Description

EDIT: Thanks to PCPP for the feature! Love this site, it's the best custom PC building community and I used it throughout the purchasing part of my build which definitely helped me save some dollars. Thanks for existing PCPP!

I don't really play games or do any kind of specific tasks with my personal machines so more than anything, this is just a toy. Big kid Lego (with water!).

This is my 2nd water cooling build. First time using hard tubing.

Overall had a great experience and I'm satisfied with how it turned out minus a couple of tubes that were measured too short on the pump discharge and a few minor hardware issues that I've outlined below.

Took about 1.5 months of research, planning and acquiring parts and materials. Also a few hours a night of labour for about 2 weeks (could only work on it after the kiddies went to bed. They were wayyyy too interested in what I was doing for me to focus lol)

Had very little complications and setbacks during build process.

Most difficult part was obviously planning and bending the tube runs but it's actually not too hard when you have the right tools.

Favorite part of the build is the waterfall tube reservoir by Bitspower. Haven't seen any reviews or builds online with it so I took a risk not knowing what it would really look like and how it would function. It actually looks really cool and is very quiet. I was also afraid that it would be difficult to fill and bleed the loop due to only having a single port on the top but my fitting made fill port worked out just fine.

Had a small leak at the base of the reservoir due to a faulty O-ring. Luckily bitspower supplied a spare in the box which stopped the leak.

Some positive things I have to say about some of the parts in this build:

  1. Aorus Gaming 8 Mobo is awesome in almost every way. Lets me ramp up radiator fans based on water loop temp instead of CPU temp so fans whirring up and down is more or less non existent.Also Came with an external temp sensor that I ran to the exterior of the case that lets me monitor ambient temps. Bitspower VRM copper waterblock is good quality wouldn't expect anything less from bitspower. Keeps VRM at 28C idle and 40C under load.

  2. EK waterblocks are great love how I could line up one of the GPU block ports directly with the CPU block inlet port. Even let me use the EVGA OEM backplate even though the website says you can't!

  3. Darkside fittings are a great lower cost alternative to Bitspower (probably about half the cost with the same quality). If you aren't made out of money, these are high quality, have a consistent finish, have triple o-rings and didn't have any leaks. Gotta shout out Dazmode.com for making these available at a fair price. We don't have much domestic options or access to water cooling parts up north besides Daz so I gotta big up him for not taking advantage of this and keeping his prices reasonable and fair while still maintaining quality product.

  4. Thermaltake Riing Fans. No matter what anybody says about Thermaltake, these fans look awesome! They give you the desired lighting bling but are very subtle about it. Quiet as well.

  5. EVGA GTX 1070 FTW. Card overclocked like a beast out of the box. After water cooling I was only able to lay on another 25Mhz but temps are significantly lower than the stock air cooler.

Some negative things I have to say about some of the parts in this build:

  1. i7 7700k runs pretty hot. At 5GHZ, 1.34V and depending on ambient temps, it drifts between 35-45C idle and 65-75C under load. It's stable but I've been considering trying to de-lid it. Still not sure if the benefit outweighs the risk.

  2. Thermaltake psu does not have a standard 24 pin motherboard connector on the PSU connection side.

  3. PSU is not quiet at all. Definitely the loudest part in my build next to the mechanical drive I use for storage. Wondering if a higher wattage unit would have been quieter.

  4. Aorus mobo RGB leds on white setting are not all the same temperature of white. Looked a little funny at first but I got over it.

  5. G.skill RGB ram beta software is garbage and conflicts with mobo rgb software. Have to leave it in default rainbow mode or risk the leds malfunctioning. I messed them up pretty bad and one stick wouldn't even light up. After messing around with it for a couple hours i finally got them both lit back up. Uninstalled Gskill software immediately.

That's its.

Hope you like it as much as I do.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 15 points

That's gorgeous. I'm surprised so many people go with dyes and pastels in their custom loops. Clear water looks so cool by itself.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

I personally feel that a white pastel would look better, but that's just my opinion.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It's mostly because of strong contrasting colors that make things pop.

  • 30 months ago
  • 11 points

This is beautiful!

Great performing parts, perfect cable management, and spectacularly clean build.

