Hello everyone, thanks for checking this build out. I'd like to start by saying I used my phone for all of the pictures, and the lens may or may not be cracked...putting some weird glare if the light catches it right, sorry!
This build started out when I was purchasing parts for my little brothers computer. I was at MicroCenter for his build and saw this glorious behemoth of a case: the EVGA DG-87. I knew right then that I was going to be starting a new build. Mind you my last pc Deceptirig: Megatron was still more than capable and had just recieved a beefy GTX 1080 a month or so before this. None the less it was time for something new andshiny!
I blame you EVGA!
When I started this I knew I wanted to go X99, especially due to the size of the case but I had always wanted to do a build on X99 because of the RAM layout mostly. I knew I wanted to do my first watercooled pc but planned to just do the CPU with a custom loop, and I wanted to go RGB everything (ha). I was planning to use all Thermaltake products to make a super RGB build and I am actually glad I didn't, thanks to Alphacool's chrome plated copper tubes. Once I saw them I switched my theme to black and chrome/silver. I planned to buy a Titan X Pascal as it fit the color scheme and performed better than the GTX 1080 I had at the time as it wasn't getting me my desired frames in 3440x1440. I was going to leave the stock cooler on, and vertically mount the GPU in front of the motherboard.
Case: EVGA DG-87
I already mentioned how I fell in love with this case and why I selected it above. However it was not fun to build in. The wires that lead front the mirrored front panel to the motherboard plug ins are way too short, huge emphasis. EVGA needs to fix this. There is absolutely no way to route them through the provided cable management clips and have them reach the motherboard. If I wasn't running the basement cover you would see them all strewn about across the bottom of the case, it is what I had to do to make them reach. Even doing this some were a stretch and I was skeptical. These need to be atleast 6-12" longer. The fan plug ins for the exhaust fans are in an awkward location, well 2 of them are. With the case supporting 8 fans, and the controller only able to do 6 is also confusing. Why not add 2 more ports? On a side note, this case was kind of a pain to take a part, and you have to take every panel off to remove the mirrored area. It fits together beautifully, and I love the aesthetics but it comes at a price.
Motherboard: MSI X99 Titanium
I chose this for its color scheme, and reviews for its overclocking abilities with the 6800k. It is a very nice board, audio is superb, the wifi is getting me better results than my Asus Pcie AC-68 every was and it just simply looks great. Bravo, MSI.
CPU: Intel i7-6800k
Chose this because at the time I didn't want to spend $600 on a 6850k for a few more lanes and a slightly higher clock out of the box. Ended up getting this for a bit over $300 on Black Friday at MicroCenter so I was a happy camper. It does what I need it to and that's all there is to it.
RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum
I actually wanted to get Trident Z in black and silver but they only come in 8gb sticks. I really wanted to fill all 8 of my slots and 64gb was super overkill, the $650 pricetag would of hurt too. So I chose the Dominators, great RAM that fits my color scheme and it came in 4gb sticks netting me a still overkill 32gb of DDR4 glory!
Storage: Mushkin Reactor 1tb
I didn't want a hard drive for noise, so I got this fairly cheap SSD for mass storage. I do intend to get a 250gb 960 EVO asap for a boot drive and primary games
GPU: Nvidia 1080Ti FE
I knew I wanted more power than a 1080 and didn't want to mess with SLI. I would of had to buy 2 anyways because mine didn't fit the theme. So I opted to wait for the Ti to come out. I didn't decide that I would be watercooling this as well until Toms Hardware released their overclocking numbers when they put the 1080Ti underwater. This performs like a beast and gives me the 100+ fps average I wanted on my monitor for the games I play on max settings.
PSU: SeaSonic Prime 750w
This fit the theme, has great efficiency, and got called "The best PSU ever made" by some professional reviewers. This PSU wowed me more than any other part while un-boxing it. SeaSonic went above and beyond to give you a quality PSU that looks great and comes with some cool stuff. I highly recommend this series of PSU's.
Water Blocks: EKWB
I went with EK because I had heard, and seen, great results for cooling from their products. Both the GPU and CPU blocks matched my theme. I have no complaints with these, install was straight forward yet stressful on the 1080Ti. Overall I am very happy.
Radiator: EKWB XE 360
This was kind of a nightmare. I just had bad luck with it... I filled it up with water and did a shake test when I got it and all was good. As soon as it was in my system (for the first of 3 separate times) it was leaking badly once pressurized. It was coming from the bottom shroud that covers the water housing by the fittings. I ended up taking it apart (had to take out the factory installed G1/4 thread extenders) and found that one of the O-rings was torn. Once I replaced this and torqued them back down everything was good. I love the radiator, and I am sure it was just bad luck on my end but it was a huge headache none the less. The radiator has to go in first the way I have this set up so tearing it down 3 times was a full blown tear down of all my hard lines. Overall I am impressed with EK's quality and like I said it was probably just bad luck. I do not hold this against them as a company, and would not hesitate to recommend them (or use them) again.
I chose Alphacool chrome plated copper tubes for this build as it matched the theme. I paired them with Alphacools suggested HT fittings. This fittings sketched me out big time. Mine were so much looser than any review video I found on them. Yet surprisingly they did not leak a drop once installed. Alphacool is apparently one of the only companies that uses a single o-ring fitting on their hard line fittings. Hind-site I would go for a different brand, but these aren't leaking-yet.
I opted to go for soft tubing underneath the custom panel just for ease, and the fact that you can't seem them. Greg over at MunkyMods cut this for me. Greg is a great guy who is extremely willing to help his customers out. I had bought his basic DG-87 basement panel already and cracked it trying to drill my own holes. Thats when I made an AutoCad file for my layout and he transferred it to his to have cut. Very thankful for you, Greg. This build wouldn't be complete without that panel.
Reservoir: Monsoon MMRS
This is kind of cool. Its a fully modular reservoir system. Literally fully. There are tons of ways to make this your own. I was originally going to use the Heatkiller reservoir but this just stood out, and come in options for black and chrome parts! It was a pain to assemble. There are no instructions so on the pump housing I put the O-ring in the wrong spot once, causing a leak (easier to do than it sounds), and you really have to tighten the bolts down the compress the O-rings between the acryllic tubing to ensure no leaks. I would recommend someone giving a unique spin to their system by using this line of parts to make it your own. I am satisfied with it.
Pump: EK D5 Vario
I read that most pumps are basically the same, so I just went with EK.
That pretty much wraps it up... sorry if I got carried away with words. Thanks for checking this out though. I do plan to get more pictures of the actual setup on here soon as well. I am very pleased with how this came out!
Pros: Aesthetics, high quality sound, built in wifi/bluetooth, fantastic OC'ing capabilities, high quality materials.
Pros: Price, decent enough performance (better than HDD for mass storage)
Cons: None really, not the fastest SSD around but to be expected
Pros: Decent enough price point for extreme performance
Cons: None in my opinion
Pros: Features, looks, cable management options
Cons: Front panel cables way to short
Pros: Everything. Outstanding unit, zero complaints