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Project ICESTORM

by saracatlee

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151 Comments

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Date Published

Nov. 5, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

2.147 PHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.2 GHz

Description

FEATURED BY PCPARTPICKER

FEATURED BY PRIMOCHILL

- View higher resolution images here!

- Follow me on Instagram for updates!

- Watch the b-roll video!

After two months of planning, creating 3D renders just to visualize my loop, waiting for parts, asking people left and right for advice, overheating tubes and overbending them, filling and draining and spilling water everywhere, my first custom hardline watercooled PC is complete!

It's been quite an adventure, and in the 8 years I've built PCs I've never really spent so much time on one build. And sure, it's not a fancy quadruple radiator, 3-way SLI, gold plated fittings build but I didn't want that. I wanted something that was simple. And clean. And pretty. And this build was just that. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or hit me up on Instagram <3

== FAQ ==

What's up with the pricing? Why was your 1080 Ti $1,300? I got this GPU from Amazon during the great GPU crisis of early 2018. I wanted to keep the prices of all the components I got exactly as it was on the receipts.

Why did you go with an X370 board when you have a 2nd gen Ryzen? This build was mostly aesthetics and I wanted a white motherboard AND I needed something that was compatible with EK's monoblocks. This motherboard was the only one.

I heard PrimoChill Vue causes issues. Why did you pick that coolant? PrimoChill Vue is a high maintenance coolant, and if the proper steps are taken you can avoid problems. It took almost a week of preparation: 24 hours of PrimoChill SysPrep and 72 hours of PrimoPrep along with plenty of flushing and cleaning to ensure the best performance. A majority of people having issues with Vue either didn't care to follow the instructions or didn't do it correctly.

What temperatures are you getting with this setup? My idle CPU temps are 24C, with my GPU around 22C. You can see a screenshot here.

Corsair LL fans aren't static pressure optimized. Why did you go with those? As I mentioned before, this build was mostly an aesthetics build I prefer the look of the LL fans. Even then, with testing I did with Thermaltake Riing (static pressure fans) I was only seeing a couple degree differences.

What camera did you use to take these pictures? I used a Sony A7S II with the 24-70mm 2.8 GM lens. This camera has mindblowing low light capabilities and you can probably see for yourself what I mean by that. The b-roll video was also shot with this camera.

Is this build final? What else are you planning on doing with it? No, I plan on revisiting this build with better sleeved cabling and possibly a distro plate installed somewhere. Check/follow my Instagram for updates, the link to it is above.

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ZedSamCat 18 points 10 days ago

WHAT IS THAT CLOCKSPEED?!?!?

WaterTriber 3 points 10 days ago

he obviously forgot to move the decimal to the right one place.

ZedSamCat 1 point 9 days ago

No it’s an widespread problem with PCPP, there are plenty of builds with the problem

Pachimaniac 4 points 9 days ago

Yeah, i've seen it quite a bit, but I sure do wish we could have processors with clock speeds in the penta-hertz, as seen with this bug.

ZedSamCat 2 points 9 days ago

And terahertz too, the admins are working on it

daUnitedpotato 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

Nah, guys. Come on. That's a legit clock speed. Totally realistic. :P

daUnitedpotato 1 Build 6 points 12 days ago

I bet this runs Google Chrome like a champ.

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 9 points 12 days ago

It runs Edge even better ;)

daUnitedpotato 1 Build 2 points 10 days ago

Ayyyyy, congratulations on the feature, my dude! Definitely well deserved. :)

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 2 points 10 days ago

Thank you!

SerialScaresMe 1 point 8 days ago

I wonder how well it runs opera though.

JamitheRussian 2 points 4 days ago

yeeeeaaaaah with these specs I can now open the legendary and fabled: 10 TABS ON GOOGLE CHROME

ELIteGinger64 4 points 12 days ago

Beautiful. Love white themed builds

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 4 points 12 days ago

Thanks <3 me too

legendarypoet 12 Builds 3 points 12 days ago

Oh man. Love beautiful show pieces like this. Great work!

