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Welcome everyone! This is the final edit of the BLEACH build featuring tenth captain Toshiro Hitsugaya. This build took me 6 months to complete, to include ordering all the parts, modding the case, and putting it together. The build is relatively high end, and I'm using this thing for primarily gaming and final edits of my wife's photoshop and CAD programs. It's not really suited for that purpose, but it can at least view software files.
A few notes before we get into the parts. This build is getting a huge upgrade from 2012 when it was first built up with an Ivy Bridge core i5-3570k (and before that, an AM3+ build) with 2x GTX 560 Ti in SLI. It was a very bullish build, and I felt last year it was time to retire that build and move on to a much more current PC. This time around, I decided to go all out and build this monstrous PC.
The case mods aren't listed in the parts list, so I'll just talk about them here. I bought decals for the custom made Steel alloy PSU shroud (made from a spare side panel from a Chevy Colorado :D). That resulted in the HDD cage taken out, and the HDD and SSD mounted onto the PSU shroud. The front window is illuminated with the LED listed, and features a diorama of Toshiro himself. I chose his Bankai incomplete form as the figurine, as the Bankai complete form was too tall for the window. The window itself is bent acrylic. The entirety of the case is spray painted with acrylic spray paint, and the engravings were done by Martian Laser San Diego and a laser engraver at a US Navy work center. So, without further ado, let's get into the parts!
Last note: the pics are a full build log. Scroll to the end to see the end result!
Intel's Core i7-7700k is the pinnacle of today's Z-series CPU's following the successful Skylake CPU's. It's the fastest consumer Z-series chip yet with overclockers hitting 5.0GHz and above! I, myself, have this chip running at 5.0GHz, but like others, it runs hot. I decided on a custom loop much like my wife's build to mitigate the heat. It gets 4 stars from me, leaving a star out due to the heat issue. Regardless, this is one chip that I can recommend a delid if you're going to do any type of hard overclocking. This chip is on a custom loop, and still peaking at almost 70°C.
This... is the standard of all thermal pastes. If your paste isn't working for ya, then here's one that will. Yes, there are better ones like the Kryonaut or Thermal Grizzly pastes, but you'll be happy to know the results of this paste are real.
I absolutely love the quality of this board. Auto overclock, thermal control, RoG Armor, Aurasync LED, RGB capable, and even a custom EKWB water block over the VRM for even higher overclocking! I'm able to pump 1.401v into the CPU because of this. The BIOS flash was really handy, as I updated the BIOS in an instant using a flash drive. This is a truly capable motherboard that sits firmly between the Maximus IX Code and the (imho, overpriced) Maximus IX Extreme. If you are going to do a custom loop, do it with this mobo or the Extreme.
I have yet to have any problems with Corsair Vengeance RAM. This build uses 16GB of DDR4-3000MHz. Only time will tell if it fails, but so far, I've been very pleased with the Vengeance line.
BOY IS THIS THING A TROOPER!!! Released around 8 years ago, I built my original rig with it in 2012, and reused it. The OS stayed intact. It's as fast as when I first booted it up. I have nothing but good things to say about this little SSD.
I have used this HDD in all of my builds. There's one sitting in my 4770k build another sitting in my wife's 6850k build. At its price point of $80 bucks, you can't really beat the quality finish of this SSD.
A true Pascal beast, and sold at a great price, the 1080 Ti is the perfect middle man between the Titan XP and the award-winning GTX 1080. 11GB of RAM and clock speeds OC past 2100MHz, I can't simply deny or turn down the power of this GPU. In both tests at stock that I did with this build on liquid and another on air, the GPU didn't go past 45°C while delivering blistering fast renders for games. However, the loss of DVI-D/I ports might turn away some people, but fear not! The card comes with a DVI-D to DISPLAYPORT adapter. Hands down, the best addition to my PC family so far.
Cooler Masters well beloved HAF series started here at the HAF 932 and its successor, the 932A (which features an all black interior and adds USB 3.0). The case is solid, it feels well built, and is made of steel. No, I'm serious, apart from the paneling in the front, this is is a steel case, which makes it a bit heavy. The tool-less design is welcomed, and has been re-used over and over again in further builds like the Mastercase. Riveting and de-rivet was simple, painting was a breeze, and this case lives up to its moniker: High Air Flow. With support for up to a whopping 12 fans (and even more with some modding), this case was made with air flow in mind.
