Description

I built this a few months ago and it's been getting popular on r/battlestations so I decided to add the parts list here. Thanks everyone for your encouragement and interest.

I just want to mention that I owned the TV, Monitors, Keyboard, and Mouse, before I spent money on this build.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 33 points

Heavy Breathing

  • 31 months ago
  • 14 points

It's funny cause the cat. Heh.

  • 31 months ago
  • 14 points

The PC is okay, but I like the cat more.

  • 31 months ago
  • 15 points

This is the correct assessment

  • 31 months ago
  • 10 points

Is the cat overclocked?

  • 31 months ago
  • 10 points

Cats come SUPERclocked out of the box.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

What did You superclock? I’m guessing Cuteness

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome rig,but the Cat seriously steals the show,I LOVE THE SURPRISE ENDING !

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

More importantly is the cat watercooled?

  • 31 months ago
  • 13 points

Dude what on earth do you do for a living? Are they hiring?

  • 31 months ago
  • 12 points

MId Level Network Engineering

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I was going to stop doing Cisco at uni... until now!

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  • 31 months ago
  • 24 points

A lot of drug dealers too.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

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  • 31 months ago
  • 9 points

or sneaky politicians

  • 31 months ago
  • 8 points

Or LTT

  • 31 months ago
  • 7 points

You don't have to be an engineer to afford this kind of stuff. You don't even have to be making that much, just don't blow your earnings on things you don't need. That's what people have trouble with.

  • 31 months ago
  • 6 points

I Concur, anyone can get this setup and I'm sure he didn't drop 6K one time for this build unless he balling like no tomorrow, like my build for instance at the time costed me roughly 1500, but I bought parts over a 3-4 month period a piece or 2 at a time to let my paychecks build up =)

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Agreed. You can also buy used parts which significantly cut down on cost. With everyone throwing out transferable warranties now, it's fairly safe to buy used computer tech these days.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 5 points

Cat looks like its chilling, and great PC also :) very nice work.

How are your temps?

+1

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! Temps sit around 43 degrees Celsius under load. I only have a mild overclock on the gpu and cpu. I had originally been waiting to see other's overclocking results to replicate but any game I play doesn't go under 100fps on my full span, 5760x1080 resolution.

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

you have 3 - $129 monitors........why didnt you go all 4K? If you like the visuals, stick a 4K as your middle monitor or go 3 wide all at 4K. two - GTX 1080's would do the trick which you have. As you already know, not all games can play 3 wide.

Very under preforming gaming for $6,500

If you had 3 - 4K monitors, then you get the "beast" title for life :)

You need a 1440p 165hz monitor for this beast :)

The plan is to get 3 of those come black friday.

I see your comment above. Are you scared of 4K gaming???

Love your build, by the way!!

  • 31 months ago
  • 5 points

A high framerate monitor has its advantages and there are zero current high refresh rate monitors with a UHD or "4K" resolution. Also, OP mentions OP had the monitors before the build. Another thing to consider is 3x1 4K monitors in the games that do support it would not run very well (This is considering a recent video with SLI GTX Titan X pascal GPUs paired with a 6950X CPU that struggled with a 4th monitor (Nvidia surround setup 2x2) See LTT youtube channel and others for more. Another consideration is most 4K monitors are bigger than average monitors so size on the desk might be something that kept that form happening.

Great build OP. Share/update your glorious battlestation pics when you have your triple G-sync monitor setup pretty please.

  • 31 months ago
  • 4 points

I was looking for his reply of staying with 1080 resolution

  • 31 months ago
  • 4 points

4k is nice, but it's very highly overrated for gaming. It's just performance shattering eye candy for multiplayer games, but I'll give you single-player 4k. I would rather game on 1440p with a much higher frame rate and refresh rate all day.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

have you played on a 4K monitor in the past?

  • 31 months ago
  • 4 points

I owned one for a while because I thought it would be a huge leap up from 1440p. Needless to say I didn't have the monitor long. While 4k does look very good, I lean on the side of performance. I don't play multiplayer games to admire the scenery or gasp in awe at the grass physics. That's for single-player.

So while 4k is the next logical step after 1440p, it's staying on the backburner until 144hz 4k is working fluidly and there are graphics cards available to push the fps that high.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build Man! I chose the same color for my coolant.

