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570X Custom Water Loop

by john82wa


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Date Published

June 27, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.092 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.448 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C


THANK YOU - for the featured build spot! What an honor!

This was my first attempt at a custom water loop. I had used an AIO in my previous build but I had always been in awe at seeing any PC with a hard tube loop. The design of the loop was never put on paper as recommended but visually I wanted something that wasn't so direct and straight. My bends are definitely more amateur then some of PC modding community, but overall I was quite pleased and encourage others to not be so afraid or timid as I was.

The case is an amazing piece to look at but certainly more difficult to build in then I was use too. The reservoir is literally a few mm next to the graphics card and cooler. This wouldn't have been a problem if I had opted for a thinner rad, but I really liked the look of the extra thickness. This was the only feasible place to mount the reservoir and so I piloted and threaded the holes and added extra thick half inch spacers to the bracket of the XSPC pump/reservoir to push it out towards the front of the case. The bracket was also painted white.

More of the customizing of the case included painting the top and front dust covers a purple to go with the clear / purple / white theme (With the help of my lovely wife to protect the mesh, this was the most tedious part). Also did a tear down of the GPU all for the sake of painting the backplate. While I was in there, I replaced the thermal strips with Fujipoly thermal pads and Noctua's thermal paste. Incredibly expensive, but I am pleased with the outcome. Next was purple stripes on the GPU backplate. I used finger nail strips from what a nail salon would use and then a clear coat for good adhesive measure.

I also wasn't crazy for the amount of holes in the case, so I covered the bottom of the case and where your typical rear exhaust fan would be installed. In order to get the 2 top exhaust fans to fit I ordered up another 360 fan tray (same as the front) to replace the top 240 tray on the top that was included with the case. This allowed the two 120mm fans to be located closer to the rear of the case and allow the space needed for the fittings for the top of loop. Other painting included the PCI brackets as well as the sli caps on the graphics card which were a bright orange and then the wireless adapter card which was a bright red. MAINframe Customs is who did the amazing cables, I can't take credit for the awesome full length sleeves, that goes to him. Highly recommend.

The pictures were all taken with my iPhone so the final picture really doesn’t do the final build justice. It’s hard to explain how good the glass looks and the colors are only white and purple and pop while it’s on.

This was an excellent learning experience for sure! Everything is overclocked and runs very cool and incredibly quiet. Thanks for looking!

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Vairfoley 27 Builds 8 points 7 months ago

Stunning. Great work on the bends! Maybe someday I'll attempt a custom loop... I just really like the ease of maintenance of air cooling. But you really can't beat the look of a great custom loop.

john82wa submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I agree, the maintenance is the reason why I went clear coolant as opposed to color as not to stain and can go far longer between the maintenance.

And thank you! If someone has the funds, I couldn't recommend it more as the experience was rewarding!

RoyalSovereign 3 points 7 months ago

I love white-black-orange builds and white-black-purple builds so this is a paradise to my eyes. Well done, this is a remarkable pc.

Boister 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Smexy build! +1

john82wa submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you ;)

droem 2 points 8 months ago

My favorite colors! Awesome job! +1

john82wa submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I appreciate it!

FatNinja666 2 points 7 months ago

Great build, great parts, and of course BEAUTIFUL! Well done

john82wa submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you for the kind words!

jamessiruno 2 points 7 months ago

Awesome build. Do you think it is possible to change the stock radiator of NZXT Kraken X72 with the white one you have in your build?

john82wa submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

I wouldn't recommend it but its certainly possible. You would need to drain it and get additional fittings to work with the soft tubing that comes with your AIO.

fletchman 2 points 7 months ago

looks great

alexsack 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

I'd love to know that actual temps of this bad boy OC'd. Beautiful build btw! Your wife has good taste in color scheme lol

john82wa submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

The temps are incredibly stable with the GPU at low 30’s while being overclocked to just over 2k Mhz it runs under stress at around 40c but the card won’t push past the 2.1 MHz.

The CPU is far more jumpy and not sure why. It stays around 35c at idle but peaks at around 70c when stressed. But between simple usage it’s very jumpy from 35 to 55. CPU is clocked at 4.5.

And thank you!

C3156 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Very much in line with what I was planning to do, right down to the case. I was looking for a white motherboard and boom there you have it. Not sure if I want to spend the extra $$$ on the custom loop or just use AIO for ease of maintenance. Great build, thanks for the motivation.

john82wa submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

That’s why I tried putting all the parts of the build in PCpartpicker because I didn’t really have any idea on the cost. It nickels and dimes you. My previous build had the AIO and honestly thought it looked great. Can’t beat the price and performance & looks good to boot. If you have the money though and building is a hobby, I couldn’t recommend a custom loop more. Just so much satisfaction goes with it! Best of luck to you on your next build!

