Description

Built this system last year and between then and now I got two major upgrades. Went from an EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ to a MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4GB, also went from being air cooled to a Magicool custom water cooling loop.

  • Magicool DIY Liquid Cooling System - Double 120mm Edition : I intended to get an h220x2 but I always wanted to try my hand at building a loop and jumped at the chance to when I could, as this was my first try it isn't much of a looker but I am proud I was able to do it.I used everything in the kit except the thermal paste (had some home) to get a fairly accurate idea of how much better cooling the kit offers than my Hyper 212 Evo with idle temps dropping around 5-6c and load temps dropping around 5-9c

  • MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4GB : Everyone knows this is a good performing GPU, leaves my 960 in the dust!

So far I am satisfied with this build but still need to get an SSD and a PSU since i upgraded the GPU, not sure if I want to go 1440p anymore... when my 8year old 1440x900 monitor gives up I will probably get a 1080p monitor and continue to enjoy gaming at ultra 60fps

Part Reviews

Video Card

Keeps cool, performs well

Power Supply

Performs well

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Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool first loop! And by the tubing runs, looks like you can add a block to that 970 without much issue 1+

Aslo thats a great case, I worked with one not too long ago. My only complaint was that it was hard to remove the front panel to clean dust filters.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yea the front panel is on rather tight and yes (after doing it) I noticed how convenient the run is for me when I go to WC the GPU

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

When you add the 970, it'd probably be a good idea to add a 240 in the front or maybe a 120 in the back

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

How's that DCP-450 treating you? Seals ok on it?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

So far so good but I still check the system every day before powering on, did you have problems with one?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Reminds me of 90% of the liquid cooled rigs from the early 2000's with the color scheme and tubing runs. +1 for the throwback. Great build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, yea I tried to make the runs as simple as possible for maintenance sake so it isn't much of a looker lol

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Can it bring in 60 frames on bf4, or hypothetically on bf1 at 1440p? Very nice build btw :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yes I get 60fps+ @1440x900 resolution on bf4 multiplayer (ultra i believe) but it dips sometimes when a lot of action is going on in 64 player matches. Bf1 looks really demanding I wouldn't recommend this for 1440p 60fps in that, but we can still hope lol