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Hi, I've been working on finishing this computer for about 2 months now due to random events that kept setting back my progress on it, and it is my first pcpartpicker post and first water-cooled build. I built this machine so that I can play games at 4k, edit 4k media, any programs I may want to use for school(I'm studying engineering) and all around last me a decent amount of time without needing an upgrade. A main reason is that Star Citizen finally looks like it might actually be released soon, and I want to play that game sooo badly. I also needed a computer that was small enough to be able to move around semi-frequently as I am currently in college and like to take it home for the larger breaks. Most of my parts I was able to be patient and buy for pretty decent prices.

Some of my water cooling parts may seem uncharacteristically low priced however, that is due to my aio unit that I ran the computer on until I got all my water cooling parts being defective. I had to ship it back to EK, who very kindly gave me a discount code for the cost of shipping which I then used in my order to get a discount on my parts. The shipping cost (and discount code) was ~$66, so if you want to add that into the cost of the build I guess you can. I got the predator to expand, and originally was not going to get the x99 water block(which has the low price), but with the majority of the defects in the predators being the water blocks included, and some people saying the x99 block lowered temperatures for my cpu, I decided to grab one.

I originally ran this system with the gpus on air and the EK predator aio. When I had to rma the predator I got a 212 evo and used that until I got all of my water cooling parts and my predator back. I then water-cooled the thing and finished my leak test on 1/22/16. I only had an overclock of 4.4 on the aio, but with the expanded loop I bumped it up to 4.5 without any problems so far, but the main performance boost is the gpus, while I haven't really spent the time to overclock them yet, I plan on doing so soon as that's a reason I bought them was to have cards that could oc really well. The main reason I decided to shoot my wallet with the kingpins was so I could use them as single slot cards, and with the 40 lane 5930k, still have a wifi card, with a 5820k the bottom slot on my motherboard is disabled if using an m.2 drive, but I have confirmed that it runs in x4 mode with the m.2 enabled with my 40 lane 5930k.

Building the computer was pretty nice the first time around except for installing the water block for the predator, as there wasn't included 2011-3 mounting hardware (I ordered it separately) and I had gotten all the parts in the day before and put it together, with the aio as the last to install, that part took very little time and was nice and simple. It took 3 of us 2 hours to get that damn water block on, the new predator I got came with mounting software for 2011-3 that made the process much easier(I tested it out of curiosity). Adding the 212 evo after the predator failed was comparatively a breeze. Setting up my water cooling loop was pretty straight forward, a couple fittings were a bit hard to open, but everything went ok. Bleeding the loop however, was a pain. I highly recommend adding an external res if you have the room for it so you can monitor your fluid levels, clear tubing also would have helped, but I like the look of the matte black a lot. Basically I spent a couple hours flipping the system around and filling it without being able turning the pump on until the end as the res was at the top so most of the fluid would drain and I couldn't tell easily how fast the pump might drain the res.

The one thing I'm missing is a 4k or 1440p 144 hz monitor. I just don't know what to get. I would really like a 4k monitor, but I hate display scaling with a burning passion and won't get anything under 32 inches for that, which is large and rather cumbersome in some cases, not to mention there isn't one for a decent price that seems good. I've looked at the ultra-wide predator x34 from acer, but its price is just more than I really want to pay. The acer predator might just be what I get, though I just don't know what I think about ultra-wides, and I also feel it might be a pain to move every couple of months.

Overall, I'm happy with what I have, and am very thankful for star citizen being a thing that made me switch to gaming on pcs a couple years back, and being the ultimate inspiration to build this one. As this hasn't been running for a very long time I will update this if there is anything I feel needs to be changed, probably the gpu clocks and maybe temps as I tweak those, and maybe I can get my cpu clocked a bit higher too. I would like 32 GB of ram, and I kind of want dominator platinum as it would look great I think. I also plan on making some sleeved extensions and I have ordered a nice sli bridge. Comments are appreciated.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 5 points

K|NGP|N SLI. I think I might need to change my pants! +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

HA!^

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually thinking about watercooling myself. How loud is your system all together? Also, do your parts stay col under load? Btw, great build man, you can kill 4k without lifting a finger with that machine!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, I can't hear it right now, and I'm sitting next to it. Under load my gpu hit about 56 each, and my cpu at 4.5 with 1.33v was 78, but under a gaming load the cpu doesn't really get above 60 for as much as I've currently played, which isn't much.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

CHECKLIST...

Great components : PASSED

Clean build : PASSED

Great job, whats not to love!! +1

Sorry to hear the hassle with EKWB, but at least they gave you some kind of compensation!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess it was kind of a hassle, but it was a pleasant one as far as they go, their rma process and customer support guys were great.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the case? I was thinking about getting one.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it. There's tones of options for cable management (even if I'm not the best at it), and it's incredibly roomy. The one downside, I guess, is that its larger than other matx cases, but I bought it for that reason

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the help, I don't really like the huge size, but it is my favorite case that supports a 5.25" bay.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

What mouse is that? I know it's Logitech but I can't find it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the G302 Daedalus Prime

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

ooooooooohhhhhhh aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh

Very well put together. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

R.I.P 4k

Also, R.I.P your wallet

GREAT BUILD!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Just wondering why you went with that one 45° fitting, but looks pretty sick otherwise! I'd recommend a curved 1440p ultrawide for a monitor- Monoprice has one coming out for under $500.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

There are actually 2 45° fittings, one is on the waterblock, they just made the runs I was doing marginally easier, and I thought they looked nice.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a nice build with a lot of nice parts. It's just a lot to spend on all that water cooling stuff when you are still in school. A lot of money if you add all that stuff up. I'm not saying it's wrong. If you wanted it and can afford than it's what you chose. But it's just the monitor you still also have to buy and those are expensive. So another big cost.

