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Custom Watercooled Gaming Rig

by bobbo857


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Date Published

June 11, 2014

Date Built

June 4, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.07 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C


This is primarily a gaming rig but i will be using it for work as well. Huge step up from my core duo/ 8800 GTX. I know there is some real overkill but i wouldn't change a thing. i love the way it looks, the way it works and how quiet it is.

This is my first ever build and i couldn't be happier!

Other parts include:

Mad Catz R.A.T.9 Mouse $124.97 (Purchased)

Asus Wireless Router $169.99 (Purchased)

Battery Backup $149.99 (Purchased)

Red Sleeved Cables $94.98 (Purchased)

Display Port Cable $15.94 (Purchased)

Thermal Prep Cleaner $7.63 (Purchased)

Titan black water block $124.95 (Purchased)

Mayhem Pastel Red 1ltr $19.76 (Purchased)

Mayhem Pastel Red 1ltr $19.76 (Purchased)

XSPC RX480 Rad $122.95 (Purchased)
Remove Edit Photon 270 Pump/Res $159.95 (Purchased)

XSPC RX480 Rad $122.95 (Purchased)

XSPC Clear 3/8" x 5/8" Diameter tube $14.99 (Purchased)

XSPC Raystorm CPU Waterblock - Intel $49.99 (Purchased)

8 Way PWM SPLITTER $17.94 (Purchased)

Monsoon Chaingun Compression Fittings 3/8"x5/8" $86.85 (Purchased)

Mod Mat $39.99 (Purchased)

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BoltActionWaffle 1 Build 12 points 59 months ago

I'm starting to think people just put "First build" just to look good. :/


ib10xs4u2 11 points 59 months ago

For those of you slamming his choice of parts and how much cheaper he could have gone, I think you are missing his point that he stated. He is happy with his build. He likes it. It works for him. Sure, he could have bought this or that, he could have gone SLI, gotten a different monitor, had Taco Bell instead of a Big Mac. In the end, unless the builder has completely screwed up, and this build is not a screw up, the final call goes to the person who spent the money and assembled it. Face it, no one buys a Tesla to go grocery shopping.

Johnston12 1 point 53 months ago

Dude, Big Mac's.

collegekid2k 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

I dunno man when you throw other options besides Taco Bell I get upset!

xx116xx 3 Builds 7 points 59 months ago

First build? I find this hard to believe. You may want to change the name, though. +1

goku9122 4 Builds 7 points 59 months ago

It's price is worthless since you didn't use SLI.

  • You could have used a 27" 4K monitor (it costs 474.99$///634.49$ less expensive)
  • As for the RAM, 16GB-2133 of the same manufacturer is enough (it costs 195.98$///245$ less expensive)
  • Instead of two SSDs for 512GB, one 840 Pro series SSD was enough (It costs 379.99$///29.99$ saved).
  • One 3TB HDD was enough but 5400RPM isn't worthy, instead of it, a 3TB 7200RPM HDD is perfect (It costs 183.99$///65.99 less expensive)
  • The 750D could be better for such parts (It costs 129.99$///154.99$ less expensive)
  • Instead of the Mad Catz gaming mouse & keyboard, you could have used a Corsair ones: a K95 keyboard and a M95 mouse (They cost 194.98$///179.98$ less expensive)
  • Totally, you could have saved 1310.44$, which allows you to add another Titan Black and 237.81$ remain though.

P.S: Can you tell me what's the Mod Mat? +1

mattias1172 4 Builds 12 points 59 months ago

normally in an overkill kinda build where the OP is aware they bought items more for aesthetics and pure "bragging rights" i would say who cares if they could have saved a little money here and there. However in this case i agree with you in that money for a second GPU would have been much better spent.

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obababoy 1 Build 7 points 58 months ago

You can't compare monitors...27" is boring. 4k or not. If I had his money id get the 34inch LG as well. Only 30% more taxing then a normal 1440p monitor and quite a bit more real estate. The rest of the stuff though, you are right.

jaredt 1 Build 4 points 59 months ago

Its bragging rights and the parts he choose will be faster then what you came up with, and its not like money seemed of the greatest concern in this build...

