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Bootleg Builds | Project Erphine and Araphyria: Fraternal Twin Build

“Project Erphine and Araphyria is based on the principle of fluidity of performance to the chassis of a unit – We built both to have all the major parts in both builds but different chassis.”

We’ve all grown accustomed to the usual image of a PC – being a tower but just varying ever so slightly in size; Bootleg Builds wasn’t an exception to that. There are a lot of cases which features superb airflow due to the huge space inside the case for air to properly circulate and it also means compatibility won’t be a problem for most parts that require you to check for clearance.

In this twin build – We’d like to display that you can have a compact build with the same benchmarks, performance, and even a price not too far off a usual tower build. We had this idea due to my 2 clients submitting a parts list which they wanted to see –  the first build was the regular ATX tower that we all know, but the second one gave me an idea; my other client listed an ITX board. ITX is smaller and was designed to fit smaller cases to build smaller builds – there’s also limited choices in terms of ITX boards as there wasn’t that much demand for them. Hopefully after this article, we shed some light on small form factor builds and why it’s a viable option for everyone.

My 2 clients gave me a go to create my own draft of the proofsheets they sent through. They opted for performance over aesthetics and to stay around the 55k-60k mark. We all know, I’ll try to add some lowkey aesthetics on the build.

Project: Erphine (ATX)

– Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro
– Ryzen 2600 with Wraith Stealth Fan
– Palit GTX 1070 Dual 8gb
– G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 2400mhz 32gb kit (16gb x 2)
– 1tb WD Black Enterprise Edition HDD
– 128gb SP A55 SSD
– Seasonic S12 520w 80+ Bronze
– Tecware Vega
– Tecware Arc F3 Bundle
– Tecware Arc Lighting Kit

Project: Araphyria (ITX)

– Gigabyte B450i Aorus Pro Wifi
– Ryzen 2600 with Wraith Stealth Fan
– Palit GTX 1070 Dual 8gb
– G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 2400mhz 32gb kit (16gb x 2)
– 1tb Seagate Barracuda 5400rpm 2.5 HDD
– 500gb SP A55 SSD
– Integrated 600w 80+ Bronze PSU with case
– Inwin A1
– IDcooling DF12025 Fan kit
– Deepcool Fan Hub

These builds are internally twins with a small difference on the drive choice due to the lack of 3.5in drive support for the ITX case we chose. We chose the Aorus Pro B450 series for our boards due it having a direct ITX counterpart – We we’re only able to choose from 2 boards (That’s how our choice was limited due to the lack of ITX options in our country)

This twin build was a bit hard to outsource due to the lack of on hand supply of the ITX board, the case was out of stock in all major stores, holiday season pinching out the supply for RAM and GPUs within our solid partner and also our processor choice was only limited to one piece on our choice. Our acquisition time was stretched to a day because of the order requirement – this was even stretched within the weekend because of the holiday.

EasyPC holds the cheapest price for our processor choice, as well as our 520w power supply – the only issue we had is that their COD option is only limited to 20k, in which we’ll add more time if we split all parts to accommodate the delivery. It would also be cool if EasyPC was included in PinoyPartPicker as they have some parts which are more cheap compared to the 2 shops currently being listed on the site.

We got the motherboards from good old Dynaquest – We ordered the ITX board first and got both boards the weekend after. I wish they would improve their phone lines as well. Though I did enjoy their seamless ordering system and got my item in time as prescribed.

We got our RAM, GPUs, and drives from our solid partners – there are more stock available but due to the holidays, there wasn’t enough to go around. We we’re lucky enough to place all the parts we needed on hold.

Softbox Solutions, as our favorite cash on delivery shop has yet again helped greatly with this build with the case, fans, and the last minute fan hub. Kudos to these guys for being able to provide same day – cash on delivery as long as you place orders early in the morning.

The Inwin A1 was a huge obstacle in this build – all of the major shops doesn’t have them on stock and has given advise that they will probably restock it between last week december to early january which wasn’t an option for me. Luckily, Nutech from Cebu had one piece lying around – there chat support was great and was able to have the unit shipped within the day of chatting.

Surprisingly, the Inwin A1 even being smaller is actually heavier than the Tecware Vega. Most of the weight from the Tecware Vega is coming from the tempered glass side panel.

The 2 motherboards we used are technically the same but one is just the smaller ITX version of the other – This in mind, the ITX board looks more populated since all of the features are compressed in a smaller area. We also went with this ITX board due to the visibly well built M2 slot heatsink it had that will surely make drive expansion easier in the future.

On these 2 builds, we’ll be highlighting the Ryzen 5 2600 – for me this would be one of the best midrange processor choices in the market, the price would be on the higher side but it the value comes from the possibility of uses. The fan was also easy to install (the spring loaded screw needed some force though).

For RAM, we decided to bump it to the usual 16gb to 32gb – Though we’re only using 2400mhz rated memory – 32gb is a whole lot, and Ryzen systems benefit from RAM. we’ll be able to also stretch the use of the PCs in memory hungry applications such as streaming, post-processing, and gaming.

We’ll dive deeper into drive choices. for Erphine (ATX) – we opted with an enterprise grade 1tb black 3.5 mechanical drive and a 128gb SSD boot drive. as for Araphyria (ITX) – due to lack of 3.5 in drive support for its chassis, we went with a Seagate 5400rpm 2.5in mechanical drive and a bigger 500gb SSD – we don’t want to compromise applications that need faster loading so we chose to get a bigger SSD for those applications.

We chose the Palit GTX 1070 Dual as our graphics card as it is a good beefy card with decent cooling and a low profile design that will surely fit the ITX case we have and would look great with the color of the board and case.

Fan mounting on Erphine was a breeze while Araphyria being a smaller case needed more tinkering – even the cable routing needed some planning due to the limited space available.

 

Araphyria, was hard to work with due to a smaller space – everything had to be pre-planned before you drop the board in – and even during the motherboard installation – You’ll have a hard time squeezing it in the case.

Project Erphine (ATX)

Project Araphyria (ITX)

We used the basic userbenchmark software to test out the 2 pcs with little to no difference – confirming that these are twins inside. Surprisingly, both the ATX and ITX builds have the same or minimal differences in temps.

We hope this build has shed some light a debunk some fallacies regarding smaller builds being limited and not being on par with larger builds – the only thing that’s a bit true is that building in a Mini-ITX case is challenging but rewarding in the end. Both PC have their uses – Erphine, the ATX build has more upgrade and expansion options in the future while Araphyria the smaller build is more compact and easier to squeeze on setups while not removing the power of the bigger build.

 

Seth Francisco Capili
Seth is a marketing and business professional by choice - a tech enthusiast and writer by birth. Back from the brink of almost disconnecting with his technological side; Seth reunites with his technological persona through writing and managing a business around computers. With a knack for interacting with people and machine - Seth spearheads the social media management and content writing efforts of GGWPTECH.
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