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You're My Boy Blue!

by sorany

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  • CPU

  • Motherboard

  • Memory

  • Memory

  • Storage

  • Storage

  • Video Card

  • Video Card

  • Power Supply

  • Monitor

  • Headphones

  • Speakers

  • Custom

    $660.00 (Purchased)CaseLabs Magnum SMA8 with (1) 140.4 Radiator Mount
  • Custom

    $12.95 (Purchased)CaseLabs Reservoir Mount - Single
  • Custom

    $56.60 (Purchased)EK-ACF Fitting 10/13mm - Nickel (x10)
  • Custom

    $47.20 (Purchased)EK-AF Angled 2×45° G1/4 Nickel (x5)
  • Custom

    $17.94 (Purchased)EK-AF Ball Valve (10mm) G1/4 - Nickel
  • Custom

    $7.54 (Purchased)EK-CSQ Plug G1/4 (for EK-Badge) - Nickel (x2)
  • Custom

    $5.00 (Purchased)EK-AF Extender 6mm M-M G1/4 - Nickel (x2)
  • Custom

    $19.82 (Purchased)EK-AF Pass-Through G1/4 - Nickel (x2)
  • Custom

    $8.99 (Purchased)EK-AF X-Splitter 4F G1/4 - Nickel
  • Custom

    $6.99 (Purchased)EK-AF Angled 90 G1/4 Fitting - Nickel
  • Custom

    $50.94 (Purchased)EK-HD PETG Tube 12/16mm 500mm/19.5" (2 pcs) x6
  • Custom

    $79.99 (Purchased)EK-CoolStream SE 480 (Slim Quad)
  • Custom

    $122.99 (Purchased)EK-CoolStream CE 560 (Quad)
  • Custom

    $119.99 (Purchased)EK-XTOP Revo D5 PWM - Plexi (incl. pump)
  • Custom

    $79.96 (Purchased)EK-Vardar F4-120ER (2200rpm) (x4)
  • Custom

    $86.75 (Purchased)EK-Furious Vardar FF4-140 (2500rpm) (x4)
  • Custom

    $146.46 (Purchased)EK-RES X4 250
  • Custom

    $16.49 (Purchased)EK-Cable PWM Fan Extension (30cm)
  • Custom

    $261.98 (Purchased)EK-FC780 GTX Classy - Acetal+Nickel (x2)
  • Custom

    $68.93 (Purchased)EK-Supremacy EVO - Acetal
  • Custom

    $23.62 (Purchased)PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 10ft Tubing - 3/8in. ID X 1/2in. OD - Crystal Clear
  • Custom

    $9.40 (Purchased)Swiftech 8-Way PWM Splitter Box
  • Custom

    $11.29 (Purchased)Vandal Resistant Illuminated Momentary Switch - Black - 18/16mm - White Dot
  • Custom

    $12.23 (Purchased)Vandal Resistant Illuminated Momentary Switch - Black - 22/19mm - White Ring
  • Custom

    $99.96 (Purchased)MAIN FRAME CUSTOMS 8PIN PCI-E EXTENSION (x4)
  • Custom

    $24.99 (Purchased)MAIN FRAME CUSTOMS 8PIN EPS EXTENSION
  • Custom

    $64.99 (Purchased)MAIN FRAME CUSTOMS 24PIN EXTENSION
  • Custom

    $59.99 (Purchased)NZXT HUE+
  • Custom

    $20.99 (Purchased)NZXT HUE+ Extension Kit
  • Custom

    $15.00 (Purchased)E22 Cable Combs
  • Custom

    $15.90 (Purchased)CableMod SATA 3 (6GB/s) Cable - Black (x2)
  • Custom

    $89.91 (Purchased)Bitspower Silver Shining 90-Degree With Dual Inner G1/4" Extender (x9)
  • Custom

    $246.45 (Purchased)Bitspower G1/4" Silver Shining Enhance Multi-Link For OD 16MM (x31)
  • Custom

