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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-08-2017, 12:56 PM - Thread Starter
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A few months ago I set out to upgrade my system, and a friend decided to join in, but after some discussion we ended up with entirely new builds instead.

Vector. For the past two decades I’ve been heavily invested in PC gaming, with it I found my passion for computers, and overclocking, to gain that extra performance no amount of money could give you, having built systems dedicated to close ones for over a decade I’ve learned a great deal and enjoy sharing my knowledge with others to get the most out of their systems. I started to take it more seriously a few years back and began testing games with various hardware, and I realized I could really use an open case, so when I discovered the BenchCase by Vector Custom Design I was ecstatic, it remains unique by the fact that it also serves as a proper gaming case.

Qlimax. Seeing firsthand the evolution of gamer products, it’s never been easier to make your system look good, in recent years RGB has taken us by storm, no longer do you have to decide on a single color, it’s truly an intense and exciting time to build a computer. Being fans of the annual Q-dance festival Qlimax, with it’s sophisticated lighting and laser production, we thought the name seemed fitting with all of the RGB LED’s and the pinnacle of today’s computer hardware.

As for the parts I have chosen, it’s one of the most powerful systems you can build today, but the only way to truly get all the way is by overclocking, the i7-7700K is pre-binned 5.2GHz capable, ROG Maximus IX APEX motherboard to get the Trident Z memory well over 4GHz, two GTX 1080 Ti’s in SLI, and water cooling.

Sharing these unique builds with you means a lot and we hope to inspire! Though a couple of months are expected for it’s completion, right now most of it is up and running but there is still much to do and even more to show.

Thank you and feel free to leave a comment if you have a question or suggestion, we take your feedback to heart.


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Case » Vector Custom Design BenchCase «
QTY  1 • MPN VBCRMVP02 • LINK Geizhals.eu

Motherboard » ASUS ROG Maximus IX APEX Z270
QTY  1 • MPN 90MB0T90-M0EAY0 • EAN 4712900650686 • LINK Geizhals.eu

Motherboard » ASUS ROG Maximus X APEX Z370 «
QTY  1 • MPN 90MB0V90-M0EAY0 • EAN 4712900850680 • LINK Geizhals.eu

Processor » Intel Core i7 7700K Kaby Lake
QTY  1 • MPN BX80677I77700K • EAN 5032037092562 • LINK Geizhals.eu

Processor » Intel Core i7 8700K Coffee Lake «
QTY  1 • MPN BX80684I78700K • EAN 5032037108652 • LINK Geizhals.eu

Memory » G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB DDR4-3600 16-16-16-36 Dual Kit «
QTY  1 • MPN F4-3600C16D-16GTZR • EAN 4250812419620 • LINK Geizhals.eu

Graphics Card » EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB «
QTY  2 • MPN 11G-P4-6390-KR • EAN 5032037092562 • LINK Geizhals.eu

Solid State Drive » Samsung 960 EVO 500GB M.2 SSD «
QTY  1 • MPN MZ-V6E500BW • EAN 8806088540122 • LINK Geizhals.eu

Power Supply » Corsair RM1000x 1000W 80 Plus Gold «
QTY  1 • MPN CP-9020094-EU • EAN 0843591050876 • LINK Geizhals.eu

Fan » Corsair HD120 RGB LED PWM 3-Pack with Controller « ☑☑☑
QTY  4 • MPN CO-9050067-WW • EAN 0843591090896 • LINK Geizhals.eu

Fan » Corsair LL120 RGB LED PWM 3-Pack with Lighting Node PRO « ◻◻◻◻
QTY  4 • MPN CO-9050072-WW • EAN 0843591032438 • LINK Geizhals.eu
 


Kit » EK Fluid Gaming Liquid Cooling Kit A240G «
QTY  2 • MPN 3831109890721 • EAN 3831109890721 • LINK EKFluidGaming

Processor » EK-Supremacy AX CPU Block «
QTY  1 • MPN 3831109890653 • EAN 3831109890653 • LINK EKFluidGaming

Graphics Card » EK-AC GEFORCE GTX (INCL. BACKPLATE) «
QTY  2 • MPN 3831109890806 • EAN 3831109890806 • LINK EKFluidGaming

Radiator » EK-ALUSTREAM SE 240 / EK-FG 240 «
QTY  2 • MPN 3830046992468 • EAN 3830046992468 • LINK EKFluidGaming

Radiator » EK-ALUSTREAM SE 360 / EK-FG 360 «
QTY  1 • MPN 3830046992475 • EAN 3830046992475 • LINK EKFluidGaming

Pump/Res » EK-XRES 100 SPC-60 MX PWM (INCL. PUMP) «
QTY  2 • MPN 3831109843246 • EAN 3831109843246 • LINK EKFluidGaming

Tubing » EK-DURACLEAR 9,5/12,7MM 3M «
QTY  2 • MPN 3831109850961 • EAN 3831109850961 • LINK EKFluidGaming

Coolant » EK-CRYOFUEL CONCENTRATE 100 ML «
QTY  2 • MPN 3831109880135 • EAN 3831109880135 • LINK EKFluidGaming

Fitting » EK-ACF ALU FITTING 10/13MM « 8 ☑◻ 4
QTY  12 • MPN 3831109890158 • EAN 3831109890158 • LINK EKFluidGaming

Fitting » EK-AF ALU ANGLED 90° G1/4 « ◻ 6
QTY  6 • MPN 3831109890127 • EAN 3831109890127 • LINK EKFluidGaming

Fitting » EK-AC MULTI-GPU CONNECTOR KIT « ◻ 2
QTY  2 • MPN 3830046994141 • EAN 3830046994141 • LINK EKFluidGaming



