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Cheers to the next five years.

by DoubleTeeOh34

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Details

Date Published

Aug. 30, 2017

Date Built

Aug. 28, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.1GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.71GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

Description

Well, it seems that every five years or so, I start to get that itch. Even though I didn't need to, it was time to build a new PC. So, as the frequent visitor of Slickdeals.net that I am, I started gathering build components one by one, looking for any deal that I could. Six months later, I finally get to scratch that itch!

The goals for this PC :

1) Quiet 2) Small form factor 3) Performance

Typically these don't go together. If you increase performance, then things tend to get less quiet. If you remain quiet, you lose performance. If you have small form factor, you have less air flow, leading to less quiet. Things as it were, I started getting the feeling that to have performance and quiet in a small form factor, I should think about water cooling.

Now I've been building my own PCs for quite some time now - but I've never done a custom loop. I've always wanted to try, but the thought was always intimidating, costly and quite honestly, terrifying. I can tell you now that tearing a $400 graphics card apart is nauseating. So I really had to do quite a bit of internet research to educate myself. I actually sat (figuratively) on these components for a few weeks before I felt I had the knowledge required to move forward.

Emboldened with the wisdom of JayzTwoCents and pcpartpicker, I felt ready to tackle the beast. And oh, what a beast it was. Today, I feel proud to share my creation with you.

Cheers to the next five years - hopefully.

Part Reviews

CPU

Runs great for my needs. Unfortunately I haven't been able to check overclocking capabilities yet - as seen in my MB review below.

Motherboard

Everything on this board is great - except one very major flaw. The MOSFET temps are extremely high, which has absolutely prevented me from doing any overclocking of the CPU. If I knew this beforehand, I don't think I ever would have purchased this MB.

Video Card

I can't speak to the air cooling on this card - as I've obviously replaced it with a water cooling block. It is performing exactly as I expected, however.

Case

This case was Phantasik (see what I did there?) to work on. Being able to fully remove the top of the case really made working on the custom bends much more feasible. As my first ITX case, I really cannot recommend this enough.

Power Supply

No complaints. Beautiful PSU, totally silent and it works. Good enough for me.

Case Fan

Love these fans. They're great for the static pressure required for radiator use.

Comments Sorted by:

SwiftSeb 4 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Ummm, ok, righty, geez, wow Holy Macaroni! Thats a sweet build. THIS is an example to set for all mini itx hardline builds. such clean bends and complimentry colour sceme. Love it :D +1

DoubleTeeOh34 submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks for the compliments! There are some bends that weren't quite to my satisfaction, but my fingers were aching from all the bending. I guess you could say it's a 3 foot build :)

DutchL 2 points 11 months ago

Great looking build! Love the case, but did you seriously pick up Gtx 1080 for 390?! That's a great deal

DoubleTeeOh34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I did - I actually picked up the GPU on a whim, which really kicked off this entire build. I felt it was too good of a deal to pass up at the time.

https://slickdeals.net/f/10005428-gigabyte-geforce-gtx-1080-directx-12-gv-n1080d5x-8gd-8gb-gddr5x-419-99-free-shipping-via-newegg-on-ebay?src=SiteSearch

And I'm actually wrong on the math. It was actually $378. Thanks for the compliments!

Fili98 1 point 11 months ago

Amazing! +1000000

DoubleTeeOh34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks!

Fishpasta 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

That looks great! I love the water cooling, it looks really pretty. Cheers! 10/10

DoubleTeeOh34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I am humbled, thanks for the compliments!

bmccarthy8989 10 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Well done on the build! I'd be happy to have that thing sitting on my desk! Its the little brother/sister of my evolv atx build. I wish I could have bought my 1080 for under $400. Holy cow.

DoubleTeeOh34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you for the compliments. I've looked at your builds and I am floored! Extravagant, well done!

bmccarthy8989 10 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Gracious, but this show is about yours today!

minicanoli 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I see you're a man (or woman) of culture. +1 for a sweet a build. JayzTwoCents also contributed to my build as well! Glad to see the community is so collaborative =]

DoubleTeeOh34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

That's being overly generous - and I'd bet my girlfriend would completely disagree! I did learn quite a bit watching JayzTwoCents videos. He does a great job at explaining the hows and whys.

