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About reptileexperts

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    Photographer, International Tour Leader, Senior Instrumentation and Data Analyst


  • CPU
    8700k @ 5.0 with 1.385v
  • Motherboard
    Asus Strix z370-E
  • RAM
    4x 8gb g.Skill TridentZ RGB 3000 CL 15
  • GPU
    RTX 2080 Founders, nVidia card w/ EKWB Vector Block
  • Case
    Corsair 570x Crystal White RGB
  • Storage
    Evo 960 500 m.2, Crucial C300 SSD, 10tb storage Seagate
  • PSU
    EVGA 850G2
  • Display(s)
    Alienware 34 Ultrawide 120hz 1440p IPS Gsync
  • Cooling
    Custom Open Loop, Full EKWB
  • Keyboard
    Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum
  • Mouse
    Logitech G903 with Power Play mat
  • Sound
    Senheisser HD599 / Logetich G602 Speakers
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro

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  1. Been wanting to do this for a while now, mainly because some of my friends have asked me about how I got to the PC I currently run, and how long it took to get here. Truth as we know is you can build any rig from scratch, just have to brace yourself for the initial sticker shock instead of parsing it one bit at a time. So here it is in a nutshell, my crazy build evolution. May 2015 - Alienware 17 R2 980m Laptop acquired, with graphics amplifier and a GTX970 inside (yes, I used that for docking, and it was a solid 20% ahead of my 980m at the time). June 2015 - Acquired LG 29" Ultrawide for my dock setup, and quickly realized that a custom build was in the future with my 970, so started searching ebay and found a used reference 970 for around 260 at the time which was a good price. - Went to microcenter and started a build with the following: i7 4790k, 16gb Corsair Vengeance Ram, Asus Hero VII motherboard, NZXT Phantom case (not sure why i wanted that case at the time) Corsair H55 AIO, couple HDD, and used my old alienware keyboard and mouse that I got for free with dell points. Feb 2016 - Moved to Swiftech H220x Prestige cooler April 2016 - Rebuilt inside the Phanteks Enthoo M Acrylic - welcome RGB phase Feb 2017 - New GTX 1070 Strix cards arrive for SLI, take my 970's and build a second system based on a 6600k for my brother in law for his first custom build. November 2017 - Alienware 34" released and ordered and arrives - previous monitors changed a lot from a triple screen to quad screen to dual screens to this - 8700k parts arrive for system rebuild - 8700k, strix 370e motherboard, 32gb Trident RGB 3000 mhz Ram, Deepcool elcaptain 360 white RGB cooler, Black and white replacement cables, Corsair 570x RGB White case September 2018 - RTX 2080 arrives, 1070's sold (hardwareswap reddit) to fund, 9900k was preordered October 2018 - 9900k orders are a let down. Amazon gives no ETA, other retailers have soft dates but no ones getting chips. Decide the money on that could be spent better on the rig, so it's time to custom loop and delid which is where we are today. So while my final rig value is quite expensive, it was done piece by piece over the course of the last 3 and as half years. Of course, I can say that I am not currently using any parts that were in the original build. Even the memory card ready died at this point. Though, I believe one of my HDD is from the original! We will see how long this rig stays the same, I plan to either add a vertical GPU mount or move to SLI again in the future, but for now the system is awesome and stable and quiet, so what's the rush? Final Superposition score on current system from last night: A brief ish look at the system over time . . . Cheers.
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    Show off your setup!

    Thanks man! After years of evolution, I am super happy
  3. reptileexperts

    Water Cool RTX 2080 ROG Strix

    You'll end up overpaying for a card that will be harder to water cool and gain 0 benefit. Pickup an nvidia version founders card. They overclock extremely well, the stock cooler pretty much gets you as close to water cooled boosts as any of the other cards, and the fans are not noisy at all. Plus water blocks already exists in a plethora form for them.
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    8700k Delid overclock

    Delid plus 360, 240 rads custom loop does the trick too
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    8700k Delid overclock

