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07-09-2019 07:03 PM
ThrashZone Hi,
I believe you need some bigger rims and tires for that hotrod
07-09-2019 06:56 PM
iamjanco @Barefooter Thanks, but you're the one that really deserves all the credit. Two years or more you've been at it, that painstaking work and detail. Me, I was just along for the ride which has been quite enjoyable. A BIG to you, magnificent job all around
07-09-2019 02:54 PM
Barefooter Final Specs with Vendor List and a Big Thank You!

Not one item in this build was sponsored or even discounted. Each component of this build was selected because it was either what I considered to be the finest available, or that I liked aesthetically the most to fit this build.

Here is a list of all the companies, and their products that I used in this build in alphabetical order:

Aquacomputer
Aquaero 6 XT
Aquaero 6 LT
2x D5 Pumps with USB and Aquabus interface
2x Aqualis XT 880ml Reservoirs with Nano Coating, Fill Level Sensor and Aquaubus interface
Flow sensor high flow USB
Farbwerk USB Bluetooth RGB Controller
6x Splitty9 fan splitters
Hubby7 USB splitter

Asus
Ramage VI Extreme Motherboard

Bitspower
Dual D5 Mod Top Acrylic - Polished
2 x Bitspower D5 Mod Kit - Chrome plated
2x HDD Acrylic waterblocks – Polished
Intel 900P SSD waterblock
Fittings - Silver Shining
Acrylic 16mm hard tubing

CaseLabs
THW10 Case with Custom Illusion Red Powder Coating

EK
30x EK Vardar F3-140ER fans with custom painted fan blades
2 x EK Vardar F4-120ER fans with custom painted fan blades

EVGA
2x RTX 2080 Ti XC Gaming Video Cards with +112 core and +1040 memory overclock
Modded 4 slot NVLink bridge
SuperNOVA 1600 T2 Power Supply

G.Skill
TridentZ Royal 32GB 3600 16-16-16-36 Memory

Hardware Labs
4x Black Ice SR2 560mm
2x Black Ice SR2 280mm

Intel
Skylake X Core i9-7900X CPU Silicon Lottery delidded 4.7 bin with 24/7 Overclock profile of 4.8 GHz @ 1.25 vcore & Benchmark Overclock profile of 5.0 GHz
480 GB Optane SSD 900P for OS and programs - water cooled

MDPC-X
Sleeving, wire, terminals and connectors

Samsung
850 EVO 2 TB SSD for games

Seagate
2x Iron Wolf Pro 12 TB Helium filled Hard Drives for mass storage - water cooled

Watercool
Heatkiller IV Pro Acrylic Nickel HWLuxx edition CPU waterblock
Heatkiller Acrylic Nickel VRM waterblock
2x Heatkiller IV Acrylic Nickel GPU waterblocks with chrome plated backplates

Local Shops used:
RC Refinishing – Custom Powder Coating
Valley Plating - Chrome Plating
Tap Plastics
Joe’s Glass – Tempered glass windows


A Big Thank You!
I want to give a big thank you to the top 10 posters on this build log. You all helped make it more fun and entertaining for me! In the order of most posts:

@ruffhi
@OCDesign
@iamjanco
@cpachris
@Trestles126
@Deathscythes
@emsj86
@meson1
@Master Chicken
@Jubijub

I also want to thank these two Hardware Reps here on OCN that were both very helpful and responsive when I needed it. Both companies make what I consider some of the finest water cooling components on the planet!

@Watercool-Jakob from Watercool
@Shoggy from Aquacomputer

Finally as I mentioned in the opening post thank you to @cpachris and his Big Budget Boomer Box build for the inspiration for this build. I hope that this “Devastator” build will also inspire others to create something awesome.


I never kept track of how many hours I spent on this build, but I would guess that it’s well over 400 hours, and I probably spent as much or more time on this build log!

I recently copied all of my posts to keep a record of all of my work just in case something happens to this web site because you never know what might happen in the future.

Not counting the posts where I was just answering questions or replying to comments, I have made 138 update posts, with over 47,000 words and shared 1,380 images so far in this build log. While my picture folder for this build contains 4,132 images, and I deleted many of the obviously bad ones before even importing them into my build folder!

