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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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  • 53 months ago
  • 43 points

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

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  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

That is impressive though!

  • 53 months ago
  • -2 points

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 11 points

Get out ;)

  • 53 months ago
  • 7 points

Uh oh..you attracted the infamous Skemble.

  • 53 months ago
  • 8 points

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

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  • 53 months ago
  • 24 points

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.

  • 53 months ago
  • 3 points

Amen! Upvote for this man!

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  • 53 months ago
  • 9 points

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 17 points

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

XD

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 6 points

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 4 points

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

TCO

Almost forgot of Upvote. Lol

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate that. l love green schemes!

TCO

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

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!

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Do itt Team Green!

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

What a build! This is sick!

The only thing it needs

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

No Slurm comment? Wheres the futurama fans?

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah bro, do eeeet!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

there you go!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

two thumbs up!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow 100+

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

It's pretty much gorgeous.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks dope :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

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...

  • 53 months ago
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Where's the reservoir?

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

I know this is an old comment, but if you haven't seen it yet, it's in the space occupying the lower 5.25" optical drive bay.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

well done

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent mod! +1 From me!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

That's nice of you to say. Thanks!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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 :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

This is some sexy *** build

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, cable management ****.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely STUNNING build man, congrats.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Well made.

+1 billion or something like that.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

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

beautiful

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

That is one nice machine man!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you do the SLI bridge I know there is a painting tutorial but this isnt the same

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Excellent build.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

holly jesus

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

THAT IS HAWWWTTT

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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 :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLY SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow nice build!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Patience mainly. Happy hunting!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't sleep. To much caffeine.

Nice build and dat modding on the 750D

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I came

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

this is a really nice build

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

500gb ssd for 40$... god damn

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, good luck with the motherboard block!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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..

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Seriously..

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, great job!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

soo goood :D +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 52 months ago
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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!

  • 52 months ago
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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

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the best build I have ever seen

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I must say this build is pretty SHWEET!

  • 47 months ago
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i dont think this guy like green , just me ?!?!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Literally Amazing!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

fantastic work! Crazy green modding! XD +1

  • 43 months ago
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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!

  • 39 months ago
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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

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 41 months ago
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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

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice clean build- love your work so +1

  • 53 months ago
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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.

  • 53 months ago
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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

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

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

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  • 53 months ago
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Thank you!!

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

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  • 53 months ago
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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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  • 53 months ago
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Designed, cut, and painted all by myself

The PSU cover needed a heat gun and some bending

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  • 53 months ago
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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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  • 53 months ago
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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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  • 53 months ago
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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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  • 53 months ago
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Schwing!!

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I agree!

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  • 53 months ago
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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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