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[Build Log] Lucifer (Caselabs Merlin SM5)

Poll Results: Clear tubing with red premix or Red tubing with Distilled H2O?

 
  • 42% (14)
    Clear tubing with red pre-mix
  • 57% (19)
    Red tubing with Distilled water
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After much debating and frustration with pre-made systems I'm going to build my own computer from the ground up. I have experience building computers as i needed to make repairs when my systems would break and tech support was non-existent. First major build for me. Usually would buy a desktop at Fry's and tinker with it. Luckily, i checked my bank account and I saw a good amount of zeros.

The theory behind this build is to expand my computer building skills by doing full water cooling and also to do my own sleeving. I've seen amazing works of art that people on this site have created with their computers and would like to make one of my own.

I named this case Lucifer since the case is white; the mb is red/black; and the tubing will either be clear with red pre-mix or red tubing with distilled H2O.

Case
Merlin SM5 Case
Case Color: White Matte
Orientation: Reverse
MB Door Style: Std Window - Clear
Cable Side Door: Solid
Top Cover: Ventilated (Std)
Top Chassis Mount: Drop-in Mount
Bottom Chassis Mount: 140.2 Radiator Mount
I/O Panel: USB 3.0/HD Audio ($25.00)
Flex-Bay Covers: Ventilated ($10.00)
PCI Backplate: Hex Mesh)

Core Components
-i5 3570k
-Asus Maximus V Gene
-2x EVGA GTX 590 w/ XSPC Razor Full-Cover waterblocks
-32 Gb Corsair Dominator GT 1866 mhz with EK x4 RAM Water block
-2x SanDisk 120 Gb Extreme in RAID 0
-OCZ 1250w 80+ Gold

Water cooling parts
-XSPC EX 360
-XSPC EX 280
-EK ASUS Maximus V Gene Liquid Cooling Block Set - Acetal + Nickel
-EK D5 X-RES Top 140 - Acetal
-EK Corsair Dominator Series X4 Ram Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal + Nickel
-Monsoon Free Center Compression Fitting - 3/8"ID x 5/8"OD
-PrimoChill PrimoFlex PRO LRT Tubing 3/8"ID 5/8" OD

Just ordered most of this stuff today, still debating about color of Monsoon fittings. What do you guys think so far? Am I off to a good start or do I need to change something. Let me know, as I said I'm using this build as a learning experience. Once everything comes in I'll start uploading photos.
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Looks like it's going to be a great build! thumb.gif Thanks! biggrin.gif
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post #3 of 25
Jeebus !! 2 590s ?!?! I believe that the Primochill tubing to get these days is the Advanced LRT - based on this site's postings about plasticizer issues.

Might wanna check that out and decide for yourself. Durelene is also another strong favorite for avoiding plasticizer issues, though I'm not saying that its a 100% guarantee.

How about that red/black mobo ? you gonna paint it ? or did you find a new way to get into Jim's pocket wink.gif

Subbed-do-to-ron-and-me !

Don't forget to sign up for the Merlin CaseLabs club

http://www.overclock.net/t/1354199/merlin-sm5-sm8-sm8-x-st10-st10-x-case-owners-club
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Thanks for the response, I have about 10 ft of that tube left over...only problem its blue. How would I paint the mobo, special paint? Also, Monsoon or Bitspower fittings? Love the look of monsoons but I've been told Bitspower is the best.
Edited by gflgs - 2/6/13 at 4:31pm
post #5 of 25
I've read that Monsoons can be a bear to take off, can't recall if it was dependent on tube size or what. Bitspower - esp their black and shiny sets - have a full range of fittings, more rotaries than you can shake a snake at wink.gif And I don't see any complaints about Bitspower fittings wearing out, tho there is the occasional leaking rotary.

As for painting the mobo ? I haven't seen that, guess it depends on which parts, and do they get hot. But if someone has done it, i'm sure its on here. A lot of times, I just google up what I'm looking for, and it'll lead me back to OCN thumb.gif
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Hmm...while i want it to look sexy with monsoons i might go with bitspower for reliability.
post #7 of 25
I just noticed I'd made my 1,111 post. 111 means aliens, so 1111 means ... ?

I've seen build logs on here where they mixed it up with monsoons and bp fittings, looked really good. Can't remember who or where now, of course. tongue.gif
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*Update*
Decided on the Swiftech Apogee Drive 2 as my cpu block, Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra on all heatsinks, debating a pump/res with my spare d5 or just a res connected to the AD2. Also, got in contact with local powdercoaters about getting the inside of the case, rads, and gpu waterblocks treated.

Lastly, I just learned of the Powercolor HD 7990 Devil 13 6 GB


Would be insane in my case with that color scheme. Shame there is no waterblocks to match it.

Anyways, let me know your thoughts on my build and how i can improve it.
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WoW ! going BIG ! guess you aint got a ticket to go home tongue.gif

You could maybe do a universal block for the Devil, or maybe get Nateman Doo to make you one wink.gif

No tube res action ?

GL with that powder coating. I know nothing of it, but I do know that Jim of CL is very close about the manner in which his cases are powder coated - might be informational to touch base with him first.
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Thanks for the info, currently waiting on parts to arrive, not patiently i might add... tongue.gif
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