I do have at least one more update coming which will be a suite of game benchmarks with the “Devastator” finally in place in my office.

It’s been great fun

Barefooter
07-02-2019 08:10 AM
Barefooter Asus Aura Sync RGB Videos

I did do a write up on the Asus Aura Sync software awhile back which you can see here Asus Aura Sync RGB Software Demo

At the time I took those videos the motherboard was just setup on a test bench with the G.Skill Trident Z RGB RAM. Now that the build is complete, I have replaced the RAM with G.Skill Trident Z Royal RAM which has eight LEDs in each stick instead of five like the original RGB sticks have.

Plus I am now using the two RGB strip headers on the motherboard, one to illuminate both video card waterblocks, and one to illuminate the Intel 900P waterblock. I am no fan of a bunch of flashing lights, or lights changing to all kinds of different colors, but since I’ll be moving this rig up into my office soon to become my new daily driver, I thought I’d take a few videos of the different lighting options available in the Asus Aura software so you can see what it looks like.

Before I show the videos here’s a screenshot of the software. If you are using Single Color it’s real easy to pick red or any other color around the color wheel, and click apply. However if you want white you have to move the Saturation slider all the way down. If you want everything white it’s fairly easy.




I like to have the waterblocks in white with everything else red. To do this click the drop down arrow under Color and change it to “By Areas”, then selecting RGB strip-1 in the next drop down box, then I move the Saturation all the way down.




I do the same thing for RGB strip-2 except I also turn the brightness down quite a bit because the RGB strip in the Intel 900P waterblock is much longer and brighter than the two RGB strips in the video card waterblocks, they only have about four LEDs and are on just one side of the waterblock. This makes both about the same brightness. Now all the motherboard and the RAM are red, with the waterblocks white.




Like I said if you want all white it’s fairly easy, but if you want the motherboard red and want the RAM to be white it’s a lot of work! You have to click the drop down box select the first LED on the first stick of RAM, move the Saturation slider all the way down and click apply.

Here’s where it’s a pain in the neck… you have to do each LED on each stick of RAM separately, so that’s eight LEDs on four sticks of RAM it takes way over a hundred clicks of the mouse to accomplish this! Wouldn’t you think there should be some way to save several different profiles




You have already seen various Static color combinations in the final pictures I posted recently so let’s get to the Breathing option. For some reason this is the only lighting option in the left column that contains the Saturation slider so you can select white, so I’ll show you both white and red in the Breathing option.

Of course you can pick any color you would like. Color Cycle and Rainbow uses all the colors, but you can choose any color (except for white) for the Comet, Flash and Dance, Wave, Glowing Yo Yo, Starry-Night, or Strobing options. I’m only going to show those options in red.




All of these videos are less than 40 seconds.

Breathing Red Motherboard with White RAM and waterblocks



Breathing all Red



Color Cycle



Rainbow



Comet



Flash and Dance



Wave



Glowing Yo Yo



Starry-Night



Strobing



I most likely won’t ever use any of these lighting options, but now you know what they look like in a completed build


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07-01-2019 08:47 AM
Barefooter
Quote: Originally Posted by JasonMorris View Post
Stunning build it's been a long journey. Hope you can now finally enjoy using it. Look forward to the next one
Yes it has been a long journey, and this Summer instead of building I'll be playing games as I have a nice backlog of games to play now.

Not sure if I will do another build log to be honest with you. Most likely not here on OCN anyway unless the upcoming platform change is a dramatic improvement over what we have now. The editing features are terrible and thumbnails on the bottom of each post is most annoying. I know that @ENTERPRISE is working hard to improve things here. This is the latest update on that front https://www.overclock.net/forum/28022564-post825.html


Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Sweet build
Thanks ThrashZone!


Quote: Originally Posted by DerComissar View Post
No problem with the time spent finishing this incredible build, it was well worth waiting for!


I haven't posted on OCN much lately, but after seeing your build begin some time ago, and spending some time reviewing it further, I felt that it was appropriate to post my approval!


