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TUFZARD - The Ultimate Force

by Bee66

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Date Published

July 14, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.48 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11 GHz

Description

THANKS FOR THE FEATURE PCPP

Updated with powered on photos

Hi PCCP community.

Its back! Shiny Charizard has gotten bigger, badder, TUF, and uhh...

Well this project to revamp my main PC after giving away all my parts from my old Shiny Charizard PC to relatives (see Project Dynasty) has been in the plans/works for the past 4 months and has finally reached its completion (with more upgrades to come in the future). It is an all out, no holding back build, featuring parts from only the most premium companies out there.

Parts

The parts include:

In Win Tou 2.0 Case

Asus TUF X299 w/ 7820X

Nvidia GTX 1080Ti in SLI

16GB DDR4

Watercooling by 99% Bitspower products (with some modified EK parts)

The CPU/RAM was purchased way back in Q3 2017, which I didn't see a chance to swap for newer 2018 parts.

Watercooling

For the water cooling parts, this is the first time i've put faith in purchasing almost all Bitspower products to cool my dual 1080 Ti and 7820x. Their pricey, but quality wise, their silver shining finish is flawless. Clear coolant is used for longevity.

Now for a premium build, hard line would be the first thing to go to right? but nah, I like soft tubing. I decided to use EK Duraclear 10/13mm with Black Nylon sleeve that is 1mm thick to give me 15mm OD. Bitspower's CC3 V3 Fittings state they are 10/16mm but they are extremely tight for 16mm OD (u'd have to use a wrench which I don't want to damage the finish on the knurled rings), I'd say their OD is more 14-15mm. Soft tubing also allowed me to integrate Quick Disconnects for Modularity.

I have integrated quick disconnect fittings throughout the loop to assist in draining/modular disassembly. It enables me to seperate the radiator/top of case without having to drain the loop to clean/replace the fans/radiator if need be in the future. It also enables me to drain the coolant from the CPU/GPU in one go. Hence allowing me to detach the tubing connecting CPU to GPU, and modularly remove both GPU for maintenance/cleaning. The Pump/reservoir is also seperated and can be removed modularly for replacement/cleaning in the future.

The ball valve near the pump allows me to drain coolant from the hex reservoirs.

A temperature probe fitting for loop temperatures is also attached to the temperature sensor plug on the motherboard to minimise the need for an LCD/cable clutter, as all my temperatures/fan speed/monitoring/control can be done on ASUS AI Suite TUF software.

Temperatures

Now the single 360mm slim radiator has been able to handle the cooling of the 7820x and a single 1080 ti (previous test revision) no problem in what I run on a day to day basis.

Here are the previous results from the single test:

I chose the Corsair ML120 due to its utter silence. I would run them at 400RPM when idling/browsing/watching video and paired with a EK SPC 60 MX pump, the system is dead silent with the PC sitting 20cm away. My CPU gets around 20-30 degrees and single 1080ti GPU around 20 degrees when idling/low load tasks with ambient temp of 18 degrees

When gaming, I would ramp the ML fans up to 1500 RPM (Winter) and 1800 RPM (Summer), which has audible noise, but is often drowned out by my earphones. (Which I switch back to idle profile after gaming). My CPU temps are around 40-50 degree and single 1080ti GPU below 32 degrees (ambient temp 18 degrees celcius in room, running Heaven benchmark 1hr)

I am yet to update on the temperature results for the dual 1080ti.

Update on dual 1080 ti, 7820x temperature

Idle, CPU 20-30 degrees, GPU 1 21 degrees, GPU 2 19 degrees, 450RPM (Ambient 16-17 degrees celcius in room)

Load, CPU 30-40 degrees, GPU 1 31 degrees, GPU 2 29 degrees, 1400RPM (Ambient 16-17 degrees celcius in room)

Load, CPU 25-35 degrees, GPU 1 27 degrees, GPU 2 24 degrees, 1800RPM (Ambient 16-17 degrees celcius in room)

Noise is cancelled out with headphones at 1400-1800RPM, and dead silent at 450RPM.

Dust in case

With the orientation of the fans and keeping them at minimum RPM when idling, the PC has seen minimal dust attraction regardless of the filter-less design of the case.

Future Plans/Upgrades

I plan to upgrade somewhere down the line, more RAM, Cablemod PRO cables and maybe a second radiator. The cables I currently have were won in a promotion, there lengths are far too long, and I would like to minimise the spaghetti hiding in the basement by getting cables that are EXACT lengths. Something I plan to do in the future.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I am very happy with the result of this build, it suits my desires for a top of the line, premium system with the simple monochromatic black/silver theme with a touch of my favourite colour green. I have even shed blood when handling some of the fittings. The mirror finish on the glass, however, is a fingerprint magnet and is a pain in the bum to clean.

