Description

This PC was the winner of Dreamhack Austin 2017's best BYOC PC contest!!!

Featured as well, thank you so much PCPP!

Boy, this was a labor of love and saving... Well worth the wait!

I have uploaded a high-res photo library to Flickr, check it out here! https://flic.kr/s/aHskUqZvu5

INTRODUCTION

Martini was a computer I've been wanting to build ever since I finished my first computer build a few years back... I've been diligently saving since, and the time finally came...

This PC will be used mainly for gaming. Say what you will about overkill, but 144hz 4K gaming this summer is what I've got my eyes set on... what a world that will be...

I haven't yet had the time to overclock anything as finals have had me slammed the past couple weeks- I will update this with clock speeds once finals are over!

I based its color scheme and name off of Martini Racing (Mostly their Porsches!) and Rauh-Welt Begriff. Owning a Rauh-Welt Porsche in Martini Racing's color scheme is a dream of mine, so I decided to replicate it inside of my PC.

I was inspired by Jayztwocents a fair bit in this build. His build, Red Mist, was the biggest inspiration. I love the White SMA8 and the super sexy acrylic mods he did inside of it. I took his idea of the "floating reservoir mount" and tweaked it a bit, adding a Cablemod ASUS Aura strip behind it, and changing the white acrylic to a 60% white to add that delicious frosted look. I also took his acrylic bottom panel mod and used it in Martini. I LOVED how it looked when all of the LEDs shined off the bottom and reflected back up - something the regular bottom panel lacks.

PARTS

CPU - Intel i7-6850K

I chose to go with the 6850K because it was the most reasonable/affordable current processor that would offer me 40 PCI-E lanes. I know the difference in performance between graphics cards in x16 and x8 is nearly non-existent, but if I'm going to be stuffing dual 1080Tis inside of the thing, I may as well do what I can to push the limits. (Plus the 6850K is also just an overall great processor... 40 PCI-E lanes wasn't the only reason I bought it!)

GPU(s) - Nvidia GTX 1080Ti (x2)

Ah yes... the "budget" Titans. The difference between the two cards was very minimal, and for $500 less a piece? How could I pass it up? This build was already started by the time the 1080Tis were announced, so I halted everything and waited... very much worth it. Was NOT expecting the performance for the dollar provided with these cards.

Motherboard - ASUS X99-Deluxe II

The X99-Deluxe II was an easy choice for me for a few reasons. First was because it was one of the very few updated X99 boards to still have monoblock support, something I REALLY wanted in Martini. Secondly because the color scheme of the board was white. I had already doubled-down on white with the MASSIVE white SMA8 enclosing everything, and it matched the Martini Racing colors. Nice. Finally, I was a big fan of the accessories contained with it. I could name them all, but you'd be better off watching the Paul's Hardware review as he goes over everything. The standing M.2 mount is also extremely nice as it provides me with an easy way to cool those toasty little... drives.

RAM - Dominator Platinum (4x4GB) x2

I went with the classic Dominator Platinums in Martini because of their very sleek design, easily removable tops, tasteful lighting accents, and overwhelmingly good reviews. The removable tops were very key to me as I was interested in painting my RAM sticks to match the stripes on Martini vehicles. (The Red stripe being the coolant inside the monoblock :) )

Storage - Samsung 860 Pro 256GB + Samsung 850 Evo 1TB

Samsung makes arguably the best SSDs on the market at the moment, so going with a couple of these bad boys was a pretty simple choice for me. Some of my tubing in the back of the case removed my HDD mounting rack, so I'm limited to using SSDs in this beast.

Power Supply - Corsair AX1200i

The AX1200i, the younger sibling to the legendary AX1500i, was the choice for me due to price and performance. While this computer is NOT a budget build in any way, I could not justify dropping $400 on the power supply when I wouldn't be pulling anywhere near 1500 watts even when I overclock my components like mad. The younger sibling, the 1200i, was a much more reasonable choice for me as Platinum efficiency is still incredibly good, the price ($310) was a little better, and it still had a glowing review from Johnny Guru much like its older brother, the only power supply to receive the perfect score.

