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I'm back. Again. Yeah, I know. This is getting ridiculous. But, on the other hand... it looks cool. We are now at the point where I could feasibly pay a couple months of my actual tuition with this rig. Now that we've established I'm horrible at making financial decisions, let's get into the parts and changes:

CPU - Yeah, I know I spent this much and don't even have an i7. Show me a program I use that actually needs >4 threads and then I'll consider trading my better frequency due to lower TDP for better multi-threaded performance. Until then, 4.9 GHz baby!

Thermal Compound - Who actually gives a ****?

Motherboard - This I have mixed feelings about. This is the Aura (colour neutral, don't even care about RGB) version of the board I started out with a year ago. Has enough features and all, but I'm not too happy about going away from my Maximus VIII Gene from the mATX case. But it looked too small in here so had to make the change (and yes I'm still an Asus fanboy, I just like the UEFI. Sue me).

Memory - Yes, I paid a lot. DDR4 was expensive a year+ ago.

Storage - Eventually I'll buy some NVME storage. Probably M.2. But I have no issues with my situation right now, so no need to change. Plus this all fits in the back of the case without the HDD cage with some very useful double sided tape.

GPUs - I bought them a year ago. I know the 1070/1080 is better. I know. This is my way of preventing myself from buying them and waiting for HBM2 to hit the mainstream. Just let me have this one...

Case - God this is sexy. To me, this is worth every cent. Looks are stunning and make everything look so professional. Grommets are good, soft, and in the right places, plenty of IO and space in the back for everything I want to hide. Very satisfied.

PSU - Nothing different here. This works, it works well, and has plently of juice.

OS - Fck windows 10. Fck it. I'd say why, but this will be long enough already without that rant.

Wireless - Actually changed to a PCIe Gigabyte card for this. I'll update the parts list eventually, but who really cares? Although I have to say having bluetooth again is nice now that I have the slots for it.

Fans - Some of these actually broke (housing) during the case transfer. Frames are quite flimsy, and I'm kinda disappointed in BeQuiet! for this. Had to go push-pull with the case fans for the front rad to compensate for the loss of good aftermarket fans. Only BeQuiet! ones left are on the top rad (pull).

Monitor - Still rocking this for like 2 years. Good colour for a TN panel, and unlike my next monitor (when I can afford it), not $1000.

Keyboard - I like brown switches and media keys. This fit the bill.

Mouse - I like high DPI a lot of the time. This is comfy, has great software, and has a good enough sensor.

DAC - I like sound. This makes things sound nice.

Watercooling Stuff - Reused some parts from the soft tubing build (rads, pump, blocks, etc.). Obviously needed new tubing because it's PETG now, and new fittings. Also got a different reservior that isn't in the list because I don't care enough to update it, and frankly it doesn't matter because you can't see it. It's an alphacool lighttower if you care, and I got it so I could mount it above the PSU in the back. Also covered under etc. in one of the custom parts is a pump top so I could re-use the pump from my old pump-res combo unit.

As my first foray into hard tubing, I'm fairly satisfied. I will have to make some changes when I change the fluid, thinking of going for Pastel at some point. The GPU->CPU bend needs to be shortened, and the CPU->Rad bend needs some slight angling. I have to say Passing tubing through to the back was a challenge without taking out my drill, as the front and top rads block off a lot of grommets (some cables can be passed through though if you do that in advance.

Speaking of which, I know at this point I should have custom cables, but there's too many splits in the wiring for me to care enough to sleeve them, and the only people who will do cabling for you on this PSU are cablemod, who listed this PSU very recently. I may take them up on that, but it's a lot of work since I'd have to take the radiators out to run the cables, so I dunno.

Feel free to leave criticism, I built this in one afternoon before I moved back to school after being at home during a co-op term, so I know I rushed some stuff (like the aformentioned bends).

I'll get more pics up eventually, but I'm posting this in class so can't really do that at the moment.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

More pics pls!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Alright, alright. Happy?

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

Cool

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 for uploading in class

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

lol regretting that decision now...

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

If you had more and better pics you would get featured

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

lol thanks man, I'll hopefully get them up sunday

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Is all that hard tubing?

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

everything except the res to the pump, pump to the rad, and between the cpu and res. the one from the rad to the gpus is actually all hard tubing though (only had one valve to use as a pass-through

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, great description just love it!!

And indeed Moar pics pls ;)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, hope the new pictures are satisfactory!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Great description story. I need more pictutes of this beauty.

