Description

This has been a labor of love and patience over the last couple of months. I started with the idea of a red/black build, then white/black build, then saw the lovely Asus z97 boards were gold and thought why not make a "gold standard" computer as I hadn't seen them here before.

My fiancee thought of the name Gatsby and I quickly agreed.

“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.” -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

I present my "masterpiece" build. My life is quickly erasing the possibilities of having excess expenditures on things like computers. I am a photojournalist and reporter. I need to edit videos, run photoshop, write, and enjoy my time off with games. This is it for me.

This build was also my first foray into water cooling. I did not want to build a "final" computer for myself without testing my skills so acrylic hardline it was. Performance PCs really helped, especially a guy named Jeremy. All watercooling parts were purchased from that vender during their summer sale (I believe 8 percent or so off my total, about $80 saved).

I used a wooden board with two cabinet knobs to bend the pipes around. My fiancee actually did the 120AX radiator exit to GPU and GPU to reservoir bends -- they were by far the most complicated.

As for the results, I could not be happier. I've been researching other builds and pictures. I hope I deliver on all fronts -- pictures of the build, results, prices (saving money), and general description for you all.

As a journalist I welcome critiques. Please do so.

On the bad side of this build.

I will never use Mayhem's cooling liquid again. It appears to have "dried" around my cpu block and I'll be flushing it out probably tomorrow (after pictures). The liquid was supposed to be gold and was more silver, too.

I'll be honest and say I did not purchase glue for my Monsoon hardline fittings like I was apparently supposed to. Thankfully I tested for leaks without power to the motherboard when the flood occurred. Every component was covered in water. It took several days for me to allow myself to start again once the pieces were glued.

The temps get a bit too high under load from benchmarking programs, but under normal gaming situations they're fine. The ambient temperature in my house is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, so that hurts my temps as well.

No, my normal monitor will not be the Dell seen here. I'm inbetween monitors as the larger 1080p is in the bedroom for Netlifx and Amazon purposes until I get another monitor or television to go there. For benchmarks I used the 1080p monitor.

Storage space is limited and considering I can fill up a 32gb compact flash card in less than a day, I'll be using external storage for storing images, and maybe look at getting a cheaper 512gb SSD for the editing process. I do not have room in the computer for a HDD like I planned (cannibalize a 1tb velociraptor).

Length of descriptions can hinder a pcpartpicker upvotes, so hopefully I didn't screw myself here. And on a Wednesday night? It'll probably be buried by the weekend!

EDIT: Since building this computer I have run into a couple of minor problems. The first one being storage and scratch disk size. To combat that I got two 120 gig SanDisk Extreme II SDSSDXP's and put them in Raid 0. They act as my scratch disk for video projects. These are grudgingly attached by zipties to the back corner of my computer (where the green light is).

I have also built a NAS, with two 3tb HGST Deskstar H3IKNAS30003272SN and they are running in an ASUSTOR 202TE in Raid 1. This has alleviated all my problems. I am looking to get an ASUS Thunderbolt card and use a Lacie 2Big external as a secondary, always attached storage/scratch disk. There is simply no more room inside.

On a sad side note, the cat pictured with my fiancee had to be put down. He had feline leukemia and began to not eat from his various illnesses. He was also starting to get jaundice (liver failure) and I did not want to see the ******* cat I loved turn into a bed-ridden, force-fed creature. He lived a good life. Thanks for reading everyone.

Edit #2: Top five all time white H440 builds! Really awesome to see.

Edit#3: Added pictures of "battlestation" and what the build currently looks like.

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 14 points

Everything about this is beautiful. I would lie and say I wasn't jelly, but let's face it, this is awesome.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Not a huge fan of the gold coolant, but the EK clean block really makes it look good. Unfortunately that is the only place, in my opinion. I hope you're happy, man! She's a beast!

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

The fiance or the computer? ;)

  • 63 months ago
  • 7 points

The cat.

And the computer.

I guess girls are okay. :D

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, like I said in the bad side, the coolant is not what I expected. It'll be changed this weekend. Probably going to do black X1 fluid. Not really for show like the gold, but I don't want clear as my two different acrylic tubes would be worthless if I didn't do a color :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree... Wish I could custom WC! That's awesome, man!