Case - Caselabs Magnum SMA8 (White)

I decided to go with the SMA8 partially because of its impressive size, but also because of its very, very handy features. The removable motherboard tray is probably one of the most useful features I have ever experienced. Mounting the motherboard and testing my components was a breeze. The massive basement underneath is critical to hide my pumps as well as a majority of my cables. Keeping them out of sight in the front as best as possible was crucial to me, and with such a large area to do just that was the icing on the cake. Due to the SMA8 and all other Caselabs cases lacking rivets anywhere, it makes their cases the most modder-friendly enclosures on the market. Having to drill so many holes inside the case made me nervous, but knowing that I could very easily buy a new panel put my mind at ease. I thankfully didn't need to buy a new panel, but the option was there just in case. Finally, going along with its size, it had just the right about of radiator space for my liking. The two 1080Tis share their own 560mm Radiator situated in the basement, and the 6850K and VRMs get their own 480mm radiator situated on top of the case. THAT much room for radiators was almost what sold me on it alone.

Lighting - NZXT Hue+ & ASUS Aura

The Hue+ was a no-brainer inside this case. I ended up needing an extender for more strips, but everything worked out and it looks fantastic. The CAM software makes using it a breeze, and the ability to customize each and every LED is just amazing. The ASUS Aura strip I purchased from Cablemod is situated behind the Reservoir mount, which syncs the lighting up with the motherboard. I love this because the frosted glow always stands out from the rest of the case due to it not matching with the Hue+. Not always a good thing, but I really enjoy this because my goal was for the mount to look as unique as possible.

Cooling - Two Custom Loops, 12 Corsair Magnetic Levitation Fans, etc. etc.

I've wanted to try watercooling for a long while now, and Martini was the perfect reason to give it a go. I chose to use Bitspower fittings for my hard-tubing section coupled with Bitspower's 16mm OD tubing due to great reviews across the board and a good amount of recommendations from Jayztwocents. I went with EKWB's blocks on all of my components due to their very high build quality and very clean looks. The same goes with their radiators - very sleek and simple design to them as well as high build quality and great cooling. I also chose EK's soft tubing and fittings for the "behind the scenes" section of the loop for similar reasons. Singularity's reservoirs and mounts stole my heart the moment I laid eyes on them upon release. Very simplistic look, rigid metal mounting, and frosted tops! Nice. I also bought Singularity's Pump tops for my XSPC D5 Vario Pumps. Mayhems Pastel Red and Blue were my choices in coolant as they seem to be the titan of coolants. Amazing coloration on the pastel coolants as well, something I can't get anywhere else. So far I've had nothing but good luck, but its only been in use for a short period of time. The Magnetic Levitation fans were chosen for both airflow in the case and static pressure on the radiators. They are rumored to be as quiet as a case fan can get, and I can tell you that it is true. I have TWELVE of the things running and the noise levels are whisper quiet. Incredible.

Cables - Cablemod Custom Cable Kit

I went with Cablemod due to all the promotions I've seen and the solid reviews I've seen across the board. I also chose Cablemod because ASUS, with some motherboard models, includes a 20% off coupon for a custom cablemod cable kit. Saved me a solid chunk of cash on something I was already going to buy!

Speakers - Audioengine A5+ Bamboo & Audioengine D1 DAC

Black Friday sale. Got them for the price they charge when refurbished- I couldn't keep myself away. My father has a black pair and from the experience I've had using them, it was an easy choice for me. The sound quality is impeccable and very much so worth the money even at full price.

CONCLUSION

I am absolutely in love with how Martini turned out. Over the course of ~60 hours in my garage with help from a friend we did a splendid job on this PC, if I do say so myself.

