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So first off I'd like to say I promise to do my best to explain all the mods, components and all that good goooooooooood stuff but before that I thought I'd share with you my story, and if you don't want all that you can skip right down to the build section. I just see too many builds on here with one picture and one sentence for the description and it's frustrating sometimes because I want to know what's up with these awesome builds and people! :D
MY STORY YO: I recently(ish) became a hardcore PC enthusiast and there is nothing more I love doing with my time than building PC's or watching videos about all that is tech. Except for gaming... obviously! I was a heroin addict for 5 years and made the usual rounds one does when they live in addiction. It started out with stints in some rehab facilities and graduated to longer and longer stays in the county jail. Soon after I found myself on an extended stay in state prison, first doing some "programming(basically rehab in prison)" and then doing some time. I've spent a little under 3 years locked up in various places and you would think that would have been enough, right? Right?! WRONG! When I was released on the 5th of July 2016 after spending a year down I was back at it within a month. It was NEVER my intention to keep going back to this life each time and every time I did I could not believe I had let it happen. There was always some excuse for it like I just got my heart broken, my parole officer is too harsh, or whatever. The real reason was I had no drive and no reason really to get it together and I had nothing to focus on and no goals to set my mind on. My wake up call finally came on the morning of October 30th 2016. I had been back on the junk for a good little while at that point and was doing my regular morning routine. Which involved driving to the park by my house and getting "well." I didn't know that the stuff I had picked up for that morning was a whole lot stronger than what I had been using. My guy had told me to be careful but that's literally what they all say, "oh bro be careful this is some really potent ****." Just to get the junkies all hyped up but this time he had meant it. I overdosed, alone in my car, on a rainy Sunday morning. The last thing I remember when I was fading out was reaching for my door handle to get out of my car. I had heard when you were overdosing that you needed to get up and get moving because that would keep you from passing out. I came to a few hours later absolutely soaking wet and freezing cold. I was face to face with the front tire of my car and I could here the door ajar tone ringing out of my car. I honestly have no idea what happened and how I made it through that but I do know that moment was when I realized I had had enough. I went home and told my mom everything and told her that I was done with it all. I have not used since then and this Halloween I will have been clean for one year! When I finally staretd to pull it together I spent a lot of time figuring out what I wanted to do and what I really liked to do. I discovered some tech channels on youtube around that time, bitwit, Paul's Hardware, Gamers Nexus, JayzTwoCents and a bunch more. I had never really heard PC gaming was the way to go before and back in the day I loved to game so I figured I'd take a shot at it all! I'm sure you all know the feeling of completing that first build and booting it up! It was an amazing experience for me and I had never really created anything before so it was a whole new frontier for me! I decided to take a crack at watercooling and started out with soft tubing and cooling my GPU and after that PETG. This is my first proper enthusiast system and it is more than just a build to me. It's testament to remind me that with the right goals and state of mind you can make anything happen. Patience and determination will see it through and I have to say it's been an incredible journey. Learning everything I can about every single thing that goes into a build. Now I'm thinking about college with computers and tech in mind for a degree and who knows what the possibilities are but it all started thanks to this! This keeps me clean and this keeps me sane(most days haha) and I hope if anyone else who's struggling in life, whether it be addiction or not, know that even the darkest nights give way to the morning sun! If you made it this far then I am flattered, that's my story folks! I also would never have started this journey without the help of my mom, she has been my number one support through this all! I'm grateful that she never gave up after all the scum bag stuff I've put her through! Plus I'm slowly converting her to the nerd life! Enough of all this though go check out the good stuff!
THE BUILD YO: The primary use of this system is gaming/benchmarking! I have plans to start streaming and making some videos to get the most out of it. Now before everyone loses their minds and say this is totally unnecessary, just chill. I totally agree with the unnecessary part lol BUT I am a PC enthusiast just like a lot of you. Now if I was into cars you wouldn't say "Hey guy you don't need that Ferrari, it's too fast and you'll never get the most out of it. Just look at this Toyota Carolla, now that's sensible!" Right? I hope not... Sure I don't need 64Gb of RAM or 10 cores but DAMNIT I wanted it and I love it now that I've got it! Also in regards to Threadripper I don't hate on AMD at all! I love Ryzen and I love AMD because what they are doing for the mainstream and the consumers is AMAZING! The only reason I decided not to go with AMD was clock speed and I don't hate on anyone who did go with AMD. I hear that Ryzen 2 is going to have higher clocks which I really hope it does! It's about time Intel started feeling some heat! I hope nVIDIA starts feeling it soon because they have gotten super complacent in my opinion! The only thing I am a fanboy of is TECH! I'll never understand anyone who fanboys for companies and I can't believe there are so many of them out there! In the forums and YouTube comments just HATING. I mean it's not like those companies give a damn about them, all they want is their CA$H! It shouldn't be a big deal what processor or GPU people decide to go with. I've experienced a lot of negativity from people when I was starting out asking questions on forums and posting pictures of my progress. I have to say it's pretty disgusting and a major bummer and if anyone out there experiences that don't give up! Don't let the haters get you down because that's all they want and you don't want to let people like that win right?