  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

Full resolution pictures can be found here: http://imgur.com/a/YVxk9

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Additional pictures with "the green light" --- > http://imgur.com/a/OHrs8

As well as a timelapse video assembling the computer (available probably end of 8/26/14, dang Vimeo). --- > https://vimeo.com/104455299

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  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

Now all you need is a dock with a green light. Killer build, I am amazed.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahaha yes! My fiancee suggested green leds but I didn't think enough people would get it to go through with it. Really great comment

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Probably every person that has ever read or seen The Great Gatsby would get it. I'd say do it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Just in case you missed the link here I'll direct reply: http://imgur.com/a/OHrs8

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh my god the green light looks amazing! I think I died a little bit.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I loved the green. Nice clean pics, nice work :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

http://imgur.com/a/OHrs8

Pictures for you, sir.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That is something else! It looks amazing!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I envy you.
+1 for awesome cat

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Just an update. Unfortunately Salvador (the cat) got too ill and had to be put to sleep. He was not eating and began to get jaundice (failing liver). Good that he'll always be here and part of the fun.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Please accept the deepest of my condolences. I don't know why but I'm actually sad over this.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

He's a jerk, don't let him fool you! But really he's a cool cat. Wish he was fatter but he's got feline leukemia and doesn't eat as much as I want him to. Thanks for the comment

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow incredible build! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, demonite.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow great price for such a kickass build

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That was a really important part for me. I couldn't blow 500+ bucks on a gpu just to have it sooner. I waited for rebates to come in and watched pcpartpicker prices and when it got to the lowest it had been in 180 days I sprang.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I absolutely love Monsoon Free-Centers! Very nice build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Be careful about the hardline ones. Man I wish it had said it required the end caps to be glued to the tubes. Couldn't find any info with the search "how to install" but "monsoon hardline leak" taught me.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Why doesn't this have more up votes? Beautiful looking build. I love hard tubing, it's so clean and sexy.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Who stays up this late on a Wednesday? Ah man, I got work tomorrow

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol it was 9 or 10 PM here I believe, I don't remember lol. But anyways, it should have 1 billions up votes by now :D That's how good I think it is. :P

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

that name of the rig

was it inspired by this ad?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHiEszQQn4U

original song was a spin off from Can't Give you anything, but my love"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sidSIY09Ypw

love that song :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow I've never seen that before. But no it's from the book the Great Gatsby. Although... I can give you gatsbyyyy

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

lolz

that ad always make ppl laugh and the star of the ad is famous for Japan drama and he was a singer for a group SMAP

I...... can give you gatsbyyyy....gatsbyyyy.....gatsbyyyy.... XD

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

takuya kimura is the name of the star

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Cat seems more interested than dog lol :) just kidding, awesome build

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Dog is interested in a chili bowl!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Is a 240 and 120mm radiator good enough for a GPU and CPU with heavy overclocks? I'm planning on using the same CPU with a watercooled 290x and I'm hoping to overclock pretty heavily.

Nice build too, +1. It's so clean!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on what you mean by heavy I guess. If you used better fans and more of them I don't see why not. Ambient house temps will help too. I haven't started doing gpu overclock yet so I can't tell you on that end. My cpu can get really hot, but I can't tell if that's from the mayhem aurora doing a poor job or just not enough air through rads. I wanted one 360 but it was sold out.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah fair enough. Thanks for the reply:)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Build and great pictures (the dog was adorable). When I first just looked at the pictures and part choices, I thought wow nothing went wrong and the build looks amazing and then I read "on the bad side" but those small bad things will never come close to how great the build is besides storage space, that can be a pain sometimes. +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I just came....

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

That's.. That's a good way to start your morning

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

this is absolutely gorgeous! I'm gathering resources to make a black-and-gold watercooling theme which kind of similar to your build!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Good luck! It wouldn't be hard doing black/clear acrylic tubing with black or a gold liquid. The good thing about the GTX 780 SC ACX was it would match your theme -- it's black with a stock gold accents. May not even have to do a custom loop.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning to do a opaque black tubing with golden bitspower fittings, EKWB cpu block with gold plate, do full black waterblocks for GPUs, and have z87 asus pro motherboard. ACX would work wonderfully but i already have two r9 290 to work with.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

What a beautiful build my friend! That's really a bummer about the Mayhem liquid, I was looking forward to using it in the future... won't be now!

