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Deceptirig: Starscream

by Evil_Paroxysm


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Date Published

March 30, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.48 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11 GHz


Hello everyone, thanks for checking this build out. I'd like to start by saying I used my phone for all of the pictures, and the lens may or may not be cracked...putting some weird glare if the light catches it right, sorry!

Deceptirig: Starscream

This build started out when I was purchasing parts for my little brothers computer. I was at MicroCenter for his build and saw this glorious behemoth of a case: the EVGA DG-87. I knew right then that I was going to be starting a new build. Mind you my last pc Deceptirig: Megatron was still more than capable and had just recieved a beefy GTX 1080 a month or so before this. None the less it was time for something new andshiny!

I blame you EVGA!

Build Goals:

When I started this I knew I wanted to go X99, especially due to the size of the case but I had always wanted to do a build on X99 because of the RAM layout mostly. I knew I wanted to do my first watercooled pc but planned to just do the CPU with a custom loop, and I wanted to go RGB everything (ha). I was planning to use all Thermaltake products to make a super RGB build and I am actually glad I didn't, thanks to Alphacool's chrome plated copper tubes. Once I saw them I switched my theme to black and chrome/silver. I planned to buy a Titan X Pascal as it fit the color scheme and performed better than the GTX 1080 I had at the time as it wasn't getting me my desired frames in 3440x1440. I was going to leave the stock cooler on, and vertically mount the GPU in front of the motherboard.

Parts w/Reviews

Case: EVGA DG-87

I already mentioned how I fell in love with this case and why I selected it above. However it was not fun to build in. The wires that lead front the mirrored front panel to the motherboard plug ins are way too short, huge emphasis. EVGA needs to fix this. There is absolutely no way to route them through the provided cable management clips and have them reach the motherboard. If I wasn't running the basement cover you would see them all strewn about across the bottom of the case, it is what I had to do to make them reach. Even doing this some were a stretch and I was skeptical. These need to be atleast 6-12" longer. The fan plug ins for the exhaust fans are in an awkward location, well 2 of them are. With the case supporting 8 fans, and the controller only able to do 6 is also confusing. Why not add 2 more ports? On a side note, this case was kind of a pain to take a part, and you have to take every panel off to remove the mirrored area. It fits together beautifully, and I love the aesthetics but it comes at a price.

Motherboard: MSI X99 Titanium

I chose this for its color scheme, and reviews for its overclocking abilities with the 6800k. It is a very nice board, audio is superb, the wifi is getting me better results than my Asus Pcie AC-68 every was and it just simply looks great. Bravo, MSI.

CPU: Intel i7-6800k

Chose this because at the time I didn't want to spend $600 on a 6850k for a few more lanes and a slightly higher clock out of the box. Ended up getting this for a bit over $300 on Black Friday at MicroCenter so I was a happy camper. It does what I need it to and that's all there is to it.

RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum

I actually wanted to get Trident Z in black and silver but they only come in 8gb sticks. I really wanted to fill all 8 of my slots and 64gb was super overkill, the $650 pricetag would of hurt too. So I chose the Dominators, great RAM that fits my color scheme and it came in 4gb sticks netting me a still overkill 32gb of DDR4 glory!

Storage: Mushkin Reactor 1tb

I didn't want a hard drive for noise, so I got this fairly cheap SSD for mass storage. I do intend to get a 250gb 960 EVO asap for a boot drive and primary games

GPU: Nvidia 1080Ti FE

I knew I wanted more power than a 1080 and didn't want to mess with SLI. I would of had to buy 2 anyways because mine didn't fit the theme. So I opted to wait for the Ti to come out. I didn't decide that I would be watercooling this as well until Toms Hardware released their overclocking numbers when they put the 1080Ti underwater. This performs like a beast and gives me the 100+ fps average I wanted on my monitor for the games I play on max settings.

