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Project: Spartan

by sorany

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  • CPU

  • Motherboard

  • 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

    $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

    $75.56 (Purchased)EK-Furious Vardar FF5-120 (3000rpm) (x4)
  • Custom

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

    $21.68 (Purchased)EK-FC Terminal DUAL Parallel 3-Slot - Acetal
  • Custom

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

    $32.11 (Purchased)EK-Ekoolant EVO UV Lime GREEN (premix 1L) (x2)
  • Custom

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

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

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

    $39.62 (Purchased)EK-ACF Fitting 10/13mm - Nickel (x7)
  • Custom

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

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

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

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

    $13.21 (Purchased)EK-AF Pass-Through G1/4 - Nickel (x2)
  • Custom

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

    $99.90 (Purchased)Bitspower Silver Shining 90-Degree With Dual Inner G1/4" Extender (x10)
  • Custom

    $238.50 (Purchased)Bitspower G1/4" Silver Shining Enhance Multi-Link For OD 16MM (x30)
  • Custom

    $31.35 (Purchased)Bitspower G 1/4" Silver Shiny Rotary 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter (x3)
    • $6631.16

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Details

Date Published

May 15, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.19 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

In it's latest iteration, WATER COOLING!

Comments Sorted by:

Alex___ 4 points 32 months ago

Is your wallet empty yet?

Nice build, love the hard tubing!

ConnorVey 3 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

It's glass tubing too!

Alex___ 2 points 32 months ago

Oh wow, dang! Nice

Angry_Plzen 1 point 32 months ago

According to the parts list it's actually PETG, depending on the model it can be easy to work with like soft tubing, or glassy like acrylic, since its EK hd tubing, I'd say it falls into the second category

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I have glass tubing, I tried a few cuts but was worried about the weight, as it is significantly heavier.

ConnorVey 3 Builds 0 points 32 months ago

It looks like glass. And I also figured that if it was PETG, he would have bent it. Guess he just got lazy and only used fittings

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I did some bends, this is one of the changes I made because I didn't like the way the bends looked with 16mm PETG. Even with perfect bends there was obvious stress marks. That could be from my inexperience but the other issue was getting perfect 90 bends in such a tight space around the CPU. I would have had to make much longer bends in order to keep the straight 90 degree bend look and I was worried about the added stress of more tubing farther from the endpoints.

Angry_Plzen 1 point 32 months ago

Well, there is a certain, very nice, look to all those fittings, besides, you can't use a soft tube cutter with EK hd, at least from what i've heard. Besides he might've not had a heat gun

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I used one of these cutters and it worked brilliantly, I did try the scissor styled tube cutting and you definitely don't get straight cuts with those.

http://m.homedepot.com/p/Husky-Quick-Release-1-1-8-in-Mini-Tube-Cutter-80-784-111/204258906

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Emptier than you can believe, I made several changes during the build because I didn't like the way thinks were looking etc.

smitty05 2 points 32 months ago

So many beautiful builds today! Extremely impressed and jealous all at the same time

drumilpatel 2 points 32 months ago

This build needs to be featured !!!!

drumilpatel 2 points 32 months ago

Could we please have more pics which include your setup and the exterior looks of this beauty?

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Yep, I'll get some today after work.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

done

drumilpatel 1 point 32 months ago

Thank you so much!

The_FenixX 1 point 31 months ago

Could you please put some up of the interior? I really want to see how you did the inside and bottem/back bit, like how you used the soft tubing? And more of the case so I can see options? Please :3 THANKS!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

done.

I_dunno 2 points 32 months ago

Wow great build. Looks amazing!!!

The_Boom_Boy 2 points 32 months ago

<3 +1 i am not so creative today that's all you get

FPS_Spartan_Builds 2 points 32 months ago

ay Nice build. Nice to see a fellow Spartan

MarshmellowMan2 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

noice

Angry_Plzen 2 points 32 months ago

First of all, +1 for that z87, seeing older hardware is wonderful. I was going to say something about not OCing the i7, but since my first loop is going to have a 6500, with a later upgrade to a 6600k, I'm not complaining. I would like to see temps though, and great job getting a caselabs case, I've wanted one for a while now, but they're so expensive. Great job on the hard tubing!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

That I shouldn't overclock the i7 or that I haven't? I haven't done much but let the Sabertooth board auto OC - honestly just haven't had the time yet to play with it but it was previously on a Corsair AIO and overclocked to 4.5Ghz if I remember correctly.

EdInk 11 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Well planned loop. love it. Solid compnents +1

PCIntake 2 points 32 months ago

11/10, I bet if Razer saw this they'd pull their pants down in moments... Loving the tubing, clean af cable management, +1

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I mean I do use a Naga and a Tartarus, Razer if you want to sponsor something, holler ha

aricwright 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

What my PC wants to be when it grows up!

aricwright 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Cleanest build to date!

dhazrian 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

I really like this loop. Ill use it as inspiration for my current build. Working on my cooling loop as we speak. +1

yamsta 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Very cool and clean build. Do you have pictures of the back and underside?

