Description

Started: December 1

Built: December 18

This is my 2nd build but it's a continuation from my previous one https://pcpartpicker.com/b/jwsJ7P

FIRST OFF I WANT TO APOLOGIZE FOR THE POOR QUALITY OF THE IMAGES, THEY'RE ALL TAKEN FROM MY PHONE

So after getting rid of my previous Rig and gained a lot of profit. It was a matter of time when I had to decide on the parts I'm going to use for my X99 Platform, Very hard decisions were made since I didn't have money to throw around, I had to rethink every decision I made because this build is personally my own to be used for coding and mainly for gaming while comparing to a Z97 rig, this platform is more costly so I had to be certain for the parts I was going to purchase.

IMHO, the red and black theme was just too mainstream for me. So I decided with White & Black, more elegant and pleasing to the eyes. Nothing against the Red & Black but I was like, been there, done that... Time to move on.

PARTS:

MOTHERBOARD:

I really had a thing for black and white mobo but it was hard to decide if should go with the MSI Krait Edition or the Asus one's. After owning an MSI mobo and not having any problems with it while being considerably cheaper, it was clear to me that I had to go with the MSI mobo. After working on my MSI X99A SLI Krait Edition mobo made me realize how I wished I went with the Asus X99 Pro mobo even if it was $45 more from where I live and besides, the I/O shroud was a big plus for aesthetic reasons and the fact that I rarely see people having bad statements about an ASUS board. The problem I hated the most is during the start-up, before BIOS boots, it just auto-restarts for some weird-**** reason, then I thought flashing my BIOS would fix the problem and surprisingly IT DIDN'T. It was even worse!! The OC implementation was all glitched ( to hell with it). Had to flash my BIOS again to its previous version for the OC to work. After a week of noticing, the auto restart doesn't occur anymore. I don't know what I did to fix it, but I'm happy with it now not being a slut and auto-restarting.


GRAPHICS CARD:

Hands down to this GPU, I mean what more can you ask from this wonderful beauty. I had plans for getting the reference card but after doing some research, I was relieved when I found out that most of EVGA cards has the reference PCB and the purchase of GPU blocks/ Backplates was hassle-free.

Disassembling the cooler was kinda easy but the hard part was putting the GPU block to the PCB and as you can see, the thermal paste was applied very badly. Not the way how I imagined it too look like. :|


RAM:

Honestly there's nothing you can say about Corsair RAM, well known brand/name for the premium quality and performance plus the looks of it is just too SEEEEEEEEXAY.

I came across this "FORMULA". But not entirely sure if it's true.. So here's the formula X=(RAM Speed/2) then ((1,000/X) x CAS Latency) In my case (2,666/2) =1,333 then ((1,000/1,333) x 15 CAS)=11.25 Nanoseconds (which is average). I believe the lower the number the better(faster).


PSU:

Chose the 850W version just to be sure, maybe when the times comes I could throw in another GPU in the future and not worry about lacking in power and besides I have a DDC Pump running directly through the Mobo running 24/7.


CUSTOM LOOP:

Decided to go with EK since it's one of the most known names in the water cooling community. At first I was afraid but it really isn't that bad at all. "JUST READ THE INSTRUCTIONS" and hope everything would go well.

Patience was the key to this successful loop but I had to learn through the hard way.

I had to make 3 orders because I was short in fittings + the GPU blocks/back plates making my loop and system to be non-functional for a few days . At first I was deciding which one should I go for; The already done EVGA Hydro Copper or Manual installation.

"Don't be a dumb*ss like me, think ahead of time before purchasing" If I've thought about it I might have saved $100 but after all this is my 1st time to build a Custom Loop so there's an exemption.

COOLANT: A clear coolant came along with the kit but the EK-Pastel White is just too irresistible, blends really well with the aesthetics IMO.

SOFT TUBING: It's advised for a newbie like me in the water cooling community, to start with soft tubing as it is much easier to work with than Hardline one's while having to waste a few centimeters of tubes because of miscalculations .

RESERVOIR: I had troubles with placing the reservoir due to the limited space the case offered. I did some whacko mod with the reservoir bracket holder as I've mounted on the pump mount bracket Phanteks has provided and unto the wall as seen on the pictures. I'm quite comfortable with the reservoir being supported mainly by the tubing. Being new to custom water cooling isn't very easy with all the doubts and questions in mind, so I've improvised with the reservoir having both the anti-vertex foam and anti-cyclone emplacement. IF ONE COULD TELL ME IF THIS IS NOT IDEAL PLS DON'T HESITATE TO TELL ME

PUMP: I didn't have the need to screw in the pump feet unto the surface as it sits very well in place and thought about the hard time I'm going to encounter during maintenance in the future. Also the only thing that bothered me was the fact that this DDC pumps only has a 4-pin connector hence being powered by the mobo instead of the PSU.


OVERCLOCKING:

OC my cpu to 4.0Ghz while not having the need to stress-test it as 4.0Ghz is like a safe zone for a 5820K CPU, been a week and not a single problem has occured. For my GPU, well I just left it at stock speed at the moment.

During gameplay, most of the time the FPS lies between 100-120FPS mark thanks to my ACER XB270HU monitor (1440P, 144Hz, G Sync) Did a few benchmarks like 3DMark & Heaven, gave me really good results.

3DMark: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/6877809

I KNOW IT'S A BIT OVERKILL for just casual gaming, but I'm looking forward to OC the **** out of this system when it's having a difficult time handling an application/game but as of now, didn't really felt the need to Extreme OC my CPU & GPU yet.

CONCLUSION: I'm really happy with it. Performs like a beast and don't plan on upgrading any time soon. Hated how my keyboard was shipped, judging by the how it looks, it may have been shipped through a catapult or something.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

titan x backplate, 980ti on partslist

WHAT IS GOING ON???

