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The Aquarium PC

by Prysm_8



Date Published

Nov. 15, 2018

Date Built

Nov. 13, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.2 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


I built this system because I've been putting up with a laptop for a while that just didn't have the power that I wanted. On top of that, the laptop's thermals were so disgustingly bad that I had to cap FPS on every single thing I played because anything over about 60% load would land it over 80C. With this new system, I made sure I won't have to worry about thermals (or not having enough power) for many years to come. I think the name fits quite well considering the dual tempered glass panels, water cooled CPU, and cool blue color scheme.

PS: the 4th image was me doing a test boot with no CPU because I'm impatient :)

PSS: this is my first PC build ever :))

Part Reviews


Runs cool with my 360 mm AIO, but that's because it's a 360 mm AIO. That aside it's a very fast processor that will be more than enough for most people. Don't let the lack of hyperthreading scare you off either, in real use, it doesn't make a massive difference. My chip can handle 5GHz nicely and I've definitely enjoyed it so far.

CPU Cooler

Cools well, looks great, and it's relatively quiet. The only issue I have with it is the pump head, it looks great but there are literally like 6 cables coming off of it. They're not too noticeable if they're managed correctly, but it's still really annoying.

Thermal Compound

Best non-conductive thermal paste you can get in my opinion.


Great looking motherboard and it has every feature you might need, the only issue is the VRM. It has a 4 phase VRM design, unlike nearly every other Z390 board out there, but is somehow aimed at enthusiasts. It wouldn't bother me so much if ASUS at least told consumers somewhere that it's a 4 phase, but they didn't. That aside, if you don't plan on doing any heavy overclocking and want a great board, look no further.


Runs at its rated speed right out of the box and looks great. The only issue I have is that all my other Corsair components are managed and monitored through Corsair's LINK software, but for some reason, I can't change anything on my RAM through that. What I ended up having to do was download Corsair's iCUE software and set my RGB profile for my RAM there, then uninstall it. It kept my profile on my RAM and still allowed me to monitor and manage all my other hardware through LINK.


Insanely fast. I was immediately able to tell the difference in load and boot times after moving from a molasses slow 5400RPM laptop hard drive.


Makes a bit more noise than I expected, but it does its job, and it does it fast for a hard drive.

Video Card

Insanely powerful, but that's expected considering it's a 2080 Ti. It's massive so don't be surprised if it doesn't fit or starts to sag. Mine sagged a bit upon first installation, but I tweaked a few things and it doesn't do that anymore. The RGB is ok, but it's not compatible with ASUS AURA Sync, Corsair iCUE, Corsair LINK, or EVGA Precision X1's RGB management section, so you have to download an entirely separate software just to change the color of two words on your GPU. It easily OC'd quite a bit past its stock speed, which was nice. This is kinda nit-picky, but one of the things that made me a little mad was that I just payed $1,200 for their products, and one of the first things I see when I open the box to this product is an ad for more Zotac products. All in all though, this is a great card and it's selling for lower than most other 2080 Ti's.


AMAZING CASE. I cannot stress enough how premium this case looks and feels. Not a single sharp edge on the thing, cable management is a breeze, and thermals are insanely good. The only issue I had with it was that the front panel usb header was too short to reach my motherboard's USB 3.0 header, and, even if it did reach, it stuck out too far and interfered with one of my bottom fans, so no front panel usb for me :(

Power Supply

Amazingly well built unit, feels very sturdy and high quality. No gripes here.

Operating System

It's Windows. I accidentally bought the disc version like the idiot I am so I had to put it on a flash drive on my own, but after that everything was fine.

Case Fan

Very high quality fans, however make sure you have enough fan headers on your motherboard, and be prepared for lots of cable management on those little RGB and fan power cables


It's a little big, but I had room for it. I kind of had to get it so that I could use all my fans. It does the job.


Looks great, but these are so stiff that you probably won't be able to get them to go exactly where you want them.

Comments Sorted by:

DasBloonts 2 Builds 5 points 5 months ago

awww i totally thought this would have been like a mineral oil PC. kinda bummed, but your build is still clean

Prysm_8 submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks lol. Mineral oil would definitely not be very practical, but cool nonetheless

andyshinn 2 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

The PC-O11 Dynamic is pretty slick design, huh? I really like mine as well. Pretty unique for its price range.

Socialkonstruct 4 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Where are the fishy fishies?

TheBlindStopSign 2 points 5 months ago

Do you think the 9700k is worth the extra $$ instead of the 8700k? I'm a little undecided on which one I should get

Otterman366 13 Builds 4 points 5 months ago

I can confirm 8700k @5.1 is good enough for everyone.

Prysm_8 submitter 1 Build 4 points 5 months ago

It’s really just up to how much you’re looking to spend honestly. I’d look at some benchmark comparisons and see which one looks better for you.

bobbythebully 2 points 3 months ago

Hey. I just almost the same build but with a zotac 2080 amp extreme instead. I just chose a corsair rm650x. Do you think it will be enough?

Prysm_8 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

It should be okay, but if you plan to upgrade down the line I would definitely get a 750+ watt PSU.

loganbell2355 1 point 3 months ago

Have you ever had any problems with multitasking because the CPU has simultaneous multithreading off?

Prysm_8 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Nope, it's hard to explain it so I'd suggest looking at a video showing how multithreading works to get an idea of what I mean, but it's basically like a 4 core 8 thread CPU but the 4 threads with no physical cores to themselves are much faster.

loganbell2355 1 point 3 months ago

K got it

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Prysm_8 submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition.