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Lian: My WC'ed Gaming PC

by BornEvil

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Date Published

Aug. 19, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 3, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.152 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

9.58 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

51.0° C

Description

Edit 24/8/16: Did a better write up of Description

Note: Please don't mind some spellings, I'm from the UK, and we spell 'color' as 'colour'. The correct way :D /jk

Naming:

Did not really think of a fancy name. 'Lian' just come to my lazy mind, simply part of the name of the case manufacture. The name is simple, clean and unique, which is what I am going for the build.

Objective:

The main aim for the build is pure silence. The fans only spin at 400rpm when system idle and only 600rpm during gaming load. The D5 pump spins at 2000rpm (out of 4800rpm) and is virtually inaudible. I am willing to sacrificed cooling for silent gaming.

Price/Budget:

I had no budget for the aesthetics department. Wanted it to look good for my new house when I move in. But the build is purposed for 1440p gaming primarily, so did not spend way over the top for Titan XP and Broardwell-E etc.

I'm from the UK, and PC parts pricing fluctuates a lot, plus our 20% tax on everything we buy :(. I bought everything before Brexit, at pretty much its lowest price point. Total ~£1950 (~$2300 exchanged at the time).

Part decisions:

  • CPU: i7 6700K: Quite self explanatory, there is only 2 options for unlocked CPUs on the Z170 platform, and I chose the more powerful one.

  • Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII GENE: Had this from my previous build, at the time is was the best mATX option available, now arguably super-seeded by the ASRock Z170M OC Formula. I like the Asus's grey/chrome/black (and very little red) colour theme, and built my whole computer around this colour theme.

  • RAM: 4x8GB Corsair DDDR4 LPX: Already had 4 sticks of DDR4 from my X99 build, and thought I may as well use them. Also wanted to fill up all 4 DIMM slots for aesthetics. 32Gb is obviously not needed but RAM was so cheap at the time of purchasing (Q2 2016).
  • SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB: At the moment I don't have the need for PCI-E NVME SSDs, SATA is enough for now. I don't need mass storage as I have as 9TB FreeNAS server in another room.
  • GPU: nVidia GTX 1070 FE: Went with the 'hated' founders edition as it is easier to buy watercooling block. I did have a MSI 1070 Armour OC, but it would not fit when I moved the PSU down from the case manufactures intended position: Picture. TBH this was a panic buy, I bought it on the day Britain announced that we will to leaving the EU, and surely the £ dropped to ~$1.3 from ~$1.5 (USD). On that day all PC parts from online retailers increased the price by about 15%. At the time of writing, pricing is still not back to what they were. I feel I dodge a bullet there :)
  • Case: Lian Li PC-O6SX: It's a niche case, expensive and underwhelming cooling performance. But it is stunning and a real statement. I put a lot of effort in aesthetics, wanting the build to look clean and unique. The case will be wall mounted when I move into new house.
  • PSU: Seasonic 760 Platinum: Far from the cheapest around, but no coil whine, fan never spins up with the load I need. Good quality Tier 1 PSU.

Water Cooling Parts:

  • EK CoolStream SE 360,
  • EK XRes Revo D5 PWM,
  • EK-Supremacy EVO - Full Nickel,
  • EK-FC1070 Nickel-Plexi with Black back-plate,
  • EK EK-ACF Nickel 10/13mm Compression,
  • EK EK-AF Fittings,
  • Barrow Matt Black fittings,
  • 3x Noctua NF-F12.

Mods:

  • Holes drilled for pass-through tubing: Wanted a super clean look. Rather than having hard tubes and bends taking valuable space in the front area, I had the tubes all feed into the back usually used to stuff cables. The most difficult (and scary) part was measuring to get the holes aligned with the water blocks to give straight parallel tube runs.
  • Stealth Reservoir: Again my secret is looking clean. Had the in/outlets run straight to the back. It appears the reservoir is floating in the air, quite happy of the way it tuned out. Some eagle eyed viewer may see that I screwed one hole when drilling, luckily I am an evil genius and did it from the back, so no ugly scratches can be seen from the front.
  • Custom Dark Grey Pastel Coolant: Judging from the comments, people are liking my unusual choice of grey. I've actually trialled clear, red, white, grey and dark grey. http://imgur.com/a/XzdDF. In the end dark grey was decided upon.
  • NZXT Hue+ Lighting: RGB is only for show. Most of the time it is OFF or white LEDs on certain areas only. The NZXT Hue+ is awesome for controlling what area to light up.
  • Custom pattern Teleios sleeved PSU Cables: The pattern again reflects the motherboard design. These are great, very stiff, but when train they are going nowhere. For the ultimate clean look, I put the cable combs on the back so they are not visible. The combs are the sealed type and are great because they do not stretch out the gap between cables. Being Teleios (plastic) they reflect lights giving it a shinny look. I love them.

