Built this back in February but only got round to uploading stuff now.
Update: Got a new desk
Looks nice, may I ask why you have the screen set so high though?
Also would you mind telling me how that cooler works for you, and most importantly, how quiet is it?
Thanks and enjoy your PC!
I like how this monitor is high like that because i prefer my monitor to be eye level
I have early stages akylosing spondylitis so having my screen high helps my stiff neck.
The cooler is great. The radiator is overkill for the 5820k chip at 140x280mm so there is more than enough cooling capacity. The fans that come with it are very good but I prefer Akasa Apache Blacks so used those. I run my fans at 500 rpm idle and 700rpm under max CPU load. Silent until 80 degrees. The pump is virtually silent, I can only here it when I open my case and put my ear right up to it. Under normal conditions, with the panel on, it is inaudible. The weakest point of the cooler (as with any AIO) is the heat transfer between the chip and block. The pre applied thermal paste is very good indeed -better than the noctua compound I replaced it with (doh!).
A custom loop would obviously be better.
Very sorry to hear about that, but it's good that you have your monitor set up then, rather than the other way around, where your monitor would be causing neck injury.
Thanks so much for the answer on the pump noise. I've seen many watercooled PCs in person but all of them had noise that I wouldn't be able to handle personally. The quietest ones were custom looped systems and a lot of people complain in reviews about pre-built loops.
nice cable managment
Cheers pal, cablemod cables. They sort themselves out!
Nice Build! +1
If I can ask one thing, why a 2500 dollar build, X-99, 5820k, the works... and then a GTX 970?
Perhaps he's a content creator/editor or something. Even if it wasn't at all necessary he made it look great and should be happy!
The upgrade path for his GPU is virtually unlimited if nothing else!
I need 6 cores for work. Im an aerodynamicist so use lots of CFD.
The 970 is for play. To get a better graphics card would be silly for 1080p this punches 60fps on everything. It can even handle 1440p well. Absolutely awesome card.
Right on man, enjoy your build!
Just completed my first ever build a couple months ago and it made me a big old corsair fan-boy. I LOVE that case, I have the same one. This build looks great! That looks like a hell of a machine.
Its a great case. My biggest complaint is the front fan mounting. Just seemed clumsy to have the gap. Other than that it was everything I wanted.
Any Issues with the motherboard ? I keep reading about this board having issues ?
No. Where are you reading this?
The Newegg and Amazon reviews.
If you get a faulty one just send it back. Mine's a dream
Hey there I have been trying to decide on what 140mm fans to go with for my water cooling build and randomly stumbled upon the Akasa Apache. The specs are amazing to the point that its hard to believe. I am leary because they've been on the market for a long time and I've never heard much about them. That being said...for you to kick your Corsair brand fetish in favor of the Akasa fans must say a lot to the performance of the Apaches.
Care to give any insight? I need someone to convince me one way or the other. My other option would be the Noctua Redux or EK should be releasing a 140mm fan in the near future.
They are fantastic. I have 5 of them (the 1 silverstone one is there only because it's blue and white)
I find that their low speed performance is outstanding which, lets face it, is the most important.
At higher rpms they whip up a whirlwind but theyre so good at 500rpm that you really dont need to up them.
Because the H110i GT radiator is so big, their performance makes little difference to the CPU temps from the corsair stock ones (which are also very good). If you have excess radiator capacity your fans really don't matter.
The biggest difference they make is on the front intake. The static pressure and airflow performance per rpm cannot be matched. Most companies market static pressure fans for constricted areas and airflow fans for open areas. These beauties do both so for me it's a no brainer.
The stickers on the centre look a crap but I just peeled them off and got the residue off with white spirit. Clean black fans.
Cheers pal. Wrote itself!