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Titanium Red 2.0

by rck1984

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Date Published

March 27, 2016

Date Built

March 7, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

21.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.575 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.45 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

23.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

Description

This is an upgrade of my previous build: Titanium Red

Old build here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/HnvV3C

Since i changed quite a lot, i figured i'd do a re-post with new parts, some more/new info, new pictures and do another grasp to a nomination of being featured.

HOW IT STARTED:

At the end of 2015 i decided i wanted to build a new gaming rig, completely from scratch except for my case, because i like the cube form-factor and the space i have in this case. I have always used black/white builds before so i wanted something different this time. After doing some research, i decided to go for a brand new Skylake build and chose the Asus Maximus Hero VIII to be my main-board of choice. i liked the looks/colors of the board so why not build a rig in a gun-metal/titanium, black and red theme? I also like my builds clean and tidy. I don't like flashing lights, tacky RGB LEDS, oversized stickers and all sorts of colored tubing or coolant. Personally to me, less is more.

That was the moment Titanium Red had born...

COMPONENTS:

CPU: Intel i5 6600k @ 4700Mhz, 1.425v.

I chose a Intel i5 6600k because all i have in mind for this build is gaming really. I understand hyper-threading is getting more and more useful even in games nowadays, but at the day of purchase i figured i'd spend the cash elsewhere.

The chip currently runs (24/7) at 4.7Ghz on a core-voltage of 1.425v. For benching purposes i can push it to 4.8Ghz at a core-voltage of 1.455v.

For gaming, 4.7Ghz is perfectly fine and i'd like to stay under 1.45v.

CPU cooler: Corsair H110i GT

Nothing too fancy really, i did like the looks of a AIO cooler better than the massive air-coolers around. Cooling wise it did fine really. Again, nothing too crazy but it kept its own quite okay on 1.42v. If i remember correctly, i was looking at temps somewhere mid 70c.

Memory: 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum (2666) @ 3000Mhz, 1.30v.

I wanted good performing and great looking (fitting my theme) DDR4 sticks, first sticks that came into mind were the Dominator Platinums. And quite honestly, i still love them from the first time I've seen them. I did install a lightbar on them though, just gives that lovely subtle light effect.

I got these 2666Mhz sticks overclocked to 3000Mhz at a voltage of 1.30v.

Mainboard: Asus Maximus Hero VIII.

My entire theme is based around this board. I like the road Asus took with these new Maximus boards: less red and more black/grey. Other than looks, i can tell that this is a very solid board. I have read quite a bit of negative reviews on it but in all honesty, i cannot find myself in those. There is a lot of settings to alter with this hero board, settings you can't even access on other boards. Keeps my i5 6600k perfectly steady on 4.7Ghz/1.42v (BIOS settings added below).

Storage: 256GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD, 128GB Crucial M4 SSD, Seagate 1TB HDD.

Not much to talk about here. I'm using about 60GB worth of disc space of the 256GB SSD for my OS (Win10 pro x64) and the remaining for my most played games. The 128GB, a friend had laying around and asked me if i had good use for it. There is really nothing wrong with Crucial M4 SSD's so i took it and use it to store all programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and also my benchmarks. The 1TB HDD is just a storage drive for everything else really. You name it... Documents, photos, music etc...

Maybe you're thinking, isn't 1TB a little too less? No.. It's plenty for me, believe me. I am running a Windows Server 2012 with 6TB worth of storage in the basement of our house. It's acting as our mediaserver running PLEX but it also acts as a Teamspeak server and does some auto backups of our client computers. I guess i could make a 'completed build' of that server as well one day.

GPU: EVGA GTX 980Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ @ 1575/8450Mhz , 1.274v (custom bios).

I previously had a HD7950 crossfire setup to be able to provide me at least 60 fps on 1440p. When upgrading from my previous build i wanted a single video-card that performed on par, if not better than the crossfire setup. I got my eyes on the GTX980Ti immediately and as of today, i do not regret it one bit. First i had the standard EVGA ACX 2.0 air-cooler on it that did quite an okay job. The thing is however: as soon as the card reaches ~ 64 degrees Celsius, it starts to down-clock itself to prevent possible damage. This way you never ever see the true potential of your video-cards. Because lets be honest, 64 degrees is nothing for a GPU chip under load.

One of the biggest reasons i decided to go full custom water cooling. Great right? Well, yes... and no... The moment i started to add more and more water cooling parts, the quieter my system became. Still awesome!? Yes, but... As soon as i installed a waterblock on my GTX980Ti, excessive coil-whine became very audible. Even on capped fps, coil-whine was so apparent that i got crazy of it. After debating for a couple days, i decided to submit a advanced RMA at EVGA. They agreed and sent me a 'new' GTX980Ti, an even better performing one (79.9% ASIC) actually but more on that later... Sadly, this new card has coil-whine as well. Not as audible as the former one but its definitely there. I tried a different power supply, i tried burning in the card with some benchmarks but nothing seems to solve it really...

I decided to keep this card, because no one can guarantee me the next card is coil-whine free and has the same stunning performance that this puppy has. Which leads me to overclocking:

Now, this card is benchmark stable at 1585 / 8600 Mhz which is pretty awesome in my opinion. I'm running a custom BIOS to make this possible though: 1.274v, Boost disabled and Power limit increased. When gaming, the card has no trouble running 1575 / 8450 Mhz and that while maintaining a maximum temperature under 49 degrees Celsius... Amazing!

