Thanks for taking a look at my completed computer :). This is my first watercooled PC and I'm extremely happy with the finished product. I mainly use it for video editing, developing and gaming. It's been an ongoing project for the last month and a half.
EDIT: My build got featured!! :D Thank you to everyone who took a look and upvoted! I really enjoy browsing through this site and looking through builds, so to be featured means a lot. :) Cheers!
The build process went really well until I got into watercooling the components. I had a few problems here and there with bending and cutting the tubes correctly (I used acrylic), but towards the end I kind of got a hang of it. During my first leak test came the first larger problem - one of my 1080 Ti STRIX waterblocks was leaking because I had overtightened the screws on the terminal. A few days later I got a replacement (I'm from Slovenia so EKWB is practically around the corner) and changed the broken plexi glass. After that incident I was very careful when attaching the terminal again! :)
There were no leaks the second time around. However, the draining process was very interesting and took quite a while due to my inexperience! The only thing that's an issue now are the air bubbles stuck in the motherboard monoblock. I will let it run for a week or so to see if it fixes itself. Does anyone have an idea how to get rid of them (I can send you a picture)? I tried tilting, shaking the case, turning the pump on and off and similar but to no avail so far.
The choice for the custom loop primarily came with help from the EKWB configurator that tells you what you can fit in your case. From there I checked if the two radiators could fit. I'm using the PE series radiators. As you can see in the photos they can barely fit in the case, although it's still possible to mount the vertical radiator lower if you wanted too. I used a serial terminal to connect the GPUs insted of classing tubing because I really like the see-through effect it brings to the whole build, makes it look really special in my opinion. The pump/res combo used is the EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM with sleeved cables. I'm really satisfied with all the custom parts.
The fan choice are the F3-120 PWM Vardar fans that run at 1850 rpm. They are very silent even at full load. Due to personal preference I decided to hide the fans behind the radiators, so the front radiator is in a push configuration and the top radiator is in a pull configuration. I configured the fans using the Fan Xpert tool in Ai Suite 3. That also calibrated the water pump that is connected to the CPU fan header for me. Overall the result is pretty good. It could use some tweaking around the 60 - 80 % load (liquid tends to get a bit warm).
CPU @ 4.4 GHz at 34°C idle and 74°C at 100 % load, GPUs @ +60 MHz Core Clock and +400 MHz Memory Clock at 34°C idle and 52°C at 100 % load, Liquid is at 44°C during load. Falls to around 27°C if I let it run idle for an hour.
I will update this part with benchmarks as soon as I do them. Hoping to get top 100 on Time Spy (for the next month at least before all the new components come out)! :)
The SLI bridge used can be seen here. It can be connected to an RGB header on the motherboard to have it work with AURA Sync. You can also select the color by pressing on the logo on the bridge itself, which is super cool since you don't have to have extra cables running around in your PC.
Thank you to Ensourced for the amazing cable extensions - the colors match perfectly and the quality is outstanding. Couldn't be more happy.
Will write my reviews for all the parts I used in a short while.
Thank you again for taking a look and I hope you enjoyed the photos! :)
Super expensive and I definitely overpaid. I hope that with the new competition from AMD, the prices for high-end processors will climb down. Got it working at 4.4 GHz, stable in games and in benchmarks. Does any task with ease. It's truely a beast CPU.
Overally a very good X99 motherboard for it's price if you compare it with other high-end ones. My only complaints are: only 2 fan headers along with CPU fan and only one reinforced PCI-E connector. You can clearly see that the second graphics card is bending more. I chose it because of it's ATX form factor and overall features.
Looks amazing and performs as listed. I chose the C14 timing variant because I had the budget for it. Sadly there is still no support for X99 boards, hence why it is running in rainbow mode - which actually looks amazing. It deserves 5 stars either way. Best looking RGB ram in my opinion.
Insane speeds and cable-free installation. Just plug it into a M.2 socket and it works. Note to anyone with M.2 SSDs and additional hard drives: I had to remove my other drives to make my computer boot to this drive. Keep that in mind. Games load in a matter of seconds. Definitely recommend this M.2 SSD with any amount of capacity.
I think this is a great deal for value, if you can support this kind of budget. Works as a replacement for an HDD drive in my case and there is plenty enough of capacity to store any kind of data. Performance is of course top notch as you would expect.
Great graphics card, can be overclocked to higher clocks with original cooler. In my case I replaced the cooler with an EKWB waterblock but still could not hit higher clocks. So I definitely recommend this model for anyone looking to buy a 1080 Ti. LEDs look amazing. I can hear coil whine on my cards, but it should go away with time.
Amazing looking case with sleek lines and big side panels from tempered glass. Keep in mind you need to keep your cables tidy since there is a window on both sides! Plenty of room for cable management and a large amount of rubber grommets so cable routing is a breeze.
Not much to say about this PSU, since it is without a doubt a top pick for the price. 80+ Platinum certificated, zero fan noise at low load, Corsair Link integration so you can check your power consumption at any time and great build quality. Recommended.
This monitor looks amazing! Coming from 1080p with average colors and quality, I was literally shocked how good the colors look and how smooth everything is at this resolution. Gaming is a unique experience with wide viewing angles and 100 Hz. Depends on your taste, but I absolutely love the extra real estate for gaming and productivity.