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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.

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

I would have called it "Tentacular RGB" (because the tubes look like tentacles). Otherwise, gorgeous build!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yes!!! I should have thought of that! That's awesome!

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

Its really nice to hear that you found something that pushes you away from a rough path. Glad to see you have an eye for creativity. Well done!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It really did help me out a lot.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Niiice

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

beautiful build man, amazing.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Speechless....I have no words for this work of art.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I appreciate that! I feel the same way about it most of the time lol

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

This is beautiful honestly. I love the design of the custom water loop and the LED lighting is on point. I also think this deserves a feature. I rate it 10/10.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! That seriously means a lot dude!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Too bad you didn't use PETG tubes, as you could have gotten RGB tubing from Thermaltake

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I know! I just saw those the other day, I plan on putting in PETG soon, I'm saving up for the parts now. I'm planning on upgrading to x299 or x399 when I can and then I'll be putting in the hardline stuff.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

FEATURE!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope so lol!!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing job and enjoyed reading your story. Glad the tech has helped get you on a better path. There's nothing like feeling excited whenever you turn the beastly machine on. +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Ya it's a great feeling turning it on, it never gets old!!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! Congrats on an awesome build AND becoming clean!!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on being clean and the beautiful Stallion! That's huge dude.

Question, I am a novice at building but love the excitement of creating my own machine. Can you point me to the specific resources you used for delidding the i7-7700k? I'm not going to lie, this looks scary!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! That means a lot to me!

and I felt the EXACT same way about it trust me but I promise it really is not as bad as it sounds. I think I have a link for it in my parts list but I bought the Rockit 88 tool and relidding kit. I watched a bunch of youtube videos on it to see what I needed to expect. A channel called ALittleDIMM has a pretty good video on the whole process. If you just type in "Kaby Lake delid," or "delidding my cpu" on youtube a lot of videos will come up! Also on rockit they have everything you need right there so you can get it all in one place. You will see a lot of different tools and I've heard the 3D printed ones are pretty sketchy so I would avoid those all together. I can tell you the steps I took though. 1.Once you get the tool place your cpu inside matching the triangle on the corner with the triangle on your chip 2. Screw in the thumb screws, just finger tight not too tight. 3. Take the allen key and begin screwing in the pressure screw on the side. 4. Keep going til you hear a pop 5. Unscrew everything and take the chip out and BOOM you've got a successful delid! 6. Tape off the cpu die with some scotch tape(optional, but i did this as well) 7. Apply your choice of thermal compound(would highly recommend liquid metal. CLU or Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut) 8. If you get CLU use the brush they supply but a trick to make it easier to spread is cutting the brush end in half. 9. I put a little bit on the IHS of the chip as well to ensure a good bond between the two 10. Place the IHS back on the chip and you can either super glue it on the corners with the relid kit like I did OR just place it back in its socket and use the retention bracket to keep the lid on. 11. Enjoy the crazy temperature drops and be amazed at how cheap intel is with their thermal compound choice... I would really recommend watching some videos on it because actually seeing all these people do it really helped me. Also it is a little bit unnerving doing it but I had no issues and as far as I can tell no one has had any issues with the Rockit tool as long as you have a Kaby Lake chip in there you will be good to go. It was surprisingly A LOT easier than I thought it would be. I hope that helped if you have anymore questions I'll be more than happy to help you out!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Heres the link to Rockit https://rockitcool.myshopify.com/

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

What did you manage to OC the memory up too? I have a somewhat similar build in progress only with twin 1080ti's, still 32g of rgb ram (same as yours) but have been worried my 850w won't be enough. Been going back and forth on if I should pump it up to a 1000w one.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I would for sure pump it up to at least 1000w! I am literally about to do the same thing and have been researching what PSU to get. I've settled on either EVGA P2 or Seasonic Prime both 1200w. If you google PSU calculator both newegg and cooler master have a calculator where you can put in what is in your system and they'll give you the recommended wattage but if you plan on doing any overclocking I would get a little over whatever they say. I got my memory just to its rated XMP profile of 3200 with CL of 16, I'm not sure how to really push it any further or even if I should since everything seems just fine right now.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Okay awesome thank you! I was essentially going to do the same and I went with 1000w platinum PS just to avoid issues. Very glad I asked lol

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the look of this case, glad I ordered it :)

~Splendid looking build you had made! ;3

Btw, how is the Ventilation on the top of the case, and it's my understanding the top can snap and come up like a quarter inch or so for better flow (is that true?). And how much room is there between the back glass panel and where the cables go? (Not to pester you for answers lol)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! It's a great looking case. The ventilation isn't the best on top but you can unscrew four screws and pop the top off and get great airflow and modmymods.com makes a custom top for the case that adds more airflow and looks pretty good too. There's plenty of room for cables in the back as well! It's an all around awesome case, just make sure you get some excellent static pressure fans as the airflow is kinda restrictive.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Neato! And sweet, thank you, I'll have to look into that ;p

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

1+! WOW! i love it! a custom loop jus for the gpu! niiiiiiice! why did you make a only cpu looop tho?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'm planning on doing a full loop for the CPU too that's seperate but I'm waiting til I start doing some rigid tubes. Plus I just bought that kraken a few months ago and didn't want to trash it yet.

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

oh yeah thats understandable. tought you bought it all at once

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually it would make more sense to do GPU over CPU as the GPU will draw plenty more power and have more heat to dissipate thus justifying it more, I'd believe

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

yyeeahhhh but gpu coolers got pretty darn good in the last years

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an X62 and I'm planning on getting this case. Is there plenty of clearance by the RAM on top? I also got Trident

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

yes there is. the radiator bracket makes it really easy too

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How you mounted those tubes is just a piece of art!

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I know! from what I've read that's pretty lucky! I wish I had the same luck with my 7700k but I can't get that thing to 5ghz without some crazy voltage going to it.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I can get stable at 5ghz just over 1.4v, right now it's at 4.9 and 1.325v So I thought 5 would be like maybe 1.375 or 1.4 but nope 1.425 is where I finally got stable but it's alright it still does really well. I'm excited to see how the new kaby lake x and Skylake x chips OC

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I know lol I should do that! I thought it was a pretty original too:) I'm planning on getting another radiator and rigid tubing here soon and then putting the cpu into the loop. I'm probably going to upgrade the motherboard and cpu before that though it all depends on how well skylake-x and threadripper perform.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I know the power supply was local bought here in Idaho. It was just me being impatient lol. You're right too there really is no need to upgrade for a while for sure. I think I will get a better PSU though, and maybe upgrade the loop to rigid as well.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I did use a dremel to cut down the lips on both the top and radiator bracket. The fans fit up there perfect now. I also might do that with the clock speeds, cause I really don't notice a difference between 4.8 and 9.