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[Build Log][COMPLETED] Bringing sexy back ;) (watercooled acrylic)(FINAL PICTURES! 10/09/15)

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Hello all and welcome. biggrin.gif

This is going to be my second build log here on OCN (first one can be found HERE ) and even before I finished my previous build I was planning this one. As soon as I saw people using acrylic tubing (and chromed copper) I knew I wanted to go the hardline route. This was the look I wanted to see in a watercooled build for me. smile.gif


So we come to this log at this point in time. Some of the parts are a little older, but I think they'll look just as good when I get done with them. The components list is as follows:

Case...........................................Zalman GS1000
Motherboard...............................Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7
CPU............................................Intel I7-3770k
RAM............................................Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133mhz 16GB (4x4gb)
SSD's..........................................OCZ Vertex 4 128GB x2 in RAID 0 (OS+few games)
HDD............................................2TB Seagate 7200rpm (storage)
Power Supply..............................Cooler Master V1000 modular 1000watt
Graphics......................................Saphire R9 290 x2 (reference)
Sound..........................................Creative Sound Blaster Z



Now for the watercooling side of things I have chosen the componets that looks wise fit the look I was looking for. I am not really a brand loyalist and simply use what looks best to me. thumb.gif


For radiators I chose to go with the Alphacool brand. I chose to go with these beacuse I plan on using lower rpm fans and wanted unitformity with the rads. I will be trying to stuff the lollowing rads into my chosen case:

1- Alphacool Monsta 280mm
1- Alphacool ST30 280mm
1- Alphacool XT45 140mm
1- Alphacool ST30 120mm


For waterblocks I tried to stay uniform and used a combination of EKWB and XSPC blocks:

1- EKWB Supremacy in acrylic/nickel for the 1155 CPU
2- EKWB Acrylic/nickel blocks of the R9 290 rev 2 variety
1- XSPC Black Acetal/Copper Block for the z77x-up7


As far as connecting all this equipment together I went with a wide array of different manufacturer fittings. I will be using 1/2" OD acrylic tubing with this particular build and some of the fittings will be as follows:

-Bitspower rotaries
-EKWB rotaries
-Monsoon rotaries
-Monsoon 1/2"OD fittings
-Bitspower Drain valve
-Plugs from both EK and Bitspower
-Extensions from Bitspower and Koolance


Pushing the air through the rads will be Cougar Blue LED 140mm/120mm fans. There will also be a Prolimatech 140mm slim and a 120mm slim fan for odd placement duties. biggrin.gif

Pushing the fluid will be a Swiftech mpc35x pwm pump with an EK heatsink housing and Bitspower acrylic pump top with add on reservoir. So here is the obligatory too much stuff stacked on top of each other pic; biggrin.gif






Here is a picture of the case I will be using:



Now I know that it's not the newest case around or full of watercooling options but ever since I first saw this case, I simply loved the looks of it. To me it reminded me of high end home Stereo equipment and just looks classy to boot. It might not look like much now, but by the time I'm trough it will have all the watercooling options I need plus I think it will look a little better than what it came stock. biggrin.gif

I'm going to try and get this thing done as soon as possible so I'm giving myself a timeline of 2 months with 1 month being my actual goal. I hope you guys come along for the ride as I think it might be a good one. wink.gif
Edited by sinnedone - 7/15/15 at 7:57pm
   
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It was gone but sinnedone is bringing it back
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should be a good one... that is a nice pile of stuff

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lol, Thanks Drakenxile and Dirty elf. thumb.gif



Here are some pictures of the hardware I'll be working with. First up is the EK clean acrylic/nickel Supremacy CPU block. (non EVO as I've been collecting parts for a long time, lol)





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Next up is one of the EK R9 290 Blocks with backplate. There are 2 pairs of these but one is currently being used in my rig.









Next up is the motherboard with xspc block and some monsoon fittings, Unfortunately the orange will go in a future update, but this is one sexy board. biggrin.gif











Here we have a couple of different parts put together. We start off with a Swiftech MCP35x pump, add an EK nickel DDC heatsink, and a Bitspower acrylic top. Then we go for the Bitspower 250 reservoir top upgrade kit and on top of that an upgrade 3 hole top for the res. Bitspower..... the best at nickel and dimin'. tongue.gif











Like I mentioned before I'll be using of different manufacturer fittings but damn these Monsoon ones are rather sexy!















Here's to hopefully some good progress these week with hopefully some case modding to fit all the rads. thumb.gif
   
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Looks like a fun build... Subbed! smile.gif
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Thanks guys. All parts posted so for will be modified in some form or another so stay tuned. thumb.gif
   
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Small update. biggrin.gif

It figures as soon as I start this new build I get sick, hopefully next week the updates will start rolling on a regular basis.redface.gif On to the pics!






