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[Build Log] Merlin (Water Cooled r-atx SM8 w/dual Pedestals / Z97X-UD5H)

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+++++Welcome everyone to mandrix's water cooled Merlin SM8 Build Log+++++
Now with dual pedestals & copper acrylic tubing!
Totally updated with Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H/4790K!

I thought I was pretty much done for the year and had planned to further refine my Switch 810 build. Then I spotted the Case Labs SM8 preorder thread and quickly got pulled in. The case seemed to be pretty much what I wanted: wide, but with a small enough footprint to sit on one of my desks; modular design with r-atx capability which will work perfectly sitting to my left; XL window available to view the goodies; pedestal or extended top to house more cooling without cramming the case to the max; and matte white! Add in Case Labs reputation for quality and customer service, and it just seemed a no-brainer to jump on this case.
The motherboard, cpu and graphics are recycled/swapped from other builds, but otherwise everything else is new and ordered just for this build, sans a few fittings.
There is no timeline for completion of this build, although >90% of the parts have arrived. I will be making up all the wiring and doing all the sleeving myself, so expect delays as I am not the fastest sleever by any means.
The Aquaero 5 Pro and Aquasuite software are totally new to me - so any tips, hints or advice on setup are welcome and appreciated!

My hope for this build is a permanent springboard to house any further upgrades as I decide whether SB-E, Haswell, or IB-E will be my next platform.

!!!!Warning - large pics will be posted and may not plaY nice with slow connection speeds!!!!


