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Orange + White 760T watercooled build

by aliensbrah

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Date Published

March 3, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

21.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

34.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.01GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.5GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

38.0° C

Description

This machine is currently far more powerful than I need and I really built it for the experience as this was my first time getting into watercooling and making my own power cables.

I definitely plan on doing it for all of my future builds because I loved the experience, the performance, the temps, and the aesthetics of it all.

I made A LOT of mistakes my first time through, went through probably 20-30ft of spare tubing that I messed up bends on, countless amounts of paracord and wire from botched crimps on the connectors.

My next build I know will be so much better as all of the little things I messed up on this build I have learned from and will make my next build much easier and more detailed.

I only really play CS:GO about 95% of the time and started streaming my ESEA open matches for friends who wanted to watch.

Note: I did end up changing my loop order slightly from my original diagram. Reasons being that the bends were easier to do and it looked better with the order I ended up going with. In the grand scheme of things, the water temperature equalizes as it goes through the loop and my temps might be 1-2C higher at most, so it's really not a big factor for me.

If anyone has any questions, just let me know and I'll try to answer them all :D

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Meithen 2 Builds 10 points 38 months ago

Really nice color theme. I don't know if it bugs you, but if you wanted to paint the yellow of the psu like I did for my build, it's super easy.

The sleeving is sick, too. Great build!

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 3 points 38 months ago

Thanks :D

I actually had a guy I work with make me a custom PSU shroud using a piece of sheet metal, I painted it black with a snazzy orange 'racing stripe'. I went to put it inside the case and realized I couldn't because the bottom tube + lip of the case prevented it from actually getting inside the case, so I just opted out of putting it in for now.

Whenever I flush my loop and refill it, I'll remove that tube and put the shroud in though.

Meithen 2 Builds 4 points 38 months ago

That sounds pretty cool, can't wait to see it!

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

We were moving into a new apartment when I posted it, my office/desk was cluttered.

Figured I'd finally get everything uploaded to PCpartpicker with some proper 'battlestation' pictures.

dasyoyo16 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

oh okay, thats nice.

Gamerfanatic 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I recognize your username from BF4 >.>.... I'm playing to much... or... you are because I always see you on when I'm on! :P

Meithen 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Lol yeah, probably because I'm in the same server 99% of the time, rtr #1

gbch 7 Builds 7 points 38 months ago

Beautiful work! "This machine is currently far more powerful than I need..." is quite an understatement.

Bantha-cain 6 points 38 months ago

Really great work. LED strips to show this bad boy off anywhere in the future plans?

Awesome build!

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I am thinking about adding some LED's to show off the inside a little better, but I don't want it to look too tacky, so I'm trying to find the right way to do it.

Bantha-cain 1 point 38 months ago

Cool...get the right set up and it will be spectacular!

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 0 points 38 months ago

Too bad you didn't use led fans, with how many fans you have and if they were all led, you wouldn't need to put a LED light strip anywhere.

M3RICA_ 5 points 38 months ago

You are a wizard of cable management...

http://cdn.meme.am/instances/58184649.jpg

:P

MLGComputers 1 Build 4 points 38 months ago

$3810 to play CS:GO GG +1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

12345678 1 Build 3 points 38 months ago

lol. i wish i had a pc that ran on orange juice.

confuzledandlost 38 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

This is brilliant... +1 for you sir...

Gr3yKnight 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Wow...all I can say that is a beautiful machine.

kirkjohnson 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Man, this is really cool. Much respect!

Tfarcraw_III 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

It's... beautiful. I absolutely love this build, the colours work so excellently together. It's so nice and clean. I love how you actually planned it out before building the computer. Solid part choices as well.

Nice build. +1

vekspec 3 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Damn that's a glorious build!

JoshKuslock 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

whats the mousepad?

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

The one I was originally using was the Ripper XXL mouse pad: http://www.amazon.com/XTracPads-Ripper-XXL-Desktop-Gaming/dp/B000HTDBWI

I ended up also ordering a Glorious XXL Extended mouse pad: http://www.pcgamingrace.com/collections/extended-mouse-mats/products/glorious-xxl-gaming-mouse-mat-black

The first one glides a little better, but the edging is rather poor imo. I like the second one because it just feels more solidly made. They're both the same size though, 36" x 18".