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 3 points 12 days ago

Thank you!

Esoteric0781 1 Build 3 points 12 days ago

This is everything I want. Really awesome build.

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 2 points 12 days ago

Thanksssss so much

Ventilate 3 points 12 days ago

Next featured paypal me $5 once it is

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 3 points 12 days ago

Hahaha how do features work anyways? How often do they choose?

Ventilate 2 points 12 days ago

idk I was trying to figure that out myself I assume its based on upvotes

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 10 days ago

A pcpartpicker.com staff member chooses the featured build. In the past it has been Manirelli.

Ventilate 2 points 9 days ago

I know staff do it I just didn't know what the criteria is for it

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

I hear you. I've been wondering for about five years. When you find out, please tell me too.

Ventilate 1 point 10 days ago

Guess I win xd

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Haha yesss

Lukehans 2 points 12 days ago

I smell a feature... sick build and very clean tube bends

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 2 points 12 days ago

I'd love to be featured! If only haha. Thank you <3

Daisyahoy 4 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

If this isn't featured I'll leave pcpp FOREVER!!!

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Now you must stay!!

Daisyahoy 4 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

It was a bluff all along. I knew they wouldn't do you wrong :)

legendarypoet 12 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

It's getting featured. I'll see to it personally.

(I may or may not be able to back up that statement lol)

DragionTech 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

well u have lol

legendarypoet 12 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

:)

Lukehans 1 point 10 days ago

I told ya I smelt something :)

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

;)

drescher99 2 points 10 days ago

Hey look it got featured! Good job and NICE build!

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

It did!! Thank you

islandg@m3r 1 Build 2 points 10 days ago

Awesome build bro! Take my +1 Meanwhile I'm stuck now deciding between getting 2nd Gen Stuff now for my build or waiting for a few months for 7nm Ryzen and GPUs even though the part list I currently have took me months to put together and waiting =(

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Thank you!! It all depends on how long you're willing to wait haha. I'm impatient so I like everything now and upgrade later maybe

islandg@m3r 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Think that is what I might do and just get the 2nd Gen one since I was waiting months for it's release don't want that time to go to waste

brodes20 2 points 10 days ago

breathing intensifies

SavantPCs 10 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Very "cool", pun intended :D

daUnitedpotato 1 Build 1 point 12 days ago

Thanks, Kanye! Very cool! ;D

mijretrop 2 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Nice build. I'm literally on my way out to the garage to bend tubing and couldn't decide between black or white fittings with the white coolant. Black it is now!

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Black fittings go great with white coolant!

customgtp 21 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Yep... This is effen gorgeous!!

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Thanks!!

Radox-0 5 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Beauitful build. Really love the theme and pics are very nice and crisp. Great work!

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Thank you :D

_Unphazed_ 4 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Sexy simplicity. Love the thought out loop.

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Thanks so much :)

mavmaster21 1 point 12 days ago

Great Job! (not unicorn vomit hahaha) I would love to do something like this!

SerialScaresMe 2 points 8 days ago

Unicorn vomit is the best vomit.

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Haha thanks

WPK_Tater 1 point 12 days ago

Used my coupon when I saw this and the tag.

NilsN 1 Build 1 point 12 days ago

What a bute. Love all white builds. Must be tempting to go RGB vomit all over the system. Great Job.

LostFYI 1 point 12 days ago

Are these the normal PSU cables with combs on it or cableMod cables?

Phildilf 3 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Typically, normal PSU cables aren't braided.

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

CableMod, PSU cables were way too stiff and the combs that came with it were too tight.

Phildilf 3 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

THANK YOU for posting quality photos.

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

Blame my perfectionism haha

Katpcman 1 Build 1 point 12 days ago

Really beautifully done and shown off perfectly with those quality pictures. I feel inspired for my next project!

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

Thank you!

Lardybob 1 point 11 days ago

awesome. this is definitely going to be a featured build

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

I hope so!! Haha fingers crossed

Lardybob 1 point 9 days ago

Called it!

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

So what are the temps under load and at what fan rpm ?What are your OC ?

