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Thank you for checking out my build! Reposting this as it got buried when the completed builds weren't showing up last week. I also changed some parts out and added new pictures.

Thanks for the comments already, I realized that I missed out on a Bioschock/Rapture theme here. When I get tired of seeing Poseidon, I'm going to make the switch!

First watercooled rig. Many parts were reused from my previous build and bought on sale. Used for daily work (teleconferencing) and 4k 60hz gaming. I also do some photo editing in Lightroom. Mostly just for me to look at and admire all day while I work!

It was a blast to learn about watercooling and put this together. It all started by seeing the Thermaltake P5 case and the amazing builds people have put together out there.

Specs:

i7 6700K OC 4.8 Ghz at 1.32 V stable at max 65 C under stress testing
Asus Maximus Hero VIII
G.Skill TridentZ RGB DDR4 3000 Mhz 16gb overclocked to 3200 Mhz
Samsung 950 Pro 512gb Primary
Micron 1TB SSD for Steam/Origin
WD 750GB 7200 HDD Storage
EVGA GTX 1080 FTW
XSPC RX480 Radiator
EVGA G2 1000w PSU
Bitfenix G2 sleeved cables
Barrow pump, fittings, CPU block (Aliexpress)
Aigo RGB fans and LED strips with wifi/app controller (Aliexpress)
Old Android phone using Aida64 Extreme remote monitor

I loved the look of the EVGA FTW and so I wasn't tempted to watercool it. It also runs at a great OC at around 60 C on air.

My pipe runs are not efficient nor direct, but that was not my goal. I planned it to be visually unobstructive of the other components, and pleasing to my eye. I liked the look of the 90 degree fittings in other rigs, and didn't plan to do many bends myself, but in the end I had to put some in, and I am very happy with how they turned out. The pictures make some of the horizontal runs look a bit slanted, but in person it is not apparent.

Currently running distilled water. Plan to drain in a few months and possibly switch to Mayhem's pastel either white or blue.

The android phone is attached with a velcro strip so I can remove it and take it with me for monitoring stress test runs, etc. from other rooms. I can also control the fan speed, RGB lighting, and boot/shutdown from a different app on the phone.

The SSD is vinyl wrapped to keep it a bit stealthed, but still clearly not part of the case.

The drain plug has a wrist watch movement displayed, which ties it into another one of my hobbies; watch collecting.

OC'ing the CPU was alot of fun too, and I'm pleased with the result. I was able to boot to windows at 5 Ghz @ 1.44 V but it crashed on the first test run on Cinebench. I haven't gone back to try higher V Core at 5 GHZ. It passed stress testing at 4.9 @ 1.44 but the temps were 70-75 C max so I decided to drop back to the current OC 4.8 at 1.32 V for daily use.

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Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 4 points

I found out one thing while looking at this build...

...I don't have a drool-proof keyboard.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha! Thank you. Love the name btw. Tron Legacy is way underrated IMO.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Tron: Legacy is bio-digital-jazz!!!!

But yeah, great build. Buying parts for mine right now

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Some would even say it's feature worthy

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  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

By far one of the most beautiful and well coordinated builds Ive EVER seen. Pic 15 leaves me breathless, it makes me feel like Im looking at something from Bioshock.

Well done, sir!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you but dang it, Bioshock/Rapture would have been a perfect theme and name! Thank you, I'll probably rename this Rapture at some point.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

This is gorgeous

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks nice! Perhaps there is a feature approaching

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice rig! Some good work.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Just built a $2700 PC a few months ago and knowing this was just $500 more makes me the most jealous person in the world. What a beautiful build.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Your build is fantastic. I think we dig alot of the same look/parts. Funny enough your build is called Leviathan and that was the runner up name for this build.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

That CPU Block looks awesome, mind sharing what kind it is?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, its a Barrow Halo Energy RGB limited edition. Supposedly only 100 made and individually numbered. I wanted blue but could not find it in stock, including contacting Barrow directly in China. Actually it worked out because grey matched perfectly.

http://www.barrowint.com/index.php/article/557.html

The actual "guts" of it look like a EK CPU block design copy.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Sense of detail that I love +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for android. Very very clean build!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing PC jesus!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Already ordered parts for a similar build, different parts but same kind of scheme.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope you luck out with the GPU riser cable from TT. Mine would not boot in PCI-e Gen 3 mode. I read a tip that changing to Gen 2 in the Bios can help, and sure enough it ran 95% stable in that...but I was losing some "theoretical" bandwidth using Gen 2 16x= Gen 3 8x.

I ended up paying out for the Lian Li Riser cable and it is stable now at Gen 3 16x, however I do seem to have lost my previous top GPU overclock stability.

Moral of the story is that you may want to get ahold of a Lian Li or 3M riser cable before you build finishes as they are kind of difficult to find in stock and especially on sale.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

FEATURE OR WE RIOT

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Get your pitchforks

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Different from you. Finally got to use an AIO, but I would like to make a full loop cooler. (But if I have the money for that I may just buy the 1080ti) It is really compflicting for me to think, use the money for the Ti or water cool what I have. PC

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Custom watercooling is a big jump. It took a lot of research, but I don't regret it at all so far. I had a lot of fun doing it, and I'm obviously pleased with the way it turned out.

I did it 95% for aesthetics and for the challenge and 5% to be able to push my overclock on the 6700k.

In actual costs, I would say the loop cost me $400 for all of the components. Buying the majority in Barrow parts from Aliexpress saved me between 30-50% off US retailers and the radiator I got off /hardwareswap. It can get ALOT more expensive. I would say from a value perspective, air coolers and AIO's will win anytime.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed is a big jump. From value and perspective AIO do a great job. As you were saying Custom water cooling is for aesthetics and Higher OC. But, still they look really nice if you plan and everything. Overall your PC looks amazing.

Gotta love the orange, blue and black theme. Also the clear liquid make the other colors to pop more. The golden fitting look really nice. I don't know why the CPU block reminds me about something of God OF War, and looks unique. (Never seen that block either)

I don't know if you plan to water cool the GPU, but if you don't it still looks amazing.

(the EVGA design is really cool and really like it. I have weird feelings with the 1080ti design but still. )

PD. I even feel like using the first picture as a lock screen or home screen. it looks so cool. (if you don't mind)

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