THE MODS YO: if you have any questions about anything feel free to message me Top Fan Cavity: I got this idea from this forum. It will give you a good idea of the finished product and most people are more than willing to help with any questions! I took a dremel and cut the lips off the roof of the case and the top of the removable radiator bracket. After that I could easily fit any normal 25mm sized fan up above the radiator bracket. I did that so it wouldn't look so crowded at the top of the case and there was no way I could fit two 360 radiators without doing it! I know it is form over function as the airflow up there is far from ideal. I compensated for that though by getting some excellent static pressure fans and thermals are definitely fine! Plus it stays very quiet even under load.
7900X Delid: I delidded my 7700K myself but I did not feel comfortable doing the same to my 7900X. Plus I didn't have the proper tool as the Rockit 88 wasn't certified to work with Skylake-X and at the time there were not any Skylake-X tools available. So I sent it off too siliconlottery.com and they did a FANTASTIC job! I sent it one day, the next day it was delidded and shipped back, and I had it back the following day! 25-30c drops in my temps was definitely worth the hundred or so bucks!! I have it @ 4.7GHz at 1.25v, Cache is @ 3GHz as well. I've gotten it to boot and complete some benchmarks at 4.8GHz at 1.275v but it wasn't 100% stable and I read somewhere not to push the voltage any higher than that. So I decided just to keep it at 4.7GHz for 24/7 use.
1080 Ti Shunt Mod: I watched this mod in a der8auer video and decided I would try it out and see if it worked for me. I can overclock my card to 2.1Ghz but it always would run into the power limit and downclock. Unfortunately even after the shunt mod it still hit the limit at 2.1GHz and I had to drop back to 2050. Honestly it didn't even improve my benchmarks by a meaningful amount but it is nice to see a stable clock rate.
Misc: I drilled 3 holes in the back of the case for the other pump in the loop. The honeycomb pattern looks like it would fit a pump mount but it did not. Drilling holes was easy enough though and installation was a breeze. I also have 2 phanteks RGB LED's along with the NZXT Hue+ and I placed one in the back and the other in the front just to create some cool ambient light. Also to the give the case a different look when you see it from the front. I also purchased the vented top panel from modmymods.com to get better airflow for the fans up top! It works well too I have to say!
OTHER STUFF YO: I decided to go with two pumps because I noticed with just one pump it was working pretty hard to get everything through the loop, it was constantly at 100%, and my temps were suffering a bit. I used to have a dual loop in my old setup but decided to just do one big loop so my GPU and CPU would get the benefit of two radiators rather than one. All the watercooling gear was bought from performance pcs and they will generally have everything you could possibly need! They are great and I have never had an issue with them! Anything I could not find there or was out of stock I got from newegg or amazon. The blocks, pumps, reservoirs, and rads are all EK, fittings are bitspower for the rotary 90's and t-fitting, primochill for the compression, and a couple alphacool dual rotary, phanteks stop fittings, and XSPC ball valves and male to males. The cable kits are from Primochill and the PETG is as well. The only problem I ever ran into with X299 was when the bios update 0503(i think ?) came out and my memory wouldn't get to it's rated XMP of 3200 or anything below that. It was 2133 or nothing and that was pretty frustrating but I knew that with new platforms comes growing pains and now after a few updates everything is working GREAT! I also had an issue installing the monoblock and the heatshrink for the led cable was not able to fit into space next to the RAM. I ended up having to cut it off and after that it slid right into place! You wouldn't run into the problem if all your slots weren't filled and it's an easy fix if they are! check out my reviews for my thoughts on the other components! I still have BIG plans for this build so keep an eye out for a build from Bootsyy
THANK YOU! YO!
2nd review for this CPU and I have had it for a little bit longer now and I have to say I LOVE IT! Lightning fast and overclocks LIKE A CHAMP!!! I honestly could not ask for anything better! I'm not a fanboy for Intel/AMD/Nvidia/etc.. but I am a GIANT fanboy when it comes to tech and this processor makes my inner fanboy nerdgasm daily lol
Never would have thought changing thermal compound would have made a difference. I switched from arctic silver 5 over to this and saw a pretty significant drop in my temps for just a switch of thermal paste! Now I recommend this to anyone who asks and they are all astonished too when they see the improvement! It's great stuff!
I've used this now on 2 processor delids and it is EPIC! 30 degree drop, nuf said!
Had some bios issues in the beginning but my gosh this motherboard ended up being a great buy! Features for days and looks damn good too with the rest of the white I have in my build! Very solid motherboard and proves once again why I love Asus!
There is no other RAM that even compares! You all know it, you've seen it, and you gotta get it! Dominator Plats are cool and all but I have to say these take the cake for best in show!
HOLY GOSH WOWY WE WOW! These fans are amazing! So quiet up until the 2200rpm mark and they push some SERIOUS air through my rads! I had the noctua nf-f12's and decided to go with these since they have double the static pressure! I am glad I did too because they are honestly quieter and more efficient at pushing the air through my radiators, especially my EK XE.