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4790K with dual 780 ti all underwater
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Built my dream rig. I'll mostly be using it for gaming and photography.

The monitor is wonderful. I debated between a high refresh 3 monitor 1080p surround or the 3440 x 1440p monitor. Since photography is one of my main uses, I decided the IPS panel would be best for color.

The water cooling is a custom loop with two 240 radiators run in parallel. One rad on top and one in the front.

The H440 is a nice case but the thermals are a problem. When running BF4 in full ultra at 3440 x 1440, it will heat up alot. I have to pull the front cover off in order to get better air flow to keep it cool. This is a little bit of a disappointment since I really wanted a quite computer, hence the water cooling. I might upgrade the fans to see if I can keep the front panel on during gaming.

A few quick benchmarks with a moderate OC - 3dmark firestrike is hitting 18K , CineBench R15 is hitting 176 fps. Yes - I am happy.

EDIT: Per request, added picture of reservoir taken from the back. It shows how tight everything is and how I needed the top bay for a HDD.

Also like to say the 2 SSDs are in a Raid 0 and are amazing fast. Just a few seconds to boot windows.

Part List
Date PublishedAug. 18, 2014
Date BuiltAug. 14, 2014
Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle26.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load70.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.25Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.05Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle26.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load55.0° C
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xx116xx [3 Builds] 7 points 29 days ago

The cat is just basking in the magnificent light of this machine...

sanchezliny 4 points 29 days ago

Great Build! I'm sure this runs all games very fast and really well. If you don't mind me asking, what do you for a living because it seems like this build was very costly.

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 12 points 29 days ago

Thanks, I'm not rich, I'm just older and at a point in life that I have a little extra disposable income. (engineer btw)

DeltasEcho 3 points 29 days ago

Now I know what I want to be when I grow up :P

Xytrios 2 points 29 days ago

You've definitely earned it. Enjoy it man!

Life and money are meant to be enjoyed on things like this :D

septiczz [1 Build] 1 point 28 days ago

Nice! What field of engineering are you in?

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 28 days ago


septiczz [1 Build] 1 point 28 days ago


PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 28 days ago

I am interested in Chemical but Civil is also pretty cool. Congrats, dude.

sanchezliny 1 point 28 days ago

Thanks. I was just wondering and I have seen people spend way more on a build but it seems like you did really way.

ITneto 1 point 28 days ago

How old are you? My life plan is to become an engineer and build myself a super system just like you

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 28 days ago

LOL - how old am I? My first upgrade was to solder additional memory into my Atari 400 computer. Went from 16K to 64K.

ITneto 2 points 28 days ago

I am typing in a Pentium .533 Ghz laptop so, the srtuggle is real. You sir are my insipiration

Watchful 4 points 29 days ago

BogDog, you have a nice build there. The cat is awesome!

What would you estimate the cooling performance to be? Subjectively, how would you rate the noise from the radiator fans?

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 29 days ago

With the front and top panel off, the two 240s handle all the heat on any game with my moderate OC. Full load gaming I am hitting 50-60 degs on the GPUs, 60-70 deg on the CPU. I could tweek the performance more and probably it would still run cool.

With the panels on, it slowly starts creeping up to 85-100 degs on the CPU. I'm hoping a set of better fans on the front rad will move more air through.

The case is very quite with the panels on and sorta noisy with them off.

Watchful 2 points 29 days ago

Thanks BogDog.

rchar081 [2 Builds] 2 points 28 days ago

Too me, something is definitely wrong here. On such a mild overclock. you should be getting very low temps even on full load....

Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 28 days ago

The case has notoriously narrow intake vents, which leads to starved radiators.

rchar081 [2 Builds] 1 point 28 days ago

hmmm I see. I actually really liked that case :(.

pegotico 1 point 28 days ago

the best 120mm radiator fan noctua nf-f12 and if you dont care about noise you can get their industrial black ones (with very high static pressure needed for rads)

IrshaadH [2 Builds] 1 point 28 days ago

Ok, there's no way you should be hitting 85-100 degrees with the panels on and with that kind of overclock. I run a 3570K on an air cooler with a higher overclock and I don't see temps even near 70 degrees. You should check your CPU voltages and make sure they are not too high, because, to me, that seems to be the culprit behind your really high temps.

weredawg [1 Build] 4 points 28 days ago

Dat build, dat monitor, dat desk setup, dat cat. +4

DeSwaqMasta [1 Build] 2 points 29 days ago

Wow helluva build

BaSkA 2 points 29 days ago

You should really check out other cases!