JoshKuslock 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

ok thanks, i most likely will be purchasing the second one

ModernSkater 2 points 38 months ago

How did you learn to do this? I love it so much, I want to try doing something similar!

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I learned a lot of it from the reddit buildapc IRC channel. A lot of helpful guys in there.

I originally went in trying to find out the best video card to recommend to a friend, and I ended up buying one for myself as well. I saw a few of their insane builds get posted and I wanted to try it out.

I started asking them questions, what to order, how to do it, good tutorials and then just gave it a whirl.

I now try to pass on the little knowledge I have when people need help because if it wasn't for other helpful people, I wouldn't have known where to start.

Neofite 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

very nice work! Looks great!

MajorDizaster 2 points 38 months ago

Not a big orange color fan at all, but you made it look pretty cool. I could totally imagine how slick that would look in a steampunk themed case.

JAR1337 5 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

+1 awesome build, just one question. Why did you go from the gpu's to the cpu in your loop instead of to the radiator then to the cpu like you had in your plan, wouldn't that make more sense?

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

I would get slightly better temperatures if I went from the GPU's to the radiator to the CPU, like I did in my diagram, about 1C cooler, which is negligible imo. The tube routing was easier and more aesthetic the way I did it, so I opted to go from the GPU's to the CPU instead.

Duck7713 2 points 38 months ago

Beautfiul Build! Just add some White Leds in my opinion +1

petertheking23 2 points 38 months ago

thats sick

angerz 6 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Looks utterly amazeballs! +1!

Masaki_of_Siel 2 points 38 months ago

I love it. It's awesome.

MRE_Teck 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

That beautiful Orange build with custom cooling that ivealways wanted to see

Sacrimone 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Oooh, it's not often that I see a nice orange build.
Very clean, and very fast. I question your choice of Windows 8.1 with all those SSDs, but I'll let it slide.
I honestly think that you do not need a custom loop for what you're running. An AIO cooler would have done the job for your CPU and NVIDIA GPUs generally don't hit super high temperatures anyways. Furthermore, you're only playing CS:GO...

I like the chassis though. :)

Cheers!

milesknight 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

they do get pretty toasty using the reference cooler.

Sacrimone 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Not when you're playing CS:GO at 1080p. :P

coolguy562 2 Builds 3 points 38 months ago

There is never a reason why you have to do a custom loop, yes an aio would be fine, you can even put aios on gpus. However people do custom loops because they can, because it looks amazing, and truth be told you actually do get lower temps than aios.

Sacrimone 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Not true. If you're running 4 overclocked r9 290x cards, using a dual-CPU motherboard, or anything of the like, a custom loop would be almost necessary.

But yes, they do generally run at lower temperatures than AIO coolers.

coolguy562 2 Builds 3 points 38 months ago

Ok, but come on I'm not including extreme situations. Cause lets be honest how many people actually fit that criteria. (Granted there probably are some). It would also be extremely hard to fit a loop into that.

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Yep, I more or less did this entire build because I could and I wanted to, I definitely didn't need any of it. I had a lot of fun building it and in my opinion it turned out great for my first time doing liquid cooling, first time with acrylic tubing, and first time making and sleeving my own cables.

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I'll be honest, I'm not too familiar with newer BIOS features but when setting up my RAID in the BIOS, I was able to select that I was using Windows 8, and when I boot my PC it appears as if Windows 8 is booting at the same time that my BIOS is loading, so my boot-up times are insane.

As for the custom loop and all the rad space, I definitely didn't need to do it, but I wanted to do it. I only have a 1080p monitor and play older less graphically intense games, but I had the money and I wanted to venture into custom cables and cooling and I'm so glad I did, though it's addicting now, I want nothing more than to build another!

As well, my next build I'm going to go even more overboard haha.

