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Preface: My first water cooling rig. Saw what some of you folks were able to do and I couldn't just be the observer anymore. Hopefully, my creation will be up to the high standards set here. Before I continue, I need to say that I am taking a lot of inspiration from other builders. Most notably, Jameswalt1 and his amazing 900CSQ build and some bits and pieces of SingularityComputer's ideas. That being said, this build will hopefully be able to stand out on it's own, but if something looks similar now you know why. I intend on finishing this build as quickly as I can and I will be updating it daily until completion.
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PC Hardware:

Corsair 900D
Intel 4930K
EVGA X79 DARK
2 x EVGA TITAN SC
8 x 8GB Kingston HyperX Beast
2 x Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD
1 x 4TB Seagate HDD
Corsair 1200i (sleeving done by Ensourced)
A lot of Corsair SP120 QE Fans


Watercooling Components:

EK Supremacy Clean CSQ (Nickel + Plexi)
EK Titan SE Blocks (Nickel + Plexi) w/ Backplates
Alphacool UT60 480mm
Alphacool UT45 480mm
Alphacool ST30 240mm
Swiftech MCP655 Pump w/ Bitspower Mod Kit
Bitspower D5 Modtop V2
Bitspower 250 Reservoir
Primochill Acrylic Tubing
Primochill Revolver Fittings
Bitspower Fittings
Mayhems Pastel

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Resources and Inspirations:
  • Jameswalt1 and his 900CSQ build - Was build of the month for a reason.
  • SingularityComputers - Some incredible builds as well. I took some ideas from Build 10.
  • The Showcase 900D Build - As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to get this case. Major props to the people responsible for the build and Corsair. Other companies selling $250+ cases should take note. This is how you entice buyers and show off the capability of your case at the same time.
  • xtremerigs.net - Has some of the best testing out there for a variety of water cooling components. Heavily influenced some of my product choices.
  • Martin's Liquid Labs - One of the best resources regarding PC watercooling out there. Highly suggest anyone who is starting out or looking for some accurate comparisons to check out the reviews here.
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Teaser Pics of the Pump / Res:



Sleeved with Lutro Custom's Telios Sleeving.
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I'm aiming for a dual loop build and without major modifications to the case it would be difficult to mount 2 vertical reservoirs and 2 pumps together. It would be near impossible to mount them in a side by side fashion without removing the 5.25 bay up top and that was a mod I didn't want to attempt. I decided to mount them in a front/back setup so to accomplish this I modified the mini mid-plate in the 900D to be the mounting point. I got a fairly thick aluminum angle and attached it to the mid-plate and then reinforced it with a rectangular aluminum plate underneath it all.

I chopped off the annoying little tabs on the mid-plate that secured one of HDD cages, then drilled all the necessary holes, and sanded and then painted each of the three pieces with a flat black spray paint. Attempted to use a clearcoat spray on all three pieces, but the angle didn't come out great so I sanded it down and painted one more layer of flat black and left it like that. I'm making the drilling sounds trivial, but it actually took quite a bit of time and I went through 3 aluminum angles total before I got all the points right.

The pieces are held together with nuts and bolts and the overall mount is secured in the case screw points that already existed for the mini mid-plate. It's extremely stable, but also quite heavy even without anything mounted to it.



























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I chose the EVGA Dark because 1) it was new and 2) I got a fantastic deal on it. Aesthetically, the board looked great with it being mostly black. However, the large red E leaves something to be desired. Here is a stock image of the motherboard:





So, I decided to use some of my flat black spray paint and actually make it "dark".


Naked shot of the motherboard without that heatsink:






Masked up the heatsink:






And let the darkening begin!




Much better.



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I decided to have mercy on the large VRM heatsink near the top. A user on the EVGA forums is making custom waterblocks for that section in black so I figured I will just wait for that to come in instead of modifying the current heatsink. However, it doesn't look like that particular block will be making it's way into other people's hands anytime soon so I will rebuild that section when he decides to finish them.
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Well, well, well, so we meet again. biggrin.gif
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I like the blacked out E. I assume the blocks you are talking about are coming from nate?
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Originally Posted by alpenwasser View Post

Well, well, well, so we meet again. biggrin.gif

Small world. Good to see you here too. thumb.gif

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I like the blacked out E. I assume the blocks you are talking about are coming from nate?

Yup. The blocks are being made by nateman_doo. I was trying to get an idea of when to expect it (I was under the impression it was going to be pretty quick after he made the prototype), but he had other matters to tend to and now I feel like I've come off as being impatient asking for a rough estimate. It's too bad honestly that EK decided not to make a block for this board, but the prototype from Nate looks great and I would be happy to own one of them when he gets around to making them. I still can't believe he's able to pull off making these blocks honestly, but it's amazing that he does.

Here's what the prototype looks like for those interested. There is also a block for the "E" heatsink being made, but there is only one small area that is even cooled by that heatsink so the proposed block for it looks pretty tiny.

http://forums.evga.com/FindPost/2018947



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Finished all the acrylic tubing. Sad to say I'm pretty terrible when it comes to bending. So my dreams of becoming the Avatar are pretty much shattered. Much like some of the acrylic pieces I was working with. Aside from my terrible jokes, let me give a quick summary of my experience. Making a 90 deygree bend isn't that difficult. Honestly, you don't even need a cylindrical object to do so. However, making multiple bends in the same run is extremely difficult at least for me. Because the length between multiple bends is fixed, once you make a mistake in measurement or anything else you can't undo or fix it. I was able to get two pieces with 90 degree bends that fit between some of the blocks, but neither was perfectly straight vertically and horizontally so I nixed the idea. Instead, I'll be joining pieces using Bitspower L Blocks.

Here are all the pieces of the tubing:



And the fittings I'm using are Primochill Revolver Fittings (left). They had the Ghost line (right) with the initial launch of their acrylic products, but I wasn't a big fan of the look. I really liked the bevel on the the revolver fittings so I chose those. Still, the biggest downside to both of these fittings is that they are extremely large when used in conjunction with Bitspower extenders and rotary fittings.






Ghost Fitting:




Revolver Fitting:




The revolver fittings have the option to either have a cross-hatch grip or a straight one. I opted for the straight grip.

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Still intend on working into the night. I'm planning on polishing the edges with Novus acrylic polish so I will probably do that first. Any more major developments will be posted.
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Finished all the acrylic tubing. Sad to say I'm pretty terrible when it comes to bending. So my dreams of becoming the Avatar are pretty much shattered. Much like the some of the acrylic pieces I was working with. .

MY EARS!!!! cryingsmiley.gifcryingsmiley.gifcryingsmiley.gifcryingsmiley.gif

Anyways, subbed
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