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This is my first attempt at water cooling a PC, and it has been one heck of a ride so far. You can check out the full build log on LinusTechTips forum here:

http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/306540-project-boomer-build-log/?view=findpost&p=4165079

When I decided I was going to build a water cooled machine, I kind of figured I would go all out, even though my needs are not actually close to the hardware I ended up purchasing. Here are some brief thoughts on the parts:

CPU - Intel i7-5930K - I wanted a processor on the new X99 chipset platform and I also wanted to be able to run two video cards in SLI at 16x/16x. In order to accomplish this I had to go with the 5930K vs. the 5820K to get all the PCI-E lanes (40) possible.

Motherboard - In my want to have a fully waterc ooled system, the ASUS Rampage V is one of the few (if not the only one) that has an EK waterblock available for the VRM and chipset.

RAM - Wanted to fill every slot and 16GB just didn't seem like it would be enough. Again, I don't have any compelling reason to have 32GB other than just because... And before someone says it in the comments, I know I really don't need to water cool them either, but I did... : )

GPUs - 2x EVGA GTX 980 Reference card models (they had the ACX 2.0 coolers on them). I figured these cards would do the trick since I was water cooling and should be able to overclock without issue.

Case - After seeing several water cooled builds using a CaseLabs case I couldn't see myself using anything else. The quality looked amazing and I wanted it for my epic build.

SSD - Samsung EVOs are very solid, picked up two for OS, light productivity and loading a few games.

HDD - Picked up a couple spinners to hold anything I might need on this beast for faster access than a NAS.

PSU - 1200 Platinum rated EVGA supply to ensure I had plenty of overhead for the GPUs, CPU, water cooling loop, and overclocking potential. This is still likely overkill, oh well...

Watercooling Loop - I have used a few different brands. Huge call out to Monsoon and their parts. The tubing was great, fittings are doing a phenomenal job, and the kit I bought paired with their online video tutorials helped me get the tubes bent right on the first try (most of the time <(O_o)b ). Bitspower compression fittings on the underside of my case are outstanding and I highly recommend them if you are doing a soft tube build. Virtually no way for them to leak if you use them properly and they look awesome. I went with two loops in this system, one for the RAM, CPU, Chipset, and MOSFETs, the other for the Video Cards. This allowed me to do a dual color config to match my OU Sooners theme.

Eye Candy (aka Monitors) - After looking around I landed on getting 1440p monitors from Korea through eBay. There are some great videos and explanations on YouTube about the monitors, especially from Tek Syndicate, that I highly recommend you check out. I hoisted these three bad boys onto an ErgoTech triple monitor stand, and I'm planning to add the one over three extension fairly soon to give me four displays.

Thank you for taking the time to read and please be sure to leave me comments (good or bad) and vote for my build if you enjoyed checking it out!

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Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 5 points

Epic! Always nice to see some thing "just because "!! Enjoy!

  • 62 months ago
  • 4 points

Thank you to everyone for the great comments and +1 votes! Also, a huge thank you to the PCPartPicker Staff for making me the featured build! Overclocking stats and information to follow as soon as I have time to do more research and do it right.

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Man this one amazing build bro! Those two reservoirs look like the liquid bombs from Die Hard 3! Awesome! +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

its so good to see another milk-cooled build :) that cpu definitely needs its calcium

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

this build reminds me of JayzTwoCents' build...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks to be the same case.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

it is the same case from CaseLab

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I was just gonna say the same thing.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it was the inspiration for the build. I tweeted @JayzTwoCents about it and he reviewed the picture I posted and liked it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean, hey, I'm not criticizing or anything. Any build can be motif for any other build. In fact, your build is awesome!! I mean the CPU, RAM, and chipset cooling parts are quite complex... But still an awesome build, brah. Kudos, there!!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

So good people don't even bother to comment. P.S did you overclock the ram?? Post some temp please.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

what will u being doing with this water cooled monster!? +1 :D

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty insane build. What are you using this rig for?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

This is overkill... but good job though

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

HOLY... Dies*

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Hot dang, that is the most amazing build I have ever seen. Ever. I just wet my pants.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

if i had that money laying around. damn this is the bees knees. what case is it?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is from CaseLabs.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

