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This is a new home build I'll be using primarily for content creation for my YT channel, Middle of Knowhere: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCStdwNHQLNeY4FPFiupz1lA

I'll also use it for graphic design and gaming. I do want to try my hat at streaming as well.

I've titled it Northern Lights as I want to kind of emulate the Aurora Borealis, as best I can, with the RGB as opposed to just puking rainbows at you. ASUS' Aura Sync and Corsair's iCue allows me to customize the colors and lighting according to my mood or design choices. The solutions aren't perfect, but the control they give is very nice.

I went with the Ryzen 2700X for price to performance and high core count. I decided on an Asus ROG board for its feature set and ease of overclocking. I bought the GTX 1080 during the tail end of the price craze and was able to buy it for MSRP at Best Buy.

This is my first water cooled build using hard tubing. I'm using EK Water Blocks parts for the fittings, CPU mono-block, GPU block, two radiators, the DDC pump, and 12mm OD tubing. Non-EKWB parts include a Primochill slim radiator on the side of the case, a Bitspower reservoir, DDC pump heatsink and RGB top, XSPC black chrome plug fittings, and finally two Singularity Computers reservoir mounts (all listed in the parts list).

Some of the parts such as one of the Seagate HDDs and two sets of the Corsair fans I already owned but added to the parts list for a complete picture. Two sets of the fans were a gift and unused until now. I also have not accounted for any discounts, rebates, shipping costs or other savings/added costs I was able to take advantage of to better represent the pricing.

I highly recommend shopping at Performance PCs. They have great customer service, and during US holidays they always have sales, which will help you save money.

Overall, I had a fun time making the build and I learned a lot about bending tubes through trial and error. Key takeaways: buy way more tubing than you think you'll need and be super patient when it comes to bending.

The Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic was fun to build in and not too difficult. I definitely recommend this case to anyone wanting to do a liquid cooled build and who wants to show off their parts.

While this build has taken me months to complete, I've thoroughly enjoyed doing it. I've not fully OC'd the entire rig yet, but the 4 sticks of RAM are overclocked at 3000MHz with CL of 13-13-13-30. Unfortunately four sticks at 16GB each won't OC to their rated 3200 speed; although, I've gotten two sticks to that speed at CL14. I've not yet OC'd my GPU or CPU.

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Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 4 points

I'm surprised you haven't let der8auer himself see this build. This is extremely clean! Excellent use of the O11 Dynamic!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe he'll notice it. I tagged him in a tweet about the completed build link. :) And thank you very much!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

3 rads may be a little overkill, but I love overkill. Beautiful build! Especially for your first go at watercooling.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I too am a fan of overkill. :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build complimented by beautiful pics! +1 +1 +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! ;)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build Seth. Keep up the good work. You have my vote

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing build man and great unboxing/first impression video, not gonna lie watched it several times trying to plan my build, while i was waiting for them to come back in stock, around a month ago, very detailed unboxing. Build vlog videos were great as well. I enjoyed them alot.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much. I'm going to be working on a timelapse assembly vid starting this week. It's going to probably take a lot of work since I took a lot of footage. Didn't do any bending footage just due to my sheer noobness to the process so I didn't want to waste time doing that, but there's a lot of build footage I think. I'll post again when I've uploaded. :D

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

da bears

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn right! :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good man! I had a similar plan for cooling overload with clear goodness! I've got the case, psu, 3.5 drives, m.2 drive, os, and mouse. Just waiting to pull the trigger on m/b, proc, ram, and liquid cooling.

If you had to build it again, would you do anything different? Any regrets with this build?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I think if I were to do anything different it would be to go with 32gb of ram to see if I could get the true overclock rated speeds at 3200. I like 4 dimms, and this time I wanted to go overboard with getting 64gb, but I think I don't need it. Other than that, I think I would have done my cables differently with the more expensive versions from cablemod that are thicker with the integrated cable combs. Oh and finally, I'd try to have bought everything at once when it was available, but the case and GPU were the biggest holdups due to availability and pricing.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh and I think I'd try 16mm tubing for the long runs (but keep the 12mm fittings for those two small bits).

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey there! I'm using very similar components and am curious how you handled the USB 3.0 Gen1 connector at the base of the board? I'm thinking the cable may be getting in the way of the radiator there. Any input is greatly appreciated!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great question. I got a low profile adapter off amazon. It's a must have since that 3.0 connector is horribly bulky. Here's a link:

https://www.amazon.com/20-Pin-Internal-Adapter-Profile-Connector/dp/B01MXVESB8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1544041787&sr=8-2&keywords=low+profile+usb+3.0+header+extender+cable

I'd say this is a must have for this build in particular but really any to put that bulky connector out of sight.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build, what size is your reservoir? I just got the same case and going to go with triple rads as well

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a 150mm res. :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Uploaded the time-lapse build video here: https://youtu.be/gMODMXXU4CA