TooGood 1 Build 3 points 59 months ago

He is probably referring to the anti-static work mat. They can be had on FrozenCPU. http://www.frozencpu.com/products/19543/pad-311/ModRight_Mainboard_Anti-Static_Mod-Mat_Work_and_Assembly_Surface_Over_23_x_23_in_Size_-_Patent_Pending.html I've thought about getting this one for the cool factor. It's probably the same one the OP purchased based on price.

Ninjadudewhat 2 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

how can you possibly say how much storage is enough and how much isn't? or what keyboard and mouse are better for someone who isn't yourself? or how much ram is enough? or what monitor would be better? you really don't understand. different people do different things, end of story. if OP had said "this build was a 'best bang for your buck' gaming only build with just a few files being stored, not much multitasking and taking up the least amount of space possible maybe THEN you can say what would be better where and when. but don't go hating on people's builds when YOU ARE NOT THEM

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ABJ117 4 points 59 months ago

You spent $7000… yet you didn't SLI? I'll still +1 but I'm feeling a bit woozy from some of those part choices.

polarbehr 4 Builds 5 points 59 months ago

One 34 inch monitor and a titan, no need to sli

jaredt 1 Build 3 points 59 months ago

The 34 inch is a 21:9 and has a 3440x1440 resolution... one titan black can't max that out

bbakker09 1 Build 3 points 59 months ago

if you click on the performance tab of that same link, you can see that it only gets 30 fps on many of those games. You proved yourself wrong...

obababoy 1 Build -1 points 58 months ago

Yeah probably but that also shows the Titan being more powerful than 780ti.

bobbo857 submitter 1 Build 3 points 58 months ago

okay so first of all I'd like to say sorry. I really didn't think that I was going to get any feedback from this build so I haven't checked the page in a while. To start off I would like to say but this is my absolute first computer build ever. Some might call BS, some might believe me, to be honest I don't care because I did this for me. now that I've been using it for a little while I have to say, the performance is outstanding. Getting into the parts I get it complete overkill and possibly some mismatching as well. 32 GB of RAM doesn't make a tremendous amount of sense for a gaming computer when all you truly need is 16 GB. Mad Catz products in general don't make sense unless you like the way they look or just don't mind spending a lot more money on a mouse and a keyboard. With that in mind I do really like them and they work really well, mechanical keyboard or not lol. Getting back to it, 2 3 terabyte hard drives running at 5400 rpm is fine for me because I have them set up in raid 1. All the things that I need to run fast I have saved on my samsung SSDs set up in raid 0. It might not make the most sense but to me it works just fine. No SLI and still such a high cost? I'll more than likely put in another Titan blk down the road, but for now it's fine. all in all I get that this is not perfect whether you rate that on performance to cost bling factor or anything else but in my eyes I'm really happy. I tell you what though if you're really upset but I have certain parts that you don't think I should have please feel free to send me your parts and I will try them out haha.

thank you all for putting in your two cents and rating my rig either good or bad I truly do appreciate the feedback and hope that as my computer adventure continues the choices I make continue to bring me joy and more importantly even higher performance.

lastly the MoDMat is just an anti-static mat to ensure that you don't **** up your parts when doing your build.

Thanks again guys I'll check more frequently to answer any questions and take some critiques too.


Oliver 5 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

How's the keyboard??? For such an expensive non mechanical, there must be SOMETHING good about it...

voxelnoose 0 points 59 months ago

It looks like a generic keyboard with a lot of stuff strapped on it.

johnchili -1 points 56 months ago

The keyboard is very ingenious. It comes apart and you can use the number pad section as a separate game pad with the screen attached to it. The screen has quite a few apps built into it and can be used for many tasks. If I had the money it would have been my first choice for a keyboard.

