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[Build Log] Caselabs SMA8 Gunmetal and Black Two-Tone (AQUITY)

Poll Results: Will you ever splurge and go all out on a Case labs?

 
  • 61% (103)
    Yes!
  • 15% (26)
    No :(
  • 15% (26)
    Heck yes! I have mulitple CL
  • 1% (3)
    Whats this caselabs thing?
  • 5% (9)
    Are you talking to me?
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post #1 of 892
Thread Starter 
Welcome to my second build log. I'm still new to this, so please be gentle biggrin.gif

I recently just finished my first ever hard tubing WC project, and ever since I laid my eyes on a Case Labs case, I want more... I will be using mostly everything from my current build, except ill be using a different pump/reservoir, and ill be adding an additional two radiators (560 and 480). Going with a Case Labs, its very hard to do a build that looks nice when almost everyone's looks the same. Trying to make this case look good, I'm 100% positive that ill be "inspired" by someone else's build, and do what they do. Ill try my best to do my own... I mean I look at ones build, and it looks identical to the one before.

This build log will go slow in terms of me completing it, as well as updating it everyday. I ordered the case today, June 24, 2015, so the case wont actually arrive for at least another 1 or 2 months give or take. Aside from that, I'm currently a pre-nursing major, so all in all, it was kind of pointless for me to purchase a Case Labs when school is my main priority. Oh well... I need some enjoyment in my life thumb.gif

Oh! and the name "Aquity"; I don't know. I kind of like it. So for now, the name of this build is going to be AQUITY biggrin.gif

This was an extremely expensive case, so I plan to get all my use out of it by cramming in a total of 4 radiators, without destroying the looks of it. When I build, I will compromise performance over aesthetics.

CASE LABS SMA8 Acquired
Case Features:


  • Case Color: Black (interior and flexbays) and Gunmetal (exterior)
  • Form Factor: ATX,
  • ATX Layout: Standard,
  • Bottom Chassis Section: Cut-out with cover plate,
  • Chassis mid-plate: Solid ,
  • Motherboard Side Door: XXL Window CLEAR ($30.00),
  • Top Cover: 39mm Ventilated (20.00),
  • Lower Chamber Covers: Ventilated,
  • Flex-Bay Configuration: 120.2 (240) Mount with Solid Bay Covers (20.00),
  • Power and Reset Switch: Standard Power/Reset Switches with Sleeved Cables

Total price (incl. tax and shipping): $780.69 (incl. 120.4 and 140.4 rad mounts)

Hardware:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K Acquired
  • Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VI Hero Acquired
  • GPU: EVGA GTX Titan X SC Acquired
  • GPU: EVGA GTX Titan X Acquired
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB 1866 Acquired
  • PSU: EVGA 1300 G2 Acquired
  • PSU: EVGA 850 P2 Acquired
  • SSD: Crucial M4 512GB Acquired


Watercooling:

  • Rad: XSPC RX480 (top) Acquired
  • Rad: XSPC RX360 (bottom PSU side) Acquired
  • Rad: XSPC RX240 (front) Acquired
  • Rad: Black Ice Nemesis 560GTS (bottom main side) Acquired
  • CPU Block: XSPC Raystorm Intel Acquired
  • GPU Blocks: EK-FCTitan X Nickel - Acetal (2) Acquired
  • Pump/Res: XSPC Photon 270 (XSPC D5 PWM) w/Bitspower D5 mod kit Acquired
  • Pump/Res: XSPC Photon 270 (Swiftech MCP655 D5 PWM) w/Bitspower D5 mod kit Acquired
  • Fittings: 28x Primochill Revolver Acquired
  • Fittings: XSPC 7/16 x 5/8 Acquired
  • Fittings: 10x Bitspower Pass Throughs silver Acquired
  • Tubing hard: Primochill PETG (top compartment) Acquired
  • Tubing soft: Mayhems Ultra Clear Tubing 3/8 x 5/8 (bottom compartment) Acquired
  • Fans: 12x Corsair SP120 QE 3 Pin (RX480/RX240) w/ Sentry Mix 2 Acquired
  • Fans: 3x EK Vardar PWM F4-120ER (2200 RPM) w/ Corsair Link Commander Mini Acquired
  • Fans: 4x EK Vardar PWM F3-140ER (2000 RPM) w/ Corsair Link Commander Mini Acquired

After purchasing the SMA8, this build will be over the $6500 mark, which is a lot for someone like me to be spending on a PC. When I finish purchasing all the remaining parts, and once it is completely finished, I will not be touching, modifying, building another PC, or even upgrading parts for at least 4+ years.

