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[Build Log] Custom Watercooled In Win 901 (Complete)

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Hello OCN!

First, it's an absolute pleasure to be a part of this community. I joined for the purpose of learning more about building computers (this is my very first build), and got hooked on looking at all the pretty rigs.

I decided to build my own custom PC after my 5 year old Asus ROG (Core 2 Duo, GTX 260M) laptop started overheating while running LoL earlier this past spring. I had issues with blue screens over summer. In August, after my laptop quit on me during FTL, I got fed up and decided to build a new rig.

Originally, I wanted a simple i5/GTX 760, but got seduced by the 970's. I also ended up choosing the Inwin 901 as a case after bouncing around 6 different cases. After that, it was all a slippery slope. To solve the problem of having a massive air-cooled, non-blower GPU and a case with non-optimal airflow, I decided to opt for water-cooling for the CPU. I didn't like the look (and the ease) of close loop water coolers, so I dived into literature on custom water loops.

Parts Selection

Components
CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII IMPACT Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard
RAM: Avexir Blitz1.1 Series Gaming Dragon 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Silicon Power S60 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card
Case: Inwin 901 Mini ITX Tower Case
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Case Fan: LEPA LP-BOL12P-R 81.5 CFM 120mm Fan
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan

Watercooling

CPU Block: XSPC Raystorm CPU Waterblock - Intel
Reservoir: Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 40 - Full Clear Acrylic Version
Radiator: Black Ice Nemesis 92mm Ultra Stealth Dual-Core Xtreme Profile Radiator
Radiator Fan: Cooler Master R4-BM9S-28PK-R0 92mm Blade Master PWM Case Fan - Sleeved
Pump: Swiftech MCP50X Exteme 12 VDC DDC Pump

Fittings:
Bitspower G 1/4" Deep Blood Red Rotary 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter
Bitspower Deep Blood Red Enhance Rotary 90-Degree Multi-Link Adapter
Bitspower Matte Black Enhance Rotary 90-Degree Multi-Link Adapter
Bitspower Deep Blood Red Enhance 60-Degree Dual Multi-Link Adapter
Bitspower Deep Blood Red Enhance 90-Degree Dual Multi-Link Adapter
Bitspower G1/4" Silver Shining Male to Male Rotary Adapter

Tubing: Bitspower Crystallink 12mm

Quick Disconnect Mechanism for Radiator:
Koolance QD3 Quick Disconnect No-Spill Coupling Male Threaded G 1/4 BSPP - Black (for disconnecting radiators)
Bitspower G1/4" Deep Blood Red Enhance Multi-Link For Acrylic Tube OD 12MM
Bitspower Multi-Transfer Base (Coupler) - Deep Blood Red
Bitspower G1/4 Deep Blood Red Rotary Compression Fitting-ID 3/8" OD 1/2"
Koolance Tubing, Clear UV-Reactive PVC, 10mm x 13mm (3/8in x 1/2in)


Drain Port:
Bitspower BP-MVV-BKSL Mini-Valve - Silver Shining With Black Sparkle Handle
XSPC G1/4 T Fitting - Chrome
Bitspower G1/4" Silver Shining Enhance Multi-Link For Acrylic Tube OD 12MM
Bitspower G1/4" Silver Shining Male to Male Rotary Adapter

Edited by theSarcoplasmic - 2/23/15 at 6:20pm
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Final Build






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References

Hoping to help people along, seeing how I had some trouble finding resources at first.

Need help looking for the right deal?
Slickdeals.net - Keep an eye out for tech deals; community driven.
PCPartPicker.com - (slow, about a day late) price-checking.
NowinStock - for tracking down that elusive GTX970
Overclock.net Deals Forum - Will sometimes find stuff missed by other sites
OCN and FrozenCPU
FrozenCPU/PPC OCN Discounts


Choosing your PC Parts
PCPartPicker.com - Compatibility of everything in a build (non-water cooling)
Newegg series on building a PC
Super-In-Depth Guide to CPU/RAM/MOBO
Everything you'd want to know about SSDs
N-Sanity's Guide to Fans - Thanks user @n-sanity
Performance-PCs - WC Parts galore


Installing Windows from Flash Drive
Comprehensive Link
Microsoft's Explanation


Watercooling Guides
Overclock's thread aggregate
Understanding what you need for Watercooling
Understanding What Radiator Size to use
Theory behind Water-Cooling
Quick Reviews on Fittings
Jumping PSU for Leak Testing
Rinsing Radiator


Sleeving/Modding Guides
How to remove PCI/ATX cord headers without special tools
Heatshrinkless Paracord Sleeving Guide - Thanks @Lutro0!
Gigabyte GTX 970 LED Color Swap - Thanks @No Hands 55 for OP.
Edited by theSarcoplasmic - 2/22/15 at 7:20pm
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Went to pick up the case yesterday from MicroCenter. It's a beauty.


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I had originally bought the Inwin 904 in order to accommodate the MSI GTX 970's height (it's 142mm, but Inwin 901 can only support up to 130mm, the Inwin 904 up to 145mm). After keeping it for a couple of days in my closet, I decided it was simply too big and returned it and got the 901 instead.

Thanks to info from @jmdulay's build on the IN WIN 901 Case Owners Thread, I switched the GPU to the GIGABYTE 970 Gaming, knowing that it will fit.

Funny story about choosing the case: I'm a sucker for aesthetics. I went through 6 different hypothetical builds before settling on the 901. NZXT Phantom 410 was too large; DeepCool Steam Castle didn't show off the motherboard in the side window and was derp-looking; Corsair Carbide Air 240 had flimsy side panels and looked like an air conditioner; the Prodigy M didn't have a side window (although they just released an official mod), had bad airflow, and wasn't recommended for first builders; and the In Win 904 was too big for my liking. Was a long trip.
Edited by theSarcoplasmic - 2/17/15 at 12:11am
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RAM has arrived!



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Avexir sent a complimentary mouse pad with the RAM. How nice.

"What We Believe is How We Behave" --> Badly translated Chinese company motto.






These actually aren't available in the States; I had to have a family friend bring them back during a business trip to Taiwan. They are DDR3-1600, CL 9, 1.5V, with LEDs that light up. Supposedly Avexir is an OEM for MSI.
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Subbed. Big fan of the Inwin 901 and Avexir memory. Cant wait to see what you do with it. thumb.gif
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Subscribed, can't miss this! :-)
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Subbed. Big fan of the Inwin 901 and Avexir memory. Cant wait to see what you do with it. thumb.gif

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Subscribed, can't miss this! :-)

Thanks for the support guys! smile.gif
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Subbed!

You can check the other thread. I uploaded a picture of the 970 G1 inside the case. Might ease your mind about the sheer size of that thing. thumb.gif
    
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