EpiclyEpicEthan1 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

+1! I do love me some orange.

MrFlamingNinjaGuy 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

How was building in the 760t?

How is the ducky keyboard?

I love this build! The orange theme is nice and not seen a lot. Usually there is just red and black haha.

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I hadn't used a mechanical keyboard before and I was fine using random Razer and Steelseries keyboards, but I love the Ducky.

Of course I buy the Shine 3 and the Shine 4 comes out a little while later and I like the appearance of that one much more.

The 760T was pretty easy to work with, though the 750D appears to be slightly more spacious but they should be pretty similar. Looking back I wish I would have spent a few hundred extra on a bigger caselabs case, but I've got that planned for my next build heh.

And yeah, I didn't want red/black or blue/black as that's the standard. Originally I wanted green/white/black but they stopped making the G1 Sniper boards in green at Z87 and I wanted to go Z97, so I went with the next best imo, Orange.

JustAnotherGamer 1 point 38 months ago

Wow, been a while since I've seen an orange build around here. Or a 780 build for that matter...

Shashwat 1 point 38 months ago

+1for fanta!

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

fanta fanta know you wanta!!!

coolguy562 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm not a water cooling expert by any means, I've never actually done it but I have seen many water cooled builds; is it required that there is 2 tubes going between the cards? Wouldn't it go in one side of the card (bottom right for instance) then out on the top left into the second card and out of the second card from the top right? I've only seen the 2 tubes between the cards in when they are in a parallel config. Again please correct me if I'm wrong, I probably am. But the build does look beautiful.

manirelli staff 8 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Generally speaking you can run in series or parallel and the performance difference is minimal.

coolguy562 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Ya, it's all a matter of aesthetics. I'm just haven't seen it with 2 tubes in the middle and one coming out the top and the other out the bottom, I'm used to loops that have the two tubes in the middle looking somewhat like jayztwocents' skunkworks, or with a tube coming out of the bottom and top only having one tube in between like this. Hopefully that made sense.

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Oddly enough, I'm far from a watercooling expert as well. As manirelli said, the difference between parallel and series is minimal. I believe there will be a difference between pressure and flow depending on parallel/series, but temperatures should be generally the same, maybe 1C different.

I preferred the looks of the two tubes, especially with the rigid/acryling tubing I was doing.

And thank you.

coolguy562 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Ok, I knew there was very minimal difference in temps I just haven't seen loops with 2 tubes between the cards and one coming out the top and one out the bottom. It does look good and the way you have your loop set up if the both tubes that go in and out of the cards were either both on the top of both on the bottom it wouldn't be very efficient.

stnz 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Hi fellow ESEA user :) Good build !

AlexisGarcon 1 point 38 months ago

Love the case. Love the cables. Love the loop. Love the color. This is one of the most amazing pc's i've seen in a while! Congrats! Question: Why so many radiators tough? With that many fan, is the build noisy? I'm inexperienced in watercooling.

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

The 120mm radiator I have on the bottom was definitely not needed, but I wanted to go all out somewhat, so I decided to fit it in there.

As for the noise, because I'm watercooling I'm able to run my fans at very low speeds while still keeping the components very cool, making the build incredibly quiet.

And thanks a lot!

Veizin 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

-1 There's no rad on the rear exhaust.

J/k of course. This thing looks awesome. It looks brilliant. Well done.

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

You know, I was thinking about doing a 140mm rad in the rear, but I wanted everything to match and they didn't make a EK slim PE140 rad, and it would have made tube routing a little more difficult putting a rad back there.

Thanks!

kaito1410 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Is it me or is your top fans intaking warm air? Although performance would be similar, but it would make more sense to use front and bottom as intake and top and back as exhaust. Though, this may create a negative air pressure since you have more fans exhausting.

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

My bottom, front, and rear fans are intakes bringing cool air in. My top fans are exhaust. I tried to keep pressure right about equal and with the radiators, the difference in orientation is negligible.

