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THE $4K 4K BUILD

EDIT: One year anniversary. Re-looped and changed coolant to Primochill Vue Sterling Silver.

My first build. It ended up being a lot more than I imagined, but then again so was the price. This build is gonna be used mostly for gaming and also some light editing. I started with a 2k budget but over half a year of planning it slowly grew with the addition of a custom loop, 1080ti, and aesthetic appeal. Building the computer was fun and not as scary as I first thought it to be. The only issue I ran into was cable management on the 570x. Stuffing the back cover with wires proved challenging. I'm also planning to add a front cover for the PSU shroud to hide any wires showing from the front. The custom cabling was what I invested most my time in. I'd say it was well worth the time and effort. The components took about 4 hrs to put together, but the watercooling took about 8 hrs because of bending, installing blocks, installing pump/res, and the radiators. I also had to drill holes into the backside so I could mount the pump/res. The FTW3 is quite long and the pump/res wouldn't fit if mounted to the bottom or front radiator. Hardline watercooling wasn't that difficult. The only issue I ran into was putting two bends very close to each other. Also I had a minor scare when the CPU outlet leaked when I was filling the loop, but it was only because the fitting wasn't twisted tight enough.

Benchmark Results
Superposition (4K Optimized) 10074
Cinebench R15.038 1086
3DMark Time Spy 9534
CPU-Z Single Thread 570.4
CPU-Z Multi Thread 3000

CPU

OC to 5 GHz. Used Adaptive Voltage which saved a lot of time vs manual.
CPU Idle: 37°C
CPU Load: 76°C

GPU

With stock cooler and settings, the graphics card ran hot, with temperatures hitting 85°C in a game of PUBG. After watercooling, temps wouldn't go over 60°C. I overclocked to 2075 MHz Core Clock and 5700 MHz Memory Clock. I'm sure I could still overclock it a bit more but I'm too lazy. Used Precision XOC which isn't as good as Afterburner in my opinion, but I wanted to stick with EVGA software to take advantage of the iCX sensors and avoid any potential compatibility issues.
GPU Idle: 30°C
GPU Load: 55°C

RAM

OC to XMP setting of 3200 MHz.

The PNY CS2030 m.2 benchmark results were poor. Most of the speeds in the Crystal DiskMark were half of what was advertised. For some reason AS SSD had worse results and the results didn't match Crystal DiskMark results. I would stay away from their products, at least their SSDs

Part Reviews

CPU

Not much to say about the 7700K. Enough cores to get the job done. Was the price point I was looking at because I didn't want to spend more for a higher core count and then have to spend more on a motherboard. Runs the 5 GHz OC without an issue.

Thermal Compound

Easy to apply and have a lot left for future use.

Motherboard

My favorite Z270 board. The build quality of the board is amazing, its got nice accented rgb leds, good looking armor, built in wifi and bluetooth and it can be watercooled. What else could you want?

Memory

Stunning RGB ram. I had heard that their software was horrible so I stayed away from it and used AURA. Haven't really messed around with all the lighting options but looks like there are a lot.

Storage

With NAND prices through the roof, it made sense for me to wait for an m.2 to go on sale. Takes about 10 seconds to boot.

Video Card

Wanted to but the founders edition 1080ti, but a week before I was planning to build the pc, B&H ran out of all the FE cards and I needed the card soon, so I just got the FTW3. Buying from another site wasn't really an option because tax on a $700 product is killer. This length of this card is the reason i couldn't use a traditional mounting method for my pump/res. I also wish the backplate LED would stay lit with the stock cooler removed.

Case

I LOVE THIS CASE. Glass everywhere, 3 visible front fans, and the appearance of the glass "floating" really got me into this case. Yes, the cable management kinda sucks, with only one cover on the back to fit all the cables into. Also they really should have covered the front of the PSU shroud and put grommets for the cables going from the motherboard down under the shroud.

Power Supply

Nice build quality. The eco mode keeps the fans running only when they need to, which keeps the case quiet under low load which is nice.

