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Hey everyone! I had to jump through considerable hoops to finish this build and it was more than just time management. There is a considerable backstory to this build that I thought I would share briefly.
The Backstory This build, and some of my parts originated from my original build 5 months ago outlined here: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/cardcompchamp/builds/
I chose to build in the Inwin 904 because it looked sooo good, but I literally was banging my head against the wall trying to fit everything inside the case. You can forget about cooling performance with that case too. Somehow I managed to finish the build and everything worked, until I decided to add another 780ti. I had a brand new Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution PSU rated at 850 Watts, and 900 max, so I knew it would be close but that the worst-case scenario would be a blue screen. When I put in the other card, smoke started to come from my motherboard; not a good sign. I turned the system off immediately, but the mobo was already fried. I RMA’d that board and bought another one in the meantime, not aware that my PSU was the culprit. Fried the second motherboard too. Luckily, I just returned the day old board to Amazon and got a replacement. At this point, I decided something was up with my power supply. So I decided to get a new PSU and start with a fresh system.
I bought the Cooler Master Cosmos SE and an EVGA SuperNova 1300Watt PSU so I could comfortably handle SLI and a watercooling loop with that case. I rebuilt the entire system and my system wouldn’t post. I found out the Silverstone PSU fried my CPU as well, and after completing my final build (the one I am posting about) I learned that it fried my HDD and my Optical Drive. So at the time, I had to RMA my CPU, and then I decided I would take on an ambitious project while I waited
The Pre Build My plans for the build while I waited was to paint the entire case, and make it really nice looking, as well as add a watercooling loop. I’ve never painted before, and I spent A LOT of time researching watercooling and painting.
What had to go with the case: -the all black made it look cheap and below its potential -the obnoxious blue led’s in random places
What I ended up doing: -paint the entire case pearl white -paint the motherboard armor -hand-stitch perforated faux leather onto the handles (my favorite part of the build) -build a CPU watercooling loop -replace all power leds with purple/UV leds -make a PSU cover with acrylic -fill in non painted areas with carbon fiber vinyl
The Hardware Cooler Master Cosmos SE Asus Maximus VI Formula Intel i7 4770K (2x) EVGA GTX 780ti Superclocked 256GB Samsung EVO SSD 2TB WD HDD (Dead) Asus Combo DVD/Blu-Ray Reader/Writer Drive (Dead) 16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866Mhz Memory XSPC Dual Bay 750 Resevoir/Pump Combo XSPC Raystorm CPU Block XSPC EX240 Radiator (3x) Cooler Master Jetflo 120mm EVGA SuperNova 1300Watt Gold PSU EVGA Sleeved Cable Kit – White XSPC White Tubing
The Other Hardware (4x) Rustoleum Painter’s Touch White Primer (1x) Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Grey Primer (4x) Rustoleum All-in-one Pearl Mist (1x) Rustoleum All-in-one Carbon Mist (3x) Rustoleum Clear Coat DeWalt 1000W Heat Gun Black Carbon Fiber Vinyl Silver Carbon Fiber Vinyl Black Perforated Vinyl White Heavy-Duty Thread A TON of Sandpaper Dremel 20% Vinyl Tint
I have now overclocked to 4.4 Ghz, but I feel like I've received one of the less overclockable CPUs, as even at 4.4Ghz, I'm pushing 1.3 volts to run stable, which is abnormally high and makes me hesitant to OC further. Finally getting the SLI working is awesome; running Unigine Heaven Benchmark at Extreme in 1920x1080p yields 130fps!