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The Cake is a Lie - Water Cooled Portal PC

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Posted Original PosterOP

Hello!聽

As you probably guessed, this is going to be a portal themed build. I can't even tell you how excited i am for this. A few years ago i was building a similar PC and ran into nothing but bad luck. The paint聽shop i brought my case to didn't bother to spell check before airbrushing 馃槓, as well as some parts being stolen and I ended up not having the money to fix/replace things. BUT THE DREAM IS STILL ALIVE! Fear not my fellow portal fans, it's time for me to upgrade and oh boy is this going to be fun. So if you're as big of a portal dork as i am feel free to follow my build and I'll do my best to keep you all updated along the way.

I have all my parts ordered already and they should be arriving soon.

Case: Corsair 780t

CPU: i9-9900K

RAM: 32gb DDR4 (4x8gb)

Mobo: Asus Prime Z390-A

GPU: 2X EVGA 2080 XC

Storage: 3x Samsung 1tb SSD & 2x 6tb WD Black聽

PSU: Corsair RM1000

Fans: Noctua NF-F12 & NF-A14

Cooling: Dual water loop - PETG rigid tubing

Thank you all for checking out my build log :)

Teaser:

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Just a normal guy with a constant desire to modify everything he owns.聽

Check out my current build here:

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THE CAKE ISN'T A LIE. YOU JUST HAVE TO BAKE IT RIGHT.

sorry. just had to say that. good luck with such a great idea!


PSU Tier List//Motherboard VRM list//Graphics card (cooling) tier list//Build Guide Megathread//Motherboard Tier List//Linux Guide//Build logs//Seasonic Focus issues//Mark Solved//Community standards

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Primary PC:

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CPU: I5-8600k聽 @4.5 ghz聽 GPU: GTX 1070 ti EVGA SC Gaming聽聽 RAM: 8+8 3500聽mhz DDR4 Trident Z聽聽 MOBO: MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC聽聽 HDD: 1 TB 7200 RPM Seagate Baracudda, 1 TB 5400 RPM Samsung Spinpoint HD103SI聽 聽SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 500 GB 聽 Soundcard: built in聽聽 Case: Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 5 RGB (modified)

Secondary PC: Cedar mill

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CPU: i3-2130 聽 GPU: Intel HD graphics 聽 RAM: 4+2聽GB 1333 mhz DDR3 聽聽 MOBO: HP H series聽 聽HDD: 320 GB WD Black聽7200 RPM聽 聽PSU: HP 250 watt聽 聽Case: Sunbeam聽Quarterback 聽Screen: IIyama Prolite T2240MTS,聽Samsung SyncMaster710N

Server: CookieVault V2 (in progression)

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CPU: dual Xeon x5650聽 聽GPU: GT210.聽 RAM: 6x4 GB+6x2聽GB DDR3R.聽 MOBO: HP ML350 g6聽 聽HDD: 4x Samsung Spinpoint HD103SI 1TB聽 聽PSU: 2x Delta 460w 80+ platinum聽 Case: ML350 G6

Laptop: HP Elitebook 8460p

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CPU: I5-2540m聽 GPU: Intel HD graphics聽聽 RAM: 8+4GB 1333 mhz DDR3聽 聽SSD: mx500 250gb聽 Screen: TN 768p

Consoles:

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PS4 slim glacier white 500 gb, PS4 FTP Special Edition 500 gb, Xbox, 3 DS lites, DSI XL, Gameboy Advanced Color, PS Vita v2, Wii, PS3 500 gb

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I feel like this is one of those builds that won鈥檛 ever happen imo most people who says their going to get the best hardware rarely get it聽

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I'm gonna be following this build, just to keep you motivated. Good luck! :D


Be patient.

Just because a new product has come out, it doesn't mean that your thing is suddenly performing worse than it was when you bought it.

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Posted Original PosterOP
40 minutes ago, Granular said:

Why 2 2080s instead of 1 2080Ti?

Already had one and decided to get another. I also聽have 3 monitors and most the games i play support sli. Plus i honestly just love the look of it so i'm happy with my choice. I knew this comment was coming聽馃槀

2 minutes ago, AMDMike said:

I feel like this is one of those builds that won鈥檛 ever happen imo most people who says their going to get the best hardware rarely get it聽

Lmao. I already ordered everything.聽I'll post pictures when everything comes in, should be either today or tomorrow.


Just a normal guy with a constant desire to modify everything he owns.聽

Check out my current build here:

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1006447-the-cake-is-a-lie-water-cooled-portal-pc/

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13 minutes ago, JT8101997 said:

Already had one and decided to get another. I also聽have 3 monitors and most the games i play support sli. Plus i honestly just love the look of it so i'm happy with my choice. I knew this comment was coming聽馃槀

Lmao. I already ordered everything.聽I'll post pictures when everything comes in, should be either today or tomorrow.

Awesome I love seeing these builds, see so many people say these high end ones are coming but never get to see them I definitely look forward to seeing this!

