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Z87 Black Frame

by DGON-MKII

389
103 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 24, 2014

Date Built

Nov. 21, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.56GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

42.0° C

Description

Welcome to my build - a black/red build using several recycled parts from previous builds (CPU, MB, RAM, SSD and some random cooling/watercooling parts). I've always wanted to try using rigid tubing in my watercooled builds so this will have been my first attempt at it. After searching for the right parts and tools here is what I came up with:

Main Components

  • CASE: In Win D-Frame Mini

  • CPU: Intel 4670K

  • MB: Asus Maximus Impact VI

  • RAM: 8GB Corsair Dominator Platinum

  • GPU: EVGA GTX 980 Reference

  • SSD: Samsung 1TB EVO

  • PSU: Bitfenix Fury 550G

Watercooling Components

  • EK Supremacy nickel waterblock base w/ EK Supremacy EVO acrylic top upgrade

  • EK GTX 980 acetel + nickel block

  • EK GTX 980 backplate

  • EK 240mm coolstream PE radiator

  • EK X3 reservoir

  • Swiftech MC355 DDC pump

Misc

  • Bitspower 90 degree rotary adapter

  • Primochill rigid revolver fittings

  • Primochill rigid PETG tubing

  • Indigo XS thermal interface

  • Gentle typhoon fans

  • Custom extensions from MODBUNKER & LUTRO0 CUSTOMS

Overclocking

  • CPU @ 4.4GHz

  • GPU @ 1416MHz; Boost @ 1501MHz

Benchmarks

  • 3DMark Fire Strike @ 12263

  • Unigine Valley Benchmark 1.0 @ FPS: 92.8 | Score: 3883 | Settings Render: Direc3D11 | Mode: 2560x1440 fullscreen | Preset: Custom | Quality: High

  • I'm not to sure of which presets to use for the unigine valley benchmark. If anyone has any info it would be much appreciated.

UPDATE: 2014.12.03

UPDATE: 2014.12.07

  • Took new pics with better lighting. Removed majority of older pics.

  • Removed Primochill G1/4 Stop Plug w/5mm Red LED, it just wasn't bright enough to warrant its use and it just added extra cable clutter.

  • Removed Bitfenix LED strip.

Comments Sorted by:

alby800 22 points 36 months ago

BRB Changing my pants, absolutely stunning build.

StevensCruz 1 Build 10 points 36 months ago

Never seen anything like this. Your PC will most likely never over heat :P Put an AC right next to it and you will be good.

BingoFishy 1 point 34 months ago

Does it work?

xLagiacrus 1 point 34 months ago

the thing that i showed? XD probably not considering the fan would be shoving dust into the system which would bottleneck/possibly break the system.

MasterCoxy 1 point 24 months ago

Things like that actually do work. Although temporarily. I did that once while posting my system and making sure everything worked because my cooler had not yet come in the stock was over heating. But as you said. Dust... Thanks for canned air though.

Tigershark 1 point 34 months ago

loooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllll

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Sheepzorable 3 Builds 7 points 36 months ago

It's....

its beautiful

dromni 1 Build 5 points 36 months ago

Wow! Just about the most beautiful watercooled rig ive seen on here so far.

Williams0907 5 points 36 months ago

I still can't find a ROG Swift...

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I used nowinstock.net to track availability of the monitor. I was able to snag one up from BestBuy.com.

Williams0907 2 points 36 months ago

Thanks

plgdg 1 Build 3 points 36 months ago

I actually just finished a nearly-identical build about a week ago. I will be posting this week. I've been procrastinating taking pictures lol.