    $73.15 (Purchased)Bitspower G 1/4" Silver Shiny Rotary 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter (x7)
  • Custom

    $22.95 (Purchased)Bitspower Flow Indicator - Clear/Black/Silver
  • Custom

    $7.19 (Purchased)Bitspower G 1/4" Silver Shiny 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter
  • Custom

    $8.95 (Purchased)Bitspower G1/4" Silver Shining Male to Male Rotary Adapter
  • Custom

    $9.10 (Purchased)Bitspower G1/4" Stop Fitting V2, Silver Shining (x2)
  • Custom

    $8.49 (Purchased)Bitspower G1/4" Male to Female Extender Fitting
    • $7041.83

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Details

Date Published

Aug. 8, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.19 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

I didn't have a better name, sorry.

Alright, I'll put together a few thoughts to preface. A month or so ago I finished my first watercooling build. Needless to say, I loved every minute of that project. However, I didn't really like how the liquid wasn't as green as it was in the reservoir, being translucent not much to do about that. As fortune would have it, I was able to do something a bit different and I came into some more funds.

I didn't have a reason to upgrade, but I always wanted an X99 platform. I looked through a bunch of research and decided on the 6800K. Why?

A. I didn't need X99 in the first place, it was mostly just for lulz - no sense in dropping stupid cash. B. Slightly better feature set than the 5820k, for less than $100 difference. C. 6850k was honestly just too much $$$ for me to justify, seeing as I would never see a return on the extra $200 for my uses.

Now to find a motherboard! Everything I saw looked boring as ****. My entire setup was black, chrome and _ , I wanted something purely one of those colors (mostly black). I tend to gravitate towards EVGA/ASUS parts, but I didn't care for the EVGA boards and their styling this time around. Then I found the Asus Rampage Edition 10, I didn't even know what it was, never heard of it before, but **** budgets it's everything I wanted aesthetically. Literally the only reason I spent a retarded amount of money on this board, **** you ASUS I love you. I did end up being super nit picky with the board, I RMAd 2 of them before NewEgg ran out and I drove an hour up to Mircocenter in DC to pick this one up on a wim. Red headed lady at the counter, super nice, let me check this thing out before purchase, thank you ma'am. At $600, I wasn't accepting slightly flawed.q

I started, with 16GB of RAM because that's literally all I would need. It looked so lonely, and **** budgets again 32GB. I removed the stickers from the G. Skill Ripjaws 4 because quite simply it clashed. Really easy to do, peel, use minute amounts of GooGone and viola!

I removed the four case fans because literally no point in them being there - this thing doesn't go over 50C on anything stressed.

I just painted the new EVGA bridge, I still want to change the LED on that to blue but for now it's still white. I am over the fricken moon how everything turned out, I think it's a massive improvement aesthetically over my last project on this same rig.

Comments Sorted by:

Eltech 20 Builds 12 points 29 months ago

Jimmy Cricket! What a beauty... You earned the feature. Amazing and so blue... plus one!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

Thanks man!

Lyrix 1 point 28 months ago

i really really like it but why did you buy a mobo for that much and not a 6850k?

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

because i bought the mobo for appearance and the 6800k can handle anything i would need - it was overkill for what it was in general.

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iPxn3z 3 points 29 months ago

Never apologize for that name, Blue was a hero ! Same as your build , +1 for sure

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Ha thanks!

iSethz 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Looks so cool! But why not 1080 GPU? I would like to have all water cooling for my PC as well, but I went with only for CPU.
https://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/Kw9WGX

Black_Shadows 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

They are leftovers from his previous build http://pcpartpicker.com/b/QDGfrH

iSethz 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Thanks for that.

iSethz 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Yeah, all good. look sick bro!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I bough this is in pieces, I've had the classys for about a year or so now.