This gold cert PSU contains plenty of power for my rig especially with the overclocks that I'm throwing or going to throw at it. EVGA's power supplies are top tier, and their warranty is amazing. Would always recommend this and their other PSU's at least with the SuperNova line.
The only reason why this loses a star is because of the lack of native blu-ray codec support. Otherwise, it was a decision that I made to keep this drive, and utilize it.
I wrote a fancy review on Amazon.com, so I'm not going to go in and rewrite everything. This one says OEM, but I actually upgraded from Windows 7 for free on the aforementioned SSD awhile ago, so it costed me nothing.
4-5 different modes, and you can even switch it off. It's a 4 pin PWM fan, so you can control it with a fan controller.
The only thing I have to say about the three pushing my radiator is that they get super loud at MAX LOAD. That being said, if they're not at max, you can hardly hear these. They're more silent than the SP120's my wife's using. Looks like Magnetic Levitation fans are making a good name for themselves.
My GOODNESS is this thing large! It's not really noticeable, but when you install the fans on this blimp, you suddenly get the feeling that it might be too big for your case. I would only recommend this radiator on full tower cases. I'm pretty sure there isn't a mid-size case that could handle this thing. As for performance, it does very well at low fan speeds, but suffers slight performance loss at higher speeds compared to other radiators. However, heat dissipation is more than enough for the components in the custom loop, and I'm overall enjoying the look and performance of this ridiculous looking radiator.
Don't let the rating fool you. I took off two stars for being so expensive, but this is one of the holy grails of ultrawide monitors. If you ever have the opportunity to grab one of these, please, do us all a favor, and get one. I'm not even going to go into detail with this monitor, Just... DO IT!!!
This is quite the keyboard, and I have two of them. Sadly, both are used, and one has some dysfunctional LED's (they work, they just don't light up correctly lol). 18 macro keys line the left side of the keyboard, and the click is pretty audible, but tolerable. The feel of the cherry MX switches are bliss, and there's absolutely zero reason to grab one of these if the opportunity presents itself.
I'm slowly falling in love with this eSports grade mouse. It's the same one that sponsors League of Legends and CS:GO tournaments around the world. Luckily, my friend had gone to E3 and nabbed me one (in return for building him a PC). It features 8200 DPI max, fully custom enabled keys including a grenade key (it's the one on your thumb knuckle), an ARM chip, and memory all rolled into a wired comfortable slim grip mouse.
It's a great headset. Very comfortable, I could wear this for hours, and the best part is... it's wireless! The only gripe I had is when I had 3 or more wireless devices, they all interfered with each other creating lag and connectivity issues. Nevertheless, it's currently my favorite headset next to the Logitech wired gaming headset.
Does exactly what it needs to. 6 PWM fan connections. Yes, you need them
They're a little flimsy when trying to bend, but they work. This build uses a combination of hard and soft tubing.
This build uses XSPC Compression fittings exclusively for the soft tube. They're a pleasure to work with.
After searching for a pump/res combo, I decided it would be cheaper to get them separate. This build uses a very durable EK-RES X3, and it's a great reservoir. I just wish it came with different mounting options including one that would extend the res out a little more.
Extras just in case...
Some of these fittings felt a little... well, worn and loose, but fear not. The Alphacool hard tube fittings are legit, and I'm using a total of 6 in this build.
This pump... is strong. Good pump, hits a max of 4800 RPM, and its flow rate is incredible. If not this one, just pick a D5 pump and roll with it.
This GPU backplate should have come with screws, but it didn't, so I had to find screws that would fit.
I'm honestly impressed at how well this is working under a fully loaded 5.0GHz Kabylake CPU. It's pretty impressive with the ability to continuously keep Kabylake under 70°C in a custom loop. Would definitely recommend this.
Love it. Easy, quick install, and the instructions were spot on. It's the second time I've installed a water block on a GPU, and this one was very good. I wish it came with an LED to light up the 1080 Ti badge on the fitting housing, but alas, you must find your own.
This build uses 3/8" ID, 5/8" OD, so the description is wrong. Love XSPC soft tube. This pack and Primochill soft tube are probably my favorite tubes to work with so far.