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.
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.
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. :|
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.