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Last night I came home to a porch full of boxes 馃槃 so I'm about to work my way through this messy pile of parts. More to come later today!聽IMG_20181211_170728.thumb.jpg.c21a8776c8b49e69273bc3fac4f972fc.jpg

Plus this beautiful box of noctua'sIMG_20181211_171116.thumb.jpg.879a177e8c9e51a9f24d55ff83611d30.jpg


Just a normal guy with a constant desire to modify everything he owns.聽

Check out my current build here:

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1006447-the-cake-is-a-lie-water-cooled-portal-pc/

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4 minutes ago, JT8101997 said:

Plus this beautiful box of noctua's

That's a lot of Noctuas. How much is that, like $300 worth of fans? o.O


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-Stephen Hawking

I think the hoomans put their builds here?

Why do you hoomans give your builds a name? Here's my build, which I shall call "Do as I Say, Not As I Do" (seriously, don't get this build)

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Ryzen 1500X @3,925 GHz

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo + 2x ML120

MSI B350 Tomahawk Arctic

2x8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 MHz CL15 (Micron B-die) @2933 MHz

Sapphire Radeon R9 280 Dual-X @1120 MHz / 1450 MHz

120GB 850 Evo

120GB Kingston SSD

500GB WD Blue

Cooler Master Elite 430

Seasonic Prime Titanium 650W

Logitech G710 with Kailh Box Jade

Logitech G502

HyperX Cloud

And my laptop, which I shall call "If It's Stupid But It Works" (It can actually play CS:GO at 50 FPS, and Civ V at 25 FPS)

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Lenovo Thinkpad L460

Intel Core i3 6100U

4GB (probably) DDR4 2133 MHz

Intel HD Graphics 520 0.3-1.0 GHz

128GB Samsung MZ7LF128HCHP

Corsair M65 Pro RGB (worst mouse I've ever had)

Sennheiser CX 5.00G

And here would be where I would put a picture of my cat. But apparently, images are not allowed here. So take this instead聽(*桅蠅桅*)

Hello fellow night theme users

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Okay so I didn't know what the title meant, and my friend sitting behind me saw it and said something about Portal so聽I asked her聽what she was聽talking about, she called me an idiot :(聽And she never plays video games so idek


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8 minutes ago, germgoatz said:

Okay so I didn't know what the title meant, and my friend sitting behind me saw it and said something about Portal so聽I asked her聽what she was聽talking about, she called me an idiot :(聽And she never plays video games so idek

It's essentially a spoiler for Portal.聽


Quote

Women. They are a complete mystery.

-Stephen Hawking

I think the hoomans put their builds here?

Why do you hoomans give your builds a name? Here's my build, which I shall call "Do as I Say, Not As I Do" (seriously, don't get this build)

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Ryzen 1500X @3,925 GHz

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo + 2x ML120

MSI B350 Tomahawk Arctic

2x8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 MHz CL15 (Micron B-die) @2933 MHz

Sapphire Radeon R9 280 Dual-X @1120 MHz / 1450 MHz

120GB 850 Evo

120GB Kingston SSD

500GB WD Blue

Cooler Master Elite 430

Seasonic Prime Titanium 650W

Logitech G710 with Kailh Box Jade

Logitech G502

HyperX Cloud

And my laptop, which I shall call "If It's Stupid But It Works" (It can actually play CS:GO at 50 FPS, and Civ V at 25 FPS)

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Lenovo Thinkpad L460

Intel Core i3 6100U

4GB (probably) DDR4 2133 MHz

Intel HD Graphics 520 0.3-1.0 GHz

128GB Samsung MZ7LF128HCHP

Corsair M65 Pro RGB (worst mouse I've ever had)

Sennheiser CX 5.00G

And here would be where I would put a picture of my cat. But apparently, images are not allowed here. So take this instead聽(*桅蠅桅*)

Hello fellow night theme users

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Posted Original PosterOP
1 hour ago, seon123 said:

That's a lot of Noctuas. How much is that, like $300 worth of fans? o.O

$297 I believe, good guess. A little overkill maybe, but with everything else I got I might as well go all out lol. I barely spend money on anything other than food, gas and bills so I figured I'd spoil myself for once :)


Just a normal guy with a constant desire to modify everything he owns.聽

Check out my current build here:

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1006447-the-cake-is-a-lie-water-cooled-portal-pc/

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Got a good update for you all. I started putting things together and I'm pretty happy with how this looks so far.聽

First off I had to put these little silicone pads on the corners of every fan. Which took longer than you'd think.聽

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Next up was mounting the fans on the two 360 EK radiators

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Cool thing about the 780t is the extra space in front and up top for mounting fans, so I went for a push pull setup聽

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One thing that really bothered me though was the fact that corsair claims you can fit a 360 rad in the front. And while I got it to work, it was a real pain. There's these annoying bumps underneath the bay that don't seem to serve any real purpose yet stick out just enough to block a radiator from lining up properly. So I ended up having to cut part of that off. It's covered by the radiator now so you can't see it, but it was still disappointing that they designed it this way. They clearly didn't test their claims or just didn't care.聽