PSU: SeaSonic Prime 750w

This fit the theme, has great efficiency, and got called "The best PSU ever made" by some professional reviewers. This PSU wowed me more than any other part while un-boxing it. SeaSonic went above and beyond to give you a quality PSU that looks great and comes with some cool stuff. I highly recommend this series of PSU's.


Water Blocks: EKWB

I went with EK because I had heard, and seen, great results for cooling from their products. Both the GPU and CPU blocks matched my theme. I have no complaints with these, install was straight forward yet stressful on the 1080Ti. Overall I am very happy.

Radiator: EKWB XE 360

This was kind of a nightmare. I just had bad luck with it... I filled it up with water and did a shake test when I got it and all was good. As soon as it was in my system (for the first of 3 separate times) it was leaking badly once pressurized. It was coming from the bottom shroud that covers the water housing by the fittings. I ended up taking it apart (had to take out the factory installed G1/4 thread extenders) and found that one of the O-rings was torn. Once I replaced this and torqued them back down everything was good. I love the radiator, and I am sure it was just bad luck on my end but it was a huge headache none the less. The radiator has to go in first the way I have this set up so tearing it down 3 times was a full blown tear down of all my hard lines. Overall I am impressed with EK's quality and like I said it was probably just bad luck. I do not hold this against them as a company, and would not hesitate to recommend them (or use them) again.


I chose Alphacool chrome plated copper tubes for this build as it matched the theme. I paired them with Alphacools suggested HT fittings. This fittings sketched me out big time. Mine were so much looser than any review video I found on them. Yet surprisingly they did not leak a drop once installed. Alphacool is apparently one of the only companies that uses a single o-ring fitting on their hard line fittings. Hind-site I would go for a different brand, but these aren't leaking-yet.

I opted to go for soft tubing underneath the custom panel just for ease, and the fact that you can't seem them. Greg over at MunkyMods cut this for me. Greg is a great guy who is extremely willing to help his customers out. I had bought his basic DG-87 basement panel already and cracked it trying to drill my own holes. Thats when I made an AutoCad file for my layout and he transferred it to his to have cut. Very thankful for you, Greg. This build wouldn't be complete without that panel.

Reservoir: Monsoon MMRS

This is kind of cool. Its a fully modular reservoir system. Literally fully. There are tons of ways to make this your own. I was originally going to use the Heatkiller reservoir but this just stood out, and come in options for black and chrome parts! It was a pain to assemble. There are no instructions so on the pump housing I put the O-ring in the wrong spot once, causing a leak (easier to do than it sounds), and you really have to tighten the bolts down the compress the O-rings between the acryllic tubing to ensure no leaks. I would recommend someone giving a unique spin to their system by using this line of parts to make it your own. I am satisfied with it.

Pump: EK D5 Vario

I read that most pumps are basically the same, so I just went with EK.

That pretty much wraps it up... sorry if I got carried away with words. Thanks for checking this out though. I do plan to get more pictures of the actual setup on here soon as well. I am very pleased with how this came out!

Part Reviews


Pros: Aesthetics, high quality sound, built in wifi/bluetooth, fantastic OC'ing capabilities, high quality materials.

Cons: None


Pros: Price, decent enough performance (better than HDD for mass storage)

Cons: None really, not the fastest SSD around but to be expected

Video Card

Pros: Decent enough price point for extreme performance

Cons: None in my opinion


Pros: Features, looks, cable management options

Cons: Front panel cables way to short

Power Supply

Pros: Everything. Outstanding unit, zero complaints

Cons: None

Comments Sorted by:

nakaman 4 Builds 3 points 24 months ago

I, starscream, leader of the decepticons! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKqzghNW49M

Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Haha yep. Maybe I should change my picture from Megatron to Starscream now lol

Blacksm1le 1 Build 3 points 24 months ago

I always appreciate a customized cooling system made of rigid tube and it's good for your PC to keep it cold during work or play +1

Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I am very impressed with the temps, and I really enjoyed the process.

mcgoff360 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

looks great !! i want to do a hardline build and am torn between petg and metal tubing ... i really like the black and chrome theme you have going and that case definitely shows off your rig well!!

Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks! It wasnt as hard as I expected, I would go for it

Blacksm1le 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Must take the right tools and have a good mastery to make a rigid line complete in PETG , chrome is less complicated, I speak from my experience :-)

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

I'm not a rapper, but this is a supa fire build.


Lyrix 2 points 24 months ago

1+! wow! looks absolutly amazing! i love the titanium board and those tubes! But please put a backplate on that gpu! not for stabilization but for looks! it would be so much better!

Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I had one ordered and EK notified me it was out of stock. I see its back so I might buy one or wait for the 1080Ti version. Would be a pain to install though because I'd have to drain the system again lol

mad3on 2 points 24 months ago

honestly... I came across your profile and saw how hyped you were to do this build

im not creepy

Looks really really great!

MrSpidave 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Amazing work. This case is mavelous ! And nice work with the tubing.

Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Marvelous you say?

MrSpidave 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

yes ;-) maRvelous !

Blackhat132 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Loooks amazing and love th watercooling!

Radox-0 5 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Not sure how I missed this, but amazing work, absolutely love the clean tubing runs through the baseplate and in a pretty uncommon case also. Nice stuff.

Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks man, means a lot!

Just threw up a couple photos I never did after my backplate came in. Get rid of the ugly exposed board.

joshzpants 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

This build deserves cable combs

Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Working on it, so eager to upload haha

joshzpants 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I'd imagine, this is one pretty sick build

Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks man, I appreciate it. I wish I had better pictures, I don't have the photographers eye though lol.

Ordered cable combs and they should be here Monday. Still up in the air about a back plate. I really don't feel like EK's will clear my motherboard.

MannyPCs 1 point 24 months ago

Great looking build, love the images and the 1080 ti looks beastly


bigbodyben 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

man this thing is nice! that chrome looks amazing! nice to see something different from all the other builds.

Can I ask you about the monitor? I'm torn between this and the samsung cf791. I really want g sync but I keep seeing bad reviews on the ASUS due to IPS glow and backlight bleed. Is the glow annoying at all? Is there any backlight bleed? When you come across a dark scene in a game or movie do u notice these things? Sorry for all the questions

Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Its fine if you dont have the brightness set way to high. Monitors have calibration specs no one ever follows, then they complain

Funblob15 1 point 18 months ago

How did you power all those fans?

Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

The case itself has fan hubs built in for the top, front, and back.

You then can control them with the buttons on the face of the case.

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santiagobega 1 point 18 months ago

Hi friend, I had sent you a private message, can you help me to read it, plaese.

funkihunter42 1 point 10 months ago

How's the build today, 14 months later? Did you perform regular flushing of the coolant?

Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Haven't flushed it yet lol. Need to soon, temps are no longer in the low 30 range, now they sit in the high 40s. I'm going to do a full tear down flush though

funkihunter42 1 point 10 months ago

Ah gotcha. That will take some time... High 40s are still not that bad. Nice build!

Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I appreciate it, thanks! If you liked this one check out the updated version of it from a couple months ago! https://pcpartpicker.com/b/6HpG3C

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Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

One can dream


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Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I put a V1tech backplate in a cart literally 5+ times when the EKs were sold out. In just not sold on them lol. I'm not 100% sure a backplate would even clear my motherboard. Its tight by the I/O port cover where it says "Titanium"

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Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Haha I hear you. I wanted one, had one ordered and got told it was out of stock. Didnt bitber after that

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Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I plan to tonight, and probaly get some pictures of the whole desk setup. I was up way too late last night cranking this out so pictures werent on my mind at the time lol.

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Evil_Paroxysm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

All good. I actually just looked through the pictures and am not sure why some of them uploaded so close, I didn't take them like that. Its like 20% of the picture was cropped out lol