Description

So my son asked for a new computer for Christmas and was expecting to get some mid-tier version of iBuyPower or whatnot, but I decided to give him a Christmas/computer he will always remember. Previous to this build I had only built one other PC about a year prior but I enjoyed it and wanted to challenge my self with hard tubing custom water cooling and case modding. I was in for some long hours of stressful work.

Step 1:

Coming up with a parts list that would stay relevant for a few years to come with minor upgrades here and there. I researched for a couple of weeks prior to Black Friday/Cyber Monday and waited to buy on those days. For the most part, it was a waste of time as it may have saved me $25.00 total, but shortened my timeline to accomplish the build by 2 weeks. You would have thought a month to work on the build would be plenty but working more than full time and December already being a crazy busy time of year, not to mention being new to case painting and custom water cooling I learned a month of maybe an hours worth of work a day is cutting it close.

Step 2:

Spray painting the case and creating stencils out of vinyl printer sheets. Quick tip read the paint cans or suffer my fate of a lot of sanding. Let the paint cure for 3 days to a week before adding a clear coat or better yet skip the clear coat altogether. But since I screwed up the paint job went horribly wrong and I had to drill out rivets and disassemble the case sand out mistakes as best I could and repaint. From 2 feet away almost none mistakes are noticeable and the case looks amazing.

Step 3:

Rip apart perfectly good, new, and expensive computer hardware to put water blocks in place. This is pretty nerve-racking but you learn that computer components are not as fragile as you might expect.

Step 4:

Throw it all in the case, screw it down wire it up. Then unwire and unscrew some of it multiple times to shift things around millimeters because you are focusing on the big parts and forgetting little things case and fan cables that connect to the bottom of the mobo but with radiator and fans in you can't put the connect them.

Step 5:

Planning out water cooling loops and then getting back online to order more fittings because you can now see your pre-visualization of the loop is not how things work in the real world. Bending the tubes, connecting, and air pressure testing. Do your research on tube bending and it is actually not as hard as you might expect. However, it is time-consuming and I went with the rule (well my new rule) measure twice and cut long then put in and see how much more needs to be cut off.

Step 6:

Add decorative touches, software, setup lighting, and over-clocking.

Step 7:

Watch your son jaw hit the floor Christmas morning and then never see him again because he won't get off the computer. Well, at least it isn't on his phone constantly anymore :/

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice man. What are the temps your gettin?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I have run Cinebench R20 and achieved a score of 5188 but I think I could get better as I had other background programs running. Temps for CPU during the test got up to 87 on a couple of cores. I also ran the Unigine, Heaven test for GPU with a score of 7872 and the temps only got to 48 but it hasn't been overclocked yet. I didn't win the silicon lottery with the CPU and the 1080Ti card spent about a year in my system and wasn't getting much use so I gave it to him and saved about $1200 on the build total.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy ?!#@ I've found my dream build!

Finally a joker fan :)

Great build! Love your parts selection! You must be a f#@#ing cool asf dad! Lucky son ;)

+3 --> Parts selection, Joker fan, a dad to son build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! The Joker theme build made it fun. I had more ideas to add, but with Christmas being the time constraint it was hard to get them in. Maybe when I do the yearly maintenance I will add some more things. Good luck with your build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, totally! Customizing a build is always the fun part! Hey, it looks great! And thanks! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

You aren't even my Dad and that's an amazing gift I'll never forget! I just picked up this case and want to do some similar cooling as this, Thanks for the guide.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I would adopt you but my wallet can't afford to build another one :P

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

cool theme! Looks like a lot of work and planning went into this build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Yes, I spent a lot of time on youtube watching part reviews and tutorials for custom water cooling.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Omigosh!! Nicely done, Dad! Your son must have needed help picking his jaw up off the floor. How did you manage to spray it and allow to dry without him finding out?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! He was very floored by the build. He knew I was building him a PC in the garage, but he didn't know I was going all out on it. He just knew not to go in there and I kept it covered when I wasn't working on it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice theme and build! You even got the power cord, love the detail! +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much! I saw the power cord at work and decided it was a great fit for the build, so I "borrowed" it. :P

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

nicely done

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Awesome job man! You're boy's lucky to have you. Congrats on the feature! +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man! I feel the same about him! Good kid he deserves it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

freaking mental! Nice job

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! I thought I would go mental trying to get this build done :p

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

im really wondering why your son got a graphic tablet as a second screen?!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

He does a lot of digital art on toon boom and other programs with his Huion drawing monitor GT22-Pro.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your feature! You're a very talented pc builder, your son is really lucky to have this beast.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It is actually only my second pc build ever and first on with any modding or open loop water cooling. I am hooked on it now though and I am already trying to come up with reasons to build more :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

you have one lucky son!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you I am a lucky dad as well!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Wow. This one turned out something really special. Great work.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Holy guacamole. That's an amazing build. This is something your son will remember forever. Great job!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much! I was looking for a way to give him something memorable especially since computers are normally throw away items and it was all he wanted for Christmas this year. He definitely will not be throwing it away when these components reach end of life.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

epic build! +1 for trying new things!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Only +1 :P... Seriously thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Amazing Build ! Just, why did you buy a 1080Ti instead of a 2080S SLI / 2080Ti?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

