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Green Caffeine

by Kevzhu

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143 Comments

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  • CPU

  • Motherboard

  • Memory

  • Storage

  • Video Card

  • Video Card

  • Case

  • Power Supply

  • Custom

    $114.95 USD (Purchased)EK-FC780 GTX Ti GPU Waterblock
  • Custom

    $114.95 USD (Purchased)EK-FC780 GTX Ti GPU Waterblock
  • Custom

    $100.95 USD (Purchased)Swiftech MCP655-PWM D5 Pump
  • Custom

    $29.95 USD (Purchased)Alphacool HF D5 Pump Top
  • Custom

    $32.99 USD (Purchased)EK-FC Terminal Dual Parallel 3-slot
  • Custom

    $52.99 USD (Purchased)XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
  • Custom

    $64.98 USD (Purchased)XSPC EX360 Radiator
  • Custom

    $39.99 USD (Purchased)XSPC EX120 Radiator
  • Custom

    $33.99 USD (Purchased)XSPC Single Bay Reservoir
  • Custom

    $11.99 USD (Purchased)Xigmatek XAF-F1452 140mm Fan
  • Custom

    $11.99 USD (Purchased)Xigmatek XAF-F1452 140mm Fan
  • Custom

    $23.99 USD (Purchased)Swiftech 3/8ID 5/8OD Compression Fittings 4pk
  • Custom

    $34.99 USD (Purchased)Corsair SP120 PWM HP Fans 2pk
  • Custom

    $34.99 USD (Purchased)Corsair SP120 PWM HP Fans 2pk
  • Custom

    $23.99 USD (Purchased)Swiftech 3/8ID 5/8OD Compression Fittings 4pk
  • Custom

    $23.99 USD (Purchased)Swiftech 3/8ID 5/8OD Compression Fittings 4pk
  • Custom

    $23.99 USD (Purchased)XSPC 3/8ID 5/8OD Compression Fittings 4pk
  • Custom

    $32.98 USD (Purchased)Swiftech Quick Disconnect Coupling
  • Custom

    $24.99 USD (Purchased)PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 3/8x5/8 10ft
  • Custom

    $19.34 USD (Purchased)LED Strip 60LEDs/m, UV, 5m
  • Custom

    $8.50 USD (Purchased)3mm 12V Green LEDs, 10pk
  • Custom

    $27.00 USD (Purchased)Teleios Sleeving, 100ft total
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    • $2305.45

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Details

Date Published

July 15, 2015

Date Built

July 16, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.409 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.862 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

Description

Green Caffeine - The Craigslist Build + New H2O Parts + Laser Cut Mods

Been working on this baby for a couple weeks - my first serious PC build too. Named such because it keeps me awake more than coffee.

All the hardware pieces (case, mobo, CPU, GPUs, etc.) were purchased used on Craigslist.

All the watercooling pieces were purchased new from various webstores.

All the laser cut pieces were designed, cut, broken, recut, and painted by myself.

See the full build log here: http://imgur.com/a/0Uqss

http://kevzhu.com

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Vuhex 43 points 45 months ago

waiting for jipster69s comment Anyways this is a beautiful build! :)

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Meithen 2 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

That is impressive though!

Aralex 1 Build -2 points 45 months ago

Dude! you're the king of comment on this site :D

skemble 24 Builds 11 points 45 months ago

Get out ;)

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 7 points 45 months ago

Uh oh..you attracted the infamous Skemble.

skemble 24 Builds 8 points 45 months ago

Don't feed the wild Skemble! Oh wait...

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MichaelCS 1 Build 24 points 45 months ago

Great looking rig man! +1

Don't let the naysayers dissuade you. You spent the money "because you can".

People just assume because they can't afford it, or don't have the same level of passion you do for your projects, that you shouldn't spend that kinda money.

Charmin 3 points 45 months ago

Amen! Upvote for this man!

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auldae 1 Build 9 points 45 months ago

Who needs to game when you can just stare at the PC window?

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 17 points 45 months ago

Sorry, what did you say? I was distracted..

TheMultiRugga 1 point 45 months ago

XD

Okami_King 2 points 36 months ago

I agree If iI showed this off to my friends(if I built it), they would most likely be staring at the computer more than the screen

vordar 1 Build 6 points 45 months ago

You are the first person to think of using Surge to cool your PC, hats off to you good sir.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

That's the first thing pc gamers did as soon as they found out surge was on the market again xD

vordar 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

The sugar coma that followed the first marathon gaming session after its release is rumored to have lasted a full week!