    Yeah it’s not a silicone lottery winner. 4.9 is stable at 1.3 5.0 is stable at 1.375 5.1 is usable at 1.41 but not stable during long term stressing. So 1.43 ended up being stable 100% 5.2 boots at 1.435, crashes in benches 1.45 will bench but crashes in stability 1.46 passes stability but swings to 1.48 volts during it. Temperatures are fine, so I can use it for performing random benches. Just trying to decide where I want to leave my system at 24/7. Before the delid I left it at 4.8 1.25 V
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    8700k Delid overclock

    After my delid, it looks like I am able to get to 5.2ghz with 1.46V but it swings to 1.48 which I'm not comfortable outside of benching with (max temp 79). So I am going with 5.1 ghz with 1.43 V with my fans running at ~900 rpm-1100rpm and my cpu cruising around 65 during gaming loads after an hour after an hour of stability testing. Stability test in aida64 CPU, FPU, GPU and cache I saw temps hit 78 for a split second, but by in large stay around 72. Pretty sure I'm safe to run this 24/7, but has anyone read anything to contrast this voltage being bad for coffee lake? I was under the impression if its under 1.5v, and you're under 80, you're safe for 24/7. Thanks, End of stress test Reset for gaming load
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    8700k Delid, did you seal it back?

    So delid was completed / resealed last night using VERY little amount of the gasket maker, but I did it around the entire lid after cleaning the PCB and IHS best I could without risking damage. The residual on the PCB was flush and seemingly a stain. Gave it a rough edge to lock to though, so figured it would be OK. Initial delid ignore the excess paste, I smeared it a bit cleaning when I removed it. Cleaned and ready I did get a little more of the black off Felt like this was a perfect amount. Problem was the house was so cold when I went to do the IHS it would not get out of a ball form! I used a lighter to gently heat the IHS then apply and it seemed to work good. 5.1 ghz was achieved seemingly stable, but ran out of time to do any OC test proper. Temps maxed at 68 at 1.415 V for 5.1 Consequently, pre and post delid results! Same voltage, same stress in Aida64 with CPU FPU and Cache stressed. Rain AIDA64 for 1 hour, the second batch I had to restart mid after the delid, so the second half is shown on the timeline. Max temp pre-delid was 88 C, post delid dropped to 64 C, consequently, my GPU temps dropped from 59-61 down to 45-55 as a result of the CPU no longer heating the loop as much. All in all, took a little over 2 hours once I shut the PC down to get it back together and ready to stress after letting the seal cure. I'm a believer.
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    EK - Cryofuel Solid

    I honestly bought the premix (1 liter) to not deal with concentrates. It does NOT look like Vue however, it is thoroughly homogenous without any uneven mixing. Pretty much looks like pastal white from mayhem albeit a little "thinner" in appearance. But I did check the original bottle that had a little bit left in it, and there was no sediment at the bottom. May want to try mixing it longer, but I wouldnt put it in a loop if you have any residual
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    8700k Delid, did you seal it back?

    So LM on the IHS and the dye? Thoughts
  10. reptileexperts

    8700k Delid, did you seal it back?

    I mean it'll spread, but as long as its warm you can suck up excess / re spread / rinse repeat as needed to my best understanding. Tonight will tell
  11. reptileexperts

    8700k Delid, did you seal it back?

    That is the plan. But I may test it without first as a baseline to see if I need to reseal it if temps are drastically different. That way I can check the LM application as well. . . Just mentally preparing for tonights adventure.
  12. reptileexperts

    8700k Delid, did you seal it back?

  13. reptileexperts

    8700k Delid, did you seal it back?

    Thanks for that. Great advice on the clamping. I plan to use a flat card or something to make the gasket seal a thin sheen.
  14. reptileexperts

    8700k Delid, did you seal it back?

    Did you remount from a flat position or verticle?
  15. Now that my custom loop is finished, delidding my 8700k tonight. I purchased the gasket maker silicon to reseal it, but have seen some controversal mentions of poorer temperatures when resealed and counter - issues when you dont reseal unless its going onto a flat top open air bench. . . So did you reseal if you delidded? What did you use? was there a negative effect? If you left it unsealed, did you have issues vertical mounting? Any shift in the LM treatment? Uneven core temps? Thanks