Going to try and update this as I go along with actually installing/setting up everything.
Last PC I had, was built for me by a local gaming shop here in Malta, around 10ish years ago now - I believe. Q6600(?) quad core CPU, 4GB ram, and forgot what Graphic Card I had as it started to bluescreen and had to RMA it after a year I believe - and they gave me a ATI Radeon 5770HD until replacement arrived which is still in use today.
Anyway, onto THIS build. Slight back-story to why I wanted to do this - last November, a few friends and I went to Dreamhack Winter 2015 and were one of the lucky few to try out the Vive in the Nvidia booth. It blew us all away. The immersion - holy ****. That's when I realized I needed that in my life - so upon launch I pre-ordered it and it arrived a week ago \o/. So I needed a build that could run it and hopefully last me a few years before replacing.
I didn't really expect to go THIS overboard with the prices, but whatever, had some cash to burn and I fell in love with AION's build so I decided to copy-paste his.
So far, I've installed both Radiators with their accompanying fans, motherboard, CPU block. I've also disassembled a single 980ti to install it's waterblock - which took like 1.5-2 hours to do. Read and re-read instructions as I did not want to destroy a 600USD card :)
Will try to continue update this as I go along. Quite some issues but fixed with others' advice :)
PSU still not here but will start without it as I'm sure this will take a while to build. Finished mounting Radiators and their fans. Nothing too hard but all of this is new to me. Flushed radiators twice before putting them in. Love how easy you can disassemble the rear part of the case. Easy.
Installed CPU block on motherboard. So scary to do. But relatively easy. The back rubber thing for the block seemed a bit weird as it covered some metal sticking-out things (sorry, no idea what technical term is) but screwed in fine.
Took a while to realise I needed to fit these tiny things to the case where the screws would eventually go in. Tried screwing directly. Im an idiot.
After screwing in, I look around and see the IO shield. God damnit. Re-do everything and re-screw. Oh, the pump/res combo thing, with the position I was going to fit it in, would of had wires going out the direction you look at the case once you open the glass - which is a no go. After some fidgeting and re-reading manual, I disassembled the bottom part and rotated it 90* - perfect.
Didn't spend too much time on it today. I figured I'd start with the RAM. Needed to remove their heatsinks as I have a RAM waterblock. Realised I did not (nor is provided) an allen key that is small enough for the heatsink screws. So that's tomorrows agenda.
However I did manage to disassemble one of the Graphic Cards and install the waterblock. Process took around 1.5-2 hours. Mostly because I was being extra-cautious by being really slow, re-reading instructions and having Jayztwocents videos available to me.
Found out I need EK Monarch RAM Adapters in order to watercool my RAM. Damnit. Guess I'll just have to store the waterblock away until I get the adapters later on. Not really planning on spending more than I already have, now. Might do another 980ti.
Put graphic cards in their proper slots. Actually took a while because I found out you had to sort of push the ends into the case's back slots in order for them to fit correctly.
Installed GPU waterblock. Was quite easy to do. Keeping those O-Rings in the slots was a bit of a pain though.
Started pipe installation.
Note: Custom Items are all EUR prices