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

Industrial Strength Awesome v2 is a 4K gaming computer, designed around a 6-core i7-8086K processor and SLI GTX 1080Ti 11GB video cards.

Description

Industrial Strength Awesome v2 is a 4K gaming computer, designed around a 6-core i7-8086K processor and SLI GTX 1080Ti 11GB video cards.

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.

Our custom water cooling builds include Industrial Strength Awesome, Industrial Strength Awesome v2, Red Guardian, Rage Inducer, The Rivaderchi, Super Tower of Power, Triscanatops, and Tryscannosaurus Rex.

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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