Soundcard: Asus Xonar Essence STX.

A dedicated sound-card, yes. Even with that on-board chip?! Yes, even with that on-board chip...

I am a music enthousiast and mainly use a Sennheiser HD-600 to listen to my music. Believe me when i say that this headphone needs a good source and amp (schiit Magni 2) to shine. I can tell the difference between the sound-card and the on-board within seconds. I love this sound-card to bits and treated it nicely with a custom back-plate, made from acrylic (take a look at the pictures).

PSU: Super Flower Leadex 850W.

I wanted a reliable, powerful and efficient power supply for my build. I read a lot of great reviews on the EVGA G2 series but unfortunately, they were sold out everywhere here. However, digging a little more i discovered that the amazing EVGA G2 power supplies were re-branded Super Flower Leadex models. The Super Flowers were in stock so i ordered one of those. A 850W unit to be specific, to be able to crank up my power hungry GTX980Ti and to be somewhat future proof.

On a side-note: The amount of builds i see where people cheap out on power supplies are countless. Really, DO NOT gimp on a power supply guys. You don't want your precious and expensive hardware to get fried by a failing power supply. It's the heart of your system, it failing can screw your gaming experience, overclocks and again.. potentially kill your entire system.

Case: Corsair Carbide 540 Air.

I wanted something different, a cube form-factor. I love the dual-chamber design that not only accounts for great temperatures but also is visually pleasing. Not hideous power supply to be seen and plenty of room to hide things in the back-chamber. My EK pump/reservoir combination is there for example, not because its ugly but it makes up for a cleaner build.

EXTRA PARTS:

  • NZXT Sentry Mix II fancontroller.
  • Lightbar-kit for the Corsair Dominator Platinum's.
  • 3x Corsair SP120 Performance Edition.
  • 1x Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition.
  • 8x Bitfenix Alchemy extention cables (red).
  • Highflow cable-combs (black)
  • Back-plate for the Asus Xonar Essence STX.
  • Mid-plate for the Corsair Carbide 540 Air.

Note: Initially i went with a Corsair H110i GT to cool my cpu, but i recently decided to ditch it and go for a complete custom water-cooling loop instead, therefore doing this re-post mostly:

PERIPHERALS:

  • Monitor: Crossover 27Q IPS, 2560x1440.
  • Keyboard: Corsair STRAFE.
  • Mouse: EVGA Torq X10 and Logitech G600.
  • Headphones: Sennheiser HD600, Sennheiser HD558, Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro.
  • Headphone Amp: Schiit Magni 2.

WATERCOOLING:

  • CPU block: EK Supremacy MX incl. white LED (plexi).
  • GPU block: EK Titan-X (acetal/nickel).
  • GPU backplate: EK Titan-X (black)
  • Radiator: EK Coolstream PE-240.
  • Radiator: EK Coolstream PE-360.
  • Radiator fans: EK Vardar F3-120's and Corsair SP120 PE's.
  • Reservoir/pump: EK XRES 100 DDC MX 3.1 PWM combo.
  • Tubing: EK ZMT matte black.
  • Fittings: EK 10/16mm ACF compression, Bitspower 10/16mm 90degree rotary compression.
  • TIM: EK Ecotherm.
  • Coolant: EK-Ekoolant Clear.

I decided to all out on EKWB parts. I read great reviews about them and though they looked the bits as well. I wanted to aim for a clean/organised looking build and the (black) EK blocks/rads/tubing seemed like the perfect match. And boy, was i right...

For the rotary/elbow fittings i decided to go with mostly Bitspower. They're expensive but good lord, they scream quality. You don't want to go cheap on fittings, discovering leaks that could damage your system. At least that's my mindset on this. Again, these fittings are expensive but they're well worth it.

THINGS I HAVE DONE MYSELF...

Paint-job:

To match everything nicely together; i spray-painted all the grills, thumbscrews, pci-brackets and fittings in the titanium/grey looking color. It fits very nice with the grey accents of the main-board, memory and other components.

Cable extensions and combs:

No one likes these rainbow colored cables in their builds, neither do i. The Leadex power supply comes with braided cables but obviously, they're not individually braided. They come in a simple black color with some hideous red/blue connectors. I only wanted red to highlight/accent things so i decided to go for red sleeved cables from Bitfenix. I am very pleased with the result, too much red becomes to overwhelming in my opinion and i believe this is just the right amount.

To make them cables look more organised, i used black cable-combs. People either love them or hate them, I am with the lovers.

Mid-plate:

I made a mid-plate for the Carbide 540 case. I loved the case at first glance but the HDD/SSD brackets on the bottom of it are hideous, at least that's my opinion. With the help of a nice friend of mine and his laser-cutter, we made a 3mm thick black acrylic piece that completely covers the bottom. The HDD and SSD's are now mounted in the back-chamber of the case (again, completely out of sight). When adding the enormous triple radiator at the front, i had the find a way to keep the mid-plate in there as well.

I took a fretsaw and carefully cut out the clearance for the radiator and for the Bitspower 90 degrees fittings. To finish it off and make it look pleasing to the eye, i took a rubber grommet and attached it into the cutouts (see pictures). The outcome was great, i am very satisfied the way it looks all together.

One more thing i did was drilling a 3mm diameter hole in the mid-plate so that i could screw in a thing metal 'pipe' that could hold up my heavy GTX980Ti + waterblock to prevent it from sagging (OCD warning). With the help of that 'stand', the GTX980Ti is perfectly level now.