Flound3rPUSS 2 points 29 months ago

love black and blue builds

+1

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks man!

commodore64 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Yes! Sexiest case ever; I'm gonna get the exact one in gunmetal gray.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Nice, that color is good too. They had some massive manufacturing issues last year - Black was all they were shipping for a while.

commodore64 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I remember in 2014 it was stated that the gunmetal edition was a limited edition. Good to see that it's not! Caselabs cases are literally the only case you'll ever need for the rest of your life. Anything it lacks in the future, well... you can mod the case.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

And just buy the replacement panels as well.

commodore64 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Now you said that hardline tubing is harder than soft tubing. Any explanation as to why? I think it would be easier for hardline because you don't have to bend anything (and worry about getting the perfect bend); you would only need to cut if the piece is too long.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

? So the PETG in my build can be heated and bent to fit whatever you need, that is bending tube. Soft tubing is like what you see in the basement of my build, there is no heat - it's just a tube of flexible plastic.

FourBitty 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Plus one for the motherboard with it's seatbelt on. ;-)

That aside, it's a beautiful build. Definitely deserves the feature!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Beautiful build. It's a monster, what a price though. Good thing you had great components to use instead of an all out start from scratch build. Nicely done

Thumbs up.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Yea - I certainly wasn't planning on the upgrades but I think that's all I would ever really do - I don't think I will keep it current year over year just because of practicality but I do like building a lot.

TrophySlayer67 2 points 29 months ago

Lol this feels like something JayzTwoCents would build

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I'll take it - Skunkworks (his build) has inspired a lot of other builds and mine is certainly one of them.

TrophySlayer67 1 point 28 months ago

+1 for being awesome at hardline

Jimmare 2 points 25 months ago

I was searching for a blue build to copy. Then saw the prices on watercooling. And went back to my corner,crying.

xPenguinHD 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

It's so satisfying having all of the ram slots be filled up. Great build!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I just had to have them filled! Haha thanks!

P4rth 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Oh my....

Sexy Build!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

Brandaglington 1 point 29 months ago

this is a thing of beauty, how is the Rampage V Edition 10? worth it? I am torn between it and the Asus Deluxe II, given that they have a near identical feature set, I just cant get my head around that stupid m.2 mount.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

It's the nicest board I've ever owned but I don't think I wouldn't have spent even half the price tag if it didn't look that good. It's sexy and everything else be damned.

gsaiz85 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Beautiful +1

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Pure Awesomeness. Gotta love these watercooling builds, looking to doing one myself in the near future. Awesome work buddy! +1.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. I want to do a custom water cooling loop for my CPU and my GPU, which will be a Galax HOF GTX 1080 when it releases. I don't really know where to start besides getting water blocks, so could you help me with it?

MafiatechTeam 1 point 29 months ago

go for ek waterblocks

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Well yeah but their website doesn't help much

MafiatechTeam 1 point 29 months ago

ok, one minute, everything you need for a cpu loop

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/kits/performance-series

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Everything is out of stock lol

MafiatechTeam 1 point 29 months ago

is it?

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Biggest thing is figuring out how it's going to lay out in your case, and whether you want to do hardline tubing or soft. Soft is for sure easier and cheaper and CAN look sweet but I prefer hardline.

Draw it out so you know where your lines are going to go. Also, some people may not like Jayztwocents but I watched a ton of some of his videos just to get a sense of water cooling.

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Ok, so I'm once I plan out the tubing, how will I decide on a reservoir and pump?

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Is ekwb where I should get those too, or do you recommend another company?

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

It usually depends on the space you are working with, if you have a decent size case you will certainly have more options but some of the smaller mini builds are really cool looking.

I chose to go with all parts from EKWB because I would say they are by far the most trusted watercooling brand right now with great customer service. There are definitely other solid brands out there though, I don't have much experience with other companies.

As far as the parts go, reservoir mainly depends on size, the main purpose here is finding something that holds a decent amount of liquid for your case sI've.