Case
*Case Labs Merlin SM8 -reverse ATX - XL Window
*Case Labs Merlin SM8 pedestals x 3!
Motherboard/CPU
*Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
*Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H
*Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H
*3770K {now delidded!}
*4770K delidded!
*4790k
*Kingston Predator Series 16GB
*Kingston Genesis Silver 2400 4x4GB
Storage
*LG DVD burner Model GH24NS95 w/MDISC
*Samsung 840 Pro 256GB x2
*Samsung 840 Pro 128GB x1
*Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM SATA III
*Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA III
*Western Digital WD20EARS 2 TB SATA II
Power Supply
*SeaSonic Platinum 1000w Fully Modular & custom sleeved
Graphics
*1) PowerColor AX7950 3GBD5-2DHV4 Radeon HD 7950
*2) PowerColor AX7950 3GBD5-2DHV4 Radeon HD 7950
Graphics Cooling
*EK FC7950 w/Backplate
CPU Cooling
*XSPC Raystorm
Fan/Pump Control
*2x Aquaero 5 Pro
Fans
*AP15's (painted white and metallic blue)
Radiators
*Alphacool UT60 480 x2 (pedestal)
*Black Ice SR1 480 x2 (pedestal)
Fittings/Connectors
*Bitspower Silver Shining compression
*Bitspower White Bulkhead fittings x3
*Bitspower Silver Shining mini valves x2 for drain lines
*Koolance 10mm pipe fittings
*EK-HD adapters (for hard tubing)
Pump
*Swiftech MCP35x2
*Swiftech D5 pwm x2
Pump Cooling
*Swiftech Dual Heat Sink w/Evercool 80mm x 15mm fan
Aquaero 5 Pro Cooling
*Aquacomputer Water Block For Aquaero
Reservoir
*Phobya Balancer 250 Silver Nickel
Monitoring Sensors
*Aquacomputer Flow sensor 'high flow' G1/4 for aquaero x 2
*Aquacomputer inline water Temperature sensor x 4
*Phobya inline water Temperature sensor x 1
Tubing
*XSPC High Flex Hose - 7/16 x 5/8 White
*3/8" copper tubing
*E22 10/12 Acrylic tubing
Sleeving
*MDPC Black/White/B-Magic/Titanium Grey/Shade 19
Operating System
*Windows 7 Pro
ATX/Cabling/Wiring
*All ATX/peripherial/fan wiring custom made by myself
Lighting/Effects
*Light Panel (Acrylite + white + mirror)
*RGB led reservoir lighting
[*]First Pics of the Case - Rads - Fans
[*]Res - Pump - Graphics Block - Raystorm mounts
[*]Test Fitting of AP-15s to the 480 in pedestal
[*]Sleeving the Rad Fans
[*]Aquaero gear comes in - Finished 16 fans' sleeving
[*]Finished Pedestal
[*]Pedestal and a Drain Line
[*]HDs installed - tubing passthru - flow meter/temp sensor mounted
[*]Pedestal rad mounts
[*]Pedestal front panel - Interior/Exterior Case pix
[*]Finished pedestal fan wiring
[*]Case sitting on Ped - full frontal pic
[*]Sleeving sample
[*]White Sleeving coil - Pedestal drain setup
[*]General & Specific Interior Pix
[*]Badly Crimped pin indicates out of adjustment MDPC Crimper
[*]Friday night bling ! - GPU block & Samsung SSD
[*]Mounting the SSD
[*]Aligning the res for a fillport
[*]24 pin sleeving finished
[*]2nd 7950 arrives
[*]Pedestal cabling pass thru & both 7950s installed
[*]Sleeving the 6 pin & 4 pin for the AQ5/PA2
[*]PCIe 16x slot blown, moving the GPUs a slot up
[*]Fabbing fan splitters for the pedestal harness
[*]Four pedestal fan harnesses - done
[*]Plan to move to a new mobo - GA-Z77X-UP4 TH
[*]Front panel view - new black plate for the AQ5
[*]CL tech station in action
[*]The new mobo installed
[*]Mobo side view after new mobo install
[*]1 GPU cable set sleeved
[*]Both GPU cables sleeved and installed - mobo side view
[*]Playing with LEDs in the res and behind the mobo
[*]AQ5 sensors screenshot
[*]Trying a 8 fan harness with single output
[*]Some more AQ5 screenies
[*]Installing the new pedestal fan harnesses - open ped shots
[*]Fragile inline temp sensor
[*]More RED led play & some detailed shots
[*]3DMark11 benchmarks
[*]Considering the FlexBay HDD cage
[*]Shot of the USB 3.0 cable, sleeved
[*]More Aquaero infos & screenies
[*]Newly extended & sleeved HD audio cable
[*]Reworking the SATA power cable
[*]Fabbing the SATA power cable
[*]
The business side of the Aquaero controller
[*]Acrylic rod used for res mount
[*]Acrylic sheet as mountable SSD surface on mobo rear
[*]2nd Flow meter installed & some 20 & 22mm heatshrink
[*]Case interior - pedestal interior - res mounted on acrylic rod
[*]Sleeving the USB 3.0 cable connector
[*]Swapping for the Raystorm copper block
[*]Changing things up a bit - new parts list
[*]AQ Powerconnect - 24pin ATX standby power cable
[*]Test paint for fan blades
[*]2nd MCP35x pump and the double pump top
[*]Dual pump top + heatsink and the first Tamiya connector
[*]BP pass thrus + mini-valve + t-fitting
[*]Mini-Tamiya connectors
[*]Painted mini-Tamiya connectors
[*]HDD cage + SSD mount arrive
[*]Planning the Tamiya placement on mobo tray rear
[*]Sleeved mini-Tamiya pumps power cable
[*]Mini-Tamiya power cable installed
[*]Sleeved dual pump cabling
[*]Dual Pump, pass-thru, Aq5 related shots in case
[*]How to tear apart AP-15 fans
[*]Mandrix's Hyundai air tank
[*]A bunch of blue blade painted AP-15 fans
[*]Pedestal rad mount design updated
[*]Punching a pass-thru in the pedestal for a new drain
[*]How Mandrix painted his AP-15 fans & materials
[*]New drain plumbing & open ped shot
[*]How to install 2 UT60mm rads into the pedestal
[*]New flowmeter on the GPU install
[*]New platform with HD casters with a shot of the new drain
[*]Replacement AP-15 clips if you lose the original
[*]Crowning of the King Merlin - top pedestal arrives
[*]Beginning of the Fan Sticker episode
[*]Cpachris and his OU fan stickers
[*]More Merlin fan stickers
[*]Some more ...
[*]Somoah to choose from ...
[*]Yet some more stickers
[*]The OCN flame Merlin sticker
[*]Re-size of the OCN flame sticker
[*]Sticker on a blue bladed AP-15 fan
[*]Slightly darker Merlin text sticker on a fan
[*]HDD mount on an acrylic base
[*]HDD cage with fan installed to top ped
[*]Finished HDD cage install cabled up
[*]Overall Case interior & mobo tray shots
[*]Night shots of the CPU block and Res - leds ON
[*]XSPC 480mm radiator gaskets
[*]Re-visit of the AQ 24 pin standby power connector[/url
[*]
Older AQ schematic showing shutdown wiring options
[*]Cpachris' AQ shutdown diagram
[*]Adding a D5 pump to the bottom pedestal w/ revised loop order
[*]Fabbed power cables for the D5 pump + PA2s installed & wired
[*]CF the stock SLI connector
[*]Revised AQ5 relay wiring shots
[*]Interior case shots + the entire case with both pedestals
[*]Thinking of re-installing the interior pedestal fans
[*]Sleeving the NZXT 2 meter led cable
[*]Resleeved D5 pump with female molex to 3 pin extension
[*]PSU relocated to TOP
[*]Rework GPU & SATA power cables for new psu location
[*]Delidded 3770K
[*]More pics!
[*]Torn down and reborn taller.Three pedestals!
[*]Pneumatic fitting test and triple pedestal superstacker
[*]Fan harnesses revisited:Fabrication & one connector with rpm wire
[*]Hard tubing & Koolance pipe fittings
[*]Some chromed tubing installed pics
[*]Aquaero 5 Pro #2 & more chromed tubing pics
[*]Hard tubing tools and dual USB 2.0 cables sleeved for the Aquaero's
[*]Wiring in a replacement pump for the dual MCP35x
[*](pics) All copper tubing in case finished!
[*]Changes to copper tubing and dual pumps
[*]Connecting two Aquaero water blocks
[*]Pics updated after adding some copper color fittings

