EDIT: JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR ALL THE LOVE. I'M SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE HAD THIS FEATURED ON THE HOME PAGE AND FOR ALL THE AMAZING COMMENTS, THEY REALLY MEAN A LOT TO ME. THIS TRULY IS AN AWESOME COMMUNITY, THANK YOU! MAY YOUR FRAMES BE HIGH AND YOUR TEMPERATURES LOW! #PCMR
UPDATE: I RECENTLY COMPLETED A NEW BUILD SO KEEP YOUR EYES OUT FOR IT ON HERE!!!
This is an upgrade to my first build I had and I changed the power supply, motherboard, and put in hardline tubing. One of my goals is to get a build featured on PC Part Picker and I hope this fits the standard! The overall theme of the build is RGB, I didn't want to have a set color theme and wanted to be able to change things around when I felt like it. I decided to go with a dual loop because a lot of people I had talked with about the idea said it was not possible and too difficult to really try for. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! This has truly become a passion of mine and I love everything about building PC's and making my system as beautiful and as awesome as I can. In my first build it goes into my story about how and why I got into PC building and I won't put it here but if you are interested just go take a look. Long story short I was an addict and PC building gave me something to strive for and helped me in my sobriety in a big way! Lets get into the build though!
The mods I did to the case are the top fan cavity mod which I learned to do from here (https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/477097-phanteks-enthoo-evolv-atx-top-fan-cavity-mod/) and it was surprisingly easy. I just took a dremel and cutout the lips on top of the radiator bracket and shaved down the ones that were on the roof of the case. I can fit 2 corsair ML 140mm fans up there easily and if I had a 360 rad I am sure 3 120mm fans would be easily put up there as well. I also drilled 3 holes below the back exhaust fan so I could have a place to mount the pump for the CPU loop. I had originally thought I could easily fit a pump/res combo there but it was an easy fix when I found out that I could not.
I have delidded my 7700k which was done with the Rockit 88 delidding tool. My processor without any sort of overclock was still getting into the high 80's at times and I just did not like that. Plus I wanted to hit that 5ghz that everyone else was! So I got that tool and went through a million youtube videos and boom, simple as it gets! Unfortunately the only stable 5ghz I can get is with a vcore of 1.425 and most people say that is not good even though the temps are reasonable. So I trust their judgement and leave it at 4.9 with a vcore of 1.350. My temps rarely go any higher than 70 under load and idle its around 30. I also modded my 1080ti with the shunt mod that I learned from the end of this gamers nexus video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSCNf9DIBGE). My card can hit 2.1ghz BUT even after that mod it still bumps into the power limit. So I have it at a respectable 2063 with a +500 memory offset in afterburner which gets me around 12ghz. The shunt mod was really simple just a little CLU on the resistors and bam easy as that. Now I stay well within my limit and have a very stable clock. It did not make much of a difference in benchmark scored but it was just a preference thing. I like seeing my core clock unchanging:)
I primarily use this system for gaming and watching videos on youtube/browsing the internet. I also do a bit of light content creation on the side but mostly its just games. I also bought all of my parts from either performance pcs(they are awesome btw) or newegg. Living in Boise Idaho there really isn't too much in the way of electronics stores around here, besides Best Buy... and ya they are worthless lol. This build was far from a breeze to complete but to anyone who has built a PC you know it is so worth it in the end! The only real big issue I had was getting the PETG to do what I wanted it to do as this was my first time ever bending. Thankfully I got much more than needed and with a little practice it all came out to my satisfaction. I hope you all enjoy what I have created, I know I do, and thanks for taking a look!
I love this website and I am here all the time drooling over some amazing systems and really wanted to do my best to give you guys a system to drool over. I know I drool over it all the time but I built it and man it was a process! I am so happy with how it came out and I hope you enjoy it too!
Absolutely love this processor for the needs I have! It overclocks incredibly well and the only issue I had with it was the temps out of the box were too high. A nice delid solved all of that for me and would recommend you do it as well. It is an easy process, just a little scary lol. All in all though I would highly recommend this processor. High clock speeds and just all around perfect for gaming.
I will only buy Asus motherboards! I love the UEFI and it is so simple and a breeze to use. Overclocking done right, seriously! The black and grey color scheme looks so good and the IO/Chipset RGB looks superb! Also the Q-Code display along with the assortment of buttons (clear cmos, bios flash, start, reset, etc..) are definitely convenient when trying to salvage and overclock gone wrong! Also the water pump header was awesome because I have a dual loop and having that along with the h_amp header means my 2 D5 pumps don't have to fight for power! This board deserves a 6/5 stars because it's got it all!
Hands down THE BEST implementation of RGB on RAM I have ever seen period. I love them and they hit their rated speeds no problem whatsoever. They truly are the center piece to any build that includes them!
This card is crazy good! Once water cooled I was able to hit 2.1ghz no prob and honestly unless you plan on buying a water block for it I would recommend buying a different AIB card but if you are water cooling they all generally perform the same! Would highly recommend this card to anyone who wants silky smooth gameplay with massive framerates!
This case should lose a star for the airflow issue BUT it makes up for it (in my opinion) with the generous amount of water cooling support! It made my loop assembly so much easier! You can easily compensate for the restrictive airflow with some beefy static pressure fans. That is what I did and my temps are great! It looks amazing and I love the minimalist approach to the design. The ties in the back for cable management made that a breeze and with rubber grommets on the interior it really helps clean up the overall look. Maybe it's form over function but I have to say it met my needs perfectly and is a truly gorgeous case!
Crazy good! WOW! I have these in front of my 360 radiator in my Phanteks Enthoo Evolv case. As you may know the airflow right there is far from ideal and these fans handle that NO PROBLEM! Saw a huge drop in temperatures over the fans I had previously put there. People have commented and said these fans are too loud all the time but honestly mine are 100% silent. Now when they are going full out of course they are going to make noise, but that's what custom fan curves are for right?
Gorgeous block! Seriously love this water block. It is an excellent performer too, my GPU never goes passed 49 degrees. The RGB implementation is great too, the only thing that would have been nice is maybe having the strips be addressable so you can add some cool effects to the block. That's being pretty picky though because this along with all my other RGB in my case is a perfect addition! Form and function all in one! Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for something other than the norm that is EK Water Blocks lol