Pump wise, I use a D5 pump it's decently quiet but a bit on the larger size, there are definitely smaller pumps for smaller builds.

Again, your biggest restraint is your creativity, start looking up some watercooling brands and find things you think look cool and will fit in your case. Than check out some reviews on those part and let it rock.

Phillip.Phillip 1 point 29 months ago

You could sell me and still not be able to afford this build. Nice job man +1

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Ha thanks!

Bartendalot 1 point 29 months ago

Did you think about using glass for the runs?

It's such a flawless build with no bends - glass won't get dull over time.

Beautiful job.... What kind of overclock you getting? 4.4?

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I did think about glass, I am not good at cutting glass as it turns out. I think I will probably convert to glass with the next build - I have the layout the way I want and I can now just take some measurements and practice a bit.

Automatic overclocking pushes it just over 4.1, I haven't played with it much to be honest.

Fili98 1 point 29 months ago

Amazing!! +1 =)

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Good Stuff.

TCO

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

AION-MC EKWB 18 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Great build sir!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks man!

colinreay 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

She's a beaut man! I've noticed a lot of the SMA8 builds tend to follow a very similar trend in their overall looks, and especially dual reservoirs with similar tubing runs.

This build definitely breaks that trend, it looks classy and clean, and is also very unique. And holy ****, is that just me or is the EK X4 a massive res? It looks like it's 80mm or 100mm, not 60mm!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Yea when I found the case I fell in love, but you got it - I wanted something unique. I tried to get away from the dual loop, dual res and just do something different than everything else. The X4 is definitely massive, I've even seen an sma8 with Dual X4s - that was nuts ha!

RSC-Tuff 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Beautiful! Why'd you go with two GTX 890 Ti cards rather than two 1080s or even Titan X cards?

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I have had the classys for a while now, I have been progressively upgrading it for a few years now.

I've also gone back and forth on whether I would even do SLI in the future based on cards today being able to hit really good marks on 21:9 1440p - I suppose I could always just use the second card for PhysX and aesthetically just have both cards.

Cokeman00 1 point 29 months ago

The red classified on the backplates is getting on my OCD

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I know :(

I considered painting the stock plates you see there but I even reached out to EVGA to see if they could send me another one if everything went pear shaped and i botched the paint job - they wouldn't sell me one and they aren't available in their online store. I would buy the EKWB one but it still has old 780ti engraved on the backplate and they wouldn't custom cut me one just without the engraving. Actually the backplates are the main thing that irks me about this build still, I really would love to do something about them - I may look into custom acrylic but for now I'll let it be. This is another reason I may choose to upgrade GPUs within the next year or so.

Boyles 1 point 29 months ago

Hot Damn. Love seeing these blue water cooled systems. 10/10

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

8686sid 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Beautiful, simply stunning. It's builds like this that inspire people, Where did you get your sleeved cables and cable combs from?

sorany submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

See I ordered those from across the pond and I paid a stupid amount for them and shipping etc (the combs). It ended up being about $35-40 after shipping which idk they were the only place I could find them from and the company who made them was based in England.

It looks like they must have sorted out shipping because now, PerfomancePCs carries them because they definitely didn't have these when I first was looking. http://www.performance-pcs.com/zip-ties-clamps-anchors/shopby/brand--e22/wiremanagementtype--comb/

The cables are actually just extensions from Main Fram Customs, I may switch it up and look at making a custom set for myself, seeing as I like DIY stuff.

8686sid 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Holy moly that is expensive! You should just get a 3D printer and print them yourself lol

NitroOG 1 point 29 months ago

That is a work of art. 10/10 Amazing.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

thanks man!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

ha thanks!

Xtrem04 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Remember kids always strap the seat-belt on the motherboard

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

always. though to be fair my car is super sensitive and the wait threw off the sensor so my car was beeping at me to protect my passenger. I figured why not...

