Description

I started this dream of building my first computer in 2012 on a deployment in Afghanistan. When I got home life started and this went to the back burner.

I ran into some issues as soon as all the parts arrived. I started with the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero and the inwin 805 mid-tower case. First thing was the case was to small for the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING HYDRO COPPER graphics card, couldn't close the glass side. After I installed everything I could not load Windows, after countless of hours and days on the phone, ASUS told me it was a memory conflict. After trying three different types of memory, was not the memory. I was frustrated so, I ordered a new board from MSI (Z270 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM). After receiving my new board, same problem. It was a bad processor!!!

I returned the processor to NEWEGG and they sent it back nest day air! While I was waiting I ordered a new case from EVGA _EVGA-DG-87 Full Tower).

Once everything arrived and I put it all together.........no problems! This machine runs like a dream and performs way better then I ever thought possible.

I use this for 4k video editing and gaming.

Thanks and good luck on your build!

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow great build but why a skylake and not kaby lake... price not that high when compared to performance boost.... 5ghz stable with the I7-7700k

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

Already had the Skylake! That will be something I will change down the road.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh that's cool

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe when he bought the CPU kaby lake wasn't available or maybe he is running windows 7.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it, do you have any pic's of the build process? Those would be hilarious interesting too see, with the amount of RMA's there, especially with the waterloop. +1 definitely earned for that effort alone. Also why not a 360 rad up top? The 240 seems a little weak considering you have both the CPU and GPU in the loop (though its prob fine with how efficient GPU's are). How's the case treating you?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I do, have some pics! I kept the original case and board. My son wants to do his own custom build! The liquid cooling is doing good, I used ekwb builder and that is what it recommended. However, I have become pretty proficient at draining and filling the system....lol! Temps seem to be doing pretty good. I absolutely love the case, cable management and drive management are awesome.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

looks great! 1+!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

This case doesn't use standoffs, correct?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

It does, I actually had to purchase some more because my board had a little sag to it.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

What? You threaded standoffs in and your IO shield lined up? Can you link me to the standoffs you bought?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Look like a beast of a machine. Do you have any benchmarks? +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Not yet, will be running some this week!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Where's the drain for the loop?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a very good question? Figured that out after my first liquid cool build....lol will be adding one when i change the liquid color!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

When you go to drain it, I'd recommend you use a squeeze bottle like this one: http://www.performance-pcs.com/phobya-filling-bottle-500ml-pe-ld.html

Carefully pull liquid out from the reservoir until the water level is well below the top radiator. Then, carefully, unscrew the fitting going from the radiator to the CPU and blowing into it to force liquid through the GPU into the reservoir so you can suck more up with the bottle.

Your drain process is going to be a little bit of work, but it's all a learning process.

Not a bad first attempt at a custom loop; my main advice to you is to put a drain line running out from the lowest point in the system.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

not gonna lie I don't really like white and red together

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Well guess its okay since its not your build!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! By the way, how did you mount the pump reservoir combo from EK? Was it easy or did you have to drill/modify in someway? Thanks in advance, I'm planning a similar build with the same case.