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[Build Log] - Long Time Coming - Caselabs SMA8 + EK X360 + Others

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Thread Starter 
Hello been waiting to post here for a while was waiting till my components arrive,finally its all here just want some help regarding the build.

This will be my first time in to water cooling i was looking at separate customs parts to build but with too many options very confused. I was thinking about getting the WC Kits which can be easy for me as it comes with all needed things. My plan initially is to water cool the CPU & GPU to my build & Sli in future. Using EK X360 Kit as starter

Build Parts (Click to show)
  • Caselabs SMA8
  • Corsair AX1500i PSU
  • Asus Rampage V Extreme
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 32GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 2666
  • Intel i7 5930k
  • Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD - 2
  • Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti (Sli in the future)
  • Dual 27 Display at 1440P (In Future)
  • Aquacomputer Aquaero 6 XT
Water Cooling Parts (Click to show)
  • EK-Supremacy EVO
  • EK-CoolStream PE 480
  • EK-CoolStream XE 360
  • EK-DDC 3.2 PWM Elite Edition
  • EK-RES X3 150
  • EK-FC980 GTX Ti Strix - Nickel
  • EK-FC980 GTX Ti Strix Backplate - Nickel
  • EK-Ekoolant EVO Clear
  • Phobya Temperature Sensor In / Outer Thread G1/4
  • PrimoChill PrimoFlex™ Advanced LRT™ 13/10mm
  • EK-ACF Compression Fitting 13/10mm (3/8 x 1/2) - Nickel - 8
  • Bitspower Compression Fitting 13/10mm (3/8" x 1/2) - Matte Black - 3
  • Bitspower Compression Fitting Dual Rotary 45-Degree (3/8 x1/2) - Matte Black - 3
  • EK-AF Extender 6mm M-M G1/4 - Nickel
  • Bitspower Rotary Fitting T - 180 Degree
  • Bitspower Mini-Valve - Silver Shining With Black Handle
  • Bitspower Premium PLUS Black Diamond Series G1/4 Stop Fitting with O-ring
  • EK-Vardar F3-120 Fans (1850rpm) - 7
  • Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition - 3

Ok Build is competed now thanks for all the comments & help i received here for my first ever build biggrin.gif
Edited by jaganram - 2/2/16 at 10:23am
post #2 of 63
Since you mentioned "kit" and EK, then these would be great to start with:

https://shop.ekwb.com/ek-kit-x360

https://shop.ekwb.com/ek-kit-l360-r2-0

If you have the budget to add the GPU now then yes do it. Saves the trouble of having to drain and refill later.
 
Spare Parts
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel i5 750 Lynnfield Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 ASUS Strix GTX 960 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin... 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Crucial BX100 SSD 500GB EKWB EK-KIT L120 Corsair SP120 Koolance 2x140mm Radiator HX-CU1402V 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair AF140 Bitspower VG-NGTX960 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung Curved 27" S27D590C 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Apevia Iceburg 680 watts Apevia X-Sniper 2 EVGA Torq X3 Laser 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9750 ASUS M3A78-CM PNY XLR8 GTX 460 Corsair XMS2 (4 x 1GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingPower
Hitachi 5K500 Silenx 92mm EFFIZIO Corsair SP 120 Red LED Antec 500watt 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6400 Skylake ASRock A170A-X1/3.1 Gigabye G1 Gaming GTX 970 Windforce CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DD... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bykski CPU-XPR-A High Performance Acrylic Nicke... EKWB Acrylic Nickel GPU Block Monsoon MMRS Reservoir Bykski BY-PUMP-XPH-PA Water Cooling Pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Koolance 240 30 FPI Radiator Magicool 280 14 FPI Radiator Bitfenix Spectre PWM 120mm Fan ML140 140mm PWM Premium Magnetic Levitation Fan 
OSPowerCase
Windows 10 Pro Corsair RM Series 850 Thermaltake Suppressor F31 
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Spare Parts
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel i5 750 Lynnfield Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 ASUS Strix GTX 960 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin... 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Crucial BX100 SSD 500GB EKWB EK-KIT L120 Corsair SP120 Koolance 2x140mm Radiator HX-CU1402V 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair AF140 Bitspower VG-NGTX960 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung Curved 27" S27D590C 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Apevia Iceburg 680 watts Apevia X-Sniper 2 EVGA Torq X3 Laser 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9750 ASUS M3A78-CM PNY XLR8 GTX 460 Corsair XMS2 (4 x 1GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingPower
Hitachi 5K500 Silenx 92mm EFFIZIO Corsair SP 120 Red LED Antec 500watt 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6400 Skylake ASRock A170A-X1/3.1 Gigabye G1 Gaming GTX 970 Windforce CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DD... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bykski CPU-XPR-A High Performance Acrylic Nicke... EKWB Acrylic Nickel GPU Block Monsoon MMRS Reservoir Bykski BY-PUMP-XPH-PA Water Cooling Pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Koolance 240 30 FPI Radiator Magicool 280 14 FPI Radiator Bitfenix Spectre PWM 120mm Fan ML140 140mm PWM Premium Magnetic Levitation Fan 
OSPowerCase
Windows 10 Pro Corsair RM Series 850 Thermaltake Suppressor F31 
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post #3 of 63
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply. Does the EK Kits u have mentioned is enough to support CPU + 2 × GPU ?

