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A (small) Update

by Hydrophobic

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Date Published

Nov. 2, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

Description

My previous build (also my first) here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/xMxYcf

I decided I needed a new GPU, so I thought I may as well update the case and cooling. Then I thought, 'hey, lets water cool this biznitch'. So I did. Then, I needed a new monitor to utilize the GPU, obviously. Then, I clearly needed to see what my CPU could do with some overclocking. So that's what changed.

All told, I hit 82C when stress testing, 65C on CPU and GPU when under heavy, 1440p, 100+fps gaming load. not bad for a single 360, single-pass radiator. I have the CPU at 4.4 Ghz @ 1.145V. I did really well in the silicon lottery, and could probably get 4.6 or even 4.7 with safe voltage, but the stress test temps would be too high, probably pushing over 90C. This is mostly due to my sub-par fan arrangement currently.

Benchmarks (crudely done, can run/post more if you ask): 5678 on Heaven 4.0: https://imgur.com/a/1SL6I 16,008 on Firestrike. 22,763 for Graphics and 8,627 on Physics. 8,244 Combined

Notes on the new parts:

Monitor: Definitely had to fiddle with the colors/gamma etc. Looks great now. Worth it for the sale price of $400 including tax and shipping I paid.

GPU: Glorious. Was a little nervous about getting one I couldn't test before putting the full loop together, but just look at it.

Cooling: Many things. I was initially going to do a hard line loop. I think I will when I upgrade the CPU/MoBo/RAM in a year or so. The soft tubing was likely more difficult, purely due to the fact that it was very, very hard to get the tubing over the fitting barbs. I actually had to shave a chamfer out of each end. At least I'm confident it won't leak. Other than that it was extremely easy. Very straightforward, and looks great, very quiet. The pump arrived with one mounting tab broken off, and one cracked, clearly from shipping. I was able to super glue it back on and am confident that it holds fine, so I didn't bother Performance PCs with a return or refund. I ordered this immediately after the hurricane. I called 3 days after it hit, and left a message just asking if they were open. They called back the next day, saying they just got power back, and were doing a discount code 'BITCHIRMA12' for 12% off. Excellent customer service.

Case: A dream to build in. The space up to behind the rad is great for messy power cables. One problem I ran into was that the vertical GPU meant two of the bottom three fans are blocked. Can't even install them., though I could probably fit a slim one in the middle. The one the pump is mounted to is not PWM. Which I forgot when assembling. So it's not plugged in. That's right, I'm running a single intake fan on the rear (very quiet). The only noise this thing makes comes from:

The PSU: I don't know if it's old, grumpy, or what, but being mounted on it's side it now makes a small amount of noise. Sounds like the bearings may be worn, and the side mounting is highlighting it. It's pretty quiet, and seems to not be impacting it's cooling ability. Either that or the PSU has developed coil whine of some sort. I am keeping a very close eye on it.

Keyboard/Mouse: Fantastic. Highly recommend them.

Headset: I've had some issues with this. First, the seamless switching from speakers to headset doesn't work. Part of that is that the headphone jack from the speakers doesn't fit into the dongle. It's a very small recessed hole. The other is that just the other day my mic went very very quiet apparently. Still troubleshooting.

In the parts list, 'purchased' components are from the old build. I listed the price I paid for them when new, give or take. All others are either brand new, or have been slowly acquired over the past couple years. I plan on getting the Primochill Vue in the next couple months, or getting a UV additive to enhance the glow.

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zMadButcherz 8 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Very nice build, looks great and sounds like it performs great. You could probably mod the case so you could get another fan just so you have intake and exhaust. That being said if thermals are staying in check over long periods of use the way you have it must work fine.

Hydrophobic submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

The three top fans exhaust through the radiator. I think it may even have positive pressure with the fan curves I've set up.

zMadButcherz 8 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

That's great to hear. Very solid build you should be proud.

Hydrophobic submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks, I certainly am!

OccamAsylum 14 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Looks like you've got some toxic sludge for coolant. Nice.

Hydrophobic submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Haha it looks great in person. I was hoping for a bit more glow from the UV, but either the UV band of the LEDs is low, or the coolant needs a kick.

OccamAsylum 14 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Maybe that's what Butch was exposed to before he became Solomon Grundy...