7ha7as1an 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Love the color scheme going on here. A lot of time and patience went into this build and it came out amazing! That is a crazy bend! Always wanted to try a hard line custom loop.

john82wa submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Try it! Very rewarding!

rogdog56 2 points 7 months ago

nice build, it's kind of weird to look at. it looks strange in a very good way.

hi_im_snowman 2 points 7 months ago

Lovely labor of love. Wonderful work on the bends, that's quite impressive! +1

Mason54 25 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

how did you get the fittings/tube/watercooling stuff to show pictures and prices on your list? I've always had to do mine manually.

john82wa submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Fortunately they were on Amazon and when you add a specific part, it asks for a URL and so I just copy and pasted the link. In doing so, it uploaded the pictures. Hope that helps.

Mason54 25 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

ah, alright. Thanks!

biggles5107 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Wow. The features just keep getting better and better. The attention to detail here is just immaculate.

SirHalpin 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

+1 for the care and level of detail you put into this. Great job, and congrats on the feature! You should manually set the prices you paid for each part in the parts list though so we can get a better idea of what you paid!

john82wa submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I couldn’t begin to tell you the exact costs for all the parts because I couldn’t afford all of it in one time. I will say the most glaring cost is the graphics card. Pcpartpicker didn’t have the correct GPU surprisingly but I managed to get it for $800 other than that I would say it’s all pretty close to accurate. The monitor I did get second hand for $400 so that was an excellent find as well!

Thank you for the kind words, it’s greatly appreciated and I’m stunned that it was featured. Very humbled!

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I think most of us got our parts over time as well, I think it would still help to manually set the prices you do know. Seeing the price for the 1080ti as $999 hurts my chest a little, im sure we'd all like to see that you bought it for the proper price of $800 instead! Nah I saw this get featured and knew it deserved it. Some builds look good and have great parts but that's it; custom jobs like this deserve to be featured.

squidamint 2 points 7 months ago

Nice detailing.

[ Oh, dem rainbow tweezerz !! ]

blohmkin 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago


Someone0011 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

love it I have that case and was going to water cool but I just wanted to save money for a nice car so it never was done

TheLostAlpha01 2 points 7 months ago

I like the vibrant colours and feel as purple is my favourite colour and when brought together with a pearl white like that, the contrast is amazing! +1

jacobsamdal 8 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

I really like the look of this. Amazing! I love the colors. Check out my watercooled build!

QueenLexi13 1 point 7 months ago

Love the purple! What type of purple paint did you use?

john82wa submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

It was a purple metallic by Testors, a one coat lacquer from a local hobby store. It’s a paint for plastic models, hope that helps but I lost the cap that has the actual paint code.

QueenLexi13 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you!

DenisMDguy 1 point 7 months ago

100$ mouse rly

john82wa submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Actual retail is $149 and I ended up paying $120 at the time. Complete waste of money. Rated as one of the best but I can hardly justify it or endorse it after using it now. Feels good and is responsive and some customization options, but so are others at half the cost.

albertlie 1 point 4 months ago

Did you split the 24 pin cable? It's impossible to position it like that in 570X case.

john82wa submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Sorry, I just got this. I cut into the case between the two grommets to allow the cables to stay horizontal.

BrassShot 1 point 2 months ago

Where did you buy your graphics card from?

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john82wa submitter 1 Build 4 points 8 months ago

Hope that translates to something good! lol

droem 2 points 7 months ago

It a sound from a game called Roblox. It makes that sound when you die. But for reason, people use it to describe something good. It makes no sense to me.

EagleByte 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

It means you died of... joy? excitement? or overall shock at how good it is? I really don't know, lul.

droem 1 point 7 months ago

Even though I just a young teen, I just don't understand it. Probably just some city boy talk.

EagleByte 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Lol, same. I'm 15 and STILL don't understand it (even though it's been on the almighty Interwebz for a decade).

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

'Oof' is like a mini-smurf. It can mean something is awe inspiring, or it can mean that you flinched in pain when watching something. Internet culture is weird.

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john82wa submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

My wife's favorite color is purple - hence the nails and color scheme ;)

Flip_45 5 points 7 months ago

You paint your nails your wife's favorite colour? Oh that so sweet and thoughtful!! ;)

Really great build.