Build 49 – 4K Gaming Computer: Industrial Strength Awesome v2

Industrial Strength Awesome v2 is a 4K gaming computer.


Industrial Strength Awesome 2 is a 4K gaming computer.

General System Design

This custom water loop build uses a 6-core i7-8086K processor and SLI GTX 1080Ti 11GB video cards.

Software Workload/Customer Need

Our Industrial Strength Awesome v1 customer wanted to put their 4K gaming computer on the wall for room-scale VR, and didn’t want any of the off-the-shelf options for wall-mounted cases.

Due to the extreme amount of radiators, we had to fabricate a case of our own design to be able to mount all the thick radiators.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i7-8086K

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS X FORMULA

Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 4x16GB DDR4-3466

Storage (SSD): Samsung 960 Pro 2TB NVME

Storage (HDD): 4x HGST 10TB Helium

Video Card (GPU): 2x Asus GTX 1080Ti ROG STRIX GAMING

Power Supply (PSU): Corsair AX1500i 80+ Titanium

Case: Custom-Fabricated Design

Fans: 16x EKWB Vardar EVO 120ER

Custom Loop: EKWB Supremacy EVO (Nickel), 2x EKWB FC1080 GTX Ti STRIX (Nickel), 2x EKWB FC1080 GTX Ti Strix Backplate (Nickel), EKWB FC Terminal X2 3-slot (Plexi), 4x EKWB XE480, EKWB XTOP Revo Dual D5, McMaster-Carr 12/16 Clear PETG, EKWB HDC 12/16 (Nickel), EKWB RES X3 250

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Design Rationale

  • The i7-8086K gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for gaming, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, we used a custom water loop with 4 480x60mm radiators.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with the capacity to have VRMs cooled by the custom loop.
  • The customer wanted to max the build out with 64GB of RAM. We added this to the custom loop as well.
  • We used the existing NVME drive, the customer also requested 4x10TB HDDs in RAID10.
  • We used the existing video cards, putting these in the custom loop.
  • We used the existing power supply.
  • We fabricated our own case per the customer request.
  • The customer requested specific fans for their extreme low noise and good static pressure.

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