Description

My first go at a custom water cooled system. It's been about seven years since my last build and my i7 930 was just not cutting it anymore.

PSU from an old mining rig. KB/Mouse/Headphones/Monitor recent upgrades now being used on this PC. The rest quickly purchased and thrown together over a weekend.

Main use is a media server for the family and gaming for myself.

Tossing up whether the customs cabling would be worth it, the basic sleeved cables from the old PSU are holding up fine for me. The next bits I would want to buy would be water blocks for the GPU's, I think the money would be better directed there.

It can plays anything I throw at it like a dream. Very happy with the build and how the ASUS motherboard has come along. Some little tweaking to make sure OC settings stay after a cold boot, but besides that it was a cinch getting it to 4.0 (stable at 4.1 also) with 3333 on the DDR4 RAM.

PCPartPicker helped gather all the details on the parts needed and was a handy guide on prices.

Thanks everyone! JB

Part Reviews

CPU

Rock solid for its price and performance. I read that it can be difficult getting it about 4ghz, didn't have a problem with the Asus software getting it to 4.1ghz and allowing me to bench away.

Motherboard

Seems like all AM4 boards have some issues surrounding the RAM and BIOS's. This one has given me no issues I couldn't find an easy solution for.

Memory

Able to get up to 3466 with a CH6 and Ryzen 1800x

Storage

My first M.2, could never go back to something slower for the OS drive. Runs at full advertised speed.

Video Card

This card has some nuts on it.

Case

A lot of room to play with and being fully modular in the way the mb could be placed help fit everything in neatly.

Case Fan

Look good. Controller doesn't currently work with AM4 boards directly. Will need to run a USB cable to an external USB port which is annoying. Would buy something else for this board if I had known.

UPDATE: Thermaltake provided a replacement compatible controller and all issues are gone.

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

10/10 would name it again!!! 1+!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

noice

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Woah! O.O

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you missing a fan at the radiator ?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Good spotting. Due to clearance on the Motherboard I had to move that one fan to the top of the rad. Moving the modular tray lower for the mb meant the lower vid card didn't get much room to breath against the psu.

One day I'll get some blocks for the vid cards, until then happy to hear anyone's thoughts on where I've screwed this up and hear any recommendations.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Why didn't you go hardline tubing? Though it still looks cool.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

This was my first attempt at water cooling outside of using an AIO. Baby steps :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Should have named him Eva Unit 01

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks sick. What coolant did you use?

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

how much do you make

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Enough to put some away and do something like this every 10 years or so :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

spends $4.2k on computer doesn't buy sleeved psu cables

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

honestly, the last thing on my mind when buying all the parts.

No regrets.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Do this build some justice, get some sleeved cables. It deserves it

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

What would you recommend? I'm checking the cablemod site and can't decide on the colours.

Blue/Green alternating, or throw in something else.... or just plain black. argh

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

This question is for the monitor you have in this list, the AOC 27in 144hz 1440p one, does it shake alot? im interested in this monitor have you had any issues with it? also nice build although SLI 1080 ti is kind of a waste of money since most games dont use SLI very well if not at all

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean by shake? Whats on the display, or the monitor itself? I did a lot of reading up on reviews for this monitor and didn't read anything about issues like shaking so not sure what you mean. It has been running like a dream for me, no issues at all.

The monitor has some pretty solid reviews out there, definately worth a look into.

re: SLI 1080's, that's fine. I've had a good outcome with the games I want to run with the two cards, but thanks for the comment.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

like the monitor it self, it you like put little pressure to the sides will it shake?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

If I put pressure on the side it moves a little, not shakes. The stand seems just as sturdy as any other monitor I've owned. I've never had it move while using it and my desk isn't generally moving around.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Not played around with it much so far. Just finished the building and OS last night. Want to get all software sorted from my old build before I start OC'ing.

Tried the preset 4ghz OC in the bios, it worked. I want to get the RAM to 3200 then I'll be happy. Will post results once I have them.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. It's on the parts list. just waiting to confirm if there's anything else I need to order before pulling the trigger.