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Project Meld


Introduction:

I kludged together my first water cooling loop in a Silverstone FT02 in May, and knew immediately that I wanted to do it right the next time.

Unique Touches:

I’ll be using my trusty Solidoodle 3 3D printer (solidoodle.com) to create a custom holder for the tube reservoirs to match the idea of a meld container from XCOM in a PC. I’ll also be using a custom cut piece of Acetal (aka Dupont Delrin) from Tap Plastics to create a false floor in the main part of the case. Depending on how things go, there may also be some custom vinyl stickers with an XCOM theme.

Loop Design:

This build will have two 250mm Bitspower Tank-Z Reservoirs but only one loop. Why? Because the 2600k in this build until Haswell-E surfaces 4790k does not need a 480mm rad to itself under normal use. That excess capacity may as well be shared with the two three overclocked 780tis in SLI.

Case: Caselabs SMA8 – Gunmetal – Shipped!

PC Hardware (UPDATED - All delivered):

Intel i7 4790k - Ordered
EVGA Z97 Classified - Ordered
16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM -Ordered
3x EVGA 780ti SC - Owned
Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD - Owned
Western Digital 2TB Enterprise HDD (this will likely be upgraded to a 4TB Black series drive when I move the 2TB enterprise drives I have scattered about into my file server) - Owned

I’m assuming X99 and Haswell-E hardware will come out during the course of this build. If I can keep the water cooling hardware under budget you may see some X99 action. However, that really depends on performance increases and DDR 4 costs.

Water cooling Hardware: (All delivered)

EK Supremacy CPU Block – owned
EK Nickel Acetal GPU Blocks - received
EK GPU Backplates - received
EK Acetal Clean CPU block top - received
XSPC 780ti Block x2 – owned
XSPC branded D5 Vario – owned
Assorted Alphacool Compression Fittings – owned
EK Compressions, Silver – not ordered
Pass-through Fitting – Depends on other parts, two samples ordered
Bitspower Tank-Z Multi 250, clear x2 – received
Various Adapters, Valves, Splitters, and Stoppers – received
PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing – some owned, but will certainly need more
Mayhems Pastel Orange – not ordered
Orange LEDs – ordered
Multi-color remote controlled LED strip - owned

Notes:

I have received no sponsorship or compensation for this build.
Edited by Erlid - 8/25/15 at 2:18pm
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Reserved
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Update 1: The Res Holder (aka Meld Container)

Edit: I've dropped this idea in the name of completing the build in a timely manner. The printed prototypes just didn't look right to me so I moved on to assembling the build. I'll give it another shot in the future if I feel like I can get the design right.

I wanted to give you a look at the current designs for the dual res holder assembly. The completed print will be done with grey ABS plastic and have insets for orange LEDs inside the casing. Missing in this screenshot are the completed tops and LED inset spaces/wiring indention. Getting one of the Bitspower Tank-Z 250 reserviors in before the case arrives has help me fine tune things from the original design.

Pictured here are revisions 2-5 with 5 being the model with two holes in the front.


Edited by Erlid - 10/6/14 at 5:21pm
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Update 2: Devil's Canyon Ordered, Case Shipped

With X99 only kind of on the horizon and my budget already topped out, I've settled on a 4790k rather than Haswell-E. I can only imagine DDR4 will be a nightmare in terms of both price and availability. So, the 2600k is getting swapped for a 4790k with a Z97 EVGA Classified board.

Photos and logging will start in earnest next week when the case arrives.
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Update 3: Case Assembled w/ Pics, Z97 Ready to Go

The EVGA Z97 Classified motherboard, Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM, and 4790k arrived Monday. They have been booted on a test bench and work great.

The Caselabs SMA8 arrived today and I spent a solid three hours getting the thing put together and ready for a test boot and planning the my next step.

The box was massive.



The integrated motherboard tray was the first readily removable motherboard tray I've ever worked with and it did not disappoint. The sturdy construction, captive screws on the rear, and perfectly aligned rails in the case means were very impressive.



For some context, this is the side door of the SMA8 next to my old Silverstone Fortress FT02.



All ready to go.



Tomorrow, I'll start taking some measurements and finalizing parts decisions so that I can place an order over the weekend.

Does any one have a particular radiator they are in love with? I've been shopping around but the data that I can find suggests that the options from major manufactures are about even when compared to a similar competitor.
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Update 4: Switching to Hard Tubing, Parts Ordered

I ordered all of the loop parts minus the radiators from FrozenCPU yesterday. The build will also be switching to hard tubing after I took a look at the soft tubing I had in my old rig for just a few months. Will update with more pics and progress when parts arrive next week.
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Update 5: Build Complete

So I was terrible about updating this build log but hey it is finally done. Started on 7/30 and finished on 9/20. I was only really able to work on the build one or two days per week due to my schedule and the realities of parts shipments. The only really really dumb thing I ended up doing was spilling water all over my CPU, motherboard, and GPUs while doing a test fill with distilled water. Out of an abundance of caution and convinced I'd ruined the parts, I ordered another EVGA Z97 Classified motherboard, 4790k, and 780ti SC.

Turns out I didn't ruin anything but at least my HTPC is getting a major upgrade with that spare 4790k and the main rig went from 2-way SLI to 3-way SLI.

I'm very happy with the way the custom acetal floor came out, I'm a huge fan of the caselabs case but the midplate can look a little underwhelming on its own.

Pics below, benchmarks to follow.






Edited by Erlid - 10/6/14 at 5:23pm
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Forrestmc4, I noticed you got the 39mm extended top panel for your case. Looking at the 360 radiator dimensions (45mm) and the typical fan dimensions (25mm), you would end up with a gap at the top between the fan and top of top the panel. I'm assuming you did push/pull and a set of fans are sitting under the top cover. If my assumption is incorrect, can tell me how you filled that space properly. I am considering the 39mm or 120mm extension to do push/pull or to install the radiator and fan under the top panel out of sight.

Thanks
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CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Swiftech Komodo NV GPU water block Swiftech Apogee XL CPU water block Swiftech Maelstrom V2 Dual Bay Reservoir XSPC RX 360 V3 radiator 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
XSPC RX 120 radiator Lamptron FC5V2 fan controller Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit  Dell U3011 
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Dell U2412 Razer Blackwidow Ultimate CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750  COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Full Tower - Black 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3-2120 Asus P8z68-V LE Asus GTX 560 Corsair Vengence 8gb (2x4gb) DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD Seagate Barracuda  Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Coolermaster 212+ 
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Windows 7 Pro (64bit) Dell S2740L Microsoft wireless OCZ ModXstream Pro 500w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Rosewill Challenger  Microsoft 5000 Generic Intel integrated audio 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-5930K MSI X99A XPower AC EATX 2011-3 EVGA 980ti EVGA 980ti 
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Corsair Vengeance LPX 32gb DDR4-2666 Samsung 950 Pro 500gb M.2 Samsung EVO 850 500gb SSD Samsung Pro 256gb SSD 
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XSPC Raystorm Pro CPU Waterblock Aquacomputer D5 pumps with USB and Aquabus inte... Windows 7 Professional EVGA 1200 P2 
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I noticed you said you didn't want to have two loops but why have two reservoirs? Only need one for one loop.
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Originally Posted by forrestmc4 View Post

I'm very happy with the way the custom acetal floor came out, I'm a huge fan of the caselabs case but the midplate can look a little underwhelming on its own.

Looks great!

Are you using that floor on top of, or instead of, the CaseLabs midplate?
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