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Good News Everyone!!!!, I decided to upgrade my first build to is almost a year old now.

CPU: I choose the 4770k because at the time of buying it, it was the best cpu at that time excluding of course the LGA 2011 processors. I dont really use the hyper threading abilities that much yet but I hope to in the future. It made the most sense to buy since it was only 50 buck more than the i5 and I just wanted to max things out.

RAM:I bought the ram pretty much for the good looks and it does look good!!! Also I chose 16gb so that if I want/need to in the future I can max out the memory without having to remove any sticks.

Motherboard: I bought this board because it was very durable and has an amazing 5 year warranty. Also it look pretty good with the thermal armor, as well as I like that it came with a bunch of dust covers to protect the ports.

GPU: At the time I was deciding between the 780 and 780ti, at the end I saw that it didn't make sense to spend an extra 200 for 10fps. I was able to sale some books as well and got it for a really cheap price. The 2nd 780 was added when the 900 series card came out since it was being sold cheap on newegg.

PSU:I chose the AX860 because I knew that I wanted to SLI one day. It also has a good rating and certified to work well with haswell cpus.

Storage:I have an 840 pro which was the fastest ssd at the time of purchasing from Samsung, it is used for holding my most used programs as well for faster boot times. The WD green is to store downloads, music and videos. The WD black I wanted to keep as free as possible, I use it to store programs as well that are just programs were having them on a ssd would change much, so a bunch of my programs use this drive.

Case:When I bought the Define R4 cause I liked its smaller size and its sound dampening features. I also liked how it had to door to hide the optical drive and anything else I would put in a 5.25 inch bay. The case is very simple and clean without having the feel that it was cheaply built.

Watercooling: Before I did my custom loop I had a h100i cooling my chip. It was very good at the job it did and but I wanted to take on the task of WC my pc. This is my first time doing a custom loop and it would by pretty good. It was harder than it would have been as compared to if I choose to use flexible tubing but I like the look of acrylic and I didnt want to take the easy way out knowing that I would want to change the tubing and wasting money buying new fittings and whatnot. I plan to use the same parts whenever I decide to go bigger and better but I didnt want to wait till that came along. So I went ahead and tried my luck on this project. I had to modify and cut a piece of the case out so that the pump and reservoir could fit nicely.

Extra Notes: I looked around the net and I saw no one else with a build like this(putting acrylic tubing in a fractal define). So it pushed me even more to make it happen while also making it look really clean.

Hope you enjoyed reading this little info about my upgraded build. To see my first original build and my thoughts at the time when I did it you can following this link and see a before and after. Thanks!! http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Tb99TW

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 8 points

Are you trying to seduce me? It's working.

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Milk jug under the desk for those LONG gaming sessions. Good thinking.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Way of the road Bubbs

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Is.. That, liquid cooled by slurm? Scruffy approves. :P

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the colors and the clean interior, but where is the side panel? And get a really gaming controller dual-shock FTW =P. +1 for Rubik's cube!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Im thinking of leaving the side panel off. Everything is covered in some sort of way and you cant see any exposed PCB. I wish i could have a large window on this case cause I love looking at the inside of this thing. Also eww to the dual shock thing lol I have one but I like the xbox controller better,

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I totally understand leaving the side panel off, I did that with my first build just b/c I was in and out of the case all the time. But back then the inside looked like a big bowl of spaghetti and everything overheated.

I agree though something that nice shouldn't be hidden. I'm just worried about dust.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The dust doesnt actually get that bad. I put the side cover on when I know I wont be using the computer for awhile. Its been about a a month since I started taking it off when I use it. For dust I got this duster thats electric and pretty powerful so cleaning is a breeze when i have to do it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd still probably get a wide window side panel I can't imagine Fractal NOT selling them.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I havent seen them. The only way to get one is to do a custom job with the existing panel I have now.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice and clean!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

remember that episode bender watercooled himself?

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that was an awesome episode, I watched it recently. Hopefully my computer can reach its singularity too lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Didn't start off with good news everyone... You missed a good opportunity... sigh +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

You are so right!!!! Im going to Edit it in there so other people can see it, sorry that you couldn't lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I go hard every time I see rigid acrylic tubing. See what I did there?

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha I see what you did there

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Love The Show And This Build +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

wow neatos!I'd be darned if this wasn't the coolest build i've seen today.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome +1!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Really great different watercooled build. Love the use of hardline and then normal tubing for the pump exit (I think). I did the same thing with my build.

Beautiful. Really, seriously, awesome.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup Its normal black tubing(good eye). This is actually the second build design for this and the first didnt have one. You could only imagine the pain it was to drain it!! Hopefully this makes it easier.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah on my Gatsby build I did the same thing. Res has a normal tube exiting and entering the pump (sooo much easier to do than hardlining a tiny section of not-visible tubing). I also used normal tubing for my drain as I can pinch and bend it to stay inside the case or pull it out when draining. You can see the standard tubing in like the second or so pics on my build.

Great minds think alike ;)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

So how come you didnt water cool your gpu's as well? Also how is that mouse going for you? Either way a real nice build :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah thats the sad part lol I wanted to but the when I researched I saw that they do not may water blocks for the FTW versions of the 780. When ever I move on and change my cards they will definitely be water cooled but until then I just did the cpu.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't want to nitpick either, but you should really consider looking into universal waterblocks for the GPU's, since you already have the water cooling setup. I myself am doing a water cooled rig inside a 250D but I cant find any waterblocks that can fit a GTX 760 besides a universal one :/.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought of using universal blocks but thing is they only cover the gpu chip on the card, but the vram and other components that are important wouldnt be, so it wouldnt make much sense. I would still need to depend on air passing over those parts so the card would be optimal and it didnt make sense

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Also I think the mouse is great, the extra buttons are cool but not over doing it. The ergonomics are pretty good too feels really comfortable in the hand.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Think the green fluid destroyed the looks, clear was much better :P

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

At first I had clear/UV Blue fluid but I didnt like it that much, the blue was dull, the green pops out more and contrasts. I did think the green was going to look more like the cable ties though when i ordered.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

How could green fluid destroy the look! Are you kidding me it's called Planet Express.

http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060626052801/en.futurama/images/8/80/Slurm-1-.jpg

SLURM RUNNIN' MACHINE

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha. Some colors(like slurn) just do not compliment each other when it comes to liquids, they all look like over done Christmas trees :P

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't understand why you don't think white, dark blue, and neon green don't go together. They are complimentary colors as far as this build is concerned. This build DOES look good with the neon green. I do agree that a lot of builds throw in neon green fluid with red or other awful colors, and those do not look good. This is the proper use -- through his other color choices along with the theme (Futurama) he put thought into it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha there will always be people that done like stuff way of the world it seems. Glad that you cans see my vision and defended my choices.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, but there's a lot of random pictures in there. +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah sorry about that, the upload didnt go in order and I also uploaded some pictures when I built this the first time of some of the components.

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