One word... Awesome!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build I absolutely love case labs cases +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build mate, love that loop. Also those colors are pretty nice. A little tip: try shooting better pictures, it will bring the beauty out of the build out even more.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build man! I've never seen this case before, but it brings everything together so well! I don't even want to know how much time you spent researching everything lol. Nice rig though, especially for a "hobby"!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent Job Mate. I won't be far behind you on the SMA8. Just drilled the passthroughs on mine. Love the colours. That SmA8 is quite the Showcase. People don't know how big they are until you actually have one.

The Cautious ONe.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely so Thecautiousone! Good luck on your build!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks and Feel Free to Check it Out

THe Division

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

This has to be one of the best tubing jobs I've ever seen!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Made me wet looking at the build. What I wouldn't give to have a setup like that!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a long parts list. +1 for case labs. Love them...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a beautiful build. What are your temps and overclocks like? Have you BIOS hacked the GPUs, do you intend to?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure about the BIOS hacks on the GPUs, but I'll definitely be overclocking soon!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Why? lol

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy cow... What an amazing machine.... Sick build!

Please post your overclocking details: speeds, voltage, temperature!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

60....picturesque. love them paper towels

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Stunning build!

The acrylic looks amazing, nice work!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Speechless...just looking

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the FPS like in Minesweeper?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

5,000,000+ <(O_o)b

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for being a good sport :)

Nice build log!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice, well done, id add some filters to your intake though just to make it easier to clean.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats tight you can install the motherboard outside of the case then slide it in

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I can't say enough great things about their cases. Don't know if I will be able to build into anything else now... : )

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn this is like the best slideshow of pictures i have ever seen. This is what i call a perfect review. the neatness on the water tubing makes my ocd happy. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

My wish is to recap your great effort into 10 or less pictures. I have attention deficit disorder :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The key is to skip to the end... : )

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

ok so im stupid i found what case it is. nvm

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Bet it wouldn't even run memecraft

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, it struggles to run it. I have an FX-6300 with a 280X for memecraft...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow great build!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the Fans as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Fans are great. 16 of them in the machine and it is very quiet.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you very much

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude.....

This is the most sexy build I have ever seen...

With this much money you should have gotten Corsair AX1200i/AX 1500i Better software control and more silence and stuff like that

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Words cannot describe on how beautiful your build is. It's breath taking~

I normally don't feel this way over water looped builds but I do from yours. I would give you better praises but my words wouldn't be enough to describe it. I want to give you a ton of points but I'm limited with one. Since I am not able to fully show my appreciation and admiration towards your build. I have to say at least, that I think you did an amazing job!

I wish you for the best and love the efforts that you did to your build. +1,000

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Extremely well executed, great attention to detail.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

holy **** balls...I'm gonna build a monster like this one day..

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks a lot like Skunkworks on JayzTwoCents

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It was the inspiration for this build!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh... Cool! Tbh- I like this color scheme better

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah this build is amazing. I now have the "everything is awesome" song from the lego movie stuck in my head. +1 Bravo!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Super clean and sexy build! The way you separated the GPU loop from the rest of the components is the first time i've seen it, using 1 res for each. Again, super clean and sexy!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

HOKY SH!T!!!!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice water cooling loop, what do you plan to be doing with the computer now that you can essentially simultaneously simulate gravitational interactions between a large portion of stars in the milky way galaxy with it? ;)

All I can say to everything else is +100A(g_64, g_64)!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man legit question here, im planning on watercooling my two gpus and cpu, do you remember how much it was for all the parts all together? Just a rough ballpark estimate, i tried going on performance pc's and adding everything to the cart but i still have to figure out all the fittings and pump/resivoir i want, Thanks alot sir.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I listed the cost out for everything I bought. Just subtract the main components and you will get the cost.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

More than a computer... it's a piece of art!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you finding the dual 980s? I'm debating between 2x 980, 2x 980 Ti and 2x Titan-X. The thought process, and internal struggles, scale upwards along the same scale as the GPU model LOL