No but really this is a sick build, any reccomendations to custom loop noobs?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Well apparently EK doesn't manufacture GPU blocks/backplate for the 980Ti's Reference design,
They said that 980Ti & titan x has the same PCB design so it's backwards compatible..

Here's the link: https://www.ekwb.com/news/600/19/Existing-EK-FC-Titan-X-compatible-with-the-latest-NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-980-Ti/

If you're gonna build a loop of your own, I'd suggest going with this Kit. The extreme kits just way expensive and the RAD is too thick. The price of my EK-kit 360 + all the other purchased parts is the same as the EK-X240 itself.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

if your a noob and you want a custom loop, i recommend go with a custon loop kit. gives you a res, pump, tubing, cpu blk, etc.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You know that pastels turn a pretty ****** color after a while right?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm quite aware with the issues with pastel. But honestly, it's just a matter of opinion. Hehehe I wouldn't mind refilling the loop after a while since I'm going to check it for maintenance

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

Not always true.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Well executed +1... I'm a liquid cooling enthusiast as well.

The joys of customising eh? Most times doesn't always work out as planned but it's worth it in the end. There's none like yours elsewhere.

Those thermaltake fans rock.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Tell me about it.. :D The customization just never ends, new ideas always comes.

I plan on using HD tubing in the future when it's time to replace the pastel What would you suggest as a good/reliable coolant?

They're pretty amazing without the need to invest on some LED strip

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I use Mayhem pastel white currently. It was recommended by OCUK as they use it in their 8 Pack editions with success. So I'm staying with team mayhem for now.

I went with thermaltake fans to replace the LED strip I had. It didn't look right. May try a cathode tube sometime in the future if I find an irrestible deal.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Heard good reviews about Mayhems Pastel but after watching this got me really worried about mayhems pastel..

http://youtu.be/rjpefXm4YYs

I wouldn't suggest using cathode tubes as I've heard/seen many problems about it although very cheap as mentioned by linus. http://youtu.be/Lkzjyaga2_U

But hey, if you really want to then go ahead :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahaa! interesting video.

He did mention something though, that pastel has a base colour of white. So I guess it the process to make it yellow that's failed. I'll wait to see how my white turns out. I've had it in for around 4 months and my last maintenance was in December where I reused the liquid.

The linus video is from 2012...I'm sure things have advance from then.. but thanks.

I'll be keeping an eye on that pastel.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

So has your pastel turned color? I'm eager to know how pastel coolants turns out after a few months.

Also, I wanted to ask, by any chance you have a reservoir in your system and if you do, have you ever encountered cyclone/vertex issue?

Cz I just put both the anti-vertex & anti-cyclone on mine with the reservoir configuration as horizontal pass through.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Slick Build! I'm working on a very similar build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehehe. Thanks! Have fun with your build.. Going with custom loop or AIO?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Initially purchased the Fractal Design Kelvin S36 expandable AIO to start off my build. But once I placed my order, Bitpower emailed me about the custom GTX980TI Lightning waterblock back in stock and I jumped on it. I'll probably end up putting a completely custom loop in down the road.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Just checked out the waterblock...looks very good. Can't seem to find reviews on it. Do you use it. What's it like?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Currently deployed and it's being shipping from Taiwan as we speak. I'm new to building PC's so it may take me awhile to finish putting it together. I'll be home in about a month to start things! I've always been intrigued by the challenge of liquid cooling!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're reffering to the Supremacy EVO blocks then I highly recommend it! It's a very solid block, doesnt feel cheap at all & it works like a charm! Keeps my cpu cool, idling at 35C withouth OC

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad, seeing as you have a 6 core processor.

This could be a solution for your res to pump connection relieving that short pipe of pressure.

If that too long then see this

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Well goodluck with that.. looking forward to seeing your build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I'll be sure to keep my post up to date!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Just curious. you've included price for a X res 150. Did that not come included in the L360 Kit?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. The one that came with the L360 was a pump/res combo.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

this is the pump/res combo that came with the L360 Kit

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your temps both @ Idle and Load with OC's on a single 360 rad?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

For CPU: OC - 39-41C Stock - 35-37C

For GPU: Haven't OC it yet since im getting 100+FPS on most of the games But i'll get you up to date when I plan to OC my gpu

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much for the reply. I am having a terrible time trying to figure out the radiator usage I want to use. Since dust is high in my area and line of work,i don't want to clean the case out constantly.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Really solid build you got, im doing one pretty similar still deciding on a couple of the parts, but the EK kit is something i was looking at for sure. How long did it take for you to get that shipped to you?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks mate! Total of 4 days and that's because mine was shipped from Slovenia to Qatar. Pretty fast to be honest even though I was expecting it to be a week or more.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Dadalhin mo ba to pag uwi mo ng pinas? Apo lang ang budget ko dito ah..hahahaha ganda ng rig mo brod...palong palo to

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Salamat hehehe. Wala nmn akong balak sa ngaun kc dto na rn ako nagttrabaho at nkatira. 13 yrs ng wala sa pinas.. Tska dagdag gastos lng pag dating sa putanginang customs ng pinas

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha Sabagay, kung saan ka komportable di ba? Ano bang mga games mo?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

What does the pump help with?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Well basically the heart of the loop... I see you're new to watercooling. Correct me if Im wrong.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that the P360 Rad? Is it enough for cpu+gpu, How are your temps? Thinking about buying an EK Performance 360 kit but don't want to go double rads.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I am looking into ordering this case and water cooling in it because my s340 was scratched to death by a microfiber cleaning cloth. I was going to start out with that kit then work my way up to what you have now. I was wondering if the kit came with a good way to drain the system and fill the system or do I have to buy those parts myself?