....and much, much more!
Edited by mandrix - 1/12/15 at 7:56am
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I'm still trying to get the camera setting right for this white case. The lighting where I'm working is not optimal.







Here is shot of the Aquaero mounted and and a Silverstone 120mm filter I mounted underneath the power supply. As much as I drop little screws and things I like to have the air intake on the psu facing down.



Edited by mandrix - 10/2/12 at 5:25am
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Here is the res with spacers to bring it out further from the side.
I used 3/4" acrylic square stock and doubled it, drilled holes for the res mount, then drilled holes in the case to accept 2x #6-32 screws. Perfect! I can remove one of the top covers and fill the res easily.
Notice the plastic fitting that accepts an led. Don't know how well it will work, but we'll see.



Test fitting 240 rad and pump plus a board shot.


Edited by mandrix - 10/2/12 at 6:15am
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In for this. Love the new SM8. Good luck with the rest of your buiild.
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Thanks, hammerforged! More pics above.
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Test fitting AP15's to one of the 480's. One of the screw holes has no threads, yikes! View from both sides installed temporarily.


My plan was to set up a drain valve connected to the rear of both Alphacool rads. Not too sure how that's going to work out just yet.
Notice the pads under the case, this thing is a bear to move for an old man. You guys with really big cases must have casters. Hmm casters.......need to find some locking casters since it will eventually sit on a low desk.

Speaking of moving things, our freezer went out yesterday and we had to make a mad scramble to find one, set it up and haul the old one off to the waste transfer station since we have no garbage pickup here in the sticks. That will temporarily eat into the build budget.
Edited by mandrix - 10/2/12 at 6:26am
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Finally I knew you would post it at some point. How are you planning to control all the fans? I haven't ordered mine yet still debating the options. How is the 240 in the bottom fitting with the front intake fans is there enough room?
Edited by freitz - 10/2/12 at 7:36am
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Fan, yes. Fan mount, probably not.
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Originally Posted by mandrix View Post

Fan, yes. Fan mount, probably not.

dont you need the fan to go on the fan mount?
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Subbed. Been wanting to see a build with this case.
 
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