My first ever custom built pc. Ever since I was a kid I always dreamed of owning a pc that I had personally built from the ground up. I started back in 2012 after watching Linus Tech Tips and other videos that showcased reviews on different computer components and worked from there. Finding the parts that would provide the best performance at that time and which ones were compatible with one another. I would purchase each part one at the time over the stretch of 2 years. Starting with the case which isn't the one I have currently. It was a Corsair Vengeance C70 in Military Green with everything running on just air and the Corsair Hydro H100 for my CPU.
After putting everything together and seeing that the GTX 780 ti had debuted..... I started looking into what else might I be able to do for my computer? I started watching everyone go over custom liquid cooling options with Jayztwocents and other channels. Looking up what I can purchase from distributors like EKWB and FrozenCPU. Choosing what and how things would fit together. Obviously Water and Electricity threw up red flags in the beginning though curiosity got the better of me and I decided to go for it. I purchased the CPU block, the GPU blocks, the rads, the fittings, and tubing. Deciding how everything would run through my case and how much room I had to work with.
Everything overall was an awesome adventure filled with hurtles and bumps that would keep me up all hours of the night troubleshooting different problems and finding weird and new solutions. Big shot out to Overclock.net with helping me with all varieties of forums and guides from overclocking my CPU to 4.5 GHz to flashing the bios on my GPUs which was interesting because I waited around year before purchasing my second GTX 780. When the Asus GTX 780 was made available I purchased one and found that they went fast. So fast that it was one of the causes for me having to wait around year before I ever saw one again. My second 780 came with Elpida memory and a different Bios version. My cards have different bios versions and required I flash them one at a time with different custom bios.
I'm very happy with how far I've come with what I have and am hopeful for a future of more exciting and advanced hardware. I'm very pleased to see AMD ryze to the occasion with what the have to offer. I was an Intel and Nvidia fan though I'm willing to give AMD a shot and see where they take me.
Link to 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme 1.1: https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/27295600?