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Murder, Death, Kill and DESTROY!

by Svvamprat


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Date Published

May 18, 2016

Date Built

May 10, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

47.0° C


The Gorgon Redux. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/fZpbt6

I've always thought of doing a custom loop but never had the huevos to try. So after getting the parts and realizing I forgot a fitting or got the wrong size and after several returns and sitting in my garage for weeks I finally had enough to start. Never order fittings at 3am and drunk. I had planned it out and wrote it down but as a 1st timer you really can't imagine the snags you might have until you can start piecing it together.

1st snag my motherboard the crosschill EK block was so big and my 360 rad was so thick that the rad couldn't mount as intended. I had to Mickey it up top to get it to fit. Now my 140 back exhaust won't fit. I can probably fix this easily but for now I just left it out. I was going to mount the res/pump to the front of my case I had the screw holes to mount it but since my 140 rad couldn't fit in my back I had to move them to the front of my Corsair 750D. So again I had to find a spot for my res/d5pump. With very little clearance in the middle of my case I found mediocre fit for the res. I didn't plan to put my res/pump there because my GPU's are the size of a small baby.

Onto the GPU sli bridge. I open it up put it on and notice it's a slot too short. ARRRRG I got the wrong one. Ok no problem I'll just do it the other way. Put my cards back in and try to fit that 1 inch tube into the fittings. After about 30 minutes of frustration I took out my GPUs and did it outside the case. I think that process took years out of my life. Got the 14lbs of GPUs linked and they should just easily slide right into the MB. WRONG! Ok it wasn't that bad but man that is stressful when your holding $1500 of GPUs and hoping you don't scratch the connections and ruin your GPU in some way.

Get the links all hooked up paper towels ready and leak test it. O'boy I got leaks plural. The barb fittings which I thought would save some $ were leaking. Should have just got the compression fittings. I had to double zip tie the barbs. So far problems fixed. I go to turn on my computer after abut 10hrs of leak testing. MB hangs on A0. Reboot hangs on 40 q code. Reboot hangs on q code 00. Three boots 3 different errors. All this time my monitor isn't coming on. Can't get to post. Go to my sons computer and start reading about these q codes. Tried several things but to no avail. I actually quit and walked away from it. Pissed I thought I was going to have take this apart and breadbox it. All that work for nothing.

The next day I get right to it taking off the GPUs and splitting them up. I Mickey the loop with just the CPU and boot without my GPUs in. Same code A0 with no post. After digging deep into Tomshardware post I found something on a q code 40 error saying it was the happy error. I'm not happy. Meaning everything is fine. I go back and look at my PSU and all the cables are plugged in but the 8pin cpu cable is slightly crooked by a mm. I push it in flush and viola it works. While running the leak test I did some cable management in the back and must have pulled on the cord. What a relief. After 2 days of stressing out I somewhat finished the monster. I need to redo the drain at the bottom it isn't what I want. I just rushed it after redoing the GPUs. I might go with hard tubing after this tube starts to get foggy.

I stream and play games on this PC. I've been watching 4k content like House of Cards on my 60" Samsung while gaming at 3440x1440. Not the best monitor for FPS games but it did alright in the Overwatch beta and I will be playing that when it comes out.

I think I'll pass on the 1080s that are coming out and wait for the next gen 1100 or maybe something better. Also plan on upgrading Monitors in a few years when the 3440 are 144hz or 200hz gsync are affordable. You know it's coming! Thanks for reading my rants. Any comments welcome.

EDIT - Added some more photos on 5/22/16. Changed the loop from a suggestion from Thecausiousone. Reversed the bottom Rad so it is the lowest point of my loop. Added my Formula VIII into the loop. The XSPC 120's had a defect and rattled and made a lot of noise. I replaced them with Aero Cool Dead Silence fans. Got rid of the Noctua's in the front for the Aero Cools just for the looks at the front of my case. Custom red power cables and cables combs came in today but I didn't have time to install them.

Part Reviews

Thermal Compound

I like it because I can be messy. Works well too.


For M.2. drive it's blazing hot. Not sure how long it's going to hold up inside the armor but my fingers are crossed. As for the rest of the board it's about as good as it gets but the audio still pops from time to time on loading programs. I will be using the EK Crosschill blocks on it. Probably the main reason I purchased it.


