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Changes I made from old rig:
1. Move build to CaseLabs Merlin SM8
2. Switched from normal tubing to E22/crystal link hard tubing throughout
3. Changed out bay res for a tube res/ Bitspower mod top config.
4. Swapped matte black fittings for black sparkle.
5. Sleeved entire build in LutroO PET
6. Purchased a new 480mm rad for the top, RX360 I currently have in the front of the Merlin.
7. Corsair sp120s throughout

Here are the parts I am currently using:

Ivy Bridge 3770k
2 gtx 670 FTW editions in SLI
ASUS z77 Sabertooth motherboard
Corsair AX850
Case Labs SM8 (matte white)
16 gb corsair dominator platinum RAM
Plextor M3 256gb SSD
Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD

Watercooling parts:
EK supremacy cpu block
2x heatkiller nickel "hole edition" 680 waterblocks, 2 heatkiller 680 backplates
Swiftech MCP655 pump
Bitspower 250 res and upgrade kit
Bitspower black sparkle fittings
Coolaboratory liquid pro (delidded 3770K)
XSPC RX360 radiator
HW labs SR1 480 radiator
10x corsair sp120 quiet editions, 1 Noiseblocker PL-2
Edited by luciddreamer124 - 11/30/13 at 10:28am
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Originally Posted by luciddreamer124 View Post

This isn't so much a completely new build as massive build makeover. This is my current rig:



As you can see I'm using the Switch 810 currently. Nice case but there are things I don't like about it.

These are changes I plan on making:
1. Move build to CaseLabs Merlin SM8, still have not decided on color. After you look at the components I have please vote on the poll as to which you think would look better with those parts.
2. Switch from current tubing to E22/crystal link hard tubing throughout
3. Change out bay res for a tube res/ Bitspower mod top config.
4. Swap matte black fittings for black sparkle.
5. Sleeve entire build in MDPC.
6. Will be purchasing a new 480mm rad for the top, I will use the RX360 I currently have in the front of the Merlin.
7. Corsair sp120s throughout, getting rid of the noctuas on top.

Here are the parts I am currently using:

Ivy Bridge 3770k
2 gtx 670 FTW editions in SLI
ASUS z77 Sabertooth motherboard
Corsair AX850
Nzxt switch 810 matte black case
16 gb corsair dominator platinum RAM
Plextor M3 256gb SSD
Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD

Watercooling parts:
EK supremacy cpu block
2x heatkiller nickel "hole edition" 680 waterblocks, 2 heatkiller 680 backplates
Swiftech MCP655 pump
XSPC Dual bay res V2
Bitspower matte black compression fittings
Coolaboratory liquid pro (delidded 3770K)
XSPC RX360 radiator
Alphacool xt45 240mm radiator
3x noctua nf-f12 pwm fans
4x Corsair sp120 quiet edition fans
3x Corsair af140 fans
Durelene clear tubing (1/2 ID 3/4 OD)

When I make this transfer, I will be going for an industrial, steely appearance, with the heatkiller blocks, dominator platinums, and black sparkle fittings. (haven't decided on coolant color)

Now a question for you guys. I really like the white color of the SM8, but I also really like how the Sabertooth motherboard sort of blends into a black case. Which color do you think would be best? Any other advice is welcome. This makeover will take time, as I am still finishing up with school here. But I wanted to get this thread going for advice and planning, since I will hopefully be buying the case soon.


Go with the white case it will look better with sabertooth in it. Either case will look good.
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Ya I'm leaning towards the white. Don't really want to spend another 25 for dual colors either smile.gif, already $500 for a case. I will be purchasing it this week, pretty stoked. Anyone know how fast caselabs ships to the Great Plains area in the US?
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Just ordered the matte white SM8! Really excited!
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Congrats, nice choice. thumb.gif
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Thanks! For sleeving, I'm thinking of doing a black/white/grey color scheme to match the silver in the build. I might also do a couple shades of MDPC grey, I'm not sure. I wish I could have the colors to switch them around and see what looks best. Anyone have experience with shade 19 or titanium grey?
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Alright, need some input. I am about to buy some parts for my new loop, including the pump mod top/ upgrade kit and possibly the radiator.

For the pump mod should I go with:
Clear mod top, clear res cap, black sparkle cover OR
Black mod top, black res cap, black sparkle cover, OR
all black including pump cover.

Also for the radiator, I'm thinking either the UT60 480 or the Black ice SR1.
UT60 benefits: more fitting options, nearly $30 less expensive, performs incredibly well, protection plates under threads.
- drawbacks: I don't like m3 threads, I may not end up using the normal fitting options anyway and would therefore have to buy more black sparkle plugs, I don't like the paint job imperfects I have seen on these radiators.

SR1 Benefits: Paint is high quality, looks sleeker and less intrusive IMO, I like the bigger m4 threads, performs well also.
- drawbacks, more expensive for less features

What do you all think?
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went with the SR1 since its matte finish will go well with my RX360, it comes with the bolts I need, and I don't need the extra ports from the UT60.

Also, bought a black mod top, black sparkle cover, and 250 upgrade kit. Also just purchased a bunch of E22 acrylic tubing
Edited by luciddreamer124 - 4/24/13 at 8:29pm
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Well look at what got here today:











Also have my acrylic tubing. I now have to transfer my system and plan my loop. I have yet to buy fittings and some fans. This case is absolutely amazing and I can't wait to continue with this project.

What do you guys think about coolant color and sleeving? These 2 things will essentially decide the color scheme, since the main components are black and silver.
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Sweet!! Looking forward to the build log smile.gif.
     
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