Here's a preview shot: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5y_EkGmXFZs/VHDl-sWP23I/AAAAAAAAFts/KqySuHGB9eM/w1096-h822-no/IMG_20141122_143720.jpg

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

WOW, that looks great! It looks like we had the same idea. Can't wait to see it posted up here. I should of installed a shutoff valve like you did so I can easily drain my system.

plgdg 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

THANKS! I may buy a different pump top in the future so I can have the res and pump attached in the same unit such as yours. There's a long story as to why I did it the way I did lol. I also do have a spare shut-off I can sell for a discounted price ;) I bought the wrong color originally (matte black vs carbon black) haha. I'm picky :)

Absolutely great build you got there, though. Nice pictures, too. Well done. I'll let you know when I post mine!

P.S. My only complaint with the chassis is with so much weight on the fan/rad bracket, it tends to sag a bit, so I had to use a zip-tie to keep it level.

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I was going to go the same route of the separate pump and res. I didn't think of mounting it under the motherboard instead of under the res which caused problems for me. So I ended up getting the EK-DDC X-Res 100 CSQ - Acetal so I could combine the res/pump to give me more space to work with and require less fittings and tubing.

plgdg 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Mounting under the motherboard only works with low profile memory :) And lots of patience for routing cables lol.

Blackie_Sheen 1 Build 3 points 36 months ago

This is amazing. Well done

BurgerBum 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

dam.

Lance_Pearson 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Damn, what a cool case! Is it covered at all on the sides? Will dust build up?

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

There are 2 tempered glass sides for the left and right side of the case. The rest is open-air where dust can sneak in. I came prepared when looking up this case and picked this up.

xdenttim 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

nice build m8 +1 don't see a lot of these on here

nigerianjones 2 points 36 months ago

Achievement Unlocked 1337 case/chassis design.

Rashiq 2 points 36 months ago

Awesome build but you rigid tubing is a little off (like isn't hard enough). It should be military precision like. These should help....+1 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/22334/too-129/Monsoon_Hardline_Pro_Full_Bending_Kit_-_38_x_12_13mm.html?tl=c633s2087b213

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Lol, funny you should bring that up. I picked the same kit up from performance-pcs. Even with the kit I had trouble with some bends, especially the one going from the GPU to the radiator (2 x 90 degree bends and 1 x 45 degree). For example you are supposed to add, in my case 8mm, to the end of the tube to cover the depth of the fitting. I accidentally added where I shouldn't have. When its time to do some maintenance in the future I will re-attempt the not so straight bends.

Rashiq 2 points 36 months ago

Rigid tubing looks best (to me at-lest) at 90 degree bends (sharp and straight). You can lose the angular fittings and just use rigid tubing. This dude'd build says,'f#@! angular fittings, I am going manual 90s and 180s) http://cdn.overclock.net/8/8e/500x1000px-LL-8ef7ad6f_IMG_6827a.jpeg http://cdn.overclock.net/2/24/500x1000px-LL-24f8cea7_IMG_6820.jpeg http://cdn.overclock.net/1/13/1388a829_900d-15Large.jpeg This one is just plane wrong since they are not perfectly straight https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-yH-mJKfnalw/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAACU/h-wtZzPvOSg/photo.jpg

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I agree, I think it looks a lot better if you can get those sharp bends. I will definitely be getting more practice to get the right look I want. I'm still trying to get the hang of heating the tube at the right section(s) and being mindful not to press on the tube to hard when holding it in place. Sections near the bends have slight indents of where my finger was sitting.

Rashiq 2 points 36 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQxMouSesuY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ_XIb4llFI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUB66kum_vo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9OMOVBbHvs

This dude from Monsoon fires through all the neat little techniques you could ever need in rigid tubing. The only limitation is the number of tubes, case space, the tube length, your imagination and how much dough you have lying around....LOL...

