Description

I built this as a coming home present for myself after returning from Afghanistan, I'm using it as a workstation with some moderate gaming thrown in.

With the exception of the water cooling loops, everything went together with no issues. I had some difficulties figuring out how to make the monsoon fittings seal well enough to prevent leaks, but it only took me an extra package of tube caps (or two...) and a few feet of extra tube to resolve the issues. I ended up using gel super-glue to get the proper seals on the end caps. This is my first build, and the first water-cooled setup I've owned, so it's not terribly clean. I did have a couple of the monsoon fittings come apart due to user error.

I know that the box is way overcooled. Mostly it's because I could - but I can also throw in a second GPU and memory cooling if I ever want to redo my loops.

The rear fans are high volume intake, and there's a high pressure intake above the hard drive (bottom center, front). Both rads have high pressure push-pull high pressure fans...

RGB! Oh, and RGB!

Idle temps for the CPU are around 24C. After running the GIMPS torture test for 30 minutes (all 16 cores), I was at 54C. I haven't put the GPU through a torture test yet.

http://www.3dmark.com/spy/2661742

http://www.3dmark.com/fsst/612271

Thanks for all of the kind words! I also appreciate the feature!

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 13 points

LORD GABEN SMIILES UPON YOU!!

+9001

  • 25 months ago
  • 12 points

Nice! I like the use of space here. It's one of the few times I saw this can't and didn't think "3D printer."

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

case*

just making sure you noticed that

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely didn't notice, thanks!

  • 25 months ago
  • 11 points

Upvoted because of "Cthulhu inside".

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Me 2.

:}

  • 25 months ago
  • 10 points

WOAH! That's one hell of a first build! Congratz!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally would get a cheaper PC and watercool that before I watercooled a threadripper build. Unless it's a 1900x…

  • 25 months ago
  • 7 points

Thank you for your service!!!

  • 25 months ago
  • 5 points

You are most welcome!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build btw! What are the temps looking like?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm around 24C at idle. I got up to 54C after 30 minutes on the GIMPS torture test. I'll be doing some other tests this weekend - I'll post results if they're not embarrassingly poor.

  • 25 months ago
  • 4 points

Now THIS deserves a feature!

+1

  • 25 months ago
  • 4 points

WHERE DID YOU GET THAT Cthulu Inside BADGE!!! I MUST HAVE IT!! (Please)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I want one too!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I had it made by http://www.case-badges.com

They did good work, but a little on the pricey side for small orders.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, those are spendy!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

how much is it? I would love one.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

because if you had to over-order for bulk, I would buy one off you.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the minimum order size made that I could. Unfortunately, they're all spoken for.

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you for your service, and for buying a real power supply to run all of this.

This is one of the best uses of deployment money I've seen in a long time. My brother bought a Harley with his, but it snows so much here he can only ride it for like half a year.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Great great build but one question... WHY SO MANY FANS!!!!!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Good question. The fans I wanted were out of stock when I started the build, so I bought the non-RGB version. Rather than tossing them in the parts bin after I got the RGB versions, I decided to do a push/pull configuration. I had plenty of room and plenty of power, so I figured why not.

It stays nice and cool, though!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok great to know I'm building my own water cooled PC in the same case just in white

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

This case was white, I just painted it.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh well there's a plain black one

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

There is, but I was going to paint it bronze anyway, and the white one was cheaper.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

This is my favorite build i've seen using this case, great job on it your bends look awesome! +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

sick build

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get that monitor inside the case? That's awesome.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done, and thank you for your service!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for your service

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

There's.... a tiny screen in the case? Wow!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Always great to see a dual loop! And the case is awesome!

Do you plan on clocking? 4GHz at 1.25V should be easy with the latest BIOS.

Cheers.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I do!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I just noticed you are using the fittings I was planning on getting for my build! how do you like them?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the fittings, but there was a learning curve. Make sure you get a good seal on the end caps when you glue them on - most of the leaks I had were due to glue starved joints. If you use the included colored/black O-rings to seal the gap between the end cap and the fancy coupler, there is very little room to screw it onto the 1/4" base.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

since when did you need to glue on your fittings?!? that doesn't sound right. How are you going to take it apart?

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

The chain gun hardline fittings have a plastic end cap that you glue to the end of your pipe section. The fancy collar grabs that and snugs it up to the 1/4” threaded section. The fitting comes apart by unscrewing it, but the plastic end cap is permanently mounted. I’d be happy to provide photos.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

good work +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, just wow.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

lmao my parents was born in afganistan

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I was in Kabul.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I was just reminded of the Borg when I saw your build. "You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile".

