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Maximus VIII iMpact Build

jacob650
Level 7
I have no idea how long it has been since i posted...My last build was back in 2013 and now a new challenge has come :cool:
I was always a ROG fan so i decided to build a 2k setup. here is my build specs
-Specs
Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Motherboard
intel i7-6700K Skylake
16GB G.SKILL TridentZ Series 3200
Asus 980ti Strix OC
Intel 750 Series 2.5" 400GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4
CORSAIR AX860i 860W
Corsair Carbide Air 240 Case
Corsair AF120 LED Red Quiet Edition High Airflow 120mm (4 fans)
Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet edition ( CO-9050002-WW )
CableMod C-Series AXi, HXi & RM Cable Kit - Red & black mix
Premium Red Wire Motherboard internal and PH cables

-Cooling Components
EK-FB ASUS M8I Monoblock - Nickel
EK-FC980 GTX Ti Strix - Nickel
EK-FC Terminals ( Clear )
EK-CoolStream PE 240 Rad (Dual) 2x
EK-AF Pass-Through G1/4 - Nickel
EK-Ekoolant EVO Liquid Coolant - Blood Red
Performance-PCs Über 655 Fully Modded (D5) 12 VDC Water Pump ( swiftech MCP-655 )
Bitspower Dual / Single D5 Top Upgrade Kit 100 (Clear Acrylic Cap)
Bitspower Fittings G1/4 (10IN 12OD)
Bitspower None Chamfer PETG 12mm OD Tube
Bitspower Non-champher Crystal Link 12mm OD Tube
Bitspower Premium G1/4" Silver Shining Stop Fitting
Fujipoly SARCON X-E Extreme System Builder Thermal Padding 150 x 100 x 0.5mm 11.0 watt/mk
Fujipoly SARCON XR-m High Extreme Thermal Padding 60 x 50 x 1.0mm 17.0 watt/mk
Arctic Cooling MX-4 Ultra Premium Thermal Compound (GPU )
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal compound (CPU)


-Extra Misc
CableMod Cable Combs
ModMyToys Allure Premium High Density Sleevings ( 4mm, 1/2, 3/8, Red, Black )
Bitspower Heat-Shrinkable Tube
ASUS ROG Style PC Case Badge, Silver (MPCtech)
Modder's Mesh, Round ( for custom left door panel )
NZXT HUE+ Smart RGB


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My last build was the Maximus V Formula, i decided to go small this time just for the challenge!
HERE is my ancient build

After This overclocking and tweaking , stay tuned 😄
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jacob650
Level 7
So far i am at the mock up stage, getting an idea of how i want the loop to be, there is no easy way with this case, but it can be done. as for the EVGA 980ti classy, I returned it since there is a lack of water blocks for it.
(Got the Strix instead ) i did some temp mods to the case by trimming a small piece at the door hinge, it will be covered with my Modded door panel and custom acrylic glass later on,

Here is the card i went with, 980ti Strix OC
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Mobo layout
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Set it up just to get an idea , The card is defiantly big for the case (modding required later on )
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Here you can see how far it sticks out, enough to not allow the case door to close shut.
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jacob650
Level 7
Sleeved all my fans and other components where it is needed, used Bitspower 4mm sleeving for the fan wires
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Extra door panel ordered with more goodies
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Removed the Glass on the door and replacing it with Modders Mesh from MPCTECH, it needs to be properly primed and painted before installation. here is the stuff.
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Take measurements.
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Primed it with 2 coats at both sides using self etching primer
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Did one coat so far of black paint ( need at least 3 coats on each side and a day of drying before i install it )
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jacob650
Level 7
Custom side door came out pretty good, The Modders mesh is pretty neat once it's done correctly!
Here are some results
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jacob650
Level 7
Pump positioning and mounting.
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man i suck at bending so im ditching it soon and going for straight tubing,
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MY drain ports are at the lowest part of the case, room is tight so i couldn't get any nice valves and other fittings in

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jacob650
Level 7
A recap on the difference between the 980ti classy and the strix
980ti classy
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980ti strix
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980ti classy side ( no water block since there is non available )
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980ti strix (including water block)
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So basically both cards are big for the Carbide 240 case, go for a reference if you want everything to fit.

Vlada011
Level 10
I like PC you prepare, AIR 240 is nice little case and for mATX boards and two graphic cards.
I don't know how you plan to deal with size of GPUs. Maybe you should install waterblock on reference model.
But you will very hard to reach same speed as ASUS 980Ti STRIX and keep GPU stable long period.
Strix and Matrix arrive with fantastic clocks out of box. Ready for games on speed where many cards can't stay stable.

jacob650
Level 7
I will be playing on the X35 Predator and that is why i went for a much better card, perhaps the Titan x would of been a better single card option but this strix should be able to handle moset games on max 3440x1440

here is some changed i did
Mounted my 750 to sit right behind the rad also away from sight
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I used a 15mml extender,5mm male to male and ek had some nice fitting to where you screw a hole in your case and pass right threw it neatly. so the rear of the case wont show much tubing
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as you see a much better look than just a hole in the case
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this was one of the toughest, finishing up the loop and scratching my hands trying to properly tighten and adjust the fitting/tube
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NYk20z3
Level 7
Nice work we have very similar builds but i am in a different case the Lian Li PC-05S.

jacob650
Level 7
Wires....everywhere and still there more to come
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Found a nice place to mount the Extension fan header board
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cleaned up a bit
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Prepping the system using basic distill water and added some pimochill system prep, ( it won't hurt)
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