a state of serene calmness.
Hello, and thanks for taking your time to view my build.
First off I want to start by saying all of the prices you see represent the cost paid including tax/shipping charges. Second, I had a wall of text I typed out but apparently didn't get saved when I closed out of my web browser to run benchmarks, and I don't feel like typing a bunch of stuff out again.
This build started off when the Meshify C had first been released. I scooped up a GTX 1080 and a Meshify C about a month or so after it was released to upgrade my current computer at the time. This case is so beautifully made it put my old components to shame and urged me to just do a complete new build. With the release of Coffee Lake I figured it was just time to bite the bullet anyway. People had not started doing custom hardline loops just yet in the case due to how new it was. So it was time to start scheming.
The whole build process took roughly about a month, starting with no free time between two jobs to fighting with Paypal over a GTX 1080 refund, delidding and relidding the processor, and of course measuring twice and then cutting and bending the PETG more times than I would have liked to get the perfect look. Overall it was a very simple process with no complications.
The processor was delidded with the Rockit 88 tool, which made the process of delidding and relidding super quick. Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut was on back order and I did not want to wait on any more parts, so I decided to go with CLU. Black RTV was used to reseal the processor to OEM spec. NT-H1 was used between the CPU block and the processor, with Thermal Grizzly Krytonaut being used between the GTX 1070 and it's waterblock.
I strongly recommend delidding any unlocked Coffee Lake processor. On air alone I was able to achieve 5 GHz @ 1.27 volts while remaining under 75° C, where before the delid it would hit 95° C and thermal throttle. Under water the processor remains stable at 5 GHz with 1.23 volts and not surpassing 60° C. The graphics card was able to handle a hefty overclock on water of +225 core and +500 on the memory with Micron memory. Temperatures idle at 25° C and max out at 47° C. It was stable a bit above these numbers but for the sake of longevity I dialed it back slightly.
All of the components I decided to use had great performance with flawless aesthetics in tow. The EKWB fittings and waterblocks in nickel match nicely with the silver accents on the Asus Z370-E. The white CableMod extensions complement the Mayhems coolant flawlessly. The EKWB CoolStream radiator leaves millimeters between it and the GTX 1070 not wasting any space. The colors and hues of the Corsair LED strips and HD120 fans match the Trident Z ram and the motherboard with ease. There isn't much I would change with this build minus maybe waiting a bit longer to build it for the Phanteks Glacier reservoirs to be released.
If you've read this far, feel free to let me know what you think.
Cinebench R15: 1220 CB
Time Spy: 6746