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VM (Virtual Madness) Build

by Androyd25


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Date Published

Jan. 26, 2018

Date Built

Sept. 11, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.9 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.401 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

945 MHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C


Virtual Madness is my first all AMD build since the Athlon 2 days. I admit an Intel-NVidia build could have been superior but I don't feel buying from companies who ripped off customers in the absence of competition.

I mainly use this beast for virtualization thru Hyper-V. As a developer, I prefer coding in virtual machines and I use different virtual machines for different platforms that I work on (Android apps, web development, Python, C#).

I occasionally play games such as Witcher 3, Diablo 3, Mafia 3, StarCraft 2, Wolfenstein: New Colossus and Prey.

I also mine Ethereum and Siacoin while watching movies, Youtube or when not using the computer.

Processor and CPU Cooler: I managed to overclock the Ryzen 1700 to 3.8 GHz using the stock AMD Wraith Spire RGB cooler initially but I was not happy with the temps so I upgraded to the NZXT Kraken X52 and was able to overclock up to 3.95 GHz at 1.35 V.

Memory: I settled for the 3000 MHz DIMMS and is able to set it running at XMP 2933 MHz without any issues.

Motherboard: I assembled the components outside the case initially and did a POST test but failed. I had to download the BIOS update from Asrock and flashed the BIOS using USB and never had a problem afterwards.

Storage: My Samsung 960 Pro is primarily used as my boot drive and for installing apps such as Adobe Premiere and other productivity software that require sustained read and write speeds. I picked the Pro over the Evo because Evo is only fast for the first few GBs of cached write but the slows down significantly when the cache is full. Initially, I installed my games and VMs in the 960 Pro but I ran out of space very quick. I bought the Intel 6000p 1TB as its the cheapest 1TB NVMe with reasonable read speeds. I moved all my games and VMs to the 6000p. Although the write speed is slow, the games and VMs are more often read than written so slow writes doesn't matter much. The Barracudas are set in 2-way mirror using Windows Storage Spaces and are used in saving my important documents. I also set the OneDrive and iCloud apps to synch to the mirrored drives.

Video Card and Monitor: I was planning to settle for Vega 56 but then I found the 64 Limited Edition which at the time was only $70 more and yet looks classier. I could have bought the 1080Ti but the G-Sync monitors are just way too expensive. I felt the extra 25% frames are not worth the extra 60% cost. Besides, I only play games occasionally and prefer a large (35-inch) monitor for extra screen estate that supports FreeSync at the same time.

Case, Fans and Lighting: The View 71 is just the perfect case feature-wise and aesthetic-wise. It has tempered glass on 4 sides and still allows more than enough airflow as there are gaps between the glass and tha case. I picked NZXT Aer RGB for the fans as their colours match well with the RGB lights on the Trident Z. I also like that the cables can be daisy-chained unlike the ones from Corsair.

Keyboard, Mice and Gaming Chair: I chose the Alienware Keyboard, Alienware Mouse and Aerocool Thunder X3 as they blend well with the Vega 64 LE's colour scheme.

Internal Monitor: I have a couple of broken laptops so I used one of the LCDs and installed it inside tha case to function as a 2nd monitor to display the CAM dashboard, Task Manager or the Claymore Miner CLI. I bought a video controller board and connected the assembly to the Vega 64 using an HDMI cable. This way I can use my main monitor at full screen any time and still have access to hardware stats and diagnostics.

Hope you like my build. Feel free to comment.

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JCMsergox 4 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

Theres so much going on here and I absolutely love it. Totally peanut-butter-and-jealous of this PC.

Androyd25 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks, I spent heaps of hours YouTubing the combinations since Computex when I first saw the case. Then started the purchase on Sep when the first stock of Vega 64 LE landed AU.

omnikron702 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

The case fans you have on the bottom of the case are they set for exhaust?

Androyd25 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Yes they are exhaust and blowing the x52's radiators.

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kwest13 2 points 12 months ago

NICE build. I'm so glad I found this because i'm building something very similar. Mainly the View 71 / Kraken / NZXT Aer fan combination.

I have some serious questions lol. In fact I have my parts and havent started building yet until I find some answers.

1) I went with the x62 kraken 280mm. Am I going to be screwed fitting this into the View 71? Thermaltakes websites is extremely confusing about what radiators fit where. Ive read comments that say it will work but im skeptical. 2) Looks like you swapped the kraken radiator fans out for AER? How are temps? I read you should use the default radiator fans for the static pressure? 3) How is your air flow balance? Looks like a lot more exhaust than intake? worried about negative pressure?

I have more questions because this build really interests me but ill wait for these first 3 :)

Androyd25 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Hi, thank you for your interest.

  1. The x62 will easily fit on top and front. You might be able to fit it at the bottom but it will have very short clearance for your PSU cables. Worse if you have a longer PSU.
  2. Yes, I swapped the stock fans with the Aers. Idle temps are usually 32C even when OCed at 3.9GHz that is why I'm not too much concerned about using static pressure fans.
  3. What I like about the View 71 the most is it is semi-open. There are around half inch clearance between the tempered glass and the case so there is ample air. To compensate with the negative pressure, I set the 3 front fans in performance mode and set the rest to silent mode.

