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Corsair 900D Intel 3970x 3x SLi Custom Liquid Cooled Ultimate Build
by Protocol
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I am running 24/7 4.8 GHz at 1.408v. Quite good for the 3970X.

I can hit 5 GHz with my setup and 1.45v, but there just isn't enough return to warrant another .05v through this kilobuck CPU.

GTX 780's idle at about 28c and peak around 55c at full load.

Watercooling Parts List: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byeidnbd2VoZUG9VTzQ0VzZwM0E/edit?usp=sharing

Part List
Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.8GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load75.0° C
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LeMonarque [3 Builds] 34 points 10 months ago

Now THAT is how you build in a 900D! And thanks for posting your list of water cooling parts.

You should know that with parts like these and a budget like that, it's almost a requirement around here that you post tons of awesome pics for us to drool over :)

I'm curious, why so many AF120's instead of SP120's?

Also that FireStrike screenshot is hilarious :D

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 12 points 10 months ago

Hey, thanks! You are absolutely right... I do indeed need to get some more pics up actually.

The SP120's are considerably louder. With the BlackIce SR-1 Radiator you can use low-speed (very quiet) fans due to the low fin density. It's also a high-flow radiator, which is needed considering that I only run 1 pump per loop, and the CPU loop has a lot of high-temp blocks on it. I only push-pull on the CPU loop since it's far more sensitive to heat, but push-pull really doesn't drop the coolant temp that much, maybe a degree or two Celsius. I did it up top mainly for aesthetics.

The lower radiator is single-sided with the AF120's, but no matter what I can't get the GPU cores over 45c. I my book that's a keeper. Having 250mL of liquid also helps the loop(s) from getting saturated with heat quickly.

The other fans are in the front of the case behind the front panel. They serve to provide some ambient case-flow. If I stress the system to it's max and take the front panel off, I can reach inside and feel no difference in temperature (MB thermal register is also consistent results).

As long as the pumps stay below 3500 RPM, you never know this system is running, even with 13 fans in it :D

xolot1 [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

Hey, congrats on your build, it belongs in a museum!

Question: what pump(s) are you using? I'm thinking on WC myself, but being a newb at it, I'm not sure what pump I need to be able to keep my CPU (slightly OC'ed) and a high-end GPU cool.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks! You definitely have choices, but the MCP-655 series with the BitsPower Mod-Top is by far the highest rated. I have the PWM models with allow me to control the RPM via motherboard headers (just like a PWM fan). They have the regular MCP-655's that have a small dial on them to control the speed, and also a model that is fixed at 100 percent output.

Check the main description as I just posted a list of the components I ordered straight from the invoice.

ImElkay [1 Build] 23 points 10 months ago

Uses: Light web browsing

Jk great build man really clean

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 9 points 10 months ago


Oh, and Excel...

Oh and thanks for the comment!

Matticus25 4 points 7 months ago

Don't forget the OS is Windows Vista 32bit! Time to play Space Pinball!

bchurch 3 points 5 months ago

Pinball is for XP

Matticus25 4 points 5 months ago

Nah man gotta go low-tech and run vista- ******* love vista

bchurch 4 points 5 months ago

Tell that to the ***** who uses this current computer.

"Why did you make it so slow?" "What did you do?"

Windows Vista, Symantec Norton, and a Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.33 GHz is a bad idea.

Matticus25 4 points 4 months ago

you guys do realize im using extreme sarcasm right? I'd rather use XP than Vista any day, and the joke is that putting Vista in such a godly rig would make it the greatest computer on the face of the earth, when in reality it would make it as efficient as a macbook pro; or a Ti-83 plus... both have about the same computing power.

renigadecrew 1 point 2 months ago

U know what we should put on this thing, Windows 95!!!!!

tjb4077 1 point 1 month ago

Win98 Master Race.

renigadecrew 1 point 1 month ago

What about Windows 1.0

BlastXin 1 point 1 month ago

DOS master race!

renigadecrew 1 point 1 month ago


Bluesmurph [1 Build] 4 points 3 months ago

Minecraft set to fancy.

