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[Build Log/Gallery] "Prime" - Watercooled Corsair Air 540d

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Info
So I am new to the water cooling world and OCN and was convinced to do it when I discovered the build logs and threads here on OCN. I actually already completed the build and had some issues with my old SD card for my camera and lost most of the early stage images. Since the build is actually completed I am unsure of whether to call this a "Build Log" or "Gallery" (I apologize in advance if I mislabeled this thread).

Body
Corsair Air 540d
Dell U2713HM 27" Monitor

The Guts
CPU - Intel i7 4770k
MB - ASUS Sabertooth z87
VGA - EVGA GTX780ti
PSU - Seasonic 760XP2 platinum
SSD - Samsung 840 EVO
HHD - WD Green 2TB
RAM - 16gb Mushkin Silverline Enhanced

Cooling
5 x Noctua NF-P12s
1 x EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ - Nickel + Acetal
1 x EK-FC780 GTX Ti - Acetal + Nickel
1 x EK-D5 Vario X-RES 140 (incl. pump)
1 x Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 360mm
1 x Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 240mm
2 x PrimoChill 1/2in Rigid Acrylic Tubing - 24in - Black (4 Pack)
15 x Rigid Revolver Compression Fitting 3/8" x 1/2" Diamond Knurled 10 Pack - Nickel Plated Brass - Black
1 x PrimoChilll Rigid Acrylic Bending Kit
1 x Bitspower Case Top Water Fill/ Through Hole Fitting Set - Black Sparkle Finish
1 x Bitspower G 1/4" Black Sparkle Temperature Sensor Stop Fitting
1 x Bitspower G1/4" Black Sparkle Stop Fitting
1 x Bitspower BP-MVV-BK Mini-Valve - Black Sparkle
1 x Bitspower Rotary Fitting "T"
1 x KoolanceThreaded Rubber Funnel

Routing
pump/res >> cpu >> 240rad >> 360 rad >> vga >> (drainport at lowest point) >> pump/res

Color Scheme
Black on Black on Black (with accents)

Goals
My goals for this build above all were silence, versatility, longevity and performance (with my budget). My main secondary goal was to make something that I was proud of and looks sexy. Did I achieve this? Thats for you to decide, here are my results.
Building









SOOoOooooooOOoOo much planning... I discovered just how patient you need to be with acrylic tubing




mounted the pump to the case with a piece of foam from its packaging in between (eliminate any vibrations)


Like so many before me, I have to sacrifice the fan filter on the 540d





drain port... which came in handy when I sprung a little leak



Completed



tried to run the tubing in parallel to give it a more uniform look









I am proud of the way the tubing turned out. Would highly recommend acrylic tubing if you don't mind being more frustrated than ever.


So I ended up being impatient and used the fillport (initially intended for the top of the case above the res) as a way to connect the line between the cpu and pump.
It was just tooooooo damn hard to do it other wise


"Cable management"... kinda. I give myself a C- on this one. Its just too easy to take it easy here when this case has so much room!


SSD hidden beneath drainport

Conclusion
This build was incredibly fun, with just a bit of frustration (curse the acrylic gods). I personally believe I achieved most of my goals but that is for you to decide. The only thing I regret is finishing. I had so much fun that I wish I could do a build like this over and over. I apologize for the lack of actual building photos. My SD card was corrupted and on the fritz and I managed to salvage only a few photos (the finished photos came from a new card I just bought). I will update this thread with some FINAL final shots of the rig/full set up when I get around to cleaning my work area/room as I need to make space/reorganize it all(I have been neglecting it this past week).

What do you think?
I would love your input on what I did right/wrong, what I could have done better, and just what you think of it.

Thanks in advanced and there should be more photos on there way!
Edited by c12MD - 3/21/14 at 10:11am
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Looks good.
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I like the angles you chose for the tubing, very nice build! thumb.gif
   
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
I7-3770K Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 Saphire R9 290 Saphire R9 290 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Dominator Platinum OCZ Vertex 4  OCZ Vertex 4 Seagate  
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Custom Loop Windows 8.1 QNIX QX2710LED Logitech G710 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master V1000 Zalman GS1000 Logitech G502 Sound Blaster Z 
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