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Delidded i7-7700k personal PC

by wubera

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First I'll start by putting out the disclaimer that i did not spend anywhere near the amount the parts list has totaled out... If you are also looking to get a PC somewhere in the same ballpark as what i have, dont be immediately discouraged by the price as a lot of it can be purchased on sale/bundled for a lot less...

description: delidded kabylake 7700k w/ Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra. dropped temps underload avg of 15 deg. c. Running moderate overclock @ 4.9 ghz, under load does not break low 70's. [1.3v vcore]. Running on XMP profile to 3200 on the ram. Moderate OC on the 1070 (1863 MHz, 9342 MHz Memory).

PC is damn quiet w/ fans optimized during normal to medium useage. during intense gaming i use headphones so i crank it all up to 100%. I have a bunch of spare deadener laying around from a car audio install-- so it was used on the front face + windowed panel of the case.

Fidelio X2's are ran off of amp\dac Schiit Stack combo. I use them for 80%+ of the time due to their expansive soundstage and i am a sucker for their signature. ( i use a set of modded fostex t50rp mk3's as my closed cans). The built in speakers in the monitor are mediocre at best so I rarely use them.


To answer questions: (repost from comment submission)

The delid was incredibly straight forward and wasn't difficult at all to do. The rockit88 tool is practically fool proof and unless you're incredibly unlucky, i'm sure it'll work for anyone who uses it. I used liquid metal ( Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra). 15c is quite a good drop for what it cost and difficulty of the entire process. Prior to building the PC i was contemplating doing liquid/water cool, but the $$$ per performance gain really couldn't justify the extra costs. The D15 is a tried and true champ. In my mind, why spend 3x more on liquid cooling over air--when you can just spend ~40$ to delid and get just as great of results... the thought of strapping 300$ liquid cooling on an inefficient stock thermal compound just made me cringe.

The headphones were 250$ from amazon when they were on sale. (actually this i the price that they are right now 2/7/17). They punch well above their class/price and i seriously think they might be one of the best bang for buck headphones aside from sennheiser lineup.. but it really depends on your audio tastes. They are hands down one of the best multi-purpose cans anyone can buy-- they are low impedance meaning they can be driven without the need for a standalone amp. Their open design make them incredibly comfortable for long periods of time (I can wear then for 4+ hours without issue..)

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EpikMark0123 1 Build 4 points 26 months ago

ahhh, the thought of delidding my CPU just scares me. Is it really that easy, if so I just gotta know the process. Clean build, love every part, including $400 headphones while the GPU costs 420. You know why. Because blaze it.

i just dabbed and think I should hang myself

Eltech 20 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Cool to see someone show a delidding of their i7-7700K. May your overclock be high and your temperature be low.

mlach 4 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

How was it using that rockit kit? Looks like the delidding process is simple enough with the right tool set. Once I have an extra $250 to spare for a new cpu (insurance) and the kit, I may give it a try myself.

wubera submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

The delid was incredibly straight forward and wasn't difficult at all to do. The rockit88 tool is practically fool proof and unless you're incredibly unlucky, i'm sure it'll work for anyone who uses it.

To answer some questions: I used liquid metal ( Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra). 15c is quite a good drop for what its worth. Prior to building the PC i was contemplating doing liquid/water cool, but the $$$ per performance gain really couldn't justify the extra costs. The D15 is a tried and true champ. In my mind, why spend 3x more on liquid cooling over air--when you can just spend ~40$ to delid and get just as great of results...

400$ headphones?! -- No it really isn't $450+, or whatever partpicker is posting it as.. The data that its pulling for prices are grossly inaccurate to what i spent.. The most expensive thing was the monitor, which was purchased from bestbuy refurbished (680$); that deal is still going on once in a while, so you can hunt the website everyday to see when their stock refreshes.. but once you see it, be sure to be ready to purchase it right away because it doesn't last more than 10 minutes typically.. The only things purchased at full msrp were the CPU, MOBO, and the 1TB HDD.

The headphones were 250$ from amazon when they were on sale. (actually this i the price that they are right now 2/7/17). They punch well above their class and i seriously think they might be one of the best bang for buck headphones aside from sennheiser lineup.. but it really depends on your audio tastes.

thetortuga747 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Damn! A 15C difference from delidding is YUGE!

jakethemp 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

tech city yes on youtube reported a 20c difference when he tested it and got 5.1 ghz on it

kingpin 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

FFS! That's a new CPU and look how dried up the thermal paste is! intel should be sued for that s@#t now i'm thinking of delidding my i7 4790k, removed the tensionscrews from 980ti the other day and the heat sink just fell off! the thermal paste was so dry when i change it to AC5 i got a 10 drop in temps.

DayQuil_Man 1 point 26 months ago

Sweet build man +1. Very similar to what I'm going to be building soon. Just a tip, for more improved cooling performance, remove the pcie brackets in the back and there should be about a 5° C difference in temps.

dirtyred 1 point 24 months ago

So without delidding your temps were around 85 °C with the Noctua cooler? You get 70 °C under load using what software? I'm just curious because I'm thinking about switching my Arctic Freezer i32 cooler in hope to get 5-10 °C lower temperatures on my 7700K.

Josiahll 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

hey man nice build , im building a pc almost just like this soon, i have a question about the Graphics card and the MoBo, when you initially booted up did you just plug into the GPU with cable and the motherboard picked up your card? or did you have to plug into the motherboard and download the drivers and then plug into the GPU?

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 0 points 26 months ago

You are one brave lad, though I will have to call you out for not using a Define C because of the lack of a psu shroud in the Define S that makes it not reasonable to buy anymore

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ElJuego1977 7 Builds 3 points 26 months ago

If they are starting to swell you should see your doctor as this could be a sign of a serious medical condition.

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Linus did it, so you can too!

randomguy99 1 Build 4 points 26 months ago

Linus doesn't care about breaking his cpu though, because he knows intel will give him another one for free

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Lol true

Synchro 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Still tryna convince them to do some giveaways so I can test my luck...

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

...always wanted to do that. My balls aren't big enough yet.

This is why I have a big stick, with some patience and slow to anger.

squats 1 point 26 months ago

Lol my wallet doesn't have the balls, i simply can't afford it if it snaps into pieces, if i could afford just buying another one, sure i'd do it lol

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EpikMark0123 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Lucky man, I love it

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omarshiha 1 point 26 months ago

how does it sounds ? :)

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Goop56 1 point 26 months ago

on amazon its cheaper currently on sale from 300$ to 240