Description

Intro

This was my first watercooled build, my second build overall, and first build in 7 years.

The goal of this build can be summarized as "elegance in efficiency" - i.e. efficiency of space. I wanted to cram the absolute beefiest rig I possibly could in the smallest chassis I could with the best cooling I could.

My end goal was to be able to accomplish a silent, small gaming rig capable of driving any modern game at max settings at 144 Hz. You'd think that these three would be impossible to do all at once, but it's never possible until you treat it as a challenge!

Cooling

After many tens of hours of thinking, I had finally planned out my custom loop: 1x120mm + 1x240mm + 1x280mm. That's basically the equivalent of 2x360mm in surface area. Try that in an mATX case!

The beefy watercooling setup is handling a 7900X @ 4.6 GHz @ 1.115V - a great voltage for that overclock! Both my GPUs are running at +175 core clock and +500 memory clock.

The CPU idles in the 35-50 range, loads at around 60 in gaming, and around 75 in the more intense AVX Prime95 tests (which are not representative of a real workload). The GPUs idle around 40-45C and rarely go above 50C. Not the best temps, but I've optimized for silence: the fans and pump don't even turn on when I'm gaming - even in my most intense games. They sit at 0% (which turns out to be about 500RPM). (They do turn on when doing Prime95.)

Hardware

Every piece was meticulously picked. The 7900X may be inferior to some of the TR processors for productivity, but for my particular uses, it nails the sweet spot between single-thread and multi-core. It's literally the perfect processor for my workload.

The X299M is a phenomenal motherboard, and is the centerpiece of this build. It was a prerequisite for making my computer "small" - i.e. mATX. The board handles my overclocks just fine, doesn't have a shroud over the VRMs (so they stay cool), has an excellent BIOS GUI, the latest and best Intel WiFi card built in... I could go on.

The 32GB RAM @ 3200MHz was a solid choice: The 7900X's ringbus architecture is similar to Ryzen/TR's Infinity Fabric in that communication between cores is reliant on RAM speed. The 14CL was low enough to keep me from moving to RAM with higher frequencies (but also higher CLs).

The 850 EVO was salvaged from an older laptop, and provides me with a large, fast secondary storage medium. The 960 EVO is my primary drive. Windows boots in under 3 seconds, and programs are lightning-fast to start. (The 960 PRO was in the running, but the difference in price simply did not justify the unnoticeable difference in RW speeds.)

The GTX 1080 Ti's are the best gaming cards on the market today, and scale quite well with SLI. These are what enable me to go from 90ish FPS to the full 144 my monitor can offer. They are tied together with Zotac's unique-looking SLI bridge, which has this beautiful geometric texture.

The PRIME Titanium: This beautiful PSU is, strangely, my favorite component of the entire build. It's plainly obvious that SeaSonic went all-out in the construction of this PSU. It's the most lauded and praised PSU in the history of PSU's, hailed as a "technological pinnacle [...] mythical" by AnandTech; the ultra-rare perfect score of 10/10 from JonnyGuru; and receives KitGuru's absolute "highest recommendation."

Ensourced cables bring the whole build together, and are the highest quality cables I've ever seen. They look just as stunning in real life as they do on Ensourced's website.

The Evolv mATX TG is a stunning case that is having its front and top panels CNC'd with a Deus Ex themed design for better airflow.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 16 points

This.. is some serious eye candy. I am having the most salivation-ness I have ever experienced in my life. Legit writing this at 2:36 AM and I don't regret a single second of it. I seriously hope this gets featured like all hell or something. Seriously though, I can tell you put a lot of work and effort in it - didn't go to waste. Truly a masterpiece +1. :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 10 points

Next featured?

  • 21 months ago
  • 8 points

Gimme my upvotes! I predicted it!

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  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Well that's just based on how useful your comments are. :P

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  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ye, I guess I'm just telling myself it's the helpful ones that are rewarded :D

  • 21 months ago
  • 7 points

Could this be the first X299 mATX build on PCPP? If so, Congratulations!

