Description

First and foremost. the prices are so outrageous for two reasons. One I live in Canada. two, my prices include all taxes, shipping, and customs fees.

Uses

I managed to overclock this to a stable 4.64GHz. I will fine tune it tomorrow.

I use this machine for anything from the latest AAA games to heavy workloads in Revit with renderings, to everyday computer use like Netflix and research. Lots of parts of this are overkill - but my motto is "Go big or go home". This will be my only iteration of this PC until components start failing or is no longer able to keep up with my minimum requirements.

Story

First time posting a build. This is technically my first pc but also the 3rd PC I've built. This PC was originally purchased in November of 2015 - which is why there are 980Ti's and not newer video cards. It started off as a regular air cooled PC, with a 212 EVO for the CPU and all of this was housed in a CM Storm Trooper case, which is now being used in my brothers computer. Within a month of purchasing the computer I started looking at water cooled PC's on the internet and thought to myself "I like challenges and this looks fun", little did I know the research I was getting myself into.

But being the obsessive type, I launched into research, typically 3 or 4 hours a day for months. lots of that time was spent on this site looking at different builds and how the posters accomplished some of their water-cooling builds. As well as some of the shortcomings that people had while doing their water-cooled builds. I slowly started ordering the water-cooling parts as I could afford them, and almost 13 months to the day after I originally purchased the computer I had it on my kitchen table installing the water-cooling.

Build Process

The build process was pretty simple, no major hiccups only a few minor ones. Somehow ordered the wrong Cablemod cables and ended up with the version that has a 28pin for the motherboard - hence the extension cable package. When I booted up the computer for the first time after switching over to the water-cooling, it wouldn't post. I had tried everything and figured I had fried my motherboard. As it turns out, I had a defective cable from cable mod and the power to my backplane module was not getting there, so the system had nothing to boot off of.

The water-cooling is dual loop. My GPU loop goes as follows. Res out to 240mm rad in basement > 480mm rad in basement > t split for drain plug and out to GPU's > GPU's back to the res. To make my life a lot easier, although I wasn't able to get pictures of it, its all soft tubing in the basement. My CPU loop goes as follows: Res out to 120mm rad at back of case > 480mm rad in top of case > CPU block > back to the res. I chose to go with two loops to help fill out the case as well as make sure that none of the components would saturate the others' loop with heat. Judging by my temperatures, I would say I achieved this goal.

Modifications

Case fans

The hardest part for me was finding some way to mask the color of those hideous Noctua Fans. I was going to spray paint them and then realized that you can not disassemble these models without actually breaking them in the process. So it turns out that "Dupli-Color" Vinyl & Fabric coating in a spray can works amazing. it soaks into the plastic on the fans making for zero runs on the blades, as well as it absorbing almost entirely (less chance of the blades becoming off-balance. The two close-up pictures that I have of the fans do not do them justice. those two pictures were after the first and second coats of spray, I did three coats in total. That fan was also the test fan, after getting the hang of it on the test fan, with three even coats of spray you can not tell that these fans used to show the true Noctua colors.

Pumps

I had purchased the pumps prior to EKWB selling the pre-sleeved pumps. so I had to sleeve the cables myself. It was a simple yet interesting process. amazing how well a bent staple works to remove pins. I could have saved money by not ordering the Sata cables from Cablemod, but there was a certain look I was going for - clean lines and very little cable clutter within the visible portions of the case.

Final Thoughts

All-in-all I love this computer. It has been an obsession for over a year, it has taken a lot of time away from recreation as well as working in my woodshop. But now its finished and I get to truly enjoy the fruits of my labor.

I could not have done any of this without the knowledge of the PCPP community.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU haven't had any issues with it at all. Overclocked to 4.52GHz with a boost up to 4.69GHz

Motherboard

I love this board. The UEFI is very simple to use. maybe I'm just not that bright, but I haven't been able to figure out how to enable the XMP profile for the Ram. would have been nice to have had the ATX pin at a 90 degree instead of straight out.

