Description

This build has been completed for sometime now and have just now posted it here in pcpartspicker. The build got its name from my wife where the case reminded her of the Minions from, "Despicable Me." It does serve me well so I kept the name.

The original idea for this build was more for getting myself a system that I can use photoshop and lightroom without a hiccup and some occasional gaming. Boy did that run off in a tangent. I was already a system builder myself back in the pentium 4 days and have even built one with the ever so hyped "Rambus" RAM back in the good old days. After that, I basically stopped building any more PCs and just used a core 2 duo hand-me-down since 2007. So after getting myself acquainted with newer system specs and requirements, I was ready to jump on a brand new haswell build with the following specs: 16 GB of Kingston RAM, 128 Sandisk SSD, Z87 Sabertooth MB and he GTX 780 SC; this was back in 2013.

Long story short, it wasn't performing to my standards and thanks to ever exploding youtube videos on extreme hardware and water cooling setups, I have slowly upgraded to the what you see in the parts list and pictures today. Even the original cooling (Cooler Master Seidon 240) and case (Antec P280) has been changed. I am quite happy with the build now but not so much on the money and time wasted. I guess I got bitten by the PC enthusiast upgrading bug but it was so much fun. My excuse is this makes up for the time I was "stuck" with the core 2 duo PC.....

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 37 points

You know something is up when Noctua fans look good...

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 9 points

You know something is up when your cd tray comes out the back of your pc... :P

  • 45 months ago
  • 11 points

you know something is up when you have a cd rom in 2016...

  • 45 months ago
  • 5 points

You know something's up when you ask if it's "blu-ray quality".

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You know something's up when it ejects w/o a paper clip.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

When do you know when something is down though?

  • 45 months ago
  • 10 points

You know something is down when you are not pointing it up.

Logic/10 :P

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Follow the bubbles

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

hahaha

  • 45 months ago
  • 15 points

I SMEEEEEEELL A FEATURE

+1

That case is flat out beautiful. I also love the heatsinks on the SSDs!

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

No, its just my mum's cooking.

  • 45 months ago
  • 6 points

Wow ok.

Can she bake me a pie?? I need a pie right now.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh wow, it actually was a feature! Your nose is amazing! O_O

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

:):):)

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Lol, u lost your point

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

cuts off nose

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Lost the point of your nose

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

NO I DIDNT

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

That is an amazing build you get an a+ from me

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks.

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Your welcome

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  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

How in the name of **** did you get a 5960x for $400? That's the cost of a 6700K

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure what the actual price was but because I had saved a load of points and rewards on Amazon, it only showed what I paid cash for it when I went back in to check my order history.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

i was wondering the EXACT same thing.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for epic b-roll, +1 for case, +1 for EVERYTHING!!!!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Puts cake in fridge

(No lies)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You got the 5960X…for $400. HOW!!!!???? Tell me your secrets!!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks just flat out amazing. I can definitely tell you put a lot of work into it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I did actually and there were some nights where I pissed the wifey off cause she was sleeping in the bed alone due to me spending all night installing tubing and leak testing.

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

guess it was all worth it the end?

I noticed that you had passive heatsinks on the m.2 ssd, does it get that hot?

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

It was something that I really wanted when I finally settled on this setup and have read in many places about it's heating issues. Furthermore, this case is not the greatest when it comes to cooling PCs so I bought the heatsinks when I purchased the ssd just to get it done and out of the way.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not worthy. Must look away...

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

I feel the same way when I look at what I actually end up spending because I lost some money selling the previous parts.......

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Next featured build? That's a straight out photo-shoot for the damn thing!

It looks gorgeous. +1 for me

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, this is awesome! :-)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build:) What case is that?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Jonsbo W2

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Jonsbo W2

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't been this hard in a while.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What heatsinks are those on the m.2?

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

They're actually meant for the Raspberry Pi's CPU.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That is one of the most genius things I have ever heard.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Brilliant! I'm doing the same for my build now, thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the case called?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Jonsbo W2

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Plot twist: The pictures weren't taken, they were rendered.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, thanks.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

A) Your Profile Picture changed

B) Nice, small, clean build OP +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

:O

A very clean and sweet looking build. the exterior from the first pic really seems to make it appear small, but after looking at the pix only hit me its full sized ATX board and what not. Very nice work. +1 from me.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, after building a mid tower with the haswell system, I wanted something smaller in the beginning and almost went with a micro ATX build with the Fractal Node 804. After more researching, I found this Jonsbo W2 that is only slightly bigger but can still fit the full ATX board.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy ****... Very nice build

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

First six pictures: "where is the stinking water block!" Last two pictures, "you sneaky little..."

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What case is that?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Jonsbo W2

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the 5960X for 420 dollars? Love the case, can you buy it in the US?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Points and credits thru Amazon. As for the case, thanks but unfortunately it's not available in the US. I ordered it from UK company called quietpc.com.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those heatsinks on your SSD??

a 5960X for $420?????

The Noctua fans actually kinda match the build?!?!?!

This picture quality turns me on...