Careful when running minesweeper, though.

Great build, congrats on making your dream come true!

ProEngPC [8 Builds] 1 point 28 days ago

If you do decide to check out other cases, the Corsair Air 540 is really great for dual 240mm radiators.

infinitemerald 2 points 29 days ago

I give this build 12/10, it looks byoodeefoul.

Too bad to hear the H440 isn't giving as great as cooling performance as I thought it would; it has quite the feature set and looks though.

If you're willing to get a different case, you can always ask us ;) Have fun with the build :)

build.a.pc 2 points 28 days ago

Get two or three noctua industrial ppc fans at 3000 rpm. Those will cool off that case with no problem. If noise is a concern go with the PWM one or the 2000 rpm one.

atomicruns [2 Builds] 2 points 28 days ago

This is beautiful.

TheGreatJoshua 2 points 28 days ago

AAHHH, I thought it was gonna be a mineral oil build :( Still cool build though.

LeMonarque [3 Builds] 2 points 28 days ago

Is that an HDR shot in the second to last picture? It's a pretty awesome picture! Nice build

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 28 days ago

I originally thought I would have to but got away with a single shot. I shot the picture in RAW and was able to massage it in LightRoom. Highlights cranked down; shadows and whites cranked up; touch of clarity. I got plenty of noise due to the dark shadows under the table but figured PCpartspicker images are so small that a little noise reduction would be all I need.

TilarP [1 Build] 2 points 28 days ago

What kind of frames do you get with those Ti's? I'm about to SLI my 780's and get this exact monitor. I'm hoping they won't struggle too much. Thanks.

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 28 days ago

You'll be fine with SLI 780s with this monitor.

TilarP [1 Build] 2 points 28 days ago

That's what I wanted to hear. I was considering the 2560x1080 version, but I think I'd rather save up the extra $300-400 and get this beast.

Thecautiousone [2 Builds] 1 point 28 days ago

I do like the build. I wanted to pop in because of your temps. 2 x 240 Rad should be fine for your setup as far as heat dissipation (I am sitting next to the 270 Proton Pump/Res XSPC Combo with 10 compression fittings, 10ft of primo chill 3/8 " ID 1/2" OD tubing, EK Supremacy Plexi CPU Block, just missing the 360 V3 Xspc Rad) You have 3 components to 4 x 120 rad (120rad per component) But my opinion would be your fins per inch compared to your fan speeds. Are you running a 20 fpi vs 1100 rpm fans?? I know you said It was in the "Kit" but I was just wondering. I planned on just using my 360 V3 rad for my processor untill I get a 780 Ti EVGA block so I can get a custom water block for it. Still then with my 360 I would only have 2 components being cooled. Let me know. Love the Red build. I am building right now in a 750D Corsair and my 270 Proton is 1' Tall!! I am a little nervous.

FlyzoXP 2 points 28 days ago

How about a mouse pad for that table?

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 28 days ago

Its on its way

Trinity596 [3 Builds] 2 points 28 days ago

can you show the locations of your pump and reservoirs? i tried watercooling in an h440 and it was too much of a hassle for me

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 28 days ago

I added an image showing the location of the pump/res combo

Trinity596 [3 Builds] 2 points 28 days ago

thank you very much! you definitely did it justice. great job :)

j0e652 [1 Build] 2 points 28 days ago

Just have to sleeve those cables then it will be perfect =)

Blackie_Sheen [1 Build] 2 points 28 days ago

REally nice build you got there. I am not an expert but you might consider changing the orientation of the fan on the back to make it an intake fan in order to feed the fans pushing air on your top rad if you haven't done that already.

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 28 days ago

Thanks for the advice, I might play around with it.

Forester 2 points 28 days ago

You win.

jacobs4525 [1 Build] 2 points 28 days ago

Really nice looking build man. I'm debating on whether or not I should save up and build a water cooled PC, and you may have just helped me make up my mind.

jstar 2 points 28 days ago

Oh my...god...

JJKnight [1 Build] 2 points 28 days ago

+1 simply cus fav color.

tpb1908 2 points 28 days ago

That monitor looks amazing!