I do see myself using this case/parts/PC for many many years to come as my main rig. Although I won't stop building more PCs in the future ;)

For access to the full build log:

https://forums.evga.com/TUFzard-Build-Log-m2805668.aspx

Thanks for checking out this build!

Any questions feel free to comment/ask.

Cheers!

Comments Sorted by:

droem 7 points 6 months ago

You know what this reminds me of? Terry Crew's Old Spice build by JayzTwoCent! That's the same case! Wish I had one.

But this build is F***ing awesome! This thing is gonna turns some heads for sure. Amazing job. This is a total FEATURE for sure!

+1

+1

+1

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks Droem! The old spice build was amazing and inspirational.

I had my eye on This case all the way back in late 2016 before computex 2017 (when I just purchased the green dframe 2.0), when In win first released teaser pictures for the tou 2.0 and an inwin rep informed me about early preorders. However, It wasnt until late 2017 did I finally pull the trigger To Get one and I was glad I did :)

droem 1 point 6 months ago

Good job on feature!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks Droem!

Fragvergnugen 2 points 6 months ago

+1 EXCELLENT BUILD USING EXCELLENT COMPONENTS INSIDE A GORGEOUS CASE!

That was also a great choice to go with Bitspower. I think EKWB's water blocks are comparable to Bitspower's CPU and GPU water blocks - depending on the product line, sometimes EK has better blocks and sometimes Bitspower's blocks are better. For X299, across all models, I love Bitspower's monoblocks much better than EK's. And for fittings, I love Bitspower wayyyyy more than EK's fittings. I have never had either brand's fittings leak before. But Bitspower's fittings just exude quality with their perfectly polished finish, the way they feel in my hands, and they just seem to connect and tighten together with better precision than EK's fittings. Like you noticed, their fittings sometimes cost more than EKWB, but I think the better quality is worth it!!

You replied to a comment that you are "Hoping To have This last 3 years". For gaming, 8 cores and 16 threads will last you AT LEAST another 6 years before games slowwwwlly catch up to using 16 threads. Even most of the hottest new games are still stuck at using 4 cores. People don't realize that multi-threaded support in games is not simple plug-and-play. It is very difficult to scale a game up to use 12, 16, or 20 threads. The design of multi-threaded code becomes more difficult, the coding becomes more tricky, and debugging can become a giant time-consuming nightmare once you implement heavily-threaded programs, which is why support for 10+ cores in games is at least another 6 to 10 years away unless some major new advances in software development get invented. Java 5's better multi-threading and concurrency support is a small step in that direction. And since the i7-7820X oc's very well, you should only have to consider upgrading your GPUs 3 years from now, but not your CPU :-)

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Thank you Fragvergnugen!

Agreed, Bitspower fittings aesthetically are more polished and much more premium looking. However, the Bitspower rotaries can be a pain to work with on the extremely tight tubing runs as they are very tight, EKWB rotaries are much more loose and far more flexible in doing tight runs, but lack support strength when using rotaries to brace tubing/components. Overall, yeah both have their perks.

Haha, yeah with the way the TUF armour covers the Bitspower Monoblock, removing the monoblock requires the entire motherboard to be taken out (in order to remove the armour). So i'm hoping not to upgrade the CPU for a while too. GPU's can be removed with relative ease (Had to remove them twice after mounting and loop filled due to silly mistakes putting the m.2s in the wrong slots), so looking forward to upgrading them to the next next Ti's.

Fragvergnugen 1 point 6 months ago

I personally prefer the tighter rotaries on Bitspower fittings much more than EKWB's looser ones.

ASUSTECHMKTJJ ASUS 10 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Beautiful build! A last of the generation with the TUF series. Really amazing work and a masterclass build! Kudos on the time and effort in putting it all together! Thanks for being #TEAMTUF

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks JJ!

I'm glad I chose the TUF series for this build, have always liked the style, theme and solid construction on these boards!

TEAMTUF! =)

chavezgarrett7 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Beautiful build, very clean and I love the case.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks Chavezgarrett7! case is one of a kind.

illuzt 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

+1 Beautiful

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks illuzt :)

Karokiyu 1 point 6 months ago

I smell a feature!

Love the case +1

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Haha Thanks karokiyu :)

Brandonr757 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

That case is amazing. Normally like being able to see into the tubing but that looks great. Fantastic work.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks Brandonr757 :) Yeah i was going for a more solid look To the tubes.

However they are just nylon wrapped similar To cablemod aio sleeves and can easily be taken off To reveal clear tubing underneath without draining or diassembly.

Brandonr757 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

You're welcome! Yeah, the wrap works well. I like it.