Xtrem04 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

gotta protect the investment.

FireFox500 1 point 29 months ago

Far down the road I plan on also doing a crazy water cooling build like this one (and the exact same case). How was water cooling? I have never done it personally but eventually, would like to get into it. When I do mine I plan on bending the tubes, was it hard to get the right length to cut the tubing? Did you have any issues with having 2 separate 2x4GB RAM kits? What was one of the most challenging things about building this? What was the easiest thing? How is that board? I really like the look of the Rampage V Extreme with the red and black. I am very skeptical about how RGB will look on a mobo. One last question, what fluid did you use, it looks amazing and I cannot find it listed.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago
  1. I fell in love with watercooling after seeing Jayztwocents and his video on Skunkworks maybe 2 years ago now. Watercooling is very fun, like adult legos - there are **** tons of legos out there and you can mix and match to find JUST what you want and make it truly yours. I could never go back.

  2. I did try bending, I don't think bending works well at the 16mm size PETG - you can see stress marks on it easily. That could just be my inexperience but I saw another buld on reddit with the 90 angled bends and fell in love. I think the hardest thing about bending isn't really cutting the tube to length, because remember the tube is straight, you can position it anyway you want to get the bend you need and make it easier to cut AFTER you get the bend. The hardest part for me was actually getting the bend perfect - it's an art and for me I can sit there all day and bend away but if none of them are perfect, they wont go in my build. It's also hard to make tight turns like the one coming out of my top GPU - that kind of tight bend just isn't possible with bending.

  3. I haven't had any issue with the RAM kits, I did make sure to get them filed away in the correct slots so I wasn't mixing the channels and kits though.

  4. After my first build, my confidence was high - there isn't much that was hard really but the planning stage got me hard this time around, and the waiting for parts. So on X99, the holes on the GPU block and the CPU blocks don't line up and by just enough that it made getting a decent looking 90 degree based bend tough. I ended up having to order several different fittings until I fount one that worked out to match the style i was going for. I didn't want any other angles, just 90s. It's hard to visualize when you don't have product in front of you for scale.

  5. My easiest is building really, I've always loved working with my hands so this comes naturally I guess.

  6. The board is great, I may look into a mono block later on, and it's hard to tell in the photos but the LED on the chipset is noticeably dimmer than the rest - my only complaint so far - well and the price. Honestly just wish they made their $200 boards with these aesthetics minus all the whiz bangs and gadgets that I will never use.

  7. I noticed I forgot to add that, I used Mayhems Pastel Blue and nearly a whole bottle of their Ocean Blue dye to change it from a lighter blue to what you see here.

FireFox500 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you for your response, I will have to remember this down the line when I build my over over-the-top kick *** rig. I too got inspired from JayzTwoCents, seeing that I was like "I gotta have something like that". It's not just a showpiece its a work of art, you put so much time into doing something you really like and it turns out fantastic. Thank you again and let me know how that pastel turns out. I heard Jays changed color, its hit or miss with fluid, I have all of my build planned out except for the fluid, however, it seems quite easy to drain the fluid, flush it and refill it if it messes up. How did you get all the necessary info to water cool your first build? I have looked at Jay's videos and countless articles, is there anything else you would recommend?

sorany submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

my opinion is really just to be creative and do what you want. I did the same as you really, I would go watch videos, pause, rewind them and just absorb as much as i could. Draw out lots of ideas on paper as to how you want your loop to form - use your case and parts in pictures for scale if you can. I have probably changed "my original" concept 10-15 times, between cable routing changes, fitting changes, tubing changes etc.

Just because it's functional, doesn't mean you have to live with it. I've spent hours on some of those legs, and honestly I've torn about half of them down within minutes of putting them up because they just didn't look right to me.