Veni.1 1 point 29 days ago

Gotta love a build that has a cat. :)

wubley 1 point 29 days ago

Is there any reason why you didn't use 360mm radiators? Were there clearance issues? Btw lovely build, especially that monitor. +1

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 29 days ago

I could have fitted 360s (at least one, maybe two) but I needed the top bay for my HDD. I wasn't sure how I was going to fit the reservoir/pump inside and didn't know if I could use the bottom drive mount.

jeslinker 1 point 28 days ago

Are the led accents on the Maximus VII Hero noticeable with other components and led accents placed elsewhere in your build? Just want to know for my build, like noticeable through the window, and if the light is getting drowned by other accents? Thanks, and absolutely gorgeous build man, im in shock :)

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 28 days ago

The board does have some led accents in different spots. The most striking is the heat sink on the z97 chip set, but having two graphics cards does obscure it a bit.

jeslinker 1 point 27 days ago

Sweet! i was hoping they were noticeable! The build quality on that board is good i presume? I can read all the reviews i want, but its nice to hear that coming from someone that owns it! And the H440, you have some criticisms on it, but what kind of a run down can you give me of it, pros and cons wise?, thanks so much :)

PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 28 days ago

I can't tell, did you mount the pump/res to the front rad? Did you have to drill holes in the mounting plate?

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 24 days ago

I mounted the the res to the front drive bay panel using the supplied risers. If you look at picture #4, you can see the 4 silver screws. Yes, I did have to drill.

gammin1234 1 point 28 days ago

Because the title said "underwater" I thought it was going to be a $4,000 oil cooled P.C but it is cool anyway :D

inpestilence 1 point 24 days ago

Awesome build Just out of curiosity, how do you like that chair? Ive been thinking about picking it up for a while

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 24 days ago

LOL - I absolutely hate every chair I get at first. Over time, I get to like them. This chair is still kinda new to me, but its starting to grow on me.

XperiaHD 1 point 24 days ago

I plan on using this case with a Sapphire r9 290 (non-x)and it says this: http://prntscr.com/4fny3a

can you remove the 1 or few of the hard drive bays to make enough room for the card to fit in? Thanks!

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 24 days ago

Yes - all of the drive bays are removable. I took all but one out. Most likely you'll only need to remove one.

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SlevinK 1 point 19 days ago

BogDog, how did you get all the lights to be red? I'm curious because in other images posted by other users the lights in the case are white and the XSPC blocks are blue. I like how it is all red and am wondering how I would go about doing the same thing. Thanks! Love the build man!

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 days ago

The XSPC lights for the cpu, gpu and reservoir where all blue leds. I just bought red leds and swapped them out.

SlevinK 1 point 18 days ago

Ok cool! Was it a relatively easy process? I've never done that before. Thanks for answering my questions :)

Xylazine 1 point 15 days ago

That's the IKEA Galant desk right?

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 days ago

Yes - one of the last ones. They are replacing the Galant series with something new.

Xylazine 1 point 13 days ago

They have a few at my local ikea, is yours 63in long or 47? I don't think I can wait for them to replace these because I need a new desk BAD.

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 days ago
JJMed 1 point 12 days ago


Navim 1 point 8 days ago

Good build sir, maybe your are getting hot temp because in your custom loop u made the exit of ''hot'' water that came out of the CPU go straight into the GPU's whichi might be adding up the temperature instead of cooling down... I might be wrong must probably but i think it makes sense..

TwistyTreats -2 points 29 days ago

Why wouldn't you just do a 4k monitor???

MertArm 5 points 29 days ago

Because 21:9 ratio displays are amazing. They're much more comfortable for me than triple monitors and they're perfect for gaming (if you're a maniac for fov) and web browsing. I'd buy one myself, but they're pretty expensive, even for 2560x1080.

istealunderwear [7 Builds] 3 points 29 days ago

I personally like these monitors more aswell.

TwistyTreats -2 points 29 days ago

but does the price really justify it for you?

BOGDOGMAX [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 29 days ago

It was mostly about the widescreen feel when gaming. I was looking for more peripheral vision.

gammin1234 0 points 29 days ago

It is a 4K monitor!!!!

TilarP [1 Build] 1 point 28 days ago

No it's not..

Not even the "4k" monitors out now are. They're all UHD.

JJMed 0 points 12 days ago

: |

4K Monitors have been out now for MONTHS

TilarP [1 Build] 1 point 12 days ago

Did you even read my comment? The monitor on this build is not even the consumer friendly definition of 4k, which is 3840x2160. It's 3440x1440.

If you look up the definition of 4k, the standard resolution is 4096x2160. All of the "4k" monitors out now are 3840x2160. Which is why I said "4k" monitors out now are not even 4k.