PickItApart 8 points 10 months ago

Can I borrow it sometime?

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 9 months ago

Sure, no problem :) Do you have some quantum theory calculations that need a little FPU thrown their way?

PickItApart 8 points 9 months ago

I eat quantum for breakfast.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 6 points 9 months ago

Mmmm, sweetest of all the fields :)

GaldedRaw 6 points 7 months ago

Where do you live? Just in case this thing becomes self aware. People need to learn the location of when skynet became active :P haha.

Nice build, this is something I am looking to do over time actually. I technically have the funds from my deployment to do something like this, but I have a wife and future that I need to allocate funds to.

When I my 900D arrived at my in-laws house-my wife and her sister had to both lift the thing out of the box. Of course I would of pulled the box off rather then pulling the case out. I can't wait to get home...

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 6 months ago

Well first off thank you for your service! Hope you make it home safe and sound.

I am in Austin, Texas! It's already taken over most the household functions - like heating for instance. Yeah with the wife in the future it might be tough, but if you just wanted to go with the "look" rather than the raw performance, this could be done a ton cheaper than what I did here!

skynet159632 1 point 6 days ago

Did someone say active? Hehehehehehehehehe

OriginalGoomba [1 Build] 4 points 10 months ago

Have I ever told you the definition of insanity?

+1 Looks amazing :D

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 6 points 10 months ago

Haha, thanks. It definitely whips an undetermined amount of ass : )

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 10 months ago

Haha, yeah that is true! I saved up for quite some time to throw this beast together.

If the room where it sits wasn't so dark then it would be easier for sure.

It's not very easy to move either as it weighs around 70 pounds I believe!

Frostbyter 4 points 10 months ago

This build is pure secks. Just beautiful.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 10 points 10 months ago

Thank you, thank you!

It took me nearly 2 solid days (14 hours each day) to put it all together. I was very meticulous with the connections and torque on everything. Nothing like destroying $6500 worth of hardware with a bad hose connection, etc.

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PickItApart 4 points 10 months ago

Please post what this is designed for. We all are curious I'm sure.

Spencer1012 [2 Builds] 4 points 9 months ago

Well I'm poor.

This is $2k more than my CAR and your CPU costs $30 more than my entire system that I thought was pretty decent.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

Awww! Hehe, try not to think about it like that... This is a build that is way out in la la land for 99 percent of the world.

I didn't even add in the monitors or the surround sound system that I got for this, which puts the price tag at around $10K :(

I think you did a fine job on your latest build so don't worry there. Hell, my e-peen might be a bit large and swollen right now, but I guarantee you have more of a life than me :D

Spencer1012 [2 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

xD Thanks

I'm banking on being an engineer so I will crap money. (not doing it just for the money :P) I will be able to do something like this hopefully since I'd likely be unmarried fresh out of college and making $70k a year if I snagged a good job.

That's quite wishful thinking in this economy, but I can dream can't I?

leftyrojas430 [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

I'm not trying to be a jerk or anything, but was it worth the $7000?

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

Oh no, I totally understand!

I am sort of weird like this though. Every 3-4 years I go all out and build a crazy rig like this from the ground up. I always have ever since my Pentium Pro build back in the day.

To answer the question though, I think "worth it" is relative. Worth it to me, sure just because it's something so insanely overpowered that it's not even logical to own and I like that. I mean it idles at what most office desktops put out at full load! If talking purely from a performance perspective, then no way is it worth it.

On the bright side, it definitely looks the cost :D

EdwardChop 3 points 9 months ago

HOLY MOLY :O THAT FIRESTRIKE SCORE!!! you should aim for 100% on your next build :p

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

LOL! Actually you can't get a 100 percent (which is weird).

Even the world-record holder's benchmark of 33730 (Liquid Nitrogen) still displays a "99 percent" message.

Papa_cap 5 points 3 months ago

how much does the world record computer cost, i want to know how long i need to work at starbucks.

sgtyummybuns 1 point 2 months ago

7,335,918,110.761 Years. :D

TheRealCheekyGit 2 points 10 months ago

Sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!! +1

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you so much!

