Description

This is my H400i build from December of 2017.

3770k at 4.6Ghz with a GTX 1070 at 2088Mhz. 3DMark Firestrike Demo score is ~15700. Liquid cooled with Alphacool, EK, Mayhems, and Koolance parts. The build's primary use is for gaming while I also do some light photo editing.

All prices are from actual purchase day so the 1070, for example, was $389, after rebate, from Newegg back in 2016. The 3770k was a hand me down, and the license for Windows 10 is actually an upgrade from Windows 8.0 back when it was only $40 per license in ~2013.

The radiator is connected to the loop by Koolance Quick Disconnect fittings (QDCs). The pump is part of the Alphacool GPX M01 for 1070/1080 reference boards. There is no reservoir as the loop is drained, filled, and bled outside of the case while on the bench from the bottom port of the Alphacool UT60 radiator. The QDCs are then disconnected, and the loop re-assembled back in the case with no additional air, of any consequence, entering the system.

Imgur album: https://imgur.com/a/Rg3az

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Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build! Can't wait to hopefully do my build. White and black is my theme. Wish i had that move in my current one but i was fresh to building back then! Keep up the good work.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've always wanted to do a black and white build, but I couldn't help but splash some Noctua brown in there. ;)

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey! I'm huge fan of this build! Really, I've been looking at your build every day for the past week and I came to comment just to say: holy ****!

In the 10+ years I've been browsing custom builds, this is (imo ofc) by far the most attractive build I've seen yet. I'm in the process of buying the last few parts for my next build, and I'm definitely going to try and emulate your custom loop. I love, love, love the minimalist industrial look and the tastefully well lit white accents with custom cabling/tubing.

Really well done. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks for the complement. Here is the "build log," of sorts, with some more details if you're interested:

https://imgur.com/a/PzZIW

Also, there are many, many more greater builds than mine at online water cooler groups like the subreddit r/watercooling. That's a very good place to get some advice on components, and troubleshooting help.

Some honesty from me, though, I'm going to be replacing the CPU/Mobo with some Ryzen parts here in the next few weeks. In a few months, I'll be moving the loop back to home-brew AiO status for both the GPU (the Eiswolf block has the pump, of course) with it's own 120mm rad and the Ryzen 2700X with the Swiftech Apogee Drive ii (block/pump) for use with the 280mm rad by itself.

Certainly, what I've done and the simple, no frills coolant I've used have had zero issues in the last year (and should last 18 months, easy), but even though I can take the whole of it out, my original ideas about rad removal and GPU/CPU flushing with more quick disconnect hoses into/out of containers just seems more work than I want while leaving the CPU cooler and GPU assembly in the case. With both the CPU and GPU in a home-brew AiO config, by themselves, it'll let me remove the loops easier to facilitate bench draining/filling/bleeding (which already only takes about 15-20 minutes to 99% bleed out air).

Thanks again.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Sleek build, looks really clean!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks, man. Just looked at your 980Ti build. Damned clean, too.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

CLEAN

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean Build, nice job. Love the quick connects, should make maintenance a breeze.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah the QDCs solve a problem, for sure.

I can split the loop, take it all out, and do a full service out of the case. Else I can remove the rad, hook up two more hoses to the gpu/cpu and do a flush into a bucket.