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[Build Log] OREO BLITZ!!! (Merlin SM8 Water Cooled/ First Build EVER)

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Intro: Hey guys! Sorry for the delay but I didn't want to start this before all my components arrived. The case is being delivered today so I'm pumped to get a look at it and start planning out exactly how this beast is going to look with the components in it. First off, Ill let you all know this in fact is my first build ever and a quite expensive water cooled one at that... hahaha I'm hoping I don't mess up anything, but that's what I have all you guys for!!!! tongue.gif
This build will be primarily used as a gaming rig as well as watching hi def / hi res movies... Ima pretty hardcore gamer and play everything from mmorpgs, mobas, aarpgs, fps competitively and adventure, etc.... This computer is gonna be running it all at 2560x1440 so I needed the hardware to not only beast through that resolution but also be fairly future proof and last but not least SEXY as hell! I had a nice pocket of change so i kind of went at it and did some damage to the wallet haha. But go big or go home.....right? or is the last word broke?... can't quite recall.... Let's just say, I hope my Dad doesn't ever see my bank statement haha.

Build is a white and black theme with silver on the inside and white leds... Black on outside white on inside= oreo? idk just pulled that out my ass

Components: Alright on to the juicy stuff! Let me know what you guys think!! I know I could have got a lot of the components slightly downgraded for same performance but I decided to go for the big names and big numbers smile.gif

Case: Case Labs Merlin SM8 w/ accesories: $652.75
Your Order Contains:
2 x Fan Mount (120mm) - Flex-Bay
(Color: Black Matte)
1 x Caster Kit
2 x SSD Mounting Kit
(Color: Black Matte)
1 x Flex-Bay 5.25 Device Mount - Standard Anti-Vibration
(Color: Black Matte)
2 x Flex-Bay 5.25 Device Mount - Short
(Color: Black Matte)
1 x Thumbscrews, Black (Pkg of 10)
2 x Flex-Bay Cover - Single
(Color: Black Matte)
1 x Attachment Plate - Large
(Color: Black Matte)
1 x Bottom Accessory Mounts -Tubing Management (pair 120mm)
(Color: Black Matte)
1 x Flex-Bay 5.25 Device Mount - Short HD Anti-Vibration
(Color: Black Matte)
5 x Silverstone 120mm Fan Filter
1 x SM8 120.4 Radiator Drop-In Mount
(Color: Black Matte)
1 x Merlin SM8
(Case Color: Black Matte, Orientation: Standard, MB Door Style: XL Window - Clear ($15.00), Cable Side Door: Solid, Top Cover: Ventilated (Std), Top Chassis Mount: Drop-in Mount, Bottom Chassis Mount: 120.4 Radiator Mount, I/O Panel: USB 3.0/HD Audio ($25.00), Flex-Bay Covers: Solid, PCI Backplate: Hex Mesh)
1 x Accessory Mount, V & H SM8
(Color: Black Matte)

GPU: EVGA GTX 680 Classifieds Hydro Coppers (SLI) x2 : $1613.38

CPU: Intel i7-3930k 3.2ghz (hope to oc to something cool in the 4's) tongue.gif$484.99

Motherboard: Asus Rampage Extreme IV $429.99

PSU: Corsair AX1200i $329.99 w/ white cables set: $99.99

Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16gb (4x4gb) @2400 $259.99

Monitor: Nixeus Vue 27" 2560x1440 $499.99

SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256gb (add more later) $269.99

Optical Drive: LG Blu-Ray Burner x14 (idk why i bought this haha) $89.99

OS: Windows 8 Pro System Builder (seems cool ill give it a shot) $125.00

Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry $24.99

LED Controller: NZXT Hue (seems awesome) $32.99

Mouse: Razer Naga Epic $129.99

Keyboard: Razer Anasi $99.99
honestly bought those two for the changing colors tongue.gif

Tools: bought some general Rosewill toolkit (i don't have **** here in my apartment) $44.99

????: ModRight Anti Static Mat (haha ***? hopefully it works) $39.99


Water Cooling Components: going for very very quiet but still decent cooling, also im a sucker for the look of the reservoirs so I get two... will probably make bleeding impossible but I love them!!!!