5.25 inch bay grill:

As written above, instead of mounting the HDD at the bottom of the case. I installed it in the rear-chamber, in the 5.25 inch bay to be precise. I vertically slide it in there and secured it with two screws. For the HDD to be able to at least breath a little, i took a grill/mesh (from an old case again), cut it out to fit a 5.25 inch bay bracket, painted it in the same titanium color that matches the rest of the build and attached it to the case. It looks great and keep my HDD on a maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius, perfectly within the safe range for HDD's.

Asus Xonar Essence STX backplate:

Already described above, i (or should i say we?) made a custom back-plate for the soundcard so that it would blend in better with the rest of the build. We took the back-plates of www.coldzero.eu as an example and the outcome with perfect (see pictures). Really, I couldn't be happier with it.

EXTRA INFO:

<Asus Maximus Hero VIII BIOS overclock settings>

  • AI Overclock Tuner: XMP.
  • BLCK Frequency: 100.00.
  • CPU Core Ratio: Sync All Cores.
  • 1-Core Ratio Limit: 47.
  • DRAM Frequency: DDR4-3000Mhz.
  • CPU Core/Cache Current Limit Max: 255.50.
  • Min. CPU Cache Ratio: 45.
  • Max. CPU Cache Ratio: 45.
  • CPU Core/Cache Voltage: Manual.
  • CPU Core Voltage Override: 1.425v.
  • DRAM Voltage: 1.300v.
  • CPU VCCIO Voltage: 1.16250v.
  • CPU System Agent Voltage: 1.15000v.
  • CPU Load-line Calibration: Level 5.
  • Intel Speedstep: Enabled.
  • FLCK Frequency: 1Ghz.

<Benchmarks>

Futuremark Firestrike v1.1: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/11394742?

  • Total score: 17306.
  • Graphics score: 22592.
  • Physics score: 10499.
  • Combined score: 9712.

Futuremark 3dMark11 v1.0: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/11110149

  • Total score: 19928.
  • Graphics score: 29952.
  • Physics score: 9746.
  • Combined score: 10259.

Futuremark Vantage: http://www.3dmark.com/3dmv/5434240

  • Total score: 50655
  • Graphics score: 68268.
  • CPU score: 28555

<Cooling performance>

CPU: i5 6600k @ 4.7Ghz.

  • Voltage: 1.425v.
  • Fan speed: Low / ~ 900 RPM.
  • Temp. room: 23 degrees Celsius.
  • Temp. idle: 25 - 21 - 18 - 20 Celsius.
  • Temp. (max) load: 59 - 58 - 56 - 57
  • Stress-test: 20min - Small FFT's, Prime95 v26.6.

GPU: EVGA GTX980Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0 @ 1585 / 8550.

  • Voltage: 1.274v (custom BIOS).
  • Fan speed: Low / ~ 900 RPM.
  • Temp. room: 23 degrees Celsius.
  • Temp. idle: 26 degrees Celsius.
  • Temp. (max) load: 48 degrees Celsius.
  • Stress-test: 20min - Extreme HD, Unigine Valley.

THAT'S IT FOR NOW...

I still have some ideas in mind on short and long term so keep an eye on it if you're interested to see the progression. Finished builds don't really exist, my build is always in progress :)

  • 2nd GPU incl. waterblock.
  • Possible EK monoblock for the CPU.
  • Custom case-badge/window sticker.

I hope you like the build... Give me some feedback if you want, both negative/positive are welcome and are much appreciated!

UPDATES:

23-06-2016:

  • More pictures added.

15-07-2016:

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rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 7 points 36 months ago

\o/ That was quick! :)

Thanks for featured nomination and for all the feedback guys, it really is appreciated.

SleepyIX 3 points 36 months ago

That is one sexy build.

floridaboz 4 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

Very clean looking, very solid build.

I see you put a lot of work and effort into it, and it paid off. and also grats on making it to featured builds as well

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Thanks Floridaboz, i'm happy with it :)

philphaser 12 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

Minimalistic, simple, clean, love it!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

The exact characteristics i aimed for, less is more!

Thank you :)

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Preach!

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Not to forget flawless part picks and great color coordination!

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Plus this finally totally sold me to soft tubing!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

Glad i could be of inspiration!

I have considered going completely rigid tubing but i kind of fell in love with the matte black EK tubing. It looks great, it's a breeze to work with and doesn't need much maintenance at all. (ZMT literally means: zero maintenance tubing)

Also, they are not vulnerable to plasticizing, which is a huge plus.

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Does looks great!

KeeweeComp 3 points 36 months ago

Questions:

  1. Why did you choose the socket you did?
  2. Why did you decide to go with a Full ATX Motherboard?
  3. Any pictures with the GPU support?
  4. How is the ZMT tubing?
  5. Where's the reservoir/pump?

Comments:

  1. I really like the minimalist look.
  2. The amount of red is just perfect, subtle enough to be appealing and yet avoid a gaudy appearance.
  3. I really like the mid-plate and back-plate that you made, they look great, production grade!
  4. Great hardware, and great aesthetics!
rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

Hi, thanks for the great feedback. Let me try and answer your questions.

  1. I went for socket 1151 because The Skylake architecture just released when I wanted to upgrade my system. I asked myself the question: should I go with last generation or with the brand new generation. While both have their strengths and weaknesses, I thought it would be smartest to go with latest gen. Don't get me wrong though, there is nothing wrong with previous gen.