18hockey [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Hol-eeeee ****.

wow. just wow.

edit: maybe more pics, too?

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 10 months ago

Hey thanks! Yep, I am going to try to take some here in a minute if I can arrange some lamps correctly. I hate using a flash!

LeMonarque [3 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

If your camera allows it, put it on something stable, set it to really long exposure, then turn off the lamp(s) halfway through the picture being taken. Results in very nice, even lighting.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 10 months ago

I wish. My Nikon D-SLR bit the dust a few months back. Now I am stuck with an iPhone 5 for pictures. Ughh, I need to borrow my buddies SLR to take some really nice ones.

In the mean time, I'll post what I can pull off with what I've got at the moment :D

JoseyMG [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Was it worth it Was it really worth it

lol nice build man, enjoy it :)

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 6 points 10 months ago

Ehhh, I am sort of a sun virgin anyhow. Winter is coming up so not only can I keep my office nice and toasty, I have a very valid excuse to never go outdoors!

Thanks for the comment! Much appreciated.

Arit911 2 points 9 months ago

Lol, The strike score at the end just tops it off, great build.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks a bunch!

I can get it up to around 22500, but the extra voltage it takes to get the GPU's up to that isn't worth it for 24/7 as I notice no visual difference in performance. Now if I were running higher than 1080p monitors, I might get another 6-9 FPS from what I have read.

Trinity596 [3 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Rest in Peace Electricity bill....

Nice build though! Most would make this their dream.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

It's not too bad : )

350W at idle and right at 1200W full load!

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xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Sooo... Was Windows 7 Ultimate really necessary? Also, I'm only seeing 4 sticks of RAM in the pics, but you have 8 sticks in your list.

Otherwise, awesome build. :)

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 10 months ago

Thanks! Opps, not sure how the RAM got double-added... Fixed!

Yeah I just threw that in there for informational purposes. I already had a copy laying around :D

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panzerfaust82 1 point 10 months ago

Fantastic Job. +1

What are the dimensions of the window when viewing from the outside?

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 10 months ago

Thanks a ton! The window measures 19"x16".

The entire case is 25"x27". Pictures don't begin to describe how huge this case is! It shipped in what I thought was a refrigerator box, hehe.

Otsdarva 1 point 10 months ago

Impressive. Why do you need so much cooling; are you doing serious OC?

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 10 months ago

Hey, thanks!

Well, it does look sort of overkill, but those 780's give off a ton of heat. Almost 250 watts a piece! The processor is rated at 150w, but I have it overclocked to about 230-250 watts. Ironically, I am right on the verge of eating this AXi1200 PSU up!

It's also sort of an investment thing. If you buy the right core components up front, they last for a very long time. I can run these pumps and radiators on multiple builds down the road (well, maybe not the pumps, depending on remaining expected life). It's surprising quiet too, even with 13 fans.

It only takes 1 noisy fan to cancel out 12 other quiet fans. Brute force with a ton of quiet fans equals near silence!

Jimmy 1 point 10 months ago

Actually the AX1200i can put out a bit more than 1200 watts. I would honestly just overclock everything until it pulled enough watts for the system to shut off, then back down a bit and keep it there.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

I'm pretty close there! During heavy benchmarks I am pushing close to 10 amps 120v x 10a=1200. The pumps pull about an amp a piece also. Definitely right on the threshold of power delivery stability.

The 900D actually has two mount locations for dual power supplies, unfortunately you sacrifice the 2nd when mounting the lower radiator. No big deal, but for Quad-SLi this would be a problem and would require some radiator shifting (to the front vertical mount location).

Jimmy 1 point 9 months ago

Think of power supplies like overclocking a CPU, the wattage (or frequency, in the CPU's case) on the box is what's guaranteed, anything beyond that has potential but is not certain.

The AX1200 and 1200i are both known to have the ability to put out more wattage past 1200. So like I said, just keep on overclocking if you can/want to until you start having power issues. By that I mean the system abruptly turning off.

