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My Lian Li Water Cooled Build

by thomas_keys@hotmail.com

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Date Published

April 7, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

Description

So a few have pointed out that the SLI isn't setup right, so let me explain ... short story - the left tube is blocked internally (with silicon sealant and molten petg of all things) ... I didn't want a non-parallel look so I went through extra trouble to have the two tubes, but route the liquid correctly. Not to mention, I purchase 2 bitspower sli bridges - neither of which fit :( - so if anyone wants to buy one ... hit me up lol

This was a loooong build - I wasn't in any hurry so bought parts over time, but also the 360 rad didn't fit without enlarging the mounting holes and drilling out the rivets on the bottom of the case below it (think I have some pics of that). Also, there's no place to mount the reservoirs I chose, so I used some brackets from home depot and modified them as needed, and again drilling holes in the bottom of the case to secure them. Plus drilling the pass-through holes for bulk-head fittings for the GPU loop, which goes through to the backside of the case where the 360 rad. is. So there are 2 loops, the cpu/mb which uses the 240 rad at the top, and the GPU loop which uses the 360 rad. Plus I spent a ton of time just changing my mind about this or that, changing parts, and I don't even want to admit how many petg tubes I went through.

So here are the specs... Case: Lian-Li PC08 motherboard: asus maximus viii formula Cpu: Intel i7 7700k Memory: 32gb Corsair Dominator Platinum ddr4 3000mhz Video cards: 2 x asus gtx 1070 strix Hd1: Samsung 960 evo 250gb m.2 ssd Hd2: 2tb 7200 rpm Fans: Corsair magnetic levitation white led 120mm (x6) Liquid cooling ... XSPC d5 photon 270 pump/reservoirs (x2) XSPC ex240 dual fan radiator XSPC ex360 triple fan radiator XSPC white raystorm pro Intel cpu waterblock Bitspower gtx 1080 strix waterblock (x2) ... plus a gazzillion tubes, cables, straps, screws, bolts, drill bits, soldering iron, shrink tubing, and 4 corner braces from home Depot (the 360 radiator (behind the 3 fans) and those reservoirs weren't made to fit in this case)

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Ryfi 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

Let me get this straight... You have a double watercooled build, a 336$ case, but only 250GB of SSD...

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

It's actually a long story how that came about. Bottom line I'll probably add another ssd very soon. But regarding the m.2 drive due to where it's located, I had concerns about using one at all, it's underneath the video cards, so I have to drain that loop and go through a ton of work to change that drive. And I've already had to do that once because I was sold a bad drive. So I was nervous about investing much in that drive and I'm ok if it only has the OS and my most demanding apps and games.

blockbuster4664 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

B-E-A- UTIFUL Would do more than just +1 if I could

claudiuskt 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Great choice of case for this type of build. +1

your rig looks like a multi-storey building that you find in TRON movies

Evil_Hannibal 4 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Looks really nice! Congrats !! Sorry to say that but you probably messed up the gpu in and out. They have to be on opposite ports. In your loop water will not go through gpus properly but instead just flow straight vertically from inlet to outlet. I guess your temperatures won't be that great because of that. Water will take the path of least resistance and in your parallel configuration water will not flow into the gpu blocks but rather straight through in and out.... :( You have to move one of the two (in or outlet) to the other port on the gpu block or remove the left tube between the gpusame so you have a serial configuration

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

The left side is blocked inside the tube. Fun fact: you can do a lot of things with molten petg lol

Evil_Hannibal 4 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Lol

NastierOne 0 points 19 months ago

fun fact: you should read the part that explains that before commenting about it

Evil_Hannibal 4 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I think he added that later on

coolguy562 2 Builds -1 points 19 months ago

Not true, jayztwocents has done many videos on this check them out.

Evil_Hannibal 4 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

In his video jayztwocents addresses another parallel configuration where both inlet's and outlets are on the bottom part of the gpu but here OP has the in and out on the left side (one other the bottom and one on top) in this case it doesn't work because flow doesn't split like in jayztwocents' case. I made this error once too (gpus vertically) and I observed that the waterblocks would not fill with water entirely but the water would just go through the tubing

coolguy562 2 Builds -1 points 19 months ago

Ya, I guess but regardless, I'd think if OP was having issues with the temps he would have talked about it.

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

The left side is blocked inside the tube. Fun fact: you can do a lot of things with molten petg lol

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coolguy562 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

wow, smart.

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crookz_n_castlez 6 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Great job! I know it probably was a P.I.T.A. filling those reservoirs. They look real good in the end though but using a squeeze bottle to fill them is quite the workout!

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I didn't have a squeeze bottle, used a flexible funnel from auto zone, which may have been more of a pain because the opening at the top contains a fixture to hold that bar inside the res. So there are just small holes that the liquid has to go through and if you're not careful you can get liquid covering all the holes and there's no place for air to escape so it will just overflow. Tried to minimize this by shoving a straw in there. But basically had to tilt the case a bit and just fill it carefully and slowly.