My goal with Martini was to have it done in time for Dreamhack Austin, a moderate road trip away from Dallas. I finished everything with two weeks to spare, and had an absolute blast in Austin this past weekend. (April 28th - 30th). The icing on the cake of this experience was winning the "Best PC in BYOC" contest, something I didn't think I would achieve. I thankfully had a corner seat and was able to set Martini on the ground and create one heck of a spectacle for passerbys!

All in all, I cannot comprehend how well this thing turned out. I had my doubts about everything when I spent the massive amount of cash on the watercooling parts, but with hard work and a careful plan everything turned out much, much better than I thought it would.

Huge thanks to Liam (Eldershift) for all the help throughout the build. Without his help I wouldn't be typing this description on the beast of a PC I am now.

(I will have the poorly filmed build timelapse uploaded to YouTube here pretty soon, so be on the lookout for that!)

Here's the timelapse! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY1EpW0DFQk

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor, just what I needed for the build. 40 PCI-E lanes, allowing x16 for both of my 1080Tis. Also allows me to use the more enthusiast X99 Platform.

Motherboard

Bought this board due to its color scheme, EKWB Monoblock compatibility, accessories, and standing M.2 mount. So far its been a very feature-rich board, and the Q-Code box as well as the diagnostic LEDs have been wonderful. A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for in this motherboard's case.

Video Card

Just about the best card money can buy at this current moment. Forget the Titan, for $500 cheaper you can get just about the same card, just more oriented towards gamers with its higher clock speeds and slightly lower VRAM. So far so good with two of these, however the lack of SLI support in modern titles has been a little disheartening. Other than that, my experience upgrading from a single 970 has been night and day.

Power Supply

So far so good. Johnny Guru's glowing review sold me on this unit, and so far it seems he was absolutely right about it.

Speakers

Amazing sound quality, I have zero complaints about these speakers. While a little pricey, they are the bee's knees when it comes to sound quality. I am currently using them paired with Audioengine's D1 DAC.

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 7 points

Nice build! +1 inb4feature

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch, man! Here's hoping!!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I bet you'll get it.

  • 29 months ago
  • 4 points

Y'all need to feature this, He won at Dreamhack

  • 29 months ago
  • 4 points

Love it! Was great seeing it in person at the show. +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks dude, that means a ton to hear!

I loved the build you guys did in the InWin booth, I missed the live build sadly but loved how it turned out!

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

looking in the pictures OMG IS THAT A DOG?!?!?!? oh yeah cool pc too lol +1!

seriously though this build is hecking

AMAZING

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol! I wanted to use my dog for scale because that box was HUGE!

Thanks a bunch man!!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

ur welcome! how'd dreamhack go? (or is going?)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

It just ended on Sunday, unfortunately. :(

I had a blast! Tons of really cool booths around the expo and a massive BYOC area filled with folks that share the same passion I do. Went with five friends and met a bunch of new ones.

If there's ever a Dreamhack near you I recommend trying to make it out, I've had a blast both years its been in the US!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

that sounds awesome! If next year is near NY, i'll try and go. maybe i'll go to ESL one next year

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like a cool event, shame there are none in California :(

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I laughed pretty hard when I saw the pic of your box near your monitor. Nice build.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

No... It's a chicken smh...

Jk, sarcasm intended ;)

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

Picture 4, I have two Australian Shepherds myself. Love 'em.

As for the build, I love the design. The cable management is one of the best I have ever seen, and I wish I could have seen it in person.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I have two as well! Smoke is the young one pictured (1 year old now) and we have another named Blue who is just turning 14 this spring!

Thank you so much, getting the cables to sit right was probably one of the more tedious things in the build next to drilling so many holes in the case... So glad to hear its turned out in the end!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

That's awesome! I've got a 12 year old and a 4 year old, both sweethearts. Only problem is constant cleaning, which can get tedious because of their shedding issues.

As for the build, what games do you primarily play on it? As for myself, I play CS often, and am currently looking into upgrading my current build. Would you recommend the 6850k over something like a 6950x or even the 5960x?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man, yeah... Aussies really do shed like mad. I swear I'm vacuuming once every few days at this point!