  2. I always had full ATX boards, I like the expandability and to me it's visually more pleasing. I am planning on adding another video-card to the system later on. Having a full ATX just makes that a hell lot easier. Also, I still had this Corsair case left from a previous build, having a m-ATX board in there just doesn't look right to me personally.

  3. I do have pictures of the GPU support, odd that I haven't uploaded them. I will add a couple pictures of it soon. Thanks for pointing that out.

  4. The ZMT tubing is great. It's looks stunning, it's a breeze to work with (nice bend-radius, thick wall) and it literally doesn't need any maintenance at all. Another huge plus is that it is not vulnerable to plasticizing at all.

  5. The pump/reservoir combination is mounted in the rear-chamber of the case, out of sight. Not because it's an ugly unit but it just gives the overall build a cleaner look in my opinion.

KeeweeComp 2 points 36 months ago

I do agree the out of sight res does add to the build by keeping the CPU and GPU as the main focal points. Interesting viewpoints, thank you for the thorough response. +1

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

You're welcome, i'll make a few more pics to show the rear-side as well, when i got the time for it.

Hoyzon 1 Build 3 points 36 months ago

Amazing Build, also, great case, i'm looking forward to one of those. it's already bit old, but still cooler than the newest ones for me. +1

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I have been thinking of ordering a new case a couple times already, not because there is something wrong with this one, because frankly there isn't. But sometimes that infamous upgrade bug bites again, forcing me to buy stuff I don't really need.

Every other case I looked at had at least one flaw i really didn't like. Therefore I'm still sticking to my beloved 540 :)

Hoyzon 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

You look just like me. I'm currently looking forward to X99 and thinking, why the f*** do i need this??

I'm currently using Intel Core i5 4590. I don't usually do heavy work, so i don't need an i7. But my Brain keeps telling me - Go, search for X99, and buy the whole f***.

I also think on moving Skylake, but do you believe it's worth?

RyRy 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

This looks incredible! I still remember your previous variants of 'Titanium Red' and they have all been amazing!

+1 for sure, and congrats on the feature! ;p

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks! Cool to see you still remember the first build :)

LeMMingSlayeR 22 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Amazing build! very clean and meticulous. I like the high quality pics as well. The AIR 540 case is one of the best I have ever built in.

Phillip.Phillip 2 points 36 months ago

Another mouthwatering candidate to PCPP renaissance competition 2016. Amazing job! +1

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Does it have to be old as hell but still beautiful?

Phillip.Phillip 1 point 36 months ago

No it can be anything that turns heads!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hmm......anything that turns heads he says. ....

CallMeKoKo 1 point 36 months ago

robot with grabby arms?

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Phillip.Phillip 4 points 36 months ago

Something I made up an hour ago

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Phillip.Phillip 3 points 36 months ago

$1000 dollars in all $100 bills of Monopoly money

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Sounds awesome, count me in :D

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Great build, and I love the quality of the pictures. If you don't mind me asking, what is your camera setup?

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 4 points 36 months ago

Believe it or not, the pictures are made with my Samsung Galaxy S6.

As long as the light conditions are right and set it up by yourself (no auto-mode), it makes beautiful pictures. Proof that you don't need a crazy camera to make somewhat nice photo's :)

Trav_X 3 points 36 months ago

I need to get a Samsung....when will this ******* iPhone just die?!?!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 6 points 36 months ago

Something with a hammer...

bobdude_01 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Looks awesome! Very detailed desc. +1

NitroOG 2 points 36 months ago

Nice build.

mb67 5 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

This is an awesome looking build! :-)

Crispybagel 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

very well done, a nice upgrade to your first build :)

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Yay! +1 It's beautiful, great pictures and description and got featured. A proper featured build thanks for posting.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

A little late from my side but thank you! :) Great to see people appreciate the work put in. Cheers!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Dude. I Channinged all over my Tatum.....

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Tatum Red 2.0 would have been a better pick if i think of it..

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Lol

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shmattymcfatty 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Was hoping this build would be the next feature. Clean build nice work.

bagirard 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Very nice build. Clean too! Same attention to detail as mine :)

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Thanks, nice build you got there yourself :)

bagirard 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks!

someta 4 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Since no one else has asked, where did you get the cable combs? I need some because my build looks awful without them... Sure I could google it, but I'd prefer to get a recommendation from someone who's clearly used them to good effect and liked them...

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Click on them in the parts list mate, you will get directed to the webpage I bought them at: www.highflow.nl

someta 4 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks! I've never heard of HighFlow before, I'll check them out!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

They're a online-store here in Holland but they ship all across the world. I'm pretty sure you can get the combs in any decent local hardware store as well though.

Just ask/look for cable-combs.

someta 4 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks, never knew they sold them in hardware stores!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Well, hardware as in computer hardware. Not with shovels, brooms etc.. :D but i guess you figured that out yourself ;)

MrMoose88 5 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Just awesome dude, just awesome. Nothing else to say

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thank you.

Zman123 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Damn this man deserves a medal of some sort!! Everything is perfect down to the smallest detail.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

A metal, now that would be something. Where can I get one?

ColoradoJones12 2 points 36 months ago

I know you said you don't like flashy LEDs, but if you just had some white ones in there to light up at night, that would be sweet

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

The LED lightning of the CPU waterblock (see pictures), the Dominator Platinums and on the heat sink of the Maximus Hero board just give enough light to make it show up nicely at night. It's a subtle light I really like. I'll see if I can make a decent picture of it later.

