After 20+ years building PCs, I finally gave up to reason and jumped into watercooling. It wasn't for the lack of interest, as I had considered like 4 or 5 times in the past, but I just couldn't justify the extra cost; I preferred to get better hardware than to watercool.

But this time around... it was a trap. I decided to buy a second hand 1080ti that I had found with a great price 2h away from where I live, and when I was picking it up, the guy selling it gave me away gpu block, cpu block, pump+res combo and fittings. It took me like 5h to pick things up, but man was it worth it... All I had to do was buy the rads, tubing and liquid.

I decided to stick with all the hardware I already had, including the Define C. I couldn't justify side-grading to the Meshify C, but I totally love that case. I may end up switching at some point... When it comes to tubing, I decided to stick to soft tubing for my first build; plenty of challenges already, there'll be time to bend later.

When building it, I had a top priority: as little tubing visible as possible. That means hiding as much tubing as possible behind the motherboard tray or under the PSU shroud, orientating the radiators towards each other and using clear liquid.

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Parts:

  • Core i7 7700K (@5.2GHz -1 AVX)
  • Zotac Nvidia GTX 1080ti FE (+125/+500)
  • Asus Maximus IX Apex
  • G.Skill RipjawsV DDR4-3600 C16 16GB (@4000 CL17)
  • Samsumg SSD 950 Pro M.2 256GB + Asus HYPER M.2 X4 MINI CARD
  • Crucial MX500 960GB

Watercooling:

  • EK-Supremacy EVO - Nickel
  • EK-FC1080 GTX Ti - Nickel + EK-FC1080 GTX Ti Backplate
  • EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM (incl. pump)
  • EK-CoolStream PE 240 (Dual)
  • EK-CoolStream SE 360 (Slim Triple)
  • EK-CryoFuel Clear Premix
  • EK-DuraClear 9,5/12,7mm
  • EK-Vardar F4-120 (5x)
  • Bitspower temperature sensor 1/4"BSP
  • Akasa Vegas X7 RGB LED