Description

I built this system for my wife's birthday last year. It's my third custom loop, and favourite one yet. She upgraded from a Z97+4790k to a 8700k. The upgrade gave a very noticeable boost in performance and sped up her work flow dramatically. The build took about 6 weeks of planning, and another 3 weeks of building. The psu cables alone took a week to make. In the end, it was all worth it. My wife loves her new build!

The parts are all great but a special note to the GPU and the case. The GPU is the only part that we've kept from her previous build. She's in love with this card, and doesn't want to give it up yet. The Lianli pc011 dynamic case is an absolute pleasure to work with, especially for watercooling. I've two systems in phanteks cases, but with this case, I'll be switching over and not looking back.

The 8700k is delidded and is using conductonaut/aeronaut. We decided not to OC as the system is only used for photo editing, So we instead to keep the system cool and quiet as much as possible. The system runs around 22-23 idle, and stays under 30 for her regular day work-load (mainly just Lightroom).

Watercooling parts contains a mixture of EK, Bitspower, Barrow and Monsoon. She has an EK pump combo, EK monoblock, Bitspower GPU block, Monsoon fittings, and some Barrow fittings and reservoir. The system is running distilled water with red dye.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 13 points

Calling a feature now

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

Nailed it

  • 11 months ago
  • 8 points

I sense a feature.

  • 11 months ago
  • 7 points

Was right!

  • 11 months ago
  • 7 points

Anything that's sexy without an excessive amount of makeup (RGB) gets an upvote from me! Well done!

  • 11 months ago
  • 7 points

Thanks, it's actually got lots of RGB lighting but it's only set to one colour. Personally just can't stand the rainbow style lighting

  • 11 months ago
  • 5 points

Love the color in this build.

  • 11 months ago
  • 4 points

Feature incoming

  • 11 months ago
  • 4 points

I have another name for it:

Winter Blood

+1

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for keeping the 980 ti. Beautiful photos and build.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man! And ya, lot's of memories with that card - it's my first watercooled card.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

attached to a 980ti couldn't be me good build +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

sexc

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet mother of mercy... That is piece of art, not a pc.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Sooo clean

The cable colors make me happy

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

What lens do you use for those close up pictures like picture 4 and 6? I don't much about cameras but love those close-ups with the small focus.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the compliment! I took these shots using my wife's 150mm macro lens that she usually uses to photograph flowers,

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

What camera for those shots (and your architecture photography if they're the same)? I'm somewhere between amateur and experienced so I'm learning XD. And about the PC, that is definitely the beauty.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The camera used was a Nikon D850

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I've never been too interested in doing photography but awesome shots like these make me want to get into it lol

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you describe the passthrough panels a bit? Also, what are the red parts on the GPU fittings?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Those are supposed to be filters, these particular style are from Barrow. But I took out the mesh/filter so they're just for show.

Loop goes like this: Pump>GPU>Radiator>Into the back>CPU>Into the back again>Reservoir>Pump

I hope that explains it

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the look of the filters as an aesthetic choice. Gives me an idea for a Harley build as they have the look of exhaust pipes.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

feature

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing!!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy smokes thats some phenomenal Wire management.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

ncie build, looks awesome! so damn close to perfection, you should sleeve the pump wires and it would be perfect

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it's one thing that I couldn't do because I could've get a pin removal tool for fan headers. But I plan to do this when I do maintenance.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

but can the Kool Aid dispensary run

Minecraft?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Dunno, but I've seen run 2 Minesweepers together though.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

My God... what does your wife plan to do with all that power?!

lol

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

With all that power comes all that responsibility. She likes her Uncle Ben, so I guess nothing lmao.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Looks almost exactly like my build (although I think yours is a little bit better). Great job!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it. Tidy and looks amazing! Good job +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build! (No pun intended) Very well done. :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, it really is pretty cool (pun intended).

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

HOLY...

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Name +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Why does your wife need so much power for Lightroom? Or is this the build to keep her silent while you buy 2x RTX Titans and an i9 9980XE? My only suggestion would be to wrap the EK pump cable in black fabric tape (https://www.amazon.com/Renfrew-Cloth-Hockey-Straight-Black/dp/B01D3ZB7UA?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_14&th=1&psc=1) just so you don't have ketchup and mustard cables standing out in the awesome wife build!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

She got a new camera that shoots raw files that are around 70-80mb. It's actually quite tough for her 4790k to handle photos of this size in lightroom.

She actually offered to buy me a 2080ti during xmas but I turned her down. Shes amazing (the wife, that is).

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Needs more red.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Just... wow!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

jeez a 980 uses 2 pins and a 6

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

A beast of it's time, yup

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Think of all the children that money could have fed. So many starving African children in Vietnam could have there bellies full with the $3000 it took to build this.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm contributing to the cause to solve the world's over population crisis. Thank me later

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

A noble cause solving this horrid crisis of overpopulation.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

One over-budget computer at a time.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a GTX 980ti if you put 2k+ into this?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

My wife doesn't game, she doesn't use any programs that needs GPU processing power, so there's really no point of getting a new GPU. She's also very sentimentally attached to this card, so she insisted on not changing it. Plus, it doesn't make sense to spend more for an upgrade that wasn't going to be used.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

How would you like to build 3 of these for me?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

would love to! They're so fun

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Let me creat budget.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

DROOLING

  • 11 months ago
  • 0 points

Why do you exhaust the warm air from the radiator back into the case? The top of the case is usually an exhaust, not an intake.

The visuals are great, but the visuals are not everything. So I'm wondering if I missed something here.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Visuals arent everything, its usually true for PC building. But it actually is for custom hardline loops. 99% of people who do custom hard loops do it for looks. I mean these hardline loops start at 500 to 600usd, youd certainly be better off just using that money to upgrade components.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

You missed the fact that in this particular scenario for my system, it was purposely done achieve positive air pressure. Dust accumulation is more important to me than a 1 to 2c temperature (Note that there were many tests done to show that push/pull configs have a negligible difference in temperature performance).

Though you are correct if I had switched the orientation of the fans, I may have gotten a marginal temperature decrease at the expense of sacrificing positive air pressure.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for explaining your thoughts.

I'm still not sure how positive air pressure helps you. Your system sucks in the same amount of air (give or take). Do you have an air filter on the top of the case (it's not that common), because if you don't, the same amount of dust enters into the system, so I don't see how it made things any better.

Update: I've checked the case: http://www.lian-li.com/pc-o11-dynamic/

It does support air filters on the top, but I'm not sure if they are actually on.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm no scientist so I don't know the details behind how exactly positive air pressure but I copy and pasted from an article I found that seems to make sense to me:

"Chassis with positive air pressure can prevent dust from penetrating into the chassis by use of filters on intake fans and forcing air out of the chassis through unfiltered vents and gaps. On the other hand, a chassis with negative air pressure draws in air from unfiltered vents and gaps that even with fan filters placed on key intake fans, dust can penetrate into the chassis easily."

And yes, the case does have a dust filter at the top, underneath the panel so it's not visible. But it's on there.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

the case does have a dust filter at the top, underneath the panel

Then they are in use and your air filtering works as intended.

Thank you for the details.

Well done. :)

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

That's exactly how the airflow is for this system. But you can also mount fans at the floor of the case.

Tthese cases are phenomenal for watercooling, I've done 2 already and planning a 3rd. I'm coming from building custom loops Phanteks and Fractal Design, and hands down I'll say that this case is just so much better for watercooling. That's not to case it's perfect case, in fact far from it. But I still love it.

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