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So after building my nephew a simple gaming rig with lots of RGB, I got the bug. So I decided I would upgrade my MSI Gaming Laptop that I used for VR with a custom PC. So I started watching the YouTubes and lurking in the forums, and thought to myself, why not go all out with a custom water loop? I answered myself, no reason not to! So months of planing and watching tutorials and reading reviews and ordering and waiting for parts to finally be available and then waiting for delivery... well it took some time is my point I guess.

So I called this "VR PC Dream", but it can also be called "Wallet Buster" or "Can't Check if it Works Till After I Fill it With Water?!" or "10 Pounds of Crap in a 5 Pound Bag" or "Cable Management? What Cable Management?" or "Why the Hell Won't A Do B?!" or "What's That Noise?" or "Man I Should Have Labeled Those" or "Who Needs a Reset Button Anyway?" or "Tube Bending? No Can do. Throw More Money at It" or "Well, Can't Reach That Anymore so It's Part of the Design" or "Some Velcro Will Keep That Shut" or "I Should Have Taken BIOS as My Second Language" or "Third Time Installing Windows Is A Charm". The list can go on and I hope it gives you an idea of some of the issues I encountered.

But you know what, I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Man she looks pretty. And she runs like a dream. Hope you guys love her like I do.

Edit: Just added a couple of pics of the overclock I was able to achieve.

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  • 18 months ago
  • 5 points

worth it, well, "worth it"

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I see what you did there. Yes and thank you.

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

This is such a clean, beatiful, overpowered build, i cant imagine it. Nice idea with the carbon look and back lcd plate, only wished to have the portal symbol to lighten up as well :D Is it a whole carbon-styled acrylic plate? or just an acrylic plate with carbon sticker on it?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Just a carbon sticker. I have a friend who works at a sign shop who was able to laser cut the acrylic for me. Then I wrapped it.

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks at this amazing overkill system

Looks at my i5 4460 and gtx 780

Pepehands

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

"Tube Bending? No Can do. Throw More Money at It"

I laughed way more at that than I should've. +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha! Gave it a shot but no.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful hardline

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I have to say that my minor in bios language has really paid off!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

UM .... yeah .... FEATURE!!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, glad you like it!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

That final picture though! Where are the cables! There's a PC chilling on the right, VR gear on the left and a monitor powered by air in the middle! Beautiful cable management in the room. As for inside the case, that's why we have back covers :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Check behind the Bass speaker lol! I have a USB hub in the desk so there are only 3 cables running to the pc (1 Ethernet, 1 USB, and 1 display) and the power cord running back from the PC to the UPS. Hard to see because the color is close to the wood, but there is a cable runner between the UPS and PC.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Feature??????

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you like it!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

"Well, Can't Reach That Anymore so It's Part of the Design" - love it! :P

Awesome build!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha! Appreciate it!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing setup! :O

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I honestly can't believe people are still doing "leak tests" buy a T-fitting, PSI gauge, and a schroder valve and pressure test your system. You'll find slow leaks way faster!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Never heard of that. Will do next time. That was the most nerve racking part of the build.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries, leak testing is a right of passage :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! I was just wondering how the motherboard was holding up, especially with those controversial 4-phase VRMs. Looking to get that motherboard but still don't know if the VRM situation is a deal-breaker for me or not.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I got the 9900k over clocked to a stable(ish) 5.1 before dialing it back to 5.0 on 3 cores and 4.9 on the rest. I'm happy with it otherwise, especially the looks. ;)

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude.. I'm utterly speechless. What an awesome build! Everything about this build is amazing. A taller reservoir would maybe look better but regardless, this build is top-notch. Awesome, awesome, awesome stuff!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! Really appreciate it!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build! I loove the look!

May I ask, where your Desk and the Cupboards are from? I'm looking for a new one for a while allready!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I got it from Staples, pretty reasonable: https://m.staples.com/Whalen-Astoria-Computer-Desk-Brown-Cherry/product_887821

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

What did you use the dry carbon fiber for? And awesome build!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It's just car vinyl wrap that I used to wrap the acrylic backplate and some of the case.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh nice use of it! I’m looking into doing a custom water loop to, I’m probably going to encounters some problems too XD

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck! It's a fun challenge.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man I have the same case but having trouble fitting my mobo. The screws won’t align. Did you have any problems? I have the Maximus xi hero.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually it was a little difficult. I had to push it in pretty hard to get the first couple of screws in. I ran across something on the web (don't remember where) that said it was a problem with Asus mobos in general. But I did finally get it in there obviously.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, just saw your reply on the same issue. Did your case have to "clip in" behind the metallic frame of the io shield? (Where the red arrow is pointing in https://imgur.com/qouVseA)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I had to push pretty hard to get that in there and and it did make a snapping sound, but it didn't bend like I see in your picture.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm very interested in buying the 500D SE RGB. How do you like it? was it nice to work with, how's the quality of materials?

Thanks

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it looks great. I was going for an "adult" looking gaming rig and this was perfect for that. It also came with the 3 RGB fans and the Commander Pro, so I just needed 3 more fans for my build. Just keep in mind that its all glass on the back where all the cable management is done, so if your not good at it, it will show! Materials and build quality are great as well. I like how it looks like a black slab of glass when its off and shows everything when the RGBs fire up.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the only case that fits the bill for me. The commander pro and lighting node, dark window tint, plus the three fans for $250 seems like a great deal in one package. I won't need to worry too much about cable management as the backside of my case faces a wall ;)

Thanks for the reply, Happy Holidays!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey I love the build and am about to do a very similar one myself. I have a maybe stupid question but can't seem to find it on the googles. My GF got me the 500d RGB case for Christmas and it doesn't say it's the SE version but I can't even find a none SE version on the web. Does SE just stand for series or am I missing something? Sorry for the possibly stupid question but AMAZING PC!!!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I think so. As far as I can tell there is only one Obsidian Series 500D RGB case. And then there is the non-RGB one. So I think you are safe lol!

