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[Build Log] Mercury S3 - A Monster mITX Watercooled Build

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There won't be a lot of modding done on this case as to be honest, it is almost perfect for me...That being said, I've been wanting to do a monster mITX build for a while. Recently, Case Labs released the Mercury S3 case. Perfect for what I wanted to do! biggrin.gif

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Case Labs Mercury S3 case
EVGA Stinger motherboard
Intel 3770k I-7 CPU
Corsair Dominator Platinum 2 x 8GB 1600 mHz RAM (subject to change if I decide to w/c the RAM)
MSI 6970 GPU (may be changing it out)
Silverstone Strider 750w PSU
Dual Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB SSDs

Watercooling Specs:
Dual Alphacool XT 45 240mm rads
Noiseblocker eLoop fans
Aquacomputer Aquaero XT control
Aquacomputer Poweradjust Ultra
MCP35x (possibly changing out to a D5 variant)
EK blocks for CPU and GPU
Mayhems Pastel White fluid
Koolance DDC top and mounting kit

Log Updates:
S3 unboxing
Rad and Aquaero Mounting
Fan/Lighting Control
Wiring/Cabling
Fillport and Temperature LED
Sleeving
Cabling Continued
Pump Assembly

Current Photo:

Edited by longroadtrip - 5/14/13 at 7:20pm
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S3 unboxing...

I was actually surprised at the packaging of the case, it was really packed very well!

Box:



Open it up and to has foam corners and a really thick plastic wrap...



Out of the box...



Plastic wrapping...



The windows are covered on both the outside and the inside...along with a lot of packing inside!





The hardware kit is pretty well done and each bag is labeled...



Holes for the feet...



Simply screw them on...(although these will probably get changed out)





Panels removed...





I like that it has room for a triple slot GPU and the watercooling holes have caps (grommets are included to change out)



HDD side...I like how easy the access is to the front panel wiring...



Drop in rad mount for a 240 or 280 mm rad



2 USB 3.0 and typical antivandal switches...



Front 240 mm rad mount...



This case is really not going to see much in the way of modding...When CL was designing it, I spent a lot of time offering up suggestions based on what I saw as shortcomings with the design of the Prodigy. Jim took it all into consideration and this is almost like getting a custom built case for me. It has almost everything I want, where I want it.
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This makes me want to build an ITX system really bad...

I'll be watching this build thumb.gif
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Subbed dorido ! I've been waiting to see what you can do with a CL case since I watched your Yin & Yang prodigy builds. It will be epic, I know, coz your pix are already vibrating my buyer's trigger finger; they show off the S3's impeccable design. CL is unlike any other case maker in terms of packing - seems like a minor detail, but when you open up your CL box, and see the level of detail that CL puts into packing the case ! You know you're in for a game changer when you build into the case. I'm not gonna say flawless, but awe inspiring - the materials, design - all of it, are accomodating to a type of enthusiast who WANTS TO FILL IT UP ! biggrin.gif

Btw, I kinda miss old double tongued Alfred as your avatar, but its all relative wink.gif
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This makes me want to build an ITX system really bad...

I'll be watching this build thumb.gif

Dito. I'm between one of these or a 350D.
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Subbed like Subway sandwiches!!! COMPUTER PR0NZ FTW!!!
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This makes me want to build an ITX system really bad...

I'll be watching this build thumb.gif

Thanks! I hope it lives up to expectations! thumb.gif
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Subbed dorido ! I've been waiting to see what you can do with a CL case since I watched your Yin & Yang prodigy builds. It will be epic, I know, coz your pix are already vibrating my buyer's trigger finger; they show off the S3's impeccable design. CL is unlike any other case maker in terms of packing - seems like a minor detail, but when you open up your CL box, and see the level of detail that CL puts into packing the case ! You know you're in for a game changer when you build into the case. I'm not gonna say flawless, but awe inspiring - the materials, design - all of it, are accomodating to a type of enthusiast who WANTS TO FILL IT UP ! biggrin.gif

Btw, I kinda miss old double tongued Alfred as your avatar, but its all relative wink.gif

Yeah..The M8 I had was a brilliant case...You can really see the design evolution with the S3.
I'm on so many forums now, I decided to put up a common avatar amongst them all. Picture was taken from my better side...Dontcha think? biggrin.gif
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Dito. I'm between one of these or a 350D.

You can never go wrong with a Case Labs case! thumb.gif
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Subbed like Subway sandwiches!!! COMPUTER PR0NZ FTW!!!

Should be lot's o' COMPUTER PR0NZ in this build log! tongue.gif

Radiator and Aquaero mounting

Like a kid in a candy store...went crazy this afternoon and started working on the rad assemblies and the Aquaero mounting...

Not much to show with the Aquaero, just 2 short brackets, but it really looks great in place!



After the Aquaero, it was time to do the front rad assembly...pretty simple really...a two part bracket that is disassembled, the fans are then sandwiched between the front flex bays and the rad mount.





Installed...



Here is the top drop in mount...pretty straight forward really....



(Yes, I know the mounting plate is upside down doh.gif

Both rads installed...





Even have a little room for the Aquaero!



Anyways, that's all for tonight! thumb.gif
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Subbed! I love those eloop fans, little on the pricey side for me though sad-smiley-002.gif Looking great so far! Still waiting for someone to put a monsta in this case tongue.gif
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Intel 3570k 4.5Ghz 1.25v AsRock z77E-ITX XFX Reference 2GB 6950 1015/1500 1.255v 8gb Gskill Trident X 2400 C10 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128GB Ek Supreme HF White Acetal/EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Dell U2913WM 2560x1080 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050w Caselabs Mercury S3 Logitech G500 Sony MDR-7506/Bose Companion II 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 955 BE (4.4Ghz @1.52v) NB @ 2870 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1 [F4] Dual Reference XFX 2GB 6950s (950/1437) 1.25v 8GB Gskill DDR3 1333 CL7 @1412 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Vertex II 60GB, 2x Caviar Black EK Supreme HF, EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Ultimate Alienware AW2210 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Corsair 650TX Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech G9 
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Here to watch cheers.gif
 
Wifey's Rig
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AMD 965 BE  ASUS M4N98TD EVO MSI 560  Kingston HyperX 2x4 gigs 
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WD 500 gig Cooler Master GeminII S Raidmax 530 Rosewill Cruiser  
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Wifey's Rig
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AMD 965 BE  ASUS M4N98TD EVO MSI 560  Kingston HyperX 2x4 gigs 
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WD 500 gig Cooler Master GeminII S Raidmax 530 Rosewill Cruiser  
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Looking good so far. Those fans are gorgeous!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K P8Z77-I DELUXE NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Corsair XMS 16gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Seagate Barracuda 3tb Samsung 840 Pro 256gb Samsung 840 Pro 256gb LG slim 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H60 Windows 7 Pro 64bit Samsung 27" Filco MJ2 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Silverstone 600w Silverstone SG08 Corsair M60 Cooler Master Storm XL 
Audio
Audio-Technica AD900 
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Intel Core i7 2700K P8Z77-I DELUXE NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Corsair XMS 16gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Seagate Barracuda 3tb Samsung 840 Pro 256gb Samsung 840 Pro 256gb LG slim 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H60 Windows 7 Pro 64bit Samsung 27" Filco MJ2 
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Silverstone 600w Silverstone SG08 Corsair M60 Cooler Master Storm XL 
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