Remember how I mentioned pretty much everything in the pictures was going to be modified.... well this is the first thing I did. I didn't like the bolts on the motherboard block and prefer a recessed look to them. Well broke out the hand tools and got on it. (man one of these days I have to get me some real tools like a drill press etc)

The metal stainless plate on the block originally looked like this:


Got to it with a counter sink bit and ended up with this:




I went to the local hardware store and picked up some correct length and threaded bolts with a tapered head and I think it came out pretty good, what do you guys think?
Before:
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After:


Before:
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After:



Now its still not finished here as it still needs some deburring and finishing touches.



Mounted the cpu block with fittings to get an idea of look and figure out some tubing routing:







I'm planning on having the motherboard block outake feed the cpu block intake and will probably need to extend the 90 degree rotaries a bit off the block to be able to make a nice clean 90 degree bend. I purchased 2 sets of Koolance spacers because they seemed to match the look of the Monsoon rotaries. I have what I believe is a 7mm and a 20mm. Here's a closer look.



Even though the color matches better between the bitspower and monsoon fittings, I don't think I like the look of the knurled with the slotted looking bottom of the monsoon rotary, what you guys think about this one?

Heres another look off the block:




Now I know it looks like the bitspower extension is a different color than the monsoon rotary, but actually the color is very similar. You see I'm using a couple of different fittings like I mentioned before and want more of a nickel/chrome look to all the fittings. So far I have Monsoon, Bitspower silver shining, koolance nickel, EK lower end nickel fittings. It looks like the bitspower silver shining and monsoon fittings have almost the exact "shade" of color(cold) to them while the koolance and lower end EK fittings have a more "yellowish" tone (warm) to them. The EK ddc pump housing also has the same warmer tone as well. You might say.. ,"Hey sinnedone, why don't you use fittings from the same manufacturer?" The answer is a meld between cost, function, and looks so I tried to compromise between them. lol tongue.gif I tried to capture this in pictures but my camera is just a cell phone for now.




Bitspower silver shining left, EK value fitting on right.



I'm hoping once I recoverfrom this cold I can get really moving on this build, but that's it for now. thumb.gif
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Small update. biggrin.gif

It figures as soon as I start this new build I get sick, hopefully next week the updates will start rolling on a regular basis.redface.gif On to the pics!






Remember how I mentioned pretty much everything in the pictures was going to be modified.... well this is the first thing I did. I didn't like the bolts on the motherboard block and prefer a recessed look to them. Well broke out the hand tools and got on it. (man one of these days I have to get me some real tools like a drill press etc) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The metal stainless plate on the block originally looked like this:


Got to it with a counter sink bit and ended up with this:




I went to the local hardware store and picked up some correct length and threaded bolts with a tapered head and I think it came out pretty good, what do you guys think?
Before:
20140922_143047_HDR2_zps5b848ec2.jpg
After:


Before:
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Now its still not finished here as it still needs some deburring and finishing touches.



Mounted the cpu block with fittings to get an idea of look and figure out some tubing routing:







I'm planning on having the motherboard block outake feed the cpu block intake and will probably need to extend the 90 degree rotaries a bit off the block to be able to make a nice clean 90 degree bend. I purchased 2 sets of Koolance spacers because they seemed to match the look of the Monsoon rotaries. I have what I believe is a 7mm and a 20mm. Here's a closer look.



Even though the color matches better between the bitspower and monsoon fittings, I don't think I like the look of the knurled with the slotted looking bottom of the monsoon rotary, what you guys think about this one?

Heres another look off the block:




Now I know it looks like the bitspower extension is a different color than the monsoon rotary, but actually the color is very similar. You see I'm using a couple of different fittings like I mentioned before and want more of a nickel/chrome look to all the fittings. So far I have Monsoon, Bitspower silver shining, koolance nickel, EK lower end nickel fittings. It looks like the bitspower silver shining and monsoon fittings have almost the exact "shade" of color(cold) to them while the koolance and lower end EK fittings have a more "yellowish" tone (warm) to them. The EK ddc pump housing also has the same warmer tone as well. You might say.. ,"Hey sinnedone, why don't you use fittings from the same manufacturer?" The answer is a meld between cost, function, and looks so I tried to compromise between them. lol tongue.gif I tried to capture this in pictures but my camera is just a cell phone for now.




Bitspower silver shining left, EK value fitting on right.

I'm hoping once I recoverfrom this cold I can get really moving on this build, but that's it for now. thumb.gif

Nice block mod thumb.gif
Looks like it could have came straight from the factory. wink.gif Great job!
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Nice block mod thumb.gif
Looks like it could have came straight from the factory. wink.gif Great job!

Thank you biggrin.gif

It still needs a bit of finishing, but hopefully it will be nice and purty when I'm done with it. wink.gif
   
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