Need to buy any other additional parts along with this kit to add GPU in the loop. If not I will happily order a EK Kit you have mentioned
post #4 of 63
Thread Starter 
Any others can guide me on the new build ?
post #5 of 63
One rule I have heard is one 120 section per item to be cooled, and a second if it is OC'd. So with a CPU and 2 GPU's that would be a minimum of a 360 rad, to 2x 360's if you OC them. Now that is a very loose guideline, for specifics this Guide to Delta-T was very helpful to me. Hope this helps.
post #6 of 63
Thread Starter 
Ok noted and i have gone through the Delta Guide as well
post #7 of 63
One 360 would probably get by but for best results adding at least another 240 would be optimal.
 
Spare Parts
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel i5 750 Lynnfield Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 ASUS Strix GTX 960 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin... 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Crucial BX100 SSD 500GB EKWB EK-KIT L120 Corsair SP120 Koolance 2x140mm Radiator HX-CU1402V 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair AF140 Bitspower VG-NGTX960 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung Curved 27" S27D590C 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Apevia Iceburg 680 watts Apevia X-Sniper 2 EVGA Torq X3 Laser 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9750 ASUS M3A78-CM PNY XLR8 GTX 460 Corsair XMS2 (4 x 1GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingPower
Hitachi 5K500 Silenx 92mm EFFIZIO Corsair SP 120 Red LED Antec 500watt 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6400 Skylake ASRock A170A-X1/3.1 Gigabye G1 Gaming GTX 970 Windforce CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DD... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bykski CPU-XPR-A High Performance Acrylic Nicke... EKWB Acrylic Nickel GPU Block Monsoon MMRS Reservoir Bykski BY-PUMP-XPH-PA Water Cooling Pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Koolance 240 30 FPI Radiator Magicool 280 14 FPI Radiator Bitfenix Spectre PWM 120mm Fan ML140 140mm PWM Premium Magnetic Levitation Fan 
OSPowerCase
Windows 10 Pro Corsair RM Series 850 Thermaltake Suppressor F31 
  hide details  
Reply
 
