I've been excited about the recent rise of AMD, with their Ryzen line of CPUs. I wanted to do a Ryzen build to replace my 5 year old Intel build; but, having done a lot of traditional case builds, I wanted to try something different.
This is my attempt at a custom wall mount PC. My wood working and painting skills are lacking, to say the least, but I think the end result is decent looking. Especially in a dark room. I have a plan to add an overlay to the build, but I don't know if that will happen. So, for now, here is my AMD Red vs. Blue wall mount build.
Having never done something like this before, I decided to go as simple as I could. I picked up a 24" x 48" project board from Home Depot as the base. Cut it down to 24" x 36", and planned the layout in Excel. Once I had the layout plotted, I gridded out the board, and planned for all the necessary wire feed cut outs. In hindsight, I could have placed the parts and some of the cuts better, but it worked out.
I made a mess of the paint. It took a round of sanding, 3 coats of primer, another round of sanding, 3 coats of paint, another (heavier) round of dry and wet sanding, and then another 3 coats of paint, before the board looked decent. I understand now why so many other wall builds use carbon fiber wrap.
For mounting the components, I ended up using a lot of L-Braces from Home Depot. They were used to mount the PSU, power switch, coolant pump\reservoir, brace the cooling tubes, and to help route wires in the back. Handy little things.
I mounted the PC to the wall using a French Cleat. Simple, effective, and much cheaper than a purpose made mount.
The parts are mostly new, though I did reuse my existing 1TB HDD, and Soundblaster Z soundcard. So far, I am impressed with the Ryzen CPU, and Samsung EVO PCIE SSD. I have to admit, while the Vega 64 GPU does handle any game I have at Ultra, it is still slightly disappointing, having recently built a Ryzen PC with a GTX 1080 for a friend. But, it looks great. As soon as EK releases their Aluminum waterblock for the Vega cards, I will be adding that to the cooling loop as well. The Vega runs really hot.
Thank you for checking out my build. Let me know what you think, and if you have any suggestions for improvement in future projects!