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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

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 5 points

I'll be the 1 person that doesn't bash you. Great looking build man! Do what makes you happy. So long as your happy who cares right! The loop looks amazing.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

"So long as your happy who cares right!" Words to live by. Thank you! I'm glad to see you like the loop! I see you have some wicked builds yourself! ;)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes sir! I love my build. All AAA titles 1440p 144hz with over 70 fps in all games. So beautiful. I plan to upgrade to a 1080 ti in the near future and add a 3rd monitor in. Then next on the list is a full customer loop.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoa! Quite a budget you got there LOL What AAA titles do you primarily play? Only ones, I've really gotten into are BF4, Crysis 3(sorta), Alien Isolation, and Dying Light. By FAR Dying Light's been my favorite.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a huge budget :p just enjoy my high end graphics ha worth it to me. I play GTA, Rocket league (not intensive), BF1, shadows of moordoor, not really BF4 anymore, and a handful of others. I have never once had a problem with my PC. Super lucky too. Started as my first build in a NZXT phantom, then went to a cheap case (other broke) then went to the air 540. Seen an upgraded graphics card (970 to 980ti now 980ti to 1080ti) it's a never ending upgrade.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it! The never ending upgrade is my kinda path as well.

  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

No shame in spending your money on the extra watercooling. Most watercooling supplies with the exception of tubes and fluid can be reused in future builds and don't depreciate in value, like many other components. As long as you know what you're spending your money on, and you're aware that you could have gotten better components and thought through the decision, there's no problem with choosing the aesthetic side of things. I could have upgraded from a 1080 to a 1080ti, but instead I switched to a beautiful case and decked it out with watercooling, and I have no regrets.

Don't listen to these people in the comments. I'm not trying to start a flame war here, but an "enthusiast" build is what you make it. If you're a watercooling enthusiast, you're still an enthusiast. It's not always about having a computer with the best CPU, GPU or price-to-performance. And for everyone who's saying it's a waste of money to watercool a pentium... Watercooling products can be reused. He could save up money later down the line and use this EXACT setup with a 7700K, save putting in $40 for new tubes and fluid. I support this build, +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Yay! I'm glad to see that you understand the reason for this build. Thank you for putting in the effort in showing your understanding as well ;) and yes I do plan to use the rest of my watercooling parts down the line, as well as upgrade my CPU to a 7700k.

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

This is such a bizarre and unorthodox build and I love it. +1 for doing what you want

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! The trickiest part for sure was finding a way to make this look cool with only the CPU in the watercooling loop but I think I could say mission accomplished :D

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree!

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

+1, sorry for these people telling you how to build your computer. I think that any processor should have the chance to get water cooled. Great build! I love the design of that 970. I swear the older gpus look so much better than the new ones.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahaha! I love the way you put it, "sorry for these people telling you how to build your computer." Really appreciate the support, and I also LOVE my 970's design (as well as its performance).

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's a really nice looking card, just a shame they don't make them like that anymore on the 10 series gpus.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

True dat... What GPU you got?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Currently using a 970m in my laptop. Gonna probably upgrade to get a 1080ti for desktop.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

OOO... Nice! Which card you been looking at?

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Water-cooled Pentium... Plus 1 for creativity and bringing water-cooling to the low end.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, It was definitely not what I would call a decision lead by thought, rather by feelings, as money DEFINETLY could have been spent on a better CPU. Thank you for the support!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

wow! i like it! but even tho you want to be an enthusiast a cpu upgrade would`ve been the best way to go

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I know... It wasn't a tough decision for me though choosing between watercooling, and a cpu upgrade, because I was just entranced by the thought of making my build my own. Glad to see you like it ;) Thank You! (And by the way, I'd never suggest this build to anyone else)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i know. but i still think a powerful pc is better than a watercooled

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Although I have to say that small motherboard looks kinda weird in that huge case and you should definitely upgrade your parts in the future. Congratulations to your first watercooling loop. Looks really good. You definitely got passion for it. I'd say you're part of the enthusiasts now...you don't have to buy the most expensive stuff to become an enthusiast and you managed to get a pretty decent loop for rather little money Good job dude +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahahaha!!!! The motherboard is BY FAR the most out of place part in this build, and I'm definitely going to be getting an ATX Motherboard as part of my next upgrade. Thank you! (By the way I checked out your build and flipped out when I saw how gorgeous it is... 10/10)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Have fun with your build :) let the haters hate because they think watercooling is about spending money and not about passion. Thank you very much for checking out my build. Glad you like it. I got some more watercooled builds coming soon. Hope you'll check them out! Watercooling is one fun hobby :D

