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Nightmare Mk. 1
by Fluency
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Description

(Repost of the same build that I posted earlier. Was missing one of the parts on the list, so I deleted and retried)

I've built several computers in the past, but none that were really "unique". When it came time to upgrade my own aging rig, I wanted to create a PC that wasn't like any that I had seen before. I had three aspects for the design in mind: performance, elegance, and simplicity.

So after 6 months of planning, saving, and building, it's alive. :)

This is the first computer that I've built with design in mind, as well as the first water cooled PC I've attempted. I won't lie, it was sometimes incredibly frustrating to implement all of the original aspects that I wanted. But in the end it turned out exactly how I imagined it. I've decided to simply call it "Nightmare" because it fits with the whole theme of the build. When it comes time to upgrade, I'll begin work on the Nightmare Mk. 2

Now that it's finished I use it for gaming and music production. It runs every game I can throw at it on the highest graphics settings with zero lag. Plus whenever it's not in use, I have it compute protein folding tasks from Stanford for cancer research (Folding@home). Can't really ask for much more than that!

As far as performance goes, I've managed to hit a 4.4GHz overclock on the CPU and a 1300Mhz overclock on the GPU.

I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I did building it!

Watercooling Parts List (by request)

CPU Block: EK-Supremacy Clean Nickel

GPU Block: EK-FC780 GTX Ti Acetal + Nickel

Tubing: Primochill Rigid Acrylic Tubing

Radiators: Alphacool NexXxoS Full Copper (240 x 45mm and 240 x 30mm)

Fans: Corsair SP120 and Corsair AF120 LED

Reservoir: EK Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir/Pump Combo

Fittings: Various Bitspower Black Sparkle and Primochill Nickel Plated Ghost

Coolant: EK Ekoolant Clear

(All in all, the watercooling cost me about $1000 but that was because I made several mistakes (first time watercooler). It could have easily been cheaper)

Details
Date PublishedApril 19, 2014
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load50.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.3GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle22.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load37.0° C
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babachicken 35 points 6 months ago

<3

10/10 would bang

 
 
Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 36 points 6 months ago

Its already wet, what are you waiting for?

 
 
babachicken 5 points 6 months ago

hehehehhhehehehhe

 
 
Samcaldwell [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

LOL, how much did the custom cords cost?

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 6 months ago

It was $58 for a fully custom 24-pin, 2x 4 pins, and an 8 pin from ensourced.net

 
 
Samcaldwell [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Good to know.

 
 
Beastliness23 [2 Builds] 7 points 6 months ago

Can I make love to your pc?

+1

EDIT: On a more serious note, this is one of the most beautiful builds I have ever seen anywhere. You deserve a cookie. What camera did you use to take these pictures?

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks, I'm glad you like it! The camera I used was a Canon Rebel Xsi.

 
 
leftyrojas430 [1 Build] 5 points 6 months ago

Who needs girls when you have a computer like this!

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 4 points 6 months ago

Purple builds look so nice :D

 
 
Electrospeed 2 points 6 months ago

It runs every game I can throw at it on the highest graphics settings with zero lag

That 780 had better run every game perfectly...

 
 
Erolian 2 points 6 months ago

More Pics plz! Your build is intoxicating! <3

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

Good timing, just added a few more pics! They're a little bit blurry, sorry about that.

 
 
Erolian 3 points 6 months ago

Thx! They are fabulous!

Edit: That last pic, there seemed to be moisture on the control panel, is that normal for this kind of custom cooling build?

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 6 months ago

Yep, on the last pic there's some condensation in the reservoir but none on the outside. I'm fairly sure condensation is normal but keep in mind I'm a novice watercooler. I'll have to look into that.

 
 
SanjayP 1 point 6 months ago

Nice build! What games do you run on this rig and how well do they run? because I'm going to build a rig very similar to yours to play some fps games.

