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This is my first PC that I've built from the ground up. Nothing was pre-assembled and absolutely everything was custom, as far down the custom trail as anyone could go. It started around December 2014 when I first started really paying attention to the new game being designed for the PC, that is of course...Star Citizen.

This was my inspiration to start planning out a computer capable of playing this game. Now all I needed was an excuse to spend thousands on a system which, until then, I and pretty much everyone considered a little crazy, especially just for personal gaming purposes.

So this excuse came about two months later in February of 2015 when I bought a 4k TV. This was my very first (quite expensive) TV and I wanted a very good one because I spent a lot of my free time watching movies and playing my PS4. So after purchasing the TV I couldn't play much of anything in 4k, except for a few things on Netflix.

Now I'd decided, since I spent the money on the TV, I needed get my money's worth out of it and I must have a 4K capable PC. So I started really putting together a 4K system on PC Part Picker and I spent about six months planning it out. Then when I had my final design in mind and drew it out on paper how I wanted everything to go, I started buying things when they were on sale (kind of).

I spent about five weeks buying parts until I had almost everything. Then, at the time, the case labs S8 I bought was on back order, which took about five to six weeks to come, so I ordered it first. As soon as the case arrived I started modifying it slightly for more airflow where I needed it. This was because now I was planning on doing a whole custom water cooled loop with hardline tubing.

The full build took about five to seven weeks. Even after that I was running into problems, like the fittings not holding and having to order all new fittings to get it to work safely. I also decided that the Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 wasn't powerful enough and, at the very last week of building my computer, the GTX 980 Ti came out. So I pre ordered one and got it the day it was released and returned the GTX 980 I had previously bought.

After all the literal blood sweat and emotions it was finally finished. The last eleven months I've had the most amazing gaming experiences and was meaning to share this with everyone. I have no regrets and I still get the feeling of butterflies in my stomach every time I look at my computer.

People who have seen it can't quite believe that it's actually a PC, one person thought it was an electric fire place (lol). So to say the least, I'm very proud of my build. I will be adding more about the whole system build process soon when I get my notes together.

Just so you know, I've added more pics for you all and will be adding more as I take better ones.

P.S. - If you need help with a system build or have a question about mine, just leave a comment and I'll do my best to check in and help out.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that's the idea my 1 year upgrade plan is to get another 4 sticks of ram to get to 32 gigs and then go with 1 more 980 ti and maybe just maybe if I'm feeling crazy I bought the case so I could do a separate loop for the 2 gpu's and put 2 monsta rads in the top and run another pump the same with the same res next to the one already there.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be great, to have them in a separate loop once you upgrade for the 2nd gtx 980 ti. That case clearly has the room for it!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the love, I spent a good year on the pc and I definitely appreciate anyone that appreciates my build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Congratulations on a fabulous build!

This should have been featured on this site.

Enjoy.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much everyone I hope it does get featured would be so awesome!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like I can't edit the list of items in my build like I thought you could. So I figure when I get my completed list together I'll delete this one and re-do it with the list completely done. This is my first time doing this so I had no idea but I would like to get everything on there so it's accurate. Thanks everyone so much for your support! I'm still hoping I can get to be the featured build, I don't see why not I definitely went above and beyond the average build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That Phat Arse Monster! That's a size of 2 H440 case and that PC case has wheels. +1 Everythings great man, you went for a 4k build and got the i7 5930k, guessing you would be going SLI with another gtx 980 ti?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there any reason you elected to buy four sticks of 4gb RAM instead of two 8gb sticks?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah at the time the 4 sticks of 4gbs where much much cheaper like almost half the price. If I can remember the spring of 2015 it was 200 for my kit and then around 350 for the 2 sticks of 8. Now the prices have dropped so much it's crazy I've actually contemplated selling mine and just replacing them with 4 sticks of 8. But at the time I decided I would never (well for a while) need more then 32 gbs of ddr4 ram plus there running at 3000 mhz which at the time was the second fastest u could buy. Yeah so 16 gbs now and when I do my year 1 upgrade another 16 gbs will give me 32 and give me more then enough for gaming. Great question!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I can see why you called it Milk Labs. Very eye catching and unusual, and a great build. It's a credit to you.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx so much, it actually took me a little to think of a name and I wanted to stay away from beast just bc everyone uses it.

  • 46 months ago
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Well it certainly is original. I should think of a better name for mine, I have to redo my cables when the new ones arrive so I might change the name then, or do I have to stick with it?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I think u can change it, not positive bc I just figured out last night how to post a build but I've been editing things on mine like spell checked words that were change to something that is wrong and adding more photos but it would be weird if u couldnt. My guess is u can lol.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Nice <3

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build Man +1 for the watercooling, the only thing i think u could also do to make it better is to have a theme with the hardline as i completely thought it was soft tubing as im writing this i see u bought a bending kit. i'd suggest going with straight 90 degrees they really do make the difference and you can really see it

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I would agree with u but if you've never done bending before it's not the easiest thing in the world to get perfrct. Which is what it has to be is perfectly lined up with the openings so u don't get any pressure on the tubes. I was just going for the shortest route basically and I also didn't want to over bend them where it was unnecessary bc of the restriction in flow. The tighter the bend the more restriction you get which makes your pump work harder in turn wearing it out sooner. Who knows tho it could look a little cleaner maybe with all 90s but it's definitely not easy to do, and now mines got character where no one's will ever be the same. I should post all the funny pics of the pieces I messed up trying to bend lol.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for custom water cooled!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx for the support it was definitely the biggest challenge out of the whole build. Just the planning alone took me probably 20 hours, especially bc I changed things so often and found better ways to do things after every desgin.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