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 4 points 45 months ago

Good work. I like the theme and the Case. Good Work.

TCO

Almost forgot of Upvote. Lol

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Thank you! I gotta pay tribute because your builds are on another level!!! Definitely a source of research and inspiration for this build :)

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

I appreciate that. l love green schemes!

TCO

Antocharles360 2 points 45 months ago

Hey.....Hey! Thats Bad***!!

Eltech 20 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Lovely modding customization you created here. I like how you handled your black and green scheme. I wish I could have the tools to do all this. >Stares at her STANLEY 40.5 X 21 X 18.3 cm and shrugs her shoulders< Yes, you did work hard with your modifications and your water-cooling. Enjoy your new caffeinated machine, which you are!

rchar081 2 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Hope you don't mind but this just gave me a whole lot of ideas to upgrade my green build... Awesome job!!

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Do itt Team Green!

IMojoe134 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

What a build! This is sick!

The only thing it needs

Are green leds and green fans in the front of the case

gabegabbert 3 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

No Slurm comment? Wheres the futurama fans?

beautiful build though, +1, had to log in just for upboats.

Eschaton 6 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

It almost seems wrong to say this on such a work of art, but... have you considered changing out the front fans for something that fits the look?

Other than that, a big obligatory +1; I already know I will never build something this amazing in my entire life.

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks, I've gotten a little grief on the front fans haha. Personally I don't mind the white and kinda like the contrast, but comments have got me considering a black or green paint job on the fins

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

yeah bro, do eeeet!

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I might just have to stick a 280mm rad there, once my wallet is ready for another hit :X

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

there you go!

APEBuilt 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

two thumbs up!

Crafted-louis 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Wow 100+

powellbm86 9 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

It's pretty much gorgeous.

Fracks 1 point 45 months ago

This is probably on of the most beautiful examples of a watercooled gaming PC out there. The time, effort, and money you out into this masterpiece eclipse anything I could do. In other words, it's fantastic, I love it, and it has to be featured.

msquare 4 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Looks dope :)

RubyJunk 1 point 45 months ago

Beautiful

erickdiaz84 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Amazing build! The total price of this dual gpu, fully water cooled monster is pretty great too. Nice job bargain hunting! Would be nice to see what sort of clocks you can get out of this setup, along with your temps.

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks, I was surprised at how expensive water cooling gets that's for sure. Would love to make my own blocks on a CNC next time around.

I have the SLI pushed to 1409/7862 right now with temps 26C idle 45C on load (1.212V). The CPU is at 4.8GHz with temps 30C idle 65C on load (1.29V). Very pleased with the OC results, but still only slightly better than results on air

erickdiaz84 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

I'd wager those temps are much better than air though haha. You'd probably be looking at closer to 90 on those gpus and would probably be pushing 80 at that clock on the cpu with air.

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Oh definitely. On air I wouldn't push it this far, probably not overvolt at all. I always let temps dictate my OC since that usually comes into play before stability issues

I just meant I got maybe 10% gains over a similarly temp'd air OC. Not worth it to most people but I'm a nut and found this process fun

erickdiaz84 3 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

I'm trying to figure out how I can hussle $900 or so to do a custom loop in my recent build actually, ha ha. Maybe I'll become an Uber driver on the weekends...

Wcschuyler 9 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

well done

ivan_lazarov 5 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Excellent mod! +1 From me!

Scrounger 4 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

I didn't give this much notice until I saw how you put the chemical formula for caffeine all over the build. Nice detail!

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

This is impressive. I really enjoyed the pictures and especially like the 11th photo. It appears as if your computer is full of acid but the real danger is masked behind a beautifully contained environment. Desensitization through sex appeal.

I too would forgo an HDD if I had the skills to build something like that. One of these days I will get into custom loops. Thanks for the motivation.

+1

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks!

Unrelated, but I like your writing and sentence structure. You could be a writer

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

That's nice of you to say. Thanks!

jnewell01 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Damn, man, you killed it. Completely sick build and at a great price to boot. It's obvious you put a good amount of thought, time, and effort into this, and it shows.

