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[Build Log] Mercury S8 Gaming Rig

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I've finally decided to post my first build log. This won't be my first build, but there will be a lot of firsts for me. First Case Labs case, first time custom sleeving and first time using rigid acrylic tubing. Most of the components have been ordered but there are still a couple options I haven't finalized. Colors will be black, red and white. I know you've seen the colors before, but I don't own a black and red build. smile.gif Here's the setup and initial pictures.

Mercury S8 (all black)
120.3 x2 Top Radiator Mount
36mm Extended Top
Left and Right Door - Standard Window w/ Ventilation
Ventilated Front Cover
Solid Bay Covers
120.3 Side Radiator Mount
Merlin PSU Mount (CS will mod for use in S8)
HD Casters

ASUS Maximus VI Formula
Intel i7-4770k
32Gb G.Skill Ripjaws Z DDR3-2133 (8Gb x4)
EVGA GTX Titan Hydro Copper (x2)
Corsair AX1200i
Samsung 840 Pro Series 128Gb (x2)
EVGA Pro SLI Bridge 2-Way

Aquacomputer Aquaero 6 XT
Aquaero XT Black Face Plate

EK-Supremacy - Acetal CPU Block
EK D5 X-Top Acetal Pump Top CSQ
EK D5 Dual CSQ Pump Top
Swiftech MCP655-PWM (x2)

Redharbinger FMJ Series Stainless Steel Reservoir Cover - Classic - 250e Black w/ EK-MultiOption RES X3 250
EK-MultiOption RES X3 250-Black

Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta Triple 120mm (x2)
Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper Dual 120mm
Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper Triple 120mm

PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Acrylic Tube
PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Revolver Compression Diamond Knurled Fittings - Anodized Red

Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition 120mm fans (x24)

MDPC Black, Red and White sleeving.

First some shots of the S8. Case Pix (Click to show)
Case Labs Mercury S8 Case FrontCase Labs Mercury S8 Case RearS8 Side with window and ventilation. Protective paper still on the window.Case Labs Mercury S8 Case Side with 120.3 Radiator mount
S8 PSU bayS8 PSU Side. Blank plates for mounting/drilling as needed. A fan hole is hidden behind the plate in the center divider.
And now some test fitting of components. Component Pix (Click to show)
Corsair AX1200i mountedASUS Maximus VI Formula
Dual EVGA GTX Titan Hydro Copper shot through one of the front fan holesDual EVGA GTX Titan Hydro Copper
32Gb G.Skill Ripjaws Memory32Gb G.Skill Ripjaws Memory

Edited by Aerlic - 3/3/14 at 5:55pm
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I started playing with the hidden SSD mount. It hangs from two pegs in the back of the case (1 visible in a shot below) and screws in at the front. It seems like there's actually room for 4 SSDs but I'll have to play around with positioning more. Some of the screw holes and mounting locations look like they would interfere with the screws at the front of the mount. Oddly enough the screws included with the case for SSD mounting may be the only things not black. Luckily I had some black screws laying around I was able to use.

SSD mountSSD mount bottom
SSD mountSSD mount
post #3 of 83
Subbed for some S8 lovin'.thumb.gif
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yah me too, i wanna see this bad boy built biggrin.gif
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Minor updates to parts list. Decided to go with 2 pumps and added the Merlin PSU mount, casters and one of the EVGA SLI bridges. Everything is ordered. With any luck most of it will be here by the weekend.
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Minor updates to parts list. Decided to go with 2 pumps and added the Merlin PSU mount, casters and one of the EVGA SLI bridges. Everything is ordered. With any luck most of it will be here by the weekend.
Looking good! I just installed my psu in the S8. Looks pretty solid imo. Either way, looking forward to more pics!

Sent from Note 3
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Yes!! Another S8 build. Subbed and waiting!
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Tomorrow should be a good day. All the radiators, pumps, res and fittings are scheduled to be delivered. Hopefully I'll at least have radiator pix by tomorrow night smile.gif
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Just a couple quick pictures of trying out radiator placement. With the ports at the front of the case there is about 25mm clearance at the front and 42mm at the rear. Flipping it around to put the ports at the back reverses the clearance numbers. I'm thinking I'm going to be putting the ports at the back so I have a little room for a pair of fans at the front. There's about 160mm of space from the bottom of the rad+fan to the motherboard tray.



The side mount would be really tight with an 80mm radiator. I don't see it working in push/pull if you are going to use the CS faceplate, USB and switches. I'm using a 45mm and have room to do push/pull and still have plenty of free space between the fans and the case center divider. I'm finding that the USB 3.0 cables in the faceplate do touch the fans when everything is in place. I haven't had a chance to figure out if its just a routing issue or if there really isn't enough clearance back there.

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