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Watercooled Inverted 1700X & 1080Ti Build

by hamibh


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Date Published

May 27, 2017

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This is my first watercooling loop!

Because my PC is to the left of my desk, I chose an inverted case with a window on the right. Temperature difference compared to upright is a few degrees at most.

The 1080Ti Founders Edition would quickly hit its thermal limit with the stock cooler and start throttling, even at stock clock speeds. The 1700X would also easily reach 80+°C even with a Corsair H80i GT all-in-one cooling loop, so I decided to spring for a cooling looped based on EKWB configurator's recommendation for a silent setup. Delivery took almost three weeks due to parts being out of stock. They were a long three weeks, during which I installed SketchUp and mocked up the entire build, reiterating until I had a sensible number of bends that looked tidy. Once all the parts arrived I discovered that my original plan to have the pump and reservior unit mounted upright to the front of the case would not work because the graphics card is too long to allow for it! My mockups went out the window and I had to resort to good old pen, paper and holding the reservior in various places while trying to decide which looked the best. Unfortunately I had to settle for blocking the view of the CPU block. Total setup took around seven hour including bending the pipes before leaving the loop to run overnight.

I ordered some white 5V LED strips from Ebay and cut them to length for inside the top of the case, the underside of the GPU facing down, and the bottom of the case facing up, then soldered them to a molex connector with thin electrical wire. Combined with the white and grey motherboard, this helps the blue water dye and nickel fittings to stand out nicely.

With the pump set to minimum I'm seeing 20-30°C lower temperatures even with overclocks applied:

CPU: 3.9GHz at 1.3875V (up from 3.4GHz stock)

GPU Clock: +150MHz

GPU RAM: +450MHz

The RAM is rated for 3200MHz but Ryzen isn't quite ready for these profiles yet. Following a couple of BIOS updates I've managed to squeeze out 2667MHz with one of the motherboard's "Try It!" presets which seems to match the RAM's 3200MHz XMP timings but at the lower speed.

Benchmark Scores

Cinebench All Cores): 1695

Geekbench 3 Single Core: 4296

Geekbench 3 All Cores: 33162


Fire Strike Extreme: 12,924

Time Spy: 9,615

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pcbuilderman 2 Builds 4 points 9 months ago

Nice build man! Nothing like a custom loop. The lighting on that 3rd picture is unreal it looks like its 3D rendered.

hamibh submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, I'm pleased with the lighting. Having an extra strip under the graphics cards really helps to even it out.

RollingSushi 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Is that the EK cryo fuel blue color? Nice build btw.

hamibh submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks. Yes, it's the blue cryofuel concentrate. It's supposed to be 1 part concentrate to 9 parts water. I filled my loop with a 100ml syringe and counted the number of syringefuls of water it took to almost fill (a little over half a litre) and then roughly worked out the right amount of concentrate from that. The premade might be lighter or darker depending on how off my calculation was!

pengxs972 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Absolutely stunning

hamibh submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! Very pleased with how she turned out. I just wish my wife felt the same way.

Tech22 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Nice build! Leek testing my first one right now =D (hardline) Are the EK Hardline fittings push in or compression that you used?

hamibh submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you! They're all compression fittings. I just used the configuration website and took their recommended rads and fittings and read up on those, without bothering to look at anything else to be honest.

Tech22 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for telling me! This looks amazing

Lyrix 1 point 9 months ago

1+! WOW! this looks great!!!

KingWalrus.8th 1 point 9 months ago

Hella Clean... very nice. I think this might be featured. Nice non-rgb build.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I like it a lot!!

We cant see the leds on the ram. You need to make a hole on the reservoir... +1 on your nice build!


mrzoltowski 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Beautiful, I love the colour grading on those. The blue matches the yellowish/gold tint of the lighting. Eye candy for sure. +1

OKTowelie 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

A very professional looking build, if I may say :) I love the blue liquid!

OllieManMan 8 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Love the upside down mobo layout. Makes the loops look even better. Try and get more light on the top of the gpu block it looks amazing and you can actually see it on this build.

Sm001 1 point 5 months ago

What tube size did you use? Can't decide on the size, 16mm looks too big and do some reason 12mm look too small?


hamibh submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I used 12mm PETG. It doesn't look so small once you've for a bunch of it in your case!

skyrise 1 point 4 months ago

Great build!

With the newest BIOS you should be able to lower the voltage to around 1.35-1.38V for better longevity.

"The RAM is rated for 3200MHz but Ryzen isn't quite ready for these profiles yet."

The problem is in the mainboard, and some of the RAM sticks, not the CPU. Generally, Samsung-based RAM with factory low timings performs better.

RydogTKRS 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Man, seeing this makes me wish I had gone for a hard line loop. That PC looks absolutely beautiful.

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