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The Liberator
Built By: MoarCores
Theme: Patriotic
The Build

This will be the build log for "The Liberator". A patriotic themed computer build housed inside of the monster STH10 case by Caselabs. My plans for this build include a dedicated watercooling loop for both the CPU/GPU, red/white/blue sleeved cables, an eagle etched (or painted) onto the side window of the case, and much more.

My intentions here are to create a unique build that not only serves the purpose of being my dream build but is also something that nobody else has as far as looks. This is also my first REAL watercooling build so I am hoping that people with more experience can look over what im doing in order to keep me out of trouble biggrin.gif

At this stage, I am still gathering parts and knowledge so the build is a tad on the *not done yet* side. That said, I think I have all of the major components. The only things that I have yet to get are the rads, pumps, and some other small things like a fan controller. My intentions are to stuff all the rads up top. I know...with this case I have plenty of other places to stick radiators but I really want to keep all the rads up top so that I can keep a clean look on the bottom and on the front of the tower. I measured everything up and I *should* be able to fit two Black Ice GTX Xtreme 480's up on each side in a push/pull config along with having a GTX 560 up top in push/pull with the Bgears 120->140mm adapters. I have held off ordering these parts simply because they are what i'm the most unsure about as far as clearance. The pumps and other things will be down at the bottom with the two power supplies which makes me wonder how one D5 will fare with pushing the liquid all the way up to the top of Mt.Caselabs and through those restrictive rads. Other than that, for the time being i'm ready to start at least roughing things in. But I still need the rest of the watercooling components so I can start testing the hardware (save for the hard drives).

Here are some pictures of the parts stacked in the corner...just begging to be installed tongue.gif




For now, I am going to start with two MSI 290X Lightning's and down the road, I will install two more just in case I get cold down here in Florida biggrin.gif













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Git er done! thumb.gif
   
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I7-3770K Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 Saphire R9 290 Saphire R9 290 
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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  
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Custom Loop Windows 8.1 QNIX QX2710LED Logitech G710 
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Cooler Master V1000 Zalman GS1000 Logitech G502 Sound Blaster Z 
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Corsair Vengeance OCZ Vertex 4 OCZ Vertex 4 Seagate Baracuda 
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I'm interested in this build. A sub for you!! biggrin.gif
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subd
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This is going to be good!
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Alright guys, I had some time today (finally) to really look over all the parts that I bought and I got to say, this really does take a good amount of planning. I'm not worried though since im always doing projects like this (you should see the work im doing on my truck). Anyway, aside from the motherboard and a few other parts I have opened most everything else and looked it over and set it next to the case to see where I really want to put it. I knew from the start that I wanted to have two loops and all the radiators up top but I was never sure if it would all fit up there. After looking over a few threads of similar builds and measuring everything out a few times, im 99% confident that I can fit everything up top biggrin.gif so I went ahead and ordered the radiators.



Here you can see my two bitspower 250mm reservoirs side by side which is pretty much how I will have them when installed. Im looking to have the fill tubes come in up top and have everything else come through the bottom. The fill tubes themselves will come up to the top somewhere (not sure where yet) for easy filling/topping off. Remember, one loop will be red and the other....I think white but im not 100% sure yet. I might want to make it blue and have all the fan rings white along with some of the single cables. We will see tongue.gif





I installed both of my Evga 1000 P2 PSU's to see what kind of room im looking at. I think im fine as far as room goes. My only concern here is the ground potential between the two units. I will more than likely have to run a new dedicated outlet (20A) to where the computer is so the two power supplies SHOULD be very close as far as ground potential is, but im still a little unsure about it all.



I truly cant get over how big these bad boys are.

Well I will hopefully have a little more later. I am still trying to plan out all the tubing since it continues to change in my mind how it should go. One thing is for certain though and that is that this case needs more freedom biggrin.gif I was thinking a custom shotgun shell power/reset button. I am trying to find more ways to incorporate shells into the case but so far the button is the best thing I have come up with.

Important: If you are viewing this from another country, please know that I love all of my brothers and sisters no matter where you are from. I hold no hate towards people just because they happened to be born elsewhere. I thought it was important to mention since I figured some might misunderstand my love for my own country as potential dislike for others which is not the case smile.gif

MoarCores
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Curious, what's your reasoning for two 1000W power supplies?

Edit.
I guess I was thinking a 1200W would be simpler, but it makes sense if these were from a previous build.

GPU 1: 300W
GPU 2: 300W
CPU 1: 120W
MB: 30W
RAM: 30W
Pump: 10W
Fans: 10W

Total: 800W
Edited by ryanallan - 4/12/14 at 4:10pm
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Curious, what's your reasoning for two 1000W power supplies?
Yeah that really seems over-kill but anywho I subbed!
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Originally Posted by ryanallan View Post

Curious, what's your reasoning for two 1000W power supplies?

Edit.
I guess I was thinking a 1200W would be simpler, but it makes sense if these were from a previous build.

GPU 1: 300W
GPU 2: 300W
CPU 1: 120W
MB: 30W
RAM: 30W
Pump: 10W
Fans: 10W

Total: 800W

Well, I am planning on adding two more GPU's a few months down the road and from my understanding the R9 290x (especially overclocked) is quite the power hog. I wanted to make sure that I was covered when im running 4 of them overclocked.
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