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Hi PCCP community.
Its back! Shiny Charizard has gotten bigger, badder, TUF, and uhh...
Well this project to revamp my main PC after giving away all my parts from my old Shiny Charizard PC to relatives (see Project Dynasty) has been in the plans/works for the past 4 months and has finally reached its completion (with more upgrades to come in the future). It is an all out, no holding back build, featuring parts from only the most premium companies out there.
The parts include:
In Win Tou 2.0 Case
Asus TUF X299 w/ 7820X
Nvidia GTX 1080Ti in SLI
Watercooling by 99% Bitspower products (with some modified EK parts)
The CPU/RAM was purchased way back in Q3 2017, which I didn't see a chance to swap for newer 2018 parts.
For the water cooling parts, this is the first time i've put faith in purchasing almost all Bitspower products to cool my dual 1080 Ti and 7820x. Their pricey, but quality wise, their silver shining finish is flawless. Clear coolant is used for longevity.
Now for a premium build, hard line would be the first thing to go to right? but nah, I like soft tubing. I decided to use EK Duraclear 10/13mm with Black Nylon sleeve that is 1mm thick to give me 15mm OD. Bitspower's CC3 V3 Fittings state they are 10/16mm but they are extremely tight for 16mm OD (u'd have to use a wrench which I don't want to damage the finish on the knurled rings), I'd say their OD is more 14-15mm. Soft tubing also allowed me to integrate Quick Disconnects for Modularity.
I have integrated quick disconnect fittings throughout the loop to assist in draining/modular disassembly. It enables me to seperate the radiator/top of case without having to drain the loop to clean/replace the fans/radiator if need be in the future. It also enables me to drain the coolant from the CPU/GPU in one go. Hence allowing me to detach the tubing connecting CPU to GPU, and modularly remove both GPU for maintenance/cleaning. The Pump/reservoir is also seperated and can be removed modularly for replacement/cleaning in the future.
The ball valve near the pump allows me to drain coolant from the hex reservoirs.
A temperature probe fitting for loop temperatures is also attached to the temperature sensor plug on the motherboard to minimise the need for an LCD/cable clutter, as all my temperatures/fan speed/monitoring/control can be done on ASUS AI Suite TUF software.
Now the single 360mm slim radiator has been able to handle the cooling of the 7820x and a single 1080 ti (previous test revision) no problem in what I run on a day to day basis.
Here are the previous results from the single test:
I chose the Corsair ML120 due to its utter silence. I would run them at 400RPM when idling/browsing/watching video and paired with a EK SPC 60 MX pump, the system is dead silent with the PC sitting 20cm away. My CPU gets around 20-30 degrees and single 1080ti GPU around 20 degrees when idling/low load tasks with ambient temp of 18 degrees
When gaming, I would ramp the ML fans up to 1500 RPM (Winter) and 1800 RPM (Summer), which has audible noise, but is often drowned out by my earphones. (Which I switch back to idle profile after gaming). My CPU temps are around 40-50 degree and single 1080ti GPU below 32 degrees (ambient temp 18 degrees celcius in room, running Heaven benchmark 1hr)
I am yet to update on the temperature results for the dual 1080ti.
Update on dual 1080 ti, 7820x temperature
Idle, CPU 20-30 degrees, GPU 1 21 degrees, GPU 2 19 degrees, 450RPM (Ambient 16-17 degrees celcius in room)
Load, CPU 30-40 degrees, GPU 1 31 degrees, GPU 2 29 degrees, 1400RPM (Ambient 16-17 degrees celcius in room)
Load, CPU 25-35 degrees, GPU 1 27 degrees, GPU 2 24 degrees, 1800RPM (Ambient 16-17 degrees celcius in room)
Noise is cancelled out with headphones at 1400-1800RPM, and dead silent at 450RPM.
Dust in case
With the orientation of the fans and keeping them at minimum RPM when idling, the PC has seen minimal dust attraction regardless of the filter-less design of the case.
I plan to upgrade somewhere down the line, more RAM, Cablemod PRO cables and maybe a second radiator. The cables I currently have were won in a promotion, there lengths are far too long, and I would like to minimise the spaghetti hiding in the basement by getting cables that are EXACT lengths. Something I plan to do in the future.
Overall, I am very happy with the result of this build, it suits my desires for a top of the line, premium system with the simple monochromatic black/silver theme with a touch of my favourite colour green. I have even shed blood when handling some of the fittings. The mirror finish on the glass, however, is a fingerprint magnet and is a pain in the bum to clean.
I do see myself using this case/parts/PC for many many years to come as my main rig. Although I won't stop building more PCs in the future ;)
For access to the full build log:
Thanks for checking out this build!
Any questions feel free to comment/ask.