Otsdarva 1 point 9 months ago

Ah, I see the wisdom of that now. Brilliant, thanks!

skemble [16 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I'm hoping you have like 10 4k monitors... ;)

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

OMG I wish. Those suckers need to come down in price by a few thousand before I can partake in 2160p goodness.

$3400 per unit is just insane right now!

skemble [16 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

No kidding! Though a 3 1440p vertical setup would be pretty sweet!

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 10 months ago

Very true! I'd like to get some wall-mounts and do that.

Monitors are sort of a big debate with me right now. I have a system that will push very high resolutions and insane settings, but really want to wait for the 4K stuff to become "reasonable".

Hehe, hard for me to use the word "reasonable" in this thread I think, hehe.

skemble [16 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I just got a couple of really nice wall mounts to clear up some desk space, they are really nice to have. 4K isn't really a thought for me at the moment, maybe when they are under a thousand per monitor I'll give it a glance.

Reasonable isn't really the word I would use ;)

joshj2398 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago


Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Hehe, glad you like!

CheyTac [4 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Why no 480 rad in the bottom? Seriously superior build!! +1

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Hey thanks!

I actually thought about it, but I needed the real-estate on the right side to put the MCP-655 pumps. These are a bit larger with the BitsPower Mod-Top, and it would have been really cramped with a 480 in there. These BlackIce radiators are extremely thick! So thick, I couldn't run push-pull on the lower radiator because it would hit the PSU.

The heat dissipation index on the BlackIce SR-1 fits nicely with the 3x 780's. Now, if I upgraded in the future to a different stack of video cards that had a much higher TDP, I might consider putting a radiator in the very front of the case, run 2 pumps in-line, and chain the radiators together.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Also, I really wanted to go with a tube reservoir setup but if I had ordered bay reservoirs instead, I could have shuffled things around in the bottom much easier without having to be concerned with the vertical real-estate as well.

My original plan was to have 2 bay reservoirs, but that meant not optical drive, and no 480 radiator at the top. I really wanted the tubes and quietness, so I stuck with the high-flow BlackIce SR-1 (only comes in a 360) and AF120 Quiet Edition fans.

ToMmONo4 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

This is a mental build and im pretty jealous. What will you even use this power for? +1

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

Hey thanks!

I do some code compiling, video editing and a ton of gaming, so the performance definitely gets utilized.

Overall, it's just a fun machine to talk about simply because it's so overpowered in so many areas! Sort of like an OMG WTH moment when you see it!

LaoJr@GG 1 point 10 months ago

What are you even using this for is what I want to know if you are just gaming with this this was not worth it, I'm not bashing, I know this build is pretty cool

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for the comment!

I build one of these about every 3 years. I actually do use the processing power of this type of rig pretty efficiently with compiling and some video encoding. I don't use the GPU's to their potential simply because these kill anything I can throw at it @ 1080p. I need 4K monitors :D

LaoJr@GG 1 point 9 months ago

buy 2.5k monitor basically 1600p monitor lik a dell ultra sharp. 1080p is too mainstream now for these gpus it basically is the bottleneck

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

...or triple horizontal widescreens works well too. Good support in a lot of games as well.

I'm a big fan of 120Hz refresh rates too, so that's been my problem with finding a good, higher-resolution monitor(s).

LaoJr@GG 1 point 9 months ago

Why not buy a really nice hi res monitor and overclock it as much as you can to get a good refresh rate

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

You only usually get 10-20 Hz out of forcing a refresh rate though. Most monitors are either 60 or 75 Hz, which would put me at a weird refresh that some games do not support (if they have their own refresh settings).

Some of these "custom" refresh rates also require you to run "desktop scaling" in the NVidia or ATi software, which reduces performance.

Native 120 Hz is definitely the way to go :)

Bluesmurph [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Theirs that ASUS ROG swift monitor that is coming out this year.... 1440p 120hz... Get 3 of them XD

Bluesmurph [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

You are still at 1080p???? You should upgrade to AT LEAST 1440p or 1600p. Maybe do triple 1440p monitors (4k is over priced). Also, ultra wide 21:9 aspect ratio 1440p screen is pretty cool... If you are into 21:9. Otherwise I guess 4k is always on the horizon....