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

CPU is 55-58C and GPU is 49-52C after an hour of Ghost Recon Wildlands. No overclocks. Not sure about fan RPM but it's super silent.

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

Why not OC ? I’m just trying to gauge temps and fan speed with a single 360 rad.

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

Don't need it with the 2700X lol. Also, it's a 420mm rad haha.

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

I only see 3 fans though and no room for a fourth. Are these pictures playing tricks on me ? lol

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

3x 140mm fans :D

bradley1758 1 point 11 days ago

I want to build this pc, but there are a lot of potential issues. Should I ignore it?

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

First issue is easy, just buy a $50 A6 and use that to update the BIOS to support the 2700X. Second issue has to do with the length of the GPU. Mine was pretty long, but a majority of cards will be fine. And this ONLY becomes an issue if you mount it horizontally. If you mount it vertically it can be any length you want. Third and fourth issue is fine as long as you don't have too many drives.

mslaguy007 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

Stunning!!!

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

<3 thank youuu

RoyalSovereign 1 point 10 days ago

Woff.... This is crazy !!! I can't find appropriate words to explain how "strong" impression this masterpiece left on me. One hell of a piece you made there lad, bloody well done.
I hope it will serve you well, and use it in health, as Turks say.

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Thank you so much!

NinjaCal22 1 point 10 days ago

This is an awesome bild and I wish to have the skill to build a liquid cooled one just as slick and nice as this build. At the moment, for my first build I am starting out with a budget of 700 dollars and its pretty good. But again, this was an awesome build no matter how expensive.

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 2 points 10 days ago

Thank you! And that's a good budget for a first build! Good luck :)

HiResJunky 2 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

This is a beautiful build! Clearly very well thought out and executed to perfection. I love it!

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Thank you thank you, it took a LOT of planning

SerialScaresMe 1 point 10 days ago

Now, try putting actual ice in there. I'm sure everything will be just fine.

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Haha distilled ice, maybe ;)

septapus 1 point 9 days ago

you would probably need actual ice for the 9900k ;)

TYL3RisSM4LL 1 point 10 days ago

Sick!

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Thankssss <3

beardedmisfit 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

Kudos! Great build +1

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 2 points 10 days ago

Thank you!

HasNeyn 1 point 10 days ago

Really clean build. I would've went with a horizontal mounted GPU since it's watercooled, as there isn't much aesthetics when you have a vertical mounted gpu that's watercooled. But that's just my opinion. +1

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Thanks! I vertically mounted it because of three reasons: 1. the GPU waterblock didn't come with a backplate nor is there one available (as far as I know) so if I had it mounted traditionally (horizontal) it would've exposed the ugly PCB 2. the length of the card interfered with the radiator/fans 3. I wanted the water channels to be visible as the Vue coolant flowed through them and vertically mounting was the only way that could happen without having to look at the underside of the card, if that makes sense :)

HasNeyn 1 point 9 days ago

Fair enough. It's just that you have a great looking motherboard, and I thought that the GPU was hiding the MOBO from all its glory. :)

ReVRiN 1 point 10 days ago

Sweet mother that is a piece of art. I absolutely love it!

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Beautiful!!!!

xconnor 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

holy moly those bends are amazing!! that mobo and psu are snazzy too. this is an epic build that totally deserves the feature. congrats!

MrThreePik 8 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Zen+ on X370 is perfectly fine anyways, there are literally are no differences on benchmarks. I'm running a 2600X on C6H and plan to see if it can handle Zen 2 without any major differences.

skyrise 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

WOW!

Love white themed builds!

LippolisW 2 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Gorgeous build. +1

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Thank youuuu

Slingshott 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

Damn son. I wish I had this kind of money. Great build

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Thank you!!! Yeah RIP my wallet eh

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Nice looking build. WTH on the CPU clock speed?

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot!

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Thanks!! And idk that's a PCPP bug apparently haha

Philonimus 1 point 9 days ago

Gorgeous build! Grats on the feature! Are you the most skilled girl on PCPP?

