Description

This is a continuation of my “Upgradable Build” that I use to play games. It finally has a name.

Upgraded to a 8700k delidded with copper IHS and Liquid Ultra. Installed a 1080 ti and more fans. Might get more RAM and storage.

Cooling is pretty good. Numbers are averages based on everyday use during long gaming sessions, not benchmarks. It spikes to 55-60 for CPU and 40-45 for GPU for benchmarks. The level of consistency is better with the GPU than the CPU readings.

Still working on overclocking but I don’t really care too much lol.

There’s an awkward gap where I cracked my 140mm to 120mm adapter. #feelsbadman

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 5 points

The bottom intake fans stickers not being the same direction got me all kinds of tilted.

Nice build. I dig it.

I also like the dog photo bomb in the second picture.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel ya. Cables were easier to hide hahaha.

That's my puppers!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build +1. I always struggled to fit the color scheme of those noctua fans but you did a fantastic job. Wait your 8700k has a copper IHS and u did not post a pic of it ? cmon dude :) I would have loved to see it buts all good

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha. I don’t even know how I’d like my RGB to work let alone take proper pics of a computer. I’ve uploaded the copper IHS for you though.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

ooooh shiny I love it . it looks so much better than my crappy stock IHS lol. Thank you

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

It reminds me of Darth Vader

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I couldn't help but notice the excellent prices you paid for components! Did you find this stuff online or go to a warehouse store like Micro Center or Fry's? I'm building a similar rig and still collecting all the parts.

+1

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I constantly browsed /r/buildapcsales and /r/hardwareswap even after building the computer.

CPU - on sale Mobo and RAM - package deal 1080 ti - used PSU - my friend gave me this and a 970 for $200 (deal at the time) 2 Noctua iPPCs - used

I obviously put a lot of the "saved" money into fans hahaha

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Quality pickin'! Thanks for the info! Yeah, I spend a lot of time on /r/buildapcsales too. I don't want to half *** my build, but I want good deals!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

How come didn't use the m.2 slot that has the the Asus heatsink? (I have the same cpu/mboard/ram/ssd)

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I honestly don’t know. I plan on getting a secondary m.2 at some point, so perhaps I may move them or utilize that one.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, Wasnt sure if I had missed a performance trick there, but yeah think the same of dropping an extra larger capacity one in there for storage - suffering as my other storage/game drives were from a HP n40l Nas so are only 5400 rpm drives.. so they suck for speed..

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I looked into this a little more. The heatsink is maximized with an additional fan and the bracket to hold it. I'm not sure how effective it is without the fan, and I also have no more fan headers left. I would have to get a three way fan splitter haha.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

well done

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Industrial Fans FTW. +1

Why didn't you go with all NF-F12 on the radiators?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Prior to the 1080 ti, I already had a 140mm mounted in exhaust, so I just utilized that with an adapter. It also pulls more air. For the front, I went with a 280mm rad since this specific CLC had good benchmarks above 360mm rads. I wasn’t using Noctua fans yet, so I can’t do a comparison between the different sized radiators. I imagine the temps would be a little better with the 120mm but more audible. I have a curve for the fans to run at 1500rpm minimum hitting around 1800 to 2000rpm during load but it never capitalizes at 60 degrees at 3000 cause the cooling is quite effective.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow... Now that's a quality rig!!!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

mind me asking but where did you snag a 1080ti for 650? Or was it leftover?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a used one.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey how do you mount that 140mm noctua fan on your 120mm rad ?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

They make adapters. I got mine off of Amazon. A lot of them are cross compatible, meaning that you can mount to 120mm fans and 140mm fans. Some of these can only be mounted to the chassis.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build, I'm planning to use this case to in my new build, I already have the mobo (rog strix z370-e). I'm curious about your fan/radiator configuration can you tell a little bit more about the push/pull/airflow configuration that you designed?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I can give an overview. I did a pull and push from bottom to top since heat rises. I am pulling through the front radiator - tested the push method since these fans should accel in the static pressure. The results weren’t what I expected so pulling yielded lower temps for me. I’m still able to remove the front and spray down the radiator. The gpu cooler pushes from the inside fan and pulls with the larger fan. All fan speeds are pretty even, but I set the gpu cooler fans to have higher speeds since it’s sandwiched and most utilized.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Cool case. I like all the fans, but I assume it can get loud if they are all on, but would do great cooling (if the ambient temperature is low).

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh yeah, I keep my fans at higher RPMs, so it does get noisey. It averages around 1500-1600 at its lowest I believe and barely ramps up above 1800. I set an aggressive curve, but doesn’t get to high temps at all. I don’t even notice with my headset lol.

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I have two. 140mm and 120mm

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. It’s using Liquid Ultra and I didn’t utilize any glue for the resealing.