Description

Hello again! So seeing as I ended up swapping out so many core components I figured I'd call it a new build.

What stayed: Case: I love this case and while I REALLY am tempted to get a Thermaltake P3, I figured I should show at least this much restraint. PSU: No brainer here. Cooler: MOST of the original Swiftech H320 X2 is still there...just not the tubes or fittings. I still am trying to find a reason to stick it in another case and just go full custom with this....it's just too big for the other cases in the house and I may get murdered if I buy a pump and rad. Case Fans and the NZXT Hue+: Already to color scheme.

What's new: Mobo: Gigabyte X99 Phoenix This matches my orange, black, white scheme to a T. It's gorgeous if you're into those colors. I really like the mobo and have no complaints about its feature set or its capabilities. The only thing I'm not a huge fan of is its in OS software suite. It does its job but it is a program to open a program, I much prefer ASUS' polish.

Memory: G.Skill Tridentz Again, matches my color scheme. Sure there's black and white RAM but it came in ORANGE. I was eyeing up the Corsair Dominator Plats, buuuut these are really pretty and perform really well.

GPU: GTX 1070 Sea Hawk EK My intent was going full waterblock on the GPU from the beginning and at the time only the 1080 EK had been announced so I bought the Gigabyte 1070 FE. Then this appeared in all its glory. Luckily a friend was in the market for a 1070 so I was able to jump on this. Not only does it look great but it also saved me money by not having to buy the block and backplate. I haven't messed with OCing it and I'm not 100% sure I will. Easy to install but really wide and heavy.

Storage: Added Samsung 256gb 950 M.2. : Lost the 320gb HDD IT'S SO FAST

Cooling System: Added Monsoon MMRS 100ml Reservoir, Monsoon 10/16mm black and white chain gun compression fittings, and white black and clear primochill primoflex tubing. I may or may not have gone crazy, I saw the fittings and thought they were awesome and then I saw Monsoon's modular res system and all of a sudden I just needed to buy these things. The res being all white was not in the game plan (the caps at the ends were supposed to be black to match the fittings) however I am a slave to immediate satisfaction and kept it as is. Right now I just need to get an inverter for the cathodes at the bottom.

Overall the system runs extremely cool @ ~35c when I set the fans low. The CPU OC's at well above 4ghz stable and I've had 0 issues with the RAM until about 4.2ghz. The only plans I have left are installing white sleeved cables for the PSU.

Some of the things I'd do in hindsight: The Swiftech made me somewhat comfortable with a custom loop and I didn't anticipate going crazy, so I find myself wishing I had been bold enough to go full custom instead of AIO. Don't get me wrong, the Swiftech is great but it is large and the res/pump/rad combo doesn't give a lot of options.

Pay attention to what the hell I'm ordering. While I can't take credit for the color gaff, I did order the wrong size standoffs and tank for what I originally had planned which is the res vertical under the rear exhaust fan. I ended up having to remove the HDD and SSD that were in the hotswap bays at the bottom, bend the fittings for said bays, and then drill holes for the bolts to the res.

And maybe, just maybe I won't forget an O-ring next time. Especially on a 1.5"~ section of tubing that was a pain in the rear to setup. Also, maybe next time I won't set myself up to have such a short run of tubing.

Any questions, suggestions, comments I'd appreciate!

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 4 points

Do I smell a featured build? + 1

  • 39 months ago
  • 4 points

No... This is Patrick.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Not the Krusty Krab?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahah, that would be amazing but there are so many other gorgeous builds. Thank you very much though!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Love that colour scheme, You have put a lot of work into that and I'm glad it payed off, wish I could get parts cheaper in Australia, and not have a budget... +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I guess there's a trade off to parts cost to death spider per kilometer. To be honest so much of the work was finding the arts I needed at the lowest price, open box, cert. I also start putting away for the next build as soon as one is finished so in 3 to 4 years I have a nest to work with. Factory refurbished, and clearance. The rest of the hard work was coming up with new derogatory terms to shout at it as it was being built! Thank you for your kind words!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the Flyers. nice build

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Is it October yet?

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

not yet. win it for ed!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not going to lie, I had a sliver of hope for a cinderella story this past year.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

First thing I thought as cycling through images before reading description was Overwatch. +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahahah, I can definitely see that now that you mention it! I really need to start playing that again.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Run minecraft? Hehehehehehehe

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I think MineCraft is for 1080 builds only :o

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol 8k graphics

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

D: +1 Nice build. First time seeing a person use Monsoon cooling. Im planning to get that also :D How's that MMRS working for you?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, Monsoon didn't seem to be very common. I really do like the MMRS minus the color mixup I had but it still looks good. The only thing to be wary of when putting it together is making sure you tighten it enough and evenly, just like changing a tire. Having handling EKWB products hours before getting in the mail, I will say there is definitely a difference in overall quality. Not that the MMRS is a POS but more so a lack of polish. Some ports weren't redrilled after paint making it so I had to use one of my old barb fittings as a martyr to get it where it needed to be with a wrench. Also some meh paint jobs on the various parts but you honestly can't tell without handling it. Overall I really like the tank it just came with some minor frustrations. However I have nothing bad to say about the fittings, world of difference.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

They look really nice. Ran across looking for res and pumps, but EK D5 has res pump combo. Enjoyable, not much of a hassle. But Monsoon don't have nice looking pump res combos :/ . The MMRS Style 1 looks nice but no pump. And i havent looked much into pumps

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, they have the pump covers for D5s but no combo, though seeing as you pretty much have to put it all together as it is, might as well just buy the D5 at the same time if you like the customization of the mmrs series. EKWB is is very high quality from what I've gotten to handle, my friend bought their biggest "Extreme" all included setup. Each piece was packaged in its actual retail box, really driving home their claim of being able to buy it all separately. The only issue we had with his installation was actually a male to male extender from bitspower. As far as pumps go, everyone seems to say as long as it's a rebranded Laing pump, you're set.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the info. For now, im planning for the MMRS Style 1 and a pump under it . Just gotta find a pump with in from the top and out from the side since MMRS can receive liquid from the top and out from the bottom

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

This is gonna be a bit retarded but You know how style 1 has the 2 fittings faceing out. Is it possible to put a plug on the INSIDE and keep the fittings on the outside for show so the water doesnt leak out? Or should i just remove that type of cap and go with a single port.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You MIGHT be able to but I wouldn't count on it in all honesty. Not sure you'd be able to get a good seal even if you could thread both in fine. If you didn't want to remove the second port option you could always turn it into a drain/fill.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

...DAMN

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! lol

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow you even painted in the inside of the PCIE slots?! That's amazing, this is an inspiration of attention to detail. Thanks for sharing!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Figured I might as well pain any easily-detached metal if I was going to be painting! Thank you for the compliment as well as comment!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Been thinking about getting the gigabyte x99 phoenix. Is the board actually white and orange? Some builds make the orange look for red and I'm shooting for a white and orange build this time around. Beautiful build!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

It's white, orange, and black. I feel like it was tailor-made for me :P Sorry for the delay in getting back to you! Also the lights are full RGB as well.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, sorry for the late reply and it probably doesn't matter anymore buuuut yes it is white and orange! And thank you!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

How good is your liquid cooler? Has there been any licks? Am hoping to get one like it.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

The cooler works great. No licks outside of me learning how it all works when I expanded and when I accidentally broke a standoff. Overall I do recommend them but I would go with at least the EKB full kits, better options but a little more $.