As kind of a newbie looking to watercool, I was curious as to how you decide where to place your resivour and once you do how you predetermine how you need to bend the tubes. Thanks guys, and awesome build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok I could go on forever about water cooling but the main thing is the res has to be above the pump which is number one and then everything else is preference but I can say the longer your loop is the more pressure you'll need to push liquid through it. Also with bends the tighter thr bend the less flow u will get through it. As long as the res is above the pump tho your good to go on what u want to do. I tend to say go res to pump to rad to part being cooled back to res, but most of all have fun and like the looks bc your the one going to be seeing it every day.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Shes a beaut!!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Badass case! I love it. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude this is sweet! Going for watercooling and a caselabs case for a first time build is ambitious to say the least, and it turned out great here!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I appreciate it! I was definitely a little scared about the water cooling to make a mistake and destroy so much that I went with the Nano fluid so if it did spill it wouldn't... well hopefully wouldn't mess up the mother board or other parts.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your opinions on the K70? How loud is it compared to normal membrane keyboards? Is it noisy?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Seeing I've never spent over $100 on a key board my opinion isn't the best but I've got to say with the software downloaded it's got to be the sickest keyboard I've ever seen. And to answer your question it's not load but also not silent, the keys got a nice feel to them and it's very well built. I can honestly say it's worth the crazy high price tag.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I wanted to change from my Razer Blackwidow to this keyboard, Razer has nice keybpoards but the click is very loud.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I would say these are as good as it gets u can actually pick what kind of keys you want I think mines cherry mx but not positive any more. Either way it's not load unless u jam the keys down then that's only load from excessive use lol.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Love. It. Please tell, how do you like the case? I am building a add on to my current PC using open loop liquid cooling, looking for case for it.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Tb9jX

Theres link.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly I can't say enough good things about case labs. The case is amazing and I love it. I also feel the same about the company their customer support is just insanely good. When I lost a few screws like 5 they sent me the entire amount of screws that came with the case for free and in 2 days. The case you have picked is good but only thing that looks iffy is the head room, I'm not sure if you could fit a rad bigger then 35 - 40 mils on the top in push pull. The reason I say push pull is because it's just so much quieter.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. (Edit) I decided to go with the In Win 909, because it looks like a sleek modern case. I will keep this one in mind for my next build.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Great choice, I've never had one but they look like a decent case for water cooling. Good luck with your build! If you need any help let me know.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

There was so much more I wrote but in the end it wouldn't let me send it lol. Anyways if I had to pick it would be case labs even though there more they are just so well built for custom water cooling it's crazy how they think of everything. I mostly forgot a lot that I initially wrote because it's late now but I'm more then willing to help you out just let me know any questions you have with your build, I've been there and with no one to bounce ideasy off of it kinda sucks. Thanks so much for your like on my build I really appreciate it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey. Im in a dillima. I have decided to go with a 980 ti instead of a 1080. But i need one witH a waterblock. I have also decided that i might not go with the inwin but instead the caselabs or a thermaltake core x9. The inwin doesnt have optical drives for the nzxt hueplus conntroller or a temp moniter, but i dont care too much. I personally think the in win makes up for it. Please help me find a gpu under 700 and help me choose what case!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, does the caselabs have a optical drive?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Also could you link your case please?

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol how do you do that text at the bottom?

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPP, like Reddit, uses Markdown for the base language. GitHub Reference

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

This is awesome

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol thanks so much, I was thinking I could make a machine that turns milk into curds ha wouldn't that be gross.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yes I believe your right that sounds much worse.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yeah then maybe u could find something finally to match those hideous Noctua fans color scheme ha.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ik I love case labs will never look back with any regrets there, well anywhere lol. Thx!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Well honestly I got a little carried away when buying... well everything, but the fans were on sale down from like $45 each when they first came out to well around 35 when I bought them then with tax ended up being around 40. The main reason tho was I am planning on eventually doing 3 360 rads in there 2 in the top and the one on the side which is currently there now. The one on the side didn't need to go push pull but when u get down there it is a very tight space and I wanted all the air flow I could get. As far as the top goes I needed 6 up there just to make it look good and then if I do the second water loop I will need another 6 for push pull... well bc I love push pull and you get the best performance out of the rads that way. Then there were the 2 fans in front and 2 in the back then all the fans that were intakes I also bought filters for so that was about 12 intake filters for any openings that took air in. It gets expensive quick and I figured do it right the first time then I won't have to a dress any problems in the future and dust looks bad on such an expensive build, but seriously like I said I got carried away with everything and got what I wanted bc I had the money to do it. Like u said I'm planning to be happy way into the future as well.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the TV and case were very expensive and I definitely spent a lot on fans honestly more then I planned that's for sure lol.

The Temps are great compared to not having the fans going it's not as big of a difference as I would of expected but it's still great to have so many and this is why. So basically when I did all these fans I wasn't planning on this happening to such an extent but it's crazy how silent my pc is. I can keep every temp (except the gpu) down around 30-35 Celsius while under load! The gpu gets to around 60 Celsius while under load but thats with an extreme over clock. So with that I keep my fans around 20% speed some times when just watching movies or surfing the web everything stays around 10% speed and it's silent 5 feet away on my couch. Even right up next to the case it's barely audible. So that's why I am loving the nearly 600 I spent on fans bc it's so amazingly quite. Most people have no idea it's even on, if not for the lights they would have no idea.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yeah, when I have more time I'll add a few things like some crazy things that happened during the build and my thoughts on the products, with some more detailed pics. Thanks again bud

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