Author: thebigcheese

Mashed-Up (Spare parts build)

Mashed-Up (Spare parts build)

What do you do when you have parts left over from a main computer upgrade? You build another with the parts.

A quick list of goodies

  • Gigabyte Aorus Elite X570 (from Ghost upgrade)
  • G Skill DDR4 ram – 16GB (from Kyle’s old computer)
  • Themaltake 850W power supply (from Ghost upgrade)
  • Toshiba 4TB Performance HDD (from Ghost upgrade)
  • nVidia RTX-3070 FE graphics card (new)
  • Seagate Firecuda NvME SSD (new)
  • Cougar Conquest case (new)
  • Arctic Liquid Freezer II A-RGB AIO CPU cooler (new)
  • Ryzen 7 5700G (new) – footnote: I have a Ryzen5 1600 but wanted a bit more power
Casper – Mini ITX Gaming

Casper – Mini ITX Gaming

MotherboardMSIMEG Z490I – Unify
MemoryCrucialBallistix Gaming RGB 32GB (2x16GB)
CaseHyteRevolt 3 (white)
Boot DriveSamsung970 EVO Plus SSD – 1TB
Video CardMSIGeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X OC
CPU CoolerLian LiGalihad 240 RGB
Data DriveSeagate
Barracuda 2TB 2.5″
Professional 1TB SSD Sata III
Power SupplySilverStoneSST-SX650-G 650W
OSMicrosoftWindows 11
Blazer – HTPC/Gaming

Blazer – HTPC/Gaming

Had a few spare parts laying around so decided to pick up a few things and finish out the build. Turned out okay but the case was pretty tight. I actually had to buy a new PSU since I used a full ATX motherboard and the standard 750 and up power supplies I had would not bolt down to the chassis and blocked the SATA ports on the MB.

Hooked up to a HiSense 65″ 4K TV
Keyboard and mouse are my old Corsair K70 RGB and Nightsword RGB

Here are the specs:

CPUAMDRyzen 9  3900XT
MotherboardASUSROG STRIX X570-E Gaming
MemoryGskillTridentZ RGB DDR4 3000 4x8GB
CaseCougarBlazer Essence Mid Tower – Open Frame
CPU CoolerASUS ROG Ryuo 240 AIO
Case FansGamdiasAEOLUS M2-1204R RGB fans (4pk with controller)
Graphics CardnVidiaGeForce RTX 3060
Power SupplyThermaltakeSmart BX1 RGB 750W
Boot DriveCrucialMX300 525GB M.2 SSD
Data DriveSeagateBarracuda 2TB HDD
Game DriveToshibaX300 Performance 8TB HDD
OSMicrosoftWindows 10 Home
Full Metal Jacket – ITX Ryzen

Full Metal Jacket – ITX Ryzen

Had some left over parts so decided to buy a new motherboard and build it out. Unfortunately the old case must have had a short in the PCIe extension cable because it killed the motherboard. So a replacement board was ordered, a new case and ended up biting the bullet and got a new CPU and cooler while I was at it. There were issues getting that big damn cooler in place and motherboard completely fastened to the case but I prevailed. Turned out pretty nice!

CPUAMDRyzen 7 5700G
MotherboardGigabyteX570 Aorus Pro Wifi – ITX
MemoryCrucialBallistix Sport AT 32GB Kit (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200
CaseSSUPDMeshlicious (white)
Boot DriveWestern DigitalWD-Black SN750 M.2 NVMe SSD 500GB
Video CardnVidiaGeForce RTX-3070 FE
CPU CoolerRazerHanbo Chroma 240 RGB
Data DriveSeagate
Barracuda 1TB – 5400RPM (2.5″)
X300 4TB – 7200RPM (3.5″)
Power SupplyEVGASuperNOVA 650GM, 80 Plus Gold 650W
SFX Full Modular
OSMicrosoftWindows 11
Ryzen Risin’ – Ghost Reincarnated

Ryzen Risin’ – Ghost Reincarnated

UPDATE 09/10/21:  Corsair Vengence memory LEDs were giving me fits to sync with the rest of the lights.  Mostly they would freeze.  Just swapped to TEAMGROUP TUF Alliance DDR4-3200 sticks.  Something odd freezing lights.  Gotta investigate.

UPDATE 08/28/21:  Actually catching up on a few upgrades/swaps.  I changed out the motherboard from Gigabyte to ASUS, swapped the Thermaltake power supply with an ASUS Thor and I finally got my hands on a RTX3070.  Swapped case to Cougar, changed AIO and fans to Arctic.  RGB lights are controlled by SignalRGB software based.  Amazing!!!!

UPDATE 04/12/21:  Disconnected status screen as it was interfering with resolution and size on the big screen.  Added a couple of Corsair accessories (headphone stand, iCue Nexus)

UPDATE 01/28/21:  Even more tweaks.  Swapped monitors, added 7″ status screen running AIDA64, added DAC/AMP and new gaming headset.

UPDATE 10/27/20:  A few more tweaks

New Corsair keyboard and mouse and added some color coordinated sleeved cable extensions

UPDATE 4/20/2020:  A couple of swaps and upgrades… 

I was having random lockups and BSOD’s.  Checked the Windows Event Viewer and showed that I was getting kernel low power errors so I swapped the power supply to a Thermaltake 850w.  Still got random lockups but no more BSOD so that helped but didn’t fix everything.

Picked up a Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super thinking maybe the lockups were caused by the graphics card but that didn’t fix the problem.

While piddling I pulled a couple of the drives and they were extremely hot to the touch.  So I ran SpeedFan and the thermals on my data and media drives were crazy high (Toshiba X300’s) so I pulled the cloned WB Blue drives from the old build and thermals dropped considerably.  

Issue now is the UPS is not carrying the computer when we lose power or does a self-test.  Tried a new UPS and didn’t fix.  Going to swap the power supply with a Corsair unit from an older build to see if that fixes it but that’s a project for the weekend.  

UPDATE 2/16/2020:  Convert to main gaming rig.  Swapped RTX2070 from i7 build and cloned data, media and game drives.


CPU AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix X570-F
Memory TEAMGROUP T-Force Delta TUF Gaming Alliance RGB 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4-3200Mhz
Case Cougar Conquer
Boot Drive Seagate Firecuda M.2 NVMe SSD 1TB
Data Drive WD Blue 4TB-5400RPM
Media Drive WD Blue 4TB-5400RPM
Game Drive Toshiba X300 8TB-7200RPM
Video Card ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Dual
CPU Cooler Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360 A-RGB
Case Fans Arctic BioniX P120 A-RGB (x2) 
LED light control software SignalRGB 
Power Supply ASUS Thor 850W 80+ Platinum
OS Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Virtual Reality Oculus Rift S
Monitor Samsung 49″ Odyssey G9 Gaming Monitor
Status Monitor Corsair iCUE Nexus Companion Touch Screen
Speakers Logitech Z-5500 THX 5.1 Digital Surround Sound
Headphone DAC/AMP EPOS|Sennheiser GSX 1200 PRO Gaming Audio Amplifier
Headset EPOS|Sennheiser GSP 600 Wired Acoustic Gaming Headset
Headphone Stand Corsair ST100 RGB Premium Stand with Surround Sound and USB
Mouse Corsair Dark Core Pro RGB SE
Keyboard Corsair K100 RGB Gaming Keyboard
Gaming Wheel Logitech G920 Driving Force Steering Wheel and Pedals
Flight Stick Saitek Pro Flight X-55 Rhino H.O.T.A.S.