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I'm a 23 yr old medical student who's used iMacs, MacBook pros and iPad's my whole life. love my apple products because they're convenient for school, but I really wanted to learn the PC side of things.

I delidded the CPU for better temps (liquid metal) & because I was curious about the process itself. I used the new NZXT Kraken x72 (360 mm radiator), and a push/pull fan setup.

CPU was stably overclocked to 5 Ghz. It was actually stable at 5.2 Ghz but I brought it back down to 5 since I never need that much power anyways. GPU was stably overclocked slightly to 2.05 Ghz.

TEMPS: CPU is ice cold no matter what. Not quite sure what's normal/not normal for GPU temps, but under full 97%-100% load (and powering two 2560x1440p monitors with g-sync) temps have never exceeded 58 Celsius.

I included a ton of pictures so that you can hopefully see whatever it is you want to see.

It took me awhile to plan this build since it was my first time and I wanted it to be perfect (for me). This was the result. Let me know what you guys think. Feel free to ask questions and/or make recommendations!

UPDATE 6/4/18 I ended up replacing the top two Corsair ML140 fans for LL140 fans to match the 3 on the front. I also added the proper clips on the AIO sleeves. I didn't take or post new pics.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 8 points

I really wanted to learn the PC side of things...drops $5k on a PC.... Beautiful build +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 8 points

Go big or go home lol. Thank you!

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

Stunning build !

I would replace the monitors with the actual build and just stare at that whole day ! Easy +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank You!!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

almost close to become a fan of corsair if only you bought the h150i (360mm rad), a corsair mouse and the corsair vengeance rgb white edition ram

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha I know I definitely thought about how I mixed multiple brands when coming up with this build, but I just love the way the Kraken pump looks over the H-series, and the g.skill tridentz RGB ram is my favorite.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

almost same with my plan build https://pcpartpicker.com/list/JxRmr6 still waiting for the case and psu to be available again in my country and i plan to go all corsair just for fun maybe someday if i got to expose my build they might give me free stuff(hoping for nothing

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

This is almost identical to my current build, minus me not spending $430 on RAM :P

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/colsonyoung/saved/M3gkTW

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya since I bought the parts over the course of a couple of months I was able to get some of the items while on sale. I actually had a 1Tb 960 evo M.2 originally, which was $450. But then they released the 970 evo for $400...luckily I was within the 30 day return.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

also wanna ask about the psu shroud i remember that on the side where the cable can be seen from the 570x black version how about the white version? i saw some builds that it was covered. is it provided by the case or did you use something to cover it up?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya mine did not come with the shroud cover. I had to pay $20 US for it to be shipped to me from Portugal, however I believe Corsair sells the white shroud cover on their website now for super cheap.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

i see thanks for the info :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing!

The cable management is great, and i was also wondering, what is your tabletop?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Tabletop is actually a countertop from Ikea. I think i's called the 'Karlby'

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I typically don't like the 570 at all but it looks incredible here with your part selection and color scheme. very nice work! +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Essentially an elite parts list, its clear you did your research, can't find anything that needs pointing out. Impressive build, friend. +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

wow! love it.

one question.. what is the wall mount you used for both monitor? can you share the link pls?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

why do you have the 3 extra white fans?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

What 3 extra white fans? Top 2 ML140's are exhaust, Rear ML120 is exhaust/GPU radiator fan

Front is a 360mm radiator with (3) LL-series in push and (3) ML120's in pull. I replaced the 3 stock SP-series RGB fans that came with the case with the LL-series because I think they look nicer. As far as why the 3 exhaust fans aren't LL/RGB, I didn't want RGB overkill.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do you get those "peg-y things" that lift the desk above the drawers? Also +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazon They come in a bunch of different heights

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Im going to be honest. It really doesnt appear that this is your first, it looks like you have had lots of experience, then again, idk. That just goes to say how awesome it looks!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I can assure you it's my first. My very first computer I ever got in high school was even a iMac. Tbh I hate Windows, but I was sick of not being able to play some games on my MacBook Pro. And keep in mind that this was planned from over a 4 month time frame while I was in school. I posted multiple questions on forums to get help (especially regarding fan connections to the MoBo).

