Description

Started out as a humble PC for CAD work and slowly kept adding more components. It's now far beyond anything I throw at it.

CPU: Previously owned an i5-2500k OC'ed to 4.5ghz. Came across a partial build with the 4690k and bought it. Happy with the current CPU but cannot tell a big difference, performance wise, between the old Sandy Bridge. Current OC is 4.7ghz @ 1.29vcore. XMP is enabled and everything else is on auto. Advice on the OC is welcome.

Motherboard: This was also part of the partial build purchase. Other than the price, this board is a dream come true. On-board wireless and bluetooth. Integrated MOSFET liquid cooling. The armor makes the board very stiff when installing components and provides comfort when handling. Couldn't be happier.

Memory: Upgraded from Vengeance Pro to these bad boys. Aesthetically, they are a beauty. I initially wanted to keep 2 and sell the other to a friend. I'm having a hard time doing so now because they look so beautiful in the case. I know, I know.... I'll never utilize all of the RAM.

Storage: OS is on the EVO. Programs & games are on the V300. Movies, music and pictures are on the WD RED. EDIT I've picked up a 500gb EVO and migrated OS and library. The WD RED is still in use.

Graphics Cards: SLI'd EVGA 970 SSCs. Currently playing on 1080 res but plan on buying a 4k tv. Not sure whether or not I want to wait on Pascal or go 980ti route. I plan on watercooling the next gpu. EDIT The water cooled 980ti is a beauty. All of my games run at 120+ frames. I'm still on the Fallout 4 binge but this thing plays 144-145 frames all day long.

Case: Swapped the build from a Corsair 540 to their 760t. I thoroughly enjoyed the size and layout of the 540, but after extended use and time, it did not work as well as I'd hoped in it's designated spot. The 760t is a beaut in itself.

PSU: More than enough power to do what I need. Purchased this because of the modular cables and brand. I recommend to anyone, buy a modular PSU. Even if it's a semi-modular, do it. You will not be disappointed when it comes time to running and tucking wires.

Water cooling components: Setup is simple and easy if you take your time and double check everything. I've changed my loop 5 times since water cooling and never had a leak (knock on wood). This is the final rendition of this build in this case.

Pictures will show (from last to first) the progression from the Corsair 540 to the 760t and to where it finally sits. I am more than pleased with the build. In true builders fashion, in which many of you actually reading this will agree, I cannot leave it alone. I intend on selling all of the rads and case. I'll then migrate the remaining components to a Thermaltake P5 and add either a 420 or 560 rad. I want to keep my 140mm fans.

Any and all feedback is welcome. Thanks for reading!

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

You probably didn't need to spend that much on mobo for a sub 2k$ build fam. Also, pee see pee pee hates that SSD. Other than that, cool loop, nice case, and you don't see RAM COOLERS all that often.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I would not buy this MB at retail price. I got the MB and CPU as a combo from a friend who was upgrading to Skylake. Forget that...

As far as the SSD, I imagine you're referring to the V300. It only holds games and does a decent job at that. I wouldn't trust it for any more.

Thanks for the compliments!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Never understood the hate towards the v300. Yeah it's not the best but for the price it does an okay job at acting like a games drive or something.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

After amazing reviews of the SSD, Kingston bait-and-switched out the parts of the V300 for cheaper parts, causing a decrease in performance. They kept that fact hidden and continued selling it to people believing they were getting an amazing SSD. Someone soon found out about the scam and blew the whistle on Kingston. That's why this SSD is hated so much.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that is fair for sure. Shady business practices shouldn't be supported, but since that all came out didn't price of the part drop quite a bit?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

PNY's CS1311 240GB is $60.

Kingston's V300 240GB is $65.

Or if you want, you could spend $20 more for a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB. There are still much better options for that price point.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the name lol. Nice looking beast.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I have similar plans for my SLI GPUs and I recently added a over sized custom loop with plans of adding the new GPUs once Paschal comes out. I plan on adding my build on here soon, even though it has been slowly upgraded over the last few years. I will say that is a lot of red led fans!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

According to the little research I have done, Pascal is a no brainer. I'm looking forward to seeing the improvements.

You're correct though, it is a lot of LEDs.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the recommendation. I'm checking into those now.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

NP They look amazing and add that little extra umph

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want to waterccool buy EK Bitpower Alphacool and HW Labs as they're the top XPSC is not For a better SSD buy Mushkin or Samsung, Kingston is just garbage; GPU wise always buy the higher end card a 980ti outperforms a 970 in everything.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job and that ram cooler looks wicked.

Thumbs up

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, sir! I appreciate the love. I thought the RAM cooler looks awesome, too.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I was confused by the tubing going into the heat sinks on your MoBo, until I realized you're water cooling your MoBo.

First time I've seen a build like that on here. Nice!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I've seen a couple MB that are water cooled but they are few and far between. Thank you for the compliment!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, you got a real nice OC on that 4690k. Looks great too.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. I'm really happy with the build overall. It's hard not to keep messing with it...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, same way for me, I always want to do something else.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an addiction! A real addiction...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

God, your gpu sags more than me...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I know... The top is particularly bad. I've looked briefly for a solution. I can't use a pci brace because there's only 1 opening between top and bottom gpus. All I come up with is something to the effect of fishing line. Even still, I was hoping to find a better alternative.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks great, cool looking water cooling loop.

Is that cooling for the RAM necessary, or is it more for aesthetics? Beautiful build still.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It's purely for aesthetics. There's barely a gap between the 4 dimms so I doubt any air is actually hitting the heat sinks. Thank you for the compliment!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome.

I bet the temps for the RAM are significantly lower than the would be without the cooler, maybe. ._.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The temps on the mosfet bridge is the biggest difference. There was almost 20C difference between air and water o.O

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

0-0

That's a lot.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I can't resist a red machine. What a sexy little beastie!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. The color scheme is done so often it can be kinda redundant for some people. I can't get enough of the 2 together.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, sir. I got VERY lucky with the MB/CPU combo and the RAM. Like I said in the desc., I wanted to sell one pair and make most of the money back. Once they were installed, I couldn't let them go!