I always prefer to keep top as exhaust for the simplicity of hot air rises, and appearance.

kaito1410 4 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

That makes perfect sense since your rear intake and front into do not blow at each other because of the positions. This thing is just too darn beautiful to mess up the airflow, glad the airflow is well thought out

ivan_lazarov 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Very clean tube bending and nice build! I am going to have a similar watercooling weekend as :)

kylclrk 1 point 38 months ago

Oh man...you really need to do something about that desk. Making me claustrophobic!

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Haha, what do you mean? Too empty?

kylclrk 1 point 38 months ago

I just meant that it's a small desk. I like to be able to spread out, hahaha. There's really nothing wrong with your desk, it's really just personal preference. =)

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Haha, I think it's a rather large desk, bigger than most peoples. Maybe it's just the pictures/angles that don't do it justice.

It's 64" long by 32" deep

kylclrk 1 point 38 months ago

You're right, that's definitely larger than it appears. My desk is an L shape, with each section being 59" by 30." So, your desk is a little bigger than one side of mine, which is definitely a lot bigger than I was originally thinking. =)

kutless7 1 point 38 months ago

How did you get the tubes to keep the bend in them?

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 3 points 38 months ago

The tubes are acrylic, or plexiglass, so they're a solid/hard tube. If you heat up the material, it will become bendable and you can move it into the shape you want, and then once you remove the heat, it will cool down and harden again.

vroom34 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Fantastic looking build. You did great with the bends! I wouldn't have run hot water through the CPU though, but unless you took before and after like you said it would be hard to measure the difference. +1 and I hope to see more custom loops on here!

le_am 1 point 38 months ago

that is suuuuuuuuuuupeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrr sexy, he knows what hes doing

buckeyefan63 1 point 38 months ago

Awesome build, would have looked better in a Corsair Obsidian though.

zacR 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Temps?

senshi 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Wow. +9000

Renny_YT 1 point 38 months ago

Linus Tech Tips colors? :D

Pcrusen 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Great choice of parts. Especially PSU, it's soooo quiet. I freaking loooove the 760T, it's one of my favorite cases. You should get some laser work done to the case! Love the build!+1

killamar5 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

JayzTwoCents would be proud (lol).

cameron_155 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

But where is the ESEA Link at though!

mariothetec 1 point 38 months ago

Have you figured out a way to bleed the system when its time for maintenance?

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

It's hard to see because the pictures aren't the best but if you look in this picture:

http://cdn.pcpartpicker.com/static/forever/images/userbuild/141080.68c3e1d4d989be2b125133fdae270032.8bf099b5d30333e7e84065fe1b3c06af.1600.jpg

In the bottom right coming off of my 120mm radiator you can see I have a T fitting and there's a valve fitting on that with a cap.

I can connect a fitting/tube to the valve, open up the valve, and rain it pretty easily from there.

mariothetec 1 point 38 months ago

Good becuase some people take into account that they don't have a way to bleed the system so when its time its really hard to drain.

Johnston12 1 point 38 months ago

I love the schematics for the water cooling. You did a good job with the intake and outtake.

let_me_feel_u 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

what a sexxy build +1

matcontra 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Way cool

BrofessorX 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

+1 Love the way the Pastel coolant makes all the orange pop in the case.

nysniper315 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

this is the first comment I have ever made on here, but you did such an amazing job on that I have to leave a comment, in my opinion this is one of the best builds I have seen. I can really appreciate the craftsmanship as I am an hvac tech and have to bend copper and conduit in a similar manner so this build stands out to me. Great Job on the build!!!

lastreflex 1 point 38 months ago

How did you get the 780 for only 300?

asleader12 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Sick build man, I just want to know what do u think about the performance of the RAM you have, I bought the same exact Ram for my build(Still waiting for the parts) and would like to know what you think about the performance ?

Luxpin_ 1 point 38 months ago

To be honest i'm not sure why so many people still go with the 780 as the 970 is better for the price and has more VRAM. Great build just the GPU is not what I would have chosen but the pipes on the watercooling is gorgeous

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I would have gone with 970's or even 980's if I were to do this build today, but I started this build probably close to a year ago and bought the GPU's when they were on sale.