Alot more final and progress pictures are on my imgur page: imgur

Final Thoughts

Well, I am personally very happy with the build, I built is as a centre piece for my office/bedroom within to be new house. I feel I achieved this. It is a fairly unique build, designed and executed by myself and am pretty proud of it.

I am very sensitive with noise, and very rarely used the word 'silence' to describe a computer. Unfortunately this does not make it into my 'silent' category. Of course, it is extremely quiet, and can not be heard more than 1 metres away. In fact, nearly the most quiet I have ever built over the 15 years. I probably am being very picky here but some people use the word silent more easily than others.

Note: This is an revised description. Judging from the comments, I have been receiving great response from the PCPP community. Reached +90 within 24 hours without being a feature build and I am very happy about that. I would like to thank every one that has taken time to comment and upvote. It feels very nice when my hours of effort are appreciated. +1 for everyone!

Comments Sorted by:

vagabond139 5 Builds 6 points 30 months ago

This definitely should be a featured build. Love the grey fluid, always wondered how grey fluid would look in a build. +999

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

^ What this guy said

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks bud, grey is not very common, wanted to try something different.

The motherboard has the monochrome colour theme, luckily grey fluid blends in very nicely.

The visible fluid in the GPU block also spreads out the grey colour so it is more balanced around the case.

VonKessler 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Reminds me of a lot of thermal paste. Gives it an oddly satisfying appearance.

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

lol, did not think of that, just so true!

mcgoff360 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I have to completely agree. The grey pastel is just amazing. I have an AIO from swiftech and eventually will be replacing it with a pastel color ... maybe I will reconsider grey after seeing how nice it looks against the black background of your case.

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG6y2M6Uvss

In case you're wondering how grey is mixed ;)

mlach 4 Builds 3 points 30 months ago

I love how the coolant looks like wet concrete +1

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks, glad people are taken kindly with my choice of grey.

I like that one too, had thermal paste, now wet concrete :)

Baesick 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

That case costs more than my GPU Cry +1

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Yeah, i'd admit kinda expensive. I am kind of paying the price for a niche case.

But having something a very different to the standard ATX layout is great fun for experienced builders.

not_so_drunk 1 point 30 months ago

what rad?

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

It's EK CoolStream SE 360,

The case can only fit a slim rad, the temperatures are not bad considering the fan/pump speed.

it can fit a thicker rad but would have to remove he fan filter.

bit_rot 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Looks fantastic

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks, nice when people appreciate my efforts

izac.bongo 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

+1 for an amazing build! you my friend deserve to be featured

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks for the kind comments

Potatoman01 1 point 30 months ago

Very nice build. The custom water-cooling and mods looks amazing. +1 Wouldn't be surprised if this gets featured.

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Thanks, I tried to make it clean as possible, so it's not to fight attention with the pretty motherboard (imho) :)

confuzledandlost 40 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

This is absolutely fantastic, you deserve a feature for all of the work you put into this build! I have no words other than praise, +1 from me brother!

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Thank you, I'm still very new to the site, don't even know where to find feature builds :)

confuzledandlost 40 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

The "Featured Build" is chosen by the people who run the site and is "Featured" on the front page, it's a place of honor and respect lol

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Is there a way to see previous feature builds?

xPenguinHD 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

You can. Just go to the completed builds tab at the top and on the left side should be an option for featured builds.

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Is there only one feature build at one given time? Sorry for noob questions, did not realise how popular this site is.

confuzledandlost 40 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

That's a great question! I don't know the answer but maybe one of the moderators will be able to help you out when they inevitably stumble upon this build lol

xPenguinHD 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

You can. Just go to the completed builds tab at the top and on the left side should be an option for featured builds.

Bartendalot 1 point 30 months ago

This is one of the cleanest builds I've ever seen.

Your hard work payed off big time. Enjoy!

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks man.

I'm trying to enjoy it as my daily driver, but when ever I use it to play games or do work, I end up staring at the case. Very distracting!

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 30 months ago

Don't see many cooling loops with this colour, +1 :)

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

I have only seen a few myself.

