My First PC Build - Custom Loop with 1080 Ti SLI & i7700k DIY

4년 전

My First Custom Gaming/Workstation PC

I've been a casual gamer for a long as I can remember, but never really had the money to build my dream pc with highend parts. The recent rise in crypto has given me some extra cash so I finally said f*ck it, its time for an upgrade. I'm usually tight with money but for this build I spared no expense to create this work of art.

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Build Specs

2 x GIGABYTE AORUS Xtreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce WB 11GD - $1700
1 x MSI Z270 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM LGA 1151 Intel Z270 Motherboard - $300
1 x HP S700 Pro 2.5" 128GB SSD - Free
1 x Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake Quad-Core 4.2 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80677I77700K Desktop Processor - $310
1 x Phanteks Enthoo Luxe PH-ES614LTG_BK Black Aluminum - $190
1 x EVGA SuperNOVA 1600W TITANIUM 1600W Fully Modular - $450
2 x G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB 288-Pin SDRAM DDR4 3200 Intel Z270 - $272
1 x Monsoon Series Two D5 Basic Dual Bay Reservoir - $85
1 x Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta Radiator 240, 120mm x 2, Dual Fan - $117
1 x PrimoChill 420mm EximoSX Slim Radiator - $85
1 x D5 Pump $75
1 x Tubing and Fittings 3/8 ID - $80
1 x RGB 2 Meter LED Strip - $25
3 x Thermaltake Riing 14 RGBHigh Pressure 140mm Radiator Fans - $58
Total Build Cost: $3747
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Custom Loop

I decided to go with rigid tubing, a decision that I later began to regret. I was a little short on rigid fittings so I had to make some complex (in my opinion) tube bends, which required me to make as many as 6 bends on one piece of tube.

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The issue with this was that I had to bend tubes very precisely or else I had to start with a new one. I've only bent tubes once, and that was for a previous mining build. I found that the tubes I ordered for this build (from primochill) where much easier to bend, as they were more flexible and resistant to bubbles compared to the Aquatuning tubing. It took some trial and error but I finally got everything connected and was ready to test the loop.

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I first used a prep solution mixed with distilled water and only had one minor leak on the CPU as the result of a loose fitting. After letting it run overnight I drained the loop and began to load the UV Blue Coolant.
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Prior to loading the blue coolant, I had never tested the LEDs on the reservoir and found that they didn't work at all. So I decided to replace it with the one from my miner and send the defective one back (still under 30 days). It was such a hassle to replace, so lesson learned - ALWAYS test components before you put them into a build.

Power On

After finally getting the liquid in the loop and with most of the bubbles out, I fired up the PC. Thankfully it posted, as I hadn't tested any of the components. Everything looked good but then I realized the RGB fan lights weren't working. After some extensive research I found that it was thermaltake's shitty fan controller. I guess I really should've heeded my own advice and tested the fans. Despite this, I'm satisfied with the overall build. Looks pretty bad-ass in my opinion. What do you think?

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Final Thoughts

System Temps

So initially the i7 7700k was running really hot and was spiking +20C while under minimal load. It's well known that the kaby lake processors run pretty hot, but found the spikes to be concerning. I considered delidding the processor, but didn't really want to void my warranty. After a little digging around on an Intel service forum, I found a solution was to lower the voltages on my motherboard. Since altering the voltages, I'm not seeing the temp spikes anymore and temps are nice and cool.

Using the PC to Mine

If I'm not doing any complex tasks, I sometimes have claymore's miner running in the background. For instance, while I was writing this post each card got me about 38 Mh/s for ETH and 400 Mh/s PASC. Mining is definitely not the reason I built this, but why not utilize some unused computing power. The cards don't even exceed 35C while overclocked +730 on afterburner at 65% TDP.

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You just have created the real monster, an every hardcore gamer wish to have. It has a lot of computing power, and graphics. All games run so smooth... infact you can play casual game while do mining.

