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[Build Log] Caselabs Mercury S3 - Black/Copper Themed Watercooled mITX - EK-FC R9-290X - Acetal

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Introduction
I planned to do a custom water cooling loop in a Fractal Design Arc Midi R2, bought the case and some peripheral devices had it all worked out on paper but then saw the Mercury S3 and changed my mind completely decided I wanted to fit all of my components in a case as small as possible, I love the design of the Mercury S3, it was the perfect fit for what I had in mind biggrin.gif.

So sold the Midi R2, Peripheral devices, my old Mobo and Ram, 2 Vertex 4's, RMA'd my Corsair AX750 and Professional Series Individually Sleeved Modular Cables for AX850/AX750/AX650, got a AX760 with Corsair Sleeved DC Cable Kit, Type 3 (Gen. 2) Black back from Corsair which was really nice of corsair and bought a lot of new stuff.

Vision and color Scheme
I am going with copper and black in this build mainly because maybe in the future I want to use copper pipes.
I will either use Tygone A-60-G Noprene or Primochill Advanced LRT for this build.

Caselabs Mercury S3




Hardware
  • Asrock Z77E
  • Intel Core i7-2600K
  • G.Skill Trident X 16GB DDR3-2133Mhz CL9-11-11-31
  • XFX R9 290 Black OC Edition
  • Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
  • Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB
  • Lamptron FC5 V2
  • Corsair AX760 Platinum
  • Corsair Sleeved DC Cable Kit, Type 3 (Gen. 2) - Black
  • 5x Gentle Typhoon AP-15 1850 rpm

I am initially going to use the sleeved corsair cables, but my goal is to eventually make custom lenght cables and use MDPC sleeving, this is going to be the final touch of the build.

Watercooling
  • EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ – Full copper - CPU Block
  • EK-FC R9-290X – Copper Acetal - GPU Block
  • EK-FC R9-290X Backplate - Black -Back Plate
  • EK-RAM Monarch Module – Black - Ram
  • EK-RAM Monarch X2 - Ram Block
  • Bitspower Matte Black 3/8" ID 5/8" OD compression fittings
  • Bitspower D5 Mod Kit (Matte Black) - Mod Kit
  • Bitspower D5 Mod Top v2 (POM) - Pump Top
  • Bitspower Dual / Single D5 Top Upgrade Kit 150 (Black POM Cap) - Reservoir
  • Bitspower Z-CAP II With G1/4" x3 POM Version - Z-Cap
  • Bitspower G1/4 Matt Black Aqua-Pipe I BP-MBWP-C - Aqua Pipe
  • Bitspower O-Ring Set II - Accessoires
  • Laing D5-MCP655 (Swiftech) - Pump
  • Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 240mm - Radiator Top
  • The Black Ice® SR1-240 - Radiator Front
  • Tygon R6012 15,9/9,6mm (3/8"ID) - Tubing
  • Mayhems Dye Blue 15ml - Dye
  • Mayhems Ultra Pure H20 - Cooling Fluid
  • Mayhems Biocide Extreme 10ml - Biocide

A lot of all the listed components I already have the rest is on his way or will be ordered very soon.

Log Updates:
[1]Mercury S3 unboxing - EKWB water cooling component pictures
[2]EKWB RAM Modules Installed
[3]EK-FC R9-290X – Acetal + backplate Installed
[4]Measuring and routing Norprene tubing + Installing SR-1 and ST-30 and EK Supremacy and Ram Monarch X2 blocks
[5]Sleeving 3-pin splitters with MDPC-X Sleeve Small -Black
Edited by Iniura - 3/8/14 at 6:33pm
    
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Subbed! I'll be getting my Mercury S3 this Friday so I'm excited to see what others will do with the case as well. biggrin.gif
    
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More S3s!! biggrin.gif

I love my S3, still not completely done though. Waiting on the R290x Lightning to release and need to make custom PSU cables. The Corsair sleeved cables I bought for my AX750 a while back are WAY too long, haha. tongue.gif

Will be looking forward to what you do with yours.
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Good for you that you figured out you wanted a small case before actually building the bigger rig! I just built a rig in a Phanteks Enthoo Primo that's a beautiful but massive rig and after installing a $1200 loop in it, I decided I wanted a Caselabs S5, which I ordered today. I will be able to re-use most of the components but I will need quite a few new components (new rad, new fittings, etc since I'm upgrading to acrylic tubing while I'm at it) and of course the case and new Micro ATX motherboard is costing enough already. Ugh, it never ends. But at least I'll have a beautiful small rig that I can sit next to me on my desk and not have it tower above me way into the air. I wanted something all white, decently small, and very open with lots of windows so I can enjoy the nice build inside.
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Update

Yesterday the S3 Arrived so I began building tongue.gif


Almost complete


Caselabs has made a slight revision of the older S3's because I remember watching build logs of the S3 here on OCN where people where figuring out how to avoid sagging of the motherboard, so I was pleasantly suprised to see that my S3 came with a solution to that, Nice job Caselabs! thumb.gif


I heatshrinked the remaining yellow red and black wires from the Power and Reset switch which where still visible, the top one is done already the lower one is the original and I completed after the photo was taken, the Power and Reset switches came with black MDPC sleeving which is really nice, I compared it to some black MDPC I had laying around and it's exactly the same.


I sleeved and painted my GT AP-15 earlier and this was the result.


Some pictures of the components





I am having huge difficulties with making nice pictures, most of my pictures are to dark I'm using an Olympus FE-5010 12 Megapixel point and shoot camera and am experimenting with making good photo's.

I will update my log again when I've got all of the water cooling gear complete, I will be using the S3 on air for the time being.

Current state

Edited by Iniura - 3/5/14 at 5:01pm
    
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So sexy!

For photos, I recommend using a white poster board or white cloth and take pictures in a well lit room (white lights are best behind or on top of you). If you have exposure settings, play around with it to get lighter photos if they are still too dark.
    
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Love the case and youre ideas, especially on the black/copper scheme.

Have you tested out the fans already? Wondering how you like them in terms of noise.,
Great pics so far. Keep it up
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Love what you did the the ap-15's. How many coats are on the fans?
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Originally Posted by nepToon View Post

Love the case and youre ideas, especially on the black/copper scheme.

Have you tested out the fans already? Wondering how you like them in terms of noise.,
Great pics so far. Keep it up

Yes had them running in my old build, GT AP-15's are very good fans, and low noise high performance.

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Love what you did the the ap-15's. How many coats are on the fans?

Thnx, there are 7-11 coats on each fan smile.gif
    
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