 
 
tjb423 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

This can handle anything thrown at it

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

So far the most intensive game I've played on here is BF4, and I can run it on ultra settings w/ %125 resolution scale and 1920x1200 base resolution (it hardly ever goes below 60 fps).

Lately I've been playing America's Army and I also have no problems running it.

 
 
SanjayP 1 point 6 months ago

Nice!

 
 
Vorago [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Silver and purple, a rare and beautiful combination... Love that your fittings match the Dominator Platinums! +1

Also is that hard acrylic tube? It looks very clean.

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! Yep, it's Primochill's Rigid Acrylic tube. I had a LOT of trouble getting the bends to look right, but I think it was worth it in the end!

 
 
Vorago [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Also out of curiosity, what were the issues you ran into that drove the cost of your water cooling up? I'm considering water cooling for my next build and am always trying to learn better ways to do it.

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Basically just know what fittings you need to use before you buy them :) I had bought 90 degree bitspower rotary compression fittings only to find out that the rigid tube doesn't work with them (If you're going with primochill's rigid tube then you HAVE to use their ghost fittings). Also, know what size radiator you can actually fit in your case. I had originally bought a 280mm rad for the top (because Corsair says the 350D can support it) but I realized there was no way to run tubing with a bigger radiator. I had to order a 240mm so it would fit.

It all comes down to lots of planning and error analysis beforehand.

 
 
Vorago [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

I see, that does make sense. I recently made a slightly less expensive but similar mistake in my build. The NZXT H2 has a 140mm fan position at the top of the case and I thought to myself "Aha that's where I'll put a Kraken x40". As it turns out though, the ceiling of the case is very low and when I went to install the cooler it had no chance of fitting. ): Live and learn! Thanks for the extra info about water cooling.

 
 
Mr_Jake [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Oh my god that is one of the most beautiful pc's I have ever seen!

 
 
TheUnknownPC 1 point 6 months ago

9.9/10

 
 
TheUnknownPC 1 point 6 months ago

BOOM +1 _ :D

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Absolutely spectacular. Did you buy those cables or did you sleeve them yourself?

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

I had thought about sleeving the cables myself, but there was no way I could fit in the time commitment. ensourced.net does an amazing job with sleeved cables at a reasonable price. I highly recommend him.

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks

 
 
TheTekJake [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

How much was it for all of the water-cooling components? I have almost all of the same parts and after seeing this build I think I died a little inside. +1,000,000,000? I think yes. How much do i have to pay you to water-cool my system for me? XD

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

The total for the watercooling was about $1000, but that was because I made several mistakes being a first time watercooler. With more experience I probably could have made the price around $800.

I definitely can't watercool your system for you, but if you have any questions feel free to shoot a pm!

 
 
TheTekJake [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

And I thought dropping the initial $1400 on parts was heavy! Unfortunately I am in the same situation as you, as this would be my first time with acrylic tubing in a water cooling loop. How much do you think the price would drop if I did a CPU only rigid tube loop? I definitely do not have the savings for a $1000 loop, and I am horrendously impatient, so I would probably cheap out a bit. I will PM you to find out more!

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Ok, I'll look out for that PM. From what I remember, doing a CPU only rigid tube loop would have cost me a little less than $500 (with the bare minimum supplies and zero mistakes). But it varies with what supplies you want to use.

 
 
srs922 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Awesome freakin build. Also. Your RAM is in the wrong slots. Need to move them over.

 
 
godofchuck [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

see, ive seen people saying this, but isnt it supposed to be in the A1, B1 slots? or have i just been missing something.

 
 
srs922 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

It always depends on the motherboard, and that you should always refer to the manual when building a PC. Because I own this motherboard, I know for a fact that it should be in the A2 and B2 slots.

 
 
godofchuck [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Ahh i see. Thanks. Thats something i figured was standardized.

 
 
YosefK 1 point 6 months ago

This is ******* sexy, man!

