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Alright, so I'm building my first LC rig. I've been building air cooling for 8 or 9 years for me and my friends and their friends... But I wanted to try liquid cooling.

First up is the case: MAGNUM SMH10 from CaseLabs. (http://www.caselabs-store.com/magnum-smh10/)
Case Color: White Matte
Form Factor: HPTX
ATX Layout: Standard
MB Door: XXL Window (30.00)
Window Color: Gray
Top Cover: 120mm Ventilated
Lower Chamber Covers: Ventilated
PCI Backplate: Hex Mesh
Shipping Format: Flat-packed
Flex-Bay Covers: Solid

Next up is radiators:
Black Ice GTX Xtreme 480 in push-pull mounted in the top compartment
(http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5327/ex-rad-110/Black_Ice_GTX_Xtreme_480_Radiator_-_Black.html)

Magicool Extreme Quad 120 both in pull mounted sideways in the bottom section.
(http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12724/ex-rad-232/Magicool_Extreme_Quad_120mm_Radiator_LC-RADI480S.html)

And now, we come to res/pumps.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16942/ex-res-421/XSPC_Twin_D5_Dual_525_Bay_Clear_Reservoir_-_w_Dual_MCP655_Series_Pumps_Installed.html
X2 with MCP-655 PWM mounted in the front flex-bays

I'll also be using
Alphacool g1/4 45 degree rotary compression fittings 1/2"X5/8"
(http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16085/ex-tub-1302/Alphacool_G14_Thread_45_Rotary_12_ID_x_58_OD_Compression_Fitting_-_Copper.html)
with PrimoChill White 7/16"X5/8"
(http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17880/ex-tub-1613/PrimoChill_PrimoFlex_Advanced_LRT_Tubing_716ID_x_58_OD_-_Elegant_White_PFLEXA-758-W.html)
Using Pearl Anti-Kink coils
(http://www.frozencpu.com/products/6626/tsl-32/PrimoChill_Anti-Kink_Coils_-_58_OD_Tubing_-_Pearl.html)

I'm using 4 Universal GPU blocks
(http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17555/ex-blc-1365/HEATKILLER_GPU-X_Core_LC_Universal_VGA_Water_Block_17000.html)
and copper heatsinks for VRM and VRAM on 4 7970's
I will be using a Full Copper EK Supremacy CPU block
(http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16688/ex-blc-1180/EK_Supremacy_Universal_CPU_Liquid_Cooling_Block_-_Full_Copper_EK-Supremacy_-_Full_Copper.html?tl=g30c325s842#blank)

Fans are Koolance High Performance for case and radiators.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=36_1130_403&products_id=23747

Fan controller:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17109/bus-320/Akasa_FCSIX_6_Channel_Aluminum_Fan_Controller_-_20W_per_Channel_-_Black_AK-FC-08BKV2.html





I'm looking for suggestions, things to improve, or any obvious holes that I left unfilled in the loop.
Edited by RagnorMara - 2/17/13 at 10:36pm
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Wow, quite impressive!

The only thing I see that I would change are the fans. The CM Excaliburs are not known for being good radiator fans, as they have grossly exaggerated static pressure specs. Especially for the BIX, which is 20fpi, you are going to need some serious fans and/or go push-pull. I would recommend the Koolance 120x38mm 2600rpm 117cfm/6.4mmH2O fans which you can get from PPCS for $9.99/ea, about the best deal for the performance I've ever seen. I have them, and their 25mm "fraternal twin" (identical in every way except the frame thickness and the blades' angle of attack), and I very much love them!
   
