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This build will be so expensive I have to do it a piece at a time but I figured I would show what I have so far and see what everyone thinks. Sorry I don't have much done so far and I have changed my mind several times in the process. I keep finding ways to Make it more complicated but I think it will be worth it in the end. I added some early pics so you can see how far it's come and see some of the fails and different ideas I played with. It's amazing what you can do with a Dremel, some Acrylic and lots of time. I included all the updates in the comments as I go.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice, but you have the wrong motherboard listed in your parts. The one in your pictures looks like this one: http://pcpartpicker.com/product/9YH48d/msi-motherboard-z170axpowergamingtitaniumedition

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the Z170A but intend to upgrade to the z270 when it comes on sale.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

You realize you will have to rebuy Windows right?

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Not necessarily, I swapped motherboards with no problem at all

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you buy the OEM version?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

No

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't activated the key yet.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

That works.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Update. All the hard drives are purchased and installed. I hooked up a gtx 1050 ti temporarily to test a few things (I am going to use it for a different build.). I decided to switch from petg to chrome copper and will update when I get it installed. I gave up trying to get the msi 1070 quick silvers and decided to switch to the new msi 1070 ti titanium. Hopefully these won't sell out in 2 days lol.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

H.E.A.V.E.N.L.Y!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

daaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn! 1+! nice build!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving it! Where did you get that custom MSI fan from?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Kaby lake cpus are the most powerful single cores out there, and 1070s are much better value than 1080s and titans. +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

And I hate when people reply to their own comments, but I just had to ask you to keep us updated. I'm just waiting for zen and vega to make a build very similar to yours, because prices will be better and zen is gonna be frikkin' Sweet!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

We HOPE Zen will be sweet and that it will make prices go down. I'm ready for a new build myself and that's what I'm waiting for as well.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait, isnt this your new build? Are you gonna have two expensive pcs?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice +1

Just wondering where u bought the msi logo cut out

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Ebay

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Some updates... I cut out the stock black dust screen and replaced it with an aluminium one.

I painted and installed the new msi fan grill (they overlap a bit but no big deal).

I painted and installed the nzxt usb hub and hue + and ran all the led strips.

Hopefully next week will be the power supply so I can hard mount all my cables.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

awsome!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Well it's clear that you hate MSI and their products.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I don't really care.. They are the only company that has matching silver products so I figured I would run with it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Update: So I figured, in for a penny in for a pound type of thing and went with custom cooling instead. I bought a aquacomputer Airplex Radical radiator for the silver theme, barrow 270mm glass reservoir and some bits and pieces. I decided on the corsair rm850i instead for the software integration and the sale on ncix. And I have begun the custom Acrylic work (be patient it's my first time). And I got the corsair metallic graphite cables because why not. I still have about 10 items in the mail.. Will have another update soon.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, and I swapped out my corsair magnetic levitation 140s with the ek vardar predator 120mm kit since I have a 360mm radiator now. I have an ek vardar 140mm on back order for the rear as well.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Update: Finished my first custom Acrylic front plate... Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

None of the above. I used clear Acrylic and cut the dragon pattern into the protective film on the underside. Then removed the extra film and painted the entire underside black. When paint was dry I removed the protective film dragon. So the dragon isn't silver, it's clear and shows off the original silver paint of the case. Did I explain that ok?

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Bingo! That way it keeps the mirror finish on the whole thing.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Update : installed the cpu block and installed the first draft of the bulkhead (I will have to make some adjustments) and my first set of fittings are installed. Still have about 25 items in the mail. Now I just need to convince msi to donate a couple of those quick silver 1070s.. Wink wink, nudge nudge lol

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Update : all the cutting is done.. All the panels are made. I got the first of 3 temp lcd displays and I bent and installed some petg tubes.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Update: pump is installed and cooling loop is complete. Will leak test this weekend. Second lcd temp display installed.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope you were able to get your hands on two gtx 1070 quicksilvers. They seemed to have stopped producing them and can not buy them any where. I was lucky enough to get mine in April on an impulse buy that I swore that I was going to regret because my 1060 was only about 6 months old at the time. No regrets.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I know.. This might prove to be difficult. There are a couple on ebay right now but the import charges are too high. And I don't have the money right now anyways. I will just keep looking and saving and wait for the right deal. I already have a good gaming pc so Im in no hurry really. Since I don't have the processor yet and my motherboard is used I will likely switch over to ryzen for the extra pcie lanes and worry about the graphics cards later.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Well with the ethereum coin mining going on it would be next to impossible to get a quicksilver gpu without murdering your wallet. It's starting to look like the mining might soon come to a close with the price of the coin steadily dropping, so if you keep your ear to the ground you might being able to pick up a couple of your gpu's for cheap when the market floods with the miners selling off their gpu's. Also I have to say if you're wanting more PCIE lanes, ryzen is the way to go. Though I assume it's for more purposes than just gaming?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I expect to get a better deal down the line on the graphics cards, I still have plenty to do until then. I was going to get the 7700k but the sli setup would use all pcie lanes and the m. 2 drive would run through the chipset and basically run at sata speeds. By switching to ryzen I can get the m.2 to run at full speed through the cpu. I will mostly be doing gaming but right now I only have a 1080p 30hertz TV anyways so this whole pc is overkill anyway. I'm just doing it for the art of it and to see if I can lol