Please feel free to ask questions :)

kwest13 2 points 12 months ago

Thanks for the reply and good answers :) But I have more!

1) I was actually thinking of mounting the x62 on the "right" side of the case (not bottom, top, or front). Like in this image. Since the View 71 has chasis vents behind that area for a radiator and like you said, the additional space between chasis and glass, I think it may work well. And then maybe flip the radiator upside down so the tubing is coming from the bottom of the rad so it wont block the RAM.

2) I got 120mm Aers for the front intake as well. But I got 140mms for the rear/top. Any reason you went with 120mm for everything?

3) You said you tested the hardware before installing into case. I'd like to do that as well but I went with Intel CPU that doesnt come with a cooler. It looked like you tested it with an AMD blower. I'm assuming when everything was fine you switched to the NZXT. Did you have to clean the cpu of the paste and re-apply? or clean it and then just use the pre-applied kraken paste?

Androyd25 submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago
  1. Yes, that will work as well. The View 71 has plenty of room at the back especially if you remove the HDD trays.
  2. I did plan about going 3x140 at the top but it will extend the suction towards the front so more air will exit the case before reaching the hot area. The front can only fit 2x140 so I prefer 3x120 for more air. My other option was x62 with 2x140mm and 140mm at the back but the x62 was out of stock at the time. If I bought 3x3 packs of 140 fans, I can only fit 8 of them in the case.
  3. I was using the stock AMD Wraith Spire RGB that came with the R7 1700 for a month. Actually, I did not bother removing the mobo from the case when I replace the cooler with the x52. The paste was so sticky that the procie was dislodged from the socket when I pulled the cooler. I should have twisted it a bit. Luckily, I did not bend any pins. Anyway, I wiped the dried paste from the procie and just used the pre-applied paste from the x52.
kwest13 2 points 12 months ago

Very interesting about the suction at the top being too close. I wonder how much i'll have to worry about that.

I got 1 pack of 120mm for the front and 2 packs 140mm for rest of the case. One of the reasons I chose AER fans instead of say the corsair LL rgb fans is because I wanted music/audio reactive capability. I even went insane and got some Halo Lux Frames to see if I can turn the Aer fans into FULL rgb as well as ring.

Would I like to ask some more? yep :D

1) I also have 5in and 3.5in plug-n-play hdmi LCD mini monitors ordered from China. That's why I flipped when I saw you were already ahead of me with all these things in common :) I'm pretty confident with getting the hardware connections working. I'm a little more concerned with how to get 3 different displays going on at the same time (main monitor and 2 mini LCDs) and not have it mess with my main display. And how did you mount those screens? They look great.

2) What are you using to control fan speed?

Androyd25 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

About the music/audio feature in CAM, there is a significant delay so its disappointing. Hope they fix it soon.

  1. I only use the Windows Display settings to adjust. You can drag and drop the monitors to rearrange the order. On mine, I simply use the default with display 2 (LCD) on the right but set to portrait flipped. The max resolution is only 1366x768 for the LCD. I did not use Eyefinity because I can't use split screen option when I drag the windows to the edge of the screen. Currently, the LCD is mounted temporarily using the little wires that ties the cords. I just don't want to bore extra holes in the case for now.

  2. I forgot to mention that I bought some PWM splitters. I connected the 3 front fans together to the chassis fan 1 header. Then I set the chassis fan 1 to performance mode in the bios. I did the same for the top 3 fans but connected to chassis fan 2 header and set to silent mode in bios.

Hope this helps.

JudgeVanadium 5 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Sweet internal monitor! I'm always up for reused/salvaged parts.

FurryJackman 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Let me tell you, when Linux 4.15 hits (it's out now) and Xen and KVM get up to speed, you can ditch Windows and use Linux full time to run our VMs from that.

Or heck, scrap Windows and Linux altogether as your hypervisor and containerize all your OSes with ESXi.

Androyd25 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks for the info. Yeah the VMware solution was excellent. I did consider UnRaid and will consider those you mentioned when I have the time and extra ssds.

FurryJackman 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

UnRAID is basically Linux. Save your money and do it yourself with Linux and QEMU/KVM. UnRAID is QEMU/KVM with proprietary patches and customer support.

Androyd25 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks heaps mate, I’ll keep it in mind and have a look. Cheers

manmj 1 point 2 months ago

Hey love your build. How where you able to connect those NZXT aer rgb fans and strips together since the Hue+ only lets you have a maximum of 5 fans per channel and 4 strips per channel?

Androyd25 submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Thanks for liking. I got 2 hue+ controllers

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philip staff 10 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Don't troll.

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LeMMingSlayeR 22 Builds 1 point 12 months ago
 I admit an Intel-NVidia build could have been superior but I don't feel buying from companies who ripped off customers in the absence of competition
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Androyd25 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks for suggesting. I will buy more Vegas myself IF stocks replenish.

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