FireFox500 1 point 29 months ago

When I buy my own money tree I will be sure to post the resulting PC on here. Thanks again for all the help/info!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Haha np

FireFox500 1 point 29 months ago

I also just looked at Caselabs website again and saw you used a reservoir mount. I was wondering why you have that. I cannot seem to find an obvious use for it.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Because for that res, the mounting point requires I drill into that back panel. If I ever change out the res and want to do something different it will only cost me $12 for a new res plate vs $70 to replace that back panel when the drilled holes don't match up with the new res.

ThunderCls 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

When I see sexy monsters like this one :o xD Nice rig buddy +1

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

thanks man!

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Quick question, what is your favourite type of blue, mine is a deep glowing blue, similar to the blue on the corsair blue led fans.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I think this is my favorite, a nice vibrant blue that just pops!

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

More like a lighter blue?

SmartWolf 1 point 29 months ago

$7k /cry

Very nice build! So clean!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Ha thanks!

arda1907 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

thats around how much i put as down payment for my house ...

oGodMyNameWontFi 1 point 29 months ago

Hello!

This looks incredibly gorgeous, I love it!

I have 2 questions:

  • The whole Water Cooling system was £2,000 ?

  • How do you chose so many parts without making mistakes, where should I know that ?

Thanks

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Oh I made mistakes, I started out thinking I wanted to bend the PETG. Once I found the 90 angled look with fittings, I drew out several different layout designs until I settled on the one I liked the best. I then made a simple list of things I would need based on needing a type of fitting 'here' or 'there'. Even then, if you look at the way the X99 CPU block is offset and not lined up with GPU blocks, keeping with my theme of just 90 angled cuts - it took me another week to find, order and have delivered a few different possible solutions to get that 90 looked up.

I could have made it work with a lot less but I wanted something unique. The price tag also doesn't include a pair of Hardware Labs custom made dark matter finished rads and another set fittings. Trial and error man.

jbmintjb 1 point 29 months ago

Doe's it run Space Invaders on with all settings on max?

sorany submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

sigh no.

jbmintjb 1 point 29 months ago

There's not many machines out there that can :(

jdwohlever 1 point 29 months ago

Wait.. you removed the case fans? What about the rest of the board, MOSFETs, VRMs, HDDs, etc that don't get liquid cooling?

sorany submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Well the HDDs sit in the back of the case where there are no case fans to begin with, the mosfet and vrm are passively cooled. They don't generate enough heat to cause any issues.

jdwohlever 1 point 29 months ago

But what passively cools them if you removed all the case fans? Are you saying the fans from the water cooling radiator is enough for that?

I wish I could go with a sexy water cool build, but I would lay awake at night worrying about a leak and never actually enjoy the PC. (I know, I know the chances are slim, yadda yadda yadda, but I can't forget Murphy's Law) Beautiful work on that beast.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Well, maybe a tiny bit but really the board just has passive heatsinks which do most of the work. I suppose the exhaust fans at the top pull the heat from the heatsinks. See now that I have done two of these iterations, I'll never go back ha! Thanks!

markolbb 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

The build is great but the name is even better haha. Frank the tank!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Ha thanks.

gunit1111 4 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Amazing looking build! And Old School FTW! :lol:

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Ha thanks!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Oh yea!

BladeRunner531 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

why did you go with 2 980ti's, you ould have easily bought 2 1080's for the same price

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I have had the classys for over a year.

liamezr 1 point 29 months ago

Beautiful build, but with that budget, I expect better than the Astro A40.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I think that's probably something on my list. I have a set of the wireless Sennheiser 175s in the room connected to another TV - but I think I will probably look into moving from the traditional 'gaming headset' to a standalone pear of headphones and a mic when I move this winter.

Honestly I almost never use my headset anymore though.

do_while 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Well, your build has just rocked my socks. Well done, sir.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

thanks!

