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Main Bae - First Custom Loop

by AhodShralpy


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Date Published

Jan. 7, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

46.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.07 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

14 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C


I finally pulled the trigger and decided to do a custom loop build! They've always caught my eye and to me felt like the culmination of all the PC building knowledge I've gained over the last couple years. I had to have my own piece of eye candy.

The case made things as easy as it could, but I have to say this was more of a headache than I anticipated! Some of the fittings didn't go together easily and draining this thing is a little difficult as well. After some cursing and a bit of wasted tubing, I managed to get everything functional and performing as expected. There is a little kink in one of the final tube sections before the reservoir that I need to fix, but other than that it works great!

Right now I have my Ryzen 5 1600 running at 3.9 GHz, and debating whether I want to upgrade to Ryzen 3000 series and an X570 board when it comes out, or wait even longer to see what Intel fires back with. I mainly did the custom loop to cool my 2080 and for the fun of it! Happy with the results.

Future plans include hard tubing, M.2 NVME drive, and maybe some matching Noctua Chromax 140mm for the front of the case. It never ends :).

P.S. apologies that my photos were taken on a potato phone...

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SychicMind 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

is the ram supposed to be purple?

AhodShralpy submitter 10 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Yeah right now, still figuring out what I like for color schemes!

burlypillow 1 point 2 months ago

Should have put NSFW in the title, for showing those GPU nudes. +1

ooferino 1 point 2 months ago

Are you planning to upgrade the motherboard and CPU?

AhodShralpy submitter 10 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Yeah! I'm thinking about Ryzen 3000 series and X570 board when those are available soon.

Would consider Intel as well but probably not the current gen. Gotta see what their answer to Ryzen 7nm is.

ooferino 1 point 2 months ago

I'm not sure if you know, but its very possible that zen 2 won't even be announced on wednesday @ CES. It's getting pretty hyped up and quite honestly, I think it's going to be teasers. Two days and we'll know, though.

AhodShralpy submitter 10 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Well that's good, I don't have another $500 to spend after this puppy just got finished anyway lol. No matter when it's coming out, it's pretty soon on the relative scale of things. But thanks for the tip!

KnightCrawler 1 point 2 months ago

very nice first loop, hows your temps?

AhodShralpy submitter 10 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

thanks! they're not bad, but not as good as i'd hoped either. things idle pretty low, but the gpu gets up to around 60c while gaming which seems a little high compared to others. when i have time i'm going to re-seat the GPU block and check for anything weird in there.

cpu seems good, tends to max out around 42c and idle around 28-30c

nicoelchicano 1 point 2 months ago

Why did you choose the case fans that you chose? (Noctua)?

And why that case over a define R6?

AhodShralpy submitter 10 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I chose the Noctuas because they have a great reputation, I like the aesthetics of the Chromax fans with the rubber corners, and I wanted PWM fans. I think they're ok on static pressure too, but could be wrong on that.

I chose this case over an R6 because I didn't like the big hard drive bay/area in the front of the R6. I know you can remove it, but this was my first custom loop and I liked the reservoir mounting support and space that this version offers!