EDIT: Have considered you shoving down some leds down the top throat(G 1/4 plug) of that EK reservoir? I would suggest whites but red works too..... or uv if your fluid is uv reactive...
WHITE= http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21650/ex-tub-2075w/Primochill_G14_Tower_Stop_Plug_w_5mm_White_LED_Secure_Hold_-_3_.html?tl=g30c101s743
RED= http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21660/ex-tub-2077r/Primochill_G14_Tower_Stop_Plug_w_5mm_Red_LED_Secure_Hold_-_2_.html?tl=g30c101s743

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks for the tips and the resources! I've never seen those LED-reservoir plugs before. I think I'll pick one up. Just need to measure the length to see if it will clear the anti-cyclon piece at the bottom of the res.

torrin1234 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Don't worry about bends too much. I honestly think it looks good. Some builds can be pretty obviously bad (kinks, awful bends, etc.) but this is still a very clean build.

My tubing is all 90 degree bends, but that was to make it easier on myself and fiancee.

Ksongs 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Ive been waiting for someone to build with this case and damn it was worth it with a rigid custom loop you sir/ma'am have done an excellent job.

shavashav 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

very cool

MGTheVillain 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Absolutely amazing job. I'd love an open air test bench build. It just looks so clean. Great job +1

MockSeventy7 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

This looks amazing. Really good job here with the tubing and attention to details.

Have fun with this rig!

Ian_H. 2 points 36 months ago

Wow... How much did the water cooling cost you?

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I would say about $200 for new parts and tools. The rest I had from previous builds.

mrsuicide 1 point 17 months ago

and is that 1tb SSD both your OS and storage drive? is that even okay to do? (im a little new to PCs, ive only built one)

jacobs4525 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

What voltage are you at on the CPU

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I'm using the 4.4GHz profile in the Impact VI bios, which is currently running at 1.264V-1.280V. I may be able to lower this value if I play with it a bit more.

jacobs4525 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Pretty good. I'm looking to pick up an unlocked CPU myself on Black Friday.

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Played around with the voltages more and was able to drop it down to 1.200V-1.216V.

Dave_6 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Wow, this thing is incredible! Amazing work!

thekasafist 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Wow that was very well built man +1!

torrin1234 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Must be a nightmare to keep dust free!

Beautiful work. Really great. Don't have children, cats or dogs as they'll put their fingers and paws into it. Although I'd want to poke around at the beautiful creation too.

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Less than a week its still holding up. I use the bag that was shipped with the case to just cover the top of the when not in use. Picked up this vac to do some general cleaning. I do have a 1 year old running around so I built a fort around my desk.

brent_the_rogue 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Alright, that's an amazing build, pants are in need of change.

Retroman 2 points 36 months ago

ROG Monitor drool

BenC99 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

That is absolutely gorgeous. Been waiting a while to see one of those in a build. Wish I had hardware like that!

GamerDeso 2 points 36 months ago

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Sorry, I was drooling for a long time after looking at your rig. It looks beautiful.

Crimson7770 2 points 36 months ago

It's...It's just too beautiful. +1

lukeandersonbright 2 points 36 months ago

nice

lukeandersonbright 2 points 36 months ago

now do a durability test.

shavashav 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

for some reason I think it would be safer than a normal case if you were to drop it. Reminds of when I was in elementary school and made baskets for droppings eggs off the roof. They almost always looked like this lol

Meithen 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

The acrylic looks excellent, I'd love to try it when I move to watercooling. I've always liked these open case builds, very nice.

shadonin 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Ur MAD bro

Wolf 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

This build is downright sexy.

Congratulations on this beauty! +1

thunderdan602 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Absolutely stunning build.

Crazo_manic 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Spectacular! Nothing like i've seen or experimented myself Well played! +1

Ctiua 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Freakin fantastic man!

mspring 6 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

real f'n nice man. that inwin frame is killing it. makes me think about changing around my setup. +1 from me. you should check my rig if you ever get a chance.

poisonbl 2 points 36 months ago

That's just beautifully put together.

mistuhox 2 points 36 months ago

Damn! i wish i could afford one. :(((((

rivan1126 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Beautiful!!!

Where and how did you get the 980 for only $418.13???