GingaNinja8912 1 point 6 months ago

You won't need an upgrade anytime soon.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Hoping To have This last 3 years.

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Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Probably would with some maintenance from time to time.

trylaarsdam 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

So featured!!!! Awesome build man. A refreshing break from RGB maddness for a nice monochrome with accents! +1 (2 if I could)

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks =) although it can become full RGB rainbow puke if i decide to turn on all the RGB lights built into the blocks + NZXT Hue+ case lighting :D

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Congrats for a well deserved feature Bee! It's a beauty with a cool, sleek theme. Plus one all the way.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks for the support Eltech as usual! =)

nulldotzero 1 point 6 months ago

This build is just something else, very original in every aspect!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks nulldotzero!

I tried to build something based on parts that I genuinely wanted to use.

Arminecraft 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Okay this is a case.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Haha, indeed, wanted something different from the mainstream rectangular box + tempered glass.

Awed123 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Awesome job!!! I adore the sleeves that you put on the tubing. The use of flexible tubing is also really awesome as well. I have grown bored of seeing every build use rigid tubing. +1 (duh)

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks!

The wrap on nylon sleeving for the tubes did turn out nicer than I thought as well (minus the visible wrap line), however, I guess it makes it easy to take off without undoing the tube if need be =)

dylan2749 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

nice build, just wondering if you can put smaller swrews that dont stick out on top of the ram modules, if you can plz pmm me a picture

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks,

Yeah that was a dilemma I was facing as well, I thought about cutting the M3 screws slightly shorter, but never got to it as i'm sorta waiting for something unique in the RAM market to replace them with in the future.

Currently Eyeing the G.skill Trident Z Royal RGB in chrome silver.

jacobsamdal 8 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Wow! looks really good! Very clean and well thought out. I love it! Check out my water-cooled build!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks Jacob!

Also love your purple build, with an almost joker green/purple theme going on =)

Fancy that purple NZXT S340 limited edition =)

jacobsamdal 8 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I love that case colors! However I wish I had something I could fit more radiators in. I had some troubles fitting everything but I love how it turned out. I am thinking about doing it all in hardline petg and using some thermaltake rgb fittings as I am having some trouble with the coloring fading out. Some of it has to do with pressure built up inside of the system as well. I am working on that with some special fitting that is suppose to help!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I would say go for it! =)

Wolklung 1 point 6 months ago

Please never stop building Bee!

You know... I remember drooling over your green DFrame 2.0 build and thinking to myself "I wonder if you considered the Tou 2.0?" > And here it is!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks as usual Wolklung!

With such a wonderful case, I guess I did more than just consider it =)

My Green D-Frame 2.0 will still be back sometime in the future (The power supply is in use right now in the Tou!)

Kyojin93 1 point 6 months ago

I must admit, I never thought that flexible tubing could look that good if sleeved.

+1

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks Kyojin!

Indeed, it does give the tubes a more finished look compared to raw clear tubing. I have always liked solid coloured soft tubing.

TableTerrorMatt 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Wow, beautiful!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks TableTerrorMatt, glad you thought so :)

TheNoobie 1 point 6 months ago

The case is amazing

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Indeed it is :)

WaterTriber 1 point 6 months ago

that case alone costs more than my entire dream build. looks amazing! +1

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks WaterTriber!

Aquilian 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Congratulations on the feature, well deserved! I particularly like the black nylon sleeves on the soft tubing in combination with the rugged look of the bitspower fittings. +1

btw: Ambient of 16-17 degrees? Do you live in a fridge? ;D

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks Aquilian, glad you thought so =)

Yeah, winter here in Australia (NSW) is much colder than any of the previous years, averaging only 16-18 degrees celcius in midday.

dhess34 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

One of the best-looking PC's I've ever seen. Awesome job!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks! glad you thought so :)

AMAMazingYT 1 point 5 months ago

This build looks absolutely great yet expensive, as much as i love RGB, i love builds like this aswell, great job +1

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks :)

friku 1 point 3 months ago

Hi Bee ;)

One question if you don´t mind. Where did you get the black nylon sleeve from?

Thanks and beautifull build ;)

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Hi Friku,

The black nylon sleeve were bought from ebay under cable management sleeving.

Thanks for your support :)

friku 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks for the answer. It gives a really nice look to the tubes.

Probably can be made with Paracord too... Hm, would look into it, could be a nice touch ;)

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

All good :)

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Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks Chuck.

Overkill for anything I would use it for, but mainly as my daily driver, gaming, occasional editing but mostly gaming.

As an enthusiast I just love assembling computers, making things grand, so budget is not really in my consideration, especially not for this build.

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Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Put your mind to it and i'm sure you will get your dream PC as well =)

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