49ers 2 points 36 months ago

A lot of good part selections for you.

NUclearD3 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Great looking build! Also really good pictures.

TheNippleViolator 2 points 36 months ago

Classy build, the minimalism is exquisite. Did you have to custom paint the metallic mesh parts or was that factory done?

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

They're spray-painted, yes. The black case comes with black grills .

jrdotcom1 2 points 36 months ago

Great job! The black tubing is a nice touch. I have the same case and your build gives me some ideas for watercooling in the future.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Glad I could be of inspiration!

Pfffmayne 4 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

looks amazing, any pictures of the other chamber with the pump/res?

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I do but I'm on the road now, I'll add a few later.

bsr387 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

+1 just for description. I wish I could give extra +1 for build too :)

MEC-777 10 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Another LTT member makes the featured build. ;) Congrats!

Awesome rig. Looks fantastic! Great attention to detail. :)

texasmayne 4 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

awesome write up and reviews of all of the parts you used. Makes me want to save up money to build something like this.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Cheers, go for it! :)

maddog62 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous build. Thanks for posting the details and the nice pics too. If I knew PCs could look this nice I'm not sure if I would have gotten married... I could built an awesome machine w/ the $ I would have saved on the wedding. ;>D

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Haha, don't let the Mrs read this :D

znd125 4 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Simple and beautiful

Mr_Majestic 2 points 36 months ago

+1 for 4.7GHz stable and for that sound card (god damn i love that sound card)

scheelio 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Very nice! I like seeing a build without clear tubing that still looks as good as this one does. My next build will be my first foray into customer watercooling, and your build has given me lots of inspiration.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Good to hear, glad to be of inspiration!

xolot1 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

+1. Beautiful work!

The skin on my thumbs voluntarily peels off as I imagine what it took to tighten those EK fittings.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

The Bitspowers took a lot more force tbh, my fingers are still sore from tightening them :D

xolot1 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

T_T totally worth it though imo :)

Nicko_barbeque 2 points 36 months ago

GG!!! nice build... clean and simple. those are the words i would use to describe this. i am one of those guys who kinda goes for those massive custom hardline tubing builds but i really do like the simplicity yet complexity of this build... Nice job +1 from me.

UGame_ 2 points 36 months ago

I haven't been on PCPP on a while so I decided to check the featured builds! I don't regret it. Beautiful watercooled build man, typically not a fan of red and black builds because they are everywhere, but this one is an exeption. Awesome work. :)

JoeyHall 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Do you mind me asking what LED's you used for lighting up the CPU block. I love this build a lot +1

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I think they were called Phobia ultra bright twin LED. I check for you when I get home.

JoeyHall 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Thanks!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

They were called Phobya Ultra bright Twin LED 3mm. But any 3mm LED should fit into the EK plexi blocks.

JoeyHall 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Thanks im going to light my block up with those!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Nice, let us know how it turned out!

clarifiante 2 points 36 months ago

i've got a very similar setup to yours. i5-6600k, asus hero viii, and a 980ti but from gigabyte. i've got 4.6 on my 6600k at 1.39V but my load temps go up to 65-68C. i'm on watercooling with an ek predator 360. would you mind sharing what your other settings are? like what your LLC level is, do you have it on manual/adaptive/offset, etc? thanks!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Sure, no problem. I will post some bios settings later when I get home.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

BIOS settings are added under: EXTRA INFO

clarifiante 1 point 36 months ago

great pls do

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Eduard 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Awesome build. Hardly ever see connectors and pipes that are so matched in style with the whole system. +1 Would like to see the PSU side too! Why the noisy corsair performance fans - quiet not important?

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

While very noisy on full throttle, you barely hear them on lowest RPM. That being said, i will probably buy three more EK Vardar fans to replace the Corsair ones in the near future.

Thanks for the kind words! Pictures of the PSU side soon.

andyv001 2 points 36 months ago

+1, beautiful build. I have a build centred around a white Air 540 but doesn't look half as nice as this.

Out of interest, can I purchase the custom mid plate that your friend made from him?? Long shot I know...

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

I've had multiple requests for mid-plates and while I'd like to do something for you guys, this community. I can't unfortunately. The laser tool we used for it is at my friends work, so we can't bring in acrylics in there to make for others. They just won't allow, I'm sorry....

What you could do however is take a look at www.coldzero.eu, in the menu under case parts. There is the mid-plate I got inspired by, for a very reasonable price. They ship all over the world also.

andyv001 1 point 36 months ago

That looks awesome, their mid plate looks spot on. Thanks for that! :D

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

No problem, i have seen some of their products in person and i can tell you they're top-notch quality.

Let me know if you will order one and how you like it when received :)

andyv001 1 point 36 months ago

I will do dude, thanks :)

asmodeus208 2 points 36 months ago

+1 Sweet cooling system and cable management, solid part choices... It really deserves to be featured, congrats!

theNeybor 2 points 36 months ago

One of the sexiest PC's I've ever seen. Props mate. +1

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks! I'm happy with it.

xXMegasteel32Xx 2 points 36 months ago

gr8 build m8! how much did the basic parts cost by them selves? (cpu, mobo, gpu, etc. excluding all the other stuff like the sound card and water cooling)

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

There is the complete part list including all prices on the left mate. I have no clue how much it was, gotta calculate myself as well.

xXMegasteel32Xx 1 point 36 months ago

as in not including the water cooling parts

Michelle.G 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

WOW!!!! That is the neatest build I have seen so far. I am a newby at the build game, just built mine last month. I went from not knowing what the CPU was, or where it was in the case, to building one with no help other than forums and YOUTUBE. I have just registered with this website and have a lot of questions, so I hope I don't make a pest of myself. Congrats for building such a BEAST!!!!!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

We have all been newbies Michelle :)

Congrats on your very first build, that must have feeled great! :) if you have any questions along the road of computer building, do not hesitate to ask them!

