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So, for a little backstory, I've had a job for the past 6 years that required me to move around quite a bit. Because of this, I've only ever used the same laptop throughout this time, and was forced to play games on console. I just recently moved for a new job, where I can settle down, so to speak. I started thinking about buying a new computer back in July that could handle work, school, and occasional gaming. That's when I stumbled upon PCPP and I was hooked. There are so many amazing builds on this site, that I wanted to be a part of it (Plus, the 1080 was just released). I would like to recognize a few builds that helped me along the way, but honestly, there's too many to mention, as I've taken little ideas from so many.
The peppermint theme came from a few White/Red builds that I've seen throughout the community, but always had hardcore names to go along with their theme. I wanted to have a simpler theme, that was as original as I could make it.
Spray-paint EVERYTHING! So, yeah. I got a little carried away trying to customize every single piece by taking off any aesthetic piece of my part list and determining if it could be painted. It worked out most of the time, but I definitely had my fair share of quick stops at home depot to buy paint stripping tools, or just adding 20x more coats, which almost never works. As far as the stencils go, I bought them from a car stencil website that makes custom stencils/decals. I had to use paint stripping chemicals on the PSU plate because those sticker DO NOT come off without a fight (This is a great example of me adding coat after coat over the sticker residue, and then having to redo it, as you can see in the earlier pictures of my PSU).
My part list? I'll be honest. I did a horrible job of planning before buying parts, (Excitement got the best of me) which caused me to have to re-order from the same place multiple times until I got everything I needed. I had an original budget of $2,500 before I realized how much I wanted to do my own custom water loop. Proper planning of a custom loop before buying would've saved me a lot of money. But, don't get me wrong, EKWB makes amazing products that were easy (even for me) to put together. The Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 had a sleek design and ease of use. The only thing that I could say about the case that could be improved (And this has been said before) is the riveted insides, making it harder to customize fully. The BitFenix Fans were purely aesthetics, but are also very silent. The NZXT Hue+ was just released and already sold out by the time I planned on ordering it, and for good reason. The CAM software is super easy to customize, and the LED strips can be cut to fit tricky lengths. I saw the same MNPCTech full side panel on another build a month or so ago, and liked the way it was going to show off that effort spent on the PSU. Trust me, I realize that the monitor does this build entirely 0% justice. But, as I said earlier, I went over budget, and am planning on squirreling a little money to the side and buying a legit 4K 144Hz gaming monitor. Back to EKWB. Their products are very simple to install as long as you take all the measurements you need beforehand. I did not do this. I am an impatient man. In the end, I changed my loop configuration 3 times and had to buy a couple hole saws to make it work, but am happy with the results. NO LEAKS!
I am pretty happy with this build, and I hope you guys enjoy it as well. As this is my first build, I would like honest and constructive criticisms on things that I could've done better, or just didn't think about. Thanks!
So, I promised to do some stress tests on the CPU and GPU last weekend, and the GTX 1080 FTW kinda threw me for a loop. It has a hard voltage limit that would crash benchmarks for me on anything past 2.1Ghz. The Precision X OC software was also kinda buggy and was giving me great benchmark scores, but then later was failing the same benchmark 10+ times in a row with the "Oops!" error on the same (or even lower) clock settings. I wound up using MSI Afterburner instead, and got way better/consistent results.
CPU: 4.6 Ghz / 1.33V / 23C Idle / 71C Stressed
-Passed Prime95 Small FFTs for 24+ hours.
GPU: 2.1 Ghz / 100% V-limit / 28C Idle / 61C Stressed
-Passed Heaven 4.0 Extreme for 24+ hours.
-Passed Valley 1.0 Extreme HD for 24+ hours.
-8,091 Score on Time Spy (Screenshot of settings/results in images.)
Basically, my CPU was too weak for WirelessCables. He called me a punk in the comment section, so I had to bump up my multiplier to 47.
CPU: 4.7 Ghz / 1.38V / 23C Idle / 78C Stressed
-Passed Prime95 Small FFTs for ~24 hours.