Edit: I just wanted to thank you all for your positive replies and and recommendations. Thank you for the feature I am very proud of that. Achievement unlocked!!! I am so glad it turned out so well..really nice community :)
Hello PCpartpicker Community and fellow PC enthusiasts, Well where should I start…I have become one of yours! I would really appreciate if you read through my text but if you dont want to there is a TLDR at the end
So it has just been recently that I decided to build my own PC. Before I was using a laptop with a 3. Gen Intel i7 and a gtx 680m…still pretty decent overall. However I began wanting more, upgradability, power and less noise. So I started investigating in how to build a PC. I had basic knowledge but not enough to actually begin a custom build.
And then it happened! I stumbled across some watercooling builds and I was so fascinated that I told myself “I want to do that and it will be something special”. I started learning more and more about PCs…what parts I needed and how they work together. I think I watched about every video on Youtube somehow related to PCs and watercooling (before my Youtube suggestions were mostly gaming related and now there are only PC builds on the main page ^)
I have been planning this PC for about 6 months and told myself I would do it during summer break as I am at university. I kept switching parts back and forth just to find the ideal setup for me. I did so much research, planning loops in different cases (changed from Fractal define S, Thermaltake F31, Corsair 450D, Phanteks Enthoo pro M acrylic to the Evolv ATX Tempered Glass). I fell in love with that case. Even though I had to compromise on the DVD drive I actually wanted, this case is absolutely gorgeous with those two glass side panels on each side and its very good build quality (I am aware of the air flow issue but I hope it wont be that bad) Luckily the new Pascal GPUs also launched before I started this build so I could get a gtx 1070…Ill probably upgrade to a gtx 1080 TI or Volta if price to performance is good in the future.
First I ordered the case and started tearing it apart to measure everything and plan how it would work. Soon afterwards most main components came and I got pretty excited and scared at the same time.
I wanted a very colour neutral build so the Asus Formula VIII was the way to go even though it was very expensive it looks really good and I was surprised how heavy it was the i7 6700k was the only way to go with such a build gtx 1070 was a tough choice but I was happy with its price to performance the avexir core ddr4 white LED RAM looks nice too…it is just a shame you cant control the pattern of the lights but Im okay with that as it still looks awesome corsair rm 750x: solid PSU which matches the colour scheme Samsung 850 Evo 500Gb SSD for most games and programs 2Tb SSHD for media storage (it wasn’t much more expensive than a normal HDD so I went for it) For the watercooling loop I went with everything EK waterblocks as they have good reviews, I like their design and Slovenia is just next to my country. Except for the tubing I had to get more expensive bitspower 12mm tubing because I needed longer tubes than what EK sells.
Then I started building by doing the custom plates out of acrylic. I had to redo some but they turned out pretty well for never having touched a jigsaw before. I painted them and cut some holes into the chassis for pass through ports and the temperature sensor at the bottom. The I started assembling the parts without any big issues and soon every component was mounted and plugged in. The pump was a tight fit under the psu shroud so I couldnt use the included bracket and had to make my one rubber vibration dampening layer. A for the top I removed one side of the rail of the radiator mounting bracket so that both radiator fit…no thicker radiator possible. Cable management was pretty hard but it had to be on point since it was totally visible through the glass panel. There were so many cables that I couldnt fit every single one under those Velcro strips…but I am still satisfied with the cable management. All those TT Riing fan controllers (which look really nice by the way) and the drive are held by double sided tape…not ideal but it works. I also decided to do the back of the watercooling loop with fittings instead of tubing since I didn’t want to risk a leak because of some cables pushing against the tubes.
And now to the watercooling: Bending wasn`t easy at the beginning…the insert didnt fit properly and the bends only turned out okaaaay. Furthermore I had to rethink my whole loop as the in and outlets didnt align perfectly. But after a lot of failures I was happy with the result. Still bending was really a lot of fun.
Filling was quite easy. The pump didn’t work at the beginning but then after using the adapter from EK it worked and after about 2 days every bubble was cleared out of the loop. Then I installed windows, customized the fan and pump speed and the LEDs (controlled by Asus aura) and because I was moving by the time I could rearrange everything in my room very easily… I made some custom wooden cableboxes that match the floor, I also got 2 new monitors, one gsync 4k and one 1080p 144hz. I got them used but in very good condition so I could save a little money. And some music controlled led strips for my room…I hope to get a corsair strafe RGB keyboard soon…maybe for Christmas :D
What I really like about this PC is that I can change every colour if I get bored of blue…just change the rgb led strips and fans and change the fluid and it will look different
Thanks for checking out and please tell me your thoughts
TLDR: First build ever, much planning, PETG hard tube, acrylic mods, very wow, so happy with result, lot of work, RGB, much expensive, totally worth it, feedback?