GamingPC69 1 point 10 months ago

1.7 Update on Minecraft, hurry lets play it together!

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Sweet! I'm about the quit playing FFXIV because it's boring, so I might just need a different outlet soon.

malcar11 [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

With this machine you can.... control the take off of the space shuttle!!!! Great build. Congrats!

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Hehe, thanks!

A little trivia for you actually. You know most of the space shuttle missions' main CPU was a 386/486! One of the most resilient processors known to man evidently.

malcar11 [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Yep! I knew that heheheh. The Apollo missions were supported by a computer, more like a today's old calculator hehehe.

LukusAreulius 1 point 10 months ago

Please post some benchmarks for this thing other than just 3DMARK!

Right here is a purely theoretical build. It is WAYYY overpowered; I do not have liquid cooling parts listed because I do not know how much it would cost on that build.

Otherwise, what the heck are you going to use that build for? Simulating quantum physics while playing Crysis 3? The envy...


Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Hehe, I do a lot of code compiling and of course a ton of gaming, so the performance definitely comes in handy. Oh yeah, Crysis 3 runs at absolutely maximum settings and looks like a movie. I really need 4K monitors to even remotely push this rig.

That build looks sweet! I would heavily consider going with the Asus Rampage IV Extreme though. It's quite the board, plus the full water blocks for the chipset are available from EK. I've heard good things about the Big Bang too though. I'd imagine that if you went 3x SLi and did the full CPU/VRM/PCH cooling route like I did then the price would be the same - around $1600 roughly.

Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

As icing on this magnificent cake of water-cooled goodness, you should consider this:



Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

You know, I thought about getting one of those, but honestly with the window on you barely see the SLi bridge and if I did order one, I'd probably open it up and switch out the white LED's with red ones : )

Really good suggestion though!

WickedRG 1 point 9 months ago

Holy S**T that is all to describe this deffinetly plus 1 good job and what do you do that u have enough money to buy a used car but u rather build a computer?

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Hey, thanks!

Yeah I go a little overboard sometimes. I definitely save up a bit in order to pull something like this off.

What's truly sad though is that right now it's bleeding edge awesome, but in a year or two it will be just another sad machine out there. Sounds like a waste, and really it is but I enjoy it none the less!

SomeBlueGuy [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

In that time, you should totally send me it.

l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

goddamn this is some real eye candy

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! I need to lighten up some of the dark parts around the board. I'm not a fan of LED's that you can see though, so I'm going to have to figure out how to hide some strips behind the top radiator and not have the light hidden as it shines downward.

Syndicate 1 point 9 months ago

Not trying to sound mean but, what could you possibly use this for? if it was a workstation I think I would've used Quadro's instead.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Oh no, I don't take offense in the slightest. If it was someone else that footed the bill then that might be a different story, hehe.

Basically it's a conglomeration of an ultimate PC build coupled with a "do anything from FPU to FPS" mentality. There really isn't anything that would test this system, other than (as many people have stated), 2160p displays.

I have seen a few other builds with the same CPU/Motherboard running Quad Titans... Only benefit there would be the extra 3GB (6GB total) of VRAM for the 2160p-sized textures.

PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

That power bill must be freaking high.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

At my calculation based on what my utility company charges per KWh, it costs $1.44 a day if it is at full load (24 hour period).

$0.36 per day if left at idle.

PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Oh... That's actually not that much....

PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Oh... That's actually not that much....

Papa_cap 1 point 3 months ago

then again, with a pc like that why would anyone let it idle, other than to order pizza

noob_for_life 1 point 9 months ago

Sweet Baby Jesus!!!!!

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Oh I have to throw a Super Troopers line out there...

"Mother of God..."

Thanks for the comment!

elpidio [4 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

This must be like Pron for some People.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

You can definitely edit and produce **** on this machine if you so desired also :)

YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

I see the tubing leading to your first and 3rd 780 but I dont see a tube leading to the second 780. How exactly is that 2nd 780 being cooled then? Or am i mistaken, and there is really a tube that is hidden behind the cables?

