Description

I will start by saying this is my second build. I am upgrading from an i5 3570K system that I built in 2012. It was starting to make more and more noise with the HDD's buzzing and fan bearings failing. I wanted an updated, silent workstation. I went through about 5 configurations before I settled on this parts list. I mainly use my computer for frequent light gaming, occasional heavy gaming, and 3D moddeling for work.

The bulk of the computer parts were ordered on Black Friday, with 2 additional orders in December. I wanted all the components before Christmas so I could finish building it and maybe actually use it during my holidays. The whole process took longer than expected, and my first boot ended up being on new years eve. So naturally I was benchmarking through the night into the new year.

The longest part of the build was definitely the water cooling loop.

Water cooling Experience

I was on the fence about water cooling for months. After lots of research I decided it was the better option. If I was going to be making a new system I wanted to go all out. The choice of this config went down to noise. I wanted the quietest system possible. I bought the biggest rads I could fit and the quietest fans I could find.

I originally was going to use Hardware Labs GTS radiators since they seem to be the best. I knew going in I was going to have conflict with the ram and case. To fit the 240 rad up top, I was going to need to trim the case to make it fit. I was literally about to trim my case, and in a last ditch effort I was doing some more research, when I found the XSPC TX radiators. They are thinner (20.5mm), narrower (standard width, as GTS rads are wider than usual), and have near same thermal capacities as the HWL GTS series.

Running a 360 up front and 240 on the top, everything fit fairly good. The top rad butts up against the I/O cover, but not asserting pressure so i'm not worried. The thin top rad also clears the G.Skill Trident Z RGB RAM.

Fitting the pump in the basement was a challenge. The EK pump did not fit under the shroud without bulging it up over 1/8 inch. I had to remove material from the top and bottom of the pump mount for it to fit with zero clearance. I filed out slots and drilled holes to make the pump and res fit straight and in line with each other.

The toughest connection was the pump outlet to the front rad. In the small distance I had to include my drain valve. I was originally going to join it all together with only fittings. It took me 2 tries to line it all up before I realized it was close to impossible to create a fixed solid link between 2 parts. I added in 2 short runs to connect it all together, with the drain going straight out the bottom of the case (had to cut a hole).

I went with a Barrowch digital flow and temp meter in the loop so I could check vitals with a quick glance. I do like the products qualify, but my temp meter display is dimmer than my flow meter.

Configuration and Temps

Front fans are intake and exhaust on the top. At idle fan speed is about 750. They are very quiet, but still audible when sitting next to them. I still have testing to do but I want to set up a proper fan curve where the fans are barely spinning when idle, and ramp up when needed.

I had the CPU overclocked on an all-core 5.0ghz at 1.315v but was having stability issues. I am brand new to overclocking and need to keep testing to figure it all out. But for now I just want to enjoy my PC so I set everything back to auto.

The GPU is running at +135 on the graphics and +300 on the memory. I found these settings online and its been stable so far. I would like to see how far I can push it, but again that's for another day.

All my fans are hooked up to a Corsair Commander PRO. I control the fan rpm's using the iCUE software and have no major complaints. I also have a temp sensor and my water flow meter plugged into the PRO as well.

Conclusion

In the end I am very pleased with this system. It performs great and remains relatively quiet while doing so. I thought I wanted to stay away from tons of RGB but I am actually becoming quite fond of it. In the future I might add an LED strip in the front to illuminate the GPU and water res better since this glass is quite dark.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 5 points

WOW! Awesome build, thanks for taking the extra effort with the pics and description. Congrats.

  • 7 months ago
  • 4 points

Glorious and welcome to the all-SSD master race

  • 7 months ago
  • 4 points

I’m actually thinking of switching over to the all-SSD master race. Only thing stopping me though is 2 TB 2.5” SSDs seem really expensive.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Very clean, well done sir.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

EDIT: in a high degree uncontaminated, in a thorough manner fellow.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

You did an excellent job all around on this build. The bends especially look nice. You mentioned adding an rgb strip to give a little more lighting to the rig and personally, I think that'd help a lot. Maybe a UV strip? Regardless, it's a gorgeous build!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. Would a UV light also provide normal led illumination? That would leave me with the option to run a wide variety of coolants which could be cool.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree, that'd look pretty slick. However, I can't answer your question with certainty as I haven't looked into UV lights all that much, but I want to say yes? Not a 100% on that though. Definitely worth looking into.