JAR1337 5 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

OMG so dam sexy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! +1000000000000000000000

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks for all the comments and feedback!

This obviously was not a budget build, but budget is always a factor. I've wanted a liquid cooled PC for as long as I can remember, but never had the opportunity to go for it until now. The idea was that I would take money saved from used parts on Craigslist to fund watercooling expenses. The hope was that I could use old gen equipment to get (almost) new gen results with superior cooling.

In the future, I'd like to try my hand at CNC milling my own water blocks, resevoir, etc to save more money and get more custom (those blocks get pricey!) But that won't be for a bit as my wallet is still in some pain..

Feel free to message me, happy to share info and process. Cheers and happy building :)

dabless 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

This is some sexy *** build

Anyone 1 point 45 months ago

Wow, cable management ****.

GameAsaurusRekz 1 point 45 months ago

This has stunned me with it's beauty! I feel more awake than ever before :DDD

TREVOR5858 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Absolutely STUNNING build man, congrats.

brent_the_rogue 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Well made.

+1 billion or something like that.

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Awesome build! "Looks at 450D sitting underneath desk", I wonder how a liquid cooling system would look in my system. :D

RubyJunk 1 point 45 months ago

It's, it's, it's....

....chokes up crying.....

beautiful

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Yep, I would take it out for a nice seafood dinner, AND call it again.

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Man, you're making my machine look like shaped plastic! MLG confirmed!

ChristianGLong 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

That is one nice machine man!

pvidal2015 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

This is an awesome looking build the color contrast looks very nice.

TheMultiRugga 1 point 45 months ago

It's FCKING beautiful and seeing how cheap you built such a system for it is amazing, great choice on parts, and all the custom mods and all the watercooling looks so fcking good!

piemancoder 1 point 45 months ago

I just looked at the pictures and I think I peed my pants a wee bit. This build is beautiful. Quick question, what did you use for laser cutting?

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

A local hackerspace owns a 1200x800mm ExLas (Chinese brand) laser. Good for acrylics, wood, etc up to about 3/8" thick, but no metals.

I believe the machine was originally around $6k, but we all get to use it freely with a monthly membership

Meithen 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Very nice! Excellent build.

iamwildbear 1 point 45 months ago

holly jesus

c4crikey 1 point 45 months ago

THAT IS HAWWWTTT

mcmahon89 1 point 45 months ago

Cable management looks stellar, the loop design is super cool, color theme is great, and the translucent effect of the liquid under UV is pretty cool-- kinda reminds me of Slimer from Ghostbusters. Parts list is nothing but awesome as well.

xolot1 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Attention to detail...No, attention to the attention to detail. You've entered the elite realm. +1

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Oh my, that's quite the compliment! I feel that I have much to learn before I can join elite status, specifically painting. Thanks though :)

DaBacca 1 point 45 months ago

Sweet build I saw it as featured build and was immedialty think why would you get 780ti anymore with 980 being cheaper and 980ti being only a boy more expensive but for 300 a 780 it is a great deal

Thefan630 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Wow, I hope one day I can make a such beautiful fully modded water cooled pc rig. To my likings of course eheh

Shashwat 1 point 45 months ago

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLY SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Nice! I like blue better (go resistance!) but this is still awesome!

Ewanfrance 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Wow this puts my build to shame. It's awesome

ImperialPuma 1 point 45 months ago

Wow nice build!

Raven6724 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Wow! Great build man. How did you find all of these great parts in Craigslist though? I've cracked open my head trying to look for parts in there and I've been lucky enough.

Thank you for sharing.

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Patience mainly. Happy hunting!

MiguelXx3D 1 point 45 months ago

I can't sleep. To much caffeine.

Nice build and dat modding on the 750D

dak000 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

I came

GilChris95 1 point 45 months ago

AYYYYY lmao did you post this to r/watercooling? I think I saw a preview of this on there.

THATPCPARTPICKER 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

this is a really nice build

DCarnage 1 point 45 months ago

Wow! This thing is absolutely beautiful. Way to go Kev.

ThatSparrow 1 point 45 months ago

Great build, but I have to question your decision to buy two 780 Ti's rather than a single 980 Ti.

