Anniversary Computer Build // Part One

by Yoshi Saura March. 06, 2019 480 views

On a summer day of June 2014, Shibe and I were happily eloped in the city of Seattle courthouse.

We were supposed to go on a five night Caribbean cruise to celebrate after the small family & friends reception. The closer that date crept towards us, the more we both realized just how "unexcited" we were. So we cancelled and built powerful gaming computers instead. It was one of the best decisions we ever made, aside from getting married and all that.

But that was five years ago.

My motherboard before

My motherboard before

We always talked about doing something special for our five year anniversary. Seeing as we went on a kickass Icelandic vacation last year, we decided to build new computers. They were five years over-do anyway.

This time we decided to invest a little more than the "average" for our builds. From the get-go, we knew this would be more of an "art project" rather than simply building new machines.

I chose a "Leviathan" theme from a game we love playing together: Destiny 2.

Leviathan is a raid; an activity that requires the teamwork of six people to overcome difficult encounters with the best rewards in the game, as seen in this silly video here.

Awarded from this raid is a set of gear called Ace Defiant, and other various weapons, each of which have a unique design and color scheme.

The colors: white and gold with purple and black accents.

and after

and after

Using a Cricut Explore Air 2 and Adobe Photoshop, I made gold vinyl decals. I also airbrushed come components that weren't the right color. Doing so can void warranties on certain things. It was fun, though! (click the link to see an awesome time lapse!)

Shibe's PC powered up for the first time!

Shibe's PC powered up for the first time!

We originally planned on buying computer parts throughout the year, and stashing them for a later date. Then it was pointed out that returning or exchanging defective parts would become difficult in the future.

Shibe so adorably likes to explain that they’re simply celebrating all year!

At this point in the build process, Shibe hadn’t settled on a theme yet, aside from going black and red. That would be later to come.

That feeling when you see all your hard work come together.

That feeling when you see all your hard work come together.

I kept putting my liquid bottle inside my case to help with inspiration and visualization

I kept putting my liquid bottle inside my case to help with inspiration and visualization

This was the first time I powered my PC on! The fans were going wild!

This was the first time I powered my PC on! The fans were going wild!

Tube bending day, a time long awaited!

Tube bending day, a time long awaited!

The full custom loop!

The full custom loop!

Shibe installs his first custom water tube!

Shibe installs his first custom water tube!

Shibe performs a water loop leak test

Shibe performs a water loop leak test

Yoshi's Computer Specifications

Name: Opulence

Case: Thermaltake View71 Snow Edition

CPU: Intel i9-9900x Skylake 10 Core

Monoblock: EK-FB ASUS PRIME X299 RGB

MoBo: Asus Prime X299-A

GPU: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti // 11G-P4-2281-KR (2)

GPU Water Block: EK-Vector RTX 2080 Ti RGB - Nickel + Plexi (2)

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance RGB PRO 64GB (8x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz // white

Storage: Samsung 970 EVO 1TB - NVMe PCIe M.2

PSU: Corsair AX1200i

RAD: XSPC EX360 Radiator, 120mm (2)

NVLINK: EVGA GeForce RTX NV Link SLI Bridge

Fans: Corsair LL Series 120mm // White (10)

Pump: EKWB

Fittings: Barrow Gold

Tubing: EK-HD 12/16mm

Cables: CableMod Custom white/gold/purple

Shibe's Computer Specifications

Name: Ada

Case: Thermaltake View71

CPU: Intel i9-9900x Skylake 10 Core

Monoblock: EK-FB ASUS Strix X299-E RGB

MoBo: ASUS ROG STRIX X299-E GAMING

GPU: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti // 11G-P4-2281-KR (2)

GPU Water Block: EK-Vector RTX 2080 Ti RGB - Nickel + Plexi (2)

RAM: G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600

Storage: Samsung Evo 970 250mb NVMe PCIe M.2

PSU: Corsair AX1200i

RAD: XSPC EX360 Radiator, 120mm (2)

NVLINK: ASUS ROG GeForce RTX Nvlink Bridge

Fans: Thermaltake Riing Plus RGB 120mm (10)

Pump: EKWB

Fittings: EK-HDC

Tubing: EK-HD 12/16mm

Cables: CableMod Red

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Next Post: Part Two

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