This is #Beyond# many expectations, I wish my computer could look this pretty, great job with the theme. It's epic I love it. +1
My question is mostly why not the ITX version?
So simple, yet so pleasing. +1
Q: Why not the 512 GB 950 Pro? Brand Loyalty?
Either way, very nice build.
This Build. Amazing! +1
I mean the 360 predator runs on the same thing, and some people use them for full custom loops, but I think it may really just boil down to preference and overhead and all that jazz.
The Predator pump is a DDC pump, so I don't see why it wouldn't be strong enough for the whole loop.
This, this is my dream.
Beautiful build sir, well done. +1
How is the flow through the top exhaust does it suffer too much from the mod?
How did that top mod for the fans happen, like how does it work?
Thank you for the detailed reply :D
Nice Build! +1
Very nice. I do appreciate a tiny computer with no cable clutter. Looks great!
1) Where did you go to find hardware compatibility for OSX?
2) Why did you go with a full ATX PSU? Corsair's new SFX offering could square off the rear nicely if you decide to upgrade.
3) What do you find most difficult about building a Hackintosh?
I can identify with that.
Perhaps some specialty modding. My current thoughts are that the pump and the res would need to be creatively mounted, or as in this build pump on the socket, and maybe just play it really risky and don't run a res.
Is that a challenge? raises eyebrows :D
Now I want to see a custom loop in a Fractal Node 202. But Also Nice job on the build! +1
So glad that this gives a cable routing picture, I was beginning to question their existence :D. Great build you got there, you thinking perhaps someday getting another 1080 to fill up the case a little more? Also maybe Nuka-Cola on a shelf in the future? :D Also I like your thoughts on the hybrid, Kyle from Awesomesauce did a video on all the EVGA cards and the 1080 hybrid looks siiiiiiick, that will eventually be my next upgrade :D Once again, beautiful build I imagine the cable routing was a pain, but man the outcome is be-a-utiful.
Best of luck!
I'm assuming it runs, does it function well?
How are the temps? I only ask because I'm a little worried about buildup in the loop because it's open, but if you've got a filter in there I feel a little better about it. Otherwise it looks phenomenal! +1
I smell a feature
That's unfortunate :-/
But it's still a beautiful build!
How is the Motherboard? I've seen mixed reviews on it and wonder as to its performance.
+1 for SFF LC
Jaw Drops It's... It's... It's... so... beautiful...
The next fresh build I do I have a very similar hope for.
This does not look like a first time custom loop build, but I suppose the claim is made sturdier by all the bends shown in the pictures above, which appear to be practice. :)
Props man, "So fresh, so clean." +1
Why not go with the monoblock for the Mobo?
Overclocking in the future I assume?
I'm quite impressed with the thermal performance, I imagine having the PSU exhausting helps quite a bit.
I sense a feature,
I also would like to point out that your case badge trophy case is really great :D
Definitely a wonderful mod.
10/10 would upvote +1
Awesome, I've been looking around to find a nice keyboard, as I'm in college my desk doesn't particularly lend itself to being spacey. It appears that Vortex should be releasing an RGB version this summer, which I'm debating buying. From the reviews it sounds like it's a great keyboard, and although I do appreciate a number pad it just seems to get in the way of my mouse during gaming.
On the Overclocking front I too have a K SKU processor, a 4690K in fact. I have yet to overclock it, but have been told by a few of my fellow college students, who happen to be computer science and computer engineers, that OC'ing is just upping the multiplier until you get a blue screen, dial it back and retry for a different frequency or voltage, repeat until stable. This struck me as rather umm shall we say ragtag for now (I can't think of a good word) and since my processor (which has a base clock of 3.5 GHz) hits a turbo of 3.8-3.9 GHz almost continually, I've decided to hold off for now. (Plus I'm not sure if I would be able to see a performance increase from my seat as a consumer.)
Oh, and +1
Pretty Swaggin' setup. I'm diggin' it. Great job on the part painting, it looks great!
Some pretty high aspirations there for the future.
Great build! Cryorig makes some pretty neat coolers so +1 for thinking about them, as well as the case choice!
EVOLV chassis are always cool looking :D
Pretty nifty build there, have you named it yet? Since you do music production with it, my suggestion is "Soundwave" :D
Im a big transformers fan in case you didn't notice:)
Im a big transformers fan in case you didn't notice:)
+1 for the pun
Looks good, Evolv looks nice with any setup :D love that case :)
MMHMM that's what I like in my builds nice aesthetics!
That's a great color scheme you got going there, props on organization as well as the Mobo rebadge.
That's a pretty slick build. +1
+1 for similar setup!
i5's fo lyfe, or until I can afford an X99 platform :/
Upgrade path is there. It's a nice little build that would be good for an HTPC which appears to be what you're using it for, quite a bargain too all in all.
RAM I would upgrade to a single 8 GB stick and after that I would go for a modular power supply.
Then I would go for some custom cables and making them the perfect length for the case layout that you want, it would declutter and add a little bit of flair.
Also seeing as you managed to scrounge the parts listed for such a low price you could probably spare some cash on a nice card like a Fury Nano or GTX 970 if you want to make it a gaming computer.
