I really needed a new PC as my iMac crashed. I've been an avid Apple user for almost 20 years now, but lately i have not been impressed with my friends in Cupertino. I switched my MacBook Pro for an Alienware 17" a couple of months ago and to be honest, couldn't be happier. Yes, Windows has it quirks, but no longer am I trapped within the Apple-ecosystem.
So I decided to build a new Windows system and switch (back). Then I discovered pcpartpicker.com and found the most awesomely modded PC's on this site. I needed one of those! I built a PC before with the NZXT Kraken for my son and wanted to step up my game!
I chose the color scheme first and then went hunting for materials. I needed quite a beefy PC as I use it for work as well, so it should be able to deal with After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, MsSQL, Reporting services, Visual Studio and more. (oh yeah, and a couple of games).
The case was easy, I really wanted a Parvum system as I love those cases. I sent them the logo for a Kitchensystem which I created (www.annonceronline.com) which they carved right into the case.
I wanted an i7 over an i5 and decided on the 5820K because I could get a good deal on it. With it I matched the Kingston DDR4 ram. I chose one large SSD over a smaller one and an extra HDD mainly because I couldn't figure out where to fit the HDD (In hindsight a good choice). A good video card was a requirement and the GTX 980 Ti came out just weeks before. I decided on the EVGA reference model as it was one of the few models that I could find an EKWB waterblock for.
As for watercooling, I ordered most of it through EKWB. The CPU and GPU waterblocks, fittings, tubes and the GPU Backplate are EKWB suited for the respective hardware. The pump is a Laing DDC-1Plus MCP355 outfitted with a Bitspower DDC top upgrade and a Bitspower reservoir. The radiators are from Darkside, 1 3 x 120 and 1 2 x 120. Mounted on those some Thermaltake's Riing's.
The waterloop currently goes Pump > GPU > CPU > Rad > Rad> Res >Pump. I wanted to put a Rad between CPU and GPU, but couldn't figure out a routing without putting tubes everywhere. The tubes I bent using the primochill bending tool, which I'm not sure if I would recommend. I ordered 8 meter tubing figuring I would definitely have enough to learn this artform and make sure I would end up with some nice tubes. I had to order extra tubes.
Modding wise I painted the motherboard with Tamiya model paint, and the RAM as well. The cabling was finished off with black shrink tubes and wire covers. I painted the GPU backplate as well with the Tamiya spraycan.
Filled the loop, tested for 24 hours, no leaks. Added colouring and installed windows.
Couldn't be happier, it runs great and silent. Hope you guys like it.