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This is a gaming pc used primary for sim racing. Why that name? Well, I'm a registered nurse by profession and I named all the PCs in the house as medications used in emergency situations. My gaming PCs which are always the most powerful in the house is named after the most powerful emergency medication. This one is 2.0 because its the second iteration of this build. The first one had a 4790K and a gtx 980ti.

I wanted this build to compact yet powerful. It is Corsair/MSI build with a black, white, and something in between (grey) color scheme. Some of the parts where reused from the last build so the build cost wasnt incured all at once.

For core components, I'm upgrading to the 8700K to help with higher frame rates for future 144Hz triple monitors and improved performance when streaming. Thankfully, MSI's only mATX board currently in production matched my color scheme. I got the memory because it was on sale, and decided later to add the led mod kit. I'm hoping for good temps with the corsair water cooler and upgraded fans. For the chassis, I've been into box cases lately because of the horizontal layout. I knew this case was going to be tight for the components chosen, but i figure i could make it work. I cut a hole connecting two of the grommeted wire routing holes to be able to put the hybrid cooler for the graphics card in the basement. Its a tight squeeze, the hose is stretched, and there's lots of cables in basement so we'll see what temps look like. The power supply is one i got a while ago for gtx 680 sli. It still works so I'm still using it. The 1080ti is most powerful and reasonable single card solution for the high resolution high frame rates I'm shooting for so thats what i got. The hybrid solution should keep temps and clocks stable with no throttling. I also have an add-on sound card for simvibe (vibration transducer software) and a pcie usb card for several peripherals i use for sim racing. The commander pro will control leds and fans (@40 or 50%) through the Link software. This is the first build where I've actually paid attention to esthetics. So i tried to do easy matching color, even with the cable extensions.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

How'd you get the GPU rad back there?! I guess you took apart the card....

  • 30 months ago
  • 4 points

Didn't take apart the card. Instead i cut a hole in the case that is well hidden by the H100iV2. Better to mess up a $90 case than void warranty on $800 part.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

very true!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm curious, how are the temps with the H100i? Did you overclock?

Very nice build by the way

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Just got done trying to overclock. 5.0GHz on 1.3v, max temps on max fans Cinebench R15 = 75C, Prime95 (v26.6) = 85C, Prime95 (v29.3) and -4 avx offset = 84C

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thanks

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't done any testing or overclocking because i dont have the cpu yet. I will update as soon as i do

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like your h110i is not screwed down XD

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, you're right. I dont have the 8700K yet, but i built the rig anyway. I didn't make it to microcenter in time on "opening day", as i didn't expect them to run out so quick, or jack up the price. I put the cooler pump there just to take the picture. I will take more pics once cpu installed

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on using the same motherboard paired with a Core I5 8400, I hope it turns out as nice (not as powerful) as yours.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Great sollution with the cutting part. Was it easy to cut the part out and install the rad in the other room of the case? I am thinking about quite the same build, but with a EVGA sc2 1080 ti Hybrid. How about the temperatures? Becasue there is not a lot of airflow I guess? Or is that a stupid question because of the watercooled cpu and gpu? Thanks in advance.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Sorry for late reply. I did this because i saw it in a corsair official build. It wasn't hard to cut using a dremel. When i did this, i put the hybrid gpu fan as intake, but that was bad for temps as the heat output just sat in that side of the case (poor exhaust because of my non modular cables and cable extensions). If you do this i suggest put that fan as exhaust. I have since moved on to a Thermaltake Core V21 which has way better airflow for about the same case size. It even allowed me to remove the stock hybrid cooler and use a H105 on the gpu (with the nzxt g12) because it comfortably allows two 240mm rads. I haven't posted an updated build here because I'm in the process of going full custom loop. After doing this much, might as well. So if you're not attached to corsair, i highly recommend the Core V21

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I've thought about the v21 but it's just a tad to big for the place I want to put it. I was thinking about using the gpu cooler as exhaust. Hope it will work since I bought and cut the 240 already. I don't want to buy the gpu right know (because of the price) so I can't test it but I wanted to install everything else. When I buy the gpu I only have to remove my celsius s24 cooler, mount the gpu rad and put it back together. Did you use the cpu cooler as exhaust as well? And the 80mm fans as intake? Thanks for the advice but I am going to give the 240 a try.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the H100iV2 fans as intake and the 80mm fans as exhaust. I would suggest testing different configurations to see what works best