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[Build Log] 20th anniversary super computer - Thermaltake P3

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Hey everyone! The last PC I built was more than 15 years ago. Well, times have changed and I'm ready to do it again. In November I am celebrating my 20th year as an engineer at Microsoft. As a gift to myself, and to pay homage to the device that makes my career possible, I'm building the most bad ass PC I've ever used. All the parts, besides the liquid cooling fittings, have been ordered and will be arriving next week. I hope to share all the ups and downs of my build here. The plan is to create a beautiful, hard-line liquid cooled system that is a showpiece in my home-office. My overall color scheme is black and green, because that's the classic colors of the computers I started out with.

Current parts list:
Motherboard: MSI Gaming Pro Carbon
Graphics Card: MSI Sea Hawk Ek 1080
CPU: Intel 6800K
OS Drive: Samsung 950 Pro 512GB
Storage Drive: Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
RAM: Corsair Platinum 32gb (8x4GB)
Cooling fittings: Bitspower
Cooling parts: EKWB
Cables: Thermaltake
PSU: Thermaltake 850 RGB
Fans: Thermaltake R14 3 pack
Case: Thermaltake P3
Monitor: ASUS ROG SWIFT PG348Q

Approx cost with tax and shipping: $5000 USD
Edited by Murphy Dog - 9/25/16 at 10:41pm
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Edited by Murphy Dog - 9/17/16 at 5:08pm
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Gl with the build. Excited to see what you come up with!
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Subbed. What radiator are you going to use?

You know I have a macbook pro for work. The apple OS was such a pain and slow, I yanked the HDD, slapped an SSD in it, loaded Windows 7 and it's dang near faster than my desktop. Best of both worlds!
Edited by Radnad - 9/17/16 at 5:54am
 
Spare Parts
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel i5 750 Lynnfield Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 ASUS Strix GTX 960 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin... 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Crucial BX100 SSD 500GB EKWB EK-KIT L120 Corsair SP120 Koolance 2x140mm Radiator HX-CU1402V 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair AF140 Bitspower VG-NGTX960 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung Curved 27" S27D590C 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Apevia Iceburg 680 watts Apevia X-Sniper 2 EVGA Torq X3 Laser 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9750 ASUS M3A78-CM PNY XLR8 GTX 460 Corsair XMS2 (4 x 1GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingPower
Hitachi 5K500 Silenx 92mm EFFIZIO Corsair SP 120 Red LED Antec 500watt 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6400 Skylake ASRock A170A-X1/3.1 Gigabye G1 Gaming GTX 970 Windforce CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DD... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bykski CPU-XPR-A High Performance Acrylic Nicke... EKWB Acrylic Nickel GPU Block Monsoon MMRS Reservoir Bykski BY-PUMP-XPH-PA Water Cooling Pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Koolance 240 30 FPI Radiator Magicool 280 14 FPI Radiator Bitfenix Spectre PWM 120mm Fan ML140 140mm PWM Premium Magnetic Levitation Fan 
OSPowerCase
Windows 10 Pro Corsair RM Series 850 Thermaltake Suppressor F31 
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Spare Parts
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel i5 750 Lynnfield Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 ASUS Strix GTX 960 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin... 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Crucial BX100 SSD 500GB EKWB EK-KIT L120 Corsair SP120 Koolance 2x140mm Radiator HX-CU1402V 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair AF140 Bitspower VG-NGTX960 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung Curved 27" S27D590C 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Apevia Iceburg 680 watts Apevia X-Sniper 2 EVGA Torq X3 Laser 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9750 ASUS M3A78-CM PNY XLR8 GTX 460 Corsair XMS2 (4 x 1GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingPower
Hitachi 5K500 Silenx 92mm EFFIZIO Corsair SP 120 Red LED Antec 500watt 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6400 Skylake ASRock A170A-X1/3.1 Gigabye G1 Gaming GTX 970 Windforce CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DD... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bykski CPU-XPR-A High Performance Acrylic Nicke... EKWB Acrylic Nickel GPU Block Monsoon MMRS Reservoir Bykski BY-PUMP-XPH-PA Water Cooling Pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Koolance 240 30 FPI Radiator Magicool 280 14 FPI Radiator Bitfenix Spectre PWM 120mm Fan ML140 140mm PWM Premium Magnetic Levitation Fan 
OSPowerCase
Windows 10 Pro Corsair RM Series 850 Thermaltake Suppressor F31 
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Cleaned, that's a rough start to what looks like being a great thread. If anyone has anything to say irrelevant to the build log (like comments about him working for Microsoft or comments about Microsoft) will be reported as spam and dealt with accordingly.

Carry on sir smile.gif

edit : As an owner of a P3, I hope you get a better experience that I did.
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Good build. As a suggestion, could you ask the relevant team to port PowerPivot to Office 07 as my work PC had 07 and my boss wants me to work with large datasets that the powerpivot would be useful in but does not want to upgrade to the newer versions. (Don't feel like doing a VBA script as I lack the skills, but I can learn but would be counter intuitive if it already is available on office 10 onwards.
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Subbed. What radiator are you going to use?

EK CoolStream CE 420
EK-XRES D5 Pump
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Cleaned, that's a rough start to what looks like being a great thread. If anyone has anything to say irrelevant to the build log (like comments about him working for Microsoft or comments about Microsoft) will be reported as spam and dealt with accordingly.

Carry on sir smile.gif

edit : As an owner of a P3, I hope you get a better experience that I did.

Thank you sir!

What was your P3 experience? Riser cable issues?

I have high hopes for the case. It's just so damn beautiful, and this build is meant to be conversation starter. But, I don't expect it to be all smooth sailing. One of the reasons I haven't purchased all my fittings is because I want to get everything together (besides the loop) and then decide if the case is going to work for me. If not, I'll move everything to a different case and complete the build.
Edited by Murphy Dog - 9/17/16 at 8:56am
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Thanks you sir!

What was your P3 experience? Riser cable issues?

I have high hopes for the case. It's just so damn beautiful, and this build is meant to be conversation starter. But, I don't expect it to be all smooth sailing. One of the reasons I haven't purchased all my fittings is because I want to get everything together (besides the loop) and then decide if the case is going to work for me. If not, I'll move everything to a different case and complete the build.

Buy a 6-32 tap, I needed one. Be prepared to get out a pair of pliers to remove the thumb screws and black paint to repaint them, it's the main issues I found.
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EK CoolStream CE 420
EK-XRES D5 Pump

420? That will fit? My 360 predator leave maybe an inch of clearance. Either way, I'll be stalking this build
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