Radiators: Black Ice SR1 480 and 240 $239.00 will both be in push/pull

Fans: Corsair SP 120mm Quiet Edition x16 and sleeved white! $343.52

Fittings & All: Koolance: 1/2"x 3/4" Compression Fittings x16
CPU-380I Water Block (Intel Processor)
Dual Bay Reservoir
450S pump x2 (in dual bay res)
80mmx240mm tube res w/ base and top
tubing clear 1/2"x3/4" uv reactive tho... (dont like the uv thing hopefully that wont mess up the appearance??)
plugs, drainvalve, led, etc...
All of it: $601.66

Coolant; Mayhem's Pastel Ice White (3 liters) $88.25


TOTAL COST OF THIS THANG: +$6,500 ouch.... hope its worth it redface.gif
Probably going to have to order some 90 degree fittings as well as the QDC's when they have the ones i need back in stock...
Also im probably gonna have to get fan harnesses and stuff and i have no idea what that even means so please help me out there haha!

And thats that!!!!!!!!!! So this next week is finals weeks which sucks so bad!! Going to be torture to not tear into all this stuff. I know Ill probably do some stuff though and be a bad college student. tongue.gif But after that Im free to build for days!!!! Ill be taking pictures throughout the process with my ****ty iphone so bear with me... This is gonna be really fun and im looking forward to all your help and feedback which I hope you all give!!!! Subscribe if your interested and message me with any tips you have about building a pc because again, this is my first time!!!!

Hope to here from you all soon, and im excited as hell to get this thing rolling!!!!

PS: took some pics and not sure how to upload them all efficiently so Im gonna try to do that right after I post this...

Let me know If I missed anything or if you guys have questions !!!!!! smile.gif Thanks! Gonna be a fun one!
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Sub'd! and you wont be dusapointed by any CL case... they are amazing smile.gif
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All I saw was SM8 in the title, and water cooled....and I'm in! I think this is going to be my next case, so I'm paying attention to all of these SM8 builds trying to see what I can expect. wink.gif
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Like a dumb ass i went to lunch for 30min and fedex came with case then... so they will be back tomorrow i guess and try again. I won't be leaving the apartment until that case comes needless to say...
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whoa! thats going to be a sweet build! gona have to watch this one tongue.gif
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Nice set of parts. LOL why the middle finger to everyone though? tongue.gif
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So you are the one taking all the 680 classy's and their waterblocks! mad.gif Either way, count me in for this. I wouldn't miss a CL build with 2-Way SLI Classy Hydro Coppers! thumb.gif
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Nice set of parts. LOL why the middle finger to everyone though? tongue.gif
haha dumbass roomate thought that was cute
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So you are the one taking all the 680 classy's and their waterblocks! mad.gif Either way, count me in for this. I wouldn't miss a CL build with 2-Way SLI Classy Hydro Coppers! thumb.gif
yeah hahaa. got the last two of newegg a couple weeks back and just spammed that auto notify button haha. think they were back in stock at least briefly about a week ago... still not sure of the cards are being produced more or if evga is stopping them? hope to get a third in future!
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yeah hahaa. got the last two of newegg a couple weeks back and just spammed that auto notify button haha. think they were back in stock at least briefly about a week ago... still not sure of the cards are being produced more or if evga is stopping them? hope to get a third in future!


They ceased production on all things Hydro Copper for the rest of this series of cards. mad.gif (i.e. Kepler/600 series stuff). It's pretty aggravating, as I planned on using 2-3 Way SLI Classy Hydro Coppers, but instead had to stick with my SC+ with Hydro Copper blocks for my new build (which even those will be gone for good soon, so I bought a 3rd block just in case tongue.gif). Looking good though, can't wait to see some more!
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