Description

Before I even get started. No I did not just buy all these parts I've had them all since the 980Ti came out. I am currently about start a new Build and realized I never put this finished one up. Also, yes I know this is impractical the answer is I don't care and that isn't the point of this build.

Why I picked these parts:

MOBO: I originally had a MSI X99Plus, but was having stability issues so decided to try this board because it is meant for reliability and a friend of mine had one and strongly recommended it. This was before the skylake of course.

Memory: Honestly, never tried crucial so decided to give them a shot.

Drive: I have the SSD for windows and other programs that rely on fast read/write. My HDD's are tasked between different jobs. Such as download's, media, and everything else.

GPU: At the time it was either this or the Titan X and well I chose this for obvious reasons.

Case: I actually wasn't going to use this case but after much searching I got it for it's size. Definitely have some disagreements with their design choices.

Power Supply: I wanted a fully modular power supply with at least an 80+ Gold. It was also on sale for $50 off.

Everything else is mainly watercooling stuff I could explain it all, but it would make this even more of an essay.

The Water cooling proccess

So basically I case modded the case. I replaced the side panels in order to allow for air flow for 2X 480mm Rads. I then replaced the front bezel with an acrylic panel. Then Drilled pass through's so that the 2X 480mm rads can be installed in the bottom adding a lot of weight to the bottom, 1 480mm rad in the top, and plumb it all up in the middle. As well as gave it a spray of paint. I used monsoon's tube bending kit to bend all the tubing.

Things I liked about this build

The color combination came out exactly like I wanted two. I was afraid I would get a very pasty look from the UV Green, but it was the exact colors I was shooting for. The fact that this was my first time ever doing custom loops and rigid tube bending. There are definitely a couple issues of not quite square bends, but considering I did not use and 90° or 45° fittings to make the bends I am pleased enough. All the monsoon components. I decided to use monsoon fittings, reservoir, and like I said there bending kit. All of there items look amazing and built extremely well.

Things I didn't like about this build

Mostly the case, cable management was terrible. There is no way to route the cables behind the trays to the different sections and you can even drill hole because the rails the case's slide on are in the way. The case can fit 480mm (barely I'll admit), but they only had support for 360mm rads and they screwed to the side panels. instead of a mount, I would hate to try to take the side panels off with everything hooked up. At this point I wish I would of went with something like the 900D. I have a Caselabs case on the way now, so all the issues will be gone.

Rigid tubing was a pain. Even with the bending kit it took me 2 days to get the 6 tubes bent as well as a couple waste pieces. I am still gonna use rigid tubing for all my future builds, but I will never look forward to actually having to do it.

I never got around to getting custom fan covers for the front bezel.

I hope you guys like the build. I am going to be starting a new one fairly soon and will post that one on here as well.

~BBD7

Part Reviews

CPU

I have enjoyed this processor very much. I was able to overclock mine to 4.6Ghz I did reach 4.7Ghz but even though it passed its stress test it had some other issue later on. I bet if I adjusted the voltages a little more I can get a stable 4.7.

Not bad considering Skylake is shooting for around 4.8Ghz from what I've seen so far.

Motherboard

I used this board to replace an X99 MSI Plus board. So far I have had 0 issues. Overclocking was pretty straight forward. I have not used the app with though so I can not disclaim on how well that works. I like the "Assist Fan" which helps keep the dust out of the board, as well I like the build quality of the board overall.

Memory

First time using crucial RAM, not much to look at compared to Corsair, but function quite well and didn't cause any major issues to overclocks.

Storage

I now have two of these SSD's I am trying to decide if I want to put one in my laptop or put them in RAID 0. Either way been fantastic.

Storage

I was using these for redundancy storage for media, I did have a corruption issue, but I am lead to believe it was due to software and not these drives. They currently have been replaced by a WD AW and put into a Linux Server and no issue thus far.

Storage

I've had a lot of arguments of why buy a green. It works exactly as I need it to. Like all of the other color in WD's rainbow setup it has its place. No issues from this drive so far.

