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Workstation/gaming PC for everyday use

Anyone else a fan of Bob's Burgers?

This is my first custom watercooled build, so I went with soft tubing. This is inspired by Paul's Hardware's Arctic Panther build. I really like the black and white color scheme that he used, so ever since I watched this videos, I decided I wanted to do the same thing. I couldn't replicate his build since he had a lot of sponsored parts, but I thought I could get close. I'm actually happy with how the soft tubing turned out; it doesn't look bad at all. This machine is mainly used for software development, gaming, browsing reddit, and some creative work.

The processor is an 8-core Xeon I found on ebay, but I'll be replacing it with something else when prices come down a bit. Most likely a 6850k or 6900k.

The PC is dead silent. CPU hovers around 28-30C on idle and 40C under load. The 980s also hover around 30C idle and 50C under load. CPU benchmarks aren't super impressive because the Xeon has a low clock speed, however I'm able to get a decent overclock with the 980 Tis.

Some parts were reused from an old build or bought used, so the overall price is slightly higher than what I actually paid. I also had to buy a bunch of minor things like extra screws, washers, and wire sleeving. The SLI bridge is temporary until I find a nicer one. I want to get the EVGA bridge, but they're out of stock. I might just get an HB bridge instead.

Things to improve upon/future plans:

  • Use EK backplates for the 980 Tis - I didn't want to spend $60 extra just for the backplates, but they do look cleaner and would get rid of the red "Classified" text on the stock backplates. I considered painting over the red text, but decided against it.

  • Get a separate reservoir and pump for more expandability options and flexibility in placement, but I'm happy with the xres 140. Not sure if the Define S can handle a separate res/pump either. It's getting cramped.

  • I'm not too satisfied with the Y-splitter coming out of the pump. It takes up too much room and doesn't look very good. I might switch to a T-fitting instead.

  • Get better cable combs. The Cablemod ones are ok, but they don't really organize the cables too well. I want to get the ones with a single opening (like Ensourced)

  • Make room for a 3rd radiator somehow. Probably a 120mm in the back. It could improve temperatures a little bit, and since I plan on overclocking the CPU once I get an i7, I need at least 720mm of total radiator space.

  • Need to straighten out the tube that goes from the front radiator to the reservoir.

  • PETG hard tubing eventually (or maybe not, since I need to get new fittings as well)

  • Glass side panel. The Define S' cheap acrylic side panel scratches so easily.

  • Hide the LED strip cable

  • S̶t̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶l̶o̶o̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶r̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ ̶m̶o̶n̶i̶t̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶g̶e̶t̶.̶ ̶L̶e̶a̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶o̶w̶a̶r̶d̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶A̶s̶u̶s̶ ̶P̶G̶2̶7̶9̶Q̶.̶ ̶I̶ ̶w̶a̶n̶t̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶g̶o̶ ̶u̶l̶t̶r̶a̶w̶i̶d̶e̶,̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶g̶a̶m̶e̶s̶ ̶I̶ ̶p̶l̶a̶y̶ ̶d̶o̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶s̶u̶p̶p̶o̶r̶t̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶p̶e̶r̶l̶y̶.̶

  • E̶x̶t̶e̶r̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶D̶A̶C̶/̶A̶M̶P̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶n̶i̶c̶e̶r̶ ̶h̶e̶a̶d̶p̶h̶o̶n̶e̶s̶ ̶l̶i̶k̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶H̶D̶6̶5̶0̶

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Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 7 points

More pics pls.... Nice build +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Same

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do. I'm trying to find a nicer camera that I can borrow. Those are just phone pics.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

you can afford a x99 pc you can afford a 50-100$ camera :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

how often will he use that camera though? utility<cost

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Your lighting is pretty nice, and (soft) natural light should yield even better pics. Overall, your phone camera is great and doesn't really detract from the photos.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice build! how long does it take to boot up?

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

http://i.imgur.com/UPVFhLB.gif

nice build, nice name

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahaha at gif !

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it! Very clean. Some benchmarks please :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll get some benchmarks soon. The CPU isn't anything impressive since Xeon clock speeds are low, but I was able to get a decent overclock on the 980s.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Very very nice built...+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Watch this not get feature but some random *** kid that spams rgbs everywhere does

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol... man I hate the RGB trend right now.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Fine looking bovine you have there, partner. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

2 strips of white electrical tape would take care of that red text if you care. Ask how I know.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

2 words..........VERY NICE!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

That would be a beyond beautiful workstation =)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol is moolissa producing the milk for the cooling :) . Ha have to give it to you for the original name, plus obviously it's a great build. Good job +1 for the cow.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that was the idea lol... just a silly name, and I've been watching Bob's Burgers recently.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

The back plates on the GPUs kinda throw off the theme of the build, but it's damn pretty non-the-less! Always a fan of white themed builds and I hope the case that houses this beast will be painted white. And if I may, if you're looking for AIO Headphone/extDac might wanna give the Steelseries Siberia 840s a look. Just a thought. ;)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, that's the biggest thing I don't like about the build right now, but you can't really tell unless you look really closely. I might just wait for the 1080 Ti to come out and get new blocks and backplates.