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Ahh, nope it's there away from the cables. Might be hard to see in the pics though since it's black.

It is actually 2 of these (http://www.frozencpu.com/products/15731/ex-tub-1251/Swiftech_G14_Male-Male_Lok-Seal_SLI_and_CrossFireX_Connector_Fitting_-11_to_18mm-_Black_G14-MMEXT-SHORT-BK.html?tl=g30c101s873). The exact measurement is 16mm from block to block, and these are adjustable from 11mm to 18mm so they work perfectly. All of the other connectors are Koolance, but Koolance doesn't make an SLi hard-line tube that will fit perfectly... they only have 10mm and 15mm.

YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Is there a specific liquid you use to cool the system? And the orange dye can be done with food coloring right?

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

I actually prefer to use straight distilled water with an anti-microbial additive (PrimoChill Liquid Utopia Bomb).

The reason is that over time the dyes can react with the tubing and cause a thin coating of plasticizer to coat the inside of your cooling blocks. It is a huge PITA to entirely remove, so I just use colored tubing instead of colored fluid. You'll never be able to get it out of the radiators either.

Granted, some of the coolants (like Mayhems for instance) claims to not cause any reactions with most tubing, I'd rather not have to mess with it. Clear, clean DI water with an additive and colored tubing is totally ok with me. My personal goal was not to "rave" the inside out, but rather raw performance.

If you use clear reservoirs/tubing (which almost everyone does when using colored coolants) the coolant will stain the reservoir and tubing over time. Some companies claim that it won't, but it happens none the less. Really doesn't matter if the machine is never powered off as you will never see "clear tubing" anyhow.

Don't get me wrong, the dyes look awesome, but it's just a bit more than I wanted to go for visually.

Food coloring can be bad for the coolant because DI water (if entirely pure, which is nearly impossible as well) is non-conductive. Food coloring "taints" the water with minerals that can be bad for the pump and blocks, as well as making the water more electrically conductive than it was.

If you want a nice orange coolant, check this out: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17699/ex-liq-280/Mayhems_Aurora_Coolant_Concentrate_-250mL-_Orilla_Orange.html?tl=g30c337s1809

ArmorFUS 1 point 9 months ago

Amazing Build Man! I'm in absolute awe. Great job on the liquid cooling and the cable management. +1 from me!

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you! It's definitely a monster build that has turned out pretty well I think!

TomasTheGamer 1 point 9 months ago

Damn you are unlucky cause now Nvidia GPUs will become much cheaper cause of the new R9 290x. And wow that's a complex cPu cooling system!

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, I'm happy with it for now, but like all electronics, something newer and even more bleeding edge is right around the corner :D

Temperatures are definitely well managed here though!

Electrospeed 1 point 9 months ago

What I want to know is who got a better firestrike score than you O.o

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

Hahaha! There are a few Tri and Quad Titans out there that have gotten up there, plus some people benching with liquid nitrogen. I think I am like number 80 on the list.

Pit 1 point 9 months ago

That's just beautiful c:

Artimaeus 1 point 9 months ago

Why so many fans when the whole thing is water cooled?

Trinity596 [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

How much fps do you get while gaming?

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

With maxed out settings in most all games I get well over 500 fps. I haven't noted the FPS in Crysis 3, but I would imagine on the highest settings possible I would get at least around 120+ fps at 1920x1080.

infinitemerald 1 point 8 months ago


Papa_cap 1 point 3 months ago

wholy ****, thats almost like, real life fps

infinitemerald 1 point 8 months ago

This, besides the Frank-and-Stein build, is by far the greatest PC build I have ever seen. Fantastic job.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Thank you! Yeah the 'Stein build is pretty awesome!

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Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Oh cool. I run 2 separate loops. With as many water blocks as this the restriction is way too high for a single loop.

Loop 1:


Loop 2:


It might be tough in that case, but it will work. I believe there is a 360mm fan adapter for your case also (it might replace the HDD cage). I had to take my cage out completely to fit both pumps in.