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the two 980s and would highly recommend them.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the best milk and ketchup cooled pc i've ever seen, well done! +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Now if it was a cowboys build it would be two thumbs up but hey. +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Sexiest watercooling loop ive seen. My only "complain" is on your choice of cpu, the way you explain it, the 5820k would have been perfectly fine(difference in performance is neglectable), as explained here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rctaLgK5stA

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Agree, but I had the money at the time and wanted all the available lanes. Now if I go for more video cards I still have the other lanes too! : )

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build...very envious of it. Maybe if I save for another 3 years I could pull something off like this ;)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Mhuff29!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

This is bada** man! Too bad you got the DDR4 about 2x as expensive as it is now. Love the color scheme, the tubing, the case, EVERYTHING!!! This is so awesome! I wish I had this amount of money to spend on computer stuff. What will you be doing with this PC?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks oddly familar... ;)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build +1!

just one question that worries me....I dont think there are enough USB 3.0 slots in the board I would require about 16 more....LOL JKJK Great build and amazing loop done with the coolant.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! How did you get the fittings and stuff through that bottom level? Did you just have a hole cut the size of the fitting? Coudnt really see in there too much from the pictures. A little explanation would be awesome! something i'll be doing in the future for sure!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello Adaverso! Yes, I had to cut a hole in the case to pass the connection through. There are pass-through fittings you can get that will screw onto each other and then you can screw the fittings into that pass-through connector. I believe that I listed those in my parts list and I purchased them from performance-pcs.com. They have a ton of great stuff when you start looking, and I'm actually looking to off-load a ton of bitspower fittings if you are looking for some!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! and not at the moment! im just about finishing up my build and I even have some extra fittings so im good on that! Anyways, great build! Talk later!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, especially for your first watercooled build. This will be hard to top! Great job!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you lucas!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

i get it, i'm very late, but ******* that is one beautiful build.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Syg101!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

you're very welcome. This build is honestly amazing

  • 62 months ago
  • 0 points

Can it run Minecraft? Kappa

  • 62 months ago
  • -3 points

Well, your logic is mistaken with the PCIe lanes and the CPU, as running a 28 lane CPU on the Rampage V Extreme still results in full double 16x for both cards, but fantastic build anyway. Looks pretty stunning, especially with the custom water loops. +1. You might also want to go with one of those ROG SLI bridges for a build this high end. It looks quite a bit better than that floppy thing.

  • 62 months ago
  • 8 points

Let's talk simple math here.

16x2 = 32

32 > 28

So OP Is correct.

  • 62 months ago
  • 5 points

Thank you for Correcting him. You are very very very correct. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 0 points

Sorry, I just realised, the website for the Rampage V Extreme is formatted wrong and I was reading their information incorrectly. I mistook the top slot information for including the slots further down, because the numbers did not line up with the slots. So yes, he is technically right, he did need 40 lanes to get 16x on both cards, but also the math isn't always that simple, because as the website says, you can 3-Way SLI 16x 8x 8x, which equals 32 and is still more than 28. Plus the difference in performance between a 980 running in 8x and 16x is almost negligible. However, yes. both you and he are right.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

5820K SLi configs:

2-way: 16x 8x

3-way: 8x 8x 8x

4-way: Not possible

5930K/5960X/40-way CPU SLi configs:

2-way 16x 16x

3-way 16x 16x 8x

4-way 16x 8x 8x 8x

Not like 16x even makes ~1FPS difference in games anyway.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that's a better summary. I misread the website the first time because the numbers didn't line up. And yeah, the difference between 16x and 8x makes next to no difference.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I was actually afraid of what would happen to that bandwidth if/when I add an m.2 SSD. I should have researched how many lanes it would take up.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Most of them seem to use x2 or x4, so you should still be fine if you decide to upgrade. And you should definitely still have room on your motherboard.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely will be as soon as I get a little time to devote to it!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the name of the case? Couldn't find it in the part list

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

CaseLabs SMA8

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a $520 case, lovely. Great build though.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, definitely could have. A lot of it was for the experience.