I previously gave a Rep+ for your Aquaero guide, that's going to be very helpful to many of us, it certainly will be for myself.


As for the "Big Red Devastator", what a beauty!
I recall when you had all those panels and parts powder-coated, and it was nice to see what a fine job they did.
Not an easy task stripping the original coating and re-doing it, but it sure came out fantastic.


Excellent build log, quality photography, and the detailed explanations of all the steps along the way.


The selection of parts, cable sleeving, the hard tubing, all top-notch.
And tons of rad space!


It's nice to see this legacy continue with your project.
After what went down with CaseLabs, those of us lucky enough to have one of their cases can still enjoy building in them.


A Rep+ for this lovely build log!
Thank you very much for the kind words and the Reps! Makes me wonder how many Reps I would have gotten if the Rep system was not down for 13 months in the middle of this build log

And yes tons of rad space was part of my "max rads - max fans" theme


Quote: Originally Posted by OCDesign View Post
Oh wow. Congratulations Barefooter - she’s magnificent. Worthy of every single bit of effort you put in to this project, and then some.

The pictures are all superb, yet I think my favourite is the first of the night-time set. Not wishing to get too art-critic about it, but there is something about the way that beautifully lit interior contrasts with the pure black of the case and cable as it is silhouetted against the glow reflected by the backdrop - visible on one side, disappearing into darkness on the other. That I really like.

My highest compliments on both the build and the build log, and for the same reason – the sheer standard of quality. You’ve shown throughout an unfailing attention to the little details that most people would disregard or never even notice in the first place, to a masterful degree that even my obsessive tendencies would struggle to try and match! More impressive has been the total willingness to take things apart and redo them if they weren’t absolutely up to scratch; never accepting second best, no “that’ll do” or “good enough”. I also admire that Devastator’s design shows no compromise in form for function, or function for form - the supercar mentality: raw power, deeply enviable performance numbers, striking aesthetics, top-spec craftsmanship, and bright red paint. It really is an outstanding creation.

Most of all however you deserve the highest praise for having put such time, effort and depth of information into this build log. I don’t doubt that I will end up returning to it as a how-to reference in future, especially in respect of your test procedures and Aquaero guide. Your testing has been exhaustively thorough, your documentation of the project first rate (in respect of both the text and the pictures, your explanations comprehensive yet clear) and you maintained that consistent high standard of writing from first to last. Since these are things that I regret not doing - or having slowly let slip a bit - back when I did Ironbeast I can’t help but doff my hat to you for that.


+Rep for a stunning piece of work.


Bravo, Barefooter. Bravo.
Thank you my friend, and I very much appreciate all of your comments and contributions along the way! You made me think long and hard about the flow indicator that I originally had in the middle of the tube connecting the front radiator to the bottom radiator on the main side, and I am glad that I ended up taking it out as I think it looks much cleaner now

In respect to your last paragraph, my intention from the beginning of the build log was to show "how I did it". Many build logs show the finished section, component or build, but never show you how they actually accomplished it.

That is the reason I have maintained the Build Log Index with Links on Post #2. When I first started this build log I never really thought about how many links the index would have, but I would have never guessed that there would be as many as there are now. Currently there are 93 links of major updates and/or "how-tos" and I still have at least two more to add.

I also have all 100 Final Pictures on Post #3 without the thumbnails on the bottom.

At the top of the opening post I have links to both Post #2 and Post #3 for quick easy access

It is also interesting to look on the opening post to compare the "Projected Hardware at the start of build log" to the "Actual Hardware Used" since when I started the build log I was guessing at some of the components as they would not be available until months later.

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06-26-2019 04:00 AM
OCDesign Oh wow. Congratulations Barefooter - she’s magnificent. Worthy of every single bit of effort you put in to this project, and then some.

The pictures are all superb, yet I think my favourite is the first of the night-time set. Not wishing to get too art-critic about it, but there is something about the way that beautifully lit interior contrasts with the pure black of the case and cable as it is silhouetted against the glow reflected by the backdrop - visible on one side, disappearing into darkness on the other. That I really like.

