Description

I wasn't happy with a few things about my first build, mainly its look. This is the reason of my upgrade. I also wanted to learn how to do a custom loop, so this was the occasion to try and make this build look a little more like those nice looking ones out there. The main idea was a basic "heart transplant": my system into another case, but I ended up getting a few upgrades along the way. What I wasn't expecting is to have had so many issues due to the size of the EATX mobo I had, thinking that buying an EATX compatible case would be enough. Clearance issues for everything on the right side of the mobo (even 90° sata cables had trouble fitting into the opening between the mobo and the radiator) had me order an ATX sized one.

I then proceeded to install the waterblock on the 1080Ti and delidding the CPU. The Rockit cool delid kit made it quite easy, in fact it took me half an hour (most of which was to clean the old paste) to get it done even though it was my first time. No need to say that the custom watercooling loop wasn't the easy part of the build. It was my first loop and I chose 12/10mm acrylic tubing knowing that it would be easier to go petg. It took me a few tries and hours to be satisfied with my bends. I went through the entire 3 meters (9.8 feet) of tubing I had and still needed to order another 3 meters to complete the loop while replacing some of the tubing that didn't please me. Once done, I flushed the loop to check if it leaked and to wash it. No leaks !

Overclocking time: after I installed all the drivers, I went ahead and started an overclocking session. I started with the settings I had before (4.8ghz at 1.35v) and it was stable. I went up to 5ghz with 1.39 volts, it almost boot but it froze. I tried 1.4 ghz and it froze again just after I logged in. I wasn't willing to go any higher on the voltage so I setteled with 4.9ghz at 1.35v. I ran 20 minutes of CPU stress on AIDA64 and hit 33°c on load, the processor idles at almost room temperature.

When I thought my job was done, the pc wouldn't boot past the loading screen. The safe mode would give me a black screen, so I started trouble shooting starting with the OC. I loaded optimized defaults but nothing changed. Ram: no changes. So I checked what disk it was booting on, it was the correct one. I happened to remember that the barracuda was acting weird so I unplugged it. Never would I have thought that a faulty, empty, not boot related drive would have been the issue. I still need to dig on how to make Aura work properly (the install can't complete because it's missing "AuraService") so it will stop with the rainbow rgb. This is how CODE was born.

Part Reviews

Case

This case looks fantastic. There's plenty of space to work with behind it and I love it. Unfortunately, an EATX won't fit if you have a watercooled system with a radiator next to it and an ATX barely fits. The case gets easily dirty because it's powder coated, anything scratching it will leave a mark that can be cleaned up easily but I still wish it wouldn't happen.

Mouse

I've only had it for a few days, but I already love it. I've been looking for months for a mouse good enough to replace my M.M.O 7 and I'm not looking back. It's comfy, it's got plenty of buttons which aren't akward to use (I can use each of the top ones without accidently pushing another one) and the quality feel premium, which you would expect of a 200 bucks mouse (you might find it for a lower price but I wasn't that lucky)

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

Featured? This build makes me happy

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes me happy that it makes you happy hahaha I just looked the builds you made and you really are better than me at taking photographs, teach me senpaii

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Have a lot of natural light, and edit the saturation and contrast in software. Having your fathers good camera also helps :P

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, noted

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are some beautiful bends

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you !

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to ask, what tasks is the build made for? 64gb of ram is insane my friend

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll use it for gaming and basic CAD, but when I chose components a few years ago I didn't really know what I was doing and wanted to go overpowered so I bought 64gb. There are many things I would change if I were to start this build all over again, but I guess we're always smarter afterwards

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good but I have to say that spending that amount of money on watercooling and related.. There's no way I'd settled for 3 generations old cpu, 6700k.

Otherwise the red scheme and bends looks nice!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, the reason I have the 6700k is because the upgrade was looks and cooling related, I was really tempted to start all over again with brand new hardware tbh. And yeah, watercooling ended up being expensive, might be because I ordered everything from EKWB since I needed the ease they provide for first timers, I won't do that again next time

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I know it's hard to choose when what ya have is perfectly adequate you know? It happens

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving those curves on the tubing!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

What 90 degree mount did you use for your GPU? I've never seen one that would fit a mATX case

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats not a mATX case or board...

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Count the PCI-E slots on the case. There are 8 on the case, and 3 left above the bracket when it's attached. That means that on to-spec mATX cases, the bracket would only hang over by 1 slot, or fit perfectly in 5 slot mATX cases

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

It came with the case

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang, wish I could find that just by itself

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great looking build, I love the custom loop.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks !

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

So, not gonna lie, why ya gotta hold the cpu like that in your 4th picture. I've never felt so lowkey trigged.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Because what I'm actualy holding is the IHS, cpu sits tight in the kit so it won't scratch and it a LGA so no pins damage possible

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

well, woulda look at that +woah

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

+rep for delid bet you were nervous lol i had to take quite a few shots while doing mine

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah true, I was scarexcited hahaha