Description

So I actually bought all the main components last year, but I had been using it with an AIO cooler in the Phanteks Evolv TG case in silver... which was fine, but I really wanted another black and white build.

Ever since Corsair had released the 570X in white, I had it in my mind that I would take the opportunity to change case and do my first custom water loop. I was even considering getting the Asus x299 Prime deluxe and i9 7900k to match, but Skylake X will be dead soon, just like Kabylake... so I decided to stick with the 7700K for now and paint my Asus Formula IX white instead.

What do I use this for?

I mainly use this rig for music production and 4K gaming. I haven't bothered overclocking the CPU yet... really no need at this time. I've OC'd the GPU though and it's a steady 60FPS while gaming in 4K

Water cooling

At first I planned to go with all EKWB parts, but having done lots of research and seeing many others' builds, I didn't want to restrict myself, so I sourced most parts from different places.

My plan was to cool the motherboard too, but once I got all the rads and fans in the case, uh oh, there wasn't enough clearance for the fittings... so I had to redo a couple of bits and reconfigure my loop.

I used the 14mm Barrow bending kit, which was ok for the price. The silicone insert went into the ID a little too easily, but it got the job done and on odd occasion, I worked the heat gun to reshape any hiccups. The PETG cutters, however, were very bad. The blade went blunt after a few cuts and started destroying the ends of my tubes. I ended up buying a much higher quality cutter from Amazon, which did the trick nicely.

  • The pump reservoir combo - Having followed their channel for some time now, I knew I needed the Singularity Protium res/pump combo. The slight problem is that you can't buy SC components in the UK... Performance PCs in the US was the best choice for me. Arrived in the UK within 3 days, perfectly packaged.

  • Fittings and tubing - It was go hard or go home for me. The downside being the ridiculous cost associated with it! 12mm tubing looks too skinny and I had read 16mm was quite hard to work with, especially for tight bends... so the I went with 14/10mm PETG as a nice in between. EKWB don't do this size, so the next best thing was either Bitspower, XSPC or Barrow

I chose Barrow for 3 reasons... -1 I had seen many say the quality are extremely comparable with Bitspower quality. -2 They don't have that cheesy dragon logo. -3 Cost. Paying up to £16 for one compression fitting is just outrageous (ahem, Bitspower deluxe white...).

I did, however, go with a Bitspower mini valve for the drain port and Singularity Computers stop fittings.

  • Radiators - Not really spoiled for choice due to the size of the 570X and the length of my GPU - I had to go slim and EK SE 360 and 240 were the obvious choice

  • Fans - I'm a Corsair fanboy, I admit. The LL120s are not cheap... and I'm not into the whole unicorn rainbow vomit lighting, but It's nice to know I can mix it up when I'm feeling in a vibrant mood. Oh yeah, they cool really well and are very quiet too.

  • Waterblocks - EK were the only choice I even entertained. I know Phanteks and Thermaltake have started up their own lines now, but I stuck with the tried and trusted.

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Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 6 points

Looks great! I'm doing my first build next week and it's almost identical to this except I'm not doing a custom loop since it's my first time around.

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice dude. Good luck with the build!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

If you haven’t already bought the parts go coffee lake.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya all of my parts have been purchased. Just waiting to take my last final exam (school) this week then I'll be building next week. I'm not sure if my saved parts list shows yet since I haven't posted it.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh. When did you buy the parts?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Throughout March & April. Didn't buy everything all at once because I was trying to wait for items to go on sale. But ya to answer your original question, I went coffee lake, 8700k

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, nice! I’m going to do the same thing with next gen card.

  • 21 months ago
  • 5 points

Liquid cool the VRMs!!!

Just add like 2 fittings!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to... but like I said in my description, the fans are juuust in the way of the top inlet, so I couldn't squeeze in the fitting without a mod :(

Honestly though, it's a hybrid cooling system on the Formula, so the temps are fine without

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

90 degree adapter.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

90 degree adapter

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  • 21 months ago
  • 4 points

Calling a feature here. I would be disappointed if it wasn't. This is too good. Keep the great work up.

  • 21 months ago
  • 4 points

BEAUTIFUL!