Cheap and they work on my build on XMP.


I've had this for about a year and it still works. I put some games on it like Battlefield4 and LOL so it can load faster.


Blazing fast. Also blazing. This runs very hot 50-60c idle temps inside the Maximus Formula's armor.


Would be 5 star but this thing makes a chunking noise when it's being used. Seems to be very fast for a hard disk. It's very loud but the drive is nice to have all that storage.

Video Card

Boosts out of the box higher then the specs say. The tri cooler never ran higher then low 70s C even on a hot day. Super long card the cooler is about an inch past the card. This is the top tier 980 Ti that will hold it's own to the 980 Ti Kingpin and a Titan X for a few bucks less.


Had to make several adjustments to my custom water loop and this case was good to work with. I like the mesh holes in the top because I had to make an on the fly adjustment to my 360 radiator and because of those holes I was able to fit it.

Power Supply

Absolutely silent on eco mode. If I take it off eco I can hear the fan over my case fans. Good thing I don't need to do that.


3440x1440 is massive. After a week I tried my other 27" 1440 144hz monitor and I couldn't. This massive display draws you in when your gaming at that resolution. I was able to overclock this to 75hz so that was a plus and the base on this monitor is sturdy and adjustable. Not the best for FPS games. I'll take that trade off.


I like the wireless. Drivers are bad for win 10 you have to get the older ones v8.46

External Storage

Used for backups. Works great. Portable. On the slow side but I knew that when I purchased it.

Comments Sorted by:

MegaManX3 1 Build 4 points 35 months ago

Can you return the cards and replace with a GTX 1080?

All those power pins make me nauseous lol

rthomasrex 2 points 35 months ago

yeah, i bet he's regretting that decision now.. lol

Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 0 points 35 months ago

The truth is I Ebay'd the whole system for 12K. I won the bidding war. UPS kicked it to my front door. Did I get a good deal?

Shiver_Me_Timbers 2 points 35 months ago

You payed 12k for a 5k system?

LOTIPCBUILDER1 1 point 34 months ago

hah i like the name buddy it goes well with the comment

Dre_Pro 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

Why didn't you add the motherboard into your water loop?

Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

I didn't have a enough 90 degree fittings. Noob problems. I ordered some and will do that probably next week along with some dye.

Dre_Pro 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

sick, do you have it overclocked?

Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I'm pushing it. I'm comfortable with CPU at 4.8 and GPU at 1500 core and 8000 memory.

Dre_Pro 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

wow, thats pretty good, I have a 5820k and i pushed it to over 4.5, but i removed the overclock completely when my cpu fan broke, now im running just a straight rad with no fan it keeps it decently cool, just not when its overclocked. Crazy overclock on the gpus man

PumpkinPc 2 points 35 months ago

Why not just get two 1080s?

two gtx 980 ti in sli barely outperform one 1080.

Two gtx 1080s would cost the same as two 980 tis, just with better power consumption and performance.

Selicos 1 point 35 months ago

To settle this check benchmarks posted yesterday. a 1080 beats a stock 980ti however an OC 980ti can match up to a stock 1080. I have yet to see OC 1080 benchmarks.

A stock 1080 appears to be similar in power to SLI stock 980 depending on the application as some games do much much better with SLI than others.

It would teh follow that SLI OC'd 980's would outperform a stock 1080 and the same for SLI OC'd 980ti's.

Still the 1080 at stock is the single best stock card when it is available and should perform great OC'd as well perhaps taking on SLI OC'd 980's or closing on SLI OC'd 980ti's.

But we have yet to really see OC 1080 benchmarks and comparisons.

Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

The main reason I didn't wait on the 1080 is because I got the 980 ti Lightning as a Christmas gift. I've been running with it since Jan 2016. I might switch it out next year when the 1080 ti's are out or I might just wait for something better. In any case this is more then enough for the next few years.

PumpkinPc 2 points 35 months ago

That's one good Christmas gift.

Bloodkraze 0 points 35 months ago

Can you link to said benchmarks where a 1080 is outperforming SLI 980 ti?

Every benchmark I've seen that compares a 1080 vs any sli has the 1080 barely outperforming 980 in sli, not ti. the 980s even outperforming the 1080 in some game tests. Look at their FPS Benchmarks in The Division, Fallout 4, and GTA V.