 
 
YosefK 1 point 6 months ago

They deleted the "fu**ing" word. -,-

 
 
thatonekid13579 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

I really want to watercool my 350d now. god that's a sexy pc.

 
 
PwnZwnHD [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

where did you get the PSU Multi-Color Cables? I have been looking all over, my color theme is Green/White/Black if that helps

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

ensourced.net is great for custom cables :)

 
 
miltonmjb [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

is there any guide you found for watercooling with acrylic tubing that you found particularly helpful? I might watercool my rig "Pandora". Your build looks amazing, the acrylic tubing takes it to the next level.

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

This is the video that primochill has for their acrylic tubing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHpreTceVpw

It was semi-helpful, but what I found to be the most helpful was a video build log about cutting/bending the acrylic tubing. He goes over how to get the best measurements and make some good looking bends.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-POJzU4HYc

Some rigid acrylic would look REALLY sick in your case!

 
 
miltonmjb [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

thanks man, Ill be looking into these. I really appreciate the help!

 
 
nada190 [3 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

OMG. If I walked into your room and saw that, my legs will probably start shaking from awesomeness.

 
 
finn1092 1 point 6 months ago

OMFG 69 +1 lol

 
 
shawnshibu123 1 point 6 months ago

Would you put the wc parts please? :)

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Just updated the description with it!

 
 
ReDnAx1991 [6 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Amazingly stunning! +1

 
 
shawnshibu123 1 point 6 months ago

Awesome prices dude!

 
 
ARCHER_Prototype 1 point 6 months ago

More like...Knightmare! No? Nobody? Code Geass anyone? Damn it. Either way, nice build.

(http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091225101354/codegeass/de/images/e/e4/Knight_mare.jpg)

 
 
mikemaddem [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

DAM this puts my soon to be water cooled gtx 760 intel i7 4770k TO SHAME. YOU SHREKT ME

 
 
sepnotic [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Great job on your build, love your water loop work! Well done, you should be proud. Enjoy it ;)

 
 
ArrKayCee [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

This in my new favorite build! Beautiful and clean! +as many as I can!

 
 
RazerZ 1 point 6 months ago

WOW. What a beautiful build. Always thought a purple and black rig would like amazing. +1

 
 
infinitemerald [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

This is now among my top ten completed builds on this site. Keep up the amazing work!

 
 
Ggadget 1 point 6 months ago

I upvoted before I even saw the part choices, just looking at the pictures. Then I saw the part choices and was even more happy because they are really good!

 
 
NUclearD3 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Very nice build!

 
 
ogFrag [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Brilliant. Builds like this make me want to do custom loop but then I see the price tag. +1

 
 
MLPortal 1 point 6 months ago

It's unfortunate that so few manufacturers use purple in their color scheme, but you definitely made up for it.

 
 
MattP123 1 point 6 months ago

Where do you go on Ensourced's website to design your own custom cables, I can't see to find it

 
 
mrluckypants96 1 point 5 months ago

Woah, now that's a good looking build. Awesome looks, great part choices, interesting color scheme, sweet pics. +1

 
 
sakone54 1 point 5 months ago

I plan to build a pc with very similar parts, what fan should i use as an alternative to watercooling?

 
 
ilovevideogames 1 point 4 months ago

Love the color scheme, nightmare is a perfect name for some reason. Maybe its the purple.

 
 
dsalyer [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Holy shet dude. This is actually the most beautiful pc I've ever seen. Elegant is a fantastic way to describe it. Very, very nice job.

 
 
PcBuilder012 1 point 4 months ago

S-e-x-y +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1...

 
 
Rekker 1 point 4 months ago

+1 Beautiful, I really love purple builds.

Also, where did you put the SSD? Probably going to do a similar watercooled build soon.

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks! The SSD is hidden on the back side of the motherboard tray

 
 
Rekker 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks! Can't wait till I get to build mine, gonna be my first build ever, and I am going to watercool... so nervous. Wish me luck!

