Description

Sometime last year, I asked myself.. What new project/ hobby should I tackle next? I do want to venture into 3D modeling, 4K video and music editing as a new hobby. Oh and be able to fulfill my gaming needs.. Hmmm, do I buy a PC or build one my way? I've never built a PC but I have always wanted to. AND if I do build one, it has to be clean and unique. So I began buying individual items every other week back in July 2017 and I am glad I did. Many of the items have jumped up in price compared to now. Once cyber monday and the christmas came and past, I finally gathered everything I needed to start the build.

The first thing I did was to install the mobo and radiator into the Phanteks case to see what kind of space I am working with. It also gave me some time to think of the color scheme. I spent a whole day visualizing potential layouts. One thing I really wanted to do is to have a row of pass-throughs on display somewhere.

Also, to have the GPU mounted vertically. I had to do some cutting and drilling to accommodate the GPU bracket. Main reason is that I wanted to have the water block on display rather than barely seeing it if mounted horizontally. You can find the vertical GPU bracket I used here @ https://mnpctech.com/vertical-gpu-video-card-installation-mount/ . After playing around with a few ideas, I decided on what you see today.

I made some panels out of plexiglass to cover up the sheet metal give it a nice clean look. Once all panels were made and fitted, I dismantled the whole case by drilling out all of the rivets for the new paint job. I had it powder coated gloss white from a local paint shop. I also had the EK fittings (for the front half of the PC) powder coated a gloss charcoal grey. While that was happening, I ordered my custom sleeved cables from MOD-ONE. I wanted to attempt it on my own but with all the work that is still ahead of me, I decided maybe next time. I also wish I could have routed them better on the backside. I focused on prepping and painting the other items. The plexiglass panels were painted a gloss white, while the radiator, reservoir caps, CPU and GPU block trim pieces metallic silver. I also had to make a piece for the 1080 FTW name plate and have it mounted to the bottom of the GPU block.

When I got my case and fittings back, it was a slow process of reassembling and installing all components without scratching or damaging anything. Bending PETG tubing was a first for me, as much of this experience was. I did screw this up the first couple of tries on a practice piece but I finally got the hang of it. After that, it was time to fill it up with distilled water to check for leaks and I was relived to see no leaks after a couple hours of running the pump. I flushed out the system and filled it with a fresh mix of EK concentrate. The blue ended up a bit darker than I wanted. Oh well. I will probably stay with a clear fluid next time.

Overall, I am very happy with the way it turned out for my first build. No problems to report as of yet. It is quick and runs quiet. Does everything I need it to. If you read this far, wow thank you! Feel free to comment. I do not know if posting benchmark numbers are a must but if people are interested, I can do that sometime. I am reading up on BIOS and the tweaks I could try. For now, just learning how to use Blender and editing. I will get into some gaming as soon as I can find a good deal on a curved monitor and some speakers. Cheers

TLDR: A lot of work went into this and I think it looks awesome. Will be used for 3d modeling, video and music editing along with gaming.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

How is this your first build?!?!?! Also there are few builds that can make me nut at first sight. this is one of them.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha.. thank you very much

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

WOW!!! FIRST BUILD!?!?!?! Excellent job sir!!! This is so clean looking! I don't have the words to tell you how jealous I am of that system!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I wanted to name it "What the Hell am I doing?" since I asked myself that almost everyday during the build haha

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

You certainly know how to bend my friend.

Just superb.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks buddy. It was really frustrating at first but I wanted to get it right

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

This thing is AMAZING! Does anyone else smell a Feature?!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought the exact same

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bud

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks my friend

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

First build? Good lord

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

If this dosent get a feature imma be really surprised

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea... I may have overdone it for my first try haha

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

better then my first try, broke my damn mobo, lol but hey if it works it works

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nooo... not the mobo. That was my biggest fear when I was pulling the gpu apart.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Il never know what it is though cause its an old mobo stashed in an attic somewhere, 1151 I think, but it was an OEM so wasent a super big loss though

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I see.. I misunderstood. I was going to go with AMD myself but I guess that can be saved for a future build. When you said you broke your mobo, I was trying to say that was one of my biggest worries. Damaging any piece of hardware

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

it wasent my GPU im pretty sure I never checked it but I think I bent a pin but if it wouldn't of happened I never would of even given AMD a chance, until I actually tried AMD I hated there guts they were the worst thing even in my eyes

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Wtf.

