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[Build Log] Project Algae (Phanteks Enthoo Primo, ASUS Rampage IV Black, EVGA 980 SLI)

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This is my first ever build and I have this habit of biting off way more than my capabilities will allow. I wanted a gaming rig that will take pretty much everything thrown at it. Up until this point most of my gaming has been on a laptop, an Asus G74s so no slouch by any standard but it is starting to show some age.

The build has now been over a year in the making, so much of what I originally set out to do has been changed, parts supplemented and ideas scrapped. It is still very much a work in progress but I have a much clearer understanding of the final goal which is soon at hand. What I'll do is a condensed version of the last year with pics that will jump back and forward between months.

All I had to start with was the case I wanted, the motherboard and the colour scheme. You may be thinking that "Project Algae" may be an unusual name for a water build but I couldn't think of anything better, being blue/green and UV reactive. So much of this has come from inspiration from other build logs so I wanted to give a bit back.

The list below is current but I will try and go through the changes made throughout the log.


The Build

Components

Case: Phanteks Enthoo Primo
Mobo: ROG Rampage IV Black Edition
CPU: Intel i7 4930K
RAM: Avexir Core series 2133 8gb x 8 (4 blue, 4 Green LED)
GPU: 2 x EVGA 980's SLI (1 x reference & 1 x ACX)
SSD: Samsung EVO 540 1TB (so far)
HDD: Seagate 2TB (so Far)
PSU: Corsair AX1200i
Cables: Cable Mod Blue/Black
Optical Drive: LG Blu-Ray BH16NS40
Monitors: BenQ XL2420z x 3 (I have one so far)


Cooling

CPU: XSPC Raystorm
VGA: EK-FC980 GTX - Nickel (Original CSQ) W/Blue Backplates
Radiators: 2 x XSPC EX 360's
Res: Primochill CTR Phase II UV Green
Tube: Primochill Acrylic UV Green
Fittings: Primochill Rigid Revolver 2-tone blue
Fans: Vegas trio, Phanteks 140 PWM, Corsair AF120 Quiet edition
Pump: D5 with XSPC top
Fan control: Corsair Link mini

I have purchased so many led's and lighting options that I don't want to post until I figure out the configuration. One thing I know is the XSPC CPU block and the EK GPU's will be lit up green.

This is a beast of a case. I had absolutely 0 idea on building a computer when I started but after this past year I can say the potential of this thing is endless. You can see the thought that went into the design that is built for enthusiasts.







The motherboard in all its glory. I installed the included OC panel in a drive bay but not sure if I'll use it. The bay door on the case opens on what seems to be the wrong side.... It is actually quite awkward but could be moddable if so inclined.




The Vegas trio's on top, quite happy with the LED effects under the grill but it creates some airflow issues to get around, ideally this would be an exhaust but in the aesthetics vs function fight some things need to be traded.




I liked the look of some builds using the Carbon fiber wrap so I grabbed some Blue and green to match the general idea. I had no distinct plan on what to do with it but soon found some uses.




The above were taken at the start the project, you will notice I have different fittings (Monsoon Chaingun) and a Koolance Bay res. The res changed due to some redesign of the loop and difficulty with the fill and drain configuration I was thinking of. The fittings changed due to some bad experiences my brother had with them.

New Fittings.


I originally had 2 x 780Ti's in mind but waiting as long as I did actually made the 980's a possibility and I am so very happy it worked out that way.



One thing of note that has been mentioned in other builds with this case is the res bracket, it sits between the motherboard and the front bays. It has a cutout for long graphics cards but only useful for the top two slots, if you're going for my config (2 x 16) or 3+ SLI you either need to remove it or get out the Dremel. I hope the good people at Phanteks will heed the call and update this on future releases because this bracket is great and helps cover some unsightly cabling management.

Waterblocked


Cables



Fired up air cooled


Lets go to the case mods so far, like I said I found some use for the wrap.

Front panels and in the small side window.





XSPC Raystorm CPU block. This was a ***** to get right.



Internal PSU cover and res bracket with the res mounted. I changed over the stock caps for blue diamond knurled. I lost the pics of the res unboxing and putting it together, if I find them I will post them up.



Also notice the bridge I've used, I originally got the EK FC Triple parallel CSQ block but at the same time I grabbed the wrong blank terminal (trap for young players). In the mean time while planning the loop I found an issue where the block would make for a ***** of a tube bend and I have been adamant in finding ways around elbow fittings (not that I am adverse to them I just think they are either a all or nothing scenario). Plus having the UV piping in between I think just ties it in together.




I also found some great looking paint, again I didn't have an exact plan on what I was going to do with it but soon found some uses. This is the Dupli-color Metal Cast paint range, meant to give an anodised look. This is my first go at spray painting anything and there were some mistakes.



Some tips,

1. Find the dupli-colour Adhesion Promoter and use it as directed
2. Prep as directed... derr
3. Get that base colour as even as possible
4. Light coats, you can always put more on.

My first thought was the grill behind the front plate.








Then the smaller grills on the front, top and bottom of the case.




Do you like my booth....



Finished up.




A couple of these I had to go over twice and still not 100% happy but the finish this paint produces is amazing. I am now looking at doing something with the radiators as well.

This is it so far, if I find more pics or feel I left out any detail (or glaringly obvious errors) I will update it but from now on the posts will be as I finish this beast off.
Edited by JMcGarrity - 3/16/15 at 1:09pm
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I have started the tube planning, routing and bending. As said before this is my first attempt at a build so... Yep I've made some mistakes already and if I have some tube left over at the end of all this I will redo one of these runs already but they will suffice for now. I'm using the awesome measuring and bending tools from Monsoon.



The first stage was from the GPU to the top rad. My plan is to provide a frame of sorts to the ram so as to not block the led's. This is where my first dumbass mistake took place, I got ahead of myself on the very first bend and went for it without using the silicone insert... Luckily I realised before i did more damage , there is a slight crimping and this is the part I might redo if I have any tube left over.



The second run is from the top rad to the CPU block.

Kids don't drink and bend.


I had this one 99% perfect and just needed to shave a couple mm off one end and.... AHHHHH



So it needed a redo and the next attempt came up pretty well too.



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Next tube run done, the CPU to the res.

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I have finished off the loop and decided to do a leak test of all the components before continuing.



All seemed to be going well until I noticed dripping from the valve installed on the bottom rad for draining. After disassembly (I would like to add that the trap created on the CPU run presented a pain in the a## for draining) we found the fitting was nicely cracked. Luckily it was the only leak and was not threatening anything.



After the leak test it was time to paint the rads. The idea was a two tone look with the Green and Blue Metalcast paints. I applied the base coats.



And on to the colour.



It turned out not too bad, this project is my first go at spray painting anything, so not perfect by any stretch. There are a couple of runs and the colour is not particularly uniform but luckily most of the f-ups ended up on the back of the rads... so I'm classing it as a success!!!

This is the rads installed.



Next will be the lighting configuration!
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Very Nice.. well done man smile.gif
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