I got a question for you especially since it's you're first water cooled build; how hard was it bending the tubes?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

It was more frustrating to bend the tubes. I have a box of failed bends. It took a while to develop a feel and patience for it.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a very good tip! Thanks! I'm guessing you did everything by hand instead of using those tools that you place the tubing on?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I did use a 90 degree mandrel to start out with, but as I got used to it, I just did it by feel.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay cool. Thanks for being helpful!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

You need a 1440p 165hz monitor for this beast :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 10 points

The plan is to get 3 of those come black friday.

  • 31 months ago
  • 4 points

Jesus

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

G-Sync Swift's all day.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build bro, its awesome...your cat have an epic "wtf are you looking human?" face hehe...can you give me the link of your wallpaper m8?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much bro

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I wonder: Do this people that do crazy expensive Pcs have a wife or something? They generally make a setup that takes a good amount of real estate that a normal woman would generally question.

Oh, and they always own cats.

On a more serious note: Is it only for gaming or do you intend to use it for professional/prosumer applications?

  • 31 months ago
  • 5 points

It is really for gaming and just a dream to accomplish that I've had since I was a kid looking at crazy computer builds. The wife supplied the TV and helped mount it to the wall. She has her own desk and setup behind mine and just has to turn around to watch netflix or twitch on it.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

nice job with the water cooling why for get a 6800k save $200 and overclock it insted?

  • 31 months ago
  • 6 points

I have an unhealthy attachment to PCI express lanes.... I know it's pointless to go X16 on both sli slots but now I can say I have dedicated lanes for both cards and the m.2

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm still confused on this - wouldn't the second SLI slot share bandwidth with the m.2?

Sick build by the way. It just looks soooo wicked and cool. +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 4 points

No, because the i7-6850K has 40 PCI-E lanes, so GPU + GPU + M.2 = 16 + 16 + 4 = 36 PCI-E lanes used. So OP could actually add another M.2 without bottlenecking anything.

  • 31 months ago
  • 6 points

The 6850K has more PCI-E lanes than the 6800K, which means running both cards in x16, compared to the 6800K which would run the cards at x8, therefore not using their full potential (the 6800K has 28 PCI-E lanes, whereas the 6850K has 40 PCI-E lanes).

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

But running the cards at x8 doesnt have more than 3 fps effect on any of the test ive seen.

  • 31 months ago
  • 6 points

Where those tests using benchmarks or real-world performance? Also, with a budget like this, you don't want any bottlenecks in your system.

  • 28 months ago
  • 0 points

True, but it is also true that most games prefer few fast cores over many slower ones - and thus the question really is if 4.5-5.0 ghz with x8 is slower than 3.5-4.0 ghz with 16x.. (Some new games enjoys many cores, but the majority isnt there yet). All tests I've seen comparing x16 with x8 uses a 40 lane board and disables lanes to do the 8x test - which then still leave them stuck with the same cpu at lower clocks - generally removing the benefit of higher clocks in less cores. http://www.pcgamer.com/intel-core-i7-6850k-review/ shows that the 6850 runs games 3-4 fps slower than a 6700k due to lower clocks (this will vary per game) so likely the win from x16 goes up in smoke there.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

True, however at the same time, many new games are starting to be able to utilize more cores (BF1, as an example), and you have rather minimal returns once you start overclocking past ~4GHz.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely build, great job!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This is probably the neatest, nicest overall best pc i have every seen. +1 for the pc and (if I could) another +1 for the cat :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

With the watercooling do you think that it is worth the investment over air cooling?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

In terms of the performance, overclocking ability without making my room a sauna, and absolute silence, I'd say it was well worth it over my old air cooled PC.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the speedy reply. Just thinking about a pc when I have money

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

story of every pc gamer lol

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I had this much money. Looks amazing! Love the look and great cable management! Awesome build! +1 from me!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This is one of the most beautiful builds I've ever seen. Congrats.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

So you didn't own the cat before you built this pc? :D so sexy :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

super Clean !

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This is actually the sexiest rig and setup i have ever seen in my life. GREAT build! +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah. Nice.

I actually like the way you've done the tube from the base of the rez to the front rad. Always tempting to keep everything to 45s and 90s where possible... but that flows well looks great!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build :) But i don't get the 60hz monitors :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

They are 5 year old holdovers until I see some good deals come back friday and my wallet recovers a bit.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. And thanks for documenting it all with so many great pics!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice clean build

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

sees bottle in 4th pic +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Minor question, what's the boot time on this?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

From completely off to functional with quick boot disabled to the lock screen on windows 10, around 6 seconds.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Noice.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Like the alternate approach fpr top radiator mod..