Power Splitter » Phobya 4Pin PWM to 8x 4Pin Fan Splitter PCB « ☑☑☑
QTY  3 • MPN 81136 • EAN 4049469174064 • LINK Geizhals.eu

SLI Bridge » ASUS ROG SLI HB Bridge RGB «
QTY  1 • MPN 90YV0AB0-M0NA00 • EAN 4712900650655 • LINK Geizhals.eu

LED » Corsair Lighting Node PRO «
QTY  1 • MPN CL-9011109-WW • EAN 0843591094337 • LINK Geizhals.eu



» Update 1 «
Case

» Update 2 «
Motherboard

» Update 3 «
Memory

» Update 4 «
Solid State Drive

» Update 5 «
Graphics Card

» Update 6 «
Graphics Card Continued

» Update 7 «
EK Fluid Gaming Kit

» Update 8 «
EK Fluid Gaming Kit Continued

» Update 9 «
EK Fluid Gaming Kit Continued

» Update 10 «
EK Fluid Gaming Kit Continued

» Update 11 «
Fans

» Update 12 «
Change of Plans

» Update 13 «
Steel Sheet

» Update 14 «
Motherboard Lighting

» Update 15 «
ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex Z370

» Update 16 «
Processor

Build Log: Vector Qlimax

X APEX, 9900K @ 5200MHz, Trident Z 16GB @ 4400MHz CL18, RTX 2080 Ti, 970 M.2 SSD, RM1000x, EK A240 Water Cooling
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The Vector BenchCase shipped in a rather small but heavy package devoid of any markings. After opening this mysterious package, it was time to carefully remove the plastic film without leaving any scratching.

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Everything was neatly arranged inside with no room to spare, the edges of both side panels suffered from some minor bending and one LED strip was visibly damaged, likely due to the transportation and tight packaging; the former was easily rectified with a pair of pliers.

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Build Log: Vector Qlimax

X APEX, 9900K @ 5200MHz, Trident Z 16GB @ 4400MHz CL18, RTX 2080 Ti, 970 M.2 SSD, RM1000x, EK A240 Water Cooling
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The ASUS ROG Maximus IX APEX is probably the most incredible motherboard I have ever laid eyes on, its various lighting modes are breathtaking in the the dark. Aesthetics aside, it’s one of the best suited motherboards for DRAM overclocking due to its two specially dedicated DIMMs.

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They’ve included an unreasonable amount of stickers, love it! I will make sure to show each one of them at a later date.

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Something out of the ordinary is the inclusion of a drink coaster, M.2 Riser Card and acrylic name plate.

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Build Log: Vector Qlimax

X APEX, 9900K @ 5200MHz, Trident Z 16GB @ 4400MHz CL18, RTX 2080 Ti, 970 M.2 SSD, RM1000x, EK A240 Water Cooling
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I’ve spent a good amount of time overclocking a 3600C16 non-RGB kit, and at this point know that they overclock to 4133MHz CL17 on APEX, initially we were looking at the 4266MHz CL19 kit to overclock even further, but the 3600MHz CL16 RGB kit had its price lowered just days before ordering so we went with it instead, but there’s still a very likely possibility of getting 4266+ sticks in the future.

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As we have two concurrent builds, four sticks are presented.

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They already look stunning before lighting up.

Build Log: Vector Qlimax

X APEX, 9900K @ 5200MHz, Trident Z 16GB @ 4400MHz CL18, RTX 2080 Ti, 970 M.2 SSD, RM1000x, EK A240 Water Cooling
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Samsung are a safe bet in my experience, they also look aesthetically pleasing in all-black with minimal orange accents. Regarding my choice of the EVO: I’ve compared SSD performance in many titles over the years and at a certain point you start getting diminishing returns and hit other limitations; since this is a gaming system first, I felt no need to pay the premium for the PRO variant.

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As you can see, the second M.2 SSD covers a decent part of the DRAM, a slight inconvenience, but we’re only using one SSD for each system in the meantime.

Speeds below when pairing both SSDs in RAID-0.

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Build Log: Vector Qlimax

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At first I ordered an MSI branded Founder’s Edition since it was €100 cheaper than EVGA’s, but a few days later the latter price was even lower, so I got it instead. 

Before returning my first purchase I wanted to see how they’d look together in a 3-Way SLI configuration:

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Build Log: Vector Qlimax

X APEX, 9900K @ 5200MHz, Trident Z 16GB @ 4400MHz CL18, RTX 2080 Ti, 970 M.2 SSD, RM1000x, EK A240 Water Cooling
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Ok what, your SSD is in your RAM slot?


Sweet build though.

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The motherboard has 2 slots for ram. That dimm is for the special adapter for the m2 ssd's lol. thumb.gif

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Absolutely stunning pictures and I love the gifs! Will be following this build for sure thumb.gif

Unit 02
(12 items)
CPU
Intel Core i7-8700K
Motherboard
ASUS Maximus X Apex
GPU
NVIDIA Titan Xp
RAM
GSkill Trident Z - 16GB
Hard Drive
Samsung 960 PRO - 512GB
Power Supply
PRIME Ultra 1000 Titanium
Cooling
EK-CoolStream PE 360
Case
Lian Li PC-O11
Monitor
Dell AW3418DW
Keyboard
Corsair K70 RGB
Mouse
SteelSeries Rival 300
Audio
AKG K7XX
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Founder’s Edition cooler shroud disassembly process.

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After replacing the thermal compound with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut the load temperature lowered by 5 degrees Celsius, from 65c (149f) to 60c (140f).

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The MSI branded Founders Edition had a “Warranty Void if Removed” sticker, although according to all available information, they allow disassembly if all of the components remain undamaged.


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