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build dude, i also have a g3258 build and it works great at 4.4 ghz. Planning to upgrade to a 4460 or 4690k

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I LOVE my G3258 and It doesn't hold me back in anything I do (for the most part). Dude... I checked out your build, and that's EXACTLY what I've wanted to do for a while but haven't done yet (Custom PSU shroud out of acrylic. I watched this guy on youtube called JP Modified, and when he did it, I knew I had to integrate it into my next project. Thank you!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I was just talking to my brother saying that I would like to get into custom loop water cooling..so I get it. The 970 is still a good card and you could slap in an i5 4690k... Good job, gotta enjoy building stuff.... I'd be interested in pictures with the color lights off +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh and I'd try to water cool the 970 also...why not right. Might as well. That gets hotter then your pentium

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I plan on slapping my 970 into the loop soon. Also Custom Watercooling is SO FUN! Also thanks for the input, I'll post pictures of my computer with the LED's of later today, and will update you when I do. I checked out your builds BTW and they look RADICAL DUDE! You got a home style company going or something? Thank you!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I like to build. I build for friends and coworkers for hobby and I have 3 pretty good pc's in my house. It's a passion.... Look forward to the other pics.

And don't listen to some of these people that tell you what to do with your money/build. Do what makes you happy. I have a pentium in one of my builds water cooled and love it. Probably will up it to an i5 in the near future

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a fan of LED nonsense but I really like what you've done with everything else, nice budget build and the custom loop looks excellent, you've done well with sourcing some decent used parts and from your description it sounds like you enjoyed doing it. +1

And here's a name for it - Dapper scrapper.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahahaha! Love the name, and will heavily consider it (probably will choose it). Yea I'll also be posting some pics later today without the LED's, but I just like the way they look :p probably just a phase LOL

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, I LOVE hunting for used parts... it's a big passion within a big passion XD

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Used parts is a great way to upgrade your existing platform without buying whole new parts or platform.

I used to have a i5 4430 and sold it for £100 on eBay and bought a i7 4770k for £150.

Well worth that £50 different.

Hopefully you find a i5 or i7 cpu on the cheap and you will see a huge different.

Btw nice custom loop.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Whaaaaaaat! an i7 4770k is a DANK deal! If I find it for that price in the US I'll take it. Yea I just love used hardware, hunting is soooo fun! Thank You!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

dab

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL Get outta here with dat XD

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

rawr XD

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ayy!!! I noticed we both got 970's in the same price range. DOPE! Also love that your rockin' that pentium XD.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

thx fam

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the creativity :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank You!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

It doesn't matter that you can get something better now for cheap, I think the most important thing is that you're having fun with your pc, and trying new build techniques. I for one think that this is a neat build, and wish your board was better so I could see how far you could push the Pentium (for scientific purposes). +1, and don't let haters bother you, this is an awesome build!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You! I'm sure if I had a better board I could hit 4.7 Ghz easy.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Watercooling Components $150'ish

Really? that cheap?

What parts and where did you get it?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I listed the parts in the description, and I was able to find stuff for really cheap at the time I built it. I noticed prices for the pump and reservoir shot up quite a bit since I bought them. I stuck to ebay and amazon. The fittings saved quite a bit as well.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

it looks good I hope you can show some love to that motherboard socket and upgrade your CPU, have a blast!

  • 26 months ago
  • 0 points

Not gonna lie, this pc kinda looks ridiculous. Giant case, small motherboard.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

also watercooled pentium

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Who said pentium's cant get any love.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

well i love pentium for a budget pc, but this is my first time seeing a watercooled pentium so i kinda think it's ridiculous, no harsh comment intended. sorry bro

  • 26 months ago
  • 0 points

Enthusiasts dont spend all their money on watercooling, they fit it in the budget.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

He spent about 150$ on watercooling...that's really not much...I think it fits well into his budget

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Kinda fun to see someone else who understands the watercooling market :D Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep watercooling is beautiful ^

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed!