Thefan630 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I'm a noob to custom loops but... are those "Angled fittings" a solution for people who suck at hand work and bending hard tubbing? :P

VGears 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Bending hard tubing is not that easy. You can have problems when bending with too much heat and too little heat. you can run into alignment issues. bending hard tube is very time consuming and risk of wasting tubing. The plus side is you don't have many connections where you might get leakage. The amount od bends he has it would have taking him a lot of time and a lot of headaches. I think he did the right choice.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Um for me it was a solution to my bends showing a lot of stress marks at the 16mm size variant - no matter what I did. However I took inspiration from another build I saw and loved the style. I see tons of builds with bends - and that's cool but I wanted something different and this style works, is more expensive unfortunately but ultimately I want to move it over to a glass tube build as well.

ssb0013 1 point 29 months ago

This thing is stunning....almost hypnotic in a sense. Very creative and dedicated rig.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

thanks!

Soundelite 1 point 29 months ago

I was wondering if this is a good build to start out with? Any suggestions would be appreciated

VGears 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

That is a fail proof setup. A little on the pricey side but if the $ isn't a issue for you, you are good to go. If you are not planning on storing a lot of pictures and videos, you can save a little on the 4tb and go for 1 or 2. Overall those are good quality and performance parts. Whatever you end up with, send us some pics.

Soundelite 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you for the advice and no money isn't a issue for me. I will show you pics once I'm done

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

as far as like your first PC build ever? It kind of depends on your goals. For gaming, no - this is overkill. A current gen i5 will perform just about the same or possibly even better in most games because the single core performance is really what most AAA titles and other games use for processing (most games don't use Hyperthreading or multiple cores).

As for the GPUs, again probably not unless you're looking to game above 1440p. At 1080p - a single GTX 1070/1080 will last you 4-5 years more than likely (both of those cards are a year newer than mine though) - and then the liquid cooling is a choice. I would say start with an air cooled build on the cheaper side (1-2K) and see if you like PC gaming. Go from there.

Soundelite 1 point 29 months ago

Hmm okay I will see about the i5 and yes I'm looking into gaming above 1440p. I just wanted to get ready for VR,streaming and game on 4k even though it's still at its infant stage. But thank you for your advice means a lot

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

If you are looking to get into 1440p and about the minimum I would go right now is a single GTX 1080, though if it was me I would probably wait for the 1080 Ti at this point personally (because I already have SLI 980 Tis, obviously).

Something like an i5 6600K, 16GB DDR4, GTX 1080, Samsung 850 EVO, 1000+ W PSU (maybe a bit high, but if it's a quality one it will last you several builds), <$200 mobo (you really don't need to spend money here outside of maybe aesthetics). If I was a reasonable person trying to get into PC gaming for 1440p+ that probably what I would recommend.

Soundelite 1 point 29 months ago

As of right now I'm still saving money towards my pc so it's not like I'm going to buy it right away. I'm at 1,400 so it will be 3 to 2 months before I even buy anything and by that time prices will go down on the parts and the new 1080 Ti will be out. I was just making this list so I can have a general Idea of what I want in my build and modify it through the course of time but thank you for your advice it is much appreciated.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Absolutely, good luck!

VGears 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

For the first 10 pictures, I was thinking to myself why did he put 2 GPUs and the CPU in one loop on one rad. That is going to get hot. Then I saw the long one at the bottom on pic 11. Enjoy your very nice build and congrats on the feature.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Haha yea that would not have been good! thanks!

killamuredya 1 point 29 months ago

what case is that? great build BTW

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Caselabs SMA8 - thanks!

PCsquared 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

As a fan of the color blue, I approve of this build.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

oh yea! thanks!

drunkbadger 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Awesome build!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

thanks!

tcnixon21 1 point 29 months ago

Hey, totally new to watercooling builds, but what is the round device in the tubing to the right of the reservoir? Easily seen in pictures 1 and 2. Thanks!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

It's a flow meter, basically just a visual indicator that the pump has indeed spun up faster when I am gaming.

tcnixon21 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks so much! I've been totally clueless....

