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Built a lot of "normal" pc's over the last 23 years, (starting with 486's), this is my first watercooled PC.

This build all started when I bought a 2nd hand HTC Vive for a very good price, but my 970 couldn't run Elite Dangerous in VR at the quality I wanted. So I borrowed my sons 1070 which did a pretty good job, but with VR you really want some serious supersampling etc so I went berserk and bought a Galax 1080ti HOF Lab edition......... as you do!

I wanted a white case/build, so I was going with a NZXT s340 Elite (white), but I have always liked open frame cases so I went with the Thermaltake Core P3 (Snow Edition).

I kept my existing CPU (I7-6700) and Ram (Kingston Hyperx Fury 16gb kit) but wanted a white motherboard, so the options are limited and went with MSI Mortar Arctic H270M.

I wanted the Galax EXOC 1080ti in white, but they sold out before I had a chance to get one. So I went nuts and bought the Galax 1080ti HOF Lab edition, which also meant I had to go all out with water cooling.

CPU block is from XSPC, Raystorm RGB White, and a white XSPC EX360 Radiator with the 3 pack of Cooler Master RGB fans.

The pump is the EK X-Res 140 Elite and all fittings are XSPC in black chrome using Mayhem 1/2" ID tubing.

A white power supply completes the chassis with Corsair's RM850x.

I like orange (I ride a KTM Superduke :) ), hence Mayhem orange dye and LED's set to orange for the photos.

The build went together great with no problems, the soft tubing looks pretty good and neat, easier for a first timer than hard tubing.

I have tried some basic overclocking on the video card if anyone cares, gets stable 2062 MHz gpu and 6132 (12264) MHz on the memory with bumping up the GPU volts to 1.100 Highest temperature recorded after endless benching has been 44 degrees Celsius on the GPU.

Unigine Heaven 1080 Ultra 154.3 fps with score 3887 Unigine Superposition 1080 Extreme score 6328, avg fps 47.33

Stress testing the CPU while also running Heaven (really trying to stress system) it reached 51 degrees Celsius.

Idle temps for both CPU and GPU are 24-25 degrees.

Warmest I have seen the water temp is 35 degrees with ambient room temps around 25.

Computer also runs a projector in the adjacent theatre room and the aforementioned HTC Vive.

In the future I will be building a new desk as my current setup is pretty average haha. I will also probably upgrade the CPU to the 7700K so I can overclock that if required.

Cheers!

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Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks haru

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

This is nutty, it's so clean! How old is your son? you seem like a great dad :P

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I have 2 sons 14 and 16, they both have pretty good gaming computers as well built by themselves after watching me a few times. Cheers.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the coolant color, golden orange. Where did you purchase it from?

How do you move your mouse? Seems like there's barely room to wiggle!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I wanted Mayhems Pastel Orange but shops here had sold out, so I went with Mayhems Orange Dye and some biocide in distilled water. It isn't as orange as I'd like, I might put some more drops in... I am new to this water cooling business haha.

My mouse is set up pretty fast so just enough room :) A new desk is a must though, will build one soon.

Cheers.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

nice!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I just love everything about this build, so beautiful. Very nicely done! +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate, I am pretty happy with how it turned out, except the orange coolant isn't orange enough. Might try adding more dye or one day will swap to pastel orange.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Shoot, if it were me I wouldn't change a thing, I love the amber look of the dye and the color scheme you have going with the fans and water block, and then that blue lighting on the GPU provides just enough contrast. Very unique yet tasteful.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Purdy!!!! YUUP!!!!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Late question but, how did you mount the DDC pump onto the P3 bracket? is that a custom adapter ?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

G'day mate, yes unfortunately the bracket is only drilled to suit Thermaltake pumps, so I I just used a bit of scrap copper plate I had. It wasn't the ideal solution, just a quick workaround. I am still using it though :) Just realised this is my computers 1 year anniversary pretty much, it has been a great system with no dramas. The only problem is the mayhem orange dye doesn't keep it's colour past 1 week which is disappointing. I have also had to completely strip the pump once for a clean out after it stopped working intermittently. Cheers