When building this, absolutely nothing went according to plan or smooth, and when it came time to turn it on I thought there was no way it was going to work (and it didn't, because I didn't have the memory in properly and the power button hooked up wrong), but eventually I figured it out. I'm sure an experienced builder could've done this in a few hours, whereas this literally took me two days. I hope to do another some day in the future, maybe a custom loop.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Props to you, man! When you arent using your pc, would you consider mining crypto to ease off the hole in your wallet?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Na I haven't gotten into mining and don't really plan too tbh. Would rather not put more use and stress on all my pc components if I dont need too.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the Embody

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks. I broke my back a few years ago and get periodic back pain, so that chair was a great investment for me.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude same. Had an L5 S1 fusion. How much has it helped your back? I'm really considering getting one.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It doesn't "help" my back necessarily, but when I'm at school or sitting in other chairs for extended periods my back pain flares up almost every time and I'll be in some sort of pain for the rest of the day. Whereas in the Embody I can sit in it all day and I will have zero back pain. People think it's crazy to spend so much on a chair, but if you have back issues I definitely think it's worth it, even if you have to finance it over 12 months or something. I think it comes with a 12 year warranty too.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

That's awesome. I work from home so I'd literally be sitting in it for 14 hours per day. I think I'd get my monies worth out of it real fast. Thanks for the insight!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

how is that case with dust issues?

I love how the whole build looks, makes me sad that it sits on the floor :(

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Tbh I have no idea how the case is with dust issues since this is my first build/PC.

I went with it the 570x because of its looks and also because it's semi open so I thought airflow would be better than with a completely closed case.

The dust filters are easily removable though (magnetic), so cleaning the filters as well as the inside with small amounts of compressed air should be a breeze!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

keep us updated with dust issue or lack there of in a month or two :) because this case looks great!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do, thank you!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you tell me what stand you use to put the g903 on it

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Someone happened to make a 3D printing plan for the G900, which is the same body/dimensions as the G903. Then I paid ~$20 US to have someone print the stand for me. I used double sided tape to mount the stand to the desk, and the cable to the stand. And the cable is magnetic so it fits perfectly.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It's always interesting when you know how to use both a Mac and Windows Pc. I've helped a lot people who seem to frustrating over the simplicity of a Mac due to their limitations,but work wise, they're pretty handy.

Besides that, excellent build, though about those AIO sleeves, you should screw in the ends cause it looks like you applied a imperfect treatment to an injured AIO hahaha. Likewise, fantastic build, cable management must've been a breeze with this case

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice eye on the ends of the sleeves! I put the sleeves on last (which was a mistake), so I couldn't get the clips on the ends the first try around. But they're on now =)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hope you enjoy your new REAL computer. haha just kidding, macs are nice. Great build man! Really do hope you enjoy!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much, I am definitely enjoying it!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you like Windows better yet? :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I meaannnnn..... All I use them for is school, so I don't need tons of power, yet some of the 3D anatomy apps still cause my full loaded macbook pro to overheat. Convenience/Simplicity = Apple , Complete control over customization & Power = Windows

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

MAC MASTERRACE!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

inst that a $1000 chair

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I think they start around that. Mine ended up being $1,600 after choosing my options. It's only worth it though due to my back issues. Hands down the best investment out of anything in the entire setup.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Lmao I guess Mac users are used to spending a lot of money on things like this.. jokes aside awesome build

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Touché lol. Apple products are overpriced for sure, but they have their marketing down so I guess it still works out for them. All I know is, this PC is 10x more powerful than my $3.1k macbook pro.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

xD

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that beautiful 970 Evo going? Is it fast af?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Fast af for sure haha

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Game load times and overall game performance show virtually no difference in NVMe SSD's versus SATA SSD's. All of the Samsung drives are amazing but this isn't an area where the potential of NVMe equates to any real world performance gains.

I have multiple 840 Evo's, 840 Pro's, 950 Pro, 960 Evo, Crucial MX500 and Crucial BX300's and regardless of which drive I use for games the end result is pretty much the same.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn’t buy it for game performance, I just got it because it was new and was somehow $50 cheaper than the previous generation 960 evo m.2 (1 Tb). I don’t need anything crazy, but I did want an m.2 because of the small form factor and I didn’t want to deal with an ssd or mechanical drive (even though I know they’re not a big deal to install, m.2’s are more compact and no wires)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It was an excellent buy!

I honestly originally read ts2fe's comment as "How's that beautiful 970 Evo gaming? Is it fast af?" Coming back here now, I'm an idiot and just misread his comment and responded with what I now realize was irrelevant information.

Beautiful build tdwyer9!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

haha thank you!!!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I would be concerned about turbulence on that front rad with mismatched push/pull cans. the LL and ML series fans have different RPM ratings and push different amounts of air at the same RPMs. You usually want to match fans for smooth airflow.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

That’s a good point I didn’t think about. The 6 fan speeds are matched though, all with the same fan curve. And my cpu, gpu and case remos have been so low that I don’t think it’s a problem.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps***

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

If the fans speeds are all matched, it probably isn't a big issue. Temps probably wouldn't change by matching them up by more than 1 degree if that. The only thing that it may do is lower noise if the fans are pushing different amounts of air at the same RPM and causing "air buffering" to occur.