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I do not but I can probably take a few

The_FenixX 1 point 31 months ago

sorany, what is your configuration for the Caselabs SMA8? Thanks.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

My bad man, I don't log in here this often. I will update you on some pictures inside and the rest of the questions when I get out of work tonight

The_FenixX 1 point 31 months ago

OH GOD BRO YOU ARE A LIFE SAVER! I am thinking about using part of your design, and really like this. Should I go for a 1080 though? Some of the variants are cheaper than your 980 here and have cheaper waterblocks. Thank you so much.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

If I was doing this right now, I would do a 1080 or wait for a 1080ti. I was watching people play Doom at 4K 60FPS on one 1080 and that's the sweet spot right there. I definitely have had some SLI issues with games like Fallout 4, anything Total War but then games like The Division and The Witcher 3 run flawlessly - it basically comes down to optimization and how well the developer implements the SLI profiling imo.

The_FenixX 1 point 31 months ago

Sorry to intrude but when do you think you could put up those new pics :( Also maybe look at my questions please!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Dude, I'm sorry I am doing this now.

The_FenixX 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you so much man. My budget is 2500 dollers and im trying to copy yours the best as possable. I really love your design

The_FenixX 1 point 31 months ago

Ya so my plan for this is going to be at first one gpu all doft tubing and 1 rad all for 2500 then upgrade in future. Knowing this, and my budget, would you still recomment 1080? I dont have a 4k moniter but i will get one. Also could i have desk and keyboard link? I relly like the desk, but i have one so i will tell my buddy about it. If you want to see my parts list check out gloworm base with soft tubing in my profile

Thanks!

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Alright so just looking through your parts, have you purchased any of these yet or is this a fresh build? I only ask because the Z series motherboards (ie; Z97 Sabertooth) are made to overclock K series processors (ie; 4770K, 4790K, 6600K etc.) and is more expensive generally. So that processor is not able to overclock and thus no reason for the Sabertooth, granted it would still work though. RAM is another area where I would probably downgrade because the money you are spending on the Dominator set isn't going to net you a worthwhile return on investment to spend the extra $60-70 premium Dominators cost.

That being said, if your budget is $2500 and this was me, I am going to spend my money to make the best performing machine I can right now and plan to upgrade later. That means I won't do liquid cooling for now. I would spend more money on the components rather than sacrifice quality components to get liquid cooling. This is actually exactly how I built my rig, I already had my CPU/Mobo/Ram then I purchased my 980tis, and saved money for my watercooling. It's you're wallet but for me - I wouldn't spend $80-150 on fittings for a soft tube style build only to have to turn around in 6 month to a year and spend another chunk on hardline fittings.

TLDR, either hold on water and buy a way better system like perhaps something similar to this: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sorany/saved/KZQ8TW, or stick with your setup and definitely pickup the 1080. The 1070 is a great card as well but if you want to breach 4K, 1080 is the way to go right now.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

added a picture for my config, add one 560MM Rad Side Mount (basement front side mount) or the 480MM if you only want to do 120MM fans but 140s look better imo.

http://www.caselabs-store.com/140-4-560-radiator-side-mount-single-wide-magnum-cases/

The_FenixX 1 point 31 months ago

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE THE 2nd EXTENDER FITTING (M TO M) IS USED? I know the first is used to the drain.

Also does anyone know where the 45 degree fittings are used? Very confused where he used these. I am using this as an example build in school. Thanks.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Hopefully you can see that drain now, those M to M are both used on the drain port. The doubles 45 are used below because I think they make the soft tubing easier to flow from above rather than the hard 90s, alternatively you could probably save some money and just to a single 45 fitting to achieve the same result.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Missed this version when you posted. You build some beastly machines.

Thumbs up.

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

thanks!

Logan1106 -4 points 32 months ago

This build is great don't get me wrong but with a build this high in class you should of went 32gb of ddr4 or 16gb of ddr4 but ddr3 seems kinda slow for a of like this

I_dunno 7 points 32 months ago

How could fe have used ddr4 he's on the z87 chipset...

sorany submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Well DDR4 would have meant upgrading the core platform and currently going from DDR3 to DDR4 won't offer me any real tangible increase in performance for gaming at the moment.

Also there is really no real reason for 32GB of RAM when I don't do any content creation or anything that would utilize the extra 20GB of RAM that I would likely never use.

This system has been though several iterations for about 3-4 years now - I may look at the new X99 platform this summer but even that will be just spending money to spend money.

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