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 2 points 7 days ago

Thank you!! And nah, I'm probably the least skilled LOL

m1n1_c00p3r 1 point 9 days ago

Eyyy congrats on the feature! - Polaristar

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Ayyy lol thanks

LeMMingSlayeR 22 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

*Build does not contain actual ice.

Amazing build.

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Hehehe thank you

hazyhope 2 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Lovely pics! Cool build also, as cold-looking as mine lmao

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Thanks!!!

thelegndaryspyro 1 point 9 days ago

why did you get a pro oem... also wow... water cooling is expensive.

can u make me one lol

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Haha it is expensive but hey that's what makes us enthusiasts!

diypartsjoy 1 point 9 days ago

My favorite build on PC PartPicker!

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

<3

KarapagasLT 1 point 9 days ago

Damn this makes my Corsair 570x project feel like a 2003 PC after seing yours.. all that sexy rgb, that watercooling damn

DoctorBetaNet 1 point 9 days ago

He cools his PC with cotton candy +1

Kevinh1682 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

Heads up that Primochill Vue stuff doesn't just require preperation to keep it from messing up your system -- it needs maintenance. I ran it in a gaming rig and the chemicals broke down and caused huge problems. Turns out the issue was as simple as running the pump at a higher speed than Vue can withstand.

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 2 points 9 days ago

Correct. I'm running the pump at a constant 10% speed and allowing Vue to run a bit warmer. I also made sure to turn my system off every night since Vue isn't made to be a 24/7 running coolant.

septapus 1 point 9 days ago

i was going for a white build too thanks. you gave me some great tips and advice through your build too consider while building mine. way better than i would ever be able too do. one other question though if you where spending that much on water cooling than why not go with 2 gpus. stock, price, motherboard not support sli, etc???

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

I bought this GPU back in April for $1,300, no way I was going to get another one at this price haha. Also, I wanted to keep the build simple.

septapus 1 point 6 days ago

okay that make sense LUL ya that would be a lot

fallennetwork 1 point 8 days ago

whats them temps when your doing stuff?

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

High 40s to low 50s while gaming :)

fallennetwork 1 point 8 days ago

for both? gpu and cpu?

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Yepp GPU is cooler most of the time

fallennetwork 1 point 7 days ago

nice

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Gentleman00 2 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Nerd fact: the clockspeed represents 32-bit integer limit.

alexsykes069 1 point 8 days ago

i think we should talk about the price £297.10 thats a bloody rip off

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

What do you mean?

fallennetwork 1 point 7 days ago

what fans did you use?

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Corsair LL fans 140mm

HJTBB 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

why is that 1080ti 1300$

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Crypto miners lol

r4ndom 1 point 7 days ago

my fav build on here so far!

Ta1241 1 Build 1 point 2 days ago

This brings a knife to my wallet

Bishop1288 1 point 1 day ago

That's a damn nice build dude.

enroh 0 points 8 days ago

Are those Evo 2 drives for RAID5? If so you made a rookie mistake.

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Nope lol

enroh 1 point 6 days ago

ok then why the three drives?

saracatlee submitter 6 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Video storage lol

enroh 1 point 5 days ago

O_o? Were you looking for speed AND storage? If so, you may have been better off getting more drives of a smaller footprint to increase your IOPS. I do not understand what you are trying to achieve here.

tech_geek100 1 Build -6 points 10 days ago

-1 used ryzen +100000 for everything else. (I dont mind ryzen) sweet coolant

HasNeyn 1 point 9 days ago

Why? Ryzen processors offer great performance for an excellent price. I usually prefer them over Intel.

tech_geek100 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

im not very antiquated with ryzen yet and i subconsciously know intel cpus and what im buying. they dont offer tuned performance in what im look for

tech_geek100 1 Build -1 points 8 days ago

i think the ryzen vs intel i3 i5 i7 have about the same price to performance ratio. intel's 8th gen and upcoming 9th gen just have the newest stuff and my personal preference is intel, ryzens are fine but it just boils down to preference.