Is that UV Blue coolant? Do you run UV lights? If so "Cherenkov" may be in the running, or if that's too main stream "Cherry" (derivation of Cherenkov and would make people wonder as they usually associate n) or perhaps "Ride the Lightning"
I love this build, aesthetically it's clean with cables, and the hardware is so tiny!
If looking at water cooling in the future, I know that EK makes a monoblock for the Impact, as well as a block for the Fury Nano. I bet you could fit a fair size radiator in there alongside a nice reservoir as well.
Possible upgrade to custom loop in the future?
Have you ever given any thought to a mineral oil rig? With all your acrylic manipulation experience I daresay you could probably fabricate a pretty decent enclosure for said mineral oil rig.
D'aww, is so cute! I love it, cable management looks like it was a little difficult but it still looks clean. Solid parts selection for sure, I myself also have the 4690K haven't gotten around to overclocking it, but I may try at the end of the school year to reach a solid 4.0 GHz, if my temperatures don't get too high that is.
Speaking of temperatures, I'm curious as those which you achieve in this build. Most of the interest stems from the internal exhaust cooler (assuming it is).
When you upgrade (assuming you do) would you be jumping to a Fury Nano? It seems like the enclosure would be a bit small for a GTX 980 Ti.
The price tag on that one, woof. It does have features that I would appreciate though, perhaps I'll have to scrounge the interwebz for some bargains.
Also thanks for the suggestions.
I shall look into it.
Beautiful Build, what kind of temps are you getting on the GPU?
+1 for the Phanteks EVOLV and for going with Mini-ITX
I'm glad to see someone using Aqua Computer radiators, I love their looks. I only wish I had enough money, and a system worthy of, a custom water cooling loop. Concerning the case, I love the EVOLV series from Phanteks; do you think that you would be able to fit a 360 in the front and the top or would it be too cramped? I've a tendency to create dream parts lists which end up being almost exclusively water cooled setups (of course until I get out of College I don't think any of them will become reality...) and I'd like to know how much radiator you could cram into the EVOLV ATX case. I really like that Copper radiator, looks pretty nice all shiny and such.
I agree the cable management looks great!
I do agree the out of sight res does add to the build by keeping the CPU and GPU as the main focal points.
Interesting viewpoints, thank you for the thorough response. +1
Just curious, how long should a PSU last?
This is a great build and I enjoyed reading through it. I agree wholeheartedly on the aesthetics of the Phanteks Evolv, and I would very much like to build in one as it is a magnificent case. Great job breaking from the normal Black/Red, the blue/gray-scale looks great and I can imagine that powered on it looks pretty awesome.
This build makes me happy, it pops out at you from the get go. The photos are absolutely beautiful and they really show off the case extremely well. An aside, the Phanteks Evolve is one of my favorite enclosures from the aesthetics standpoint, and I love how this build goes so well with it.
After watching your build recap I'm even more impressed.
Would you be willing to reveal how the floppy drive works?
My current speculation is that you had two USB 3.0 from a single internal header and put one in the CD drive and then used the other one to connect something like the little card reader you showed in your video and surgically implanted it into the floppy drive. That's my best guess anyways.
You think you might get a CRT monitor and replace the guts with a higher resolution panel?
Off hand I was a bit confused as I was looking through the pictures. I thought that there was no way that this could've been the same way that it used to be set up. Then I got to the last pictures and read the description.
Your fabrication skills are amazing. It definitely looks, like Phillip said, like it is a manufactured product. I love the retro sleeper theme of this build, it looks amazing, and the hardware is there to back it up.
Overall I love the build; it's definitely a computer worthy of a classic double take!
ASRock Claims that it is compatible with AMD's 220 watt TDP, as well as up to 4-way crossfire at their manufacturer page here (http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/Fatal1ty%20970%20Performance/).
Looking at AMD's chipset page here (http://www.amd.com/en-us/products/chipsets/9-series#) they note that the 970 chipset can support one radeon HD graphics board, I am unsure as to the definition of "graphics board." If this chipset can only support one Radeon graphics card I would be confused as to why ASRock claims up to 4-way crossfire compatibility.
I do understand your concern and I will indeed make a note under the motherboard section.
I enjoy the beautifully photographed assembly process. In my mind the photo documentation of the build adds a lot to the quality and aesthetic of this build and really made it stand out. As such I am eager to read the description, once released. You definitely have a great eye for photography, great job on a great looking build!
The most likely cause of excessive heat in the system is the 980 Ti because it's the only piece of the system that exhausts into the case (since the rad is outside). Theoretically a blower style cooler should bring temps down by exhausting to the outside of the case (this moves the exhaust away from the available surface area for heat transfer inside the case). With the rear panel design of this case, there's still liable to be some heat transfer from the exhausted air to the aluminum but not quite as much as with the internal exhaust cooler design. I think that a hybrid cooled unit from EVGA would present a decent solution, however routing would be a nightmare and radiator placement is virtually nonexistent with the Corsair CPU AIO in place.
I think the easiest option for cutting temps would be a rear exhaust blower style cooler. It won't exactly lend itself to overclocking but it would move heat out of the main compartment.
What it really boils down to is the million dollar question, "Do you want to continue cooking with the glass oven?"