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

980 ti wasn't out yet

But I think I would still rather have 2x 780ti regardless because I do some GPU render work so it's nice to have 5k+ CUDA cores on tap

But yeah a single card would have saved about $120 on water cooling cost

meerzaheen 1 point 45 months ago

500gb ssd for 40$... god damn

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

It's not new, in fact I already owned the drive

mauriciomdea 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Got here to give a +1 for the build name and... stared at the pictures for like an hour! Wish I could have given +1000! Nice work!

soundreaper 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Awesome Build! +1

One question though, how come you put a 120mm radiator in the back instead of a 240mm radiator in the front? I see that you already have a 360mm on top but I was just wondering since a 240mm would allow for better cooling.

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Good question

Since I've got some heavy OC going, I wanted to give the coolest air possible into the case, to cool VRMs since I do not have a mobo water block. But now I'm considering sticking an additional 280mm into the front to get 4x 120 and 2x 140 for some massive cooling

soundreaper 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Another radiator sounds good!

If you have got some more cash, look into getting a "EK-SB ASUS M6G". That's supposed to be the waterblock for your motherboard but I don't think EK makes them anymore. If you can get ahold of one, that might help you with your cooling solution.

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks! Really appreciate the part name, that'll help me do research, and possibly even try to make my own! (CnC)

soundreaper 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

No problem, good luck with the motherboard block!

Ibuyara 1 point 45 months ago

Where can I get cable combs like those? Your build is beautiful and impressive, but those cable combs... I must has these.

Also my R9 295x2 cowers before the might of your PSU.

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I designed and laser cut them myself

I've gotten a handful of requests for these cable combs, so the idea of making a big batch for sale is bouncing around my head..

Ibuyara 1 point 45 months ago

I think that's a great idea, they look very finely crafted and E22/ Lutro0 combs are IMHO difficult to get and very expensive.

TheArchitect 1 point 45 months ago

Wow, dude. Love the green and the stencilling. It be cool if you had step by step info on how you did all the laser cutting (and so perfectly too)! As a someone who's looking to build their very first pc, you think you can do without all this cool customisation. And then you see stuff like this.

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks. On the road gigging at the moment but was planning on putting up a full build log once I got back home

TheArchitect 2 points 45 months ago

Yeah, it'd be nice if we could take the entire computer set up wherever.

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Seriously..

Here you go - Full build log http://imgur.com/a/0Uqss

TheArchitect 1 point 45 months ago

Wow, great job!

killerzcud 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

soo goood :D +1

Charmin 1 point 44 months ago

I know it's been some time since this build was posted, but how do you like the case? I've been considering it and I have a few questions:

1) Is the case sometimes uncomfortably loud? If so, when?

2) Are there any cable management issues you had? Where?

3) Do you think radiator support is good? As in, can it fit thicker radiators?

Thanks for answering, and I hope the build serves for as long as you want it to!

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I love the case. I find it to be the perfect balance of size / function. Not a full size tower, but can fit full ATX and plenty of room to accommodate mods and watercooling. Construction is pretty solid. I get a little flex when transporting since water cooling adds a bit of weight, but nothing to cause worry. The high flow 450D is pretty awesome in that the case is very "open" and has few restrictions. The HDD rack is also easily removable (which I did) to fit other things. The 2 slots behind the motherboard are perfect for a boot / OS SSD and a data 2.5" HDD or SSD. Really nice idea cramming 2 slim hard drives back there. I like that the feet elevate it off the surface, and the filter on the bottom is really nice.

1) I think the fans are a much bigger factor in audible noise than the case will ever make. Like I said, there aren't really any restrictions for air to slow down and start making noise. If you get silent fans, I'm confident that this case will not add any noise.

2) Not any major cable management issues. I would say the area for mass cable management behind the mobo is a little slim. The space becomes an issue when you start double / triple stacking cables. If they are thick, you may notice a very slight bulge on that panel. But I think for most builds it shouldn't be an issue. If you have a ton of thick cables I would do some measurements to be sure.

3) Radiator support is OK. The radiator on top can't be much thicker than 35mm due to clearance for mobo headers. I also managed to cram a 120mm radiator on the rear exhaust, but I don't think this will work for most people. Basically, you can fit a slim 360 (35mm or less) on top if you sacrifice the top optical bay. And the front 280mm can accommodate a really thick radiator if you remove the HDD tray & pedestal.