Spare Parts
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel i5 750 Lynnfield Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 ASUS Strix GTX 960 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin... 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Crucial BX100 SSD 500GB EKWB EK-KIT L120 Corsair SP120 Koolance 2x140mm Radiator HX-CU1402V 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair AF140 Bitspower VG-NGTX960 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung Curved 27" S27D590C 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Apevia Iceburg 680 watts Apevia X-Sniper 2 EVGA Torq X3 Laser 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9750 ASUS M3A78-CM PNY XLR8 GTX 460 Corsair XMS2 (4 x 1GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingPower
Hitachi 5K500 Silenx 92mm EFFIZIO Corsair SP 120 Red LED Antec 500watt 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6400 Skylake ASRock A170A-X1/3.1 Gigabye G1 Gaming GTX 970 Windforce CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DD... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bykski CPU-XPR-A High Performance Acrylic Nicke... EKWB Acrylic Nickel GPU Block Monsoon MMRS Reservoir Bykski BY-PUMP-XPH-PA Water Cooling Pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Koolance 240 30 FPI Radiator Magicool 280 14 FPI Radiator Bitfenix Spectre PWM 120mm Fan ML140 140mm PWM Premium Magnetic Levitation Fan 
OSPowerCase
Windows 10 Pro Corsair RM Series 850 Thermaltake Suppressor F31 
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post #8 of 63
You get me confused you wrote "case 900D/800D". There is alot of differance between the 900 and the 800 corsair which will dictate the radiator sizes. All I have to say is to get everything you need at once, since it will cost as much in the end anyways if not more since you may need to change some parts. Just add your gpu to the loop when you are at it. It makes no sense at all having a 900D and not fill the two spots in the top and bottom with 480mm radiators. It also dont make any sense to cool the cpu and not the 980ti since systems like these are all for looks anyways. If I should be really honest you dont need to watercool anything these days (unless its AMD cards) but it will look nicer and give you a bit lower noise level and better temps, but you dont actually gain anything by getting lower temps unless you OC and temp is the limiting factor. I also hope that your 980ti has reference pcb otherwise you can forget anything that is called waterblock.
My PC
(28 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 6700K Asus Z170 Pro Gaming KFA2 GTX 1080 Ti EXOC Corsair LPX 16GB (2x8), 2133Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Western Digital WD15EADS 1.5TB Samsung 840 250GB Crucial MX100 256GB Alphacool Eisblock XPX 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Alphacool ST30 360mm Alphacool ST30 140mm Alphacool Eisbecher 150mm Alphacool VPP655 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Masterkleer (10/13mm) Compression fittings (10/13mm) Corsair SP120 High Performance Phobya 6 Touch 30W 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacomputer Kryographics Titan X (Pascal) Aquacomputer Active XCS backplate Watercool Heatkiller SW-X MB-Set Alphacool Monsta 240mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional Retail AOC Agon ag271qx CM Storm Quickfire Rappid-I Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master Cosmos II Logitech G502 Steelseries QcK Logitech 5:1 
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My PC
(28 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 6700K Asus Z170 Pro Gaming KFA2 GTX 1080 Ti EXOC Corsair LPX 16GB (2x8), 2133Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Western Digital WD15EADS 1.5TB Samsung 840 250GB Crucial MX100 256GB Alphacool Eisblock XPX 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Alphacool ST30 360mm Alphacool ST30 140mm Alphacool Eisbecher 150mm Alphacool VPP655 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Masterkleer (10/13mm) Compression fittings (10/13mm) Corsair SP120 High Performance Phobya 6 Touch 30W 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacomputer Kryographics Titan X (Pascal) Aquacomputer Active XCS backplate Watercool Heatkiller SW-X MB-Set Alphacool Monsta 240mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional Retail AOC Agon ag271qx CM Storm Quickfire Rappid-I Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master Cosmos II Logitech G502 Steelseries QcK Logitech 5:1 
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post #9 of 63
I personally prefer extremely thick 120 or 140 radiators with Phanteks SP, EK Vadar or Noctua NF12s.

I am currently using 3x EK 120mm XTX Radiators with 6x Noctua NF12s in push pull.

Performs better than when I had 2x 240mm EK PE Radiators with 4x Corsair SP fans, especially on the GPUs.
post #10 of 63
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PachAz View Post

You get me confused you wrote "case 900D/800D". There is alot of differance between the 900 and the 800 corsair which will dictate the radiator sizes. All I have to say is to get everything you need at once, since it will cost as much in the end anyways if not more since you may need to change some parts. Just add your gpu to the loop when you are at it. It makes no sense at all having a 900D and not fill the two spots in the top and bottom with 480mm radiators. It also dont make any sense to cool the cpu and not the 980ti since systems like these are all for looks anyways. If I should be really honest you dont need to watercool anything these days (unless its AMD cards) but it will look nicer and give you a bit lower noise level and better temps, but you dont actually gain anything by getting lower temps unless you OC and temp is the limiting factor. I also hope that your 980ti has reference pcb otherwise you can forget anything that is called waterblock.


This will basically be my work system with lots of video editing also gaming on my free times. Temperature was a factor as well here summers are very hard will and will be a bonus that it will reduce the
noise as well. I choose to go with 900d after checking lots of builds here i can get 900d for price similar to 800d. Yes currently getting all the parts in just Gfx card is left. What card you think will be good to the loop here ? Just getting a single GTX 980 ti might add another card in a year or two when price drops.
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