Thumbs up.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. Uploaded some more just now

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. Thanks.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Wait, you have two 980s but you play at 1080p?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Like I said, give me $1000 and I'll grab a 1440p 144Hz Gsync panel. Although to be fair I do supersample to that anyways

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for poor financial decisions, story of my life.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel you pain. well at least your wallet's pain

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Post more pictures or I'll tell my teacher on you.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

NO I DON'T WANT TO HAVE DETENTION! Here, have some more pics :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

This bastardo only inserted 2 freaking pics for this gorgeous build. Smh

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Left town for the weekend, here are some more now that I'm back

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Considering good thermal paste can give you far better temps than garbage like on the H110i etc you should give a ****. Also 1080p @ 60hz for 2 980s is just stupidity.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Bad-*** Looking Build! More Photos?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. here are some more

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any problems with your ram. Because this is the kit that I want to buy but my system is skylake. Like yours. Did you have any problems with it?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, works great. It's RAM. Pretty hard to have issues nowadays.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh dude, this is awesome. I've been planning a watercooled PC-O8 build for months now and it's so reassuring to see how you've passed the tubing through to the back. Any chance of getting pic of the back section? Would it be possible to route tubing the way you did and fit a 360 rad behind those front 3 fans? I see in your parts list there's two 240 rads, but I was hoping to squeeze in a 240 and 360 with a pump/res in front section because I have 6 mechanical drives and 2 SSDs to put in the rear section.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, if you're gonna put the pump and res in the front, you can easily fit the drive cage. The hardest part will be fitting the 360 rad. I've hear from a lot of people that if your rad has a lot of extra length compared to just fans it'll be difficult to fit, so keep that in mind. Some other things to be aware of: run your cables first because the rads and psu will block the grommets, and you'll either have to run the tubing through the Mobo tray where I did or drill holes yourself, as again the rads block those grommets pretty hard. I would put a pic of the back, but it's quite inconvenient given my desk setup. If you have any questions though feel free to ask.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah cool. Thanks for the info. With the pump/res in front, if I have to go 240 rad in the rear at least I can get a chunkier one.

Yeah, I assumed I'd have to get the cabling all done first. Actually, that's another thing I was curious about... how much room is there for the MB's 24 pin cable between the rad and MB panel, in the rear section I mean. Is it just hard to cable with the rad in there or does the radiator squish the cables against the case?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, you gotta run everything first. The bottom is blocked by the PSU, the side is blocked by the rad, and the top is blocked by the other rad!

However, if you do that it's actually not too hard to work with. Just remember to also do lighting first if you're using the inbuilt lighting system (which I did).

One last thing that may help you get a better aesthetic is using passthrough fittings to the back for your tubing, and maybe drilling holes for them. If that's too much work, you can do what I did and bend the tube to do what it has to in the front AND pass through the grommets and into the rear component (for you only the rad).

Hope this helps, and feel free to keep asking.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG! A very nice build. +1 from me for sure. I have a question though, how is your motherboard? Or you happy with it, how did xmp go, how did overclocking go, how is the sli doing, is it able to handle sli well, are the temperatures OK? My main question though is how is it able to handle sli? and what are the pci express ports are running at, is it 8x and 8x when you have sli running? or is x16 then x8?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the rating! As for the board, here is my response:

XMP: I did memory manually, actually at 2666, but did 3000 fine with a lower OC.

SLI: Runs perfectly. No settings to mess around with for it to work, just runs at 8*8 for the GPUs, and 4 from the chipset for my wireless. 100℅ stable with overclocked GPUs as well.

I actually had a higher end maximus viii gene before, but changed to this because it's larger, which is good for this case. And both reached the same clocks, and with the same voltage.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. I'm really thinking on getting this board. Here is another question that I forgot to ask to you. How is an i5 6600k able to handle an sli? Is there just too much bottleneck? Thank you again for your reply :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfectly fine. There's no bottleneck at all. A 6600K won't even bottleneck a Titan XP. For gaming this can handle anything you throw at it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

np

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Tuition is overrated.......lmao

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks awesome man! I remember you telling me on one of my projects you were wanting to switch months ago! I wish PCPP had some kind of friend or subscriber thing so I could see the stuff people do. Haha. I plan on doing my first hardline tubing build in a future build. Great story also, you are very right about that case. It is beautiful!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the good vibes man. I'll try and keep my eye out for your next build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Anytime! My next one is just another aesthetics overhaul, very similar to ZERO, without the AIO mod. Haha. My friend saw my builds and wanted me to do one for him. Regardless, it's more practice and more portfolio work. I need to get a little more creative for my next few projects!