Description

This build has been very difficult from the beginning due to incompatibility, RGB differences and thermals.

I had these goals in mind: 1. Minimizing cables 2. Simplicity 3. Themes and Continuity - White/black & staying within a one brand ecosystem.

These were my barriers to this build as I did not prefer to use an AIO at all - did not want to risk leakage, pump failure, and the additional cables that extrude from the pump block. See below.

  1. CPU height clearance for this case was only <155mm leaving me with only one air cooler that could prove adequate given the black/white themed build: Cryorig H7 Lumi. While the lumi would fit, I worried about thermals in a case designed for liquid cooling to begin with. The reason for not going with this was due to the GPU being mounted vertically and spewing hot air into the case. This is not ideal for this arrangement. I originally planned for the Noctua U12 with the chromax accessories to match the build. Why not the EVGA CLC 280 for continuity? Given this is an Asetek Gen5 pump and only is a maximum of 280mm at the time of writing this, it did not make much sense to choose this cooler. I went with the trusted h150i pro. Although, I do not like the Corsair logo to be centered in this build at all. sighs
  2. Vertical Mounting. This has shown to have some improvements mounting it in this fashion. I chose the Lian Li vertical mount because you can slot the graphics card further away from the side glass panel, this helping with thermals while also showing off the card.
  3. Motherboard. Difficult decision here as to chose one over the other in the z370 lineup. I went with the EVGA motherboard for continuity and simplicity of the board itself.
  4. Color. The EVGA 1080ti shroud and motherboard have a silver color. While I did not prefer this, I decided to use white plastidip to match the rest of the build. This does not void the warranty given you can remove the plastidip later, if needed.

Idea: I tried to fit fans on the bottom side of the case but the fan was too close to the floor to make it worthwhile. I only managed to fit one fan inside on the right to make it work. Oddly, you cannot have a bottom mounted air filter if you install fans there with the white rubber mounts. You could get by with small screws.

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I love white themed builds. Awesome job!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate the comment! And it matches your avatar ;)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

amazing

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) it was costly.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Please tell me where you found that graphics card for $800?? I want that exact same card so bad for a build with a white and black theme. ive got my heart set on that card but refuse to pay $1000+ for it.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I picked up the card from EVGA's website for $850. I got mine because I am an elite member though, so who knows.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

You can currently buy the ftw3 for $800, all op did was plasti-dip the shroud white to look like the white one.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

link to the site you can buy it for that price on?!?! Also do you think it would be a bad idea to wait till Black friday or Cyber monday to try and get the price even lower than $800? or would they all probably be sold out again?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

PcPartpicker has that card listed for $800 but its talking about the Newegg business site which the general public cant buy from.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh didn't realize it was for the business site, which is even sold out so i don't see why pcpp has it listed for $800. I don't think black friday will have any affect on prices, it usually doesn't and with them no longer making 1080ti's i don't see it happening saldy.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

And yes I did plastidip - which I really did not like the outcome. Since I did not remove the shroud when I did it, there ended up being fraying when I took off the painter's tape. Breaking down the FTW, from what I've seen, is a huge hassle and can damage the card/pins/cables.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Any reason you didn't remove the shroud when "painting" it? I know you mentioned a few risks but honestly from my experience it's quite easy (but iv'e never taking the ftw3 apart) to disassemble a Evga gpu. I'm asking cause i have thought about buying a used ftw3 and painting it white like your's and just wanted to know do you think if you did disassemble it would have turned out better?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

If you check out reviews and other tear downs (Gamer's Nexus did one on YT) it is actually a pain to do. The fan clips and some of the screws are placed in areas very difficult to get to as well. I may try it down the road to reapply the plastidip but for now it is passing.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking back on GN's tear down i see what you mean about all those screws, your card looks really good though and i can't even tell you painted it unless you look at the ftw logo.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought mine off ebay for 600 :) I got lucky. Your best bet is second hand at this point. 1080ti are now out of production according to gamer's nexus.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

That sucks!!! I want a the evga 1080ti so bad...but only the sc2 or ftw3 models

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

will that make the price of the evga1080ti go down or up now that theyre out of production?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hard to say. eBay is the best resource for that. My guess is that they will fall in the long term once RTX cards become the majority.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

To add: top mounting radiators proved to be worse in overall thermals. Given that the heat emitted by the GPU is far greater than the heat being emitted by the CPU. For this reason, it is almost always better to set your radiators as intake on the sides/bottom.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you get your atx and pci-e cables from cablemod? if so, which ones did you get for your vid card?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. My cables are from cablemod - purchased on amazon for about 50. Well worth the price, the cables are very high quality.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you buy any cables

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, yes they are from cablemod. Check amazon if you want them fast!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the case come with the vertical mount?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

No. Bought mine separately on amazon. I was worried since the Newegg reviews of the bracket/ribbon is poor but had no issues with mine.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I am planning to mount my gpu vertical like that too. Is it possible to mount 3 LL 120 fans below the vertical mounted gpu? That's my plan.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately not with the Lian Li Bracket but with the cooler master bracket you can since the bracket raises the GPU up higher. It would be a tight squeeze! I would check clearance when you get it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

hi there, very nice build. The vertical GPU bracket, you bought seperatly or it came with the box? thanks

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Had to purchase separately. It is the one specific to Lian Li. The cooler master bracket would work as well.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

i see, that is because your PCI slots are open frame right? in my case each PCI slot has a steel line so i have to cut those.. thanks anyway

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes this is correct. All of the PCI slot covers are just floating there. There is no steel line in between each of the slots. When you remove all of the covers it's just one big hole.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh i ser,my Corsair case has those steel things and i dont want to cut things on the case. Thanks for the Tip