Hope that helps - thanks for the love!

Charmin 1 point 44 months ago

Wow thank you so much for Tthis answer. The build log was great too, and I loved how the little water thingy glows lighter depending on CPUS load!

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Here's my complete build log in full detail if you want to see more pictures, and get an idea of space inside the case. http://imgur.com/a/0Uqss

ItsWaterings 1 point 41 months ago

This is the best build I have ever seen

ÐËÄÐPÖÖL 1 point 40 months ago

I must say this build is pretty SHWEET!

MxddoHD 1 point 39 months ago

i dont think this guy like green , just me ?!?!

myp33ps 1 point 39 months ago

Literally Amazing!

NZXTmk1 1 point 37 months ago

fantastic work! Crazy green modding! XD +1

ArtMods 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

How do you like the motherboard? I was looking into one for a replacement build I'm doing. Do you think a capture card would fit with running SLI?

Also, FANTASTIC piece of art!

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Sorry for the late reply. The motherboard was great. Not sure you'd be able to do a capture card on top of SLI unless the capture card is only PCIe x1 due to not enough CPU lanes. Hope you figured it out on your end.

Some of the USB capture cards are great. Check out the Magewell unit, works wonderfully as long as you have USB 3.0

ArtMods 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you! I'm still debating on if I should get a USB capture card or get the PCIe. But I went with the sabertooth X79 and a i7-3930k

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

If the capture card is a PCIe x1 you should be good. If it needs that last x16 slot then it will not work with SLI due to max # of lanes with the i7 4790K

Nicko_barbeque 1 point 34 months ago

Very nice clean build- love your work so +1

InsightRevolt 0 points 45 months ago

I LOVE that color scheme and the custom parts. I personally like looking at pc's that are out of my budget to see what people with more money can make. Even if its just aesthetically pleasing. Also you should have gotten a 980 Ti for the price of those 780 Ti's. It will better benefit you in the long run, but +1 for good build.

And can you guys check out my pc build? http://pcpartpicker.com/b/877hP6 comment what you think.

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

You're totally right. The 980ti came out almost right as I was finishing up the build ;( but such is life I think I would still rather have 2x 780ti than 1x 980ti but the extra vram must be nice for 4k

Nicko_barbeque 1 point 34 months ago

Hey don't know if you check your pcpartpicker account anymore but this build is gone. Could you try reposting it as i wouldnt mind having a look if its anything to compare to this. thx

Value -17 points 45 months ago

Cool looking build I guess, but I have a thing with custom loops. If you get a leak in any of those pipes you're going to be looking at one mother of a 'green' mess and a huge waste of money. That cooling is going to need more work than a bonsai.

Also I think that spending over $848 US [~€755 EU] (yes I did add it all up) just on liquid cooling is really excessive and not something I would generally consider putting in as a 'featured' build on this site. In terms of just cooling expenses, I think this will be one of the most expensive cooling builds we may ever see on this site. I would have more to say however but I don't want to be rude because you do need to be commended for your 'vision' on how cool it looks.

Having said all that, I'd like to say congratulations on what 'looks' like an awesome computer though I am kind of interested why you bought 2 cards that don't support DirectX 12 and spent what can be only classified as an excessive amount of money on cooling.

Manusia 1 point 45 months ago

You must have missed the PCPartPicker that spent $1000 US just on chrome fittings.

Value -8 points 45 months ago

Looks like I did. Here I was thinking that featured builds were more for a "look what amazing stuff you can get at a very good price" and not "hey look at how much money I have to throw around guys!" :P

Anyway it doesn't matter. The PC looks great.

Padlock248 2 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

I always thought feature builds were about utilizing creativity and getting the most out of your hardware.

MOST cases that's done with a really nice cheaper build. But when a crazy creative build like this comes out, it is possibly going to get featured.

Value -1 points 45 months ago

I dig it. I just wish people explained the reasoning behind such things rather than just always saying "Because I wanted to" or "Because why not?" as I can usually give people 100+ answers to the latter. :P

Thanks for the insight though on what featured builds are for.

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erickdiaz84 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

He bought things off of craig's list and is using last generation gpus to save money... The total cost of this build is cheaper than builds using similar components without water cooling.

It's also likely that he'll be able to overclock the hell out of it with his cooling set up, getting even more value out of his components that he already paid less for.

