I'm a guy who's only owned laptops ever since I was 11 years old... Now, being a working 26-year old manchild who's looking for his own appartment... I'm sure u can guess where I'm going with this. It was time for a real, very first, custom built desktop for in my future study, and being in mood where I felt like taking on a project, I decided to go all out and go for a custom, rigid tube watercooled pc.
I did my research, pumped myself up with music & youtube-tutorials; Creating the thing in my mind... and ordered al my parts from all over Europe!
The build is fairly straightforward, and I did encounter a few hickups, but managed to tackle them one by one in the end. The most major ones were: - knocking off and damaging a capacitor from my GTX1080 while removing the stock cooler (one of the connectors was a humongous pain in the *** to get loose... took me over half an hour of prying, my patience & the life of a capacitor to finally get it... ) - Attempting to get 90 deegree bends on all bends, which turned out ot be impossible with solely bending when there isn't enough space between the bends.
4 little modifications were made by myself: - Milling a hole the plexi from my gpu waterblock so it can fit the new and slightly more reliable capacitor. - Spraypainted the fan-casing of the 2 EK vardar F4 fans black while leaving the fans white. - using a combo of insulating and doublesided tape to strategically place the fansplitter on the side of the bay-drive casing, now on the back-side instead of the front -> no longer visible ;) - using extremely clear and thin doublesided tape to mount the bracket, holding the pump and res-combo into the case.
All in all I'm extremely happy with how things turned out. I did recieve a little disappointment blow however, when booting the system for the first time & watching my monitor not recieve any signals... After wracking my brain for 2 days, it turned out the monitor was trying to find my PC using the DP instead of the HDMI-port that I was using... With the kicker being that I in the end I had to switch ports to get my monitor from an non-overclockable 50Hz to the prommised standard of 60HZ refreshrate & making it overclockable to 100Hz.
Anyway, it was a fun and fresh journey which ended in the birth of my very own little creation: The Blazicken Ghost:
-Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5960X CPU @ 3.00GHz -Geforce GTX 1080 -32 GB RAM -2x 512GB / 1TB SSD -3TB HDD
peripherals: -Corsair strafe RGB cherry mx silent -Razer Taipan White / Logitec wireless (black/red) -Acer predator X34A -Stax srm-353X & Stax L-700