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For years I wanted to enter into the enthusiast community with a truly spectacular build, but somehow it never came together. Finally though, I was able to execute on my plan and build this amazing PC. This has been and exciting and frustrating project, but I'm so happy with the results. I have always been attracted to the green and purple color combination, but I didn't want it to be a UV build. Instead, I used a Pastel Purple fluid and took advantage of the Thermaltake Riings to introduce the green. The Monsoon fittings are also accented in green.

The choice for the Lian Li DK-04 was easy for me to make. I can sometimes game for hours, and sitting in the same position can get exhausting and uncomfortable. This desk case will give me the freedom to get up and a stretch my legs for a couple of hours, leaves me with plenty of space for a water cooling loop, and makes a great showpiece. However, there was a lot of extra cables tucked off to the sides of the case, and this case does not have any closed areas, so I was not able to hide any extra cables. To accommodate this, I cut and painted two acrylic panels that fit in on the sides of the desk case and hide some of the less than neat cables. All and all, the Lian Li DK-04 is a wiring nightmare, but adding the acrylic panels did wonders to make it manageable.

One of the primary reasons I felt that now was the time to fulfill my dream PC build, was the introduction of the pascal architecture. Not wanting to cut corners, I scoured the internet until I was able to acquire two MSI GTX 1080 Seahawk EK-X. These come pre-waterblocked and they're warranty'ed that way, so it was an easy choice. For the motherboard, I used an EK MonoBlock to cover the CPU and VRM Module. To top it off, I have hard pipping acrylic tubing for a great finished look. This was my first time water cooling though, so it could have been slightly more perfect.

Although I agree that the X99 processor might be considered overkill, I really felt like this kept me better equipped for future upgrades. With the 40 PCI-E lanes, I'm able to have both GPU's on 16x and have my M.2 hard dive working to full potential. I have not yet performed any overclocking, but I do fully intend to. I'm also waiting for the EVGA HB Bridge to become available, and I'll be ordering some custom sleeved PSU Cables from Cable Mod. Once I have all of those items completed, I will get some higher quality photos, and post the updates. Until then, I hope you like my build, and thanks for viewing.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 5 points

Just gorgeous +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 4 points

This should be featured. Any build where you work and game ON your computer should be featured without question.

Great build! Looks very smexy! +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

I have a bit of a soft spot for desk PCs. +11111111111111111111111111111111

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

those 2 500 dollar monitors hanging over the edge makes me nervous

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a triple monitor mount coming in today haha.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Good God this thing is a beast

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Incredible, beastly build. +11111111

I've also been looking into getting the monitor you have listed, but I saw on some reviews that people had issues with the colors it produces. How have your experiences with it been?

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

If you do get that monitor, make sure you disable deep sleep mode right away. There's a bug that prevents it from being woken up with the keyboard and mouse if it enters deep sleep.

As far as colors go, Chance0066 already covered it. That said TN panels have never bothered me since I've only ever used a single panel set up, and this monitor is amazing for what it is; doubly so if you find one less that the $600 most web retailers seem to list them at.

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

I've been trying to figure out why these monitors weren't coming back on! Thank you for that hahaha.

Also, the 479.99 price I've listed them at is what I bought them for. Amazon had them at that price for one afternoon, so I didn't hesitate. They were the first purchase I made for that reason.

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

That's a pretty good steal. Mine was $440 off Craigslist as "like new" and I couldn't be happier with it.

Also your build is ******* sick and I'm beyond jealous of it. Well done desk builds get me hard.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Well it is a TP Monitor, not a IPS. The major issue I'm having right now is that as any little angle, the coloring takes on a yellowish tint. The reviews I read all seemed promising, but now I'm thinking that they were likely a single monitor setup. Straight on, the coloring in actually very impressive. I recently ordered a triple monitor clamp mount, so I can spread the monitors out a bit more. I'm hoping that improves the discoloration due to angle.