But your build is nice. A lot of nice part selections. It looks really nice too IMO. I'm sure you will have fun with it. That system will be real fun to game on.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not overly worried about the cost, I've been doing nothing but saving for ~5 years, and it is essentially a late graduation present to myself, seeing as I got in to a decent college with a bunch of scholarships. As I sit right now, all I did was spend money that would have gone to entertainment anyway, although over a considerably longer period in time. Plus I have things like CD's and bonds that I either made or was given in High school that pay out every month for the next 5 years or so (I didn't do much else beside work or study) in case I mess up and lose all of my scholarships or something. I went into this with a lot of knowledge as to what I was doing and the consequences, was it needed, no, but I prefer being irresponsible this way than the way some of my roommates and suite-mates are being. Thank you for the concern though, I don't mean to be rude I just thought I'd let you know I wasn't taking out a loan for this or anything (currently no loans at all :D).

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries man. I'm glad you saved and got some scholarship money too. This will be a real fun machine for you.

In some ways even though it sounds crazy I have found that right after I build a good gaming box I actually SAVE money. Because sometimes you stay home and game on your already paid for gaming box. Instead of going out 7 nights a week which is really expensive. So obviously you still go out some. But this will give you some home entertainment and will keep you at home once in a while which will actually save in a way too. So it will work out.

It will be real fun to play on that machine. It looks like real great specs there.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It's also worth noting that if you keep your equipment in good shape, you can pretty easily sell it for not too much of a loss at what you bought it for it you needed the cash. Great build man. Never though I'd like black tubing, turns out I was wrong. Only soft tubing loop I've seen that I actually really liked. Impressed to see you take every last 120mm of radiator space you could! Gonna try rigid at any point? +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

On this build, 99% certain that I won't. I just don't see it adding much to the aesthetic, it shouldn't impact performance at all, and seeing as I will have limited space and be in buildings where using a heat gun isn't necessarily allowed, I just don't want to deal with it. Plus I'd have to drain and bleed the loop again, and I really don't want that. In the future though, maybe, I like the more up-gradable aspect of soft tubing, but I won't deny that hardline looks amazing if done properly, I just think the matte black soft tubing will be the best look for this build.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build! hope you get some sick over-clocks with those water cooled kingpins!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I noticed you compared the size of your gpu to your hand in picture 3, I did the exact same thing when I got my 2 980ti Classifieds. Didn't think they were going to be that freaking big lol XD

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build :D! +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the plethora of questions, but what GPU temps were you getting on air? In idle and under load has watercooling made it quieter? What rpm are the noiseblockers running at?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't worry about it, I enjoy answering the questions. On air, my top card would hit whatever temp limit I had set (normally 91) in about 5 seconds and throttle down to ~595 mhz, the bottom one would be at the same frequency and run at 80-85 C. Plus it was Loud with the coolers ramping up to 100%, I would hear the noise over my headphones (though I do have open headphones). Watercooling has made it much quieter, under Idle I have to put my ear up to the case to hear it run, and under load its more of a faint but pleasant hum. I have the 2000 rpm noiseblockers that are pwm controlled off of a fan hub. They run quieter than the vardars in the top so I'm happy with them.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

When you first installed these graphics cards before water cooling how was performance and noise level????? Please tell me your experience because I'm about to buy two of these as well. :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The performance was not good due to thermal throttling of the top card and noise level was bearable but loud. As long as there is a sizable gap between the cards, you should be fine, as when I ran the system with just one card it performed wonderfully, I just wouldn't plan on air cooling them if you're doing a matx build, because it doesn't work well, both of my cards would throttle down to something like 595 Mhz and the top card would be at 91 C.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

OH man that thing is glorious, I love the white case! I see you got your I/O cover on (even if you cant see it with the fan in lol) I really wish I went with the EKP 240 after seeing how well it fits this case.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ridiculously great build! Great choice with the NB eLoops! Now all you need are some nice white sleeved PCIe cables... ; )

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 For NoiseBlocker Fans! Not that often that you see them being used. Overall amazing build and if I could another +1 for the only SLI 980 ti K|ngp|n build on PCPartPicker!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there! I wanted to do cooling this way with some EKWB AIO's. Could you explain how you did it with out any pumps? Amazing build by the way. I love the phanteks enthoo mini but I don't know If I wanna get that small of a mobo. So might have to go with the ATX size.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The EKWB Predator AIO that I used for my top rad has a pump and res built into it. Basically its just a pump and res combo mounted on the end of a 240 rad, when you need to save space, like I did it works great.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

So you can jump the AIO kit to the GPU's too?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure I understand the question. The AIO itself isn't truly an AIO, its a preassembled custom loop for your cpu, what I did was drain and disassemble the loop and expand it, it has ek fittings, and their zmt tubing I grabbed the waterblocks, some more fittings, extra tubing, and made my own loop out of it.. I didn't really jump the kit to the gpu's by my understanding of the word "jump", I just used the pump res and rad to make a new one. That make sense? If not I think EK's website has info on the predator aio's.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah you answered my question. You basically liquid cooled your GPU's and CPU with "AIO" kits. I was just trying to make sure there wasn't some hidden pump or reservoir in there and that it was actually just the rads.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a pump and reservoir hidden in there though. It's on the end of a radiator, but its there.

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