The case is 80% assembled and I'm done painting. The stripe sure came out great. I love the gloss/matte contrast between the two paints.
A little faux carbon wrap around the bent aluminum housings. Ready to hide the IO panel behind a nice clean look.
I wanted the bottom to look like those really expensive women's shoes with the glossy red heel.
GeForce 1080Ti is all clean and ready for the liquid metal interface.
Continuing work on the 1080Ti waterblock setup.
Waterblock on! Darn fingerprints. What a beautiful piece of metal!
You really can't beat Watercool for the absolute prettiest and most efficient water blocks out there. I've tried half a dozen other brands and will never go back.
Power on the right. The fan toggle on the left. Custom cable sleeving (The first build where I didn't do it myself; it's so time-consuming that was well worth the money to go commercial)
SLI passthrough on the GPU's
A soundcard able to run a 600 Ohm headphone driver. Audio is pristine.
Bottom view. Build in volume control, and a whole lot of power out of a little SFX power supply which is rated to 800W. Under peak load, I draw 675 on my current overclock/overvoltage.
This is actually the third time I've built this type of computer, each time with a custom steel or aluminum scratchbuild. The first two times, I just wasn't quite happy with it all and scrapped it. I think it's been a six-year project now.
The entire system was inspired by the original (Level 10) work of art, and is centered around the giant 360mm radiator for the custom water loop. I wanted enough cooling to run fanless under even a moderate load, and keep everything quiet and efficient. For high loads, I have a car radiator fan which I can kick on with the go-baby-go button. :)
Scratchbuilt, hand-tool only fabricated steel and aluminum backplane.
Sound isolation' spike casefeet.
Matte grey paint with high gloss red striping.
Faux carbon fiber accents, bezeled power switch, and a fan on/off toggle
i7-7700k Intel Processor
ASUS ROG Strix Z270G LGA1151 mATX Motherboard
EVGA GeForce 1080 Ti x2 in SLI
SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 2280 512GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive x2 in RAID 0
G.SKILL TridentZ Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 3200 in XMP mode
CPU delid, and liquid metal thermal paste for both the CPU and GPU's.
A 360mm car radiator fan (voltage lowered so it doesn't blow everything off my desk or wake up the neighbor). Except under benchmark level loads, I can usually run passive-cooling only, though.
With the CPU overclocked to a 4.9GHz and a light overclock on the GPU's as well (my 24/7 settings), it gets a FireStrike Ultra score of 13196 on 3D mark. Not bad! The twin M2 SSD's in RAID 0 are also blazing fast, until one of them thermally throttles, and then they're just really really fast.