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah... whats up with that price

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It's thru a lot of points and some credits that I have saved up from various credit cards and spend all them on Amazon to knock down my out of pocket cost to the $400 price point.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought that power supply said 666w. My mind was blown for a few seconds there.

Thank you for the excellent pictures. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Breathtaking rig bro. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

sees CPU drools

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet af

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

so beautiful! never heard of that case company, I am blown away by it and the rest of the build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an awesome build! Great to see a build that has gaming as a secondary priority rather than primary. I too need to do a new build to run photoshop and lightroom much faster as commercial photography is my profession. Is the 8 core processor much better for that purpose then? Does your lightroom load up instantly now? I recently switched my lightroom catalog to an old SSD and it definitely loads the images instantly but the start up is still a bit slow, taking 30 seconds or so.

Anyway absolutely gorgeous build! If I had something like this it'd make me want to put it out in the middle of my studio for clients to see!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! As far as application load times go, I would say it's about the same as the non-e haswell system I had before and was also kind of a bummer for me. But when you have both LR and PS loaded and your editing and saving the pictures between the 2 programs, there were noticeable differences in speed, especially in PS.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Fantastic photos. What case are you using?

+1

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I seem to be the opposite of a regular person, at least Noctua-fan wise. I don't think they look great here, yet everyone else does. And yet, in most builds where people say Noctua fans are ugly, I think they look beautiful.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU temps seem a bit high for custom watercooling but besides that it looks gorgeous :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Only thing is nicer looking ram, I despise ram without heatsinks

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I agree. However, when I assembled the system when DDR4 was rare, this crucial set was pretty much the only thing that made sense without selling off my 1st born......

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha makes sense

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What a fantastic case. And a job well done. Beautiful build. "Tips hat to you"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting choice of components. I love that case, by the way.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It's childish of me, but I'm just seething with jealousy over that case. So pretty!

In addition to what's been said, I'm moderately frightened by the fact that you got the cables looking that nice without sleeved extensions.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What case is that?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

the ram is ugly sorry but how much was the next step up?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The next step up was double and pretty much sold out for weeks. We're talking about very early DDR4 days when the only companies making DDR4 for consumers were Crucial, Corsair and AData. I wasn't sure about the quality of AData at the time and Corsair was crazy expensive and sold out most of the time. That left me with the boring but very reliable Crucial.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

i saw that then i realised after posting

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

not that I'm complaining but it is literally impossible for me to down-vote this build, only up arrow is shown

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicest build on here ive seen so far

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That case looks great, but where is the power button? And is that a dvd drive in the back?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The power button normally is on right side and yest the dvd drive will be positionned on the side. U placed him on the back of the motherboard tray with PSU and HDD when u don't place one on the bottom of the case

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build I'm not really a fan of this case because of the fact of the position for the optical drive and HDD Cage or no 5.25 bay but i have to admit he have little charm For the build in itself, when i look picture and ur part list i see u don't have listed the HDD and one Noctua case fan so i think u have probably forget them but i see seagate on what seem to be the SSD and found strange where he is. So i want to know if u are not afraid he can move or be disconnected with time ?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

You are right in the parts list not matching exactly what I have in the picture because I have that parts list saved for a while and the pictures were during an upgrade that I did changing the tubing from green to white. It now has the samsung SSD that's not in the picture but in the parts list. Also, that Seagate SSD is no longing in that place. As for mounting, I basically used Velcro to mount it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

i know this guy and this case and well let me tell you... they got. it. on!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know what this means exactly but sounds both intriguing and dirty, im down to see a build log though :P

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

billy madison quote

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

that veronica vaughn is one hot tomale, believe me, i know from experience

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean lines & Garish coloured parts = Beautiful, orginal looking beast!!

And oh how I do love the overkill workmanship you've put in :)

Well done, +1, gg

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I am kinda curious about your GPU though.. Just wandering why you went with the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB card? Was this a GPU and water block that you already owned? And did you actually pay $600.00 USD for a GTX 780? Sorry but for that price the better buy would have been a GTX 980 ti 6GB, or a GTX 980 4GB. But none the less this is a pretty build, and them heat sinks on the M.2s are great!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately, the 980s were not out when I purchased the 780. It was well worth it at the time back in 2013. Damn does time fly..............

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

He said in the description that he has had this build awhile and only just posted it, so perhaps the prices and GPU reflect the date of original purchase.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Your PC is a minion.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Custom water loop in something that small is dam impressive, CPU seems to get a little hot but what else can you expect from a 8 core hyperthreaded processor that's overclocked to the max

I mean 4.5 GHz?!?!?!!!

Dammmm son that's impressive! +1

Also just how clean you managed to keep it all is just wow, this whole thing is wow. Aside from the plain case colour/design but that's just personal preference.

I am very impressed Mr Wahfue

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Getting the 5960x to 4.5 was actually not the hard, but its a different story right after that.......