Now you're going to claim the SLI ti are going to be the exact same performance as 980 sli?

PumpkinPc 1 point 35 months ago

Again, what are you talking about?

a 980 ti in sli BARELY outperforms a 1080 (about 5-6 fps), and I said he should have gotten a two 1080s in sli because they outperform 2 980 ti in sli and use less power for the same one.

Why are you leading this argument somewhere else?

Where did I mention that a 1080 outperforms a 980 ti in sli?




Hope this cleared things up for you

Your attitude is not necessary, I'm fine with arguments, but mocking people in one is just low.

Bloodkraze -2 points 35 months ago

Neither of those links show anything about SLI 980 ti. Only a single 980 ti/single 1080/SLI 980.

Of course I just skimmed those videos, so feel free to timestamp them to the point where they are showing the SLI 980 ti benchmarks.

PumpkinPc 2 points 35 months ago

Both those videos show sli 980 ti benchmarks.

KingsDontWait -4 points 35 months ago

bro have you even seen the benchmarks for the 1080 2 normal 980's OCed would destroy a 1080 and a single 1080 is about the same as a 980ti and 2 1080 in sli non oc would lose horribly to 980ti is sli OC. it litteraly just depends on the OC and if you are gaming or creating.

PumpkinPc 1 point 35 months ago

What are you talking about?

what your telling me is a 1080 is the same as a 980 ti, which is obviously not the case because a 1080 is better than a TITAN X, according to benchmarks.

Have you seen the benchmarks?

KingsDontWait 0 points 35 months ago

its like a 5% increase from titan x to 1080 of course its a better deal but my point was that this setup destroys a 1080 and that two 980 ti's in sli would perform like 1% under 1080's in sli

PumpkinPc 2 points 35 months ago

Then your point is completely wrong. This set up does not destroy a 1080, only performs slightly better than one 1080, and two 1080s in sli would completely and utterly destroy 2 980 tis in sli.

KingsDontWait 0 points 35 months ago

oh and hey btw these 980ti's destroy a titan x when OCed btw

PumpkinPc 2 points 35 months ago

if you watched the link with Paul, you would then know that his 980 tis were heavily overclocked and the 1080 still stayed close to them.

thetortuga747 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

sniff sniff

I smell a feature.

PolarGhostex 1 point 35 months ago

Just wait, soon you'll get hard....


twest 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Yes please, it looks so much better. I'd also like to see some custom cables & nice cable management on a system this expensive - that would be no more difficult than putting a cherry on top, but makes such a huge difference.

Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Custom cables are on the way. It's a work in progress.

PolarGhostex 1 point 35 months ago

Sleeved Cables is a must lol. Total cost should be around $3500- 4000.

Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Maybe but I included just about everything. This really wasn't a budget build. I also put this together over several months.

PolarGhostex 2 points 35 months ago

Good job on it!

supernatendo 1 point 35 months ago

Great build! I'm leaning more toward a LGA2011-3 than the 1511 socket, simply because I think these 14nm and 16nm GPU based video cards will actually (finally) utilize more bandwidth than the 28nm GPUs on the market today, and may actually benefit from being in x16/x16 SLI-Crossfire mode instead of x16/x8.

Selicos 1 point 35 months ago

The Noctua Industrial fans push enough CFM (for me at least) that I max out a 140mm as exhaust at about 60% with high system temps (low is 30%) and a 120mm on my cooler at 60% max and 40% base. Still about as quiet. as the regular 120mm noctua I had in my last case but more CFM. And not brown.

Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

The problem is my 750D airflow case. They are in the front and right by my ear. During the day it's not a problem but at night when you can hear a mouse they sound like a portable generator.

Selicos 1 point 35 months ago

It might be worth grabbing a fan controller and simply turning them off or way low at night.

Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Replaced my NZXT Sentry 2 fan controller for a nice AeroCool Cooltouch. I have a bit more control and it adds some LED bling to the front of the case. I replaced my Noctua's for AeroCool DS 140's just for the looks alone. I can now turn off my fans at night and keep my system dead silent. The only thing I hear is my rear case fan and barely the D5 pump. Thanks for the idea.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

"Never order fittings at 3am and drunk." But that's when the "best" decisions are made.

This style always scares me and makes me think it's a leak waiting to happen. Grats on going big balls full on custom loop. Next go hard tubing.