Thanks for your compliments!

johnguyen 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

purple and white is sexy

DoubleTeeOh34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks for the compliments!

maverickvii 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

This looks great thinking about doing a similar build as my first custom loop. As a newbie to non aio water cooling some questions. Do you find that the single radiator has been enough for OCing? Where is the tubing going that drop down after the T junction? Thanks.

DoubleTeeOh34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

That is the drain tube. Right after the bend, there is currently a ball valve just hanging which closes the pipe. My goal in the near future is to drill a hole through the bottom of the case, install a pass through fitting, and extend the drain tube through the bottom of the case. That way I can dump the water out with minimal (less) hassle. This is all in theory, since I've never done it before.

Since this build was just completed, literally a day or two ago, I'm still in the early stages of checking temps, OC results, etc. Currently, at idle, the CPU tends to hang around 33C and the GPU at 36C. I've been upping the 1080 slowly, and it currently sits at 2.1GHz core (+200 offset), and +350 memory. Running Unigine Valley benchmark all last night (ultra, 8x) resulted in a CPU at 54C and GPU at 49C. i'll definitely update this post further after all of those benchmarks have been captured.

DoubleTeeOh34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

So just a quick update:

GPU

I've left the core offset at +200, and memory at +350. I've found that pushing the memory offset above this level is stable, but I start receiving diminishing returns. The idle/load values are approximately 35/50. Totally acceptable.

CPU

Unfortunately, instead of the CPU thermals being the constraining factor, it appears that my issue is the Biostar X370GTN motherboard. The MOSFET temps on this board are insane, and overclocking in the slightest shoots these values above 90C. This is untenable for long term use, and therefore I've resigned myself to the fact that I cannot overclock the CPU at the moment.

The motherboard purchase is my single biggest regret on this build, and is something I may have to rectify during my next water refresh.

SnakeJr1225 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Great build!! I love the purple pastel. The bends are very nice too. My first bends looked like something out of a horror movie. There is no better feeling than sitting at my desk looking at my masterpiece and thinking to myself, "I built that". I hope you get that satisfaction for those full 5 years!! Great job

DoubleTeeOh34 submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Many thanks for the compliments! I agree, I think I spend more time looking at the computer itself, then the actual screen. Your build is next level, well done sir!

SnakeJr1225 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks man. I really appreciate that

HeyDaddy- 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I wish you went for 1080ti if talking about 5 years. But 1+ nice build

DoubleTeeOh34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you for the compliments! Unfortunately, that wasn't an option at the time I purchased the 1080 :(

AION-MC EKWB 18 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Love at first sight :)

DoubleTeeOh34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Much appreciated! Props to the EKWB components! I would NOT have been able to complete this build without you guys. The waterblocks are amazing and you can't beat the EK-XRES 100 Revo D5 PWM for a pump/res combo!

In the words of Bill & Ted, "Listen to this dude, he knows what he's talking about."

Drgoku 1 point 10 months ago

Great looking build. Very inspiring. You have convinced me to try out a rigid tubing build on the phanteks enthoo itx. This will be my first water cooling build too. :). I am gonna start with your design and build up from there. Just a quick question, isn't it better for draining purposes to flip the radiator so the inlet and outlet are at the bottom? I understand it looks better this way. Just wondering if you faced any difficulties with draining and maintaining the radiator etc with this orientation.

artflow 1 point 8 months ago

This boy is lucky, He got an GTX 1080 for 378$! Okay, that would make my budget happy xD.

Overall, great build, I love how people go for clean builds, plus that watercooling.. boi!

Littlebug444 1 point 3 months ago

how many builds have you done, this must have taken so long, and wow an amazing build.

FurryJackman 2 Builds 0 points 8 months ago

Noticed you got Primochill fluid. You planning to get the newest fluid they're about to release? Been hearing lots of good about that fluid.