Would have been +1 and a half

But you mentioned Iphone X, just +1 for you lol

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Unbelievably polished. I love this. That RAM/GPU combo. I want it!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Add more photos and beef up your description and you have yourself a feature. This build is too clean to not feature.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude! Just added some progress pics - I'll add a little more to the description soon :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Called it :P

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Black and white looks so elegant among all the RGB builds, LOL.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks really nice, not sure what else to say. Excellent job, dude!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! What camera did you use to take the photos?

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

iPhone X haha

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Seriously?? A mobile phone? Lmao. I've been struggling to take good photos of my PCs LEDs using a $1000 camera and here people are using their phones taking better photos than me hahaha.

Take a look, the colors are washed out: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/8LbXsY

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

lol - know, I was surprised too!

There's a few great pics there dude... maybe next time try taking the glass off the case, so you're camera is not fighting with glare?

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually, with the exception of one of the photos, they were all taken with the side panel off.

It's really the colors I'm having issues with, at least when it comes to the LEDs. They're just... washed out and not as bright and colorful as they are in person. I'm going through everyone's builds and it's one thing they seem to get right.

I guess I'll just play around with the settings. I was originally going to ask what your settings were, then you mentioned you used your phone lmao. Thanks anyways tho!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, sorry I couldn't help. Good luck dude :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

You are telling me that when i finally get around to uploading my build i can just Use my iphone X for pictures? That saves me time and money because now i dont have to get a camera.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I u were planing on buying a camera just to take photos and upload it to there I don't know what to say

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome looking build! Love that tube between the radiators. You really need to check out Heatkiller's waterblocks. Perhaps not as much unicorn barf, but in my opinion much more stylish and definitely performs better. Also to be honest... EK is kinda overrated. Seriously.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

I did consider the heatkiller IV, but it’s not as widely available as EK in the UK and watercool don’t do a block for my 1080Ti... so stuck with EK to match

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Dammmmmn that’s clean. Wow. One of the best looking builds I’ve ever seen.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the white build with RGB.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 The north pole is jealous already.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, that's a beauty! ...btw: let us hear your productions!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

That's really nice I love black and white builds they look so clean. It puts my black and white/ Destiny themed build to shame. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/xCMZxr

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Mmm! I love black&white.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

deserved the feature. beautiful build with the setup to match!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I love how the dominator platinums look in black and white builds. Obviously the idea of it looking good isnt too far-fetched because its neutral colored, but man i like it better than black or white ram that "match better". Looks super clean

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

beautiful build,bro!!!usually not a big fan of white,but you just did it so good and it looks amazing!one of the best loops ive seen on here for a good while....dont ya just hate when CPU to GPU isn't a nice straight shot thou.lol...ya got 1+ from me on this awesome build again...thx for sharing it with us:)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Corsair "Fan"boy

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

The pun was intentional... and I'm not sorry about it :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

You need to simmer down, you are making the rest of us look bad in comparison :) Did you paint the motherboard? What kind of paint did you use?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha - I did indeed. I used a matt white spray paint :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh my goodness, that's the best looking computer I've ever seen on here. Period! Love the simplicity with a hint of terminator.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

How would you rate this case vs Phanteks Evolv TG?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I still love the Evolv and it's actually easier to build in - little things like space at the bottom of the motherboard to route your front panel cable etc. were well planned by Phanteks, which Corsair could've taken note of.

Everything in the 570X felt like a squeeze, but my god, once she's all dolled up, she's worth it

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :) What about airflow and temps overall>?

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Hard to compare the 2 as I didn't have a full custom water loop in the Evolv... but the Evolv temps were fine using a Kraken x62 and stock air cooler on the Strix 1080Ti. I believe flow is a bigger issue for that case when running multiple water blocks and rads though

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi all - added a few more pics, but I didn't think to take any progress pics unfortunately. The only ones I had were for me to reference during the build, so aren't great

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Few more pics including temps and performance (mid-game of BF1) and desk layout :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude this build is AMAZING i am blowen away , i am doing this build if you don’t mind and can you tell me the step on how to build it

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man - If you have any specific questions about how I did something, shoot... though I'm probably not the best person to tell anyone how to build their PC... and it would take me forever to write out how I built this step-by-step lol.