Thumbs up.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

BTW Holy cow over 24k Firestrike score. Nice

s.a.wood15 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

mmmm dat monitor doe.

I_dunno 1 point 35 months ago

Why does unigine say the cards have 4gb video buffers???? Is it just wrong?? Sweet looking build though!!!!!

OMGriffinz 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Never had the huevos to try ~Svvamprat

Haha this made my day +1

Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

My huevos shrunk when I got the q code errors. lol

Shiver_Me_Timbers 1 point 35 months ago

Cable manage.

Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Working on it. I have custom power cables coming with combs.

PlasmusAng 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/RMFfHN can you tell me how much hi I can boost the core clock in my cpu and how much cores and memory can I do for my GPU while still being stable?

Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

That's a loaded question. Every chip is different so it's hard to tell with any accuracy. On your I7 with a water cooler it's possible you can get 4.5ghz or more. As for the GPU I have no idea. Good luck.

PlasmusAng 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

ok thx but could I at least get 4.7ghz?

clevelandta1983 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Any issues with the Dell U3415W monitor since overclocking to 75hz? Just bought mine a couple weeks ago but it can void the warranty if overclocked above 60hz. Curious how yours is working out. Thanks!

Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

I've had it for about 6 months now and no problems at all and it was OC'd the day I got it. Been playing Overwatch a lot and Battlefield 1 the past day and many more with no issues running any current AAA games at 3440x1440. I'd say the only issue is cut scenes and sometimes movies have a black border on the left and right.

I'm not sure how Dell is going to know you OC your monitor if you do it from the NVIDIA control panel. I wouldn't worry about the warranty.

clevelandta1983 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Cool. Thanks for the info!

Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

How are you liking your U3415W?

clevelandta1983 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I highly recommend it. I've had one at work since they came out last spring when it was a $1,000+ monitor. I just bought my personal one about 3 weeks ago for $670. I notice Best Buy has it now for $650 which really is an incredible deal for this amount of screen. No it doesn't have Gsync but I haven't noticed any screen tearing in the 3 weeks I've had it. Out of the box it looks really good but I'd recommend the color profile (link below). I think anyone would be happy with this monitor for the price.


beardedmisfit 5 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

How has your luck been with the HGST/HItachi hard drive? I"m debating on them or seagate. Didn't think i could get stuck choosing a hard drive. Great build btw. I've always wanted to try water cooling.

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 0 points 35 months ago

Not bad, only think I would have done is used a q rotary on the pump outlet and attached a drain there instead of a T fitting for draining.


Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I have a M to F valve coming to put directly to my T block to eliminate that hose just dangling. I saw the q fitting and that would have worked better. I'll have to keep that in mind for the next time.

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 0 points 35 months ago

The Only way to have a lowest point in your loop would have been the front rad (120mm) flipped upside down and had a q rotary on that, but I see where you were going with it.


Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Hope I can progress like you as a builder. You've done some amazing work.

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Well, I appreciate that. Sometimes my "Advice" on others builds are not taken as kindly as you have excepted it.

If you keep building, they will come. Getting the first watercooled loop out of the way is the first step in seeing how the process needs to work.

After that, it is critiquing your own work and improving aesthetics while maintaining efficient water flow.


Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I had some extra tubing so I adjusted the the loop. I flipped the front rad and have my T-fitting on there so it's the lowest point in my loop for draining. Thanks for the insight it not only helped my loop for draining but it cleaned it up some and it looks much better.

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Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

The streaming goes the other way. Usually involving large bearded European women, barnyard animals, little people and large blunt objects.

What.... I was talking about Amish Mafia.

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Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thermals are scary under the armor. I don't recommend putting the M.2. under the armor. My temps will be in the 60-70c in an hour + gaming session. You might want to use a PCI-E card. I would have gone that route but I don't want to take apart my custom loop and drain it.

If this helps it's been 6 months and no signs of it being damaged. Crystal disk has it running at 2000/1500 range.

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Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Rock and Roll dude. Your on your way. That setup looks sweet. You got a 4k monitor for the Titan XP or plans for one in the future? If your using 1080p or 1440p then a GTX 1080 should be plenty and save yourself close to $600. Let me know how it goes?

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Svvamprat submitter 4 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

If you can hold out till probably early 2017 then get the 1080ti. The 1080ti should slap 4k around.

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