First Custom Watercooling Build - All Team Red

by Micah H Posted on: 12/24/2021

Build Description

Built this puppy through parts from my local Micro Center in conjunction with r/hardwareswap. I’ve always wanted to do a custom watercooling build and saw that O11 Kit from Bitspower via Micro Center as a great starting point. I mainly use the rig for gaming valorant (top 500 NA woop) and then also some apex on the side. Definitely way overkill for these lighter FPS titles, but I knew I wanted to go all out team red nonetheless.

Favorite Feature

Honestly I’m not a man after RGB usually but the fact everything lights up in this case makes it quite fun. Choosing the liquid in the build to be EK Cryofuel Blood Red was definitely a plus for the team red aesthetic.

Parts contained in build

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Vermeer 3.7GHz 12-Core AM4 Boxed Processor - Heatsink Not Included
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Vermeer 3.7GHz 12-Core AM4 Boxed Processor - Heatsink Not Included
Qty: 1 $469.99
Could have gone 5950x, but settled for this guy via a good sale on r/HWS
ASUS X570-E ROG Strix Gaming AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
ASUS X570-E ROG Strix Gaming AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
Qty: 1 $329.99
Nice board with solid VRM temps and a great I/O
MSI AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming X Trio Triple-Fan 16GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
MSI AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming X Trio Triple-Fan 16GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
Qty: 1 $1,719.99
(Micro Center isn’t listing the normal AMD 6900 XT here so I chose this one instead, fairly similar in build and design)
Crucial Ballistix RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit BL2K8G36C16U4BL - Black
Crucial Ballistix RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit BL2K8G36C16U4BL - Black
Qty: 1 $91.99
After watching Gamer’s Nexus discuss the best ram for the 5000 series I knew I needed 4 sticks :)
Crucial Ballistix RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit BL2K8G36C16U4BL - Black
Crucial Ballistix RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit BL2K8G36C16U4BL - Black
Qty: 1 $91.99
Kit 2 for a total of 32GB at 3600 CL16!
Bitspower Titan One 2.0
Bitspower Titan One 2.0
Qty: 1 $549.99
(I couldn’t find the exact listing on here although I know Micro Center has it, but it’s essentially a Lian Li O11 with a preinstalled distro plate, cpu block and tubing from Bitspower! Also lots of RGB fans!)
Corsair HX1000 1000 Watt 80 Plus Platinum ATX Fully Modular Power Supply
Corsair HX1000 1000 Watt 80 Plus Platinum ATX Fully Modular Power Supply
Qty: 1 $289.99
Why not go all out on the PSU too?
Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black CPU Cooler
Qty: 1 $89.99
(They seem to only have air coolers listed here which is unfortunate, definitely not cooled by air in my case! I used EK Cryofuel as the coolant in the loop and there is a 360 rad on the top with Bitspower fans)
Seagate BarraCuda 4TB 5400RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 4TB 5400RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Qty: 1 $74.99
4TB for all those dirty valorant clips!
Samsung 870 QVO 2TB SSD 4-bit MLC V-NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive
Samsung 870 QVO 2TB SSD 4-bit MLC V-NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive
Qty: 1 $179.99
(Not seeing any nvme’s listed on this either, but this was the closest thing to the speedy 2TB 980 Pro in my build)