Your diagram looks good though so I don't think you would have any problems. Just be sure to get a few 45 and 90 degree fittings in the event that you need to make an angled turn with your tubing. I use 1/2" tubing and it doesn't bend that sharp (nor would you want it to).

You might be able to get away with running a single loop with 2 pumps in-line for added flow. You would have to run staged radiators as well. Ideally you'd just have two loops though with a single pumps.

Overall I definitely think you can pull it off. The trickiest part is where to mount the radiators where they get good airflow. After that, the rest is straight-forward. Look for that 360mm fan adapter though for your case. That will make things exponentially easier (and you can run a nice-sized radiator for the CPU loop).

infinitemerald 2 points 8 months ago

I'm going to have 90 degree fittings in there, forgot to mention them.

I'm more than likely going to upgrade in the near future to the 900D, so I'm more than likely going to update my cooling loop setup. The pump/reservoir thing I have is the Monsoon Series Two Premium D5, which fits two 5.25" bays, and has a built-in MPC655-PWM.

Do you think it would be more "efficient" to have one loop running my Motherboard and CPU, and the other running the Graphics Cards, or to have the single loop? Because the last thing I want to do is to have overheating components in a potentially unstable single loop.

Thanks, BTW.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Ahh, that's a good start!

Pushing fluid through that many blocks with a single pump would be tough. I don't think it would overheat per se, it just wouldn't be optimal. The flow rate would be pretty low. If you had two pumps in series then you could do a single loop.

The "standard" is that if you run a single video card then a single loop is 9 times out of 10 very acceptable. Jump to 2 video cards and add the MB and CPU blocks in and you have a pretty restrictive single loop (which can be brute-forced with 2 pumps in-line). Optimally, you'd have a dedicated VGA loop and a dedicated MB/CPU loop. Fitting a dual-loop into a 900D = no problem :D

infinitemerald 1 point 8 months ago

Ok, thanks!

infinitemerald 1 point 8 months ago

No problem.

Hypertyde 1 point 8 months ago

I think i'd rather date this than a model

YodelingTerror 1 point 8 months ago

Meh, a celeron with a gtx 650 could beat that.

Jokes aside, this is an AMAZING build. Wish I could do that. :)

Office PC: 520 Your PC: OVER 9000 lol

the13yearoldgenius 1 point 8 months ago

overkill +1

DownloadMoreRAM 1 point 8 months ago

Oh WOW! I can barely keep myself from slobbering all over my keyboard! Man! I wish I could afford a build like this! WOW! WOW! WOW! Looks so sexy! +1

brelovix 1 point 8 months ago

o Mother of god.

piyar 1 point 8 months ago

Absolutely Stunner :) May i know the list of combined watercooling kit from frozencpu?

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks! Yeah it looks like filedropper deleted my spreadsheet. I'm trying to find the same version that I made. If I find it, I will re-upload it in the description!

Camboy05 1 point 7 months ago

You ARE a millionare right? This is one of the best builds I have ever seen!

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you! Nay, just saved up for a while. Granted, it's worth a nice used car too...

piyar 1 point 7 months ago

Waiting for watercooling parts list

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Yeah I need to recompile them. I can give them to you raw but you'd have to go look up the part numbers manually on the FrozenCPU.com website.

ilikepie51015 1 point 7 months ago

I have three questions. 1. What do you plan on using this PC for? 2. What is the startup time? 3. How in gods name did you manage to afford this?

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

1A) Anything and everything... at 1,000,000 FPS.

2A) Boot-up time doesn't really benchmark anything though. It takes 20 seconds just to make it through all of the BIOS initializations, after that about 10 seconds to the system is logged in an usable... oh and it's very usable!

3A) Saved up for about a year ; )

WWarriorz51 [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

my wallet hurts...

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

LOL. Mine does too... still : )

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Amazing that this system is still in 12th place on the overall Complete Builds page. Upvote!!!

gpuhelp 1 point 7 months ago

Thing is a ******* monster, Damn.

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you!

