Flat orange high temp.
Yes, I'll post some updated pics soon. Thanks.
I'm going to post some pics of everything set up soon. Sorry, been busy with work. Thanks!
No thermal paste.
Sorry for late reply, I used the stock cables that came with my power supply to get a good idea of the cable lengths I needed.
Yes, I have the Hue+
2 X 16 GB 3200 MHz C14
Corsair Dominator Platinum Torque
Well I think so. I'm sure it's about the same performance as the other AIO coolers, but it looks a lot better in my opinion.
Yes, the 1080ti. It is a tight fit, but once you angle it just right, it goes right in.
Yeah, the tabs are slid in between.
As far as the paint, it is Rust-Oleum 248905 Automotive 12-Ounce High Heat 2000 Degree Spray Paint, Flat Orange. I got it from Amazon (about $6). Oh and I used a white primer first after I taped everything off. Cheers!
It is a little glitchy, but worked pretty well for me. I only had the system running for about 2 days. I will know more after Christmas once it is running all the time.
Thanks. Not sure what you mean, but I didn't have any issues with slotting the gpu into place with the gaming 7 motherboard.
Exactly. That is for the 24-pin.
I have the 280mm Kraken in the front. This newer one is supposed to have a more efficient and quieter pump, redesigned fans and radiator. The best way to know if it is the newer design is to look for nylon sleeving on the hoses going from the radiator to the pump.
This is the one I got https://www.nzxt.com/products/kraken-x62
They are 10% off right now with code BFKRAKEN, so you can get one for $144. Good luck.
Thanks! Yeah, I really wanted the 850 evo 4TB, but I will wait a couple of years until the price gets more reasonable. 3TB should be enough for his current steam collection, lol. Don't think I will ever use another HDD.
Thanks! I really didn't see any need for NVMe drives just for gaming. Boot times are just as fast and gaming is just as fast, so why spend more money on it. Hopefully, the 4TB 850 evo will be less than $400 in a year or two and I will pick up one more SSD. Yeah, that hero board is nice!
Oh, I see! I didn't even know gigabyte made a case. It looks a whole lot like the S340 elite, so the build should be very similar. Nice that it has the type-c on front panel. You can probably also control most of your lighting really easily if you go with the aorus motherboard and gpu.
Love the case and yes, the nzxt cable clips on the back are included and they are great for cable management. I don't know of many cases offering type-c up front just yet, but they may be out there. Here is a great video on building in the S340 elite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBHRDuUHe4s
As far as the GPU, another good thing about the aorus extreme is that it has a front facing hdmi port to allow easy connection to the front panel hdmi on the S340 elite case for cleaner VR headset setup. You can see the hdmi cable coming out of the GPU in picture #3 above.
Yes, you should be able to use the waterforce no problem, (and I was thinking about going this route) but you may have to get creative on how you route your hoses. I think the smallest Kraken is 140mm, so you would have to put the radiator for your GPU in the top of the case because the rear fan is only a 120mm. The waterforce also has the front facing hdmi port.
Kraken has been great during testing. Everything is shut down and put away right now, so not sure long term. I think the complaints are heard much more than the praises on forums for obvious reasons. Good luck!
Love the case feet and beautiful overall look. But man that looks like a difficult build. Incredible job. +1
Solid build. +1
Thank you. I will post some picks just before Christmas once I get it all set up in his room to show what it looks like lit up.
Not sure exactly what you mean, but I did have to angle the bracket up as much as I could before tightening the case screws down because the weight of the card will push it down past parallel if you don't. If you do that, then yes it works perfectly in my opinion.
Thanks, lol, sorry but no I can't sell it. Don't know if I'd ever be able to get another 8700k chip and prices keep going up and up on everything it seems.
Thanks! Your black and red build is killer.
Love the black and red! Very clean build. +100
Thanks! Yeah, ram prices are getting out of hand.
The case is hard to find now. I see them on ebay sometimes, but people are asking $400 or more which is ridiculous.
Thanks! Love the Beastie Boys. Yeah, painting the Kraken was the first thing I did and then it all started to fall into place.
Thanks! I hope so!
They went on sale this past summer and I got it then. I think they sold out pretty fast and there were only around 1300 made. This one is #1082.
Thanks! I think you can still get it from Corsair website.
Love the cables you used in your builds.
Thanks! They are listed in the description at the top.
True, but I was trying to get the build wrapped up while I was off work during Thanksgiving week and hiding it from my son. I have seen some awesome custom water builds in this case.
Thanks. Hopefully, they will make some more of those brackets at some point.
Also, builds like your Licensed Driver gave me ideas for the way I set up the custom cables, so thanks again!
Thanks for the kind words.
Thank you, I hope so.