Hot Coffee

by Robert T Posted on: 8/17/2020

Build Description

Gaming, folding@home, and watching movies & shows. My computer runs 24/7 doing it all. Most obvious hindsight fix would've been to not attempt to make a DIY purple dye, that backfired horribly and resulted in the name of the system because it stained the reservoir brown. It looks like the system has coffee pumping through the watercooling loop! Despite initial teething troubles with XMP the system is now rock stable and been problem free for most of the last decade. Planning to upgrade it to Zen 4, a proper NVMe SSD, and just maybe a 3080 Ti... Oh, and most importantly a new case that has room to allow for proper cable management!

Favorite Feature

Low maintenance water cooling, only needs a top-off every 1-2 years but the cooling performance is excellent, allowing overclocks at reasonable 24/7 temperatures but with quiet acoustics. At the time I built it it was impossible to find cases that could fit triple 140mm radiators, so even though the case has no room for cable management I was reasonably happy with it.

Parts contained in build

Core i7 4790K @ 4.5Ghz
Qty: 1 $0.01
4.5Ghz all-core
ASUS Z97 Pro
Qty: 1 $0.01
EVGA 1080 Ti Hydrocopper @ 2050MHz
Qty: 1 $0.02
Kingston DDR3 32GB @ 1800Mhz 8-10-10-24-200
Qty: 1 $0.01
Cooler Master HAF-X
Qty: 1 $0.01
Only had to drill screw holes to mount the 3x140mm radiator in the top.
Corsair AX1200
Qty: 1 $0.01
Swiftech Apogee GTX
Qty: 1 $0.01
Western Digital 4TB
Qty: 1 $0.01
Corsair Neutron GTX 256GB
Qty: 1 $0.01
OS drive
Kingston 240GB SSD
Qty: 1 $0.01
Steam drive
Transcend 512GB SSD
Qty: 1 $0.01
Steam drive
Swiftech MCP655 Pump
Qty: 1 $0.01
13 year old despite 24/7 use
Thermochil PA140.3 Radiator
Qty: 1 $0.01
3x Noctua 140mm fans