Description

Updates to this build described at the end.

Formerly known as Project Titan, I conceptualised this rig for about 2 months before making a decision on the final component choice. I was thinking a Haswell-E, x99 and DDR4 but I think the 4790k, z97 and DDR3 16GB 1600 will be more than sufficient for a gaming beast.

I chose the Fractal Design Node 804 case, because I like the cube case look but it also has great easy-to-clean/remove dust filters. The most important feature is the compartmentalised hardware housing, split down the centre. Left side houses the motherboard and components and the right side houses the power supply and mountains of cabling resulting in a clean and uncluttered PC.

My aim was to make a powerful micro atx gaming machine with a custom waterloop, using a black and green colour scheme. The primary game 4k ultra detail is The Witcher 3 that I'm preparing for and the hardware should be good enough for a few years to come. My intention is to overclock the CPU and to overclock the GPU if I can get my hands on a waterblock. Water-cooling can be difficult if you live in Australia as parts can be hard to come by and are expensive.

The water-cooling was fun and a challenge. In particular when I was filling the loop, I put about 200ml in when I saw a green puddle emerging from under my case. I forgot to put a plug in the second outlet on my pump. Then once I cleaned that mess up I knocked over the coolant bottle spilling a little bit more. It was very frustrating and once it was fixed I only had about 10ml left in the bottle, lucky, as I would not have been able to fill the loop entirely if I had run out.

Depending on future game requirements and SLI driver improvement/game optimisation, I might add another Titan X. Adding a second Titan X is the only hardware addition/improvement I can think of to increase performance for gaming.

Peripherals I decided on are the Corsair K65 gaming keyboard, the Madcatz R.A.T 7 gaming mouse and the Samsung 28" UHD capable of 4k 60hz with displayport.

I used the following water-cooling parts; RADIATOR - EK CoolStream RAD XTX 240,,,, CPU BLOCK- EK Supremacy EVO gold,,,, RESERVOIR - ED RES X3 110,,,, PUMP - EK D5 Vario X-Top Plexi with Pump,,,, TUBING - PrimocChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 1/2ID 3/4OD,,,, COOLANT - Mayhems Pastel Mint Green,,,, FITTINGS - EK CSQ 13/19 G1/4 compression black and various Bitspower including T-block, Air exhaust, mini valve, D-plug and dual rotary angle. It is quite ease to spend allot on water-cooling considering one rotary angle fitting was 25 dollars.

UPDATES:

*UPDATE 18/6/2015*Overhauling the Flux Capacitor* A 120mm radiator has been added to the cooling loop in a push/pull configuration. This has created an intricate cooling web. Also some black and green Cablemod power cables have been added and a 8 x fan controller. View the video of me overhauling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trH9sQVUFLo

*UPDATE 24/04/2015Adding the Titan X to the cooling loop*** The Titan X has now been added to the cooling loop! Really cool temps. Overclocking here I come! At stock speeds under full load in 4K ultra detail Shadows of Mordor, max 33c. Using close to 7gb VRAM.

To view videos of me making/improving The Flux Capacitor, visit and subscribe to my youtube site Aussie Enthusiast:

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Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 5 points

i absolutely love the node 804 and its nice to see someone else put it to good use. +1 from me

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

i love how compact the loop looks but as others have said the gpu under water would be like a sleeper incredible hulk 9not that it isn't already).

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

The Titan X is now added to the loop. Pics added.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

looking sexy...

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Epic build!+1 Now that card OC's very well without water cooling. Jayztwocents has a great YouTube vid on it. Also where the heck did you find that mobo? I been looking for one for like a month now.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Playing Shadows of Mordor on highest settings 4k, temps from the GPU were getting into the 80's. That's pretty hot compared to what I'm used to. I'll be adding it to the loop as soon as I get the parts and OC-ing it. I got my mobo online at mwave.

P.S Jayztwocents was the main way I learned about water-cooling lol.

Cheers.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool beans thanks for the heads up on wave.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Titan X is now added to the loop. No more 80 degrees. Max 33 degrees on the stock clock settings.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

You can get the mobo on Amazon for $240. That's where I picked mine up for my upcoming build.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome PC ! I wan't to copy this build a bit as IO want to do an alien theme :-) Thanks for posting +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting storage setup. Could you let me know the reasoning behind it?

Also that poor Titan X is screaming to be added to the loop...will make an already fantastic build something truly special.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It sure is screaming to be added to the loop! 80 plus degrees is ridiculous.

The way I've set up my rig has left no space for mechanical hard drives and there is two convenient positions that sit in the front section of the case for SSD's and a slim CD drive. Ill add a pic if one isn't currently up there.

One HDD is for my operating system and the larger one is for game storage. The cost/storage and performance ratio is best at 1TB at the moment in my opinion for a main storage SSD.

Cheers.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ek Pastel Green? How is gaming on that monitor?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

The monitor is great! With a DisplayPort cable it is capable of running 4K at 60 Hz. It was expensive but well worth it. The coolant is Mayhems Pastel Mint green.

Cheers.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the Reply. Pastel Mint Eh? Kinda makes my mouth tingly Lol .

TCO

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

What cooler is that?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

he is using a custom cooling setup with an ek supremacy evo waterblock and a multitude of other separate watercooling components.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! But that titan X would look so much better with a custom loop of it's own.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It is in the works. I've seen a water block I might get but just waiting for a back plate to become available.

Cheers.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that a gigabyte logo on the Titan? absolutely not I want that removed Immediately! Eww! Joking aside, great build and love the green! Get that titan on the loop fast :D +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

No more gigabyte logo as its now added to the cooling loop!! lol.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Slick. Loving the black and green.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, looks really clean!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks heaps!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing Back to the future build

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point
  • Titan X
  • Simple Water Cooling
  • Simple Case +1

"You Are Not My Friend, You Are My Brother, My Friend!" :D

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

grabage its dodo

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

You should water cool that titan X as well

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

"My intention is to overclock the CPU and to overclock the GPU if I can get my hands on a waterblock. Water-cooling can be difficult if you live in Australia as parts can be hard to come by and are expensive."

You should read the description.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, Yeah the vinal sticker could have been better. I'll have a think about what I can do to enhance it. I'll take a night photo with the panel on tonight.

Cheers.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

mines on there i need to reupload tho i custom painted my case and sleeved my cables as well as upgraded some things