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Death Tower (Death to my Bank Account)

by rickz_sanchez_c137



Date Published

Nov. 11, 2018

Date Built

Oct. 1, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C


So, the parts list does not list all of the custom water cooling parts, so I will list those out here. 2x Thermaltake D5 pump/res combos, 2x EKWB 560mm radiators, 11x Noctua 140mm 3000 RPM PWM fans with the radiator mounted fans on a 8 fan Thermaltake controller. EVGA Hydro Copper water blocks for GTX 1080 ti x2 in SLI and EKWB monoblock for Rampage VI Extreme. Thermaltake PETG hard line tubing, misc. fittings including EKWB and Thermaltake fittings (approximately $2000k in water cooling parts). I also have 2x Asus addressable RGB LED strips mounted in the case. I started this build in March, which was the worst time ever to start a computer build, in terms of pricing on parts. I at least waited to buy the GPUs.

Also, I would like to note that my CPU has been delidded and liquid metal applied. I also have used Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut thermal paste on the GPU, and on top of IHS for CPU. I also used those awesome CableMod Pro sleeved cables for the EVGA 1600 W PSU!

You can see in one photo that I also fabricated up an aluminum plate (below the motherboard tray) in order to route the ATX/VGA power cables and I installed pass through bulkhead fittings in the plate. I also installed bulkhead fittings in the center console in order to have a clean looking pass through without ugly grommets.

I installed a small 7" HD screen in the tower to keep an eye out on thermals and frequency (I purchase on Amazon for around $75 but had to buy right angle micro usb for power and a right angle micro HDMI to HDMI cable). Also works well for when I push her into living room for some VR gaming, so I have a little screen to open the applications and get Steam running (sure beats hooking up a monitor and sitting it on top of the case).

Don't think you can reproduce this build for the price in the parts list. This would cost you more along the lines of $10k.

But it wasn't all fun and games. The first Asus X299 Rampage VI Extreme board was defective. It would absolutely freeze up randomly, including in BIOS. I bought a EVGA X299 Dark to verify it was that. Also, one of the two EVGA Hydro Copper water blocks shorted as soon as I booted the system after installing water cooling system. I freaked out because it went up in a poof of blue smoke. The RMA process went well for both, sort of. The Asus RMA was fine. Got a new board. But EVGA sent me a beat up used water block, which sucks because it is such a cheap item, and I have spent a lot of money with them. This was my first water cooling build, and first time for hard line tubing. I think it came out looking good. It took me like three weeks to get the tubing done right. She is a beast now. I want to upgrade to (2x) RTX 2080 ti with water blocks, but they are really not available yet at a decent price.

Feel free to comment or ask any questions.

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johnnypham_ 2 Builds 4 points 3 months ago

this deserves a feature.

blockbuster4664 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Bruh u have a mf screen IN ur case

rickz_sanchez_c137 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago


WPK_Tater 1 point 3 months ago

Wow.... I’m stunned

PCforever0325 1 point 3 months ago

holy moly.... How were you able to afford this???

rickz_sanchez_c137 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I spent all my spare coin on parts for like six months. Plus some savings. I could have saved at least $1000 if I was building it now, with the prices of PSU and SSD coming down. But, that always happens with computer parts. Oh yeah, I am single and don't have kids.....so that makes it a little easier.

mverolme 1 point 3 months ago


rocketracer111 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago


JimmyJimmy 1 point 3 months ago

how did you get the monitor mounted inside the case?

rickz_sanchez_c137 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

If you look at the Tower 900 case, it has a center console for installing two 3.5" HDD. I pulled out the HDD trays, and placed the screen on the console with a couple of strips of double sided mounting tape. It is solid, and looks great. Kind of mounted at an angle and not truly vertical. I used 90 degree angle cables for the usb power and the micro HDMI cables for a clean look.

mrszczypior 1 point 3 months ago

Holy damn! This is INSANE! Future proof for like 5 to 7 years easly! And i thought 13,5k PLN was too much in my build, lmao

Bmagri 1 point 2 months ago

What did all the water cooling components cost alone?

rickz_sanchez_c137 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

About $1200, or $1450 if you include 140mm Noctua 3000 RPM PWM fans (x8), but I bought EKWB and Thermaltake fittings. I am doing another build with 2x 2080TI and I just ordered a crap load of Barrow fittings/CPU waterblock all for $200 directly from China via AliExpress. I could have saved a bundle if I would have got all the fittings from AliExpress directly, and not paid $10 per fitting. I am excited to see how cheap I can do my next build for cheap, but with good parts (Bitspower/Barrow)

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