The Balance of the Force

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Stefan Kamer
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IT Coordinator @ Daniel Swarovski Corporation
Männedorf, Switzerland
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The Balance of the Force

The Balance of the Force is a continuation of the original project build known as "The Force."
As the build has now changed quite drastically, a new build is being created.

This build is inspired by Star Wars taking elements from the Sith with the red and in particular the LL120's having a bright red light in some ways reminding me of the Sith red eyes; Jedi with the Blue spread around the case; and Stormtroopers with the case itself being White/Black. The Motherboard, cables, and most hardware is focused in the black/white direction, while all color accents focus on a blue/red combination.

This is my first custom water cooled build, and I'm excited that it came out as good as it did. It's clear to me that this build will be expanded upon and be improved. I chose to go with both 360 Rads in exhaust, as the O11D case is very open and enough air can enter through the vents in the case. Dust/maintenance isn't really that big of an issue for me as I have the case on display and I would need to keep it clean regularly anyway. Full exhaust also means better cooling performance since the primary heat generating components are all under water.

|UPDATE| Please see Build Updates log for latest changes to the system along with thinking behind everything. The below description is the original build. Quite a bit has changed. The hardware sections reflects these changes as well.

I wanted a build that was capable of hitting the holy trinity of Silence, Performance, and Aesthetics. This is very difficult to achieve as there are compromises with virtually every decision. And in general the only way to hit this at the level I'm trying to reach is to spend more money. Which in this case I just have to accept and do this build over time. To that end a 2080ti, 32GB of RAM, and a Ryzen 2700x (with the specific intention of upgrading to a high end 3rd Gen Ryzen CPU), was chosen. However, these components put out a lot of heat, so I needed to go water cooling to keep it all under control if I wanted to overclock (which I do). I'm still tweaking the fan curves on the build to hit the acceptable noise/performance ratios I want for day-to-day use and also for high performance testing/benchmarking/rendering/workloads. Sound is a very important component of my system as I invest a lot in high fidelity audio. In Speakers, Headphones, DACs, and Amplifiers. Because of this, a noisy PC is killer to me unless I'm intentionally in a high performance workload where there's no getting around it. To that end, I intend on removing the mechanical hard drives from my main PC and move them to my server PC.

A vertical GPU bracket from CableMod was used because the GPU block is just too pretty not to make it visible :P.

Will update build as time moves on. Will also add more pictures as I clean things up, finish the desk setup (mostly missing the new 49" inch Samsung Super Ultra Wide monitor), cable manage the desk, and wait for good lighting :P

If anyone has any questions or suggestion, please feel free to post em!

The build basic specs are as follows:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 2700x (will be upgraded to 3rd gen Ryzen at launch)
GPU: EVGA Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti XC Gaming
Motherboard: AsRock X470 Taichi
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 4x8GB (still debating whether I want to upgrade this)
Cooling: Full Custom Water Loop. EK Fluid Gaming aluminum build, with A360G + 360 Expansion Kit + RTX GPU Block - totaling in 2x360 Rads
System Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB NVME M.2 PCIe SSD
Color(s): Black Blue Purple Red White
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: TV & Movie
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Build Updates

Lots of upgrades and changes - 3900X, new Mobo, Samsung B-Die, Riser Cable Removal, Acetal CPU Top, Monitor, Mic, etc.!

Commander Pro, More RGB, Full SSD (4TB+500GB+250GB), CableMod Cables!


$ 445.00
AMD - Ryzen 9 (3900X)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 12
$ 184.99
ASUS - ROG Crosshair VII Hero (Wi-Fi)
Chipset: X470
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: ATX
$ 152.99
G.Skill - Trident Z (3200MHz) (Black/RGB)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 32 GB
$ 1,659.00
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 2080 Ti
$ 395.00
Samsung - 860 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 4 TB
$ 69.70
Samsung - 970 EVO Plus
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
Seasonic - SSR-1000PD (discontinued)
Wattage: 1000
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Platinum
$ 102.90
Lian Li - O11 Dynamic
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
EKWB - EK-CryoFuel Blood Red
Type: Coolant
Type: Air Cooler
EKWB - Fluid Gaming A360G (discontinued)
Type: Custom Loop
$ 50.00
CableMod - PRO Cable Extension Kit
Mode: Stock
Sleeve: ModMesh
Color: Black, White
CableMod - PRO Cable Extension Kit
Mode: Stock
Sleeve: ModMesh
Color: Black, White
$ 139.95
$ 74.29
$ 117.19
$ 24.99
$ 69.99
$ 2,099.47
Acer - Predator X27
Size: 27 Inch
Panel: IPS
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
$ 1,850.00
Samsung - C49RG90
Size: 49 Inch
Panel: LED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
$ 98.98
Logitech - G900
Interface: Wired/Wireless
$ 799.11
Herman Miller - Mirra 2 Task Chair
Material: Polymer
Color: Gray
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