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I can relate to building for the art. I built my first PC less than a year ago (though the parts weren't too up to date, but still good) and I've just been looking at it wondering what I could do differently and even trying to build my new one to match a specific theme. Though the amount of work and effort put into it is nothing compared to what you've done so far. I really am impressed with the amount of work and effort you did, all I've done so far is paint my case and that didn't not come out too well (still learning as I go).

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the compliments. I'm still learning too. I'm building this pc paycheck to paycheck when I can because it's way outside my financial situation. . The benefit to have more time than money is that it allows for a lot of experimentation. If I don't like it I will try something else later. I have put in well over 100 hours in experimenting with different ideas until I find something I like. I like the hobby so what the hell right. I have some updated pictures but I want to wait until I get a few more parts this week. Just be patient and try different things and it will eventually come together. Thanks again for the kind words.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Update: the final temp display is installed. The leak test is complete. I cat afford the 2 1tb ssds I want right now so I got 2 1tb wd blacks 2.5 inch to buy me some time, I will upgrade later. Besides, the klevv urbane ssds I want aren't for sale anywhere (unless you're Linus tech tips). I'm currently working on some cable management ideas and changes to the front panel. I will update when completed.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Update : so I needed to do some testing on components before the warranty expires so I harvested parts from my black widow build to get it up and running. So it is a functioning system temporarily. But it has my z97s krait edition and a 4790k and Kingston 32gb of ram and Samsung ssds and such. It will do for now. I accidentally damaged my gtx 780 removing the heat sinks from my nzxt mod... Oops. I had an old gtx 560 floating around so I threw it in for now. The good news is I got the PrimoChill True Infused teal coolant and no leaks. All the fans and fan hubs work. All the lighting works. All the temp sensors work. And the cpu hasn't passed 40 degrees Celsius. I might make a computer out of this yet.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

How´s the graphics card working out for you? Slick build by the way!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The gtx 1050 ti is actually for another build. I installed it temporarily until I can afford the new msi 1070 ti titanium. It worked good last time I used it. It's not up and running at the moment.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

That’s funny, Im working on parting out a similar build. Good job man, looks awesome.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliment

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Update. I swapped the tubes out with chrome and bought the processor on a crazy black Friday sale. All that's left is the ram and the graphics cards.. Yay!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Update. I installed a fill port and Acrylic panels on the top and back and added another ek vardar 140mm fan. I think this will be the final design. I'm currently looking into getting the dragon design laser cut into the case panels to add more ventilation because I know this case has a bad reputation for ventilation with the 1800x.im also looking in to getting a custom panel made for the rear, there is someone on aliexpress.com that makes cool custom ones for cheap.. Maybe after Christmas. I still have some odds and ends in the mail and will update when I have something to show.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Sooooo coool !!! Purfection !!! :) +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Update. So I got bored over the Christmas holiday and found these self adhesive tread plates at Canadian tire for 15 bucks and decided to experiment... What do you guys think? I still have a bunch of stuff in the mail including a cool new cpu block and some 45 degree fittings for the gpu. I almost have enough money for the graphics cards. The ram is going to wait until the outrageous prices settle down.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I also need to think of a better name for this rig since I'm not going to use the msi quick silver graphics cards any more.. Any ideas?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Still waiting for the "SLI" part of this advertised "SLI" build. lol

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

You and me both lol. Tax returns incoming. but it might be worth waiting for the 20 series gpus to drop.. Not sure yet.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Update... I added a second radiator. I chose the aquacomputer Airplex Radical 280mm to match the front 360.i built a custom mounting bracket for it so it wouldn't sit as low as the factory bracket. I redesigned the rear Acrylic panel yet again. I got a different cpu block and a gpu block digital accessory. I added the aquacomputer filter to the rear. I got the 16gb dominator platinum kit and this computer is officially up and running as my permanent rig.. To bad it's only rocking my temporary 1050ti. I also cut a custom design into the case panels to allow for more ventilation (although I was sad to see my custom dragons go). I see that barrow has just released a digital flow meter to match my other digital accessories.. I will give it some thought. As for the graphics cards..... Grrrrr. I'm not paying $1200 Canadian for one 1070 ti. Even if I had the money.. No friggin way.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Update. Purchased the first graphics card and water block. It's all up and running. A note on the PrimoChill vue sterling silver. After 100 hours of use I got build up in the water block on my asus 1050ti. I made sure I followed all steps PrimoChill required and still has bad luck.that could have been caused by lots off different things. It did clean up easy. I included a picture.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the one... It was cheap enough that I figured what the hell.