Matticus25 1 point 7 months ago

Alright... now to put Windows 98 on it and play some Space Pinball

Jozmtr 1 point 6 months ago

Define Lag.

wardoner 1 point 5 months ago

Sexy beast

masterlaggs 1 point 5 months ago

You dropped 8k on that build, holy crap!

MuiaxPCs 1 point 5 months ago

Is the price worth it?

CallumShannan 1 point 5 months ago

amazing build. Did you have any problems with the power supply because iv heard that the cable arnt long enough thxs.

ITneto 1 point 4 months ago

What do you do with this amazing rig?

SanjayP 0 points 1 month ago

look at it

monkinessgames 1 point 4 months ago

Your computer doesn't just kick ass. It kicks 6924 instances of ass at a rate of 2,085,181,975.736568 kicks per second (14437.8 gigakicks per second in total, 13984 of those by the three 780s. Single-precision.)

JurgaBurga 1 point 4 months ago

Now this is a build done right! Amazing overclocks. Just wondering, would you be able to get this to 5GHZ?

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Newbie98 1 point 3 months ago

Did you put your SSDs in RAID?

SuperCookie [3 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

the only to make it better would be replace the 780 with titan blacks

someoneinsane 1 point 2 months ago

You are the %1

KuroNeko51 [2 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

Really nice! it would be perfect if named scooba steve

JustAnotherGamer 1 point 2 months ago

Two words: Holy Sh!t.

Zinc [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

OMG!I wish i had the money now to build something like that!

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BlastXin 1 point 1 month ago

What's your monitor setup and how does it look on your desk?

Meithen 1 point 1 month ago

Beautiful build. I'm planning on using the 900D also, so much room for. . . activities!

Johnston12 1 point 1 month ago

I have been looking for the 780 waterblock forever. Does anyone know where you can buy them without them preinstalled.

Ninjadudewhat 1 point 23 days ago

So what do you actually do with this? Also, a few questions (having not built a pc before)

-3 780s with 16gb's of ram?? -Why 780s rather than 780ti's? -Is that Extreme Edition good? I have a few experienced friends in the field who say 99.999% of the time Extreme's are not nearly worth the price

JesusisLord 1 point 19 days ago

Wow a monster build!That light bill must be killing you haha.

skynet159632 1 point 6 days ago

But can it run the all mighty minesweeper?

Apach3 [2 Builds] 0 points 10 months ago

my only complaint is that it doesn't use an i7-4930K... but who am i to complain? for someone who spends nearly $1700 on liquid-cooling components clearly isn't going to care about the cost.

either way, it still gets my +1 :D

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Hehe, thanks!

Yeah if the 4960x had come out 2 months earlier then that is what would be in the socket right now, but no... I'm actually happy with the SB-E so far. The voltages I have to use to OC this CPU are so small... up to 4.8 GHz. After that, it takes huge jumps for the smallest increase.

The 4930K is an awesome performer too, in many workload cases an equal to the Extreme series.

Apach3 [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

that's exactly why i'd get a 4930K; the only real difference would be in programs that are cache-intensive

but yeah, since you got a Sandy-E, there's no point in upgrading to Ivy-E.

xxTU_PAPITOxx [1 Build] 0 points 10 months ago

She's... She's Beautiful...

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Thank you, thank you!

She was a little gassy when I first fired her up... those young loops tend to have a little air up in them.

Hehe, no seriously. I primed it with an external 12v DC power supply, ever so gently :)

I tried to offset the red a little with the custom grey power cables from Corsair. I figured if I had ordered red power cables to match everything else it would have been a bit overkill. There can be too much of one thing I believe...

tigerhere [1 Build] 0 points 1 month ago

+1 on your build, but you should try to move it into a case from Caselabs, better airflow and looks more roomier and cleaner!

MrBeastshaw [13 Builds] -1 points 10 months ago

I would literally trade you my Mazda for this thing. Seriously nice work!

Protocol [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Hehe, thanks for the comment! You've got some pretty cool build items there yourself.

It's good to find people (like all that have commented) that know how much time and energy goes into some builds. Granted I haven't done anything too crazy with the case itself here, the construction and subsequent tweaking is a continuous ordeal.