Description

Gaming PC. Silent when idle and decent under load.

Changes since https://pcpartpicker.com/b/QTQV3C include: upgraded to a GTX 1080, changed PSU to the Corsair SF600, reoriented fans to push air out instead of pull air in, and improved cable organization a bit.

The GTX 1080 is overclocked using MSI Afterburner (see link below). The Corsair SF600 is noticeably quieter than the Silverstone SX600-G was, but the cables are thicker and longer and harder to maneuver, so I'm hoping to eventually replace them with individually sleeved and shorter cables.

Also, previously the fans pulled air in which allowed me to use the NCASE M1 air filter and have a positive case pressure. However, the exhaust under load was significantly heating up everything else. In particular, the PSU fan would spin up to max duty. Changing the fans orientation reduced temperatures and noise across the board (at the eventual cost of more dust buildup).

Fire Strike (Reference vs. OC): http://www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/8658107/fs/8654796

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 5 points

First Custom loop with the gtx 1080 in the loop good job nice build! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points
Wow, that is one powerful rig! You certainly made a clean looking loop. I love your build and therefor you have my one.

Congrats on feature spotlight. You deserve it!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the compliments! And your +1. :]

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points
  • First custom build with a 1080 in a loop

  • First custom build with a 1080 and an LGA 1150 CPU

  • First custom build with just about every part, seems like everyone is pointing out all the firsts, so why not point it out?

Lol jk, really nice build!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks! What other firsts have people been pointing out? :P

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

OOOOOOOO! PRETTY!!!!! SHINY!!!11!!!11!11!!1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you have the 1080 overclocked?

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup, +125/+500. That's 2025MHz core and ~11HGHz memory. Check out the Fire Strike link for more details.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

That's awesome. I'm still waiting for my 1080 in the mail, hopefully Monday. I've been eyeing the M1 and also the DAN A4. Core V1 for now though.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Good luck on the ASIC lottery.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm getting the DAN A4 :D Looks so awesome

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! I love how small it and the M1 are. I know the A4's kickstarter just started, I'll have to keep an eye on it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Its already done.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I mean its funded, but the one I'm looking at still has 25 days to go. Still an awesome little case and I'm jelly for sure haha.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yea, misunderstood

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoah, that is one small case! I love how they position the GPU. Thanks for sharing.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Pleasure. I bet you could fit two graphics cards in there with a splitter :D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I considered this after you mentioned it, but there wouldn't be a convenient way to mount them to the back of the case.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

If you watercool them and go single slot you could fit them both in the regular place. Just both next to each other.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

4th gen i5 with a last gen GTX 1080 GPU?

I think somebody've waited for Pascal for too long...

lol

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

Haha, the 4690K isn't bottlenecking, yet! And I wasn't waiting the whole time, unless you count using a 980 Ti in the meantime as waiting. :P

  • 42 months ago
  • 0 points

I have an i5 4590, i'm looking forward to get NVIDIA GTX 1080. I don't have so much experience to notice that Bottleneck.

I built my System last year, sadly i didn't had money to Upgrade to any of the 900 Series, so i'm stuck with the R9 270.

I'm afraid of this Bottleneck, some people said that i should change to an i7 4790K. But since i don't do videos, i dont think it worth.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I use this build exclusively for gaming. :]

  • 41 months ago
  • 0 points

Any modern I5 shouldn't bottleneck even 4 way 1080.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

WOW the power in that small of a package +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah! I used to have a mATX build, but the mITX really gives me a challenge. :]

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

FEATURED!

congratulations!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Would ya look at that. Neat!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah! Enjoy it mate

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Love that case, great build!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Now I want to see a custom loop in a Fractal Node 202. But Also Nice job on the build! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't think that's possible :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that a challenge? raises eyebrows :D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, but i habe nu monies ;-;

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I can identify with that.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol ye

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Now that would be a challenge, hah.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

;)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably would require a specially sized radiator, maybe with 80mm fans or something

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps some specialty modding. My current thoughts are that the pump and the res would need to be creatively mounted, or as in this build pump on the socket, and maybe just play it really risky and don't run a res.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Custom loop with the 1080, lovin' it ;) +1. How is that 1080 treating you? I've been thinking of upgrading from my 970...

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

If you follow the progression of my builds, I had a 970, then 980 Ti, then 980 Ti with Hybrid Cooler, then 980 Ti on a Custom Water Loop, then the 1080. :D

I upgraded from the 970 to the 980 Ti because I wanted a higher framerate while playing The Witcher 3. However, the 980 Ti ran extremely hot (hence the hunt for better and quieter cooling).