Cheers

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Beautiful build! Like the bends and color.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

this looks so cool

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

How much clearance do you have between the Rad and the RAM as I want to top mount a rad in this case and wonder if it will fit. Amazing build btw, looks stellar!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same case and RAM with a top mounted H100i using the stock fans

So 25mm radiator + 25mm fans with no clearance issues

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Same motherboard too? That’s good that it all fits. It really sucked when I found out the certain parts I wanted to use had fitment issues.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Asus Maximus X Code instead of an Maximus XI Hero

Most likely mine has even bigger heatsinks

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Vertically there is about 4mm to the actual circuit board, and 7mm to the white LED diffuser. Horizontally there is about 4mm to the circuit board, and the rad over laps the LED diffuser by about 5mm.

I can promise this config fits no problem. And I did have an issue using a HWL GTS rad. Hence all the tape in the pictures, I was trying to avoid scratching the rad since the corner of the ram is so sharp.

The problem is that if your rad is thicker than this, it will conflict with the diffuser. Horizontally it will not fit using the proper mounting slots. It is possible to shift your fans and rad over and mount using the vent holes in the top of the case, but you can only go so far (about 6mm) before you hit a mounting bracket for the glass panel (this is the bracket I was considering modifying to make my other rad fit).

During my research I did find Noctua makes thinner fans, but I don't think they were static pressure optimized. I'm sure other brands make thin fans too. That is a possibility if your dead set on a ~28mm thick rad.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

wow.. clean as

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

h*ck

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

A RGB strip wil make it perfect +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

ehhh I personally think that would kind of mess with the aesthetic. There isn't any RGB besides the ram and motherboard, the theme seems to deal more with physical coloring rather than lights. That's just me, though.

  • 7 months ago
  • 4 points

The aesthetic is awesome, but since you've got the dark TG, a single white strip could help that fluid color really pop.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

I think a white strip would help, but if the person I replied to (BHEEEN) meant more than just white, that's what I was disagreeing with. I love the use of the front panel the most, either way.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

If anything it would be a white led strip, only to illuminate the components a little bit, not RGB. Because the glass is quite dark you don't see too much.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the sky blue so much! The fact that you managed to get a sky blue panel for the meshify C is great! How did you get one? I got mine through eBay since Fractal pulled them off newegg.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

They have them on their website

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Does fractal even sell directly from their own site? It doesn't look like it from what I see.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

This is where I got mine from. Interesting you don't see it on newegg.

Meshify C Front Panel Light Blue

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I just checked on Newegg USA, and it is listed. I got my panel off of eBay since it wasn't on Newegg when I bought... I guess I lost $5? Oh well.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah not a big deal. My case went on sale for like 20$ cheaper a few days after i ordered mine. you win some you lose some.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Well deserved feature +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I was amazed when I signed on this morning, and I saw my post as the feature! Very happy.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

wow those bends are amazing!! i love the color of the coolant too, it's my favorite! nice job

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you RAID the two 860s? What do you think of the 970?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Negative. Just straight storage. I like it, I haven't done any major read write on it so I cant say how much better than the SSD's are. To me its all blazing fast since i'm used to HDD's.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

love the mesh...

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Mesh fetish confirmed lol

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

This is so clean. I love the build, I just don't think I could spend $700 on a cpu, but I guess it's just money.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

To each their own. Unfortunately your right it is expensive, but I wanted the best performance I could get, without doubling that price with an X series chip or something. Hence the name, this build started as a budget, consumer, powerful, system. I forgot about the budget part at some point though.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

i love it

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

HS! I'm Jelly.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

1+ 1+ 1+

you're welcome

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Crazy good looking, this is perfection.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build!

Did they put the i9 in a box to prevent it from rolling away?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah they shipped it in a box about 4 times too big, with lots and lots and lots of air bags for cushioning lol. The case it comes in is quite unique though, I need to find a place to display it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the juiciness of the blue contrast.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Brilliant job with the case! I know what i am doing with my own Meshify now...

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice, love the aesthetics of this build!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I just love seeing a nice, clean watercooling build. Great work!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks awesome!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice one! Great build and looks VERY clear!

Good job!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Very Good! Yes! Perfect! Amazing! 100%!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

those are some perfect 90 degree bends

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same case, same plans! Also my first custom loop, so this build should help a great deal. Thanks for the thoroughly detailed description etc. I'll be sure to post my version when done :)

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Feel free to send me a message if I can be of any help! I look forward to seeing yours, Good Luck!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

This is so sick. Clean work. Great job.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Which radiator is the one on top and which one is the one in front?

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you it was definitely my favorite build so far, I wish I could experience it again. I would love to make the MOC Umbilical Cord for it, that would really top it off. Or I should have just bought the Millennium Falcon instead of that CPU lol.

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