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What's up! I've been wanting to do a water cooled build for many years now. I finally found enough funds and time to put one together. This is the 2nd gaming PC build I've put together. It's the 1st custom water cooling build though.
I spent around 2-3 weeks researching everything and tossing up between Skylake or X99.
Decided to go with X99.
This was due to the fact that you can run SLI at 16x for both cards, the motherboard I wanted was the Rampage V so another reason right there and because it looks boss af with 8 RAM slots.
My favourite colour is Red so I went with a Black and Red colour theme. This works super well with the ROG components as they have the red accent. Same with the corsair RAM.
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I really like the look of the 780T. The shape and the size is just right for what I wanted to achieve. Black with Red, too easy!
The ASUS Rampage V Republic of Gamers pretty much speaks for itself. It's an epic mobo.
Read some reviews about which 2011-3 cpu to get for gaming. I chose the 5930K for the higher clock speed. Plus it was much cheaper. Only 6 cores but hey.. 6 is heaps!
I chose this RAM partly due to looks and cost. It's only 2800 but it's enough for what I need. 64GB is the max this mobo can take and it looks sick with the colour theme.
1000W EVGA SuperNOVA 80+ Gold. This is more than enough to run the machine and the 2 cards at full load. It pulls around 600-700W at full load.
Dual ASUS Strix 980ti OC editions. The Strix range is my pick at the moment. They have mastered a full automated manufacturing process which makes them extremely efficient power and temperature wise. These can run pretty much anything at Max, Ultra, Epic settings.
Being my first water cooled build I went all out on the EKWB website. I got the monoblock for the Rampage V and the 980ti's. 2x 360 Radiators each with 3x 120 fans on. 1x 140 fan for the rear of the case just to expel any excess heat. Soft tubing (for now), a bunch of fittings, pastel red coolant. The pump I got is the Dual D5 PWM so it has 2 pumps in series. This gives a bit of protection if one was to fail. The loop is all in series going Res - Pump - Rad 1 - Rad 2 - Monoblock - GPU - GPU - Res. I read up on this and it doesn't really matter what order, parallel or series your loop is, the results are much the same. Maybe 1-2 degree difference. So I just plummed it the way it looks good. The next thing i want to do it use hard tube and get some super nice bends and lines going.
The Samsung 950 PRO M.2 SSD plugs straight into the mobo and looks really good. It's super fast as well. This has my OS (Win10 Pro 64bit) and all my programs on it. I then got a 1TB SSD for all my games. This is epic for loading times. The additional 512GB SSD's are for media and spare. No optical drive.. Who uses discs these days?