However, if temps and noise are all in check and good....then it's probably not an issue worth worrying about. It is a nice build btw and nice desk setup as well.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, between the delidding and a 360 mm rad for the cpu, the fans rpm are all always so low that noise isn’t an issue at all. Only fan that will make any noise is the gpu rad fan under full load and even that isn’t too loud.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Desk setup is super clean, and the PC looks great. +1 Hope you enjoy Windows! (Also if there's any game I'd recommend It'd be Rocket League, I love that game to death. :P)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

That color scheme is so sexy.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job dude!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

gracias!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man, +1 from me for sure. Nice cables.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

You know what, for a mac user and a your first build??(I assume).That looks so nice really good build, btw nice setup you look like a professional at building and you know the parts and peripherals that you need is this your first time??nice setup and hope I see you again building monster pc's

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it’s my first time ever owning or building a PC. But anything I do has to be near perfect for me, or else I won’t do it at all. So I put in hours of research figuring out what components I wanted, and how to build it. And obviously cable management had to be clean as I have always made sure the cables at my desk were hidden. The setup itself I did 2 years ago, but the monitors were connected to my MacBook Pro.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Ya this is my first build, and I've never owned a windows computer/laptop prior, and I didn't know anyone personally who could help me with this, but between youtube and posting a couple of questions on forums ahead of time I was able to get it done. I'm ocd about everything so if I couldn't build a high end pc with near perfect cable management then I wouldn't do the build at all.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Duuuuude!!! This is literally me right now. 23 y.o medical student carving out time to get my game on during the weekends when I'm studying for STEP 1. Haven't completed my build though. GPU arrives in a week. Sweet build and good luck.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

haha ya the struggle is real. This thing can probably run Complete Anatomy at 1,000 fps >.<

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

interested in what seat that is, also how you mounted the xbox 1s on the desk.. nice set up :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! XboxMount But I used nuts & bolts to attach it to the ikea drawer instead of the drywall screws that came with it.

The chair is the Herman Miller Embody. It starts at around $1k but this one came out to be a little over $1,500 once I spec'd it out.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet thanks.. just started my office/man lab refit.. shame they don't do a white xbox one x :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree that would be awesome, they're some decent vinyl wraps you can get though (such as SlickWraps). I thought about getting the Xbox One X for the Samsung TV in my room (65" Curved 4k HDR), but I just don't like to game on it because of poor response time and refresh rates. Although I'm sure campaign mode for a lot of games would be awesome on it.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

How’s the Logitech g903 did u run into any issues

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the mouse. I like how you can add or take off the weight. It feels great and I think the Logitech software is awesome. It’s super easy and convenient to check battery life, change rgb colors, dpi, poll rate, etc...

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely beautiful build you got there.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol isnt the K95 wired? where did you plug it in haha?

Sneaky Cable Management +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya the k95 wired, as well as the wires for the 2 Astro baseststions and my mouse charging stands have dedicated holes drilled for them in the desk.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Where and how did you re-sleeve the cables and aio hoses?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

They are CableMod AIO sleeves. I was an idiot and waited till the end to put them on since I was so overwhelmed with everything, being my first build, but I'd 100% recommend installing the sleeves first/when the AIO is outside of the case since the end caps are a huge pain to put on.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Quick question, what are the specific sizes you got for the custom cable extensions?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You should get a Dell Alienware AW3418DW to be the center monitor. a three-monitor setup with that is awesome!! virtual screen size of 8560x1440 (12,326,400 pixels).

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! That Cooling is amazing im getting that cooler!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, you delidded it lol 1+

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok so love the desk setup! beautiful build. Quick questions for you. Do you remember exactly what you bought for the actual desk setup? I saw in other comments the peg-y things" that lift the desk above the drawers link, but the actual desk-top and the drawers. I've seen other builds have a similar setup and I really like it. Would love to replicate it.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

The table top is actually a kitchen countertop from ikea (I think it’s called the karlby). And the end units are also from ikea, Alex drawer units.

  • 6 months ago
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Thank you! thank you. Really appreciate it.

  • 4 months ago
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That is a beautiful build! I was wondering how your graphics card handles 1440p? Deciding whether to buy the same card as you or wait until the 2080 ti hybrids are back in stock

  • 4 months ago
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Any time somebody goes over $5,000, I give them a damn like. That's dedication. +2

  • 2 months ago
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I had to downgrade all my parts due to budget issues but seeing as u have none i really commend u on your amazing build! keep up the good work! +1

  • 1 month ago
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amazing pc but i must ask the fans on the nzxt kraken. did you change them with the rgb corsair fans ?

  • 1 month ago
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Yes, I did! :)

  • 1 month ago
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What's that stand that you have for the mouse?

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