TL;DR: Discoloration at any angle. I wish I would have gone with an IPS monitor, but they were so damn expensive.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I could see how a single vs multi-monitor setup could make a huge difference. Agreed on the expensive - that's why I'm so keen on looking at this one! Good luck with the discoloration improvement, it's a shame to be experiencing that with a system as glorious as yours.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

THAT'S INSANE

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

amazing. i was just looking at those desk/case/amazingness!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Hard work pays off. +3

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I was skeptical about the water cooling support in the DK-04, guess what I'm doing my next build in now?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, sounds awesome. Message me when you get it up an running so I can see how it turned out!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! It's so cool to see such a unique build with this desk case + custom water cooling.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Stunning!!!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The Price of that Desk is Disgusting. Wow.

Love the Colour Scheme.

TCO

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed it is. It does include everything though. Desk/case, 3 monitors, and all the little accessories. Though to be honest, I spent more than that overall on tools and equipment, and the acrylic panels and paint. Not to mention the immense amount of time I put into it.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Neat little build

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

So sick man

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm so jealous of the Lian-Li desk case! Besides the cabling nightmare, how do you like the desk overall? Do you think you had aircooled it instead of liquid, do you think the desk would be able to dissipate heat properly? Very, very sweet rig; great work!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it would dissipate just fine with air cooling actually. The desk itself is amazing. Having all of your hardware sitting right there in front of you is a really awesome effect, and it leave your work/play space really neat and tidy. Especially because I was able to put a power strip inside the case so there's only 1 cable hanging down from the desk.

Lian Li also provides a lot of extra stuff with this case. The LED strips came with the case, and there was a lot of cable routing supplies, which you will need.

Cons: You have to take the entire glass top off to be able to plug anything into the mother board. You'll have 4 USB's on the front of the case, so that's not much of an issue, but if you run your mouse and keyboard to the motherboard itself, like I did, you would have to take the monitor(s) off and then the glass just to be able to swap those out.

There are a lot of cables that are part of the case, so routing them can be a pretty interesting challenge. I had to get creative with some of them, and I'm lucky I have the front radiator there to hide the mess that's underneath it haha. There's just not enough places to hide things.

I would recommend this desk case, but I haven't had any experience with any others like it.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. I've been fascinated by the Lian Li desk case ever since I saw it on a random PC Component safari... at the time I thought 'well that's pretty slick.' If I had seen this completed build, I might've bought this on the spot. Seriously, Lian-Li needs to see this. Beautiful job sir. Can't wait to see what kind of overclocks you get.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! The desk/case and light are spectacular.

How are you liking all those S2716DG monitors? I just ordered during Best Buy's deal on them.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Since I've mounted them on a proper triple monitor mount, they've been really great. No more discoloration because of angles. If you're doing a single monitor setup... you really won't be disappointed.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

My s2716dg arrived yesterday and I am very happy. played with various settings and am happy with the color. Nice size and resolution. Really love the stand. I think I got a great deal.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to hear it, and of course. I completely forgot to compliment the stand previously. That is, by far, one of the highest quality monitors stands I've seen.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

How's your mobo performing? My Strix X99 killed my CPU... And it doesn't seem like an uncommon problem.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not had any issues with it actually. How did it "kill your CPU" anyway? I have mine OC'd to 4.3 right now. ASUS EZ Tune +.1 GHz. It overclocked my memory as well. Works great, hardest part was getting the right SLI Bridge HB for it. It needs the 1 slot spacing one.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I can't really explain it... I'm a first time builder so I'm not super clued up. It just seems that everything other than the cpu is fine. But I'm also sending back the motherboard just to be safe. I've been given the rma code and now just need to work out how to package them and then return them.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's also worth my mentioning that I update the BIOS immediately after booting up. I had heard that the shipped BIOS had some stability issues, and contacted ASUS directly about them. They informed me that the updated BIOS had resolved a majority of the issues that people were reporting. This is standard practice when building a PC though.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay, thanks for mentioning that. I'm a first time builder so I wasn't aware of doing that. But hey now I know. Maybe that was the problem then?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It could have been. Which processor did you purchase?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The 5820k

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor mount are you using? Also, how would you say the colors are on those monitors since they aren't IPS?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ergotech Triple Desk Mount with Telescoping Arms, and it must be the best on the market. Getting everything to line up just right does take about an hour, or even more, but the end result is worth it. The reason it takes so long to set up though, is because it has tons of adjustment points so you can get the monitors setup just right.

