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Hi, I'm very excited to finally share this build with everyone.

Until recently I had very little knowledge about building computers and since I had some time to kill, I thought it would be great to finally dive into this universe.

I wanted to build a strong PC both for gaming and running DeepLearning algorithms since I work in AI and often need to benchmark new algorithms and quickly train models... I had no intention initially to use water-cooling but it looked very cool :D. Later on, I took advantage of water-cooling to overclock the CPU to the limit. I'm currently running it at 5.2Ghz instead of the base 3.6Ghz which is crazy fast, and the idle temperatures are very reasonable (around 35°C). However, I'm using 6x120mm fans to cool the radiator.

I'm able to run games like (Battlefield V, Anno 1800, The Witcher, Anthem, Metro Exodus...) at 5K HDR, Ultra settings and a minimum of 120FPS. I use EVGA Precision X1 to overclock the GPU, and fans profiles to keep it cool without having them spinning 100% all the time.

What I want to share the most with you is the pain-points I went through building this PC with minimal knowledge :

  • I was very confused at the beginning since I excepted every part to have all the necessary cables to plug it in. However, when you buy an SSD for exemple, you need to find the right cables for it in the MOBO and PSU Boxes. So you can never be 100% sure that everything is fine only because you used all provided cables/screws, you really need to read every manual.

  • I didn't check how many internal USB 2.0 slots I have in the MOBO, so after mounting all the parts together I was surprised to have an additional 2x9pin USB cables to plug with no slots left. Luckily I found a cheap USB extender on Amazon (check the bottom of the part list).

  • Since I bought a NZXT case, I also bought NZXT fans and thought I could all plug all of them in the NZXT controller for it to work, but unfortunately the controller only have one channel so I had to decide either to plug the NZXT light strips or the fans. I decided to use the fans and instead of buying an additional controller, I bought different light strips that I could plug directly into the MOBO.

  • I went with Nvidia RTX 2080 Founder's Edition, and I was surprised they don't provide any software to change the LED light on the GPU. I ended up using the EVGA Precision X1 software to turn it off since that's the only option available.

I was heavily inspired by the following builds, so thanks a lot to them :

Finally, what I would love to do next is to mount the GPU vertically. It looks really nice and fills the empty space in the bottom of the case. However, the idea came to me after buying the case, and unfortunately the NZXT H700i back doesn’t have the necessary openings for the GPU to be mounted that way. So I’ve decided to wait until I get another case in the future, since I don’t want to cut the back of the case.

For anyone wondering about the name "TransLTR", it's a reference to the super computer in Dan Brown's book "Digital Fortress". I read it about 15 years ago when I was a kid and always wanted to have a high performing PC. I can finally die in peace.

Let me know what you think and if you have any ideas on how to improve this build.

Thank you.

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Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build! i'm in the processes of doing something very similar.

How does it perform in terms of noise? my current PC sounds like its taking off so keen to make sure the new build is as quiet as i can get it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much for the feedback.

It was a bit noisy at the beginning, nothing extreme but clearly noticeable. But once I turned on Fan profiles both on the CAM software for NZXT fans and Precision X1 for the GPU, it turned dead silent.

Profiles let you set a fan speed by temperature curve, so your fans a silent under a specified temperature but then will take off at a certain

On idle, case fans rarely go over 30% speed, and GPU fans around 40%. However, while playing a demanding game they can get respectively to 50%, 70% speed which is not horrible, and since I use a headphone to play I barely hear anything.

Edit : Good luck on your build :)

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome thank you :D

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the brand consistency with the peripherals. Razer all around!!

Great build!! +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you dear sir!

Honestly I couldn’t find a better build quality, except maybe for the headphones but I got excited about the Nari Ultimate Hypersens feature. Now that I’ve tried it, I’m very glad I stuck with Razer :)

I just took a look at your profile. That’s the most entertaining page I’ve came across on this website!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

You're welcome, kind sir.

And thank you for the compliment!! I spent quite some time making the curated list of those awesome builds. I'm really glad you enjoyed it it. Thanks again!!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

How loud are the fans in your system? I think they are quite audible (I have the same ones) and you have more. What do you think? Also nice build.

Edit: my bad I should have looked at the previous comments lol.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Don’t worry about it :p honestly after installing the CAM software and setting fan profiles to “silent” I couldn’t here them at all.

Unfortunately fans have no onboard memory. So make sure CAM is launched at startup (select the minimize option so you won’t have to manually close it), otherwise the fans would forget the selected profile after a restart.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing build! Tbh I think it would look better if u got a gpu with better rgb!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! And thanks for the shout-out!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, I love it. Would’ve put a mugman pop vinyl in the case instead since it’s blue. And don’t even get me started on that beautiful display!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks super clean! I really hope NZXT brings the front tempered glass to the H700/H710. I think it would look amazing.

I ended up using the H700i for my build as well! No complaints here!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much for your kind words.

I agree it would look very nice, but my most anticipated feature from the NZXT cases is support for a vertical GPU mount. The only way to do that now is to cut through the metal at the rear of the case, so I can’t wait for them to release a new case.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey this is a great build! Thank you for posting.

I’m also looking to build my first pc with the same case and mostly the same components. However with regard to the motherboard slots... what exactly did you not have enough slots for? With the same motherboard, will I also need a 9-pin USB HUB connector? Looking back now, would you have bought a motherboard with more internal ports?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there thank you very much for the feedback. I’m sorry I only now saw your comment.

The problem was that the MOBO only have 2 internal USB 9-Pin slots. The case alone requires 2 slots to power up the USBs on the front panel. So if you have any additional components that require an internal USB slot you’ll need an internal USB hub.

For my build I also had to connect the PSU and the WaterCooler to the mother board via internal USB 2.0, so I had to buy an extension hub.

Honestly, the mother board is awesome and I would definitely recommend it any day, especially now that I found a 9-Pin extension hub for less than 10$ on Amazon. You can check it out on my parts list and it works perfectly.

Best of luck for you build, and whatever you do for the next Nvidia refresh (mi-July I think) if you want to buy a RTX card.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

what kind of frames do you get with that monitor? just wondering as i'm considering that monitor. Raid Boss level build btw

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I just bought a CableMods set and couldn't find any photos of people using custom cables with an RTX 2080. Thank you for posting. 🙂

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

how's the temps on this?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

hello! Nice Build! Did you use a fan hub if yes which one because i am doing a similar build and the hue 2 only supports 5 fans. Thanks