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    Default I Liquid Cooled My PC - - Build log.

    I Just finished the last phase of my first liquid cooled setup. It was a 3-part project that spanned over a month from planning, material acquisition and completion. Parts/Material list will be at the bottom - Long Post, Lots of pics.

    This Is where I started:

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    As you can see nothing special, just a computer.

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    Side Grade Conformity Parts

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    The cable management of the standard rubberized cables was to be desired.


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    Continuing teardown.

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    The Define R5 comes apart really nicely.

    Phase One

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    First Look at the Sabretooth Mark S [Z97]

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    In the case, every step not documented.

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    Due to some errors in image uploading [Limits?] I have the Imgur Album in order
    http://imgur.com/a/LwbTI


    Build Notes:
    You can see how much the Define R5 case comes apart to accommodate.

    PETG Tubing bending : You can use the soapy water method for the bending cord just be aware that evaporation of water can cause the tubing to expand and bubble, ruining your bend. I ended up putting the cord in dry, It was harder to get out but it saved the tubing from expansion and deformation.

    The leak test went off without a hitch.

    I had a fabrication shop cut a hole in the side panel so I could mount tempered glass.

    That black material is sound dampening and the heat gun took it right off with no residue.

    The wire hanger pieces were for bend planning.

    The 3M VHB tape is no joke, If you wan't to ever open your computer again I would suggest trimming excess.

    The glass panel is slightly smoke tinted and looks much better in person than I can take with a phone camera.

    Here Is the parts list.
    Build Conformity side grade

    ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK S

    EVGA 220-G2-0750-XR 80 PLUS GOLD 750 W -- Fully Modular

    EVGA Individually Braided cable set - Black

    2x Avexir Core Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400

    3x Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition

    2x Corsair SP140 [White LED]



    Water Cooling Parts:

    From Performance-PC's [FL]

    EK-FC970 GTX ACX Waterblock - Nickel + Acetal

    Bitspower G 1/4" 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter - Matte Black

    HEATKILLER® IV PRO (INTEL processor) - Acetal Clean

    XSPC EX280 Dual Fan Low Profile / High Performance Radiator - White

    XSPC RX360 Triple-Fan Radiator V3 - White

    Phobya DC12-260 12Volt Pump & Alphacool Lighttower All-in-One Reservoir Combo

    EK-FC970 GTX ACX Backplate - Black

    EK-HD Tube D.I.Y. Kit 10 & 12mm

    EK-HD Adapter 10/12mm - Black

    Ice Dragon Cooling Nanofluid

    EK-HD PETG Tube 10/12mm 500mm/19.5" (2 pcs)





    Extras:

    Tempered glass Elite Custom Glass, the cheapest I was able to find it for -- 30 USD + shipping vs 80 + shipping.
    http://elitecustomglass.com/?gclid=C...uj4hoCARXw_wcB

    3M VHB double-sided tape, to secure pump/res to case and mount glass to door. [Amazon]

    EPDM Rubber U-Channel to edge the door for the window. [Amazon] Size 0.062" X 0.187" Base, 0.062" Leg, 3/8" Overall Depth. 10Ft. Fits perfectly for thin case doors without adhesive.

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    Phase one Completed -Running


    Flushing the rad with some hose I had around the house. There was little to no debris left in them from manufacturing, Highly suggest XSPC rads since it looks like they took care of everything.


    Here it is completed [Phase two] before the door was worked on- Would you suggest some LED lighting to brighten it up on the inside? All lighting is White, looks blue due to mobile camera/ room lighting.

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    1st off, bloody beautiful man. Second off, look at the Sabertooth Z97 with that armor. Sexiest and best bang for your buck in terms of MOBO IMO. Thanks for sharing this though man, really awesome thread.

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    Thanks! Not too many white boards out there, this has a white PCB AND front/backplate. The ram was made specifically to match the patterns too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AOD_Qrow View Post
    Thanks! Not too many white boards out there, this has a white PCB AND front/backplate. The ram was made specifically to match the patterns too.
    My god, didn't even notice that was the RAM, seeeeeeeeeeeexy!!!!!!

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    I hope you don't mind me asking what did the liquid cooling components run? (Cost). Always been interested in water cooling just never done it

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    Quote Originally Posted by AOD_Marrv View Post
    I hope you don't mind me asking what did the liquid cooling components run? (Cost). Always been interested in water cooling just never done it
    All of the parts listed cost around $630 USD with tax, CPU and GPU blocks were 1/3 of that and I could have gone with 1 Radiator to lower another 60-80+. So low end I would guess 450 for a full loop (CPU/GPU). Just note fittings and other connections add up super fast so the less you can get away with the better for your wallet. I wasn't entirely focused on least possible prices for what I wanted so it's just an estimate for a low ish budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sargent Horse View Post
    My god, didn't even notice that was the RAM, seeeeeeeeeeeexy!!!!!!

    It is! I was checking out the board and stumbled upon a picture with that ram and I had to find it. Only $60 for a 8gb (2x4) 2400 kit and it lights up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AOD_Qrow View Post
    It is! I was checking out the board and stumbled upon a picture with that ram and I had to find it. Only $60 for a 8gb (2x4) 2400 kit and it lights up!
    Do you have a link lying around for the RAM?

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    It's $40 now at a month later. It dropped 20.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820011010

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    Quote Originally Posted by AOD_Qrow View Post
    It's $40 now at a month later. It dropped 20.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820011010
    Wow. That's some cheap memory. It looks like DDR3 will be dropping in price over the next few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AOD_Neotoad View Post
    Wow. That's some cheap memory. It looks like DDR3 will be dropping in price over the next few years.
    Some ddr3 is already dropping with the release of the z170 chipset. My old ram was $80 2 months ago now its 50 for the same kit.

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    Very decent rig. Nice job!


 

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