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Processor: So I have had many processors in my previous builds, ranging from an old core i3 processor to an i7 6700k. I decided I wanted to upgrade my processor from my 6700k not for gaming performance because the 6700k performs just as well as my 6900k, but I wanted the multicore performance for video rendering and graphics designing. I am also an artificial intelligence CS major so I do run virtual machines quite a bit for various reasons. My chip is overclocked at 4.5 GHz using 1.39V. With the cooling system under load it sits at around 50 degrees celcius.

Motherboard: I chose the ROG Strix motherboard because it not only performs well but I didn't have a Haswell chip to update the BIOS to allow for an older board to run the new Broadwell line intel just released. The Strix looks very nice within the case (though was a little bit of a tight fight lol). Also a big upside is the one click overclocking software ASUS gives you. I am aware that you can get better overclocks just doing it yourself, but I do not have the time for that right now so that was a big upside for me.

Graphics cards: I am aware that I could have waited for the third party graphics cards to come out that probably have higher overclocks buttttttt I wanted this entire build water cooled and EKWB only really had the founder edition water blocks out and I am impatient. Plus two 1070's will run any game I want to play at max settings and is way more than VR ready once my HTC Vive arrives lol.

RAM: Honestly I just picked this RAM, I did not have a preference I saw good reviews on it and then bought a stupid amount of it just because I could. It overclocks quite nicely and keeps decently cool while running very demanding tasks

Power Supply: The only thing I have to say about this is DO NOT BUY A CORSAIR REFURBISHED POWER SUPPLY. You will regret it with all of your heart. I had an AX760 power supply and it caused my PC to go into a boot loop. At first I was confused as f*** as of the reasoning behind it but as I spent more time trying to fix it, it was obvious that it was a power supply issue. So after about 4 days I bought the HX1000i power supply and the computer has been running flawlessly.

Water cooling: Obviously money hasn't really been an issue in this build so I decided to go all out and water cool the cpu and gpu's in one loop. This took about 8 hours to fully finish which wasn't as long as I expected. This was my first water cooled loop I have ever done and I am pretty proud of how it turned out. I do plan on buying new piping to make two of the bends look better but for now this works perfectly and to me it looks amazing.

DISCLAIMER: I am fully aware that the PCI-E and the power cords don't looks all that good, I will update the photos once I get my custom sleeved cords and put them into good use :)

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 6 points

Why is this not Frost-Byte?

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

It is now ;)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I was wondering what required ~$10k for a 6900k system, then I saw you spent $5k just in software, plus a second monitor. And I do not buy anything that is refurbished. I don't think the few dollars saved is worth the risk. For anyone on a really tight budget (obviously not you lol), wait & save a little more. Don't bother buying someone else's headache.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It wasn't worth it at all lol, it didn't save me any money anyways idk why I did it, but yeah the new power supply is great for this system

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

"Refurbished" means fixed and renewed by the manufacturer. If it;s not functioning properly, the manufacturer will have to change it for a functional product.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I know what refurbished means. The mere fact that it IS refurbished means there was a problem with it. The manufacturer is supposed to fix the problem and return it to original standards. However, I would rather pay a little "extra" for an item that I know has never had any problems. The money saved is not worth the risk imo. For the same reason, I would not buy a car that I knew had a rebuilt motor, or a house that I knew had foundation repair.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Refurbished doesn't always mean there was a problem, as the customer could have just returned it for another product, and even if there was a problem firsthand, the manufacturer would have fixed it and it would still be covered under warranty. If there's a problem with the refurbished product, it would be the manufacturers' responsibility to replace it, though I get why you would want to pay that bit extra for that peace of mind knowing your parts are brand new and not used by some random dude that could have messed it up in the past.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I did return the bad power supply for the one I have now, obvious there is a risk with buying an already used component. In my opinion it it worth the couple of extra bucks for the brand new component and save yourself the time and hassle.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I wouldn't risk/like buying used components, but when some ppl are on a really tight budget, they might have to go this route in order to save more for other components.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

more pics! +1 for the custom loop s340!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Will put up more pics later tonight :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. But with all the money you spent, why not go with 2x 1080's? Granted it's $400-$500 more, but seeing as you spent almost $10k, it's not an incredible cost increase. Or do you plan on upgrading to 1080ti's in the future? Although 2x 1070's are more than enough... for now =) I love the set up and the name. EKWB ftw!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I am gonna wait for the 1080ti's and hopefully EK doesnt hesitate with making water blocks that fit them because I definitely want to upgrade if possible to them in the future

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Go big or go home =)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the build a lot, but I must ask: how are the temperatures? 3x 120mm worth of radiators seem really just about what's needed to cool your hw.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

My cpu idles at about 26-28 degrees celcius, and under full load i havent seen it hit above 50 degrees

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

And what about the gpus? Also, did you overclock any of these, and if so, how much / how much extra voltage did you use? I'm asking because I'm really interested in understanding how well the "one 120mm rad per component" rule of thumb works.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

My gpu's are overclocked by +200GHz a piece with max voltage running through them, im not sure if the watercooling loop has helped it at all yet because I really haven't been home lately to fully run all of my tests on it. My CPU is overclocked to 4.5GHz (could go higher, with a more in depth overclock but I just used a software for it) I really don't have the time to overclock my system manually to get the absolute highest overclock with the best voltage, so it is sitting right under 1.4V at around 50 degrees celsius at full load.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

What is your job? Lol

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Im a computer science college student lol

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Higher res pics please?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

will be uploaded soon

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for that monoblock!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I will be uploading more pics soon, I have been out of the house for the past couple of days and haven't had the time. Sorry!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Called super high end, spent 5k, did not have 1080 SLI or 30+ inch 4k monitor. WTF??? Wait, 3k spent on software...

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How's your mobo performing? My Strix X99 killed my CPU... And it doesn't seem like an uncommon problem.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

What slots are your GPUs in?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you have the reservoir mounted to? Maybe wanting to do a custom loop in my s340 in the future once the 1080 ti comes out.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

What mount did you use for your reservoir? I have this case and I am trying to find a mount for a reservoir.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

why didnt you at least get 1440p?

  • 42 months ago
  • 0 points

Buy a bigger case, for gods' sake, this thing is tiny

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I didnt want a bigger case lol, i live in a dorm room im not trying to have a full tower take up my entire desk, this case is perfect size and looks good

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