Thanks for the headphones recommendation, I'll look into it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking forward to the update!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Its refreshing seeing soft tube again on a build of this caliber, great job!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta love a custom loop! Can't wait to (eventually) put one in my build, also love the black/white color scheme and the obscure Bob's Burgers reference

+1 great build man

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah i think u should get triple monitors first for that pc.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

those tubes look sooo thhack

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for bobs burgers reference.......and a sweet build

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

how was building with soft tubing?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty easy. You don't have to be as precise as hard tubing since you can easily trim tubes down to size. There's obviously no bending involved, so it saves a lot of time. It can be hard to screw the compression fittings on certain parts if they're at awkward angles, so plan accordingly.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting, I'm interested in eventually custom watercooling my first pc build(future) but with hard tubing and 90 degree fittings, or would you recommend Soft tubing

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're doing it for the first time, soft tubing would be a lot easier, but there are plenty of people here who go straight for the hard tubing. It just depends on how confident you feel about it and if you're willing to have a lot of downtime in case things go wrong.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Soft tubing is cheaper? Excluding all the fittings right?, might go soft then do hard tubing after

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think the tubing itself is cheaper (probably comparable in price), but you need more hardware to work with hard tubing, like a heat gun, cutting tool, mandrels, etc.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Glorious

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice clean, juicy build.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Mice water cooled system. I'd love to see pictures of the outside and its setup.

Thumbs up

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Barrow fittings FTW!!

I'm assuming you got them from Modmymods?

+12323042390 for the clean build, haven't seen the modmesh cables out in the wild yet, gotta agree with you on the cable combs though, the spacing on them isn't too impressive.

For new cable combs you could try:

UPC Magazines nice and clean, go on as one, but the holes might be too big for Cablemods cables, which tend to use pretty thin sleeving, although the modmesh does seem thicker than the paracord-y modflex.

Ensourced Wire wraps Probably your best bet. Cheap, look great, really like the results I got with them, and can be clipped at the bottom to fit the cables through

Mod/smart also has some, can't say I dig the look of them though :|

Coolforce also has some, but they're literally like $12 a comb.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, ModMyMods. I highly recommend them, although they seem to have inventory issues, but when they're in stock you can't beat the price.

Yeah I really like the cables. One hesitation I had with ModFlex was that maybe it was too flimsy and wouldn't train well, so I decided to give the ModMesh a try.

I actually want to try out the Ensourced ones; I found them a few weeks ago but wasn't sure how they worked. Would I need to remove the connector/head so I can fit the combs or does it open up like the mod/smart ones?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

For the ensourced ones, you need to make a small cut in the bottom of the comb to fit the cables through (look at the last photo on the product page), unfortunately, the don't swivel like the Mod/smarts.

Joey at Ensourced is a real nice guy though, if you shoot him an email, he'll almost certainly cut them/modify them so they'll work with your cables.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, thanks for the info.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm wet just looking at that.

no pun intended

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the Asus PG278Q and recommend it without hesitation!

Beautiful build, +1!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

This is way overkill. also, if anyones planning on using this build I recommend replacing the 980 TI's with 1080's or above. Way better, for a better price as well. Also, if anyone's planning on using this as a standard home gaming system, the processor is overkill, unless you NEED that processor and you know you need it, don't get it. Same goes for all the SSD, if you can just have one of those SSD's and put your OS on it, then store everything else on a disc drive it's way cheaper. Other than that, this build is pretty awesome.

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

mate he says in the description that he will be replacing all the parts you have mentioned aside from the ssd's, he says in one of the comments he will be replacing the 980 tis with a 1080 ti, and that the processor is overkill and that he only using it because it was on ebay for cheap.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Like Cazza said, I will be replacing some parts as they become available. I got the CPU because it was used on ebay. I didn't want to get a Broadwell-E for the inflated prices when it first came out (keep in mind this took a few months to plan, buy parts, build).

The SSDs aren't overkill. I didn't want any hard drives in the system because of the noise. SSDs are cheap enough that they can be used for storage now. Also, for the work I'm doing, the SSDs absolutely make a difference. I have a separate NAS for long-term file storage. Besides, they weren't purchased new for this system; they're recycled.

The 980s are also recycled. I'll consider an upgrade when the 1080 Ti comes out.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Rig !

Have you had any memory problems regarding compatibility with the Asus X99 Deluxe ll ?

Thanks

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

No compatibility problems.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Idk I kinda like the "Classified" Backplates. It gives it a tough look.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

One of the best looking builds on the site. And 40 degrees under load. Dayum.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Keep in mind it's a Xeon 2630 V3, so most of the time it hovers under 1V, so it doesn't get too hot. An i7 would be a different story.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

how is the cpu?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's ok, but not great. I only got it because it was cheaper than a 5960x or 6900k, which is what I want to upgrade to eventually.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the featured build. Very nice and good to know that flex tubing is still going strong. Keep up the good work!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Which LED lights did you use? Nice build btw!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I used CableMod LED strips.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

excellent build! but i cant tell whether your second gpu is sagging or not, if it is be careful

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Love Bob's Burgers and this Build! +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

why not use a 6800k?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Since I have two graphics cards and a M.2 SSD, I need the 40 PCIe lanes.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't actually, do you? GPUs are running at 8x each, giving a total of 16, and the M.2 ssd takes 4 lanes, totalling 20. You would still have 8 lanes free.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Certain motherboards with certain CPUs will allow your x16 slots to actually run electrically at x16 instead of halving them to x8+x8 so that would be 32 + 4 to 36 with 4 to spare.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, I'm almost certain I want the Magni/Modi stack with a Sennheiser HD650. Just saving up right now haha.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitors actually can be "overclocked" to 100Hz, so it's ok for now. They're from a previous build. Waiting to get the PG279Q.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The 980 Tis are recycled parts. Bought them last year. I didn't think upgrading now would be worthwhile; will look into the 1080 Tis when they come out next year.

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