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FrankenPC started life as the focus of a winter project using my old EVGA 790i FTW Digital motherboard as a base and a QX9650 off eBay. Over a short amount of time I suddenly had random new parts appearing from an Anidees AI6 case to a Gigabyte GTX 970. I then stumbled on an ad on Kijiji for an i5 4670k, $100CAD and drove out in the middle of a snow storm to pick it up. A quick order off eBay again secured a Z87-A board to run it and I now had the basis for the current model of FrankenPC (2015).

I decided a Hyper 212 Evo was too weaksauce for FrankenPC and proceeded to dig up old water cooling components I had left over from my Athlon 64 days which included a healthy Swiftech MCR220 radiator/reservoir combo and a lot of Primochill blue tubing. A quick order from Dazmode secured a pump and waterblock but the real challenge was making everything work in the Anidees chassis.

Anidees did not design their AI6 for custom watercooling, I think they only had AIO style setups in mind. I had to remove all the drive cages to fit my admittedly odd-shaped radiator into the front of the chassis. However it was well worth the struggle and produced some amazing results.

As it sits FrankenPC could be considered complete but I am always seeing new things I'd like to add. Whether it be a second 970 or a new water setup, I know one thing for sure a case change will be the absolute first step up from now.

Thanks for looking!

*Edit: FrankenPC has received some new upgrades! A new In Win 303 case that came with it's own massive hurdles, a Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H to replace the troublesome Asus Z87-A (both colour and technical issues) and some new water cooling parts. I had to replace my old Swiftech rad with a Darkside low profile triple core because of corrosion issues. The Swiftech is very old so it's no surprise really.

A 4790K is probably my next upgrade as I have hit a wall with my overclocking and would like the extra threads.

*Edit 2: A 4790k is in! It achieved 5.0GHz but the temperatures were too out of control with the terrible air flow setup of the InWin 303. That will be changed next. I have swapped my 970 for an EVGA GTX 1080 which has been a massive improvement for 4K gaming.

Like I said, ever evolving. Eventually I will do a complete new build log, maybe when I change the case next month or so.

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Some great used deals! I like how you see Franken as a never ending evolving project.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I dig the FrankenPC concept, matching is nice and all but it must feel great to post up and yell "It's alive!"

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait, why doesn't it have water cooling in the picture, but the part list has it?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It has gone (and still is really) through a lot of transitions. It started with a Hyper 212 Evo.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly just f***'the color scheme. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I know right? The Z97-A with gold heatsinks is nearly impossible to match, so I haven't really tried at this point. And the blue tubing is leftover from literally a decade old project lol.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It actually looks really cool though

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Im glad that thing doesnt have a window

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha! Yeah the tubing really doesn't match. That will change soon enough, probably in the next week or so.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

All good stuff for a solid build and +1 for the GTX 970.