A lot of Overwatch, Fallout, some sparce TF2 here and there and then a good amount of other games to see what my PC will push frame-wise. :)

So far I've had a great experience with the chip. If you're doing mostly gaming but want the 40 lanes like I do, I'd suggest the 6850K over the 6900K and the 6950X as they're essentially workload chips instead of gaming chips, and the 6850K is the cheapest of the bunch to offer the 40 lanes. I'd suggest the 6850K over the 5960X only if you're interested in the newest X99 variant. If you're cool with using an older model and older boards, there's no reason not to use the 5960X as it's still a BEAST of a processor!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't need anything more than a quad core if all you do is play games. If you want 6 cores and above just go with Ryzen, unless you really want 40 lanes.

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

How to get featured: 1. Add a dog to the pictures (Optional) 2. Make long description 3. Make sure your cable management is okay enough 4. Have OP specs (Optional) 5. Custom waterloop

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

The only way to guarantee the placement is the dog picture ;)

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

Its so..... simple...... just simple and clean

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

This build makes MY wallet hurt.. +100000

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

when i went to make a comment, it said at the bottom "There are no comments," which is appropriate for this build. amazing job!!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate it, dude! :D

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 FOR EPICNESSS OF THIS BUILD!! Also I have to ask where did you get that RWB poster from? omg its soooo niceeeee

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like the color of the build, it looks like Terry Crew's new PC that JaysTwoCents did for him. I also like how you explained everything you did in the parts list and description. Very well-thought out build.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, man! You're right about it looking like Terry Crew's PC though, thankfully I've got a whole second loop thrown in there to "spice" it up a bit! ;)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

No pun intended!!! Lol great build.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

+1

I smell a feature right here I do

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Smells good to me my dude! :P

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Love that Sigularity computers parts are being used! love those parts

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I just had to use them... I love their stuff too much. Very pricey, but with something this overkill already, I couldn't keep myself away.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool build! P.S. I have the same furniture in your (what seems to be) bedroom! What a coincidence!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice man, they've served me well over the years!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely stunning! Congratulations! ROCK CHALK!

Can't wait to start my build in 2 weeks, you are inspiration! If you're playing PUBG, add me on steam or in game, SportingKC is my username on both.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hell yeah man, Rock Chalk!!

That really means a lot to me man, thank you so much! I'll get you added here before too much longer, I still need to buy that game! Looks like a lot of fun!

Good luck on the new build!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for amazing build. IS that 5.0 mustang?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch man!

It's not, it's my 2015 Ecoboost Turbo. One hell of a powerful 4-cylinder in there, and surprisingly great gas mileage as well!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

OH yeah, iisnt that the same motor in the Focus RS? Any mods ?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Very impressive... Very!!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I HAVE A WHITE 911 WITH MARTINI STRIPES ON IT AND A MARTINI RACING BAG +911

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn bro! Going to need some pictures of that!!!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

So why spend $7600 and not include an m.2?

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

I was actually looking forward to this question- it's a pretty interesting reason. I had a 960 Pro 512 GB edition ordered on Amazon and was put on the waiting list while they restocked. That same day I drove to Microcenter to buy something or another and one of the employees let me know that someone at corporate accidentally mis-priced the 1TB 850 Evos at $254.99 instead of $389.99. I guess this is a common thing at Microcenter because I was told that something similar happened with Ryzen's release and one of the chips was priced waaaaaaay lower than market value or something. Anyway, I bought the terabyte of solid state storage on essentially an accidental fire sale and cancelled my M.2 drive order for the time being. I'll be buying one here before too much longer, but that's why I don't have one inside of the PC at this moment. :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty work you are very skilled +100

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude!!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for dogger!!!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice stang, the pc is cool too

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Wooow so good!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm a simple man, I see a mustang and I upvote. ;)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Great taste in cars, my friend!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

(Picture 45)

Better get your PC away fast...

+1 of course! A very unique build.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol!