Crazycatman 4 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Cool. Love the black lights, that light up the green "stuff", so in my oionion with the lights in mind and how "fire" it looks, I think it passed the "lit" test! +11

Hydrophobic submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks! I have one more LED strip, but haven't figured out the best place to put it yet.

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Hydrophobic submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

My street just has expletives painted on it :p.

ghostflame1999 1 point 16 months ago

Are the speakers good quality?

Hydrophobic submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Definitely not high quality. Much better than bargain speakers, but not for audiophiles by any means. Got them mostly because it was 2.1, and they had lights lol. For the price at the time they were right about as good as their price.

ghostflame1999 1 point 16 months ago

Lol yeah they do look nice with the lights. Love the build though. I am going to be building one of my own soon.

ALDJ0922 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Looks amazing! I will be doing a smallish update to my PC too. I have a 4690k (stock fan), but I have a 1tb SSD, 24 gigs of RAM, another SSD but 256gb, a 750-watt gold PSU, in a Corsair 450D. I plan on updating the case to something gorgeous (Meshify C, or the Phanteks P400, or something of the like). Then I plan on overclocking the CPU, so I will need to cool it. I am looking at doing the x62 for ease of install. Also, doing a custom loop might be pointless right now because my GTX 1070 Gigabyte Extreme gaming doesn't have any blocks out for it (I don't think), so it would be a CPU only loop anyways

Hydrophobic submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

May as well do the AIO for now, then upgrade to a full loop when and if you upgrade the GPU. The Phanteks Enthoo Elvolv is a case I had my eye on.

ALDJ0922 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah, that's what I am planning on doing. When I upgrade to a new processor in the next year or 2, I will be giving my old 4690k, the motherboard, ram, and the case to my family back at home (I am in college). Then I could either give them the x62 and go custom loop with the new build. My plan with the GPU was to get another 1070 in SLI since the next series will definitely drop the price on the card.

I have been looking specifically at the Enthoo Pro M SE, Enthoo Evolv, Meshify C, and the Phanteks P400.

  • Meshify C: I like how compact the case is.

  • Enthoo evolv: The face is unique to me, but the airflow restrictions might be too high to keep my system somewhat silent and cool, but price knocks it down pretty far for me. (But maybe I will jump for it. It seems to be a loved case all around

  • Phanteks P400: Beautiful case. I forget what issues I had with it, but they were not too big.

  • Enthoo Pro M SE: I think I am leaning towards this case the most, just cause I have always liked the front face of it. But, quality wise, I have been seeing on forums that it isn't as nice as the Meshify C

So for me:

Tied for 1st: Meshify C and Enthoo Pro SE 3rd: Evolv 4th: Phanteks P400

Hydrophobic submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Meshify is a solid choice.

ALDJ0922 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Wait, I have the G1 gaming, not the xtreme

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Hydrophobic submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Rear fan is my intake, yeah. The one under the pump is no running because it's too loud. When I drain for new fluid I'll replace that one with my silent wings fan. I was using this https://www.reddit.com/r/watercooling/comments/6sl8u5/just_updated_my_loop_with_added_mayhems_hot_pink/ as a slight inspiration. How are your fan curves set?

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Hydrophobic submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah it definitely blocks the possibility of 3 fans, and I think even 2 fans. The last fan is also the mount for the water cooling pump, so swapping that one out to one that's worth running would involve unmounting the pump/res, so it's a lot of work. I could run push/pull on the rad, but I don't think that will net me that much benefit in the end.

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Hydrophobic submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

The SSD mounts are right behind the pump, so you'd have to not use them if you want to mount there, and I didn't want to have to drill holes for it. If you mount it where the lower one is you could probably use the upper one, but you'd have to remove the pump to remove the SSD in the future. An alternative would be mounting to the front panel, but he holes/screws would be visible from the front of the case. The bracket I used is probably the easiest overall solution, it only hurts me because I didn't check if the fan I mounted it to is PWM, so now I want to replace that fan lol.

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Hydrophobic submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Of absolutely, but I care a little more about the look than the temps. The temps are high, but not too high. I got a 120 rad as well for the rear far, but it didn't quite fit. I might get a slimmer one and put it in there in the future.

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