I have a budget for this build as well, and this budget is including my previous 750D because all I'm doing is changing the case and adding more watercooling parts. $7000 is my limit, but that's including what I've purchased over a year and a half.
Edited by SteezyTN - 4/15/16 at 11:10am
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k ASUS Maximus VI Hero EVGA GTX Titan X SC Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB 1866 
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ASUS PB278Q EVGA 1300 G2 Caselabs SMA8 2x XSPC 270 Photon D5 PWM Sleeved 
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Corsair Link Commander Mini 28x Primochill Revolver Fittings XSPC RX480 V3 Black Ice Nemesis 560GTS 
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XSPC RX240 V3 XSPC RX360 V3 2x EK-FC Titan X Waterblock Nickel - Acetal 2x EK-FC Titan X Backplate - Red 
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12x Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition 
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ASUS PB278Q EVGA 1300 G2 Caselabs SMA8 2x XSPC 270 Photon D5 PWM Sleeved 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Corsair Link Commander Mini 28x Primochill Revolver Fittings XSPC RX480 V3 Black Ice Nemesis 560GTS 
OtherOtherOtherOther
XSPC RX240 V3 XSPC RX360 V3 2x EK-FC Titan X Waterblock Nickel - Acetal 2x EK-FC Titan X Backplate - Red 
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12x Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition 
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post #2 of 892
Thread Starter 
August 21st: Case Arrived! biggrin.gif


August 21st: Case assembled

August 22nd-23rd: Radiators and top compartment fans installed.

August 23rd:


August 24th: PSU (200mm) and 360mm radiator comparability... CHECK thumb.gif

Edited by SteezyTN - 8/25/15 at 11:26pm
    
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4770k ASUS Maximus VI Hero EVGA GTX Titan X SC Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB 1866 
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ASUS PB278Q EVGA 1300 G2 Caselabs SMA8 2x XSPC 270 Photon D5 PWM Sleeved 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Corsair Link Commander Mini 28x Primochill Revolver Fittings XSPC RX480 V3 Black Ice Nemesis 560GTS 
OtherOtherOtherOther
XSPC RX240 V3 XSPC RX360 V3 2x EK-FC Titan X Waterblock Nickel - Acetal 2x EK-FC Titan X Backplate - Red 
Other
12x Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition 
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ASUS PB278Q EVGA 1300 G2 Caselabs SMA8 2x XSPC 270 Photon D5 PWM Sleeved 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Corsair Link Commander Mini 28x Primochill Revolver Fittings XSPC RX480 V3 Black Ice Nemesis 560GTS 
OtherOtherOtherOther
XSPC RX240 V3 XSPC RX360 V3 2x EK-FC Titan X Waterblock Nickel - Acetal 2x EK-FC Titan X Backplate - Red 
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12x Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition 
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post #3 of 892
Thread Starter 
Alright, I've been extremely busy with school so I had to do some temporary soft tubing on the CPU so I could get the PC up and running.

Here's the final pictures for now. When I have more time, I will go back and redo the CPU in all PETG.




Edited by SteezyTN - 9/12/15 at 3:39pm
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k ASUS Maximus VI Hero EVGA GTX Titan X SC Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB 1866 
MonitorPowerCaseOther
ASUS PB278Q EVGA 1300 G2 Caselabs SMA8 2x XSPC 270 Photon D5 PWM Sleeved 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Corsair Link Commander Mini 28x Primochill Revolver Fittings XSPC RX480 V3 Black Ice Nemesis 560GTS 
OtherOtherOtherOther
XSPC RX240 V3 XSPC RX360 V3 2x EK-FC Titan X Waterblock Nickel - Acetal 2x EK-FC Titan X Backplate - Red 
Other
12x Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition 
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4770k ASUS Maximus VI Hero EVGA GTX Titan X SC Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB 1866 
MonitorPowerCaseOther
ASUS PB278Q EVGA 1300 G2 Caselabs SMA8 2x XSPC 270 Photon D5 PWM Sleeved 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Corsair Link Commander Mini 28x Primochill Revolver Fittings XSPC RX480 V3 Black Ice Nemesis 560GTS 
OtherOtherOtherOther
XSPC RX240 V3 XSPC RX360 V3 2x EK-FC Titan X Waterblock Nickel - Acetal 2x EK-FC Titan X Backplate - Red 
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12x Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition 
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I will not be touching, modifying, building another PC, or even upgrading parts for at least 4+ years.

biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif am sure you will tongue.gif .... it is like addiction once you build you always wana build ..... again and again .... and again.wheee.gif
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Intel Core i7 5820k Asus X99 A Gigabyte Geforce 970 Gaming G1 Corsair Vengeance 4x4 DDR4 
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Samsung EVO 850 - 500 GB Seagate 500 GB 7200 rpm LG  Custom water loop 
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Can't wait to see what you end up doing.


Mildly joking but, does it chafe at all knowing you have to bend new bend on everything after just doing it a month ago? wink.gif
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Ill mosey on in here.

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Seagate 7200 Rpm Baracuda Crucial M500 512 SSD Crucial M500 480 SSD EK 480mm Coolstream XTX x 2 
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Tons of Fittings Supremacy Evo Copper EK  XSPC 240mm Radiator V3 x 2 Swiftech MCP35X PMW Pump DDC x 2 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Rampage V Mosfet WaterBlock Original CSQ NB Eloops B12 - 2 1300rpm  Phobia 8way 4pin Fan Controller x 2 Ek Single Link CSQ Bridge x 2 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower Z Tank (Clear) 250mm x 2 980 WaterBlocks x 2 Ek DDC Pump Top (Acrylic) x 2 Primochill 3/8" x 1/2" OD Clear Tubing 
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Bitspower 12mm Acyrlic Tubing 19" x 4  XSPC 3/8" x 1/2" Compression Fittings x 12 Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Crossover 324K 
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