Nice work but there are things to critecize, first of all you spent almost 500 usd in a PSU, not very clever even with titanium effenicy...
Secondly I'm not really sure why you choose a i7 7700K CPU because Ryzen is here now and with Threadripper around the corner.
The 1700(/X) would have been the best for you as the Ryzen's sre good in Gaming and Workstationary things including heavy and many tasks, rendering and so on because of their cores and threads.
This is not a AMD vs Intel fight (-;.


Something that is weird as well is that the cases costs 179USD, I think you could've saved some cssh and could've gotten a better case in my opinion.
I really like the waterloop and of course RGB. I made a similar post where I explain every part of a computer if you don't mind looking into it here's the url:

Where did you get all the parts from? Newegg?

What a sweet rig... Envious here, as I am rocking just a 750ti :P

_Rob

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Thanks man. I ordered all of the non-cooling system components from Newegg and the liquid cooling stuff from Primochill and Amazon. I got as much as a could off Newegg since they don't hit you with sales tax.

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Awesome! I like that you can use BTC on Newegg :)

Enjoy the rig, I will follow you.

_Rob

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be forwarned. If you buy something from newegg and they give you a free "gift" they deduct the price of your gift from your actual item. In which case, should you send it back for a refund, they will only refund you minus the value of the gift.

Sounds fair until you realize how rediculous the price of the gift is. In my case, $60 for rocket league, which literally costs $25 on steam... smh...

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Wow, I didn't know that. So did they credit you $60?

I appreciate the heads up... I was adding parts to my cart already :)

_Rob

That is pretty bad ass. I remember when I had the patience to build a gming rig, now I just have my PS4pro and a gaming laptop :)

Good build- its funny to see someone take the time to make a really nice pc build, focusing on making it aesthetically pleasing. Especially after working with my friend two dump two pcs inside milk crates to mine ether- haha

Nice job! It's best when you can put bussiness and pleasure togehter!

very interested post, informative and useful for all coin miner

Nice job!

God, damn. That is a sexy PC. Fuck, I'd be happy to have a spare $7-800 to build myself a gaming rig at this point. Just gonna have to be jelly of your set up I guess for now, haha.

That computer looks badass! I remember my brother had built one when he was younger. I wish i could upload a picture of it, it looked kind of similar, yet less flashy. To cut a long story short, it exploded and caused quite some damage.... #OUCH

Thank you for sharing your story!

Sexy af for a 1st build

wow this so awesome super cool wish i can make one of those but my country wont teach to such stage

You sir are a B0$$

Wow, it's so fantastic, I think I also need to learn how to do. When you doing mining, also can appreciate the beauty of the light.

Man i wish i could make one and mine some coin fulltime!

i realy like you post.. u did an excellent job.. keep it up..

would you ever invest in getting paid to make these for people? @frostedface
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I love post you

Amazing build my friend.a real beast you created!!I followed you because i love games and you inspire me with this hardware!! Follow back if u want !! (:

That's a real monster right there!

Its heaven inside a case 😍

Just wondering, does anyone here know what I should get to build a secondary computer for live streaming on YouTube and Twitch? As well as how much I should set aside as a budget :) Thank you in advance :)

Wow the Lightning looks great. I would prefer a ASUS Mainboard or one from Gigabyte. But at the end of the Day its up to you !. Anyways enjoy your SLI Monster :D.

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I was actually going to get one from ASUS that had aura sync capability, but this one looked better on the reviews and came with a free SSD. I originally thought the board I ordered had rgb capability so that was a little disappointing.

gorgeous your post

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good build gaming system!
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This is a really fantastic build for your first time. Did you do it all yourself? I recently built my first PC this past winter. I wanted to do a custom liquid coolant setup, but the store clerk convinced me that it wouldn't be worth the hassle, so I ended up purchasing a pre-built/ready-to-install radiator. Did you find the coolant process to be exceedingly difficult at all?

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Yessir. To be honest it'd be much easier to go with a pre-built loop but I wanted certain aesthetics. A custom loop also gives me more flexibility for upgrades since it's not a closed system.

The process of loading the coolant was pretty easy, as you can just use distilled water with some kind of anti-algae additive or premix. The hardest part for me was bending the rigid tubing just right so that I would fit perfectly and I wouldn't get any leaks. If i had to do it again I'd probably go with soft tubing, as it's a really quick and easy setup.

