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Step one - Build a gaming rig for under a grand. check

Step two - Upgrade everything.

Step three - Think of 10 more steps or a new title.

Step four - Attempt amatuer modification on an AiO cooler. che... wait, what?!

The Thermaltake core p3 is amazing, and I learned that computers are really loud without sides. First thing to go will be the PSU for something huge so I can forget about it, and get some nice cables. My old laptop never has to game again. awwww

The cooler had an air bubble, not uncommon in clc's and mentioned in reviews of this product in particular. But the radiator looks so different from the rest on offer that it seemed a good idea to fix it rather than settle for something less pretty.

The tubing is Tygon biosomething 8/6mm and the fittings are aquatuning G1/4 - 6mm compression, and a G1/4 flow indicator, all from aquatuning.

The reservoir is an XSPC Ion and Mayhems MX1 fluid both came from overclockers.

All in the mod cost around £60 and took a few hours, not including an overnight test of the loop (during which, I did not sleep).

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 13 points
  • Step-4 Optimize for looks
  • Step-5 Optimize for noise, while keeping looks
  • Step-5 Optimize for POWAH!!!!! also while keeping noise and looks
  • Step-6 Wonder what the hell happened to the original system
  • Step-7 Re-post, due to basically undergoing a rebuild
  • Step-8 Avoid creditor calls
  • Step-9 Re-evaluate consolidation loan
  • Step-10 Revisit laptop gaming... only for a second
  • Step-11 Remove notion from head and spend on another rebuild due to PCMR building infection
  • Step-12 Drink to forget the $ spent on this new piece of epicness... sell and revert to Step 1

+1 :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 5 points

Great. Now one of the voices in my head is posting in forums too.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Well, my only concern was that USUALLY.... the first step is realizing you have a problem... but hey... in this case the queue can be jumped ;)

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

-Step 13 ??

-Step 14 Profit

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

So many points just for the name

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

That Core P3 tho!! Looks great I like how you've filled it so far. Does it seem the case would hold another 140mm Fan under those two? I'm looking at 420mm radiators which the case says it supports (within the right thickness) and I just don't know, seems to much. Also I Like your cooler it looks like it belongs there pretty well. +1 for that beautiful case! keep them steps coming, maybe every other step would be collect paycheck, followed by spend on another part. With this case the steps are endless :) I can relate. Also how do you like the new Z270 motherboards?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks dood! Another fan/rad - Yes, definitely. I'm considering a hybrid GPU, having the rad in the space you're looking at. A 140 would fit, but I'd match the 120's on the Zalman. I think the 420mm builds I've seen look boss, I like the 'moar fans' look! Step 3 is coming soon! (that whole paycheck thing tho....). It's all looks and touches for now, pretty cables, and I've already added some case lighting to balance the MoBo ambient led's. As for the Z270... The GAming K3 is totally entry level so I'm only just gettin the benefit of kabylake (coffcofftheresabenefitcoff), some new audio doodads and higher ram speed as stock. It was latest gen and in price range without compromising on features, it's a place holder to game with till i can afford something OP. :P

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes them hybrid GPU's makes it soo more simple planning wise but than your kinda limited on which ones to buy. More or less that Sea Hawk! lol Oh No, if your Z270 K3 mobo is considered totally entry level than I'm eager to see what you'd like instead. For that price too, just doesn't have SLI. I'd at least call the K3 a Mid-level.

So I forgot to ask as well, you said you realized how loud computers are without their walls, but have a liquid cooler. So are you hearing your HD the most or the fans? I was soo surprised how much quieter it got switching from air to liquid cooled. Your Zalman cooler says it gets up to 46 dba's, which is pretty loud. Maybe switch to some Thermaltake fans? Another step for you :)

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right about the hybrid GPU's, I'm happy to wait and see if anything new comes out. I'm going for a custom loop eventually, so a hybrid is a bad idea anyway :P.

The MoBo I really want will have w/c for the vrm's, like the Maximus IX Formula or similar. I like the idea of a loop diving in and out of the board and chassis instead of straight to/from the res.

It's loud because of fan noise, the Zalman is definitely form over function... but it's mostly because I'm sat right in front of it so the led's burn my face :D

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow this looks very nice, great job. And finally someone else has used that cpu cooler! I think it looks pretty cool.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The cooler certainly creates some attention, I've just finished a mod to get rid of the air-bubble in it! Peace at last! (pics and video to come)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks like it's worth way more than what you paid for it. That's an awesome feat, +1.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks really nice!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Does it run games and programs fast?, as my current build is very similar. Sorry for sounding like a newbie to pc terms but I'm legit switching from console and buying a PC to do work on. Thanks.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

It games great, steady 60fps / 1080p (60hz monitor / v-sync) on highest settings. But that's on a limited games library, Team Fortress 2, Civ V and Grid Autosport mostly. Some triple A, mmo-rpg would likely crush it and need a lower graphics preset.

It doesn't do workstation stuff (it games, or it waits to game!), I would say it isn't really up to it much. The 1050ti and i5 7500 do ok in benchmarks for workstation tasks, but the 1060 and 7600k are a fair step up in performance and not too much more expensive (gfx cards are a bit overpriced right now due to mining).

I looked at your saved parts lists, I would certainly suggest an ssd along with an hdd. The ssd as a fast boot drive with maybe a couple games you play most or frequently used programs and the hdd holds the rest. Alternatively you could add an Intel Optane stick to your motherboard to 'speed up' your hdd (look it up, it's pretty cool, and fairly cheap). But that's just my opinion, you've gotta great build there already.

I've been playin some Tekken on my friends PS4, I still prefer the performance from my PC, and yours will be as good or better depending on the task.

Why did the console gamer cross the road...?

To render the other side! NARF! Welcome to PCMR :P x

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the case, thought about getting it myself. I didn't know about that liquid cooler which looks pretty awesome :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dood!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is aesthetic :))

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

It is! which is good because it's secretly a pretty average rig! :P

  • 30 months ago
  • 0 points

I usually don't like these whole clear classes but yours is extremely well done man. Amazing work

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much!

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