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Hello all!

If you want to know a little more about me, my joining post can be found here.

I actually undertook this build 8 months ago back at Christmas and have been trying to find the time to get it on here [where I get most of my inspiration] ever since. It was also done having moved house two weeks beforehand and obviously, New Build > Sorting out house, so apologies for the rubbish everywhere!



I'll start by beginning with my old rig:



This was constructed on a student budget [yep, second hand hardware] back in 2008 and has lasted brilliantly but, last summer I thought it was time for a change. There were lots of things I liked, but there were a good few that doing it again I wanted to change. [And now could after 5 years of WC progress]:

- Smaller: I wanted to reduce the size of the case by approximately 50% of total volume [Including the external rad on the old build].

- Quieter.

- More subtle.

Expanding upon that last point, the WCing scene, to a large extent, has always been about ruthless, uncompromising extravagance and excess. There's something brilliant about outrageous hotrod rigs lighting up living rooms / bedrooms across the world, and recently this trend has gone stratospheric with the mass adoption of WCing by the power-user and gaming crowds. How many radiators, how many loops, who can have the biggest case... [who can spend the most money biggrin.gif ]?! There have been some, and continue to be, some jaw-dropping builds and it's a delight to see such a healthy, thriving scene.

However, over the past couple of years I feel there has been a trend towards this style becoming a necessity, rather than light hearted, self-indulgent excess... "YOU'RE RUNNING THAT WITH ONLY THREE RADS BRO?!!!!", when in actual fact, a single 2.120 will more than cover the TDP well within thermal thresholds, even when OCing. I have no problem with the excess scene but, I don't think people should feel persecuted for wanting to run the minimum or go for a minimal look! It's just not in the spirit of what we do!

This has been my major guiding principle for the project; efficient, powerful and at the same time, subtle. The word I've used to summarise this is "Clean".

I want a clean hotrod rig.

Anyway, enough of that, on with the build!



THE SPECS

After much deliberation, I settled on the Silverstone TJ08-E as my base and specified from there. It took 2 months from initial research to order, with a rational thought process informing each hardware choice:

Hardware:

ASRock X79 Extreme-4 M - The only board available with the expansion slot requirements.
Intel i7-3820 - The best I could afford.
4x4GB Corsair Dominator [1600Hz] - Ok, this is because it's black and looks good.
OCZ Revodrive3 240GB [PCi-E] - With the chosen setup, I didn't want any physical SATA drives cluttering the case so I opted for PCi-E instead to keep the look 'Clean'.
EVGA GTX 680 SC Signature - The best I could afford.
Corsair AX760i Digital.
Asus Essence ST [PCi].

WaterCooling:

Laing 10W-DDC
XSPC Duel 5.25" Bay reservoir and mount.

180mm Magicool Slim
EK CoolSteam XT120

EK Supremecry Copper Acetal
EK FC680 GTX Copper Acetal + Backplate
Watercool Heatkiller X79 Mosfet / Southbridge.

Bitspower Fittings
1/8ID 1/2OD Tygon Black

Black with gold and silver highlights/accenting theme.
Both radiators/fans used as intakes for positive air pressure, PSU exhausting.
All mass storage is handled by external NAS




THE BUILD LOG

A couple of the before and breakdown / testing shots:







Once I was happy everything was working as intended [No RMA's for the first time ever!], the motherboard was the first to be stripped. No surprises here, build quality was good, the blocks came away easily and the new HeatKillers went on. It was my first time attaching a block onto a chip with no heat-spreader which was a little nerveracking.





Chipset:





MOSFETS:




The finished motherboard. At this point, I still hadn't realised my one mis-calculation.




The GPU was again a new experence for me but went without a hitch. Standard strip down and block attachment.






CPU Block, standard attachment. The thumb-screws to hold it down come in silver as standard so they were sprayed black to keep with the color scheme.





The finished board, CPU in:




Next up was the radiator prep. The new radiators weren't nearly as bad as my old Thermochill when this was done on my previous build but, as you can see, it's still well worth giving your rads a blast with vinegar [or similar] before you let them anywhere near your loop. Water-soluble flux just isn't cool, kids.





Additionally, at this point I realised that I was short on a T-block for my bleeding hose. As it was three days before Christmas, and not wanting to wait two weeks of more for one part so I could carry on with the build, I decided to cannibalise my old rig for the mean time. This is what came out of the dead-end bleeding hose, having not been bled for nearly 2 years [Although the main loop was totally clear, believe it or not]:




Next up was pump and reservoir. I simply couldn't find a matte black DDC reservoir-baymount, so I instead sprayed the XSPC. I have since discovered one major flaw with it's design; how bad it is for bleeding, which was quite unexpected. The flow return from the loop, directly back into the pump is good for flow-rate, but does not allow for the bubbles to escape. It takes full 48 hours for the loop to bleed out, compared to about 3 minutes on the old rig:





Clearly, the General Lee of hairdryers...








Next, the radiators were fitted into the TJ08-E:






And the reservoir:




The motherboard:




And..... Fail. The moment of realization that when I'd opted for the EK rad for better fitting placement [you'll see why next], I hadn't checked for clearance on the motherboard. An unfortunate oversight, but I pushed on, having opted to only run two DIMMs [8GB] and put a radiator downsize on my list of improvements for a later date. I was short of approx 16mm clearance.




This is one of the cheekier parts of the build, and one that I've not seen on any other TJ08-E setup; the decision to route my loop through the tiny CPU cable hole at the bottom corner of the motherboard tray. I'd identified this long before I made my purchase's but, it wasn't until I got my hands on the case that I could check that it was actually going to work. It was also the reason for my selection of hose size, and luckily it came through!




Routeing the hosing behind the motherboard tray allowed the build to remain clean as my overly elaborate bleeding hose/setup could be hidden back there, along with the wiring:





Finally, the rest of the hardware went in and the hosing was installed for leak testing:





Final build pictures to follow!
Edited by Exocloud - 8/15/13 at 10:13am
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That looks great! tongue.gif
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THE COMPLETED [Preliminary] BUILD:













Edited by Exocloud - 8/15/13 at 3:25pm
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Loop looks pretty good. Would look better w/ sleeved cables though. tongue.gif
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Exocloud when you need to bleed the loop again try this little trick to help bleed more air out quicker thumb.gif

It's simply a plastic spoon bent and placed into the res so it is between the pump inlet and the return elbow. it stops a lot of air being forced into the pump inlet by the flow.

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The build looks clean and the cable management is spot on. Well done. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by BadDad62 View Post

Exocloud when you need to bleed the loop again try this little trick to help bleed more air out quicker thumb.gif

It's simply a plastic spoon bent and placed into the res so it is between the pump inlet and the return elbow. it stops a lot of air being forced into the pump inlet by the flow.


That's awesome, thanks BadDad. biggrin.gif

Quote:
Originally Posted by lowfat View Post

Loop looks pretty good. Would look better w/ sleeved cables though. tongue.gif

Agreed, it's on my list! I'm looking to color coordinate the sleeving, coils and fluid when I finally get the chance smile.gif
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