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I got it from EVGA. I probably should of mentioned that the price is due to me stepping up from my 750 ti to the 980.

rivan1126 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks for that info! I was going crazy thinking I missed a sale!

M3RICA_ 2 points 35 months ago

Hey there, your build looks amazing, those parts are simply beautiful. I'm thinking about getting that same 980 with that same ROG Swift screen, and I'm wondering if they're a good combo. I've only heard good things about the both of them, but they're both very big investments. What sort of frame-rates do you get in Titanfall or Battlefield at ultra? Thank you so much for the Build, I might just go an change my pants now. +1, and thanks in Advance.

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Thanks. I'll try and fire up BF4 and Titanfall on my weekend to get you some numbers.

M3RICA_ 1 point 35 months ago

Thanks for your effort, those 2 components are basically 50% of the price of my build, so I want some numbers. Thanks in advance.

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

So at 2560x1440 max settings and 1xGTX 980 I'm getting on average 35FPS on Titanfall. The benchmark run was during the first Campaign mission. I'll update once I get BF4 run.

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

BF4 I'm getting an average of 74 FPS on Ultra Settings.

M3RICA_ 1 point 35 months ago

Thanks for getting back to me, did you overclock your 980 whatsoever? And is there any tearing under load? Thanks in advance.

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

For daily use I just mimicked the clocks off of the EVGA GTX 980 Hydrocopper (+165MHz GPU Clock Offset). However, it does boost to 1442MHz. I haven't noticed any tearing in any of the games I've played since I've switched over to the ROG Swift.

M3RICA_ 1 point 35 months ago

BTW, what cable combs do you use?

Smk54 3 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Very impressive build. Very clean!!

nanshanker 2 points 34 months ago

Speechless...

Fsylar 2 points 33 months ago

BELONG IN A MUSEUM Outstanding

Tfarcraw_III 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Beautiful! Nice part choices as well. Awesome pictures too.

+1

Newobc 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

+1 for your photos! A lot of people on here take photos like they're using a Sony Ericsson in a cave in Skyrim. Can I ask, was the ROG SWIFT worth the money in you opinion?

Excellent build by the way, loving the case!

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Thanks! The monitor could be cheaper, but considering all the features it has it was definitely worth the purchase. The higher resolution for productivity and gaming makes a big difference for me. It amazes me how smooth things run on this monitor. No tearing at all.

petero13 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Favorite build on this site. Well done

Markill-UK 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Superb, Clean and tidy! Well done!

TheScaryBear123 2 points 28 months ago

gorgeous

ItsWaterings 2 points 21 months ago

that is awesome! Great build

eddyrao66 2 points 19 months ago

WOW flawless

CrimsonYeti 2 points 18 months ago

This is really pretty. Your photography is absolutely stunning as well.

ColorLesS_ 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

omg this is beautiful all around!

sexpile 1 point 36 months ago

that blue mouse is feeling pretty awkward

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Yeah it was from a previous build, I'll either paint the blue section red and somehow cover the G logo or I may just get another mouse.

Phillipxia 1 point 36 months ago

Can u change the LED lighting on the base to other colors like green or turn it off..so it matches my Razer Setup

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

The LED's I used do not have an on/off switch. You could install a switch to perform that task. As far as the color you will need to purchase a new LED with the color of your choosing.

Frankpham16 1 point 30 months ago

That psu is semi modular, you have an adapter for those custom extensions or something?

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

The extensions connect directly onto the original cables, no adapter necessary.

Jojoo 1 point 19 months ago

Where did you mount your SSD??

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

It's sitting right behind the reservoir/pump. The top of the ssd is covered by a DI-NOC carbon fiber wrap.

KingofKongYT 0 points 36 months ago

why 4670K why not 4690K ?

Sheepzorable 3 Builds 4 points 36 months ago

He probably either got it from an older build or got it for free, so why the hell not? :D

DGON-MKII submitter 6 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

+1

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