Case Fan

Nice case fans. A bit pricey, but they have a lot of different options for speed, color, and mode. I wish the motherboard could program them or you could use AURA instead of having to buy the expensive Corsair Commander.

Case Accessory

The LEDs are nice and there are a lot of different options for lighting. The software is confusing and it uses molex which is annoying.

Monitor

Got this on sale. Wasn't sure if I wanted to go with a high refresh rate monitor or a 4K monitor, but I ended up going with this. Amazing picture quality and it has a lot of setting to mess around with. Might upgrade when a 4K monitor with a high refresh rate comes out.

Keyboard

Wanted to go with a Corsair keyboard because of lighting customization and ended up with this one. The wrist rest is comfortable, nice brushed metal, and A LOT of options for lighting in their software. Comes with onboard memory to save lighting profiles on them, however only basic lighting profiles can be stored on it.

Mouse

The G502 feels nice in the hand, has lots of macros, and the wheel is fun to mess around with. Haven't used the software, but there really isn't a need to.

Custom

Got the job done. Easy to use.

Custom

Since it was my first time doing water cooling I thought I might need this to get those perfect 90 degree bends, but they were less than 90 degrees. Didn't really try out the other angles. Also it is meant for PETG, however the deburring tool made the cuts rougher. Wouldn't recommend.

Custom

Exactly the color I wanted. Price is good and its easy to make.

Custom

Great combo deal on Amazon. Wanted to make my own headset because I have heard that gaming headsets are marked up in price a lot and so I made my own with a nice headset and mic.

Custom

Had a base to stand on, 2 different heat settings. I ended up using the high heat setting because the low took too long. I had no overheated or underheated bends which was nice.

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 4 points

I'd say that this deserves a feature.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

What a tease! Where is the finished loop photo!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha still uploading

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

NICE!!!!!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

So is that 16k or 8k ? Asking for a friend.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish. 4K resolution at the price of $4k.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Woww.. just excellent! I too am trying to build a PC for the first time! Just excellent work.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it was a lot of fun.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

What a great looking build. Nice job with all the pics and part reviews. Not sure I buy this was a "first build" -- looks too professional ;) Well Done, Sir.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. I put a lot of time and effort into it so it would look clean.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

You succeeded!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Superb build. Really nice work.

Are those cables Ensourced?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I did them myself. It was really tedious and frustrating, but worth it.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I was amazed at the beginning photos of u using that Intel stock cooler. You could of ruined your CPU w.that. nice build.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't overclock until I watercooled. I checked temps frequently and they were always below 80°C

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

where did you get your sleeving op? I'm working on my first build right now and it has similar specs and price to yours and the only thing I haven't really decided on it sleeving

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I did them myself. Bought most of the supplies from Mainframe Customs.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful job. I’m just now assembling a similar build and am giving custom cabling a go. Could you please provide a picture of the other side? I’ve found the small cable channel to be quite limiting and am considering using space from the first SSD mount to show off the cabling.

Also, if you didn’t know, you can order a shroud kit from Corsair for the case which takes care of the missing front side of the PSU cover.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I provided pictures of the back side and the shroud at the end of the picture slides. It looks like a mess but with the number of cables I had it was the best I could do. It took some time to route everything to fit it all in the channel and it required some force to screw down but it worked so give it a go before you try something else. At the time of building this PC Corsair did not offer a PSU shroud so I made my own using a glass/tile back splash i saw at Home Depot. Good luck with your build!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

How were you able to get the VRM cooling loop part of the motherboard to work without hitting the top fans? Was it a really thin radiator, or did you have to force anything?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

It was the Slim EK radiator and I used an angled fitting, but no I did not have to force anything.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice $4K build!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, i have some questions about the 570x case : 1. can i control the brightness of the fan LED ? 2. can i set the LED color to white only ?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

You can't control brightness but you can set it to white only. I did upgrade the fans, so the ones pictured are not the ones included with the case.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did put the Hue plus Controller?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

On the back side mounted to where the hard drives go. You can see it in picture 12.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh thanks I end up selling mine and getting the corsair lightning node. Unfortunately it can't control single leds like hue, only the full strips. Miss Hue+