Great work on this mate, you made the build worthy of Threadripper indeed.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! I did notice you show a display inside the case, but I don't see it on the parts list? Where does one find such eye candy?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a 5" raspberry pi display from Amazon. It's pretty easy to put in, you just need a free HDMI and USB to hook it up.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello sir, would you mind linking to the display on Amazon? I've been looking for ages but all I find are displays without frames (or with massive ones). I would be grateful!

Thanks!! :)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

jesus

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

This is pretty amazing. I wish I had your budget lol.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like a mini nuclear reactor. Have you got proper papers for that?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work bud, congrats on the first build. I am sure the first of many, it becomes like an infection :/

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

20 Fans is pretty overkill. Still a great build though. +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, if I do another build, I’ll get my fans out of this box... lol

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you sure this is your first pc build? You gotta have massive balls to do something like that for a first build. (or hypothetical balls if your female...)

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

There was some significant pucker factor involved... That said, I had just come back from Afghanistan, where most of my pucker was used up.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm so confused about that loop...someone please explain.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Which part are you confused about? I'm fairly confident that I can explain it. I'll take a stab at the answer: "Because I wanted to use up space, and I thought it looked cool - and it's two loops". The alternate answer is: "Those are my drains, and the U-tube helps siphon the entire loop."

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It's two loops? well that makes it less confusing, but I guess what I'm saying is that I can't follow the flow. how the water goes. That stuff. I hope my confusion makes at least a little sense.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the same color fluid in both loops, probably adding to the confusion.

GPU loop: Reservoir/pump through inverted U -> 3-way fitting -> 1. drain and -> (through bulkhead lower left) -> 2. inlet to radiator -> radiator outlet -> (bulkhead) -> temp sensor fitting (under start button) -> GPU water block -> top of left reservoir

CPU loop: Reservoir/pump through inverted U -> 3-way fitting -> 1. drain and -> (through bulkhead lower left) -> 2. inlet to radiator -> radiator outlet -> (bulkhead) -> temp sensor fitting (over center fan) -> CPU water block -> top of right reservoir.

Hope that helps!

The bends and all that consume more pipe than necessary in order to satisfy my need to fill space in the case.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your service! I love the build! Ugh, quit tempting me to do a custom loop instead of my AiO

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

First build?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, this is my first build.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

How many fans? lol

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I know. I had a pretty good reason, but I already posted it elsewhere here.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Random thought...The reservoirs made me think of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Secret of the Ooze.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

What an excellent build, I love this case and you did a fantastic job with the loop. I have done many builds but never been brave enough to do a water cooled loop!!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

That's tight. Pretty unique. I dig it.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Call it Hulk on Steroids

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Some custom made sticker on the glass should make it look even better.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I WAS BUILDING LITERALLY ALMOST THE EXACT SAME THING. (its in on my account)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

By all means, build it... it's awesome.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think this can run Undertale?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe, but Minesweeper is another question

  • 25 months ago
  • 4 points

I can only play minesweeper on the tiny monitor in the case...

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build! What, monitoring software are you using on your case display? +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It's CAM.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

can I please have this

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

One of the most beautiful watercooled builds I've seen. I have done custom builds before but never watercooled (the water and pipe bends scare me, lol).

Was there a particular "how-to" guide you used during your build (if so, could you link), or did you just research and learn to build "on your own".

Again, amazing looking rig. Aside from function, it is a work of art!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I'm afraid I couldn't find any how-to guides. I ended up doing a bunch of research and video watching. The bends were a little intimidating, and I ended up using mandrels from monsoon to do most of them (there's a video). I already had some basic plumbing skills, so that helped.

I read that soft tubing was easier for a first loop, but I was more interested in hard line.

EK has a guide on watercooling that has the basics on how a loop should work, so I recommend taking a look at that.

Monsoon has a variety of fitting that will enable hardy water-tight seals, if applied correctly. I used the chain gun fittings because of the video where he used a 30 pound weight, and it didn't pull the tube out of the fitting.

Leak testing took me awhile. I was learning how to use the fittings by trial and error... I ended up draining the loops a bunch of times (make sure you include drains!).