Michelle.G 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks so much, you might regret saying that, I have loads of questions.

DigitalXing 2 points 36 months ago

Holy **** that build is clean! That's a dream PC right there.

MannyPCs 2 points 36 months ago

What an amazing PC. Very original. Cable management is perfect. +1 definitely.

One question. How do you water-cool an originally air cooled graphics card?

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thank you, appreciated.

As for the card: you remove the stock air cooler and remove the old thermal paste, then apply new thermal paste and install a specific waterblock for the videocard you want to water cool. Screw in a two fittings (one for inlet and one for outlet) and attach it to your loop by using tubing.

You can see the waterblock, the videocard chip and some the finished videocard in the pictures above.

MannyPCs 1 point 36 months ago

Thank you very much. Quite appreciated.

The reason I asked is I am considering doing the same and just wanted a first how-to on doing it.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

No problem. Take a look at YouTube, plenty of detailed tutorials there how to make your own custom water loop, including videocards.

Bobtrain 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Sweet build.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thank you.

glowe 2 points 36 months ago

Question: How did you fill the loop if you could not see the coolant?

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hi,

You fill up the reservoir, turn on the PSU so that the pump can empty the reservoir and turn it off immediately after (don't let it run dry, you will destroy the pump). Rinse and repeat until the reservoir does not empty anymore. Work out the air by tilting and moving the case and fill up the reservoir completely after.

Fairly easy to do.

glowe 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks

unpoppable 2 points 35 months ago

one up for the Description

Triceracops 2 points 34 months ago

I can't stop looking.. And my wallet can't stop crying.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Not sure if i should say thank you, or sorry :D

Triceracops 2 points 34 months ago

My eyes thank you lol

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Victor_the-_- 2 points 34 months ago

That is the best cable management I've ever seen!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thank you! Appreciated :)

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SweetDaddyD94 2 points 33 months ago

is it me or did the corsair domimator ram have a white glow? or is it just me

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

It does have white glow, you're correct.

jdeaki 2 points 33 months ago

Preparing to build a gaming rig myself

You and I must have the same thinking because I love your build. This is the exact build I have been searching and preparing for.... a Corsair 540 with full water-cooled system. I really thought the case would be too small for the 360 radiator. You've proved it wrong.

Questions What are the thickness size of the radiators? I cannot pinpoint what the thickness size of them are. Are they 30mm or 80mm?

Can you name the fan sizes you put on the FRONT, BACK, and TOP of the case? Can you name the brand of the fan in the BACK?

Really looking forward to building this PC. I want to make sure I order the parts that are compatible with the radiator sizes.

Thanks and enjoy that beast!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Hi there,

First of all, thank you for the kind feedback! Appreciated :)

The thickness of the radiators is 38mm, they're the EK Coolstream PE240 and PE360 (https://www.ekwb.com/shop/radiators-fans/120mm-series-radiators/coolstream-pe-series).

The fans attached to the front radiator (PE360) are 3x 120mm Corsair SP120 Performance Edition. The fans attached to the top radiator (PE240) are 2x 120mm EK-Vardar F3-120. The exhaust fan on the rear is a 140mm Corsair AF140.

You can't really go wrong on fan size, it pretty self-explanatory. Let me give you some simple examples:

An EK Coolstream PE240 needs 2x 120mm fans, therefore it's called 240 (2x120=240). An EK-CoolStream CE 280 needs 2x 140mm fans, therefore it's called 280 (2x140=280).

Simple examples, but it should answer you're doubts/questions. Good luck building your own beast of a system! :)

jdeaki 1 point 33 months ago

Thank you for your elaborate response.

Airflow in your system must be quite responsive to your CPU/GPU temps and performance according to your stats above.

I assume your top radiator is an intake, such as your front radiator is an intake. Please correct me if I am incorrect. I have been reading further on airflow, and many people have debated about which radiators should be exhaust or intake. I am intrigued by how you assembled yours.

Thanks!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

You're welcome.

Airflow in my case is as follows:

  • Front = Intake, three fans as push.
  • Top = Exhaust, two fans as pull.
  • Rear = Exhaust, one fan as push.

That makes three fans taking air in, and three fans taking air out.

Since the GPU is water-cooled, it does not dump that much heat into the case anymore (compared to an air cooled solution). Therefore, it's fine having the top either as intake or exhaust. I tried both configurations and the difference is neglectable. I figured, having the same amount of fans take air in, and exhaust would be a good balance.

Jameelh 2 points 33 months ago

I like what you did with that floor plate. Those giant holes in the bottom of the case are terrible, if they fixed that and put more dust filters it would be one of the best cases ever.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Agree,

I have actually never mounted any HDD in the brackets. I made the mid-plate immediately, mounted the HDD in the back and called it a day. Would be nice to see a dust-filter included for the top also indeed. No use for a dust-filter on top for me as i use the top as an exhaust.

