I use this for gaming mostly but also just staring at it all day. This is my first ever build and it has been a work in progress for a while now, but it has definitely been a labor of love. Building custom computers has been a passion of mine now since this project started and it literally has turned my life around into the right direction. I was an addict for 5 years of my life and I never could get sober each time I tried. It seemed like the needle was my destiny in life and then, all at once, a lot of crazy things happened to me. I overdosed, lost a friend, and got sober again for the millionth time. While I was on the mend I discovered tech channels on youtube and thought "wow those computers are AMAZING!" I knew I had to give it a shot at making my own awesome system and here we are a few months later. I am so happy with this build and can say I have drive and direction in my life now. I know it sounds so cheesy and lame but I am motivated to continue with upgrading my system and building new ones. I absolutely love everything about it from modding my case to delidding my processor it has been AMAZING! So enough of all that and let me tell you about it.
As I mentioned I did delid the 7700k in it and saw a MASSIVE drop in temps, I'm talking 20+ degrees. I also modded the case for a top fan cavity in the Enthoo Evolv and it has worked out pretty well. The airflow up there is not the greatest and temps went up about 6-7 degrees after I did that but they are still well within reason. I think it looks way better too IMO. I decided to watercool the Founders Edition 1080 Ti I have in there because I could not stand how much the clock jumped around and everywhere I read about all the different 1080 Ti cards out there said they all perform the same on water give or take a little bit so instead of a new card I just cooled it instead. I also am planning on doing the shunt mod so I don't run into the power limit anymore cause while I am at 2.1Ghz on the card it still hits the power limit all the time and would like that to stop completely. It is a very easy mod and I have some CLU leftover from my delid so why not? I do know some people have reported the resistors actually falling off after prolonged exposure to CLU but I am pretty sure they either applied it the wrong way or messed up somewhere else as the majority of people who do this mod have not had this issue.
Now to any of you out there thinking "WTF?! WHY THE CUSTOM LOOP ON THE GPU AND NO CPU?! WHAT A N00B!!! I've never seen an AIO and a custom loop together before... the audacity!!" The answer is that I had just bought the Kraken x62 and really did not see a point in trashing it so soon and I can ALWAYS incorporate the CPU into the loop whenever. So I decided to do this and don't think it actually looks too bad. Plus the system is literally whisper quiet with AMAZING temps. I am planning on throwing the CPU into the loop soonish but am holding off as I plan to upgrade to either x299 or x399 when it becomes available because I plan on trying my hand at some content creation like videos and what not and know I can use the extra cores at my disposal. Have not made up my mind yet on that but it'll come down to clock speeds and price and I can't wait! Also once I've done that I'll be switching to rigid tubes for the loop. Whether or not I really decide to upgrade I will for sure be putting the cpu into the loop, and a new radiator for it as well, once I do rigid tubing. I was pretty torn on which water block to put on my card and it came down to EK and the Phanteks and in the end well you can see who won. Since RGB is the overall theme of my build I knew the Phanteks would fit in perfectly I was more worried about performance but it is right on par with EK from what I have read. If you have any more questions feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer.
I have to give credit to the people who taught me everything I know about computers. JayzTwoCents(watercooling guru), Bitwit, Paul's Hardware, LinusTechTips, Gamers Nexus, HardwareCanucks, Science Studio, Singularity Computers(watercooling guru), and ALittleDIMM. I am fully youtube educated and knew literally nothing about computers going into this project.