Thanks a ton dude, LOVING that profile pic as well!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a ton dude, LOVING that profile pic as well!

No, thank you! xD

Maybe I should look for a Martini livery to put on that Carrera RS...

Hmmm... In honor of your PC...

I think I'll do that now.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I may be biased here but...

Do it!!

It would look sweet as hell!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I will

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I finally got around to doing it

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks fantastic dude!!!

Got some more photos? I'd love to check it out!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job. Cobgrats on the featured spot!

Thumbs up.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang. I cant type. "Cobgrats" oops

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

But! But! I want to know where you installed that dog! And will you overclock it?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

It's installed in the basement, can't see it without taking the back panel off... I pushed it past maximum overbork, nearly broke it!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Dope build man, and Rock Chalk!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

KU!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I WAS THERE! :D. I CAN SAY THAT IT INDEED LOOKED AMAZING

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hell yeah dude, glad to see some more DH attendees here!!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang! This is amazing!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build :) nice parts and good looks. I think it fits your cozy gaming corner very well :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, it almost takes up the whole table!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

That glorious pile of ML series fans tho.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

A satisfying stack, indeed!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Very good taste man, and nice build!

I have the Audio engine A2's. And though they are the smaller brothers to the A5s, the sound quality in beautiful!

Great work!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Hell yeah, thanks dude!

Audioengine is the best, can't go wrong with any of their products!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for bork and +1 for vroom vroom

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

There is always a +1 for a Fellow SMA8 Owner. Good job.

TCO

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Best case I've owned to date... so glad I pulled the trigger on it despite the high cost, I got what I paid for!

Thanks man!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! Holy overkill for 1080P batman!?!? What does that get like 300fps in BF1

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Very much overkill... waiting to get the monitor last, getting that 144hz 4K monitor this summer!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job Mr. Kyal (;

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Many thanks, Kyal! <3

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Its cool seeing builds inspired by racing cars, although i think this is the first I've seen. Any plans for a Martini Racing paintjob for the case? How about getting a Porsche 917K, 935 or 936 diecast model in Martini Racing livery to match the build? You could probably get a cheap 1:43 scale model like this and have it inside the case :)

Also, theres no such thing as overkill. You'll find out when you try to push games at 144hz, especially at 4k.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I was actually either looking into getting some of the panels painted, or buying a vinyl wrap and applying it myself. I was also looking into some die-cast models! I wanted to get a white Rauh-Welt Begriff 964 model, and then one of the classier actual Martini racing vehicles. :)

144hz 4K will be insane when it finally hits the market, I'm just hoping for some slightly lower prices, as Acer was the first to announce their 27" 144hz 4K HDR monitor at $2000... The monitor itself will be overkill, lol!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

If you do happen to put the livery on it and match it with a diecast car, you gotta post pics of it here. I've read that diecast cars should be kept at room temperature so it might no be a good idea to put one inside the case.

I do agree the monitor will be overkill, I'm not sure what games can run at 4k 144h. Might need to wait a few years for GPU processing power to catch up.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll be sure to add the new photos when I get it all added. :)

I've heard the same thing about die-cast... I'm wondering if it'll be alright because I'm using a waterloop? Maybe if I put it right next to the intake fans on the front...

Dual 1080Tis is the best shot at the moment, we'll see what they can do when the reviews start pouring out later this summer. :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

You can measure the temperature inside the case if unsure. I only have an AIO so I can't comment on full waterloops. Personally I would only use a cheap one, it would also accumulate a lot of dust if its next to the intake fans.

I've seen a few videos with 1080 Ti SLI setups doing 4k, but it seems everyone uses an i7-7700k. Heres some games tested with an i7-6700k , nothing gets close to 144hz. http://www.babeltechreviews.com/gtx-1080-ti-sli-performance-25-games/3/

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I'm thinking of building something similar. What's the thought process behind dual loops vs a single loop? Is a single D5 pump not strong enough to pump water through everything?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks dude!