I have this case for several years now, and i'm still satisfied. its actually the only part i re-used from my old build i believe.

LordAnubisCyborg 2 points 32 months ago

Congratulations to appear on PC wars +1!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Thank you very much!

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Ilovecomputerz 2 points 32 months ago

I know this Post was made 3 months ago but congrats on getting on PC Wars.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks! :)

Lif3 2 points 30 months ago

I like that you went with just a touch of red!

JaCoBo 2 points 30 months ago

Super sexy build! One question... Are does EK nickel or black nickel fittings? Tnx! :D

jaredmabe 2 points 28 months ago

Nice build!

poc88 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

I love your build! Sick, Beast!, and Sexy overwhelm! Gotta love the Air 540, something different from a tower case, Cube FTW! Im ordering mine today :D

kusanagiklan 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

What a great build, it's a shame Nvidia will gimp 900 series cards :/

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Gimp? You mean when Pascal comes out? I'm sure it will still take a while before we see flagship models of the next generation. Question is also how much of an upgrade they really are. We will see in some months :)

kusanagiklan 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I mean, like the 700 series cards got gimped to make the 900 series cards much better.

A 960 was beating a 780 Ti, that doesn't really sound right to me.

I currently have a single 980 ti, and it has been a monster in all games to date. I just worry about the future of the card.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Aha gotcha...

I wouldn't worry about it too much, there GTX980Ti is and always will be a great card. The flagship pascal models probably outperform it by about 15-20% but it will still take a while before those will hit the shelves. When that day comes, you can always add a 2nd Ti or sell your cards and get yourself a next gen also.

Hoyzon 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Strange thing the Valley test detects only 4GB out of 6 of your GPU. You know if this is normal?

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

That is odd indeed, perhaps it just shows wrong because when I compare my scores to others, they seem pretty legit.

I'll look into this.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

All that feedback, great :) thank you guys, appreciated.

Faizan 1 point 36 months ago

Omg wow I remember how many times I looked at Titanium Red when I was considering this case... phenomenal.

+1

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

And did you end up buying a Carbide 540? :)

Faizan 2 points 36 months ago

Oh, yes. I've already chosen it for my second build thanks to your build. It's coming soon :P

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Awesome, don't forget to share it with us! :)

Omnislash89 6 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

1.425vCore seems a little high for 4.7GHz. I realize that 1.4 is the suggested redline for Intel, so I wonder if 4.5GHz (or even 4.6) would be more friendly to the long-term survivability of the CPU?

Peerless construction, though! I'd like to see how you modified the floor of your case to suit the rad! In pic 23, I see a false bottom that the screws are sitting on... What material is this?

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Hi, thanks for your feedback.

Maximum vcore for skylake chips according to Asus are:

1.4v on air and 1.45v on water. Intel states a maximum of 1.5v in their sheets as far as I remember correctly.

I am feeling pretty safe with the voltage below 1.45v honestly, as long as the temperatures are fine as well. It's impossible to say if chips degrade because of the added voltage, time will show. But how long do we really use these chips anyway? We're all upgrading to something new in a few years, far before the chip will die of added voltage. My i5 2500k at 1.45v still works wonders and believe me, I cranked that bad boy.

The mid-plate (false bottom) you mention is made of 3mm thick acrylic.

Omnislash89 6 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Guess they raised the bar... Confirmed Skylake has a higher recommended redline compared to Haswell/IVB ~1.4 vCore

Would you happen to have the dimensions for the Acrylic bottom? My Air 540 is becoming a bit of a dust farm due to lack of bottom bay components.

Best Air 540 build I have seen, btw. The spaciousness is rarely use so aesthetically-pleasing as this build!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Thanks, appreciate the kind words.

You're not the first person asking for measurements of the acrylic mid-plate. I do not have any dimmensions right now but I guess a could measure them later on, when I find a moment.

I'll come back to you :)

JAShadic 1 point 36 months ago

Oooooo... Shiny new repost with a Featured stamp I see... Me like.

+1, although this deserves a lot more.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thank you! Fun to see the amount of comments about the previous build. Seems like quite a lot of people have seen it :)

Adam1990 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Why two different smaller SSD?

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

The 128gb SSD i got of a friend, I have my programs such as photoshop running of that one.

Adam1990 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Can't argue with free

Leon1228 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

that voltage might be a bit high for a skylake, but i won´t judge. i´m an overclocker myself

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I feel okay under 1.45v, skylake allows for a higher voltage than previous gen.

Intel states a max of 1.5v in their sheets, Asus mentions 1.40v on air and 1.45v on water I believe. I'm not saying the chip won't degrade from 1.42v but I most likely replaced it already before it dies of degrading anyway :)

And hey, that's what we have water cooling for right? Cranking that beast to the fullest.

Leon1228 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

my bad i thought skylake was lower voltage. it´s all good then!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

No problem, there is quite some confusion about this on Skylake :) You're not the first, neither the last person confused.

sanchezliny 1 point 36 months ago

I thought this build looked familiar. I still see you like to take pictures. I didn't have time to read everything but I noticed that your part list has 980Ti and there's a Titan X in the pc. Is that just a plate?

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

The EK waterblock compatible with my EVGA GTX980Ti Superclocked+ is indeed the EK-Titan-X, same goes for the backplate. The EK GTX980 waterblock does not fit on this card.

sanchezliny 1 point 36 months ago

thanks!