Quick question, why the Plextor SSD over something like the 250gb EVO which has better read/write?

Again this thing is beautiful! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/ssd-charts-2013/CrystalDiskMark-Sequential-Read,2796.html

The results on the M6S compared to the EVO were close enough to warrant spending $130 versus $150. And in some overall scores the M6S was better. Not going to lie, I thought it was white which also helped sway the purchase. It's silver. My fiancee painted it white ;)

And I may go with Mayhem's X1 or pastel, but never aurora. It's going to be a pain cleaning it out.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah okay well at least I won't have to stray away from them in the future!

And I understand on the price, however now (no clue what it was when you built the rig) the EVO is going for $118. Link

All in all amazing build my friend!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you use the SSD bracket as a mount for the reservoir?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the slot where the bracket would go. The holes, unfortunately, did not line up and I had to drill four holes for the reservoir mounts. They go over the slot and make it look nice.

I picked that spot as it has a cable management hole literally right there for the GPU that I could hide the pump below, which is still proper order res, pump, rad, computer :D

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That was a good idea. I've read that the H440 presents quite the challenge for people looking to build a custom water loop, but you seem to have made it work quite well.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, congrats on the engagement too

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Love that cat. Being a cat guy, that was my favorite pic. That build looks amazing, well done.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like you have some kind of fan hub on the back, I'm looking for something like that. Did it come with the case, the board, or did you buy that separately?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

It's attached to the back of the NZXT H440. But it's basically a 3-pin hub not unlike this: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14662/ele-988/3-Pin_Power_Distribution_PCB_5xWay_Block_MMT-PCB-5WAY.html?tl=g34c17s424&id=IuN6gbjw

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot, that's really helpful.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for voting on mine, it was easy to repay the favor. Very nice design and I can see why you noted the contrast with my white tubes. Your build has given me the idea of maybe painting some of the front panel or surrounding area white on my 350D. Glad that leak didn't ruin any components, yikes!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Use lots of blue painter's tape! If you can't remove it or tape it safely, my fiancee actually spray painted a paper plate and then used a brush to paint my M6S SSD.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

WOW! This is so cool! love what you did with the H440!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

The photographer in you definitely shows, the pictures of the computer look amazing. Admirable build as well.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

What's that part on the right of the third picture? It looks weird, and I don't think it doesn't fit in any of the boxes..

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you talking about the orange-ish box? That's the Plextor hard drive.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

In the sixth picture too. it's a large black thing, and it doesn't even fit in the case.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Dog. It's a dogue. Dawg.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

<3 <3 <3

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Love everything about it. Awesome build, man! +1 for cat, dog and woman

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build & attention to detail! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Cute cat and cute dog and clean rig. Nice job!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Magnificent build. +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet, sweet build. So classy, well balanced, and oh so pretty!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Down vote for any case without an optical

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry but I got to be that guy.

CAT>DOG :P

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

FALSE. Woman>Dog>Cat in my hierarchy. :P

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

this, this is beauty! And i love the quality of the pictures too

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Dog pic, rigid tubing, and a slick color scheme. Sick build man!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Is your fiance wearing gauges or hoop earrings?

Also, this is the most beautiful build I've ever seen in the year I've been on here, +1 for amazing build and glorious pictures.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

She has 1-inch sized gauges in.

And thank you.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I love gauges <3

No problem :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That build is just all goregeousness. Excellent job.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

excellent job on the cooling! It almost has a steampunk look to it. I wish custom cooling wasn't so expensive, I'd have used it on mine. I think black liquid would look pretty good on this with the white and gold.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

What's weird is I don't think this build is that expensive. Under 2.5k with two blocks, custom loop? I've seen computers with way, way bigger budgets have less and this build is in the 89 percentile on firestrike benchmark. You could spend less than I did, too. Better idea of total fittings, not blowing money on aurora, etc. It's possible, man! Good luck.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I have a link to that wallpaper / lockscreen?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, your bends are very clean!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! What reservoir is that?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 80 - Limited White POM Edition

It's in the parts list. :)

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  • 63 months ago
  • 12 points

For me it does! Lucky me.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet! I see it. Pretty cool place to be!

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