  • 30 months ago
  • 4 points

Great color scheme. (or is it lack of color?) Nice job!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice, love the look.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

THIS!....THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTYFUL THING IN THE WORLD!

1+! This build is amazing! normally i dont like the seetrough liquid but i really love this one! This is so clean and good looking! wow! I hope you get a feature! i really really do!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Work of art. Well done.

I was laughing reading your description about the kids being way too interested and only being able to work a few hours at night. I just finished my custom loop and I also have a one year old...there was ZERO percent chance I was doing ANYTHING related to the build with him awake haha. Soooo curious.

Good work on the OC, how's it treating you? I was just reading how Intel has come out and said they don't recommend people OC their 7700K (LOL) because of so many complaints about high temps.

Anyway congrats on the build, it's beautiful!!! +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 4 points

lol while I was in the middle of the build I was having nightmares that I woke up in the morning with my build on the floor smashed to pieces.......luckily didn't happen. Kids man hahaha

Ya I saw that Intel response on some headlines....market a chip for overclocking and then tell the owners not to overclock it. Right.......

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

You can get a delidding tool for very safe delidding. Temperatures are said to drop by around 20C

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that the Rockit 88 tool? Looks pretty safe and simple but will cost me about $100 to get it!!!

No money left after this lol!!!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, yeah I realise that. I'm just throwing ideas out anyway.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing work! Looks killer.

I second the opinion that clear usually looks "meh", but everything on this works together so well.

Kudos man!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

WOooooaaah. Beautiful build! +12 billion

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Super clean, I like it!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

+1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Stunning in its simplicity, I love these builds that let the components and engineering do the talking, no tacky RGB LED, no childrens paint in the pipes, just a well thought through brilliantly executed build that needs no flowery embelishment. Well done sir.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

A little sober but very well built

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, this build is a beauty! I love everything bout this build and going clear fluid makes all the components pop with that monochrome look with a hint of RGB lol. Excellent build +1 for damn sure

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

This is one nice custom build! I will add this to my new pinterest account! [Pinterest Account] (https://www.pinterest.com/ilirscorner/)

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thousand dollar Legos that you can game on? Heck yeah!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

i have never understand why corsair made this case with that "uncovered" or "half covered" if you may at the bottom. Now i understand, this case is perfect to show/for pumps, reservoah and drainase

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful bends and loop.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Very very nice!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build! Clear water looks so good, I'm very surprised you pulled it off. +1 to you sir!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

dude i love your build! i had a custom loop as well check my build page the gold and black. im working on another custom loop monster energy theme. Check my channel every opinion matters. Thanks

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey thanks. your black and gold build looks awesome. Enjoyed your build video of it as well. Loved the part where water was leaking all over the place and ur kid crying in the background lol.

Subscribed to your channel!!!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

hahaha and my wife was like honey? honeeeeey lol it's those moment I have to include in the video :) thanks for subscribing I'll get better as I go did you see my other build?

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent build. Beautiful craftsmanship. Extremely well done!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

it is the most beautiful i saw, i have the same cabinet see this and have wins to be taken from a bridge

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not a big fan of Gigabyte, but that's just plain beautiful. This PC will surely leave lots of computer enthusiasts utterly speechless. Well done.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comment!

This is the first piece of Gigabyte hardware I've ever owned and it seems pretty good but the software is terrible!!! Gigabyte app centre.......such a joke.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah my boy is running a Gigabyte Gaming M7 motherboard and it's working out for him alright along with his 1060 6GB but he thinks the software is good. I like my Asus, MSI and EVGA hardware.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

i called the feature! the feature is here! :D

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You did!! Thanks a lot!!!!!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

:D Love his build man hope you are happy! you really earned it!!!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

RGB? Nah bro, TRANSPARENT!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

100th up :D Great job, looks absolutely stunning.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a work of art! +1 When it comes to your concerns of de-lidding, the benefits do heavily outweigh negatives. I was able to achieve a stalbe 5.0Ghz overclock at 1.35v with an idle of 24 degrees C and a max load of 57. Prior to my de-lidding, at the same frequency and voltage I had 35 degree idle and 83 degrees under load. A huge drop in temps, definitely worth trying!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Your cpu temps pre-delid are very close to mine.