Video Card

This is the first time using a Gigabyte card. I was able to overclock it to 1716Mhz. When I did have the fan cooler it was very quiet there were many times the fans wouldn't need to run at all because of how cool it ran at stock settings. The only slight issue I had with this card was trying to get the logo to stay a certain color after a PC Restart, that could of easily of been on my end so I wouldn't even worry.

Case

Pros: It's a big case. Its why I bought it. It does have support for water cooling, many many drives cages, the support for 3 separate PC's when paired with the 915R(mini ITX in the top and bottom piece). Follows Cooler Master's design scheme (If you happen to like that design its a Pro).

Cons: I will give them the benefit of the doubt and say they did not market it this way, but you can not route cable from the different sections without them being seen. There are holes and grommets to pass cables through, but they are in the middle of the case. Making it impossible to have completely hidden wires (For my purposes was a huge disappointment, others may not care). This could of been solved by adding another 1/2 inch behind the motherboard tray.

For most people I would give it a 4/5, I had many other issues regarding what I was doing with it to bump it down to a 3/5.

Power Supply

This is the 2nd one of these I have. The original one was making a static noise randomly, so it was RMA when I brought up the issue and this one does the exact same thing not near as often as the first but every once and a while. I believe its part of the voltage protection as one of my old UPSU's would beep due to low voltage around the same time this would make the noise. (They are not hooked into each other so its not the UPSU causing issue).

Case Fan

The fans performance wise have been great. The one thing I wish would change is the terrible screw included with these. Luckily I have all mine on radiators so I use those screws instead, but when you go to use the regular ones that come with the fans, since the sleeve is surrounded by rubber it twists and I always felt like I was going to break them.

Case Fan

The fans performance wise have been great. The one thing I wish would change is the terrible screw included with these. Luckily I have all mine on radiators so I use those screws instead, but when you go to use the regular ones that come with the fans, since the sleeve is surrounded by rubber it twists and I always felt like I was going to break them.

Case Fan

Like the color of the LED's and have 8 of them running at max speed all the time and still no issues.

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Dank!! Also how did you get a caselab case? I thought they shutdown their custom orders temporarily.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a cooler master case now but the description says he is going to get a caselab case.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries!! I also like the mod and as much as I like caselab cases they are really expensive.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I was able to get mine right before they stopped taking orders. Like literally the day before. I recently got an email stating it was a couple weeks behind, most likely due to that fact. Hopefully the can expand operations to take some of the load off them without compromising their morals.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

That is one huge case

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks so empty :p

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I was actually going for that, it was either make a clean build, or do mad tubing. Personally if I had more experience and a slightly bigger budget I would of went with mad tubing to make look like an alchemists lab inside it. I will agree it is empty.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That void in your case needs to be filled, otherwise, very epic and unique build.

Gets my +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank, you. I agree, hopefully with this new build I can address many of the issues that I had with this one. It came down to first time rigid tubing, and the case being a pain.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you all for the great comments! I really inspires me for the next build. Hopefully I can achieve a unique theme with that one. It will be harder cause I don't really want to case mod my magnum-sth10 case, but who know what the future will bring. I was thinking cyberpunk.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd love to see a well done cyberpunk theme. Looking forward to the next build regardless :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hard tube? I haven't seen any with copper turns or anything like that on this site. Would be really unique.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I have seen some with copper. I would of went with that if I was going for an all out steampunk look (as you can tell by my avatar im a fan). But I wanted something mystical thrown in there. So it was either blood red or green. I just happened to choose green.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That's one titanic case. Is it taller than you?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

no, its, just over 3ft tall so 1 Meter tall.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for RHCP. Would +1 for the build as well, but eh, what can you do ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

lol Ikr. Even their new stuff seems to be extremely well done.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally love the new album.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy moley that's one huge case. Usually can't stand anything brown, but this looks cool.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it was a bit of a risky choice, but I got it to work with the color scheme I chose.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Were the 945 setup can shine even if there are a few short comings of the case, and this build shines well. Very nice build.

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