Description

Introduction

This is my current build which I use mainly for gaming and a bit of editing. I didn't build it all at once, but rather started it around 3 years ago in a different case. Earlier this year I added the current GPU, and in the last two weeks I migrated to the Phanteks case and CPU water cooling AIO, worked on airflow and at the end modded the GPU cooling.

The part prices are what I paid, not all of them are current. Especially the two SSDs are about double the price now, I got them both on Black Friday 2016.

GPU Choice and Modding

I used the MSI GTX 1080 Ti Armor card with stock cooling for the first few months. When it still went into throttling at 84°C after moving to the Phanteks case and improving the airflow, I decided to add a second AIO for it. First I put the 140mm radiator as intake in the front of the case. That turned out to fill it with a lot of hot air, so I moved it to the back and made it push air outside.

Fiddling around with the Kraken G12 was a new thing for me, I never removed a stock cooler from any of my GPUs before. The most annoying thing about the mod is that you need 3 fan connections for the GPU (Pump, radiator fan and VRM fan). I ended up buying a 3x 3pin fan adapter cable and an adapter cable to connect the radiator fan (Silent Wings 3 PWM) to the fan connector on the graphics card. That way I can control its speed from a fan profile in MSI Afterburner. I also ended up replacing the G12 VRM fan with a 92mm Silent Wings 2 running at 7V (~1000rpm), because it was still by far the loudest thing in the whole build at 12V.

AIOs / Radiator size choice an placement

Fitting two radiators inside the case was a bit tricky. The 280mm rad at the top is no problem at all, but to install another dual rad at the front without removing a part of the PSU shroud, the top one would have to have the tubes on the other side, which I didn't want for aesthetic reasons. So I picked a 140mm AIO for the GPU, which turned out to be enough cooling power for the GPU. And it ended up being installed in the back anyways. There are two be quiet! Pure Wings 2 fans running at 7V (~600rpm) in the front now (both intake).

GPU Temps

After modding the GPU, the temps under the heaviest load I was able to generate didn't go over 60°C anymore. With the 3DMark Timespy stresstest, it stabilized at 58°C, in most games it even stays at around 50°C. So a full success I would say. =)

Lighting

I purposely chose rather unobtrusive lighting with just a single LED-Strip in the background (which can be color changed with the button at the front of the case). The pictures show the orange a bit brighter and glowier than it seems in reality. I'm currently still waiting for the Phanteks Halos fan addons for a bit more lighting (release is mid september).

Final Thoughts

Yes, I obviously like be quiet! stuff.

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Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! Today i assembled my g12 bracket. On which port on the gpu do you plugged the fans in? I want to do the same and control it via afterburner

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

On the graphics card there should be at least one 4pin connector, where the stock cooler was plugged in. It's smaller than a normal 4pin PWM fan connector though. Here's what you need for connecting the radiator fan to it (I got it from Amazon):

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-cable-pwm-fan-adapter-for-gpu-50cm

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points
  • -1 for Title.
  • +1 for description.
  • +1 for build execution.

Wonderful build man, looks great!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

-1 for Title.

I know. Sorry. :D

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic looking build, 4790 still running strong

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Name of the speakers?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Logitech Z600.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig! I have the same case and am think of adding the EK-CoolStream CE 280 to the front. It's 320 x 145 x 45 mm. Do you think it will fit?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

It will fit. It only gets difficult if you want to install another 280 rad at the top.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this pc run pubg and rainbow well? Im trying to look for a nice pc in a budget but I am willing to go a little higher.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't play these games, so I can't tell.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, i have the same GPU and am now considering going with an AIO water cool setup. Which AIO did you use for the GPU? I am seeing alot of use of the H55 and the H75.

Also, anything of note when installing? I have done this once before on a 2080ti and so know most of the basics. When doing that card i found the placement of the small foam block frustrating and im wondering what you did with it.

Thanks, Seb :)

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

How much for the PC?