And thank you!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! how did you like building in the 500D?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I did enjoy it. The glass sides came right off and there was enough room even for the cooling loop. I think it looks great and the quality of the case is very good. It is heavy though!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Mine is very heavy as well. Ill have to make a loop for mine in the future.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

For the most part we have basically the same build! I like your taste haha

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha! Great minds think alike lol

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

"Hello there, student, what languages would you like to learn in grade 7?"

"I would like beginner level BIOS, advanced level post code, and windows errors"

"Well, lucky for you, we have a teacher who always fails to boot his computer, and he'll be your private tutor from now on"

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man, wicked build. I’ve just bought the same monitor but mine wiggles (for want of a better word) at the top, mainly the corners. Literally a tiny tiny bit, does yours or mine faulty? Cheers! Class build btw, upvoted!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Incredibly powerful set-up - but wondering for what purpose are you employing the Optane module in this build? Is it solely as a boot drive, or for accelerating your SSD - in which case does it offer any benefit?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! It's for accelerating the SSD since I store games on it. Honestly I don't know how much of a benefit it is. I'm thinking of taking it out all together and installing another NVME instead.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I introduced one when I originally built my itx system as SSD's and nvme's were prohibitively expensive at the time and l can honestly say that it's been brilliant in my build. It's as fast as an nvme for booting up and does a great job with accessing and opening files. That said, I've since popped in a couple of SSD's as their prices have dropped dramatically now.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

wow!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, just to expensive for me.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks and yeah, I went way over budget....

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

For how long did you let the system run for leak test before you start it?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

About 24 hours. And I watched it closely for a time after that lol.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Damm, this is my first loop, I have the same Pump-res combo when you plug the 24 pin to the jumper does the pump runs at max speed? I was reading is not good to run it at max speed for long periods of time I don't know any better so is that true?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't aware of that, but I figured that running it at full speed would help identify leaks better anyway. I just turned it down later when I booted the system.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any problems installing that motherboard with this case? I am, the screws aren’t aligning properly for me?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build, love it.

Did you had any issues with the io shield not fitting with the case cutout? I have a XI formula board with the same case, but I am having trouble aligning the standoffs, the bottom standoffs are ok, but not the top ones. Cant push the mobo any further to the left without the armour crashing with the case.

Thinking of filing the case cutout to make it wider and longer...

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Im wondering where you learned to do custom looping

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

YouTube! Lol. There are a lot of good tutorials on there. Check out Jaystwocents for starters.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any trouble installing the Maximus XI Code with this case? I'm am planning a build with the 500D RGB and the XI Hero, but have noticed people have trouble with the install.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes actually, and so did a couple of other guys who asked the same question. Check a couple of comments up ^ for discussion on that.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey i am looking to build my first rig as well and after a lot of planning and looking around I found your system as one that has similar components and a similar look that i am going for. I have pretty much purchased everything with the exception of the fittings for the loop. Do you happen to have a list of what pieces and sizes you went with? I have been on Bitspowers website and keep finding multiple variations of similar pieces and I’m kind of stuck on where to begin. I appreciate any help... thank you and again an amazing looking build!!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Check this guide and channel out on you tube. Helped me out tremendously: https://youtu.be/2GMfqtzjZxY

Also, I used this site to configure my loop: https://www.ekwb.com/custom-loop-configurator/

What size fitting you get depends on the tube diameter. I haven't worked with Bitspower parts but the sizes should be the same. Hope this helps and looking forward to seeing your build!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

you easily could have saved nearly 1,000- 1,500 dollars by just switching some brands. firstly your corsair vengeance rgb those things are always so expensive i stay away from them and go with another better rgb ram. The corsair dominator rgb is cool i prefer the npn-rgb version becomes it comes silver, platinum plated and wow the memory from those things is incredible also youre using for sticks 8 each which is cool cause your case has space for it, love the obsidian, but i wouldve went 2x16 or 4x16. Also good on ya mate for water-cooling not just the cpu but the graphics card too, not many people think video cards need cooling but they get hot enough to burn you if youre working with one that was recently on. I can't build a custom water system so i just get the original pre-built but they dont cover gpus as well. And your mother board is too much, power supply couldve gone 1000 but theyre cheap, and the m.2 NVMe ssd, I would've went with a 1TB and saved the larger storage for anything that isnt the system. Or.... I'd get a PCIex4 NVMe because theyre like 5 times faster, since you have the 9900k and 2080 Ti. Great build overall though

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

what radiator type fits up top?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I used a 240 SLIM because I wanted to run the tube on top of the RAM. But you can get a thicker one in there for better thermals.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I had $7500 to just drop on a PC of this calibre... Spent my summer and part of my school year saving for a mid range system that has a 2700x (was on sale at the time) And a 590 a cheap card that came with a game

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries man, I think I'm a bit older than you. lol I didn't have much to speak about at your age either. A "dream build" takes time and money. Keep working and you will get your dream build some day for sure!

Pro tip: Don't have kids. 😂

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol thanks for the tip, and yeah I'm 16 in Junior year of highschool gonna go to the Airforce after though so I can afford college and life after...

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

im not sure why I took the time to read all the names, what a waste of time

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

did someone say irrelevant

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your input, looking forward to seeing your build.

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Im so sorry my friend decided it would be funny. Your build is really nice and I'm really sorry about that.

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Lol! No worries, peace. :)

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  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you my good sir

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