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Planning new ITX Caselabs S3 build. Please comment/critique my (proposed) parts list.

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I've been planning this build for quite a while now. I can't start building until i get back stateside. I'm currently deployed overseas, so the best i can do right now is plan and drool over all the awesome build logs here on OCN.

As of right now, the parts i plan to buy are listed below. Any parts I'm reusing or already have will be annotated with ***example***

CPU: Intel 4770k, I plan to delid it
Mobo: Maximus VI Impact
RAM: ***G.Skill Ripjaw X 16GB DDR3 2133***
PSU: Corsair AX860, Definitely overkill but I don't mind springing the extra money so i can use it again later.
GPU: Gigabyte 780 ti Ghz edition OR EVGA 780 ti Classified, not sure yet. Depends on if EK finishes their custom block for the Gigabyte card.
SSD: ***1TB Samsung 840 EVO***. So much overkill, but i already have it. Don't flame me too hard.
Case: Black - CaseLabs Mercury S3 standard windows on both sides, 36mm ext on top.
Fans: ***8x Corsair SP120's*** for push/pull on radiators. No need for p/p, but the case can fit it and i like how it looks.
Fan Controller: Lamptron FC5 v2, 4 channel 30W per channel.

Watercooling parts: (First time to do a loop, could really use recommendations here)
EK-FB Asus M6I - Nickel: Full mobo+cpu block
[Insert GPU block here] depending on which card i choose. Definitely EK though.
***Bitspower Z-multi 150 reservoir - Clear***
***DCP 4.0 Pump***
2x Alphacool NexXxos XT45 240 Radiator
Ice Dragon White coolant. This stuff looks amazing, it looks like you're cooling a system with milk.
12mm OD Hard Acrylic tubing
EK or Bitspower fittings

Colors:
I am planning on painting the entire inside of the case blue and doing a Blue/Gray build with subtle white accents (other than the white coolant). I wish the Mobo wasn't red, but it's only a few pieces and i'm willing to overlook it.
Already purchased MDPC-X sleeves for the cables in blue and light gray. White heatshrink, white connectors. Sata cables and USB cables gray. The radiator body will be painted blue. The fan bodies will be painted gray, fan blades blue, the little circle will be white. PSU painted blue. Pump painted blue. Fittings will be silver or painted gray.

Feel free to post your thoughts.

Last question, I'll show off my ignorance a bit. Is it best to turn the PSU upside down so that the fan faces the floor of the case where there are holes for ventilation?
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Hey, everything on the PC parts side looks very solid (Dat SSD!). As for the liquid side of this, i have far less experience in so I can't really help you much there.However, that is exactly how my PSU is mounted now,and for the last ~3 years, and I've not had a problem with it. In theory it would be better off because it would be independently ventilated, but i cant say for certain.
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Can anyone tell me what i need to do the wiring in my case as far as fans and the pump goes. Do i need any special hubs/wires to put 8 fans into a 4 channel fan controller, 2 per channel? The pump i believe is a 3prong cord, does that plug into the motherboard or into the PSU with some kind of conversion? I'm really lost on how all the wiring is going to work. My last build was just a very simple plug in all my components to the PSU and the 2 fans or so into the mobo.
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Not that this thread is still alive and thriving or anything, but I just ordered the parts. Quite a few of the things changed, but the core components remained the same. I'll do my first build log in T-minus ~2 months smile.gif
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Im building an S3 right now, lots of you parts are similar. If you are planning on sleeving I would look at the the Silverstone Strider line as they supposedly have a one to one pinout. I went with an AX850 and it has lots of double wires, a pain to sleeve, the 860 does also. Also I would look at the EK mcp35x pump with a 150/250 on top because they have some nice mounting options with either an EK mount right to the bottom of the case or the UN mount thats goes on the front radiator. Lastly make sure you stick with those radiators cuz I went with Black Ice GTX240 that are 54mm thick and they are making my life hell with fitting everything. They are literally touching at the top front.
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I've already ordered the pump and the AX860, but i'm considering returning the AX860 along with the SP120's (they're in the same shipment and i opted for a different type of fan since i ordered them.)

Is the Silverstone Strider line good? I want top of the line, even if it means a harder time sleeving.
***EDIT: How high up does the Strider line go in wattage? Seems like the 1000W and above drop the Strider designation and go by Tek instead. Is http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Tek-Magnetized-ST1000-G-Evolution/dp/B006MBP7EA/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1394344371&sr=8-10&keywords=Silverstone+Strider still going to be 1:1?
Edited by Krulani - 3/8/14 at 9:57pm
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