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I thought this was kind of funny. I installed a dual lcd temp display on the front bay so I could monitor the loop temps and it made a face with the cd drive. So idk if I'll leave it like that or just remove the cd drive since I shouldn't need it too often anyways. Just like to have the option since I already had one. Entertaining none the less.聽

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And I guess there's an upload limit so I'll have to split this post up to add more pictures.聽


Just a normal guy with a constant desire to modify everything he owns.聽

Check out my current build here:

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1006447-the-cake-is-a-lie-water-cooled-portal-pc/

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Pt. 2

I got the processor seated and installed the water block

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Coolers removed and water blocks installed on the 2080's as well

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Lastly, I installed the motherboard into the case along with both the cards聽

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And that's it for now. Thanks for checking out my build :)

Ps: sorry if the picture quality isn't the best, I'm using my phone camera for now but once the build is finished I'll be taking some nice photos with my dslr


Just a normal guy with a constant desire to modify everything he owns.聽

Check out my current build here:

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1006447-the-cake-is-a-lie-water-cooled-portal-pc/

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Oh and I forgot to mention the ram will be coming in soon but shipping was delayed for some reason. I'm also waiting on some cool case parts including custom gpu backplates from coldzero. Which should help add a lot more white to the inside of the case how I want it. More updates coming soon.聽


Just a normal guy with a constant desire to modify everything he owns.聽

Check out my current build here:

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1006447-the-cake-is-a-lie-water-cooled-portal-pc/

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RAM came in last night and I got it installed this morning. I really like the look of it. Trying to cram as much white as possible inside this build lol. Since these are RGB I'm going to set the color to blue to match the cpu water loop.聽IMG_20181215_154316.thumb.jpg.cbd95f33792644906ae05a489d2e5306.jpgIMG_20181215_155718.thumb.jpg.8534c574a5ca8614d1926876133b5739.jpg


Just a normal guy with a constant desire to modify everything he owns.聽

Check out my current build here:

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1006447-the-cake-is-a-lie-water-cooled-portal-pc/

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If you plan on hammering this i9, I think your MOBOs VRM will be a problem, Asus haven't done a good VRM in a while, just warning you if it's still in time to trade for a Gigabyte or MSI. If I'm not mistaken, this is a mere 4 phase VRM. Other than that, insane build, buddy, congrats! And good luck with it!


CPU:聽i7 2600K 4.4GHz@1.3V |聽Motherboard:聽Asus P8P67 Pro |聽CPU Cooler:聽CoolerMaster Hyper 212x |聽RAM:聽Corsair Vengeance 4x4GB @1600MHz CL9

GPU:聽Gigabyte GTX 1070 Ti G1 Gaming @2GHz |聽Storage:聽Samsung 850 Evo聽250GB +聽Seagate Barracuda 2TB聽 |聽PSU:聽Corsair TX550M |聽Monitor:LG 29UM69G

Keyboard:聽Corsair K70 LUX MX Red |聽Mouse:聽Corsair M65 Pro RGB |聽Case:聽Corsair Carbide 400C |聽Headphone:聽Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro聽|聽Microphone:聽Blusmart Lapel

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2 hours ago, Vasllo said:

If you plan on hammering this i9, I think your MOBOs VRM will be a problem, Asus haven't done a good VRM in a while, just warning you if it's still in time to trade for a Gigabyte or MSI. If I'm not mistaken, this is a mere 4 phase VRM. Other than that, insane build, buddy, congrats! And good luck with it!

Hm I'll have to look into that then. Thanks for the advice!聽


Just a normal guy with a constant desire to modify everything he owns.聽

Check out my current build here:

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1006447-the-cake-is-a-lie-water-cooled-portal-pc/

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I was originally planning on using some normal looking cylinder reservoirs I had already. But then I saw these, and I couldn't resist. Personally I think these fit the build way better. They look like those transport tubes in portal 2! I ordered 2 and they should be arriving pretty soon. Let me know what you think.聽

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Novacore extreme limited edition reservoir


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Been awhile since my last update. I've been waiting on coldzero to send me the case parts I ordered and can't continue the build until I have them. I placed my order around 2 months ago and had no idea it would take this long but I got an email today saying they'll be delivered on Monday. Finally, I can continue working on this build. I'll post another update soon once I get the parts in and can start making progress again聽:)


Just a normal guy with a constant desire to modify everything he owns.聽

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https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1006447-the-cake-is-a-lie-water-cooled-portal-pc/

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I was gonna order a couple things myself from cold zero but I鈥檝e seen so much about delays lately I think I might pass on that altogether now


CPU Ryzen 3600, MB MSI MEG Ace x570, RAM Corsair Vengence Pro 32gb @ 3200 mhz, Custom Loop, Thermal Take Core P5 TG, GPU EVGA RTX2080 Ti XC聽 PC Part Picker list for complete build聽https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/j86vTB

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