And most of them were theme build done my professional case modders.

Quite happy that a commoner like me kinda pulled it off with that colour. :)

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Astonishing build. Yet i wonder if there would be any way to make this PCIe bridge look somewhat better.

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

True, I can buy the revised ribbon cable, PW-PCIE30-1 for $75 (!), but looks harder to manage. When it was new it looks very nice, but now it is a bit worn.

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Paint it maybe?!

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

By worn, I mean that the the glue on the shielding has become less adhesive, so there is some air bubble effects.

I have no problem with the colour, it's good old black :)

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Paint might cover up the worn look, that's what i was thinking.

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

ic, it's actually made of some sort of fabric material, no idea what it is called. Pretty sure it can't be painted easily.

Maybe vinyl wrapped.

xDiiThy 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Featured.

beatboxingboy 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I think this build will get a feature! Might need a bit bigger description (not your life story mind you). But I LOVE the quality pictures and great modding! The only thing out of place (or at least I think is out of place) is the PCIE cable from the motherboard...I know you have to have it there, but still...great build!

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

The PCI-E extensions, does have it's benefits, covers a lot of rear cable management.

beatboxingboy 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

very true!

Trinergy 9 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Exquisite. Can I hang it on my wall? Well done. Direct short tubing and so clean. I could watch it all night like if it was an aquarium. All things considering the cost isn't that bad.

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

I actually paid less than PCPP current pricing. I'm from the UK, but left the USD pricing for easier viewing for the majority. PC parts pricing fluctuates alot in the UK but I bought everything before BrExit, at pretty much its lowest price point. Total ~£1950 (~$2300 exchanged at the time)

Trinergy 9 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Even better. No matter the cost this to me is the epitome of a clean simple aesthetic.

Logical_Motion 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Stunning. +1000

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks man :)

just reached +100, tenth of the way there :D

tylerdami 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

This is impressive. Awesome job!

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks, much appreciated.

Design1stcode2nd 5 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Very well done and unique build. I love seeing different cases and how people put them together. +1 for you.

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Me too, I know PCPP has been around for a while, but only recently sat down to browse properly recently. This is a great site to browse during work :D

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I decided to pick my favorite of the most recent 5 builds and yours is it, good job man, here's a gold sticker.

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks man :D

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

np bro! (decides not to tell him the rest were complete trash) Just kidding it actually looks sick!

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

:D

To be fair the others published around the same time as mine were new builders, have budgets or purpose built stuff.

Mine is a purpose built showpiece project (as well as being my daily driver). I am no pro case modder, but have been building PCs for 15+ years since I was 15 year old.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

wow thats cool, im 16 and all i can do is cut a piece of metal out for cable rounting with these giant scissor lookn things that are made for cutting metal.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

wait i actually have song that describes this build perfectly, https://youtube.com/watch?v=seKaCr7yTeo.

cajunsloth 7 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Speechless. +1

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

:D

I trying to find something interesting to reply as thanks for taking your time to comment and upvote :D

Cheers bud :D

toeslayer 1 point 30 months ago

This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing all these great pics!

What goes into designing the custom watercooling with your case? Where do you start?

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Thanks bud,

I wanted a clean look, parallel tubes, so it does not fight attention with the main components. Rather than have hard tube bends taking up the limited space, I decided to have the tubing run straight through the back, so it is not seen. And all the ugly bends are at the back.

To do that I needed to lower the PSU from the manufactured intended position, so the CPU tubes have somewhere to go. I also the flip the CPU 90 degrees (goofy mount) for aesthetics reasons.

The GPU pass-through I am very satisfied with, just unfortunate the PCI-E cable is covering one of the fittings (right side), making it look less clean.

toeslayer 1 point 30 months ago

It's nice to see some cables so we know you're human :) It's easy to tell this is a very well-planned and careful build. Thanks for sharing!

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Holy balls this is beautiful! You even cable managed like a nazi on the back panel .................... Well done! +1

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Cheers m8!

I think I did OK in terms of routing the extra length etc, but those chunky cable clips are ugly.

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Ok is an understatement, this took a lot of time and determination.

Vitality 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

This is jaw dropping. Everything about it. I was skeptical about the grey liquid but it turned out to look quite nice with the LEDs. even the cable management was amazing with the the tubes running behind the motherboard! Love this thing! +∞

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks, I've seen loads of builds with bright primary colours, I wanted a more neutral colour.