Looks like a pretty solid rig. Better than the piece of shit "Alienware" machine my brother just bought! I've tried to convince him that he could have a better gaming system if he took the time to build it himself, but live and learn I guess.

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Thanks! Alienware pcs are pretty expensive (not that this pc isn't lol) but building your own gives you more flexibility for upgrades and you can usually get more bang for your buck.

Wow! I'll show your post to my friend, who adores things like that. just amazing)

WOW, nice build. I built my first PC awhile back and like you was quite hesitant. I didn't have the guts to risk a custom loop though. Went with a H100i on the CPU for a bit of liquid cooling but nothing too risky. It can get quite addictive, as soon as I finished my first I wanted to build another :-)

HI! Great info! Learning a lot about this process!

Check out my lastest Living Art video! Just for fun :)

https://steemit.com/art/@jacquelyne/living-art-video-4-return-to-earth

Wow! Powerful machine. And looks great :) Good job!

awesome setup and the lighting is cool enough. In my mind someone must have guts to setup water cooling if not closed loop. Well done!

You realize this is a fucking tank

its Awesome man hope one day i can afford it to @frostedace

Thats insane its a monster its a dream come true.

Awesome rig. I just got a tiny extra job to earn some more money too upgrade my 1060 in the near future and use water cooling on a new card.
Did you have any trouble while filling your cooling system?
Moritoir

Great build...But you should try AMD...their chips look quite promising!!

I've always wanted to build my own pc but i thought it would be too hard to run into compatibility issues. I ended up buying a laptop with a 1060 and a 6700hq inside which beasts anything at 1080p but sometime i wish i could upgrade the graphics to a 1080ti.

Looks fun man! I need to save up some Steem to get mea custom for my Ship. New Follower and ^voted.
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Powerful gaming computer
Congratulations to you, friend

this is dope!

Casual gamer here, currently saving up to build a monster gaming rig of my own :) Any thoughts about the new Ryzen CPUs? I've used Intel all my life but AMD's new processors are looking very attractive.

I was stuck on the cools... way cool!!

Love that rig man!

As someone who has himself wanted a power rig for a while, I have to respect the work you put into this beast, especially since a lot of the base design you've gone for here are very similar to what I've got in mind on my wishlist for my dream rig till I can get the cash for it.

Kudos to you man, really.

Also, as and when I assemble mine, the coolant I'm going for, a Thermaltake solution, recommends a flush of the entire loop with distilled water before inserting the coolant into the loop, which is what I believe you've done here. I was hoping to be able to ask someone with the experience before I was myself confronted with that task. How exactly do you go about extracting the water? Do you stick a syringe into the reservoir and suck it all out of the tubing, radiators and whatnot? And also, does it matter if any small portions of water still stuck in the system mix with the new coolant, or will the mix impact the loop or its components in any way?

Also, maybe your rig doesn't need this, but in case that coolant you're using has any water content in it, there's this antimicrobial silver strip available on Amazon that prevents microbial buildup inside the loop.

https://www.amazon.com/Silver-Coils-Antimicrobial-999-Strip/dp/B00A66HMRC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501854663&sr=8-1&keywords=antimicrobial+silver+strip

You basically just drop it into the reservoir, and its quite small (about an inch long) so it should fit into most designs.

What do you mean by first build? You didn't build such a monster before or didn't build PC at all. Anyway, however you define first, it's a marvelous and powerful build.

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I've built a few pcs for mining, so I guess technically not my first time building a pc. However, I've never created my own desktop pc as I always have gotten them pre-built. I still consider it my first true pc build though.

wow! very nice and perfect !!!

you build really cool pc

Nice rig. Good for #gridcoin mining

wow...Looks strong!!!

This November I plan to build a rig like yours (minus the custom tubing). It's also fantastic to know the hashrates!!! Thanks!

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Well, I got 2xRX 580 but your 2x1080....Wow

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It's a little overkill but shouldn't need to upgrade for awhile haha