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Updated May 2019

Ascended to the realm of dual monitors with the addition of a Dell S2716DGR. For a 27" 1440p 144Hz 1ms G-Sync monitor that normally retails for $599, finding it new on sale for $349 was an offer I couldn't refuse. I rotated my old 24" IPS monitor to portrait orientation, which I feel is so much better for viewing many websites as well as coding. It's a 16:10 ratio monitor (1920x1200) so the little bit of extra height (or width, rather, in this instance) makes a huge difference. Both screens are mounted on a VIVO dual arm which is extremely study and has built in cable management.

Updated April 2019

PSU My old Corsair AX650 stopped working. Thankfully it didn't take any other components along with it. I've replaced it with an EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W. Unfortunately, this meant pulling and replacing all the managed modular cables as well.

GPU I took advantage of having the rig apart for the PSU swap to also upgrade from a EVGA 560 Ti to an Asus GTX 970, which I managed to snag from a reputable seller on eBay - complete with a new EK waterblock - for just over a hundred bucks. I added on an EK backplate which also happened to be on sale elsewhere. I'm very happy with the upgrade from performance to looks.

Keyboard I graduated to the realm of mechanical keyboards and picked up a Cooler Master CK550 while at PAX East. PCPP doesn't have this model listed yet so I wasn't able to add it to my list.

I've removed the old photos and added a couple new ones. I'll need to add some more soon.

Original Post:

I built this system way back in August 2012. It's my third overall PC build (previous two were in 2004 and 2006), but this was my first dive (☞゚ヮ゚)☞ into water cooling. In early 2018 I did a complete teardown to clean, freshen up the water loop with a new res and tubing, and to fix some rookie mistakes I was never really happy with.

I primarily use this system for Counter-Strike, City Skylines, and just plain old eye candy. As much as I'd love to build a new system, this one still runs and looks as good as it did the day it was first powered on.

The case has a few minor mods for aesthetics and airflow. Notably, the front mesh was cut out and the edges wrapped in rubber molding. The factory hot-swap hard drive bay at the top was replaced with a piece of acrylic, which I also drilled a hole in to fit my fill port. Lastly, the front I/O was modified to fit switches for the case lights.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Famous 3570k still kickin'... Nice. Also, nice cooling. PC name describes it best.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Thanks for posting this. I'm still rocking the Corsair 650D too! But I've got a Noctua 200mm now in the front. Originally, I was running two 560ti in SLI. I've since upgraded to two 960 in SLI.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous blue.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! All 3 of my builds have been blue. I always wanted to try a different color but I kept coming back to it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this thing! This was literally pc goals back in 2012. What's the waterblock on the 560ti? Did you do anything to maintain the loop over the course of the years? What's that card under your gpu?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! GPU block is by DangerDen. Other card is a Creative sound card - forgot to include that in the parts list. It's an olllld one though, a carry over from my second PC built in 2006.

To maintain the loop I just change the water every 6 months (distilled with biocide). Last year I replaced the tubing, disassembled and cleaned the blocks, and flushed the radiators with a water/vinegar mix.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get those custom PSU cables from?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair's own sleeved cable kit for the AX 650/750/850

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

New PSU and cables, GPU, and keyboard, and updated photos.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Added a second monitor, 1440p 144Hz G-Sync

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  • 13 months ago
  • -1 points

Not really that low for a 580. But close enough

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do you see a 580? That’s a 560 Ti.