A single loop in my system would have been absolutely fine, but I'm not a hundred percent sure a single pump would've been enough... Might've had to buy one of those dual-pump things EK offers.

The reason I chose to use dual loops in my system was mostly an aesthetic one. Dual loops don't really offer too many benefits past easier maintenance and slight temperature improvements. The Caselabs SMA8, the case I used, is really massive... so much free space next to the motherboard. Looking up previous builds, dual reservoirs or neat reservoir mounting plates were the best looking way to fill up that space with eye-candy. So I chose to run two loops, as it would also match the Red/Blue in the Martini Racing stripes, making the loops seem like stripes running throughout the white case.

If you're going for the best PC you can make without going crazy overboard, I wouldn't recommend using two loops. It's extra cost for aesthetics and a not a great temperature boost... I don't regret using two in mine, I absolutely love how it looks, but I find it hard for me to recommend it to others.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Absolutely gorgeous build. Two questions though: What was the reason for mounting the res that way up? Is that a single 1080p monitor being powered by 2 1080Tis?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

I'm not 100% sure what you mean by, "that way up", so I'll just tell you about the reservoir mount for now, lol. I wanted to use the reservoir mount because I love how it almost looks like the reservoirs are floating, and the diffused lighting behind the 60% white (frosted) acrylic looks absolutely incredible. It adds eye candy to a different part of the case that isn't the motherboard/graphics cards - something I really wanted to achieve in such a massive enclosure. If the only spectacle within a case that big is the motherboard, it doesn't really seem like it's filled up.

Yes- you're seeing that correctly. That is a VG248QE - My 3-year-old 144Hz 1080p monitor. Don't worry, as I've said in the build description I have my eyes on 144hz 4K this summer. I built the PC first and decided to wait and save for the time being. Acer's already announced their model, but it's at a wallet slaying $2000... Not sure how much more I can justify spending on this project, lol.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I mean the reservoir is upside down! Haha the bit coming into the res from the bottom is supposed to be at the top to make the coolant go straight down below the level in the res to prevent bubbles forming. Its obviously open to interpretation though, mounting it the other way up would also have saved you a 90 degree fitting per res as you could have used the angular out ports facing backwards to the rear compartment. (Hope I explained this well, it turned out to be harder to explain than I expected!) Side Note- Those reservoirs are the nicest ones I've seen to date, and I'm a big fan of the Bitspower ones. I love the glazed end.

As for the monitor I've also been keeping my ears open and the x27 as i think it will be called looks like an absolute monster... I can only hope one day I'll get chance to experience it. With 4k, IPS, HDR10, 144Hz, 4ms gtg response time AND G-Sync, i see why it has the price it does. 2K just for a monitor is insane though. I understand if you decide otherwise, what would be your 2nd choice out of interest if you decide against it?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I had just honestly never seen the Singularity Reservoirs upside down... I guess I just didn't think to flip em'! Though in the end I like how the frosted top sticks up a bit and showcases the Singularity logo on the plug fittings. Personal taste in the end I suppose, but I also just didn't even think to flip them around in there... LOL

I'm going to try and hold out to see if other brands like ASUS or LG come out with something to rival it at a lower price, but if not I may run with the classic Acer X34 - Ultrawide is something I've always wanted to give a try.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Lotta fans you got there... you must be pretty popular +1

heh... get the pun

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Tohohoho!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the racing (livery) reference; build. Just, please, no stickers on this one. +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, how do you feel about vinyls? My next plan past a new monitor is Martini racing stripes across the top/front and maybe a huge design on the back of the case where it's blank.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

That sounds cool, actually. Go for it.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 For using Singularity Computer components. Very nicely done.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build man! Congrats on the feature! +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the Space Jam blu ray in picture 32!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hell yeah, man! Space Jam is love, Space Jam is life lol

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Preach it!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy hell great build. Looks fantastic.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice clean build. I have one question. Why did you get Titan X Pascal waterblocks when you have 1080tis?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

