 2 points 9 months ago

how can I get my glass like that? Sorry I'm new to this kind of stuff and I'm in love

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for saying that! I talk about it here. Take it easy & GL!

AvgFeminist 2 points 9 months ago

a 480 rad on the p3? man you're crazy EDIT: crazy in the good way

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Yeah that was the biggest risk. There is no documented support for it. I legitimately saw 1 poor quality picture on overclock.net's core P3 owner's club thread of what appeared to be a 480 on it. So I was like -- IT'S HAPPENING!

Cheers <3

AvgFeminist 2 points 9 months ago

Build still turned out amazing! Nice job on it! personally love the p3 case my pc is in how was your experience building in it?

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

ty for saying that. I love the P3. I was only willing to tackle water cooling (for the first time) with an open case like this. I was being thrifty and wanted to find a way to use the P3 vs P5. Thankfully, it all worked out! Cheers

Austenf 2 points 6 months ago

Love this build dude. I gotta ask how is the case? I was told that brand has some problems

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

ty man. The case is great. The forward GPU tray only has mount points to the second to last slot away from the mobo, so I had to drill 2 holes and use a hack saw on that tray. That was the only mod I needed (to increase the distance for the tubing run between the CPU and the GPU. I love the case. I kept hearing the GPU riser cable that came with the case was consistently bad, so I bought a different one ahead of time. Turns out there wasn't a TT riser cable included in the box with my case when I got it. So... it all worked out. Cheers & thx again.

RyanTheNovice 2 points 4 months ago

I have seen a heck of alot of computers like anyone else here but this is honestly probably my favorite to date... amazing job. s

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

Thank you so much, man. I really appreciate it.

Joiner21 8 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Wow. Not a huge fan of AMD, but damn this is an awesome build.

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Really appreciate it, man.

Whiteshadow001 1 point 9 months ago

How is gaming on the frontier edition? I'm seriously considering getting Vega over a 1080ti.

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

man I am a 1080p scrub on the display side. That may change coming up to the holiday sale season, but I'm more interested in getting VR hardware. I haven't really "benchmarked" anything yet, but this is what I have so far, copied from another similar reply/question:

FWIW, I'm on 1080p display and have tested PUBG @ 75FPS constant on ultra (except the plane jump cause you know), CS GO is like 300fps (:O) and Ghost Recon Wildlands is 35-65fps on ultra. Insurgency also runs at 75 ultra consistently. That's all I've tested, I think. I haven't even touched the "game mode" yet (threadripper specific) so I'm really optimistic.

Further, I am on the newest beta vega driver and I haven't had any issues, any crashes in any games, or literally any issues that I have noticed.

oxygenx 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

the TimeSpy score of 7300 isnt particular high. A 7700K + 1080ti combo gets over 10000.

ssjg5rlly 1 point 9 months ago

ahh, 2017, when $4,150 dollars are considered budget builds.

Joge18 1 point 9 months ago

What program did you use to make the model

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Rhino!

dylan2749 1 point 9 months ago

its awesome but it would be so much better looking with a 360 rad instead of this 480

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! Personal preference ;)

Pfffmayne 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

i just want to know where i can get that decal for the vega block made

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

hey man I can send it to you. I legit just made it w the standard V and a clipart image of a raindrop. I have the PSD if you want. LMK. Cheers.

MadTheSwine 1 point 9 months ago

overkill?

Seannnnnnn27 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

is the shade of white different or im going crazy

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I think it may be the slightest bit different b/t the tubing, the RAM, the case, and the paint I put on it. I wanted to buff out the shine on the tubing but couldn't find a way to do that with the tools and (lack of) knowledge I have. But I was ONLY entertaining ANY "theme" if it stuck to B&W cause that seemed the safest to me. It turned out ok. Cheers.

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

This is very over-the-top. Looks great.

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

TYVM anya!

AvgFeminist 1 point 9 months ago

Ya know what would be awesome? White cooling liquid!

FurryJackman 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

What socket did you get on your X399 Taichi? I'm getting mixed reports this board sports both Lotes and Foxconn socket variants.

VinnyPlaysGames 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

what software did you use to make the model in pic 2-7?

ive seen it before and now seeing what can be made in it i would like to learn it.

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Hey! Sorry for the late response. I used Rhino to design it.

VinnyPlaysGames 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

nvrmind read the comment a up.

moses2012 1 point 7 months ago

Nice.........really Creative.

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

ty!

Dylon92 1 point 5 months ago

Hey, what 3d modeling software did you use?

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

Rhino.

vegaspimp22 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

i like, very creative

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

ty stranger. I think I got lucky that it all came together so well. Cheers.

EMC-2 1 point 3 months ago

AWESOME

pfbangs submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

no u