So when I bought the GPU's they were regularly priced at like ~$450 and I got them on sale for $280 which at the time was a steal, and this was about 6-9 months prior before even the rumors of the 9xx series coming out.

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Gotta love rigid tubing! +1

thunderdan602 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Yumpin yimminy, what a good looking build.

cyeborgkitty 1 point 38 months ago

I just wanted to ask, and this may be a silly question, but how did you go about getting such nice curves in your tubing? most tubing I see is just kind of whatever shape comes natural, I really love the uniform shape to yours.

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

The majority of watercooling builds just use soft/flexible tubing that will obviously just bend whichever way gravity makes it bend.

What's becoming more and more common, though it's much more difficult to do and is what I chose to do, is use rigid/acrylic tubing. Acrylic tubing is the same thing as plexiglass, so it's a solid tube that doesn't bend or give at all.

Using a heatgun I can heat up the tubing which will soften it up and allow it to bend freely, once the heat is removed from the tubing it hardens again.

The other thing when doing this is you need to have a silicone insert to put inside the tube, otherwise when you heat it up the tube would collapse on itself.

Here's a short video of someone doing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHpreTceVpw

cyeborgkitty 1 point 38 months ago

sweet thank you so much :)

Gummy 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I hope you are planning on going to QuakeCon 2015 to demo your build. Last year some dude placed in the top 3 BYOC competition with a similar build that was nuclear green.

IAmDovakiin 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Tennessee! Tennessee! I was born here and raised here, and I'll make my grave here, its home. Tennessee.

Zeroxdude0 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Badass build!!! I have the same case =). If only your camera was better even so beautiful pc.

Qbuo 1 point 37 months ago

What was the total cost of watercooling? I've been thinking about hard-pipe watercooling my pc, but I've never done it before.

Rufious 1 point 36 months ago

Haven't put a PC together myself, just admiring your build. If I am reading your water cooling schematics right, it looks to me as though all your radiators are fitted on the air intakes? Surely all the heat generated from your CPU and GPU's goes to the radiators to cool, and you are blowing all that hot air back into your case? Can't see how that can cool efficiently, and picking I must have it wrong or missing something?

Skaterpunkevan 1 point 36 months ago

Very Nice! Not a fan of orange, but you didn't go crazy with too much orange. Good work!

DTF1129 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hey I have this same case/gpu/cpu and I'm planning on water cooling the whole thang. Does it support a 360 natively up on top. How did you do it?

aliensbrah submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Sorry I don't log into PCPP and just saw this message.

Yes the 760t case supports a 360mm radiator up top natively as well as a 240/280 up front.

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

+1 for epic build and Ikea LOL

Corndwg01 1 point 34 months ago

I'm a noob when it comes to the watercooling stuff and am in my early research stages. Can you tell me what that "extra" PE120 radiator is for? It doesn't seem like its even hooked up.

stoneylarue 1 point 33 months ago

Sweet build +1! Quick question, where did you get your desk??

T_Fouts 1 point 32 months ago

Really nice build, +1 :)

I have two questions though:

How do you like the mouse? I'm planning on getting the EC2-A which is really similar to the FK1.

How are the HyperX Cloud IIs? I'm planning on getting them for my next build.

Ninjaman12 1 point 32 months ago

The only thing that is wrong is that you didnt need that bottom radiator and fan fan to cool everything. And also could've save on hard drives

Nicko_barbeque 1 point 25 months ago

Really amazing build bro! try get your hands on a good quality camera so those pics look 10 times better! nearly made into my folder of sexiest builds but those photos! still tho, +1 from me....

Caminon 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

+69 spent $3000 to stream CS:GO

gr8 b8 m8 r8 8/8/8/8/8/8/8/8/8/8/8/8/8

W3b_C0d3r 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Awesome color theme!

WaggishCrowd80 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

you should add some whit leds

BrilliantCreeper 1 point 17 months ago

Wow, two uncommon colors! I know that white is becoming a more common color, but it's still hard to find parts in that color. 1+!

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