bobbo857 submitter 1 Build 0 points 55 months ago

im thinking about getting rid of it, it was good when i had windows 7 but their support is **** (in general) and they dont have drivers for windows 8 or 8.1. looking to go with either a K70 or K95 RGB

bobbo857 submitter 1 Build 0 points 52 months ago

Got rid of it, HUGE waste of money for what it was worth, it didn't even have drivers for Windows 8 so it was completely useless, upgraded to a rgb mechanical board

TheKawaiiLevi 0 points 49 months ago

it feels like a mechanical keyboard but its more quiet. i have the c.y.b.o.r.g v7 and it feels as a regular mechanical keyboard but it is quieter than a mechanical keyboard (same kind of keyboard switches)

owismail 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

36 C under load omg that's some crazy stuff there, nice build !

Bajubom 1 point 59 months ago

Now this is barely legal. Too sexy

ktrocks 3 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

That screen is HUGE

binaryjigsaw 1 point 59 months ago

One does not simply spend this much on a computer....

Well done!

w007dchuck 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

How's the monitor? It looks awesome.

bobbo857 submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

i absolutely love it. playing in 21:9 is great let alone at 1440p. i think that it would be cool to have it in 4k res but to be honest the clarity and color of the screen are great and pictures/graphics look amazing on it. BTW i play crysis 3 on ultra settings @ 3440x1440 res and it never dips below 35 fps, its usually in the 40's

rost123 2 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

... for gaming, not overkill enough? Hang on guy's I'll hook up my Water cooling to a car radiator. That should do it. anyway... Its quite a price but I see no SLI. That -1 is tempting to press but I cba to scroll all the way back up. I'll leave it as +1 I guess.

nikolas242000 1 point 59 months ago

so beautiful

Bootlegllama 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

the monitor...its beautiful

GamerDeso 1 point 59 months ago

I'm sorry, but your build is just... I don't know... It is rather underwhelming.

I don't want to be like one of those guys who's gonna tell you what you should've done with your money, but with that build, it hurts me that you spent it on parts in which slightly cheaper ones will give you much more.

You overspent on your RAM when a G.Skill CL 10 2400MHz 32GB kit costs less.

You overspent on the monitor.

You got yourself some underwhelming HDDs.

You could've just bought a 750D like what goku9122 said.

You could've spent it on Corsair mouse and Keyboards. Though I use a Mad Catz MMO 7, I am glad I got this as a gift instead of spending for it since I'd rather stick with Logitech's mice since they don't mess up as bad.

Even as a bragging rights build... I'm sorry, but this isn't something exactly worth bragging about. It has doesn't have enough "bling" to it.

iiphongs2 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Lol It amazes me how people say say "you overspent on the monitor"

Go look at a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor in real life. Therhttp://pcpartpicker.com/b/7d8dnQ#e's a reason people buy them.

Ethrem 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

Why would you get a Titan Black instead of spending slightly more on two 780 Ti cards? You'd get significantly faster speeds doing that since the 780 Ti is technically a faster card anyway.

Sickening water cooling though. I wish I had the experience and patience to build a water cooling rig, simply amazing. +1

GamerDeso 1 point 58 months ago

The Titan Black is more of a 780 Ti with the extra VRAM and a bit pumped up. The Titan non-Black is actually weaker than the 780 Ti.

pyro57 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

not gonna lie I wish I could spend this much on my computer, granted I didn't go cheap by any means (1600 because of cash back) but man this build is powerful, and pretty!

jhubei 1 point 54 months ago

tbh bob, your build is so sexy for me... +1

Tfarcraw_III 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Mate, I think you put the wrong CPU cooler.

Nice build though - very visually appealing. +1

bobbo857 submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Whats wrong with the cpu cooler?

Tfarcraw_III 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

On the part list is says: NZXT T20 Respire.

What you have there does not look like a Respire...

bobbo857 submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

they didnt have an option for the watercooling so i just put anything lol

collegekid2k 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

I am literally torn left and right about how to comment on this. The rig itself is gorgeous, looks really nice. The part choice, uhhhh you gotta get some better geek friends. I understand why you did what you did but logically it seems a piece of the puzzle was missing when making decisions. The final build gorgeous, parts are a -1.

bobbo857 submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Yea in retrospect i think that i could have done a few things differently but to be honest it does everything that i want from it and has no issues so i can't complain.

