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Aluminum Falcon

by 19seanak19

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Date Published

March 8, 2019

Date Built

March 6, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.569 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.016 GHz

Description

This build is competing in a contest over on builds.gg, please vote for it if you like it here: https://builds.gg/builds/aluminum-falcon-14980 Thanks!

The current iteration of my main build, which has slowly evolved over the years. The goal with this build was to create the most over the top water loop I could with my current skills and budget. I think it turned out great, and I'm super happy with it.

I wanted to differentiate my loop from all the other loops by mixing as many watercooling brands as I could, while still keeping a consistent aesthetic. I kept to a general black/silver theme, with any color I wanted being possible through RGB. I like a black/silver theme as I think it looks extremely classy and I love how the silver reflects any lighting in the case, making for great accents. However, I didn't want to overload on RGB (the fans may come close to this), so I tried to keep things simple there. to not bend the tubes in this build for two reasons. First, I bent them for the last version of this build and it did not look nearly as good. Second, I intend to switch from PETG to glass tubing whenever I next upgrade my CPU and GPU. One final interesting thing to note, there is actually one soft tubing run from the top to the back rad. This was necessary since no matter what combination of fittings I used, I could not get a straight run between the two.

Also, note that the build was still bleeding when I took these pictures, which is why there are so many bubbles still present. And I swear the cable management looks far better in person!

As far as component selection goes, most of it is from slowly adding to and changing my build over the years. That's why I still have an mATX board in this huge case, along with an almost 5-year old processor. Trust me, as soon as Intel or AMD release a new CPU at a price I can afford that interests me, those will be replaced. Similarly with my GPU- I wanted to do SLI 2080 Ti's before their price was revealed... Some of my storage was also recently moved to another build, which is why it currently is rather sparse.

I'll probably come back and update these details more as I think of more things to say. Feel free to ask me questions!

Currently waiting on my Ducky Shine 7 Blackout and a second M-Audio BX8 D3 (so I can steal back my BX5s from my TV), so no setup pics yet. Will update when they arrive.

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RayvenOne1 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I see what you did with the name XD. Amazing water loop as well!

19seanak19 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! I'm glad people appreciate the name!

19seanak19 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! I'm glad people appreciate the name!

RayvenOne1 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I wanted to like your build on builds.gg, but my pc decided it didn't want to load the website!!

andyshinn 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Do I spy a farbwerk in there?

19seanak19 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Yep! So useful, I just hope aquacomputer releases an addressable RGB version of it, since it seems a lot of the RGB components are switching to that standard.

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

This build looks amazing!!

19seanak19 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you! I put far too much time and money into it, so I'm glad it at least turned out good.

potatoguy1234 1 point 1 month ago

it would have been cheaper for you to get 3 1x16s instead of what you got

19seanak19 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The first 2 x 16 GB sticks were bought back when kits like that were close to or over $400. I managed to snag these used at what would be considered at that time to be an amazing price. But yes, now I definitely could have gotten them for less.

OccamAsylum 15 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Are you British by any chance? Because your build title is so much better if you are. xD

19seanak19 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Not British, but I also feel the same way.

junkenpo 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Great work on the pipe routing. Very clean!

19seanak19 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! Theres still some flaws I see, but I had to stop somewhere.

Averito 1 point 1 month ago

1440p 60hz monitor with a 1080 ti? Anyways, excellent looking build +1

19seanak19 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Haha, for sure. At least it keeps me from needing to upgrade my GPU just yet. Most of my gaming is on a 65 in. Samsung Q6fn now, which is a better fit. Definitely looking to replace the BenQ sometime in the near future though.

Maxpcp 0 points 1 month ago

Why that old of a processor?

19seanak19 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Basically, it's what I have. Nothing from Intel or AMD has really made me want to switch yet. I have a feeling either Ryzen 3000 or whatever Intel releases this year might just convince me to finally upgrade though.

I also spent a lot of my upgrade money on water cooling, so time to start saving again!

JDawn747 1 Build 0 points 1 month ago

$300 Lian Li case? How? Why?

19seanak19 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Only recent Lian Li cases have been sub $200, before these they only made expensive high-end cases. Not that anything is wrong with the new ones. This case is literally everything I want in a case, so I don't mind spending a lot for something I don't plan on replacing for a long time.

Midwayferrari 0 points 1 month ago

3 sticks of ram, Why?

19seanak19 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Check the pictures, there's 4 now. I was slowly collecting sticks as I found good deals on them. I should probably update the list for sure.