He mentioned in one of the comments that the 1080Ti came from his computer which was not using it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nividia basically made the TI version of the 1080 too good..... for $600 used. The 2080Ti is really the only logical option above and he is using a 1080p panel so that 11gbs is only using like half; just skip the 2000 series.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I actually already had the 1080 Ti in my computer but it was wasting away there as I have just been to busy the last year to use it. It was a way to save cost and allows him to do upgrades in the future. He is only do 1920 x 1080 gaming for the most part so this card is more than enough to handle that.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Amazing job

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

No problem :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

He will remember this and something not to let go even if it gets out dated. Great job!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Exactly what I was going for. Hopefully in the future we will do upgrades on it together when new hardware comes out that make the old parts obsolete. Thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

we live in a society

seriously, though, this is breathtaking and i love it

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the nice complement, my son feels the same way!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I like you went Dark Knight Joker and that layout is amazing. If i was was not infatuated with everything Noctua Black and Tan. That Cotton candy pink and green with the white+black would be my next choice, just pops!.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Dark knight Joker is his favorite!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

One hell of a dad, lol. That's probably one of the nicest builds I've seen. Well done

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, he is one hell of a kid :) I appreciate the compliment a ton, it makes all the stressful hours more than worth it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Have you looked into the iqunix joker keyboard, matches this perfectly imo.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you and I have checked it out but I will do so shortly :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You did an amazing job on this! I wish my dad was into building PC's with me! He doesn't understand tech!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, Tech isn't for everyone I am sure he does plenty of things to make up for not being a tech nerd like myself :p

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Wow

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Dude, it looks epic.

I would've gone for an RTX 2070 or something rather, but 1080 does it for maybe about the same price.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! I already had the 1080 Ti and it was going to waste. It is also a good deal better than a RTX 2070. It is more on par with a 2080 super by what I have seen.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This build is...

...

... no joke! Awesome.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much, it was a fun and stressful ride!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

looking toxic!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great paint job there. I am planning on custom painting my Evolv X case panels when I get to that point in my build. What was your preferred method and paint used?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I don't know if it is a preferred method it was the one I had available to me. Can spray painting using Rust-Oleum 2x Ultracover paint+primer. I would suggest if you are planning on painting the entire case is to drill out the rivets and paint each piece separately. A rivet gun and rivets are cheap and it makes the painting way easier and clean. Sand down the parts you are going to spray paint with 200 or higher grit sand paper to prep the surface. You don't need to sand it like crazy just a nice easy job to give the new coat something to bond to. Also be sure to wait 3-7 days (7 better than 3) after painting all your coats to allow the paint to cure properly. You will know when it has as the smell will be much less obnoxious.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice. Not planning on doing the whole case, just the front and top panels after I get some custom CNC work done on them. Building a custom desk here this month modeled after the one from Workofhart (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/JsZRsY) and am painting the panels white, and the mesh orange to match the fluid I will be doing with my custom loop. Both will be firsts for me (custom desk and custom loop).

Good tip about the cure time too. Lord knows the last thing I want to have is for my wife to throw a massive migrain cause I just had to go and paint my panels. :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

very nice! congrats!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

In spite of finding the Joker really cringe, I still think this build is amazing.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Comic book joker is cringe but Dark Knight joker was pretty awesome imho.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

atleast give him a decent mouse hehe

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I took him to Best Buy and he picked the one he wanted. It is light speeds better then his ibuypower mouse that came with his last computer. All he wanted was wireless.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

haha i was talking about the sensor. Logitech G pro wireless probably would be the best choice if he wanted wireless. corsair mouses aren't really that good

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Again it was his choice on which mouse he wanted. I think he was actually being the good kid and trying not to spend too much :) His only request was a new pc I was the crazy one who decided to build him one he will always remember.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

thats really cool dude and im not hating on you. just saying that the Logitech mouses do have lots better sensors (just giving a tip) and they are the same price. Anyways hope ur son enjoys the PC. i have my own pc building company www.gti-gaming.nl hehe i've also got 2 sons but i really cant afford to build such a pc like you. lots of respect.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build!!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

atleast buy a nice car yourself before buying such a pc :P nah jk nice build i wish my dad would've gave me such a pc.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

lol... computers are more fun than cars. Only thing a car does for me is take me away from my computer and to work. Cars are evil! :} Thanks for the compliment.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

haha guess everyone has their own opinions about cars and computers. instead of a beasty gaming pc i got an nice car :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This is incredible. And you gave me such a confidence boost when you said you only made one build prior to this and wanted to challenge yourself - because I've literally been going back and fourth on the idea of building myself a custom pc with hard tubing and custom water cooling system, and the only thing that delayed me so far is the fear of messing it up cause I only had done one custom build a couple years ago.. but this just inspired me. thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That is awesome man! It is stressful but worth it in the end for sure. I would say to just watch as many YouTube tutorials as you can on any of the things that give you concern. There is a ton of help videos out there. Main thing to learn when doing any open loop build is research the fittings and be prepared to have to delay the build a few days to order the ones you might have missed. Good luck and be prepared to make a few mistakes but most are easy to work around.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This is crazy! Top tier components, wonderful water cooling and not to mention the outstanding case modding and the Joker theme is just beautiful! Great job on this, hope your son enjoys it :D

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a ton for all the nice compliments. My son has been enjoying the computer so much so it is hard to get him to even come out of his room for food :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, just like me then haha. Although my PC is in the living room =/

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Best dad ever award?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! The son makes it easy for me to win that award 👍🏼