 
 
TheSirStoic 1 point 3 months ago

What did you do to your power supply?( the purple rectangle)

Also where did you get the white light at the top of your case?

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 3 months ago

I just went to the craft store and bought some textured purple paper to cover the power supply logo/spec sheet with. It's nothing fancy, really. The white light is one of Phobya's LED Flexlight strips. Can't say I recommend them simply because it broke on me in less than a month. The cable soldering came undone :/ To be fair, I had the cable in a tight position, so it was under a bit of stress. I just expected it to hold up longer.

 
 
TheSirStoic 1 point 3 months ago

ahh cool, thanks for the reply. That is a good little trick with the power supply :)

 
 
force4k 1 point 3 months ago

What case fans are those?

The purple led ones

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

They're the Corsair AF120 Purple LED. Admittedly not the best for watercooling, but they draw a nice medium between performance and aesthetics.

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vikingXcore [3 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

I seriously almost thought about creating another account just to +1 this again. That's how beautiful this build is.

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks so much :)

 
 
benhli38 1 point 3 months ago

+50 for such a sweet looking build! Sorry it was such a nightmare to build, but you'll know better on your future builds on how to do it right! Great job!

 
 
killblock623 1 point 3 months ago

I kind of feel bad for you. The cost of that water cooling system should have only been about 500-600 USD. What mistakes did you make?

 
 
HemiSRT8 1 point 2 months ago

Honestly, I build my first watercooled rig from an i5-2500K @ 4.5 rock stable on Sabertooth z77 in a corsair 600T - Red and Black with Black Tubing and must say I was considering my rig a really nice looking beast.

But I do love your color scheme A LOT - 11/10 and on top of that, the quality of the build is awesome.

 
 
7acen7Dragon 1 point 2 months ago

This looks beautiful! If only I could actually find black and orange parts that have high performance for my build in the making so it can look nicer on the inside like yours does.

 
 
poindexter 1 point 2 months ago

Urrgh, I so want a purple/black colour scheme PC, and this is THE DREAM. That is one damn fine piece of machinery right there. Ultimate kudos.

 
 
PCJosh1992 [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Amazing Color Scheme!

 
 
Alyna 1 point 2 months ago

BEAUT.

 
 
mudden98 1 point 1 month ago

11/10. I want to make my build have this theme, but my GA-Z97X-SLI mobo has red on it... ****.

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Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 1 month ago

Thanks! Unfortunately I don't have a build log, although next time I'm building a PC I'll probably make one!

 
 
iamwildbear 0 points 1 month ago

69/10

Would bang very hard

 
 
Trinity596 [3 Builds] 0 points 1 month ago

I hope you are glad to know that my next build will be built based off of yours. it is just too beautiful to pass up the opportunity to build something like this.

hopefully My different decisions serve me well. Love the build dude. It is immaculate :)

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 1 month ago

Thanks a lot, that really means something to me. Make sure to shoot me a message when yours is done, I'd love to see it!

 
 
Trinity596 [3 Builds] 0 points 1 month ago

is there anything you would have changed with your build? anything that you noticed with the case and watercooling? im just trying to get prepared for it :)

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 24 days ago

Remember to get rotary fittings if you're doing acrylic tube! I made that stupid mistake and it cost me a fair bit of cash. Also, make sure you plan out your loop to have as few bends as possible. The most frustrating part was redoing a piece of tubing 5-6 times to get all of the complex bends in. Other than that, I can't think of much I would have changed; except maybe the case size. Corsair came out with the 450D soon after I had my 350D and I wish I had gone with that.

 
 
Trinity596 [3 Builds] 0 points 24 days ago

i will be doing regular tubing. but still probably gonna get all sorts of different fittings. I am pretty set on the 350d, was it really that hard to do?

 
 
Fluency [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 days ago

It wasn't very hard, you'll have a fine time building in it! Only if I had redone the build would I have tried a larger case, but that's just me!