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Aha I see, how high did you get it stable? or was 4.5 the highest?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, 4.5 was highest I can get it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job, man!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Wouldn't you want the bottom fan as an exhaust? And you forgot to remove the sticker for your CPU block :P Very nice build though, I love that case layout.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, I purposely put the bottom fan as intake to bring in cool air for the rad. As for the sticker, I kinda like it that way.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. +1 Sorry, if someone asked this but TL;DR (through the comments). What is that on the M.2 drive? Some sort of heatsink you attached? That's not OEM, right?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, they are heatsinks and it's not OEM.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Jonsbo W2.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been a fan of this case for some time and even looked into getting one from Europe. How did you get it?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I ordered it from UK online from a company called quietpc.com.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

But can it run Crysis -.- +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a tough one.................

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

really like how u were able to squeeze a custom loop in there but what are the orange things sticking out of the m.2 drive

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Heatsinks.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Eight cores at 4.5 GHz and superb photography! +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What type of photography do you do? Looks like you have some experience with commercial product photography?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I do a little of everything, particularly kid pictures.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I do still life and flowers myself (mostly macro)...

  • 45 months ago
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What did you use to stick the heat sinks to the M.2?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

They were heatsinks meant for the Raspberry Pi's CPU and came with adhesives already attached.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow i love your build! It's really cool! I've actually never seen this case and it looks amazing

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The 780 is the only disappointment but hey, for 2013 it was a powerhouse card. If anything thats probably the only part since 2013 that needs to be upgraded in the near future.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This is certainly one of the more unique builds I've seen on here, and the pictures you took to go with it are gorgeous!! This deserves the feature it got, +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks absoltley fantastic,+2 from me ;)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you use the DVD drive at the back?

Nice build

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

It sits on top of my desk so I can easily access it if need be. Besides, I really don't use it much other than burning a blu-ray video every now and then.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That makes sense. Pretty cool!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Presenting a gorgeous build, with gorgeous pictures to compliment the real deal~ It just screams featured.. oh, wait, it's already there

  • 45 months ago
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How'd you get the 5960X so cheap?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

It's thru accumulation of points and credits from Amazon.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, +1 for that water cooling, but why the 780 and not a better GPU, considering your budget?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately, I've bought the 780 back in 2013 and it didn't make sense for me to sell it to get a better card for not that much more performance as far as what I do.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I see. When it comes to PC building its always good to save.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that case! Well done on the whole thing!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the bottom radiator needed?

As in when putting a build like this together do you (people) need to calculate minimum water volume

i.e. CPU wattage + GPU wattage = x (litre) water

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

To be honest, I don't know if the bottom rad is "needed" as in it's a must but I wanted extra heat dissipation while maintaining as much silent operation as possible.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Your case is listed in pcpp as cooltek w2 ...if you wanted to change from the custom insert

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, How did you get the 5960x for $417????

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It was thru many points and credits that I have accumulated over the years and then just used it all up on this purchase.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, awesome X99 build! :) I think this is my favorite build I've seen so far on PCPartsPicker. There so many high-performance parts and a nice custom water cooling loop, but without needless bling and glowy bits. And I just love that case.

Unfortunately, this reinforces my growing itch to one day build a custom cooling loop–and with me having never even built a system yet, lol. But I'll bite. How much does it cost to set up a custom loop as compared to the normal options? How much does it lower your temps? And just how hard is it to do?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, but I'll try to answer as best I can. To be honest, custom loop is much more expensive than the normal option, whatever normal option you're referring to (i.e. air or closed AIO). Furthermore, the benefits are minimal while the risk are exponential. I know your thinking like, what the hell? Well, in retrospect, I would do it again in a heartbeat but only because I've been building systems for so long and always wanted to have my own watercooled build. But with advances in air cooling (i.e. noctua coolers) or any of the AIO coolers, you're not really getting any better temps. Compared to air, the only advantage is that right after benchmarking, the temps come down really quickly vs air but if you get an AIO, the results are very similar. In conclusion, water cooling is very expensive and time consuming, but all the comments I get after people seeing my build is well worth the show. Hopefully that helps and good luck with your build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Furthermore, as far as getting an idea of getting into a water cooled build from scratch, I would suggest watching Jayztwocents or Linustechtips videos on youtube to get an idea on how to start.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Wow this is the next featured build. I'd bet later today its got the spotlight on it.

I can't believe I'm saying this with those coffee and creamer colored fans, but this is beautiful. Great job and congrats ahead of time on your featured build. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Thank you so much, it really means a lot to me. What really bother's me is that I've had the parts list with prices saved on here for awhile but never really figured how to "move it" to the completed builds area for people to see. Could've had it posted earlier than now when the 780 is considered "outdated."

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Shoot it's still a great card.

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

awesome little build! and I've never seen builds with noctua fans look so good! :O

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much, it means a lot to me.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Oh hi :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

;-;

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Uhh do u play Badlion, I am Chiemela fun 2 see u here lmao

  • 45 months ago
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Um, I actually don't lol, is Faizan a character from Badlion? That would be very weird because Faizan is combination of me and my best friend's names lmao

  • 45 months ago
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:o

  • 45 months ago
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-.-

  • 45 months ago
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8O

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank. You. Very. Much.