Description

This build started about a year ago when I first purchased all of my necessary components at Microcenter (with some very appreciated help), I have been making frequent modifications and finally found it worthy to be posted on the pcpartpicker forums at the end of my junior year in high school. I completed the blue paint job a couple of months ago which includes the case, the cpu cooler/tubes, and both the graphics cards. I know you are wondering whether the paint raised my operating temperatures and I will have to tell you I did not see a difference at all. I previously had a single 970, an msi z97 pc mate, and just one hard drive. I eventually swapped motherboards for the z97 Sabertooth, acquired another G1 windforce, and a 250 gb Samsung ssd. I do plan to upgrade this summer and purchase a full EK waterloop for my system, I do realize I could just buy a gtx 1080 for the same performance, but I really wanted to fulfill my idea of a watercooled pc because this is my last computer I will make until I am out of college. I mostly use this system for gaming although I have worked with Autodesk Maya and Inventor, as well as Solidworks and Photoshop. I will give my opinion about the major components of my rig below. I appreciate all of the recommendations and support the pcpartpicker forums offer. Thank you.

Part Reviews

CPU

Beast. I am glad I chose this chip for my first build because it is fast...super fast. I have also overclocked this chip to 5000 mhz although I keep it at 4000 mhz because I do not believe ramping up the voltage gives enough performance for the risk. The single threaded performance is amazing and it destroys anything I have to throw at it.

Motherboard

I have not have any problems with this motherboard other than the bios. When I turn my rig on and press delete to enter the bios, it freezes. I then have to turn the rig off and on again and it will then let me into the bios with ease. This board is known for its stability and ability to withstand different operating environments and I completely recommend this to anyone.

Memory

I have not experienced any problems with this ram whatsoever, it gives awesome performance and overclocks to 2133mhz.

Video Card

Gigabyte G1 Windforce gtx 970 (sli) - Both of these cards have not had any problems with performance and sli works great. I have reached nearly 1600mhz on both cards when overclocking and I have seen a maximum temperature of 80 degrees Celsius.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Feature this please....

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Really cool paint job and your cable combs look gorgeous. Only thing I don't like is the look of your AIO. I might have left that alone. Maybe even have paint the hard drive cages white.

Really is a cool build though.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang. I really like that custom paint job. Realizing my rig isn't half as sexy (╥﹏╥).

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it but can you get a different sli bridge

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, it is on my list

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgous!!! EXCELLENT BUILD!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks awesome.

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

You inspire me. +1.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

sexy

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice detail work. Those blue WIndforces really standout (in a good way).

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

it's amazing

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Windfor--

I mean Smurf

xD

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PAINT THAT SLI BRIDGE.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The way the SSD is mounted is amazing.

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Neat to see blue paint job case.

Thumbs up

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude... That's an AWESOME painting job!

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Very, very nice. You even painted the graphics cards! Enjoy it, man.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for amazing paint job

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Really like it overall, I would like to see the front painted the white and blue too, but thats just me

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build!

But that SLI bridge... :p And the SSD placement lol.

Good job though man.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point
Whenever I see this sort of color combination, I am reminded of Papa Smurf. Good job with your build. Despite that I can see the blue paint looking a tad off from the Liquid Cooler's surface... which kind of bothers me a little bit so I do apologize for saying it. (Not the tubes, just the top surface of the Liquid Cooler.) No matter what I think, this is still a cool looking build. Again, enjoy it and thanks for sharing. :)
  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

fix the sli bridge but that is the best mod color i have seen

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been waiting for so long to see a blue-painted Windforce 3X. Great job! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

lol that sli bridge... sticks out like a sore thumb

but still looks really cool to me! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Cpu cooler Is a few shades off of the rest of the blue Only complaint

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome work +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for zip tie SSD mount. Slash I actually kinda like the orange SLI bridge, nice contrast.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is awesome. It would look even better if you replaced the ugly sli bridge with a blue painted evga one

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW! I have the same case and GPU. Your's makes mine look boring......dang! Well done.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

cool blue and white theme!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

This may be a bit of a silly question, but have most of the bugs of SLI with Windows 10 been worked out? I read that there were a number of problems a while back, but am not sure of the current status of SLI and Windows 10.

Overall fantastic build! Keep up the good work!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not noticed any bugs at all in games although my greatest setback is the fact that about half the games I own do not use sli.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!!!!!!! Case colors remind me of Speedracer. +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Why didn't you paint the front of the case? It doesn't look like its even a part of the same case. Looks great, just curious. I like the DIY electrical tape on the water cooling.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Mmm... I think I smell a feature here. also +1 for amazing paint job!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

980ti > 970 SLI

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Question, what are those things you put on the cables to neatly organize and align them? I've been trying to find out what they're called and i have no clue

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build, I am considering sleeved PSU cables but since my PC is sitting on my desk it's difficult to even see the bottom part of the PC so I guess I'll leave them as they are for now. May I ask why your SSD isn't mounted in the designated slots? 10/10 regardless!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving the random SSD ziptied in the middle of nowhere lol. But a little idea for the SLI bridge. You can either pick a custom one up online or grab yourself some blue electric tape, make sure its non conductive though, and place that over the bridge. Itd look alot better than the random brown spot. I did the same with my neon green, ugly PCB wifi card and now its a sleek black in my system. 1+ though man, keep up the great work

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but one quick question. What spray paint did you use to for the plastic and metal components?

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