Many months. Thousands of dollars. Hours of labor. And it's all came down to this moment, the one I had today. It all began back in December 2015. My older rig was slowly dying. The i5-2500K had thousands of overclocked hours on it, the 7970 was being pushed to the limits on newer games. 4 faithful years of use, and the time had come for a successor. I began the parts list. I had a trip down to Dallas on January 1st, so while I was there I stopped at Micro Center and picked up an i7-4790K. A solid processor to begin my next PC. After a couple of months of dwelling upon the idea, I decided to act upon it and began a long journey into a full liquid cooling PC. Around April 2016, the worst thing could've happened. My older rig finally gave out, and it would come to life no more. I almost hit a level of desperate as I was now stuck with just my XBOX One. But I stuck to my plans of a liquid cooled PC, no matter what I was going to achieve it. I had multiple part changes, to the point where I was literally starting from scratch. I felt will all the time I was putting into the rig, the 4790K didn't seem justified. I swapped it out for a brand newly released i7-6850K. From there I picked up the cooling block. It went on and on. Saving and buying. It took about 9 1/2 for this day. Today, I finally booted up the system. Installed Windows, updated drivers. And it was magical. So over the course of the next week or so, I will be getting my games installed and returning to the ranks of the "PC Master Race".
Finally tally on my PC:
Case-Phanteks Enthoo Primo $252.97
CPU-Intel i7-6850K $649.99
Motherboard-MSI X99A SLI Krait Edition $239.99
Memory-32GB G.Skill TridentZ $209.99
GPU-MSI GTX 1070 Seahawk EK X (2) $599.00 ($1198.00)
PSU-EVGA SuperNOVA 1200w $278.25
Storage-Samsung 850 EVO 250GB (2) (RAID 1) $89.99 ($179.98), WD Caviar Black 2TB (2) (1 salvaged from prior build) $116.96
Fans-Phanteks PH-F120XP (10) $16.99 ($169.90), Phanteks PH-F140XP (3) $17.49 ($52.47)
Lights-CableMod WideBeam LED UV (4) $22.99 ($91.96)
CPU Waterblock-EKWB Supremacy Stormtrooper LE $89.95
GPU Waterblocks-Special Edition made by EKWB (Cost included in GPU price)
Pump/Reservoir-EKWB EK-DBAY D5 PWM $169.95
Radiators-XSPC EX360 Copper Triple-Fan Radiator $59.95, XSPC EX240 Copper Dual-Fan Radiator $49.95
Tubing-PrimoChill 1/2in Rigid PETG 4x36in pack $12.95
Fittings-Alphacool Eiszapfen 13mm HardTube compression fitting G1/4 (10) $7.25 ($72.50), Alphacool HT 13mm HardTube compression fitting 90° L-connector (13) $8.50 ($110.50)
Coolant-EK-Ekoolant EVO Liquid Coolant - UV Lime Green $16.99
Grand Total: $4,023.20. And I still have 2 Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSDs I will purchase and install over the next month or so. But in the end, I am extremely happy with the product I ended up with. It is a once in a lifetime build, and I am happy that I did it.
No announcement yet.
New PC and my return to gaming