Jared1912 2 points 19 months ago

This build is so amazing, it hurts my eyes...

milesmesser 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

I've never seen anyone do any kind of watercooling of this magnitude in this case. 2 full loops in a PC-08? +1

Techmaster123Xd 2 points 19 months ago

I'm crying of how perfect it is. GREAT JOB

jdcnawy 2 points 19 months ago

how does one fit all this into a mid tower, especially the PC-08 which ive never seen more than one smaller loop inside

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

When I got the first gpu I thought I was screwed. I didn't measure stuff out ahead of time. I thought no way can I fit the second gpu in. It was a stressful time lol

jdcnawy 1 point 19 months ago

well you made it work

uberlizard 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Ok staff- Feature this or we all sue you.

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Ha! Thanks man.

uberlizard 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

heyyy- you got the feature!

I was starting to think id have to call my lawyers.

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I'm just now finding out! been buried in tax forms smh.

rothrock42 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

So mad scientist. Love it.

Sockens 2 points 19 months ago

A E S T H E T I C S

+1

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

This build is so amazing! Dude! :)

lehmkuhj 2 points 19 months ago

This looks more like an experiment chamber for artificially creating small mammals than a computer. And that is a good thing btw. Beautiful Build. Top of the line parts. Hope you enjoy it as much as we are!

Aslayer360 2 points 19 months ago

Three Words.... It's beautiful

mcgoff360 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

very nice looking build. i really like the gatorade colored coolant you chose !!

DominicBoccella 2 points 19 months ago

Nice build love the water loop. Looks lit!

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

It literally is lit lol

Jaime.g 2 points 19 months ago

"no words can describe what I see" - mouth widens to the sight of such a beauty.

KhaozAngel 2 points 19 months ago

Awesome custom loop. Love the color, and hardline to boot. Amazing work.

ASUSTECHMKTJJ ASUS 10 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Awesome build! Kudos on the time and effort to put it all together. Additionally kudos on being a serious #TEAMROG users sporting both a motherboard and graphics card. Overall very impressive build in one of my favorite chassis. Now, you just need to get a ROG SLI bridge. Again kudos on the time and effort to do a hardline water cooled build. While I may have approached some of it differently it is an impressive system! Best of luck with it! Maybe it stable and reliable and may your clock speeds be high and your temperatures low! If you have twitter let me so I can tweet you out when I share your build.

Specter-Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Eyyy Asus joined the party

ASUSTECHMKTJJ ASUS 10 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

You Know it! When it is about the PCDIY experience I like to throw out a little something something!

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Hey thanks, appreciate the thoughtful words. I hardly ever touch my twitter but it's @thomaskeysiv. Let me know what you would have done differently, I welcome any fresh perspective.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Gosh that's pretty.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot!

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks, I just found out from the comments lol ... would have been nice to see it on the home page but I guess I missed it, still good to be recognized.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Well its a beauty. Enjoy that beast.

Specter-Builds 2 points 19 months ago

One question, why the z170 formula when the z270 is cheaper and fits better with this generation of processors?

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Was timing really, this started with a Formula VII mb and a 4790k. I wasn't worried about latest tech,it was still a huge upgrade for me and I had this plan to paint the mb armor white and do all white coolant ... but, I kinda messed that up, so I put it in another build and decided to go the next step up.

Specter-Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Alright!

Lyrix 1 point 19 months ago

DAMN! wow! this looks so amazing! 1+! WOW!

joelikespcs 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

1080 ti

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

The parallel connection for the GPU blocks isn't quite right. The heat from the card supplied first is passed to second (liquid will flow in path of least resistance first). It's appears to still be a series connections but it'll work all the same without any significant penalties. Build looks powerful but not really keen on the loop.

+1 for Lian Li. +1 for 1070SLI(monstrous)

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

The left side of the sli setup is blocked internally.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

thanks for that. nice one

Blacksm1le 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

A challenge in such a small body +1

Aphrenedge 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Sweet build, great job!

pandawarriorcom 1 point 19 months ago

Nice Feature +1

ICE ICE BABY

SwiftSeb 6 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

You should call it 'Overexposure'

XFacility 1 point 19 months ago

I shall perform sexual acts with this build xD Absolutely beautiful +rep

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I don't think I can condone that!

Specter-Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Awesome build *1 for the blue theme

Arichikurukuto 1 point 19 months ago

Very very nice build. Great color combo. I hope you're over clocking your CPU as well.

Dr4wF0ur 1 point 19 months ago

I honestly think it looks better without the lights, the frosty white is more pronounced. Sweet build!

sa_nick 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yeah I agree. The Blue lights overpower everything and drain all the contrast. When I saw the white lit shot it suddenly became way more impressive. The blue light might looks a bit better in real life though.