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WD10EALX 1TB HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB WD3200AAKS 320GB HDD WD5000HHTZ 10krpm 500GB VelociRaptor 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
LG/Hitachi Slim DVD-R/W Custom MB-Backside VRM-sinks (Copper) 3x NZXT RF-FX140LB 1-2krpm 98.3CFM Case Fans 2x Corsair SP120-PE Case Fans 
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Heatkiller GTX680 "Hole Edition" Block + Backplate XSPC Single-Bay Res (Single 5.25 bay) EK Multioption Res X2 - Advanced 150 DD "Fill-Port Res" + Fill-Port Fitting (Red) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2x MCP35X + Heatsinks/80x15mm Fan XSPC EX420 Alphacool NeXXos UT60 240 6x Bgears Blasters 140mm 1800rpm Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
4x Koolance 120x25mm 2600rpm Fans Comp/Rotary Fittings (BP/XSPC/Monsoon) Primoflex Pro LRT - White (1/2x3/4) Windows 7 Professional 64bit  
MonitorMonitorMonitorMonitor
Dell P2210Hb 21.5" 1920x1080p Viewsonic VA2012WB 20.1" LCD 1680x1050 Dell U3014 Eizo 27" 1440p 10bit RGB-LED Backlit AH-IPS Panel 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
55" LG HDTV (their top 2014 model) Ducky Mechanical (Browns) NZXT HALE90 850W + 8 blown-up AX1200/i's NZXT Switch 810 (White) 
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R.A.T.3 + MX510 My Desk GRADO RS1i Headphones Grado PS1000 Headphones 
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Bitfenix Hydra Pro Fan Controller 5ch 30W/ch Bitfenix Alchemy Individually-Sleeved Extension... NZXT Individually-Sleeved Front Panel Wires (Bl... Phobya Sleeved 1x3pin-to-4x3pin Fan Splitter 
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Sleeved Wires w Paracord myself (no Heatshrink) Custom Front and Top Panels w HexxMesh *In Prog... Working on Custom Pedestal Prototype 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 3930K @ 4.92Ghz Asus Rampage 4 Extreme EVGA GTX670 FTW 2GB  EVGA GTX780Ti Classified K|ngp|n Edition @ 1483... 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA GTX780Ti Classified K|ngp|n Edition @ 1483... 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws-Z @ DDR3-2248 9-10-9-26 1T Samsung 830 256GB SSD WD10EZEX 1TB HDD 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD10EALX 1TB HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB WD3200AAKS 320GB HDD WD5000HHTZ 10krpm 500GB VelociRaptor 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
LG/Hitachi Slim DVD-R/W Custom MB-Backside VRM-sinks (Copper) 3x NZXT RF-FX140LB 1-2krpm 98.3CFM Case Fans 2x Corsair SP120-PE Case Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Heatkiller GTX680 "Hole Edition" Block + Backplate XSPC Single-Bay Res (Single 5.25 bay) EK Multioption Res X2 - Advanced 150 DD "Fill-Port Res" + Fill-Port Fitting (Red) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2x MCP35X + Heatsinks/80x15mm Fan XSPC EX420 Alphacool NeXXos UT60 240 6x Bgears Blasters 140mm 1800rpm Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
4x Koolance 120x25mm 2600rpm Fans Comp/Rotary Fittings (BP/XSPC/Monsoon) Primoflex Pro LRT - White (1/2x3/4) Windows 7 Professional 64bit  
MonitorMonitorMonitorMonitor
Dell P2210Hb 21.5" 1920x1080p Viewsonic VA2012WB 20.1" LCD 1680x1050 Dell U3014 Eizo 27" 1440p 10bit RGB-LED Backlit AH-IPS Panel 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
55" LG HDTV (their top 2014 model) Ducky Mechanical (Browns) NZXT HALE90 850W + 8 blown-up AX1200/i's NZXT Switch 810 (White) 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
R.A.T.3 + MX510 My Desk GRADO RS1i Headphones Grado PS1000 Headphones 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Bitfenix Hydra Pro Fan Controller 5ch 30W/ch Bitfenix Alchemy Individually-Sleeved Extension... NZXT Individually-Sleeved Front Panel Wires (Bl... Phobya Sleeved 1x3pin-to-4x3pin Fan Splitter 
OtherOtherOther
Sleeved Wires w Paracord myself (no Heatshrink) Custom Front and Top Panels w HexxMesh *In Prog... Working on Custom Pedestal Prototype 
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