James is stuck in an endless loop, playing the Dark Souls games on repeat until Elden Ring and Silksong set him free. He's a truffle pig for indie horror and weird FPS games too, seeking out games that actively hurt to play. Otherwise he's wandering Austin, identifying mushrooms and doodling grackles.
Every Monday, Build of the week highlights a unique rig from the web's most dedicated PC building communities.
The Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational is back, and so is Peter Brands (aka, L3P) with another very fancy computer attached to a wall. An electrician based in the Netherlands, Brands is no stranger to attaching things to walls and it shows in his previous builds. This guy knows his walls, no joke. Perhaps more impressive than his wall-attaching skills is Brands’ affinity for efficiency and showmanship in liquid cooling. Tt D3sk consists of a beautiful maze of pipes and pumps split between two main chassis boards. The wide spread of components means heat distribution isn’t an issue and wires have plenty of places to hide. And with adjustable lighting throughout, it’s possible to set the perfect mood for whatever game you’re playing. For once, I don’t find a deep LED red appalling—pop on Doom and it all makes sense.
Tt D3sk is a gorgeous piece of engineering with some great components to boot—no surprise from one of the best in the biz. It’s not simply a rehash of Brands’ old ideas, but an evolution with extra layers of challenge and elegance built into its design. Those liquid cooling switchbacks between the chassis? Mesmerizing. I’m always excited to see what he’s up to, and the Tt D3sk does not disappoint.
Tt D3sk components:
- CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K
- Mobo: Asus Maximus VIII Formula
- GPU: Asus Geforce GTX 980 Strix (2x)
- Display: Asus ROG Swift PG348Q 34″ 100Hz
- RAM: Avexir Red Tesla 2666Mhz 16GB
- SSD: Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2
- Chassis: Thermaltake Core P5 (2x)
- PSU: Thermaltake DPS G RGB 1250W Ti