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

It's a toss up. I wanted a transparent white,but apparently that's not doable. So when I had to swap the m.2 drive, I changed out the white for the blue. It's actually 2 shades of blue in the different loops, but you can't really tell. The white looks better in ambient light. The blue looks better in the dark with the led's.

sa_nick 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Damn that's some nice cramming with the dual reservoirs!

I'm working on a build in the PC-O8 right now with a much less involved setup and it's taking me ages too. Had to drill new holes for my 360 rad, right in between and above the factory drilled ones. Pretty annoying but I expected it after I read everyone else's horror stories. Still worth it for the case though :D

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Send me some pics and stuff, I'd love to see what you're doing. You have my email lol (I didn't realize if I used my email for a username it would be on display, but oh well)

fynn.co 1 point 19 months ago

woah technology. This is amazing. The PC master race needs more of these.

computergeek930 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

that thing is badass!! +1

Zosto 7 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

hi there, does your SSD M.2 overheats or throttles because is all closed inside the thermal armor? awesome build

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

No ... no issues now that I got one that actually works ;)

Specter-Builds 1 point 19 months ago

This is definitely the most beautiful build I have seen. I love the color Scheme! How do you like the Xspc parts?

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Pretty solid so far, but this is my first liquid build so nothing to compare them with

Specter-Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Ahh... OK, they always seemed so "budget" that I looked away from them... now I know they work out for builders like you! Still loving that setup!

LeMMingSlayeR 22 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Simply stunning, onw of the best looking water-cooled builds I have seen in a while. Awesome.

+1

Kevo05s 6 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Looks amazing! though I'd recommend writing in your description that you blocked the left tubes between your GPUs with molten PETG... because you probably will get annoyed by more people about it, and you got me really worried until I read the other comments ;)

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Pfffft

ArtStream21 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Outstanding! Plus, in an emergency, you can you use as a heart Bi-Pass machine...

The4go10 1 point 19 months ago

:O

Rexini 1 point 19 months ago

Having just completed my first real self build I am in awe. I am particularly thrilled by the apparently automatic dust removal system shown in pic. 11. A better looking can with maybe a sparkly costume for the can though ...nice..... how's it work then?

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Ha! I'm not responsible for anything seen in the reflections lol

NastierOne 1 point 19 months ago

O_o this must have taken forever! its beautiful have my +1

SpyCracker 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Amazing build, well done

Aidanm77 1 point 16 months ago

What dye did you use?

sheaTS 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I like the blue but you got your two 1070s for more than what a 1080 FE costs. In simple words, you got your GTX 1070 for $198 more than you should have payed.

thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I liked the blue lighting so much I didn't take any pics that really show off the rgb capability. Have some greenery ;) ... https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AFxBl7zQZkxrtCzEz5QJan5qWb9rDWf0

seanbarkley 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Impressive build dude, Love it!

I have the same mobo and I’d like to know if you have had any compatibility or, most of all, temperature issue with the Samsung 960 (most of all seeing that you keep the cover on). I’m thinking about buying one and I’ve seen some temperature issues resulting in HD throttling... thanks in advance and congrats for ur piece of beauty!

Tntn13 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Nice build! Quick question though. I’m trying to find coolant like the cloudy white you have here but I can’t find any info on how to achieve that effect! Would you mind explaining how it was achieved?

ComputerGuy22 1 point 5 months ago

How many radiators do you have in it?

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thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Very carefully lol. It honestly took a lot of time to figure out how to fit them in, secure them, fit the gpus in, and route the tubing.

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thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Not to the res/pumps but I did have to kinda fabricate the brackets to hold them. Basically I bought 4 L-shaped brackets from home depot which I had to cut down and drill holes in. Then had to drill holes in the bottom of the case. You can see in like the 17th pic, the silver metal brackets on the bottom of the reservoirs. And in the 7th pic, you can just barely see them in their final position, under the GPU, trimmed, and painted black.

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WirelessCables 1 Build 4 points 19 months ago

I suspect many users have been Rick-rolled...

Sockens 2 points 19 months ago

Maximum Bamboozling

Gentleman00 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Bruh, rick rolling in 2017 xD

uberlizard 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

AHA! I suspected the rick roll and did not click

aquua 1 point 19 months ago

lol

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MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Rick-rolled. :)

1maddog22 1 point 19 months ago

Really man i actually fell for that.... That is why you are a legend though lol.

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Deefrost 1 point 19 months ago

Hmm did the blue lsd get in there

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Exstrade -1 points 19 months ago

Or the version I like:

I'm gay I would beat off a guy.

^^ sing that to the same tune.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPviAKaHAN0

Kevo05s 6 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

It sounds more like "Im in need of a guy" xD lol

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thomas_keys@hotmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate that, it was a lot of work.