Memory

What can I say, its ram. It does its job, never had any issues with it. and Kingston is a well reviewed brand.

Memory

What can I say, its ram. It does its job, never had any issues with it. and Kingston is a well reviewed brand.

Storage

picked this up on a sale, its a great SSD don't notice any difference between this and the 850 evo that I had been using previous to it.

Storage

amazing speeds, way better than a regular HDD. Dreading when I fill up both these SSD's.

Video Card

Amazing video card. was great when I had the stock coolers on it, even better now that its been liquid cooled.

Case

It's a great case, lots of room for whatever you have in mind. worked great for watercooling with the massive set up that I have in it. y major quirk with this case is the screws for attaching the video cards and any other cards you may have - the frame on the windowed side comes out about 2 inches. making it extremely difficult to get the screws back in, they give you a special 90 degree screwdriver/allan key type deal to deal with this. But still quite difficult ot get in there.

Power Supply

amazing power supply, love the Corsair Link software. even with all of the stuff that is powered through this I only manage to output 724W at maximum load.

Optical Drive

It works, what else can I say?

Case Fan

Amazing fans, extremely quiet, can't even tell that they are running

Monitor

absolutely amazing screens, don't regret the purchase one bit. would recommend to anyone.

Keyboard

love this keyboard, will never go back to a regular keyboard ever again.

Speakers

Holy cow!! amazing quality speakers, so crisp and clear. Had a friend listen to a few songs that he knows how they are supposed to sound... he said that they are perfection in a box.

UPS

Got to protect the investment. power has gone out several times... this thing has saved myt computer from shutting down hard.

Custom

Love the customization features. the cam software that is used to control it is very easy to use and quite a lot of customizability.

Custom

was using the bridge that comes with the motherboard. and upgraded to this. Can't get better

Custom

PWM Hub. does its job well. never had any issues

Custom

PWM Hub. does its job well. never had any issues

Custom

This little beauty saved so much space in my computer. currently using two of the 4 bays. will eventually fill up the other two spots with two more SSD's

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Really a piece of art!! +1!

  • 32 months ago
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Thank you!!

  • 32 months ago
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I cannot begin to describe how much I like this build. It isn't good, it isn't great, it is absolutely outstanding!

  • 32 months ago
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That waterfall downward from GPU on that loop is outright stunning. That makes this entire build for me. +1

Also, hear ya on Canuck pricing :/

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks, and I have to say... I should have down that particular bend last.. that was actually my first bend that I tried. and I only screwed up on that one once. it was the only mistake while bending.

  • 32 months ago
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When the case cost as much as the CPU...

feelsbadman

  • 32 months ago
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Feature this man PLEASE! Love the choice of monitors. Love the bend on the bottom GPU

I'm looking to do the exact same thing, where did you order from? Are you from Canada?

What do you think of the nickle backplate, or would it be better to go with the black actel version?

  • 32 months ago
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The EKWB parts I ordered straight from EKWB. other various parts were ordered from NCIX, Performance PCs, Canada computers, CableMod, and Dazmode.com. Yes I'm from Canada. All the parts apart from the regular parts have the site in the link as to where I ordered them from.

The Nickel backplate was a nice contrast to my build. Its totally personal preference.

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks, Also, Why dual loop?

  • 32 months ago
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It used more space in the case. And it's overkill. CPU doesn't saturate GPU and vice versa

  • 32 months ago
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Yea, lol Would the backplate complement a silver case, or is it to shiny for that?

  • 32 months ago
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Well in the instance of having a silver case, I'm assuming both inside and out are silver??? If that's the case, no pun intended. I would go with the black backplate as contrast to the silver

  • 32 months ago
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Soon to build a 4790k and SLI 980ti setup myself. This is awesome! Clean bends and solid colors give this a striking, bold look.

  • 32 months ago
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3 x PG278Qs!!! Not sure the purpose in having 3 x 144Hz screens. Not sure that 980Ti's could actually due justice to 3 x 144Hz screens if somehow it mattered. But at least they match (which I agree does matter/preferred).