Color on the monitors is great now that I have them spread out properly. The color on these is truly impressive, they just heavily lack in viewing angle accuracy. So if I were setting up a driving SIM that might want the monitors tilted in more, I would probably choose a different product.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I really appreciate the info. I think i'm going to get the same mount, only issue now is finding monitors I want that are compatible.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

HOW DID YOU AFFORD ALL THIS? THIS THING IS A BEAST BRO

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

this is awesome

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How deep are the side "pockets" that you built covers for? Could they hold disk drive sized devices? Possibly dual height bay reservoirs?

Great build!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, they could no doubt hold something like that.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I have DK-04 I would like to know Which reservoir and which pump used you for your system custom loop water cooling thx

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, sorry for the late reply on this, but I used a disk drive reservoir, Koolance TNK-501 Single 5.25" Bay Reservoir, and the pump is the Alphacool VPP655 - G1/4 Inner Thread Including Eisdecke D5 - Plexi V.3, which can still be found at Performance-PCs.com.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

I know this was 3 years ago, but yours is the only build I've found here with a DK desk, would you mind if I asked a few questions about it? I'm thinking about builnding 2 PCs with this desk/case (the dk05 actually, but they are similar enough) but there's a few issues on my mind lol

Also, great job, it looks awesome. How much do you like it compared to the "first day" you built it?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

3 Years ago and I still love it. That doesn't mean that I'm not sitting around thinking about the next build of course, but it's worked out great for me. There are some challenges with the build of course. One of the most prominent would be the USB connections. There are four of them externally, but if you're anything like me, you didn't go through all of that trouble to have wires hanging from the front of your system. This is mostly offset by the USB hub that is built into my monitor though. Other than that, wire management in it takes a ton of creativity, and more importantly, a lot of extra long wires. That's something to keep in mind if you're thinking about this build. Otherwise, the water blocks on the motherboard actually sat too high for the glass to lay down, so I had to put some small rubber spacers on top of the original spacers to get it to just barely fit. That's only a 1/8" difference, so it wasn't a big deal. You may have noticed the acrylic panels that I had to put in. Those are key if you want to be able to cover up all of those pesky wires off to the sides, and I had to cut and paint those myself.

If you're thinking of going the water cooling route as I did, well, you might want to really consider it. I'm now convinced that any horizontal water-cooled system is a bad idea. Now, that might be because I did it wrong, and it's possible that someone knows a better way, but draining this thing to flush and change the fluid is a 6-hour job. I have to lean the whole desk backward and I had to start blowing through the system to get all of the fluid out to replace it. It's not fun, and I'll never do it again. My water-cooled builds will all be vertical from now on.

Finally, here's a link with some updated pictures. I had to rework everything when I added the custom sleeved cables and flipped one of the radiators. Amazon Album - Oracular Node Rework

  • 39 months ago
  • -1 points

cool but the 6850k was a rip off it is the 6800k but with a higher base clock

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm pretty sure he wanted those 40 PCIE lanes, I dont blame him but he should of look for one on Craigslist. I was able to buy both a pre own 5930k for $360 and a brand new 5960x for $650.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

And 40 PCI-E Lanes vs 28. I know that running my GPU on 16x equates to only a 1% (margin of error) gain, but I feel better knowing that I'm not shorting anything. I didn't mind spending the extra money considering the scope of the project. Thanks for the comment!

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much! I'm really happy with it.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure yet. Just got it running fully yesterday, so I haven't done the diagnostics. I'll let you know as soon as i get that info though.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Wanted to get back to you on this subject. With the CPU OC'd to 4.1 (through ASUS EZ Tuning) the system peaked at 633W running TimeSpy 3DMark test. I imagine this is the highest I would ever see. It pulls in an avarage of 510W on full load though.