S.Salud 1 point 29 months ago

This is probably the best black/blue build on pcpartpicker. +1

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Wow, thanks!

Mkander99 1 point 29 months ago

Im blue daba-dee-daba-di-daba-dee-daba-di https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BinWA0EenDY

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

How did you know?!

tingino13 1 point 29 months ago

Great job, man! Looks beautiful!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

jbreeze905 1 point 29 months ago

POW! Beautiful!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

LogWin 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks man!

GeoDashZorra 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Um... what is this cool pipe system?

WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF THIS!

JoeyHall 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

beautiful :) +1

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

Babang314 1 point 29 months ago

I personally think you should keep the white light. It makes the build brighter and the blue light will make the whole thing feel super artificial. (just my opinion tho no hate)

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I've kept it white, had to replace and led strip but white is white.

Babang314 1 point 29 months ago

Nice!

EntropyMaster 1 point 29 months ago

awesome build. personally, i dislike the mobo lights and the classified red logo on the gpu, but other than that, it's dope.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I was way more into the mobo lights I think before I got them turned on, now I could really take them or leave them. Wh n I replace the GPUs and their back plates I will probably also get the monoblock which removes a lot of the mobi lights as well.

soldierscotty 1 point 29 months ago

I Love the Steam punk design! The rigid tubing was flawless! Work of art sir!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

BornEvil 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

That Res looks sick, never seen that mounting system before, looks like a slimline chrome bracket. What is it? Edit: got off my lazy ***, and looked it up: EK X4 :)

I personally think clear coolant works best with chrome fittings, the pictures of when the loop was empty looked incredible. But great choice in the neutral coloured motherboard, you can always do a pallet swap with the fluid and it will still not be out of place.

+1

death9251 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Love the ominous off colored blue makes it look extremely different compared to most builds I have seen with a custom loop. WTG! +1

PokeCatz 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I love picture #17. LOL.

Xorex64 1 point 26 months ago

Unbelievable. Props bro.

Calberkeley 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Do you know what the V ed 10 can do that the IX Formula cannot do (besides 128gb ram)? I'm new to building rigs. I've looked at both and can't tell the real difference in performance... THANKS

syg101 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

beautiful. +1

tyreshredder 1 point 20 months ago

how rich are you cuz thats some expensive stuff

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

not at all actually, my yearly bonuses are pretty decent though and I don't have many expenses.

Yadro 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Beautiful rig, great pics. Nothing more need be said.

P.S.: Love the pic of the mobo box seat-belted in for the ride home :)

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sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

That's always the goal though right?!

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sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Haha thanks!

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sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I considered painting the stock plates you see there but I even reached out to EVGA to see if they could send me another one if everything went pear shaped and i botched the paint job - they wouldn't sell me one and they aren't available in their online store.

I would buy the EKWB one but it still has old 780ti engraved on the backplate and they wouldn't custom cut me one just without the engraving.

Actually the backplates are the main thing that irks me about this build still, I really would love to do something about them - I may look into custom acrylic but for now I'll let it be.

This is another reason I may choose to upgrade GPUs within the next year or so.

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sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

thanks!

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sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks man!

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sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Fun, mostly gaming though. Thanks!

duntlessaimz 1 point 29 months ago

can you plz link me to this exact case

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

http://www.caselabs-store.com/magnum-sma8/

Looks like they aren't taking orders but they do have a few resellers in the US. Amazon Titan Rig and PerformancePCs are two that I know of presently.

duntlessaimz 1 point 29 months ago

also will this fit the 1080s

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Will what fit 1080s?

duntlessaimz 1 point 29 months ago

also why does it say you bought so many rings

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I assume you mean: Bitspower G1/4" Silver Shining Enhance Multi-Link For OD 16MM (x31)? Bitspower doesn't not make a single fitting for 90 degree with female fittings on the end, so for every 90 I needed two of those female multi links.

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