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The Punisher

by kjutke


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Date Published

Sept. 17, 2017

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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!

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hi_im_snowman 7 points 9 months ago

Why are you building on carpet flooring? o_O

Sick build though :) Great job!


kjutke submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Hey thanks! I'm not sure haha I've always just liked building sitting down.

hi_im_snowman 5 points 9 months ago

no no lol, building on the floor is okay, but carpeting is a monumental ESD (Electro-Static-Discharge) risk for your sensitive electronics. You can easily fry that 1080ti with a well placed ESD. That would be 800$ down the drain because most manufacturers (to not say all) do NOT cover poor manipulation - ESD is physical damage, not a fabrication defect.

Careful mate!

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Oh yeah haha for sure, I have esd matting on the floor for when I work on my mobo and other electronics and while installing I have an esd bracelet on connected to my metal bench. But yeah I totally understand what you mean, it wasn't the smartest thing I've ever done having the mobo on the bare carpet for a few of those photos, thanks for the heads up!

wilbo 1 point 9 months ago

haha lol static

Voipes 2 points 9 months ago

Why is it upside down?

m00tmike 1 point 9 months ago

I think "because I can" is the reason. Not anything I care to do but pretty cool.

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 4 points 9 months ago

Yeah I think that's about right, I mean after building a multitude of computers why keep putting things in the same place ya know?

soykac 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Wooooooooow. Is all I can say. Amazing build.

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks man!

jsoutherland89 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Jaw dropping. So so cool!!!

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks man!

Sam_Flynn 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I'm in love

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! Glad people like it for sure!

BBearPvP 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

How did you mount your Dark Rock Pro 3 cooler sideways? I've never figured that out, and as an owner of a Ryzen system, I'm pretty curious.

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

It comes with two different mounting brackets so I used the one that lets you do side to side, sorry if that isnt a lot of help i dont have it anymore :-(

BBearPvP 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Ahh so the AM4 mounting bracket kit comes with a horizontal bracket. I'll have to look through my things to find where that is. Thanks!

JBelter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

First: I love this build.
Second: I also own this case.
Third: Where are your storage drives when you remove the cage? I'm looking to pull out the cage soon but I'm not sure where to put my SSDs since I have 3 and there's only one mount on the back of the tray

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks! Yeah the case has been great, i pushed my other ssds in the spare little room i created on the bottom under the mobo basically sitting next to the PSU, great place to hide cables and the ssds

JBelter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Not a bad idea. I'll keep it in mind when I finally tear it all out when I get my Vega 64 and finally do this thing called cable management.

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Haha yeah its such a pain to do but definitely worth it. I look forward to seeing your build!

tragiktimes101 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Does the build remind anyone else of the slime from Nickelodeon's Double Dare? XD

+1 for nostalgia

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

haha Thanks

Tech22 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Ek will have a zenith extreme monoblock soon apparently (emailed them near launch or TR)

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yup! im glad they emailed me yesterday about it, they also have one coming out for their Aorus TR4 mobo so Ill be getting my 1950x and Aorus TR4 next week to start my next build! Itll have a standard EK threadripper block on it until November once the monoblocks come out

AION-MC EKWB 18 Builds 1 point 9 months ago


kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Awesome thanks!!

Zelda_ 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

The whole flipped thing isn't my style, but I do greatly appreciate the effort and dedication that went into the process.

The Punisher res looks spot on.

Great work overall.

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Awesome thank you! Yeah it isnt for everyone but ive done so many pcs the same way i figured it was time for a change

jalkalaj 1 point 9 months ago

Looks amazing, happy gaming.

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago


Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

This looks really, really good. In fact, this is so good that I won't even say anything about the CPU, or how the motherboard is upside down which is driving the OCD side of me crazy. Too good. I can only dream about building something like this.

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Haha thanks! You have to try it sometime I know youll like it if you do it yourself.

jenxoff 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I woulda recommended the Gaming K7
but anyways nice build

BTW I would choose the 1700x over the 1700 at its current price.

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yeah me too! The K7 was sold out at microcenter or I would have. My 1950x and TR4 Aorus comes in next week so ill be starting on that soon! Which is sad because today I found out they are releasing an even better board haha, always bad timing.

JesseAho 1 point 9 months ago

1080ti for 1080p144hz monitor?

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I mostly use it for my HTC Vive. But yeah its sort of overkill for everything else.

broderick.smth 1 point 9 months ago

With the RAM coloring you should spray paint it. Put FrogTape or Painters' Tape on the parts you don't want painted and have at it. If you want a good example of this there are a few videos on YouTube on how to do this.

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Hmm thanks for the advice ill have to look into that. It doesnt mess with the temps at all?

broderick.smth 1 point 8 months ago

I don’t know for sure, but Techsource does this with several of his builds. His computers still run fine.

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Hmm interesting ill have to look into that, thanks

broderick.smth 1 point 9 months ago

I am hunk it looks amazing. I wish I could have a punisher block like that.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

nice build.. but i dont really like motherboard blocks.. i like to see the motherboard

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Yeah I know what you mean but i wanted to see the temp changes and they were pretty impressive!

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

100+ pictures is not enough for the awesomeness that is this sick machine! congrats on the Featured!

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks I really appreciate it!

CowNation 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Holy mother of bottleneck!

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Do you mean because of the 1700x to the 1080ti?

CowNation 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Yep, my 1700x bottlenecks my 1070!

Lemon-ado 1 point 8 months ago

I wish I had that much money to spend on a PC.

mark_ma 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Nive build! If im not mistaken... What UV LED lights strips....? Been looking to update my good ol cathodes

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Just some cheapy ones made for TVs haha, on amazon I just googled LED light strips and grabbed about 5 of them when they were on sale for $12 each. Way better deal than buying the "computer" specific leds that run $50+ each.

FurryJackman 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Once you do decide to put the 1080 Ti under water, change the coolant to PrimoChill Vue. Been hearing nothing but praise for that coolant.

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Hey! yeah the 1080ti is now underwater I tore this computer apart about a month ago and I have it in a threadripper 1950x platform right now! I have heard great things about the Vue stuff too and it looks great!! I've also seen a few horror stories where it gunked peoples builds up and they had to tear them apart (but again we all know rookies make stupid mistakes and blame the product) Do you have any personal experience with Vue yourself?

FurryJackman 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Some people "claim" to have flushed the loop properly with the preparation fluid and still encountered gunk. YMMV is all I'm going to say.

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Yeah, it does look amazing if done properly so I'm going to try and dabble with it at least.

CrazyChief24 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

where did you go to get the custom acrylic block with the punisher logo? kinda curious because ive been thinking about IF i can get one for my next upcoming build (ryzen) (im still stuck on the 990fx platform lmao)

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Had a buddy make it for me with his CNC machine, They're a lot more expensive than a standard res but totally worth it.

CrazyChief24 4 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

if it was possible i would like to ask how much would he charge for a custom one?

kjutke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Not an issue, ill hit him up today and let you know!

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kjutke submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Thank you!