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if i would have to pick something else than asus it would be gigabyte

asus>gigabyte>msi=asrock
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Thank you for all the input and votes. The poll was all tied up, so I went with the MSI like I was originally leaning towards. Newegg says it's release date isn't until the 20th, so I'll just have to sit tight until then.

One of the next big decisions I'll need to make is on the water blocks. I'm debating between ek acetal and black tubing or csq with rigid tubing and black coolant. I'm leaning towards the csq & clear tubing to help break up all the dark colors of the build. Thoughts?
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If you're going with black coolant, go with an acrylic clean CSQ water block for the CPU and polish it until it becomes really transparent. Just imagining it makes me drool.
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Here's a shot from lowfat's acrylic polishing guide that you might find handy thumb.gif :
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And oh, subbed! biggrin.gif
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If you're going with black coolant, go with an acrylic clean CSQ water block for the CPU and polish it until it becomes really transparent. Just imagining it makes me drool.
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Here's a shot from lowfat's acrylic polishing guide that you might find handy thumb.gif :
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

And oh, subbed! biggrin.gif
I hadn't thought about polishing because I thought the frosted blocks would go great with the frosted case parts, but now that you bring it up, it's something I'll have to strongly consider. I've seen lowfats guide before and I liked the results he's gotten. I'm picturing it in my head with the black coolant and I like it. Thanks for the input!
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I hadn't thought about polishing because I thought the frosted blocks would go great with the frosted case parts, but now that you bring it up, it's something I'll have to strongly consider. I've seen lowfats guide before and I liked the results he's gotten. I'm picturing it in my head with the black coolant and I like it. Thanks for the input!

I think there are pictures of EK Supreme HFs with black pastel coolant somewhere in that thread.
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I think there are pictures of EK Supreme HFs with black pastel coolant somewhere in that thread.
I went through the thread and didn't see any. After looking through it again though, I will definitely polish the blocks for this build.
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Spent a good bit of the morning searching for the best retailer to purchase some stuff for the build from. Ended up purchasing all these goodies (and a few more surprises) from 6 different companies to get the best deals.

Arctic F8 PWM 80mm case fans for the rear of the case:


Cougar Vortex PWM 120mm fans for the radiators:


Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 240mm radiators:


EK Supremacy Universal CPU Liquid Cooling Block:


EK GeForce 780 GTX Ti VGA Liquid Cooling Block - Nickel CSQ:


EK GTX Titan/780/780Ti/770 VGA Liquid Cooling RAM Backplate - Black:


EK Monarch Series X4 Ram Liquid Cooling Block - Nickel CSQ:


Meguiar's PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner and Polish (as seen in lowfat's polishing guide):


So yes, I will be polishing the blocks using lowfat's method. Along with the polish, I also bought all the different grits of sandpaper needed.

I've got a couple fun ideas for modding the case that Justin at Parvum is helping me out with. I'm going to leave it as a surprise for now, but I'm pretty excited to get the pieces from him so I can start hacking at this case.
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Got a few parts in. Still waiting on a few more before I can really begin fitting things and doing the case mods.



The motherboard was released today, and newegg sent an email saying it was shipped, so I'm looking forward to getting that so I can black it out.
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More stuff came in the mail today! I guess I can start polishing the blocks now while I wait for the mobo and rest of the case pieces to get here.



Edit:
Gave the block polishing a go to get a feel for the process. Tried it out on the bridge and I'm very happy with the results. These pictures are with only one round of the polish and not too much attention to detail. I'm confident that with a few more coats it'll be pristine. I also need to wrap some sandpaper around a pen or something so I can polish inside the tubes.



And through one of the rings:

Edited by RexTempus - 5/21/14 at 4:26am
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Was able to do some measurements now that I've got the rads and fans in. The good news is that the 25mm fan and the 30mm rad actually only combine to 53mm. Yay for more room! Anyways, in order to fit all 3 240mm rads in this case, modifications must be done.

All taped and lined up:


The dremel makes quick and dusty work of it:


I really like the cubes used to hold all the pieces together. They're easy to relocate when you want to do a mod like this. All it took was a few new holes in the mid wall and front and back panels and this thing looks like it came from parvum like this.

There really is nothing more I can do to the case until the new panels arrive, so I'll just get back to polishing the blocks.

Edit: the angles in the pieces make the cut look uneven, but rest assured that it is perfectly straight
Edited by RexTempus - 5/21/14 at 9:27am
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