Very efficient use of the space inside the Phanteks Evolv mATX and nice bends!

  • 21 months ago
  • 5 points

+1 for spending on the loop the amount of money I'd spend on the build alone.

Absolutely pretty!

  • 21 months ago
  • 5 points

Very nicely done!

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

This is one of the best looking custom loops I have seen on here, and better get featured because you can tell alot of effort was put into it! The cost of the loop alone is more than my entire PC haha.

Very efficient use of space in that case. I hope it serves you well!

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

The technical expression for this kind of build is "10 lbs of **** in a 5 lb shoebox". Seriously, this is off the wall amazing, that loop is fantastic.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a very tidy build you have there, bravo! :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

It should be Featured! Great build +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

HOLY MOLY

you son of a gun this is breathtaking. I absolutely love the chrome accents and your choice of that transparent like blue liquid. It looks really clean compared to some super opaque neon color.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

You mention top panel mods but don't show them? :(

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

He wrote "that is having" so its not done yet.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah my bad.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

WOW, this whole build is SUPER impressive!

May I ask what pump you're using? That's honestly one of the most impressive looking parts of this build to me, honestly

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks great. This may be one of the quickest builds to get featured that I have ever seen. That probably tells you how impressive it is.

Seriously, the performance for size in this machine is remarkable.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Hot damn!!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty savage.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

epic

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I love it and congrats on the feature!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thought it was a split loop at first... That fitting in the line from the res to the top rad is kind of jarring; I'm more the "less fittings, less leaks" kind of person, but it was well executed nonetheless. I'm glad your fans are quiet; I returned my Corsairs because they weren't as quiet as the Enermax ones I ended up with. Nice piece of work you have here...

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Easy Upvote. Love this build. Enjoy it to the max!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Geez, didn't even think that it was possible to achieve what you did in the small amount of space you got in your case but you pulled off a masterpiece! Congrats on the feature!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks more cramped and industrial than the other water cooled builds, like an engine compartment. :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hubba hubba! Well done!!!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, and love the blue color. +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazing. +22

What fittings did you use (all of them XD)? I love those straight ones. Radiators? Why did you pay $780 on a 1080ti, they should be 700 especially a reference one?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not do a threadripper instead of an intel 10 core?Serious eye candy tho.And two 1080 Ti icing on the cake

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Some of the work I do relies on high single-core clock speeds! And thanks :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

INSANE! This is the best build I have ever seen... How much can you overclock it? This will definitely last you a few years of max level graphics and gaming!!! All I would have done differently is used a AMD ryzen 16-core thread ripper! THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing that you fit that all in there. Looks great!

Are those Primochill SX revolver fittings?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Just don't forget to upload those pics of the cnc'd panels once they're done :D Amazing build, almost exactly what I'm going for with my next build (Except I'll be running an 8700k and only 1 1080 ti)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

this just seems like a waste of money. but if you got the money i guess :/ but the SLI set up and i9! a real waste. you could get a full 4k set up and all kinds of stuff like VR headphones a keyboard etc etc for the same money! i do give it to you no the cooling does seem really well done!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I9 is too much, yes, but this build assumes he already has adequate peripherals.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't worry, I've specced out my peripherals pretty well too!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

you could build a decent computer with the cpu only!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty sweet build, well done!!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Very impressive First build with I9

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

What fluid/pipes did you use...I know I am a little late but I JUST HAVE TO KNOW, IT LOOKS AMAZING. Great build btw.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Used Mayhem's non-stain blue dye with your regular run-of-the-mill PETG tubes!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to do the same in an old EMachine T4150 case gut it and strip it, moidify it. Want some help I am a retired tech. No lites just speed in a sleeper old case for coin mining and fun. No budget really care to help me?

  • 21 months ago
  • 0 points

Honestly why not go faor a 7920 x thats a little bit more expenisive and has a little better performance to allow yourself probably more life out of it than a 7900x

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Got the parts before the 7920X came out, 7900X has higher single core clocks and overclocks

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh got ya

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  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 21 months ago
  • 0 points

lol what