I did trial clear, red, white, light grey and dark grey: http://imgur.com/a/XzdDF

Dark grey is perfect fit with the motherboard, there is shades of grey everywhere, so does blend in nicely. Almost leaned towards clear coolant, as that too look classy.

KYBL 1 point 30 months ago

Great looking build. Super clean with a lot of attention to detail. It's already been said, but you deserve a feature for this.

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks for the kind words,

Regardless if it get featured or not, what matter to me is that people take time to comment and up vote.

slasht 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Well done.

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Cheers m8

AnAngrySamaritan 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

F'in SICK! I was wondering where the infamously poop-colored Noctua's were and they're perfectly hidden away! Amazing Build!

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Well, i'm not going to do all that work colour coordinating, then make the poop-fans visible am i?!? :D :D :D

Thanks bud, glad you like it. :)

PizzaHutBuilds 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Very clean build!

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks man,

I had to be clean as everything is shown bare through the glass side panel,

'Be responsible for having a case window' quote me :)

NZXTmk1 1 point 30 months ago

gray liquid? Unusual choice but at the same time it's fantastic looking with the rainbow theme of the leds... Everithing inside a lian-li pc.... Amazing job!!!

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

TBH, the LED lights are hardly ever on, they loose there novelty very quickly. The fluid looks just as nice behind the tampered glass: http://i.imgur.com/6rPh8iV.jpg

Are3SeaTea 1 point 30 months ago

Dude, this build is legendary. Having a slim water cooled case is nothing I've seen before, as well as the liquid being grey. +1 for originality!

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks man, dunno about legendary but it is kinda different.

The case is not all that thin (about 15cm). But its that the components that are right close to the glass side panel, giving the illusion that it is a thin case. We are just used to seeing big cases with loads of room.

I'm happy the way it turned out as the space is filled without looking to cluttered.

Are3SeaTea 1 point 30 months ago

True, yet one of the slimmest i've seen with water cooling installed, all in all amazing build, maye move to custom water cooling PC's next after I get mine all built

Fili98 1 point 30 months ago

Very nice Build!!! +1

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks, very happy people are taken kindly with it.

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

I've spent some time updating the description ;)

Sacred310 1 point 29 months ago

What is the right angle power cable that you used for your PSU?

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

It's just a standard c13 right-angle plug. Bought it on eBay, it is open ended, so I can cut the cable to length.

Sacred310 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you.

Sacred310 1 point 29 months ago

Can you link me the pieces that were used for the two runs from the CPU block? The metal-like gaskets that you used to have that sealed look as the tubes go through the case.

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

They are called pass-though fittings. https://www.ekwb.com/shop/fittings/extra/pass-through-panel-mount . Mine are EK ones but most big name brands do them.

In case you did not noticed, I also used them for the two GPU runs.

Sacred310 1 point 29 months ago

Appreciate it man.

Sacred310 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for all your help so far. What were the fittings you used coming from radiator and going through the small gap at the top? I can't quite make them out from your picture.

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

[1] 90 elbow => 45 elbow => 40mm extension => 90 elbow [2] 90 elbow => 90 elbow

They are single rotary fittings, so I can freely turn them to the exact angles I want them.

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SalFlu 1 point 28 months ago

Did you follow a tutorial for the holes you drilled? And which kind of fittings did ou use to seal the holes? Great buil, +1 from me!

BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

no tutorial needed, it's pretty straight forward.

I used these fittings: https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-af-pass-through-g1-4-nickel?___store=default&___from_store=slo

drilled the holes to specification with a hole saw, i.e. 20mm. piece of cake ;)

KegiMasters 1 point 26 months ago

How much was the build in total?

Trickman2 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Beautiful Build

PCpeace84 1 point 25 months ago

This is a work of art.

BobsWorld93 1 point 24 months ago

Really glad to see that this case can be watercooled. My plan fpr my personal build was to go for an EATX X99 Rampage V E10 build because im going to use it for game development and other things like that but i decided i was going to start smaller and once i pick up a job as a game dev then ill op for the WC King the "Phanteks Enthoo Primo".... After reading your description and viewing the pics im now really excited to jump on this case and build in it. My mini atx x99 build is going to be a perfect first build. Definitely a +1 and your build will be a perfect map of success

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BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks bud but really? I thought I might get slaughtered for picking an expensive niche case :D. But did work out aesthetically pleasing in my eyes.

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BornEvil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks m8,

It's not really a competition but it is a good way to suss that I am going in the right direction, and that I do not have bad taste in looks.

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