My highest compliments on both the build and the build log, and for the same reason – the sheer standard of quality. You’ve shown throughout an unfailing attention to the little details that most people would disregard or never even notice in the first place, to a masterful degree that even my obsessive tendencies would struggle to try and match! More impressive has been the total willingness to take things apart and redo them if they weren’t absolutely up to scratch; never accepting second best, no “that’ll do” or “good enough”. I also admire that Devastator’s design shows no compromise in form for function, or function for form - the supercar mentality: raw power, deeply enviable performance numbers, striking aesthetics, top-spec craftsmanship, and bright red paint. It really is an outstanding creation.

Most of all however you deserve the highest praise for having put such time, effort and depth of information into this build log. I don’t doubt that I will end up returning to it as a how-to reference in future, especially in respect of your test procedures and Aquaero guide. Your testing has been exhaustively thorough, your documentation of the project first rate (in respect of both the text and the pictures, your explanations comprehensive yet clear) and you maintained that consistent high standard of writing from first to last. Since these are things that I regret not doing - or having slowly let slip a bit - back when I did Ironbeast I can’t help but doff my hat to you for that.


+Rep for a stunning piece of work.


Bravo, Barefooter. Bravo.
06-25-2019 07:20 PM
DerComissar No problem with the time spent finishing this incredible build, it was well worth waiting for!


I haven't posted on OCN much lately, but after seeing your build begin some time ago, and spending some time reviewing it further, I felt that it was appropriate to post my approval!


I previously gave a Rep+ for your Aquaero guide, that's going to be very helpful to many of us, it certainly will be for myself.



As for the "Big Red Devastator", what a beauty!
I recall when you had all those panels and parts powder-coated, and it was nice to see what a fine job they did.
Not an easy task stripping the original coating and re-doing it, but it sure came out fantastic.


Excellent build log, quality photography, and the detailed explanations of all the steps along the way.


The selection of parts, cable sleeving, the hard tubing, all top-notch.
And tons of rad space!


It's nice to see this legacy continue with your project.
After what went down with CaseLabs, those of us lucky enough to have one of their cases can still enjoy building in them.


A Rep+ for this lovely build log!
06-25-2019 05:18 AM
ThrashZone Hi,
Sweet build
06-24-2019 03:06 AM
JasonMorris Stunning build it's been a long journey. Hope you can now finally enjoy using it. Look forward to the next one
06-23-2019 10:41 AM
Barefooter Final Pictures – Top 50 Nighttime Shots

The rest of these pictures are taken in the dark with various different lighting effects. The Aquasuite software and the Farbwerk controls the four RGB strips that serve as case lighting. Mostly these case lighting strips are just set to all white, there are a few shots here with the case lights turned off, or set to red.

The Asus Aura software controls the lighting of the motherboard, the RAM sticks, and the two RGB strip headers. One of the RGB strip headers controls the strips in both video cards, and the second RGB header controls the strip in the Intel 900P water block.

To start with I have the Aura software set so that everything, motherboard, RAM and RGB strips are all red.




















This is with the case lighting off. Now you are just seeing the motherboard, RAM, RGB strips in the waterblocks, and the always white LEDs in the reservoir, the CPU waterblock, and the two hard drive waterblocks.






This is the back side with the case lighting off. Pretty dark here, just the white LEDs in the reservoir, and pump top can be seen.




Now the case lighting is turned to red. It’s just all washed out in red, so I won’t ever be using this particular lighting scheme.






Here’s the back side with the case lighting all white again.


















Various close-ups










One thing I really like about having the RGB strips in the waterblocks set to white is that it shows the red coolant inside the waterblocks.


















The reflection off of the chrome plated backplates is like a mirror
























This is one of my two favorite lighting schemes. Case lighting all white, then in the Asus Aura software I left the motherboard and RAM all set to red, and just turned the two RGB strips to white.












I’ll bet some of you thought I might not ever finish this project. It did take a long time, but I must say that this is one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done in my life, and I thoroughly enjoyed the process!

Whether you are a regular poster here, or have never left a comment on this build log, I would love to hear from you. In just a few sentences please let me know what was the one or two things in this build log that you enjoyed the most, or which is your favorite picture here.


Barefooter


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