Did you use a tool to de-lid?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I custom 3-D printed a de-lid tool at my milling shop. There are a plethora of options out there though, an acquaintance of mine bought one on ebay for $20 US and it works like a charm.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! I also like the uncolored water loops, works very well with the tempered glass case.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I...I think I need some new underwear.

This is beautiful. I love the black/white colour scheme. The liquid cooled bit of the motherboard scares me though.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it scares me a bit too but I had to do it!

Dreading the day I have to take it apart for maintenance lol

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

the clear acrylic and liquid looks so good in that case ... well done !!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

fresh to death! I love it.

I wonder if flipping you PSU would help it's heat and thus noise? Just an idea.

Planning on going with hard tubes on my next loop.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey thanks for idea! Next time I take it apart for maintenance, I'll def give it a try.

Hard tubing is awesome!!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Again, looks amazing! GJ

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Imagine this: Black water.

I want to see that!!!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

One of the reason's I went clear this time was I had a bad experience with coloured fluids on my first watercooled build. All my blocks, fittings and tubes got stained and gummed up including some really expensive quick disconnects that I had to throw in the trash. Had to scrub my cpu waterblock with a toothbrush till my arm fell off. Since then I've been afraid to put that crap anywhere near my parts cause that stuff is way too expensive.

Though I've been reading some people saying that they've improved the premixed fluids a lot now.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Clear water looks sick by itself! I was just imagining how sick it would be with black water :O

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

So wait what do you do with this? I can't imagine going through all that just to watch Youtube lol

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

this is different without all the colors you usually see in builds. BUT......I really enjoyed your look and how you paid attention to the detail.

Nicely done.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Exhaust fan on the outside of the case as not to overlap the IO shield logo.

******* genius! +1 just for the idea!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad you noticed! I figured I better be able to see my entire mobo, the thing costed an arm and leg!!!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty thing :D

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Great work, very nice and clean build. Shame about the G.Skill software, the rainbow clearly isn't right for the rest of the system. Apparently the Corsair software for their RGB RAM is better, but who knows...

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment! I'm actually really disappointed in the G.skill and Gigabyte software. Even though it's still in beta its not stable at all. I used to have an Asus mobo with AIsuite and that worked a lot better than the Gigabyte software.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I think there's an issue with the parts list on the side. Says your SSD was free and the total is free. Other than that, the build is absolutely stunning. Great Job.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The SSD was reused from my old build as well as my radiator.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

k this is the coolest build i have seen so far in pc part picker like this is awesome omg wtf like i cant even express the awesomeness in this im actually serious omg i cant stop typing this is awesome.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!! I'm glad you like it

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I really love the build, however, i would leave the RGB on white as it feels like it stands out a little too much. Otherwise, the clear tubing is amazing may be put UV reactive stuff in it so you can make it colorful if you want in the future :D

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic work. Very clean looking and love the fittings and the loop. Very easy +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

absolutely amazing...the clear coolant really works so well here. It's got me seriously thinking about my first custom loop!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build!!! Is there a particular reason why you put the rear fan outside the chassis instead of inside the chassis?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Very beautiful build. It would seem simple enough to color coordinate something like this but the little subtleties make this go the extra mile. Thumbs up!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

shine bright like a diamond

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Case Fan mounted outside of the case? Barbaric! Besides that, this build is a piece of art

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

amazing!

however if I had done this build I would have bought the white trident Z ram and painted the white gray.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build. Here's a good article re: delidding 7700k http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/kaby-lake-de-lidding-overclocking-test,4970.html

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the featured spot. Beautifully done.