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Why dont this build on Featured Build? With all those parts, i am surprised it didnt cost 8k :)

The best!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey i said it now it comes true. Conrats to be on Featured man!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

So many similarities with my build. I got a wall mounted TV with triple monitors on a stand. I used the same case (in black) and even have the same laptop.... and orange cat, well I got 2 of those! lol.

The main difference is my PC is a gaming beast... your PC is a gaming destroyer.

Looks like you peeled of the SSD label. You should front mount it.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to do a custom backlit label or something for the front mount area, but I might just get another SSD for there.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build mate! +1!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoa is all im giong to say. beautiful build. love the attention to detail. +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome looking build, congrats on the featured!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Featured! Great job, you definitely deserved it!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of cat is that? And why didn't you put the resevoir on to the radiator? Nice build tho!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Dusty is a straight-eared scottish fold. If you mean mount the reservoir with the bracket to the radiator's 120mm holes. I wanted to do that, but the hole/passthrough built into the case wasn't long enough and would require cutting.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that's what I meant. Sucks that you can't do that! Still a nice build tho.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, thx for sharing!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

One word... EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the case fan header better than motherboard fan header ?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldnt say either is better. Just a matter of convenience in running cables to a central location and knowing that I can control each bank of fans easily.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

ok i see, just curious to know how you can control your fan ? is there a phantecks software or something ?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard allows me to control the voltage of each fan header, so it's a large bank for the radiator fans and separate headers for the exhaust fan and pump.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thank you

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude you were honestly scaring me around slide 48. I was like, "What the hell? hes not really going to put olive oil, right?" totally not remembering that your pictures in the beginning showed blue liquid. hehehe

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I read the olive oil was great for getting the bending cord in and out of the hard tubing so it was there, but the bending cord went in and out pretty easily.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitly love this pc, only thing i dont like about this pc is tube which is covering the reservoir. But its still one of the most beautiful pc's i've ever seen here.

+1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I totally see the lack of aesthetics there but the angle was strange and it was a pain enough to secure a proper place for the radiator in the first place so it was a meh decision. Thanks for liking it!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure you did best you could do. Enjoy your new pc.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

you weren't tempted to just fill the res from the top?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish i had the money for this kind of stuff! AMAZING!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude with all your nice PC specs... Why did you get such low grade monitors?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitors ran my old dual gtx660 setup. I figured they can last a few more months till I hopefully see some good black friday or cyber monday deals on 1440p g sync monitors.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This is just fantastic looking!

I'm looking at upgrading my Madame Rouge build to something similar after the New Year, and was wondering if you had any issues building in the Phanteks Glass case?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I had no issues with building inside the case due to the glass. There were little tweaks that I did have to make to the case to get things to fit nicely. 1. remove the sliding top fan mount and bend its holder back (or else the top rad inlet and outlet ports would hit it) 2. Used a dremel to make 2 notches for screws on the front radiator mounting holes (the default position makes the radiator just a hair too tall where the outlet and inlet ports will hit the top radiator. ) 3. Drilled out holes on the bottom of the case to mount the radiator/pump holder.

That was all I did to modify the case.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! I'm really leaning towards that case for my next build.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Imagine the stress the Staff members are going through now with so many good builds coming so quickly.

But on a related note, +1! I'm liking your aesthetic choice. One suggestion to amp this build up even further would be to go on Amazon and find a black or Carbon-Fiber wrap to put on the side of your power supply. Nice job on the custom loop, though!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I like that idea, the red was bothering me, but sadly the motherboard also has red LEDs that can't be turned off so in a way it matches. But for a cleaner look, I might make that PSU window into something else.

For the first build, I wanted to keep everything as simple as I could.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

the motherboard also has red LEDs that can't be turned off so in a way it matches.

Creativity.. Ha ha!

Maybe wrap the entire PSU shroud, and not just the PSU with the wrap. But it's up to you.

For the motherboard LEDs, might some kind of blue film work? I imagine the LEDs shouldn't get too hot as they're not meant to provide illumination, right?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The leds themselves are bright and red, had they been white through a red substrate then a film would definitely work. I'd have to desolder the leds from the MB and solder on new ones which is something I'm capable of but maybe at the next level, when I decide to upgrade this or build another, I'll go truly all out and custom.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh. Ok.

Anything you can potentially disconnect to 'get rid of' the LEDs?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Congratz on the featured!!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This is awesome mate...thanks for sharing and congratz +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 For the quantity & quality of photos. Incredible build.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

10/10 Cat. Thoughts aside, it looks like a pretty good jaw drops... build...

