Red October

About Andrew

Andy is an award winning multi-skilled veteran with an extensive background in visual and broadcast design. Trained traditionally in the graphic arts and animation. He has acquired core technical skills in illustration, concept art, visualising, scamping, storyboarding and pitching, which have proven in helping deliver powerful Creative Solutions to clients, from the conceptual stage to final delivery, on budget and on time. ​​
With over 10 years of experience, he has worked on some of the biggest brands from broadcast to the music industry. During his tenure, he has successfully won pitches for some of the most coveted Award Shows. From the Kerrang Awards, Mojo Awards to the Empire Movie Awards, delivering outstanding and complete motion design packages from conception to execution. Andy was given the responsibility to oversee, lead and liaise with clients, and would often go above and beyond to ensure the final product meet client’s vision and brand.​




His tools

Andy does a lot of 3D content creation for a living, using Cinema 4D and Octane. Hence he needed a machine that will keep up with him, with no barriers and no compromise. 

Challenges faced

Andy primarily uses his Mac for his work. However, he spends more them waiting for his render to complete then actually doing his work. He needed a machine that does the heavy lifting task of rendering. He began his search for a company that can advice and build this machine for him.



Solutions by Typhoon Systems

It was in October 2017, that Andy found us. By understanding his work and his tools. We picked a Ryzen 7 1800x, the fastest desktop Zen CPU from the AMD stable. With 8 cores and 16 threads and a base clock of 3.6 Ghz (4.0 Ghz turbo), it was one of the few CPUs that was up to the mammoth task at hand.

To this we added the twin MSI GTX 1080 GPUs, with a very lovely-looking HB SLI bridge to match. All of that sat on a MSI X370 Gaming Plus motherboard, along with 32GB of the finest G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 RAM.

As this machine is meant to be a workstation where downtime absolutely has to be kept to a minimum. We eschewed all forms of liquid cooling like AIOs with pumps and tubings that may take precious man-hours to repair and/or maintain in the future.

Instead we went with the tried-and-tested Cryorig H5 CPU cooler with its absolutely humongous 140mm fan and heatsink to match. It was also for this reason that we went with the Sharkoon TG5 casing (with Red Leds). A single 120mm fan to the rear and three more 120mm fans in the front. One can tell that we kind of threw the word “overkill” out of our English dictionary in the process.

Roku custom unit 003

The Phoenix rise from the ashes!

The owner of this PC, who plays a lot of E-Sports titles like League Of Legends and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and streams his gameplay regularly initially came to us to buy a brand-new Zotac GTX 1070 AMP Edition and WD SSD to upgrade his existing 3770K rig. The main reason being that he thought that his previous GPU was not working. He brought them home only to realise that he still did not get any video out from his brand-new GTX 1070 as well and called us for help.

We swung into action, did a diagnosis and discovered that the culprit was actually a damaged PCI-E slot and lanes, which in our experience is a fairly common occurrence for Haswell and older motherboards, before manufacturers realised the need for reinforced PCI-E slots to account for the new, bigger and heavier GPUs. Based on this assessment, the owner decided to take this opportunity to totally refresh his entire machine. 

We stripped the CM Storm Scout 2 chassis of all its components, cleaned it out of rust, dust and dirt and replaced the corroded screws and standoffs with new ones. The CM Storm Scout 2 is still a excellent design with lots of room, so we recommended to the owner to salvage it, alongside the Seasonic 750W modular PSU he had. We also took the opportunity to totally redo the cable management and arrangement from scratch

Everything else however got replaced with brand-new parts. The 3770K was retired in favour of a Ryzen 5 1600, with 6 cores, 12 threads and modestly overclocked to 3.7 Ghz. Alongside a MSI B350 Tomahawk and 16 GB of G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4, this setup will not only allow him to play his games to the limits, but stream it as well easily to his audience. The GTX 1070 and WD SSD he bought earlier went in to complete this picture of bliss.

When it was all done up, we decided that such a revival deemed that we give her a new name. After much deliberation, we christened her Fenghuang (凤凰), a Chinese mythological bird bearing some similarities to the western phoenix and often representing loyalty, power and integrity. The Japanese term is Hō-ō (鳳凰), which should sound very familiar to Pokemon fans

The old setup consisted of a Intel i7-3770k and a Asus motherboard which was found with damaged PCI-E slot.
The phoenix rise from the ashes! A quick change of the motherboard with a new processor and memory ensured the user can enjoy his chicken dinner.

Build Specs:
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 CPU
MSI B350 Tomahawk
G.Skill Ripjaws V 2400Mhz 16GB kit
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP 8GB GPU
Western Digital Blue SSD 250GB

S-Ripper custom unit 000: Rafale

An interior design and build company approached us with a pressing issue that they had.

With their designers using Autodesk 3ds Max & Sketchup for design & V-ray for rendering work, their current Xeon workstations were struggling to keep up with deadlines for the projects they were taking on, and they found brand-new upgraded models on the market somewhat very lacking when it came to price–performance ratio.

And our solution to their problem was the S-Ripper unit 000: Rafale.

Packed with 16 cores and 32 threads, the Threadripper 1950x CPU at its heart is more than up to handling any design and rendering tasks thrown at it. Among all its other components, of particular note is the Arctic Freezer 33 TR which is one of the few air coolers specifically designed to keep Threadripper CPUs nice and frosty under load.

In honor of the firm's founders who both hail from France, we decided to christen her "Rafale", inspired by the cutting-edge fighter aircraft currently in use by the French Navy and Air Force.


Clean looking chassis in the form of a Phanteks P400.
Closed window version at the request of the user.
Plenty of back IO connectivity options.
Clean interior to allow for more airflow.
Simple, no frill.
Red theme fitting in well.
Extra fans were installed at the top of the chassis as per user's request.
The MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 providing the grunt needed for their work, and no, their scope of work does not requires the precise calculations capability of a Quadro, hence their decision to use a GeForce GPU.
Winter is coming with the 3x 120mm Cryorig fans as intake fans.


Roku custom unit 002

Our second build was a MATX build with no special requirements. The Galax GPU customer wanted fitted in well with the motherboard with its all white ambient lighting.

Build Specs:
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 CPU
MSI B350M Bazooka
G.Skill Ripjaws V 2400Mhz 16GB kit
Galax GTX 1060 EXOC 6GB GPU
Samsung 850 Evo M.2 250GB SSD
Seasonic S12II-520 520W PSU
Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 3.1

Roku custom unit 001.

Our first build for a customer was an bespoke build based on our Roku specs. Specific requirements were MATX form factor and chassis with style & elegance. Based on the requirements, we recommended the excellent Phanteks Enthoo Evolv MATX Aluminium Tempered Glass chassis due to its premium aluminium construction and tempered glass panels.


Parts for the build.
Completed build.
Enthoo Evolv MATX Aluminium Tempered Glass. The tempered glass panels can be opened like a door, gaining easy access to components.

Build Specs:
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 CPU
Asus Prime B350M
G.Skill Ripjaws V 2400Mhz 16GB Kit
Zotac GTX 1060 Amp! 6GB GPU
Samsung 850 Evo M.2 250GB SSD
Seasonic M12II-520 520W PSU
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv MATX Aluminium Tempered Glass