Jake762by39 6 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Incredible. Could we possible get a look of her backside? [chuckle]

Jake762by39 6 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

And by this of course I mean PSU side.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I figured :)

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I'll see what I can do for you :)

I got a few people requesting extra pictures. Going to make a couple more when I find a moment for it, keep an eye on it :)

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

BIOS settings and some benchmark scores added.

nightpik 1 point 36 months ago

Can we have picture of the other side of the case? How is your set up back there for the pump and reservoir I already build in that case and i find it pretty cool.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

As promised to other people asking the same, i will make a couple photos of the rear-chamber of the case the moment i have the time for it.

Keep an eye on it ;)

ExcelsiorNick 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

42+ But why did you get two mouses?

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

The store i bought it at told me mice should be kept in a pair or grouped.

They are very social and will get depressed if they are alone.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Nah joking aside... :)

I use the Logitech for games such as Diablo 3 and WoW, the EVGA is used for shooters.

DaRealChrispy 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Im new to custom loops and I would like to ask how would you drain the system? Also do you have any pictures in the back of the case?

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hi,

I remove all the liquid from the reservoir with a big syringe, then tilt/wiggle the case until the reservoir fills up again. Rinse and repeat until no water shows up anymore. One of the reasons I put the reservoir at the bottom of the case. Water always seeks the lowest point obviously.

I will make some photos of the back, just haven't really found the time for it yet.

DaRealChrispy 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks so much, I will use this in the future!

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

No problem, good luck! :)

Pref 1 point 32 months ago

Awesome build!! I was wondering how hard was it to paint the grill silver and how you did it, I was thinking of building a similar rig but just silver and black with the Air 240 and a evga 1070 sc.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Hi, thank you.

Painting the grills is pretty easy but you need some patience to do It right.

I scuffed the grills lightly with a small grit sandpaper and cleaned it real good after. Then I added a few thin layers of primer, let it dry for a good while and scuffed/cleaned it once again. Then spray painted a couple thin layers of good quality spray paint and let it dry for a good 24 hours.

Good luck!

JrJohnson65 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Can you add picture of the back of the case with the side panel off. I was thinking about picking up this case but I didn't know how well I could water cool in it or how big of a res I could fit and there are not really any good picture on any other build and this was by far the cleanest build I have ever seen in this case.

EagleByte 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Is the keyboard RGB, or is it only red?

Nater650 1 point 11 months ago

I really don’t like it when motherboard manufacturers don’t provide enough headers for things like controlling all your fans with your motherboard or powering USB 2.0 devices and your front panel USB 2.0 ports at the same time

Nater650 1 point 6 months ago

Any plans to upgrade to Coffee Lake?

evalutzien -2 points 31 months ago

50 of these photos were unnecessary.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

What are you doing on a website like pcpartpicker? Where people share info and pictures of their systems.

But thanks for your constructive feedback.

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rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

As long as your happy and satisfied with your 'potato', it's perfectly fine :)

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rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I noticed now that only the first pictures are on high-ress, let me re-upload the rest in high-ress as well.

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rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I'll see what i can do for you.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BwuEZKoYAIzGVWhXZGlmTHdzOEk&usp=sharing

Most, if not all pictures uploaded in full resolution.

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rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Cool, let me know which one you picked to be your wallpaper! :)

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rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Now that is some feedback! Thank you very much, really appreciated. Definitely going to keep an eye on your thread :)

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rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Just took a peak at the thread, awesome work man. I'm definitely going to give it a good read when I'm back home, appreciate the effort you put in!

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rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Plenty of truly beautiful artworks that show up here on PCPP, you'll get 1000 in a blink of an eye! :)

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rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Figured I'd give it another shot :) Thanks!

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rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Yup, i pretty much went from a Corsair H110i to a full custom water loop, including all sorts of paintjobs/modifications etc...

I though it was worth a re-post and so did Jipster :)

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rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Yep, an awesome card. Really clocks like a beast (coreclock goes all the way up to 1595mhz but doesn't result in better scores), no reason to replace this card for a new GTX1080 which would only be a minor (if any at all) upgrade.

rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

A little late response, but still.. :)

What card do you have?

If your temperatures are fine, you could flash a custom BIOS onto the card. Removing the boost, increasing power limit and increasing voltage a little. I'm pretty sure you can run your 980Ti higher than that :) Still, 1430Mhz is nothing to be ashamed off.

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rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Increased power limit/added voltage with a software tool such as MSI Afterburner i suppose?

What i ment is editing the BIOS of the card, giving it more voltage than 'it's supposed to get'. My card runs on 1.28v now, boost disabled. Not only making it clock higher but increasing stability as well. But it's only advisable to do if your card is well within temperature limits.

What resolution are you playing your games at? If it's 1080p, then your GTX980Ti will be perfectly fine. No need to "upgrade" to a 1080 whatsoever. Heck, even on 1440p i don't think it's worth an upgrade from a GTX980Ti to a GTX1080. If i were you, i'd probably wait for the GTX1080Ti to be released (i will do the same myself).

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rck1984 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

1440p / 100FPS i can see why you're looking for more horsepower. However, i don't think a GTX1080 will make that much difference. Of course you will be seeing an increase in FPS but i doubt it's worth it.

If i were you, i'd sit it out and lower the graphics just a little bit until the 1080Ti comes out. I haven't heard any dates or whatsoever either but my guess would be somewhere at the end of the year/Q1 2017.