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[Build Log] Case Labs S5 | GTX 780 | ASUS VI Gene | First custom watercooling attempt

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Hey there OCN! I've been lurking and following other builds while I was planning my build. My last gaming systems were all air cooled because I was too afraid to mess around with water and really didn't want to spend too much money on it. When I started to build this system is was also just going to be on air and primarily just to game with FFXIV. The build consisted of these components at the time:
  • ASUS Gryphon Z87
  • Intel Core i7-4770K
  • EVGA Nvidia GTX 780 SC ACX
  • 16GB Kingston HyperX
  • SeaSonic SS-750KM3 750W
  • Lian Li PC-A04B MicroATX

The system ran fine, but would get pretty hot especially here in AZ during the summer time. It just so happens that the hottest room in the house is also where I have my computer. Also, my girlfriend games as well so when the both of us are in here gaming it can get really toasty. The GTX 780 would throttle and I would lose quite a bit of FPS. It also didn't help that I was running the game at max settings at a resolution of 2560x1440. But I wanted something more, I wanted my system to run a little cooler, but I also wanted to be quiet as well. This is where I start to put all the blame on OCN thumb.gif

I started off just looking for a better case that would allow the air to move better inside. Then I stumbled onto Case Labs and I figured I would get one of those cool S5's when they came out because I really liked the design and quality. I ended up putting all my stuff into that case, but it left me for wanting more. Why should I waste such a lovely case on just air cooling? I had to go water now. I picked up a Cosair H100i to cool my Haswell. It did a great job too, but I still needed something to cool my GTX 780. So I started planning my build, but I didn't want to be without a gaming PC while I did it because I wanted to take my time on this build and do it right. I figured I would keep some of my components and get some new ones, this way I could have a temporary system which will end up going to my girlfriend when I'm done with my build. wink.gif Here is what I have so far in my build:

Main Components

CaseLabs S5 | White | with pedestal
ASUS Maximus VI Gene
Intel Core i7-4770K
EVGA Nvidia GTX 780 SC ACX
2x EVGA Nvidia GTX 780 SC ACX in SLI
16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133
Corsair AX1200i
Undecided on HD. I'm not sure if I want to go with a single SSD or RAID0 2 of them.
2x Samsung 840 Pro 256 in RAID0 for OS and applications
2x Samsung 840 Pro 512 for data

Watercooling Components
Aquacomputer Aquaero 6 XT
EK Supremecy Clean CSQ
EK Geforce GTX Titan SE Nickel
2 x Alphacool NexXxos UT60 360mm radiators
Aquacomputer D5 pump with USB and Aquabus Interface
Aquacomputer Aqualis base with 450 reservoir
Aquacomputer D5 pump adapter
Aquacomputer Flow Rate sensor USB
Noctua NF-F12 PWM fans for radiators
Noctua NF-S12A PWM fans for case
Bitspower fittings

CaseLabs S5 with some old compnents. Ignore the lovely cable management.


The arrival of some goodies!


Swapped out the components and put together my temporary system.


Installing the RAM on to the Mobo.


Testing to make sure the mobo, RAM, and PSU are good.



This is my first water cooling build and I am certainly open to comments and suggestions from the you all! I appreciate you checking out my build and hope you follow. biggrin.gif
Edited by Siopao - 3/4/14 at 2:08pm
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Reserved for final pics!
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A couple more photos.

I haven't received all of my fans yet, but I wanted to play around with the Aquaero so I hooked up 6 fans to one channel. Pretty sweet!





All those splitters!



I'm having a problem finding the right screws for the fans. I want to put 3M x 35mm black button head screws and the only place I can find them is on MDPC-X.com. I also want to use the Branwashers they have as well. Does anyone know of a place within the US to get a hold of these screws and washers? I already check Home Depot and Lowes, but their metric selection is grim.
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When in doubt and looking for screws, go to http://www.mcmaster.com/
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 5820K EVGA X99 Micro  Sapphire R9 290 Crucial Ballistix Sport (2 x 4GB) 2400  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB hahahahhah no. 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supremacy EVO - Nickel  EK Coolstream PE 360 EK CoolStream PE 240  Noiseblocker NB-Multiframes M12-S2 (x6) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower DDC Top upgrade w/ acrylic top and EK... EK ZMT Tubing  Orgy of EK and Bitspower fittings Mayhems (Rasberry) Purple Pastel 
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Windows 7 Piece of crap  Das Keyboard 4 Professional MX Blue EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G2 
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Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB hahahahhah no. 
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EK Supremacy EVO - Nickel  EK Coolstream PE 360 EK CoolStream PE 240  Noiseblocker NB-Multiframes M12-S2 (x6) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower DDC Top upgrade w/ acrylic top and EK... EK ZMT Tubing  Orgy of EK and Bitspower fittings Mayhems (Rasberry) Purple Pastel 
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Subbed for the horizontal motherboard ride! ^_^
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate 2TB SATA3 Maxtor 2TB Black LG DVD-RW Cryorig R1 ultimate 
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Subbed for the horizontal motherboard ride! ^_^

Thanks WhiteWulfe! wink.gif

I really like the horizontal layout. I'm already thinking of my next build with the S8 coming out soon! biggrin.gif
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Thanks WhiteWulfe! wink.gif

I really like the horizontal layout. I'm already thinking of my next build with the S8 coming out soon! biggrin.gif

I'll admit, if they hadn't announced the S8 by the time tax refunds come around up here, I was seriously contemplating the S5. Seeing all these teaser shots for the S8 has my brain in overdrive mode when it comes to ideas ^_^
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i7 3770k Maximus V Formula EVGA GTX 780 Classified Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866MHz 
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Kingston 64GB SSDnow 200 CoolerMaster MasterLiquid Pro 240 Windows 7 64 Bit Dell E2213H 
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So I have an extra UT60 240 radiator and wondered how it would look. What do you guys think?

This is with the 240.


This is without. I'm thinking that it looks better without. It looks less crowded in there...


Also, does anyone have any experience removing the label off of the AX1200i? I want to flip it around, it's really bugging me that it's upside down.
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there's some stock pics of the logo floating around the forums. you could possibly print out a new one and just remove the existing one. they also come in different colors too if you want to match your theme.
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there's some stock pics of the logo floating around the forums. you could possibly print out a new one and just remove the existing one. they also come in different colors too if you want to match your theme.

Awesome thanks! I'll see what I can find.

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