  • 26 months ago
  • -1 points

i think its better to put your money on a new processor instead of watercooling

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. From the perspective of better performance for your dollar, a CPU upgrade would have been the way to go, but as I stated in the description, I wanted to become an enthusiast which for me, meant taking my build a step further in terms of quality production, in the area of aesthetics. However, I do plan to upgrade to Ryzen in the not to distant future. TBH though, my CPU has performed quite amazingly, and has in my experience rarely let me down.

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

But a normal consumer products combined with an enthusiasts grade products is, nonsense. Especially you want to upgrade to ryzen in a short time. Its better to buy your custom loop after you have the ryzen, because you cant reuse the loop. But its up to you, as long as you happy with it :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm VERY happy with it! I'm not saying AT ALL that this would be an appropriate build, or that it was a smart one. I guess it comes down to perspective really, as you've established that in your mind the idea of watercooling consumer CPUs (I think you meant to say lower end hardware) is nonsense, while in my mind, it was a gateway into the enthusiast community. I was just tired of having a drab looking build, and felt like it was all to simple. Thanks for the feedback! ;)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Or you can get used i5 4690K for less(delid and overclock) and later get a better monitor.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I've honestly thought about that quite a bit, but from what I've seen on the used market they've not really gone down in price for some reason sticking around the $180 range. We'll see how the upgrade path goes :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 0 points

Exactly

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Or you can let him do what he wants to do.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Guess your right. But still

  • 26 months ago
  • 0 points

He could have spent less on watercooling and more on cpu

  • 26 months ago
  • -3 points

Possibly the worst price-to-performance but there we go. I understand you want to become an enthusiast in water cooling, but if you want to do that you will need to get a platform like kaby lake that allows a good upgrade path. for example, the g3258, is quite old now, and the g4560 is the same performance as an i3 6100 for half the price (the same price as the g3258, possibly cheaper), it also allows you to upgrade to an i7 to make your water cooling loop worth while. If you were going to spend the majority of your budget on water cooling, and then you were going to upgrade soon, why didn't you get a cpu architecture that is new? Also, get an ATX motherboard if you're building in an eatx/atx case.

Also, don't use the 970, it is too old and the rx 470 is 40 % cheaper with the same performance, it would make sense if you're doing this on a budget..

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

He got the 970 for $155 Look at the price list

As for the age, it doesn't matter too much if it's been taken care of :) It's still very capable of today's games (if you get it on sale like he did^^ then it's worth it)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Yay! Another person who understands! Thank You!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah sorry, I didn't look at that. For that price it is great, I just had a friend buy a brand new 970 a week ago and I didn't want him to make the same mistake aha..

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

no worries :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like he already has this build for a few years and only made an aesthetic upgrade

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've noticed that, sorry ;)

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

What? Why do you reply to my comment? I didn't say anything? Please reply to the right comment at least

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I've found G4560's go as low as I believe it was $54 on certain retail sites. I watercooled my G3258, because I was happy with my performance, and it's been a fast CPU in all my time owning it.

As for the GPU the RX 470 is not a better performer than the GTX 970, the RX 480 would be the one to compete, and beat it. I got the GTX 970 for $155, and that would be cheaper than the RX 470, so it all worked out in the end. Thank you!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm interested in seeing your firestrike GPU score. I want to see more new 470 vs 970 comparisons. I've got a 470, so I can see how they compare.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

With OC I got 13,104 on the Graphics Score, and with non-OC I got 11,161. You?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol I'd actually have to check, I thought I could remember but I can't.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL Okay! Both are GREAT cards!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, okay I didn't realise that you already had the g3258.. Just make sure when you get a new, ryzen cpu, to get an atx motherboard to fully utilise that MASSIVE case haha..

As for the 970, sorry about that, didn't realise that you got it for that price.. the rx 570 is around the same performance as the 970 though, look at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3ptRu5ltrI

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I plan on going atx for sure! I think you previously stated 470 though not 570. ;)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, sorry about that. They're effectively the same card. Just out of interest, what do you plan to put in your next system and when do you want to upgrade?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Most definitely a CPU upgrade. I've really liked Ryzen, but I feel like with my watercooling capacity, I don't want my clocks held back by the CPU, so I might go Kaby Lake and get a 7600k. If I went Ryzen though, I would go 1600.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Sry bout that

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Please keep it polite.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I just get so mad when people tell other people what to do on something that's not theirs. Sorry if I broke anything.

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