Hi there, everyone, I'm back again. I know what you're thinking, "This guy has uploaded his computer a million times and it's getting really annoying!" and to that I apologize. BUT! I have made changes.
AND I uploaded pictures without my LED strip on because I know some people like that.
I upgraded to the new Intel Core i7 8086K and an ASUS ROG Maximus X Code motherboard from an Intel Core i7 7700K and ASUS ROG Strix Z270. Listen, I know that I didn't need the upgrade from a 7700K, and even if I really needed to upgrade, I could have bought a binned 8700K from SiliconLottery.com that was guaranteed to hit 5.2ghz at a low voltage, BUT I wanted to be different. I knew not many people would be running an 8086K so that's why I jumped on it. So before I get burned at the stake for getting it, that is my insane rational.
Back to my story:
Back as a sophomore, all my friends played games on PC, but my computer was never powerful enough to run those games and I was often left out. Finally, I got tired of that and decided to take it upon myself to learn how to build a computer myself! My first rig was a 4790/GTX 970 setup, which was fantastic at the time and allowed me to finally play games with friends.
While those specs are still considered good, I had this desire to tinker and upgrade. From there I swapped the 970 out for a 980ti and even that was not enough for me. Here and there I'd swap out power supplies, upgrade storage, change out ram, and eventually I got to the point where I am right now.
I started hardline watercooling back in August of 2017 in a Corsair 570X. While I was impressed with what I accomplished (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/rYdXsY), I was never really satisfied with it. It was then when Fractal Design released the Define R6, and I knew I had to get it. After weeks of planning tubing runs and radiator placements, I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase the Define R6.
The Define R6 is truly the best case I've build in to date, but it also took some modifications to get there. I first made an acrylic patch panel to fill the ugly gap on the top of the basement. (Picture of dimensions is uploaded) Next, I hacksawed the hard drive support bracket to account for drain tubes in my loop.
So, after a couple years of upgrading and learning, I am really proud of how far I've come. When I first got into building computers, I thought I'd be the last person to dip my toes into watercooling, but here I am.
**Timelapse of build here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GcoGzr3qX0**
Thanks for looking at my post, I really appreciate it! I hope you like it as much as I do.