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazing!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Glorious Build... also Thank You for Your Service.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your service in Afghanistan. Sick first build by the way. Stay safe.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Can i get a link for that tiny monitor please? that thing is ******* sweet

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

THIS IS THE COOLEST LOOKING AND BEST COOLED COMPUTER I HAVE EVER SEEN!!! Incredible first build! Did you do it all yourself?

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for your kind words!

I did build it myself - none of my family or friends had built one either. Fortunately, I had several months to research before I started.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

For the rgb strips you used, do I only need a motherboard RGB header to make this work? Or does it require the Cablemod addressable LED kit?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Ostensibly, the addressable LEDs plug into the header. I haven't gotten them to work at all. If you figure it out, let me know.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

nut

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for serving!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

pc is also awesome too

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! I LOVE YOUR BUILD! You have used most of the parts I was planning to use, that was until I decided I needed to replace my 3, 24” flat Asus monitors with 2, 32” curved monitors. They have taken a huge chunk of my budget.

I was still looking to try my first DIY cooling setup, but as a disabled vet myself, I’m a bit afraid to try, and can't afford to damage parts. Can you post a list of the pitfalls you ran into, a kind of things to avoid list?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem!

Most of my system (two loops) went together without a hitch.

The pipe bending was much easier than I thought it would be, but I flubbed a few bends by forgetting to insert the silicone rod (to keep the shape of the tube in the bend - otherwise it flattens out). This resulted in wasting 3 or 4 feet of tubing.

I used Monsoon Chain Gun fittings - these are not standard push fittings, you actually have to glue plastic caps on the end of your tubes, and then the fitting grabs that and seats it on the part of the fitting that goes in your block. I ended up having to use gel super glue to get those caps to seal, and I had to omit the rubber O-ring. They made the fitting too hard to get together and I ended up over-tightening a couple of the fittings, which caused them to fail.

When you get ready to leak test your system, use the 24 pin jumper (you can make one, or buy one) to power your pumps. If it leaks, there's no power to anything else in your system, and you won't ruin your stuff. Use distilled water to leak-test. It's cheap, and if you have a leak you don't end up spilling expensive cooling fluid.

I hope that helps!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much! It does sound easier than it looks. The bending of the tubes is actually the part that worried me the most. I have an external variable DC power supply, so I can use that to test. Funny, i was an Electronics Technician in the Navy, worked on RADAR systems, I even had to maintain water cooling systems! That seemed much easier compared to this, Lol!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I was a machinist's mate (a long, long time ago... in a galaxy far, far away), so I'm thinking that helped me with the piping...

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, I was an ET, but my twin brother was an MM Nuc, lol. He probably could do it easily .... I think I will ask...

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, so can Asus Aura sync make use of the addressable nature of the LED strips that you are using? So is it possible to have the color cycle through along the strip as opposed to having the strip change uniformly.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I have yet to get the addressable LED strips to work... If you get them working, by all means, let me know.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Are they hooked up directly to the AURA addressable header or just a standard rgb header

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

The addressable strips are connected directly to the addressable header, but the Asus Aura software doesn't recognize them at all. It's been a couple of months, so I'll be checking for BIOS and Aura updates soon. If anything is new and makes it work, I'll let you know.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Secret Of The Ooze

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the trees in the background of the first picture. Also, are/were you in the military? If you are/were, thank you for your service. I'm not the brightest light so if my question was dum, go easy with insults if anyone makes any.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your service and awesome build it's great

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, does the G.Skill 64GB RGB RAM works well? The QVL lists up to 32GB so I am not sure if the 64GB version is compatible with the motherboard.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, 64GB posted for me the first time I booted it up. I haven't updated the BIOS yet, so it only runs at 2133 at the moment. I'll be updating the BIOS in a few weeks, though... I'll let you know how it turns out.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

My Mom told me not just to play games but to design them too. Well I think she will take them back after she sees this :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those LED UV strips, or cold cathodes?

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Cold cathode

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How does that RAM run? I want to get this kit for an upcoming 2950x project and I want to know if this RAM is good with threadripper

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

21 fans... wow

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you mount the monitor inside the case?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Why so many case fans????

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering how the fans sound and the temps with the 140mm, thank you

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yo, question: How is that RGB hub working out for you? I'm planning on using one in my build and I would like to know what people think of it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

nice build

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

needs to be censored

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

Possibly the most beautiful build I've ever seen. Love the water cooling especially!

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

More like BATTLEstation...

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

That is a sweet build. And I love how the case wouldn't look out of place on a high tech lab bench.

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

A little time spent on cable management and she is stellar!

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

Love the build, looks very sleek.

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