My advice is = Youtube is your friend. I learned so much just watching PC and waterloop guides, researching components and reading build guides on forums :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yah

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

May I ask what your temperature monitoring program is? And cool build btw +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

NZXT CAM. Thanks :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great. Love the keyboard too how you mixed the stock and double shot caps.

I would recommend having the tube come out of the top radiator and into the top VRM port, which would then exit into the CPU block. edit: just read what you said in the description. thats a bummer!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. That was exactly my plan, but there isn’t enough space between the fans and inlet, so I had to ditch that idea and go with this instead

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

do you think it would be worth it to go with a thicker 360 rad?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Wasn’t possible due to the length of the strix and my mounted reservoir

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Y u no liquid the RAM?

+1 regardless. Love the a s t h e t i c

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build quick question though... is that a vape in bottom, left pic 5?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks - oh yeah, totally unintentional though! It's just always on my desk :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing how did you change the keyboard to be white and black ?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I bought some white double shot key caps from ebay

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely incredible build. I will be doing a white and black soft tube shortly with the Maximus X Formula. How did you paint the plastic? Any pointers? Only downside of the Mobo I can think of....

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice man. My board is the IX, but I think the X is very similar.

I unscrewed the 'armour' from the back of the board - just be careful when taking off the front as the LEDs need to be unplugged first (as you can see in the pics).

Before painting, I scrubbed it with alcohol wipes to get rid of any dust or oil from previously touching it (I also used latex gloves throughout the whole process). Once dry I used masking tape to cover the LED buttons on the top right of the board.

I set up a spray booth using a big cardboard box on it's side, placed the amour on top of wrapped up an old dinner plate to prevent paint building up around the edges and sticking the box and making it easier to spin it around without needing to touch it.

I used a matte white spray paint, but satin would also look great. I personally don't like the look of gloss as it's too reflective and cheap looking. I applied around 4 light - moderate coats of paints with 30 minute intervals.

Hope that helps and good luck with the build!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome work man. I was worried that it would require sanding of some sort but sounds fairly easy. Any special type of paint or just a standard home depot special that works for general plastics?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

It is yeah, just a bit messy and requires patience between apply each coat! Any spray paints, which work on plastic will do dude. It doesn't need to thermal resistance or anything :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Why spend over $700 on a custom loop instead of upgrading parts?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

At the time of building, there were no new parts worthy of upgrading to. What parts did you have in mind?

To be honest, even if I had ‘upgraded’ I’d still want to put them under water for optimal performance and stability.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I figured if you saved the money for a little longer you could've bought a new graphics card pretty easily. The waterblock alone is over $100. It's a great build, I'm just in the middle of deciding between custom loop or regular air.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I got a good deal on the block, only cost me £70 :)

Regarding GPU, you couldn’t get any better than a Strix 1080Ti until a month ago. Even then, the performance increase on a 2080Ti is marginal... and in no way worth the price tag.

Also, I’m running 4K @ 60FPS on a gsync monitor. The extra horsepower would be wasted until I upgrade to something like a 4K 144Hz HDR model.

My advice... if you want a silent, stable system, and money isn’t a huge concern, do a custom loop. If money is tight and you’re not fussed about overclocking or noise, go air.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! the only criticism i have is to add one more 120mm fan below the reservoir to get light on the right side of the case because the rad is preventing all the light from the three front case fans from coming in. I'm definitely drawing some inspiration from this build when i upgrade to water cooling! Great job +1

  • 21 months ago
  • -3 points

Maybe you Could Redo your tubing in the future to put hardline tubing for cleaner and nicer looks. Anyways Amazing Great Build!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

This is hardline (PETG) dude lol. I just did a fair few bends

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

no soft tube is gonna run lines that straight at the height some are at in this build

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude. That's exactly what I was going for, so I appreciate that :)

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I know they're not the best and I was considering Hardware Labs black ice rads, but I needed the thinnest possible. Not sure if you can see, but there is only a 2mm gap between the GPU and Res... so they wouldn't have fit :/

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

3.6mm thicker to be exact ;) lol

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an IKEA worktop (Don't remember the name) sat on some ALEX desk drawers

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. They're special edition (only 500 made) which I bought directly from Corsair. Unfortunately, the only way to get them is if one of the 500 buyers decides to sell theirs...

They now have a similar SE line called Contrast (same as mine, but instead of chrome, they're black and white). Check out their website :)

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