I would say that the 1080 has the performance of the 980 Ti (and then some) with the power and temperature characteristics of the 970. I am very happy with it!

If you're looking to overclock, though, you might be disappointed if you're used to the overclocks that the 900 series offered. Nonetheless, it is a great card.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, this build is absolutely amazing. The cooling is amazing, the cable management is amazing, and the 1080 being water cooled, although the card is still very young, is something I haven't seen before. +1 for a truly unique build, and the greatly coordinated colors.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for all the compliments. Glad you like it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Maximus VII impact represent! How'd you get a non-PCIe based drive to work in the M.2 slot?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! I've had three of the Maximus Gene/Impact boards and love them all. The XP941 is a PCIe-based drive.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, is that the cheapest one that will work?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It was the first OEM PCIe-base SSD that used the M.2 interface (and the only one at the time I purchased it).

The XP941 is the predecessor of the SM951, which is in turn the predecessor of the 950 Pro. :]

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Jesus, too many numbers. Bloody Samsung.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, it's because the first two were OEM-only and not for retail sale.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nicely done! Good job on getting featured too, this build definitely deserves it.

Hopefully those custom cables that you seem to be planning to get serve you much better than the SF600, plus not to mention that they always seem to have that "finishing touch" ;)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Although the custom cables will take up more space (because individual sleeving is thicker), the cables will be cut to the appropriate length so I expect the build will overall be a bit neater. And prettier. ;]

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, great build man! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious about the ASIC quality on your 1080, I saw someone with a 98% and im wondering if their REALLY lucky or if the pascal manufacturing is becoming more precise. Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I am curious, too. But GPU-Z does not officially support reporting ASIC quality on the 10x0 series, yet.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

You sir are an artist!!!

Awesome build man!!!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! If I am an artist, this has certainly been a canvas that I've refined over a very long period of time. :]

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm guessing you ran fire strike before overclocking your CPU?

Also love the build man, so much packed into such a tight case. This is probably the most compact custom loop I have seen and I really like your reservoir with the added silver for classy glassy coolant :P

You sir have most definitely earned my +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I do love the NCASE M1. And you're the first person I've heard call it "classy glassy", haha. I use distilled water with the silver coil because if anything leaks or spills (which actually happened while I was installing the 1080), I can just use compressed air and let it evaporate. :]

I had the exact same CPU OC @ 4.6GHz before I installed the 1080 and when I ran both Fire Strike runs. What makes you think I did otherwise?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

In the firestrike score it marks it at stock clocks for some reason?

But yeah i like clear coolant, that way you can make it any colour you so wish with lighting etc if you so desire.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

The maximum turbo clock says 4598MHz, no?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah I see, that's interesting.

So you have it set that it dulls back to 3.5GHz when not at load? because that's what it leads me to presume.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I think so. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha that's my dream system right there! Fantastic job!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

amazing, congrats on getting featured

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Getting featured has been so exciting. And here I was eating dinner wondering why my phone kept buzzing.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

lol :D

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Nice.

Not a criticism... just feels like a shame all your hard work and nice parts are hidden in the NCase.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, yup. That's why I spend so much time taking pictures and posting on pcpartpicker and reddit. :D

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Wish I had that kind of money LoL

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The custom loop certainly was not cheap. But if you follow my build's progression, you'll see the parts were accumulated over the course of slightly more than a year. :P

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I should hate you but I don't; more of a sullen envy, I think. +1, reluctantly.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! If you ever decide to try something similar, feel free to hit me up on Reddit for questions. :]

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Really Really nice Fans. Noctua FTW +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah! Love that they have the industrialPPC line so that I'm not forced to use brown fans.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Nice job!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

MMMM, small and powerful. +1 Good work.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I cannot stress more that braided cables make builds

  • Much cleaner
  • Much easier

Great SFF build!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup. I'm waiting for Ensourced to resume taking orders for modular cables. :D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Dayumm! :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

:)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Person: "What are you gaming on?"

You: "Oh, just a custom water cooled toaster."

I love this build! Not often do you see one this beautiful!

