I've been building computers for some time now and Currently have 4 under water after getting over my fear of liquid cooling, it has since then become a minor addiction. So anyways, on to the good stuff!
I recently tore apart my last build and decided to throw this together with random parts I had lying around from previous builds, I never really expected for this to turn out to really be much of anything but after one thing led to another and I got my hands on a few custom parts (specifically the reservoir and the PSU shroud) I decided to post it and see what people think. BY THE WAY shame on you Be Quiet for not throwing in even a simple PSU shroud for a case that is darn near $250!! So because of that I had a buddy fabricate me one with a reflective surface and a cut out to see the Seasonic Titanium Prime logo, which looks absolutely phenomenal.
This computer started off as a standard build in the Dark Pro 900 Case with the Dark Base Pro 3 Air cooler and a simple 1080 FE, threw in a few rgb lights for good measure and played on that for a while. After a few days I decided I would dabble in experimenting with the customization options on this case, namely flipping the motherboard upside down and putting it on the other side of the case, effectively changing the entire orientation of the setup. On paper, this was much easier said than done especially when I had everything taken out. Part of me just wanted to stop and move on to another project, there are so many things that needed to be done, one after another, in order to swap the tray around and invert the motherboard but in the end I really thing it does add a nice touch of customization to it that you normally don't ever see. After throwing everything back in the case I really did like the look of the GPU over the CPU and everything being on the other side.
Well, it just so happens I was browsing the EKWB website on the DAY they released the monoblock for my Auros Gaming 5 motherboard, so how on Earth could I possible say no to that? After purchasing the Monoblock, I luckily had 3-4 builds worth of fittings/tubing/pumps/rads lying around so that wasn't an issue at all. However, after customization the setup on the case I really wanted something to set it apart, so I started off with the PSU shroud. Like I stated before, I was very disappointed that such a high end case wouldn't come with something as simple as a PSU shroud so I talked with a friend of mine and asked him what he could do to not only cover the majority of the bottom of the case, but also add something that is aesthetically pleasing and functional. To my astonishment, he certainly outdid himself, not only did it fit PERFECTLY coming within mere mms of the pump, it also hides the PSU in all areas except the nice shiny Titanium logo, and to top it off has a great reflective surface!
After receiving the PSU shroud, I knew I had to get an awesome reservoir but I couldn't really decide on which to get. I have multiple Reservoirs from ekwb, mostly cylindrical ones and a bay res, however, none of those seemed to really stand out when put into the case. So again, I asked my friend what he could do and he said, literally, anything! So, who would have thought that he could perfectly fabricate a Punisher logo?! Now for most people you might not understand my liking of the punisher symbol, so the super short version is: My first deployment we spray painted a large punisher symbol on our Humvee, which just so happens by the end of the deployment we accidentally sunk into, what, the one body of water in the entire country? You had to be there, but yeah, hilarious, anyways, that's why I thought the punisher logo would be perfect as my reservoir, also besides the obvious fact that it looks awesome.
So after throwing it all together my first stop was using two 980 Hydrocoppers with the EKWB monoblock. It functioned decently well but it got hotter than I was anticipating, which you can see in the later photos where even with only ONE 980 working the block would rarely, yet sometimes, change color to yellow. A little background on that, I have my computer setup for color and temperature settings, so as long as it was all green the CPU and GPU temps were withing tolerance or low, yellow would mean theyre over 40c for the CPU and 60c for the GPU, and red would just be BAD (I never set it for red since it rarely ever even got yellow). Beyond that I was also disappointed with how it functioned on my HTC Vive so I had to start looking for an alternative. I stumbled across a 1080ti that I liked (the SC2) So I decided to purchase that and throw in another radiator for good measure. So I effectively went from 1 Radiator cooling 2 GPUS and a Monoblock to TWO radiators cooling just a monoblock, you can imagine how much more efficient my computer became once the cooling went from being just able to handle it, to vastly more than necessary.
Now again, I do understand a lot of disappointment, as I'm sure you have as much as me since my GPU is no longer liquid cooled, however, I wasn't about to purchase a GPU that I didn't like just to put it under water and spend even more on something I didn't really want. So, in the future I might throw in a waterblock but for now the GPU is air cooled. Also, yes, the ram is annoyingly red and black which doesn't match anything else in the build, but ya know at that price I wasn't about to sell it just to buy some that matches, so I made some red cabling to go along with the black cabling to sort of help the ram fit in a little better.
As far as lighting the RGB on the monoblock and Auros gaming 5 is phenomenal! It all meshes together perfectly and it easily controlled by a single program. The fans I purchased are the thermaltake RIING premiums, which also have nice support and an awesome program to regulate their speed as well as colors. I've always been a big fan of the UV green color so I got the dye from EKWB and since blue really clashes with green I went with the blue lighting to accent the dye and it really makes it stand out especially in the reservoir and monoblock!
All in all I'm quite happy with how it all turned out, My next project is going to be finishing my Ladies computer (full monoblock Z170 all white, almost looks better than mine shhh) and then I'll be moving onto my threadripper build which is ONLY delayed because EKWB can't seem to tell me which motherboard they will be supporting with a monoblock!
*Any questions, comments, or concerns would be greatly appreciated! Please let me know what you think or how I could improve this, or a future build! Thanks for your time and have a wonderful day/evening!