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post #1 of 5
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Hello Everyone

This will be my first build in the SM8 Merlin. I have the Gun Metal Grey version and man it is one fine ass case.

The build will be a custom water cooled build using PETG tubing. Please feel free to chime in with feedback and suggestions to help. These are the parts I have so far for it. I will post pictures once I have the case put together along with parts I have. I will share all the prices on which I got everything. If any one has questions please feel free to ask...

Well here we go with the list:

SM8 Merlin Case (NEW)- $380.00 Got the case from a friend
Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (Own) - Free
Asus MAXIMUS VII FORMULA ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (New) - $194.00
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (New) - $64.98
2X Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (New) - $196.00
2X Western Digital BLACK SERIES 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Own)
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked ACX 2.0+ Video Card (New) - $599.99
EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (New) - $134.99
CPU Block EK-Supremacy EVO - Acetal (New) - $72.95
EK-FC Titan X Backplate - Black (New) - $34.99
EK-FC Titan X - Acetal Water block (New) -$113.99
Bitspower Single D5 Pump and Reservoir Combo 250 Black (New) - $249.99
Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper Slim Profile Quad 120mm Radiator (New) - $91.99
Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper Slim Profile Triple 120mm Radiator (New) -$72.99
PrimoChill 1/2in Rigid PETG Tubing - 36in - Clear 4 Pack (Own)- Free
Fans TBD

My total I have spent so far is $ 2,206.86

The name of this bad ass PC will be known as Gray Fox. Here is a link to background giving you some insight on to where the name comes from and why I think it will do it justice.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2008/06/11/top-10-metal-gear-villains?page=8

Well looking forward to hearing from you all.

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Edited by Rdoxey - 7/28/15 at 6:19pm
post #2 of 5
I don't have any experience with hard tubing or it's fittings but for radiators the analysis on xtremerigs is the most rigorous, comprehensive, and up-to-date I've seen. I'd go with HW labs SR2 or EK coolstream XE radiators depending on what RPM you want to run your fans at. You'll have plenty of headroom room for those in the merlin. The link below is the most recent radiator roundup on xtremerigs, which is buried in a review of the black ice GTX.

http://www.xtremerigs.net/2015/06/03/black-ice-gtx/5/

As far as I know the reservoir doesn't matter that much. Go with something that looks totally badass.
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Crucial M4 Crucial M4 Samsung 850 EVO EK Kit X360 
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Lipstick on a Pig
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i5 2500k Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 EVGA GTX 580 Gskill ripjaw something or other 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Crucial M4 Crucial M4 Samsung 850 EVO EK Kit X360 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Kookancd QDC EK vardar F3 EK AF fillport Swiftech primochill tubing 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Old 24" ASUS CM storm qickfire rapid cherry mx blues Corsair AX1200 pro Corsair 780T 
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Logitech G500 Swiftech pwm controller fan controller, 8 port 
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post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hello

Thanks for the information I will have to check it out.

I am stoke because I planed this so perfectly and I am still in budget with this build it is just a matter of finding the last few items and this build will come alive lol and it will be badass indeed thumb.gif
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hello

I have a quick update to the list on my first post I have included my radiators I recently purchased and also what PETG tubing I went with. I return the EK Monarch Modules. Decide I am not water cooling the memory just seems to be a bit over kill which don't get me wrong would be sick just does not seem to be something I really need.

Still need a hand figuring out the fittings? If anyone has any feedback on this please feel free to chime in with any suggestions.

Thanks again

P.S Pictures are coming soon thumb.gif
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi Everyone

Quick update thought I share the case photos, its finally put together and it looks badass... Left the paper on the window as to not scratch it while working on it. I am so pumped !!! biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif I also installed the motherboard, memory, processor, and power supply. I also bought my fittings and am still trying to figure out what fans work best with thin radiators.

Any suggestions on what fans would work the best would be a huge help... Anyway here are the pics enjoy smile.gif





P.S Stay tuned will have more pics once I flush the radiators and have them installed smile.gif
Edited by Rdoxey - 7/28/15 at 7:03pm
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