+1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the huge +1. :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Literally huge! XD

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean, beautiful, and powerful. Amazing work. +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Love how clean this build is even with (what looks to be) such a small amount of space... and the 1080 in the loop is so nice great job man!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

You're a madman. +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

imagine life with out pcpartpicker

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

great build, and love the ram

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! They're a really old pair of RAM sticks. :P

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Baller

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel like you are having high idle temps on your cpu because since the pump is integrated into the block, it is also having to disperse the heat of the pump into the loop. Have you checked the dimensions of the EK Predator 240? It has the integrated pump and you can get it with the quick disconnects to add the gpu as well.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It's supposedly an impossibly tight fit (1), but I might look more into it. If it works, I might also add the EK Monoblock. :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

yungsters. Sorry for that war in your build forum. I just had to deal with some noobs.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

hi yungsters,

just a short question:

1.) how good are you CPU / GPU Temps at IDLE/LOAD? Because I have nearly the same system and the temps are very high..

2.) did you add this tube in the slot "IN" of the pump or is it the "OUT" slot? Picture: http://imgur.com/UrKe0zD

3.) Is it possible to get your ASUS Fan Profiles? I cant set it right.. can do it on maximum (1990 RPM) or 1250 RPM but not 1500 or something like that..

Would be nice to know!

thank you very much

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

1) You can see the temperatures on the left hand side of this PCPartPicker page. :)

2) "IN", the reservoir needs to be the source of water for the pump.

3) I have my pump on the CPU fan set to 40% (until the CPU gets to something high like 80C). This works out to be around ~1400RPM which is very quiet.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

thing of beauty. after my h220 failed i went back to air [for now]. how is that noise on that sf600? i am using the silverstone 500 sg psu and the noise of it has been growing on me since i got it. i was able to ignore it at the start as i used headphones, but now that the machine is used as a tvbox, its obnoxiously loud.

  • 41 months ago
  • -1 points

old that good stuff tucked away in that ugly case T-T why?

  • 41 months ago
  • 4 points
You may think so but this rig is powerful and it is NOT ugly. It's a great build.
  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks. :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, it definitely does not show off the parts if that's what you mean. But I think the NCASE M1 was intentionally designed to be low profile and a bit more classy.

What's important is that it's small, has good performance, and isn't too loud.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Explain?

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point
I agree with your statements. :)
  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It was more difficult than the 980 Ti, but not too bad. Take a look for yourself here: https://imgur.com/a/LQsXO

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to hear it! It isn't too bad — the 1080's Founder Edition cooler was just a pain because of those tiny screws that required pliers (because I don't have the tiny socket wrench needed).

What graphics card are you cooling?

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't really do any custom modding, unless you count cutting tubes and putting the water loop together. I've already taken all the experimentation out of the picture, so you could put together a build similar to mine if you wanted. :D

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I just looked up 4790K prices… they're still so expensive! Maybe in the future, heh.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks!

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Its overclocked to 4.6GHz in a teeny tiny case.... what do you expect, but the load temps are what matters most anyways and under 80 is fine by me :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, yeah. And actually, I achieved that 4.6GHz without any effort a very long time ago. It might be time for me to try pushing it further, but I'm really not incentivized to do so since it would not help much with gaming.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. When I first saw those temperatures, I thought that maybe the waterblock had poor contact. But after inspection and reseating, looks like that's how it is. :\

I've been very tempted to try the EK-FB ASUS M6I monoblock, but I don't know where I'd put the pump. :[

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, yeah. Maybe I should reach out to Swiftech's support about it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion. I've reached out to Swiftech and they've agreed to RMA the Apogee Drive II. :]

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Swiftech's RMA process happens by email and it feels a lot like they read each email without any prior context. It's getting a bit annoying, so I'm switching gears.

I just pulled the trigger on an EK-FB ASUS M6I to replace the Apogee Drive II. Besides looking way cool, the Monoblock has a much lower profile and should make the left fan much more effective. I also noticed that the MOSFETs/VRMs get really hot now that my case fans are pushing air out of the case, so this should help.

As for the pump, I'm hoping to fit it somewhere in that huge gap below the graphics card. I'll probably post an update to PCPartPicker after I'm done, at which time I'll hopefully also have individually sleeved cables. :)

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Fairly confident. It wasn't stable at +150, but +125 was stable after some hours of Heaven. (Also tried the custom v/f curve, but it got too tedious.)

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks!

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

If cost is an issue, you can take a look at what I've done but replace compression fittings with much cheaper barbs and fittings. Also, the M.2 SSD is obviously a luxury. If noise is not as great of a concern, you could also swap in less costly fans and replace the temperature sensor and Aquacomputer for a simpler fan controller.

Let me know if you ever have questions! I'm reachable by the same username on Reddit, too.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yup, I'm waiting for Ensourced to resume taking orders for modular cables. :]

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