Thumbs up.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

NOICE

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, great to see a loop with no dye or pastel. No colour makes it look better. +1 :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Never really liked this case before but Sir what you built here certainly changed my mind. Kudos and congrats on the feature. Awesome and unique water cooled beast!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

why did u put the rear fan outside the case?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Of all the themes, it never occurred to me that there hadn't been a clear build like this one (to my knowledge). Very cool. :) Makes me think of the "clear" consoles/controllers from back in the day.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the same mobo for a bit before I went back to z97, just wanted to ask: How did you get 7700k running STABLE at 5.0ghz? I could barely run it at 4.2ghz and it ran slower than my old devils' canyon

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

B.E.A.Utiful. The simple white lighting is actually really nice. Reminds me of some space age laboratory.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm planning on getting my first pc soon, and i want it to look exactly like this. i've fallen in love with this build. any ideas?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you like it. If you are looking for advice, the best I can give is try to plan everything out before you just dive in buying parts and putting stuff together i.e compatibility, dimensions, budget etc. If this is your very first build, knowing a bit about basic pc building will help a lot. I would suggest investing a fair amount of research time on custom water cooling but there isn't anything you can't learn about it that isn't available on the internet.

Basic steps i think would be pick your major components first, case/mb/cpu/gpu, then choose your blocks, pump, res, rads and fans, size your psu, choose your tubing and liquid type, plan your loop, add any finishing components, flow meters, lighting etc., acquire parts, build!

You may not be able to get every detail on paper but having a pretty good idea of how you want the machine to look and function will save you many !#%&# moments during the build process.

Hope that helps

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous build over all, would like to see pictures of the whole system on (side panels on)

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice build, could you tell me what items you used to mount the reservoir onto the front rad? and will i need to use the same rad as yours or can any 360 water cooled one do?

thanks in advance.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

rad mount bracket is by barrow. Fits standard 120mm fan holes so no problem there you can use any 120 to 360 res. The res mounts you need to be careful due to res outer diameter compatibility. I used bitspower res mounts but have switched them out for the cleaner looking ek version both of which were fine for my bitspower 60mm o.d res. let me know if you need More info.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

hey thanks for replying, nice i found the rad mount bracket and are you using the EK-RES X3 HOLDER 60MM (2PCS) for the 60mm o.d res? im also having a very hard time finding the res top that has the 'waterfall' effect. i was gonna go with using Singularity Computers Protium parts but i doubt the res top would be compatible

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic build and bends setup! Curiously wondering, I have the same case, May I ask why do you have the two top fans as intakes?

Appreciate it :D

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

I had the top fans as intakes as I want to maintain a positive pressure inside the case. A negative pressure in the case would suck all the dust inside.

But for sure the riing fans facing inward would have looked much better :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you overspend on the 1070 so much? At that pricepoint you couldve easily got a 1080.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

thats how much 1070 costed 1.5 years ago lol

1080 was closer to $800

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my god i just realized how long ago that post was from LOL

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Sick fan on the outside of the case

[comment deleted]
[comment deleted by staff]
  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Please do not use link shorteners on our site. If you'd like to shorten a link on PCPartPicker, place the text you'd like others to read in brackets and the URL in parentheses, like so:

[Link to a page](http://www.pcpartpicker.com)

which will result in:

Link to a page

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

My Bad! I totally forgot about the clean way to do it. I am used to Twitter.lol I will post again.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Please do not use link shorteners on our site. If you'd like to shorten a link on PCPartPicker, place the text you'd like others to read in brackets and the URL in parentheses, like so:

[Link to a page](http://www.pcpartpicker.com)

which will result in:

Link to a page

[comment deleted]
[comment deleted by staff]
  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey thanks. It's PETG tubing by Bitspower. Only down side I found to it is that it's not recommended for use with ethylene glycol based liquids which is most of them now.

[comment deleted by staff]
  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm sure PETG is alot easier to bend than conduit. I work with a lot of electricians and it doesn't look easy at all.

PETG is actually pretty robust and forgiving. Cuts easy and clean and doesn't take a whole lot of heat to bend.

Only downsides are like I said before is that it has poor liquid compatibility and I've read a lot of comments saying that it's not as clear as acrylic tube and scratches easier as well.

[comment deleted by staff]
[comment deleted by staff]
[comment deleted by staff]
  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It's very tempting I've been looking at getting the Rockit 88 de-lid/re-lid kit but at the same time it makes me upset that I have to shell out another $100 (shipping included) so that my CPU should operate the way a $500 chip should out of the box. Damn you Intel!!!!

Did you use a tool to de-lid?

[comment deleted by staff]
[comment deleted by staff]
[comment deleted by staff]
  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm 16 built my first at 14

[comment deleted]
[comment deleted by staff]