GoldGG 1 point 46 months ago

Stupid mouse and keyboard.

Lupinealpha 1 point 36 months ago

You probably won't look at this but what is your main liquid cooling radiator/reservoir set up? That is incredible looking and even though it takes up real estate I'm planning to build full tower and so I just want to know this option for cooling better. I do not have the same disposable income though and so I just want to observe. I've also been looking at 32GB, since my distance to this build is quite a bit of time.

Lupinealpha 1 point 36 months ago

I amend this to ask another question: does the reservoir connect with other systems? Could I use a corsair 240mm with this, or do you need this specific system?

bobbo857 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

it's a XSPC RX480 quad fan radiator (2 of them) and the D5 Photon 270 Reservoir Pump Combo

sorry its taken me awhile to get back to you, i haven't been on this site in a long time.

Hope that helps!

Lupinealpha 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you. That's very cool. I've also been away for a while, so it's fine.

MasterOshawott 0 points 59 months ago

MOAR Picturez!!!

jacobs4525 1 Build 0 points 59 months ago

YUMMMM water cooled.

GilChris95 0 points 59 months ago

1000 for just a monitor. ******* man. you could have put that money somewhere else in the build.

MaxxBot 5 points 59 months ago

I disagree, the monitor and CPU/GPU are the most important parts of a gaming rig. If you don't have a super big high res monitor then high end graphics hardware is pointless.

GilChris95 3 points 59 months ago

true, If money wasn't an issue I would have gone 4k.

TooGood 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

Money was clearly not an issue though, so no, he really couldn't have.

GilChris95 0 points 59 months ago

If money wasn't an issue, that means he could have then.

Bossnutz -1 points 58 months ago

Did you put any research into building this thing or did you just throw money at it. Seems like the latter. But you like it so thats that.

bobbo857 submitter 1 Build 2 points 58 months ago

yes i did actually, but in the end, i built what i wanted to and not just what made the most sense dollar for dollar. besides, you act as though i built it and that's it, its in the box and i cant do anything to it from here on out. truth is that i plan on going sli down the road when it makes more sense to. i play all my games on ultra settings without a problem and have no need for sli as of yet. i am waiting on 4k for at least a year to see where the technology goes so that a monitor won't cost 3k+ for something that isnt a TN panel and has a 60hz or better refresh rate (i know that there are 6ohz refresh rate panels out there at 4k but samsung and lenovo only make tn panels and asus makes a $3,000+ ips panel that is not worth it in my eyes yet). could i have went with a sabertooth z87 board with 16gbs of ram, a 477k and used different storage as well and cooled it on air and put in 2 780's? yes i could have but i didnt. maybe you should get over the fact that i spent money on something that is stupid in your eyes and just accept the fact that I am happy with it. I never built this for you, or anyone else for that matter. its mine lol maybe thats why you are responding the way that you are... i appreciate that you think that i could have done better for less, ill be the first to admit that i would have been able to however since there is room for this thing to grow, help it do just that. letting me know that i spent too much is useless because i really dont care. helping me make it better as time goes by with what i have and what i could add is much more valuable to me and anyone else who cares.


Bossnutz 0 points 58 months ago

Let me reiterate, "you like it so that's that", which means as long as you like your build nothing else matters. Some may think that putting almost $7k into a computer is irresponsible (especially if you have kids) which is why your getting these type of opinionated responses. You obviously don't care about adding value/performance to this build since you've shunned every comment above. Anyway good luck with your $7k web-browser.

bobbo857 submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

believe me, i can do a lot more than browse the web haha but i guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one (however irresponsible it may be)


Thank you for your service!

Fullmetalalkami 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Seriously? 7k web browser? The OP clearly has the disposable income to drop this much on a rig so why the hell not

iiphongs2 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

You know how pathetic you look qqing about someone else's computer build ? Look at yourself in the mirror. People have money and they can spend it however they want. Get over yourself. Don't be sad that you don't have that money to do the same

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