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Got Wilks? - Powerlifting Meets Watercooling Build

by Phamwow


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Date Published

Aug. 25, 2017

Date Built

July 29, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.556 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.016 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

29.0° C


By no means is this build finished. I still need to get cable combs, and I may just go to CableMods and find a different custom set because I'm not too fond of EVGA's. Also, after seeing a build with ZMT matte black soft tubing, I just might move to that. This was my first time watercooling, and it's pretty evident by the awful bends I had with the hard tubing.

I also need new monitors because this thing is beating the heck out of my 1080p 60hz monitor.

No, I do not keep the lights on RGB, I usually just put them on a nice white to illuminate my ugly face when I stream.

Any feedback is welcome to improve my build. Or just completely insult it and I'll probably throw it in the dumpster and buy an Nintendo Switch.

Things I learned from this build:

-Plan, plan, and plan.

-Apparently, there are different types of PETG that have different heat temperatures. I learned this because I ordered Barrow tubing from ModMyMods, and it was the hardest thing to cut and heat. When I ran out, I bought some from Amazon that was marketed as "normal temperature," and wow, I was able to cut and heat the tubing much easier (though I still suck at it).

-I may have had a terrible reservoir top, but the thing was leaking like crazy. Had to fit some more o-rings and reroute the tubing a bit to fix it.

-Don't put your tube cutter in a junk box or else you'll end up cutting your finger.

-EKWB's shipping costs are insane, but it is a great company that produces great products.

-XSPC makes white radiators that I probably should have looked into.

-Watercooling, despite all the trouble, is awesome. It's so beautiful to look at. The work pays off, and I recommend it for anyone who has a high-quality build and wants to take it up a notch.

-You can check Reddit at r/watercooling if you ever want to realize that your build is at best mediocre when it comes to others' builds. Also a great way to convince yourself to spend more money on your build.

-Roblox looks much better at high quality and above 60 FPS.

Part Reviews


First time on Intel; I used to be a more productivity kind of user and went with AMD for more cores, but I have strayed more towards gaming. The clock speed is perfect for that.


I definitely am not using this board to it's full potential, but it looks perfect and handles my custom loop very well.


First time using an M.2 drive. Don't know what else to say. Very good.


Houses all of my games. Runs them perfectly with no rendering issues.

Video Card

I probably should not have gotten this card since I did a custom loop, but I was stupid at the time and ordered the waterblocks before the actual card. Came to realize that I should have just gotten an FE card and watercool it. Whatever though, it's a good card nonetheless.


BEAUTIFUL CASE, but if I were to extend my loop to SLI, I probably would choose a bigger case. I personally like the look of a mounted reservoir in sight, but I could not fit it in the front, so it had to be hidden in the back.

Optical Drive

Did an amazing job of taking in my Windows 10 OS and installing it. Never have seen an a CD reader do such amazing things. On top of that, it also accepted the CDs with drivers. Wow, who knew.

Case Fan

Beautiful lights, wish the software and AURA could sync up. It would also be nice if the colors in the software reflected the actual LEDs, but they are significantly off.

Comments Sorted by:

Synl 2 points 19 months ago

Looks nice as for a first time hardline watercooling

Wasif 2 points 19 months ago

All look good. but only 750 GB storage!!!

Phamwow submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I have a 1.5 TB HDD and 150 GB SSD that was moved from my old PC. Forgot to mention that!

SwiftSeb 6 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

AIR 540 not WATER 540 xD. Awesome build btw, clean bends. +1

tragiktimes101 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Talk about get big.

CSB0518 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Best Cables...


Dmolitor 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I have been thinking about doing a customer loop in my case, which i have the air 540. Can you post pictures of back behind the mobo tray? I'm just curious how your bends/mounts are. Thank you in advance! :)

Phamwow submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago


Cable management will be finished when I get offered money to do it.

Dmolitor 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Hey, back of my case looks about the same. You don't see it so no need to make it pretty, especially since it has the slits to vent the PS there is really no need. Thank you!

Gibbytronix 1 point 1 month ago

Looks crazy!

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