Description

SteamPunk Custom PC Copper Watercooling by Quadcapable

UPDATE TO PICS

Preface

I began this build over a year ago with the assumption I could have it completed within a few months. A year later and after several RMA resolutions and a very tricky timing bios issue is finally my daily driver. Because of my disability (quadriplegic), there have been some additional issues when trying to communicate my ideas to the actual hands putting the computer together. Luckily, I have been able to have some very good people assist me, get frustrated with me, but in the end get the job done. Many of the components were taken from a computer purchased by the Department of Veterans Affairs for my use along with some of my own purchases.

Design

I want to incorporate Alice in Wonderland and Steampunk into the build and thought the best way to do that was to use one half-inch copper tubing along with the push to connect fittings by Sharkbite. I also painted the case to make it look more antiqued and added a decorative backdrop inside the case to bring the exterior and interior together. The lighting effect is meant to incorporate an Edison bulb glow to the interior.

CPU

I chose the I7-8700 K based on my personal workload. I typically use my computer as a workstation for video editing (minimally) and a lot of streaming and gaming. My stream has offset to a different computer for rendering, etc. I have managed to overclock the CPU on all six cores to 5. 2 GHz stable at 30°

Motherboard

At first, I had chosen the Asus Hero, but after having to RMA that board I upgraded to the Formula X. this board was also an RMA as apparently my first 8700 K was shorting out my motherboards. After a couple of months of Postal Service back and forth. I had a CPU and motherboard that really like each other and managed to POST and load Windows.

Memory

From all of the forms, I have read this particular combination of CPU and motherboard work well with 3200 MHz RAM. I chose the RGB Trident Z because of the lighting effect along with the great reviews of that particular RAM. There were some timing issues initially and I had to disable fast booting power to synchronize everything for startup.

Storage

Samsung 960 Evo 250 MB for the operating system and any programs I run daily. Initially, I will have a second m.2, but for now, I am backing up to a secondary SSD which only shows signs of lag when rendering large videos.

GPU

The 1080 from MSI came with the build from Department of VA, so I transferred to this case. It manages to run every game I have at 144 MHz refresh rate FPS. Unfortunately, with the prices of GPU’s. I will have to wait on the 1080 TI so that I can update this graphics card. But I am very happy with the 1080 Aero OC 8 GB from MSI. I overclocked with MSI Afterburner 2075 MHz 11200 euros for the memory at 32°C. 1043mV

Case

I chose the case because of its rigidity and that it can be gutted relatively easily and allow for more customization.

PSU

Fully modular with a great control panel enough power to launch a rocket ship. 1200 W may be overkill for this particular build. The PSU was also from the Department of VA computer. I think that the HX or AX 650 and up from Corsair would be just fine.

Watercooling

I recommend water cooling hands-down over any other type of cooling readily available to the average consumer. I chose a rather difficult way of and permitting cooling, but if you were to use flexible tubing. You would be able to get by with a lot less of an expense. AIO coolers are a simple but effective way to meet most cooling demands. The Kraken G 12 helps with incorporating your GPU for cooling without breaking the bank. If you are considering a loop for your build. I advised to keep it very simple and you will find you may end up with something like I have.

My temperatures for the CPU under-load the PC never goes over 50°C and at 29°C idle. Previously using air cooling temperatures Were around 65°C idle, and around 79° while gaming. I also de-lidded the CPU so that also assisted with the lower temps. My 1080 always ran over 80° no matter what settings were applied. With the watercooling, it stays at 30°C with overclocking and under stress.

Pics by: https://jeffjenkinsphotography.com

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 7 points

Ok how do we tell pcpp to feature this?

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

no idea...trying to figure that out!

  • 17 months ago
  • 4 points

Regardless of the components this looks like an interesting themed computer, needs better pictures!

  • 17 months ago
  • 4 points

agrred

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

I think everybody wants to see your rig!! There seems to have a lot of work involved and a lot of love, right down to the details.

  • 17 months ago
  • 4 points

working on a photographer

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

pics updated

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

now THAT is an awesome project showing how awesome it is. It was really worth it to have the pics redone!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

With better pictures, it's sure it will be featured cause that's one of the most achieve theme setup that I have seen.

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

thanks! Hoping to have a pro shoot some photos soon!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

pics updated

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

These pics are just AWESOME !

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you!

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

What a fu**ing amazing masterpiece!!!! We need more close up pictures of it, more in detail and TG pannel removed, so we can admire such a great job!

Anyone feeling a Featured smell here????

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Will do. Working on pictures that are more up to snuff this week.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Beautiful build, Love the Alice/steam idea especially with the reservoir. The only thing I would be worried about I guess would be the copper corrosion. This is a definite future feature. +1

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

ty

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

pics updated

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm shocked that even with your disability, you've overcome it and done all this. I can't give enough upvotes to show that. +1 Beautiful Pics.

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

ty! adversity is just a poor mindset! have to overcome

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Now I'm calling a feature !

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

This is an stunning masterpiece! WoooowwwwW!!!! And congrats to the photographer as well :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

ty

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

WOW! This community really let you down, this is more than feature worthy. So many sub-par featured builds and somehow an epic build like this gets missed... bad job PCPP.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the support!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build brother - Semper Fi!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

ty bro

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

ty sir!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

This rig is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The attention to detail is amazing! If anything deserves a +1 this does. Good job.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you. it took some team efforts for sure

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a one of a kind masterpiece. Like it should be in the gaming section of a museum. Very nice!!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

:) thank you. a lot of work went into this one!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Steampunk builds are damn fkn sexy

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

yes they are ;p

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Incredible build! Great job!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

yo tf

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Yo! Sup?

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

how did u get to look like that

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Which part?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

all

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

yo

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

better pics, and this will surely be featured!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

workin on it!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

pics updated

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

LOOKS EEEPPPPIIIICCC!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

ty

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

new pics!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

We need to get this to become a feature build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know how I missed this when it went up... This is amazing! Copper water cooling is my favorite!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

A computer disguised as a work-of-art. Original and gorgeous. Well Done Sir.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

That is amazing.