DISCLAIMER?: This is a kind of old update in terms of when I bought all this hardware and built it, but I did upgrade the computers cooling, storage, graphic card, and case recently, so I decided it's about time I posted my build on the wonderful PCPartPicker... (Sorry for somewhat crappy pictures, took them on my webcam)
INTRO: To start things off, this build originally hosted a Corsair Spec-02, only a 120gb ssd, an r9 270, and a hyper 212 evo, all of which was fine (except for the storage), but I strived for more, and wanted the enthusiast experience, hence my watercooling loop which I did a video of on my new YT channel Ralleon Custom Built which you can check out RIGHT NOW!!! (I know... cheap plug :p)
USED/NEW HARDWARE: Anyways, back to the build. I purchased a good majority of my hardware used, and I'm happy to say I did so, as I've provided myself with a better computing experience for my budget. The primary thing I got used was the GPU, which up to this date is still a pretty good deal on a GTX 970. I'm hoping to throw my 970 into the loop soon so I'll be updating when I do that.
WATERCOOLING: Moving into the watercooling loop, and what it holds, I got some 3/8" ID, 1/2" OD tubing from Primochill. To fit the tubing onto my components, I used some CHEAP fittings from a company called wait for it... Mechdynamic... Ooooooooo. That was probably not the best purchase, as it seemed kinda sketch, but they're working well so far. I'll update this post if my computer explodes. Moving on, for my pump, I got a MCP50X and paired it with a MCP35X as the reservoir. For the CPU block, I'll be honest I forgot, as it was some sorta generic block you can find for cheap on amazon and ebay. And as for the heart of this water cooling project, I got an XSPC EX480MM RADIATOR!!!! That is one of the main reasons I got the case that I did. Oh, and I guess I should also mention the crappy silicon tube from alpha cool that got stuck in a bend, and ripped while trying to take out :p. Still managed to finish all the necessary bends with what I had left, but it sure wasn't easy.
THE BUILDS PURPOSE: The first time I buitd a computer, I originally was building it because I wanted better frames for my games (I was gaming on a mac at the time XD). It quickly evolved into a GIGANTIC passion which I've been holding onto for over 2 years now. This build is for me a representation of that passion, and a representation of my dedication towards the PCMR. I also have used it a little as a point of advertising my skill, and since then, have sold 4 PC's. And I suppose I do use it for gaming quite a bit actually, seeing as I'm ADDICTED to this DOPE game called Dying Light (Get it!). I've used it for editing also, buuuuuuut it's not the best by any means when it comes to that.
OVERCLOCKS/TEMPERATURES: Okay, so my CPU is at 4.3 Ghz running at 64 °C Load at 1.29 volts, and the reason that the clock speeds are that low is because my motherboard is holding me back, given the fact that it was never a board intended for overclocking in the first place. Also, the temps may seem higher than should be, and the reason for that is that I have one 140mm fan ghetto rigged to my radiator, and one 120mm fan that I took from my old Spec-02. Not the most convinient cooling solution, but one that works :/... As for the GPU I've got it at it's factory overclock right now, but I've pushed it all the way to 1.5Ghz on the core. I'm not doing it right now because my GPU is missing a screw I think and it can shake the side panel enough to make a rattling noise. That's the price of used parts I suppose LOL (It works GREAT besides that, and I will fix it soon).
LIGHTING: 16.4 Ft of RGB strips in there... Enough said.
OVERALL: Overall this has been an EXTREMELY fun process, and I feel like this truly has been a personal statement that I plan to be doing this for a while. I love what I do, and I can't wait to do more fun projects similar to this. (HINT: The next project might be a small form factor computer made out of wood :3) (Also I will be taking suggestions for a better name)
- Nate of Ralleon Custom Built