That is all.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I asked myself that alot during this build

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I think the blue looks good. Gives it an underwater glow in your case. Nice first build and excellent loop!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Blue was a color I really wanted to incorporate in this build

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is absolutely insane. You’re definetly getting featured for this one. Crazy job.

+1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks, I really appreciate that

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

The case mods that used parts from the original graphics card are really creative! You deserve a feature!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I felt bad that putting a waterblock on the GPU was going to get rid of the FTW name plate. So I had to find a way to use it elsewhere

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I would really like to know how you do this first try lol?! Good build ;)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I always had a vision of what I want it to look like. Lots of trail and error

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

ACTUALLY INSANE, AND THE P400? UHHHHHHHH, I just came a little.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

"Clean up on aisle 5.." Haha, thanks man

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

well done, *Up voted!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Mnpctech, the vertical gpu mount worked perfectly

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't realize you used our mount, it must be under the shroud ;-) Do you have a build log link you can share? I'd like to see more and share!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, it is hidden under there. I would gladly send you some pics for you to share if it was clearly visible. I do not have a build thread/ log :( I just took pictures at random steps of the build. I kind of wish I did after seeing the response this build received.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Your work is VERY good. I hope you continue to pursue PC modding. I'm going to direct message you about featuring your build on our fanpage.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow that is amazing!! Those bends, and that thing on the back... Never seen anything like that. Very impressive. Love the gpu vertical bracket too. Looks very quality! +1

Oh and first build??? I'm suspicious ;)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thank you! It was a good learning experience. Ive worked with plexiglass in the past so I am familiar with bending sheets of it. PETG tubing on the other hand, took some practice to get it right.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I have to say this honestly...you are an artist. I have not yet attempted a custom loop in any of the builds I've done, but to see this masterpiece as your first build. All I can say is very well done, and I hope my first attempt turns out at all lol. The color scheme is great, cable management is on point, and that loop though...not only the bends but how you routed the tubing is so clever and unique! I'd shake your hand if I could lol. Amazing job!

+1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, thank you very much for your input. I greatly appreciate that. All I can say is when you do attempt your first loop, plan plan plan plan.. Look at any/every possibility and then take your time. Just remember, art cannot be rushed. Good luck with your future build friend

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Trust me, I definitely won't be rushing through it...I am OCD to the max so I know it will be clean, but I do have some trouble with the artistic touch...Maybe when the time comes I could get some pointers from you? :P

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I am the same way. People think I am nuts when it comes to symmetry haha.. If you are OCD as I can be, I am sure you'll sure you will do a good job. Yea, if you ever have a question, just ask. Cheers

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

The biggest of anime tiddies.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

bigly

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

This is beautiful! Congrats on this, so clean. Where did you learn to hook up the water coolers? Any specific video?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks my friend. I used to have a big turtle tank with crazy filtration so I am used to running water lines and pumps. I did read a great guide from EKWB before I decided to go the water cooled route. It was written really well. https://www.ekwb.com/guides/ Also, you should look into some watercooling videos from JayzTwoCents on youtube. This one may help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9EqbKLDP0

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Such a nice build, deserves a feature.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks thebream

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice plumbing, especially the rear!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks zincfusion, much appreciated

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

It feels like I'm looking at a picture of a fish tank. Amazing build!!!!!!!!!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks SuperCMTR

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

yet another 4000 dollar first build...

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep.. it added up so quickly

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Good Job Dude!