I really don't understand your patronizing tone, sounds less like genuine criticism and more like bias against anyone spending any amount of money on their PC builds.

This build definitely wasn't an exercise in throwing cash around aimlessly, I mean hell he customized it with his own work. Most of the visual cues and the caffeine molecule motif were all handmade by the builder, those power cables look custom as well. That's work, that's effort and passion. That's not just throwing money at it.

In fact, you really sound like you're trolling. And I feel like I just fed you.

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

You summed up my entire thought process during this build! Crazy.

I still think I spent too much moolah though

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Manusia 1 point 45 months ago

Something like that.

erickdiaz84 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

That's why you... leak test. There's a methodology to establishing a leak free loop. If internal PC watersports were an inevitability no one would ever water cool their pcs.

And the obvious reason for water cooling is greater thermal headroom for overclocking. Like most things PC related, you start to see proportionally less return on monetary investment for performance after a certain point. I'd wager most people would be happy with an i5 processor and a single gtx970 or radeon 390 to power their 1080p monitors, but if you want to push the envelope of performance you need to spend a little more and do a little more work. After a certain point its a labor of love more than an exercise in counting the cost.

I don't really mean to be answering the builders questions for them, but a lot of your "questions" sound condescendingly rhetorical when there are actual answers to them. For one, direct x-12 support isn't exactly a cut and dry system. Really it amounts to differing feature sets of dx12 being supported by different gpu architectures, however the major improvements will be supported by the 780ti, namely lower-overhead APIs, better CPU utilization, and multi-GPU functionality. Maybe some of the more nuanced fancy stuff won't be available to 780ti users, but if you really think microsoft would leave the literally millions of users still utilizing older than current gen gpus out in the cold then you're dead wrong.

It's also pretty apparent that you're not familiar with the general price points for water cooling components. The loop he's built is about the standard price tag for a dual gpu loop. The full cover water blocks are quite pricey.

Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

You have a point, definitely sound like the voice of reason in my head going "liquid cooling is too expensive! Just stick with air!"

Well you can tell which half of me won THAT battle..

Value -1 points 45 months ago

Your build is fantastic, and thanks a lot for the personal reply to my comment. Like I said, you should really be commended on your 'vision'. It takes a special kind of skill and creativity to envision a build like this before actually making it.

The fact that you can basically run a stable 5Ghz OC on that CPU and still keep those temps is also proof that your build and skill at making a custom loop, is fantastic.

I just personally, (and I mean this really respectively haha) cannot overlook that insane price tag. You could build a really nice computer for that money haha, or add some extra amazing components. But that wasn't the point of your build, so it's irrelevant. It's definitely one of the nicest custom loop systems I've ever seen though.

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InsightRevolt 1 point 45 months ago

+1 for comment tips haha

Value -2 points 45 months ago

I'll consider that in the future.... maybe.

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Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Thank you!!

Dude.. your builds.. So legendary. So inspirational

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Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Hah, I mean.. that could be interesting..

The PSU had ugly stickers all over it (no offense EVGA) so I wanted to make a better looking PSU cover. The side space was perfect for a logo or lettering so I decided to come up with an icon, name, and theme to really tie everything together. You could say the PSU cover really forced me to put more thought into the overall theme

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Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Designed, cut, and painted all by myself

The PSU cover needed a heat gun and some bending

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Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

There are lots of guides out there I could point you to, but Google would do the same. Excellent starting points

Truthfully, no system NEEDS water cooling unless you have a quad SLI monster or something. Air will always be the best bang for your buck. But if you're crazy like me and all about cooling, then go for it!

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Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

60 is actually well within safe limits. You could overclock your system as is, just not quite as far as with liquid (5-10% additional difference). My temp limit is 70C all around

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Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Forsure, watercooling is definitely a hefty investment but hoping to use and reuse these parts for a while

All good companies, I'd say you can't go wrong. Go with the cheapest, or the best looking, or the most conducive for tubing runs. I mixed it up cause I like the EK GPU/terminal blocks for looks and the XSPC CPU block was the best pricepoint at the time

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skemble 24 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

Schwing!!

WaterTriber 1 point 44 months ago

I agree!

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Kevzhu submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Nope just a single bay res. You might be referring to the acrylic plate which is just a vent cover / badge

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