Stares at current build

Cries in corner

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This is probably my favorite build so far.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you ever owned a Corsair M65 Pro? If so could you compare the quality to the Mad Catz R.A.T. ?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the olive oil work for cooling? I use Sprite in my loop and it works great.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice cat btw Nice pc build

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

gorgeous

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the cat(and the computer too) Nice Build!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Have the same case :) Although with a little less on the hardware side :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Why does your storage price shows as almost 100k?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

That cable management makes me weak in the knees 10/10

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build bro, If KabyLakes 7k and 6k series are trash when they come out, I will build a system to rival yours =) Just be ready xD. Love your cable management and color contrasts BTW. and also.... PHANTEK CASES FTW!!!!! =)

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/kmZ3RG

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy cow that monitor O.O

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

ok don't lie.... the cat did the build right?? You just took the pics.... lol

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

If picture #27 doesn't turn you on I don't think you're nerd enough...

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Bravo on your first hardline, looks outstanding!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The last picture is actually better than your pc build! (JK!!!)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you me? I'm literally building almost exactly the same thing right now, only real diff will be 1 titan instead of SLI, and my loop will be EK. Nice build!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

i wish i had money and time

+1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

What a stunner of a build... o.O Congrats on featured build!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow 59 pictures! You must of REALLY taken your time on those photos. Nice dual GTX 1080s, I wish I had the money to buy those, why did you buy the Asus ones when you could have gotten the Zotac AMP! Extreme ones for only $20 more? They are a lot faster and are amazing. Breathtaking PC, by the way!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This one is hard to beat.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

What led strip is that

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Can we swap lives?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

That's some nice cable management and +1 for the clear coolant. Clean!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably one of my favourite watercooled builds on here. Nice job! (Also loving the price tag due to that broken item ref...)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey just curious where you got the desk from (model)? Been trying to find something bigger that looks decent, and yours looks great.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wow amazing

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont have words for this beautiful creation. Just wow!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure if it was mentioned before, but what mount are you using for the H236HL's? I have 2 and the stands take up way too much room on my desk. Hoping to find a decent mounting solution that wont equate to the price of a third monitor.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful!! I wish I had money... o.o

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got a question about how you top mounted that rad. I ordered one of EK's kits with a 240 rad and the only thing that puts me off on this case is that sliding fan/rad bracket on top. It looks like you removed it and used 2 strips of aluminum to screw the rad into?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I am really impressed with your work! Congratulations!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it ready to use new Broadwell-E CPUs without any bios update? I have i7 6850K too and I need to buy new motherboard.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build there. Very well done. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

bro get a 128gb ram (8*32) better

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,did you ever try using sli bridge?Im planning on a system with exactly the same mobo and vga and I dont realy know can MSI HB Sli bridge or EVGA HB Sli can fit while having all ek blocks ?If it can,so what size of bridge should I get?Thanks for any helps.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build!! But i think the cat needs an upgrade next!!!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Upgrading a cat gets you a...dog.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

that's a serious downgrade which requires way more service work every single day - taking away valuable game-time from the PC...

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay I checked this out because I am doing my build with this case.... now I will go back and chuck the air cool option for liquid cooled. Great pics/build. So looks like 30 hrs of youtube and webpage reviews to figure out how to and design it. The more you look the better it get$.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks pretty righteous.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does your 6850K over-clock, and what temperatures do you typically see? Also, do you ever have any issues with power delivery or is the 860w PSU enough for an over-clocked x99 platform with SLI 1080's?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

how's the 2 1080s doing?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Kudos friend! I'm looking to do something similar... i.e. first hardline cooling and similar color scheme. You've got awesome result quality and that blue is beautiful. Nice work!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Literally my future build....+1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

so did you just change out the 100 res with the 250? I'm talking about just the holder

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to update the bios on the mobo for the intel i7-6850k?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey mate!

How'd you get the CPU radiator so high up in the case? Do you need Low Profile ram to fit in the case with a radiator?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

So are the Acer monitors still working for you? I'm looking for a new monitor for an inexpensive build.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Question not about the computer, but I'm looking to get a new monitor is the one you got any good?

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

I liked pic 59 :P

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Its basically a clamp with the two aluminium bars. The screws are just squeezing the bar and radiator together onto the top of the case structure. I didn't have to drill any holes on top of the case.

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