Description

Wow! I don't know what to say here. I spent lots of time and effort on this build. This build is especially important to me because I built it for my dad! This is the first custom loop I've ever done. The hardline bending was definitely a new experience for me, and I went through more than my fair share of tubing trying to get those bends perfect. The parts are from about 1 year ago from a system I build as my old personal rig. Overall 10/10 build experience, would do again. UPS gets a 2/10 from me though for delaying my fittings shipment by a week. >:(

CPU

I chose the Ryzen 5 2600 mainly because it was on sale when I bought it. I know that I don't NEED a custom loop just to cool a 65w chip, but come on, it looks freakin' sweet. CPU is overall pretty good, the extra cores should be good for streaming. I was able to push mine to 3.9 GHz @ 1.412v. Would recommend going for 3rd gen Ryzen now that its out though. (8/10)

RAM

Nothing much to say here, G.Skill trident Z is awesome memory. Next time I would just go for the 3200 because its not that much more and Ryzen likes fast RAM. (10/10)

Motherboard

The B450 Mortar titanium was picked mostly to go with the color theme of this build. With that said however, the modern easy to use BIOS and beefy VRM were very nice to have especially because I am overclocking. mATX X470 boards were kinda hard to find that would fit the color scheme. That being said I don't really miss any of the extra features. (9/10)

Storage

For my storage drive I have 2 Samsung 860 Evo's in RAID 0 for 1 TB of sweet sweet SSD goodness. I have had no problems what so ever with load times or reliability and these are really great little drives especially for the price. 10/10, would recommend.

GPU

I picked the EVGA GTX 1070 ti Ultra Silent Gaming because it was the cheapest 1070 ti on the market at the time (surprising, I know right?). Runs like a dream even @1440p max settings, and the 0 rpm fan mode is a huge plus due to its silence. Speaking of silence I did have some problems with extremely loud coil whine from this card, but after re-seating it the problem has mostly subsided. A very nice aftermarket card with a beefy cooler. *Note, this card IS a 3 SLOT CARD, so it will NOT fit in most Mini-ITX Cases. (10/10)

Case

The Enthoo EVOLV mATX was an absolute dream to build in. Its compact size yet roomy interior made water cooling very easy, and the many grommeted cable routing holes and PSU shroud made it easy to hide all the mess behind the motherboard tray. Speaking of the motherboard tray however I wish there was just a bit more room between it and the right side panel. Because there is no way to secure the hinged glass side panels shut, you really have to pack the cables down in order for the right side panel to stay shut (which, mind you, is not very easy with cable extensions). Other than that one issue however, this case is awesome and the integrated RGB accent lighting really ties the whole thing together. (9/10)

Watercooling

Hoo boy, this was by far the most difficult and time consuming part of the entire build. I sourced all my parts and fittings from EK Water Blocks. Now I won't go into detail about how to do a fully custom water cooled build, but this video does a great job of explaining it. Now again, I want to say it one more time, the watercooling was completely unnecessary and I did it just for looks. With that being said, the fact that this build is watercooled has let me push the Ryzen 5 2600 pretty far while still remaining stable with good temps. Watercooling is something that I found to be very difficult personally and I would only recommend it if you are already familiar with PC building. The coolant I am using right now is EK Cryofuel in Navy Blue. Overall 10/10 for looks, 6/10 for functionality, and 1/10 for easiness (it was pretty hard)

So with that being said, thank you for looking at my new build for my dad, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day! Any questions can be left in the comments below, I will try to answer them ASAP, but my school schedule is kinda all over the place right now. See you guys next time! :)

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a nice build! Hope your dad enjoys it

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I would totally build this if I didn't already have a pc, and had a job