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Well I will give a little background first as to why this rig cam about. My first rig I built about 4 years ago and it has morphed from one case to the next and swapped motherboards and CPUs. It was an AMD build and I always wanted to try out Intel and Nvidia. Turns out at this moment in time the 290x was way too hard to pass up and I did really love the 6970 that I had. Then I decided than 95 degrees was way to hot so why not try water cooling for the first time. After a few months of research I put together a list of stuff that I was going to put into the build:

Processor: i5 Haswell 4670k 3.4ghz (Stable OC to 4.4ghz at 1.29v) Idle Temps between 25-30c, Prime95 Temps after 1 hour averaged seemed around 65-70c with a peak of 87c
Graphics Card: HIS 290x at stock clocks
SSD: 500gb Samsung EVO
Motherboard: Asus ROG Impact
RAM: Corsair 1600 Vengence 8gb (16gb)
PSU: Corsair RM850

Had my parts the day before Thanksgiving and I couldn't wait so a cousin and I took apart my old PC and tested the new parts. Had some random hiccups like not unpacking my mouse or keyboard (I just moved the day before). But every thing eventually went smooth and everything was running great.


Fully gutted.


i5 4670k is such an awesome chip. And the Impact is such a great board really glad I decided not to skimp on either.


Mercury S3 came in the mail a bit later than expected but well worth the wait. This is a monster of a case and again I'm glad I decided not to skimp on a mini-itx case. Build quality is just perfect.


Just setting out some of the water parts after cleaning them.


The process begins. Mounted both the radiators and PSU to gauge what kind of space I was working with for the reservoir, the answer: not much.


My grandfather cut the mounting bracket a bit and drilled mounting holes for the reservoir behind the SSD bracket. Worked out to be a perfect mounting location.


Installed the waterblock onto the 290x. Looks snazzy


Put the waterblock onto the CPU and set it inside the case. Things are coming along quite nicely at this point. I believe it was around 2 AM.




Put the card in and started to figure out how I wanted the loop to go.












Time to leak test. Managed to spill some over the top radiator. No issues though.


And it's complete smile.gif. Waiting on some sleeved cables from corsair to replace the black ones.












Last but not least, proof that this beast belongs to me =D.
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Nice! That's a small case, kudos for cramming all that stuff in there! I might build something compact like that with all my spare parts.
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Nice! That's a small case, kudos for cramming all that stuff in there! I might build something compact like that with all my spare parts.

Thanks. The difficult part was finding a good spot for the reservoir. If I did it over again I may have gone for a smaller one. But I do love the one that I have and I am happy with it. Glad I went mini-itx this time around. This thing packs a punch and for my uses there was no need to go any bigger than itx (since the board has a sound card on it as well).
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interesting choice of coolant color thumb.gif
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interesting choice of coolant color thumb.gif

I was going for "Flash" or a fire look. Didn't quite turn out how I wanted but I love the way it turned out. But now I am not so sure on a name for it upsidedwnsmiley.gif It kind of came out looking like liquid gold which is pretty cool.
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Loving the coolant and fitting colors! Nice one.
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