That being said...I do definitely dig your system and acknowledge the research and execution in your build and water loop. Well done Sir!

  • 32 months ago
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Actually the triple monitors is for widescreen gaming, like on project cars. The dual 980Ti actually still pushes the 120HZ setting when used in widescreen. On a single screen they push well over 144hz on most games

  • 32 months ago
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Really nice, the drips on the paper towels give me the chills. Congrats on this beauty!

  • 32 months ago
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Lol. The drips on the paper towel is just from me filling the reservoirs. Had zero leaks. Ran a 48 hr test on it.

  • 32 months ago
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this needs featured... so beautiful. I have all the parts ordered for my cpu single loop and gonna go red like yours, what liquid are you using?

  • 32 months ago
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The liquid is in the parts list, its the EKWB pastel Red concentrate

  • 32 months ago
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How do you like the monitors? I'm thinking of adding one to my setup (though I think I may have been looking at the ROG with the IPS panel)

  • 32 months ago
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Monitors are amazing. Very clear and vivid picture on these monitors. And as far as I know, these ones are IPS as well. These are the older ROG Swift monitors. New ones are 165HZ.

  • 32 months ago
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I stand corrected, you are right. With this being the older model of the ROG swift, it is a TN panel. If you choose to go with the newer model of the swift. You get all the same specs, but you gain the IPS feature and lose the 1ms response time and end up with a 4ms response time.

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks, nice to know that I will be getting something really good when I get it

  • 32 months ago
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I hope this gets featured just so I can read a jipster69 comment... always makes my day :'-)

DON'T CLICK ME

  • 32 months ago
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it sure would be nice to get a featured spot. Hopefully the moderators feel that this deserves a feature. Jipster is always hilarious

  • 32 months ago
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I honestly do feel like your build deserves a feature spot. It's incredible. That description is also a work of literature if I might add.

And expensive. :-)
  • 32 months ago
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Ha, I couldn't think of what to write at first, then all of a sudden my hands took over and that's what I ended up writing. Thanks for the comment

  • 32 months ago
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beautiful.

  • 32 months ago
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Thank you!

  • 32 months ago
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This is not just another black and red build. The red loops are brilliant. I know the cooling is overkill but at least you don't have to worry and I bet it stays pretty quiet with all those noctuas.

  • 32 months ago
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Thank you. I didn't realize at the time how common red and black builds are. If I had known that I would have gone with a different colour scheme. Yes, the loops are overkill, but I never have to worry about the components getting hot. And yes, the whole system is super quiet with these noctuas

  • 32 months ago
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i-is your room your pantry?

  • 32 months ago
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Lol. You are first person to pick up on that and make a comment. Yes I have a shelf in my gaming room that acts as our pantry / overstocked household items

  • 31 months ago
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Can you actually control your rpm using silverstone pwm fan hub? I mean there is two cables? One for psu and one for mobo to control rpm right? Answer me please thanks

  • 31 months ago
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yes. you can control rpm using the Silverstone fan hub. I have it plugged into a fan controller, and I'm able to change the rpm's. I was also able to change the rpms when I had it plugged into my mobo.

  • 20 months ago
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For the mid-plate, did you just take a drill for the holes or is there a recommended method for routing tubes through it?

  • 19 months ago
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I drilled holes through the mid plate, and then installed the pass through fittings to allow for the connection of the PETG.

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  • 32 months ago
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Thanks a lot :) spent a lot of time and money on it. appreciate that comment

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  • 32 months ago
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Lol, I bought this desk specifically for this build. Fits in the room perfectly. plus it was a steal of a deal. Regular $1,400 brand new, picked it up used for $200. Thanks!! :)

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  • 18 months ago
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The fan hub is just a splitter. It connects multiple fans to one output on the fan controller or the motherboard. Just have to make sure that you don’t overload it. If I recall properly the mobo headers are rated for 1Amp? It works great in my opinion, I mean I have 12 fans going

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  • 18 months ago
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Shouldn’t be an issue at all