I was purchasing parts on the bleeding edge- I bought both 1080Tis as soon as they released and needed waterblocks to complete my loop as soon as I could so I could have it for Dreamhack. EKWB advertised that their Titan X Pascal blocks fit the 1080Tis perfectly, so I bought two of those. :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok thanks!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

You're a weeb too? Awesome! What all anime do you watch?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Huge fan of Code Geass, Bounen no Xamdou, Clannad, Durarara, Cowboy Bebop, Hamatora, Steins;Gate and so on :)

Watched a LOT back in high school, haven't been as diligent lately as school and work have been keeping me busy as all hell.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Cowboy Bebop was the **** xD i havent watched any of the others (yet, put them on my list xD) but ive heard that Durarara was pretty good. I dont have internet worth a damn dime at my house, so i cant really watch it much anymore either.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Bummer man, hope you get you internet situation figured out!

Durarara is awesome, and be sure to check out Bounen no Xamdou. Super underrated series that just about no one has heard of lol.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Will do! Thanks man! xD

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build my man. What do you do for a living if you don't mind me asking? God Dang dude!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

CSGO?

  • 29 months ago
  • 4 points

Once upon a time... Not too much anymore, moved with the hype train to Overwatch and stay there now for my PvP action. :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

yessssss

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello and welcome back to "Who will get the feature?"!!! Today there is only one contestant: Charity with Martini an awesome watercooled build with a red and blue colour theme! 1+! looks great! This is pretty much my dream pc2

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

What anime is that on the second to last picture ?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

That's Durarara :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

That anime is the best, I need to catch up tho

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Mind I ask when this thing was built ?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I just finished working on it about a month ago now, but the project began its planning back in September.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

worth?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Why gigabyte GPUs with asus motherboard? Why not asus GPUs with asus motherboard?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Other wise this is one of the best builds I've ever seen

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

It doesn't change anything, it's the exact same silicon. Especially since these were the very freshly released 1080Ti founders edition cards- the only difference between the different AIB partner cards being the software contained. All founders cards were the exact same price, they all came from the exact same manufacturer, and they all looked the exact same. I would've bought ASUS cards just for unity's sake, but I had a very hard time finding them in stock.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Now upgrade your monitor.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

As I said in the build description, I'm working on it. Waiting for 144hz 4K gaming this summer. Acer's model is already announced at a cool $2000...

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

My bad! That's going to be awesome. Personally, I can't wait until a 3840x1600 38inch ultrawide with HDR, 144hz and freesync/G-sync are released.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Those will also be amazing... I've always wanted to try out ultrawide, so I'll have to look into that scene when I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on the new monitor!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I was at Dreamhack with the TVCrew and I never saw your build :/

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I was towards the back of the NE area (Row 27, Seat 1 I believe) so I was a ways away from all the action. Bummer that we missed each other, though!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to make a custom loop PC as my first build and I don't know what founders edition card I should choose. Can you give me an idea of the frame rate you get in most games at 1440p/4K?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Should've waited for Ryzen, but aside from that, this build is amazing! I wish I had something like this.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build

Let me know if you win this year’s (2018) Dreamhack event

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch, will do!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

very sexy build and durarara poster !!!! did i just find a legend

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, I didn't even notice! You're totally right... that's amazing man

Thank you for the kind words!!

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry if I'm interpreting this comment wrong, but I don't actually run a charity myself. Way back in the TF2 days I had a close friend named "Greed" and I decided to name myself his opposite as a joke. It stuck. :)

In any case- it's sad how right you are for the actual charities out there. A lot of scams.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a pretty wild number, I certainly hope it's not that low...

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

It depends on the charity in question. But 90-98% of money made goes to the solicitors, the people that put the word out and host the charity in their businesses.

So yeah, only about 2-10% of cash ever goes to relief efforts/charities.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Was thinking about framing it instead of using it! ;)

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, I have not at the moment. With finals week closing in on me fast I've been too busy studying to really get a chance to dedicate myself to overclocking anything. I will be sure to update you when I get everything situated though. :)

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