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[Build Log] DaSandmanCometh's build log ~ Core X9 Watercooled/ASUS Z87-Pro/Intel i7-4790K/GeForce GTX 970 SLI

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So this is my first custom loop watercooled build. I've done some builds with the kits and such, but nothing like I'm taking on with this build. But here are the main parts:

Thermaltake Core X9 Black
ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel
Intel Core i7-4790K Devil’s Canyon Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150
2 X G.SKILL TridentX Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400
2 X EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 Superclocked ACX 2.0
EVGA Pro SLI Bridge V2, 2-Way Long
EVGA 120-G1-1000-VR PS


Crucial 2.5" 250GB Solid State Drive (OS drive)
Western Digital 2TB
WD Red 5TB


2 X XSPC D5 Photon 170 Reservoir/Pump Combo
Bitspower D5/MCP655 Mod Kit, Matte Black
2 X EK-CoolStream PE 480 (Quad)
Phobya CPU-Cooler Silver Nickel Plexi Edition
Bitspower Universal RAM Module Water Cooling Set For 4 Banks V2 - Clear/Black
2 X EK-FC970 GTX ACX Waterblock - Nickel
2 X EK-FC970 GTX ACX Backplate - Nickel
EK-FC Bridge DUAL Parallel 3-Slot CSQ - Plexi
Alphacool HF 14 Smart Motion Cooling Plate ASUS Z87 Pro Mosfet 1/Mosfet 2 & NB

PrimoChill Vortex Clear PMMA Flow Indicator - UV Blue w/white wheel
PrimoChill Vortex Clear PMMA Flow Indicator - UV Blue w/blue wheel

Rigid Revolver Compression Fitting - Diamond Knurled Grip- Anodized Black

I'll be using PrimoChill's PETG 3/8-1/2 tube and running two loops. One loop will be the RAM/CPU/MOSFET 1 & 2 and will be filled with PrimoChill's ICE Clear/UV Blue. The other loop will be the two 970's and the NB if I can use that block. But that loop will be filled with PrimoChill ICE UV Blue.

I'm going to run some custom LED UV lights as well as some White LED lights on push button switches unless I can figure out how to control them off the MB. I've seen that mentioned but I haven't done the research. If anyone knows how, please PM me.



I started planning this build about 4 months ago, started ordering parts about 3 months ago. Got a lot of the stuff in, sent some stuff back and got different stuff. But once I got all the main components in I did a bench post test and everything seemed fine so I installed my OS and started testing. I found out that my MB has an issue with the Wifi/Lan. It could not download over 1 MB/s on either. So it's currently at ASUS getting warranty work.

I just got the case in today and I couldn't wait to get started. And btw, I'm in Germany, military guy stationed over here.

I haz a package, big and heavy one.







Stuff for the build.







Tearing it apart alread.





These trays are awesome, if you don't have one, you need one.



PS in.



A couple 140mm fans, had blue LEDs in them, but I disabled them. I like how clear fans look with lighted cases. I got these cheap so no loss for me to cut the LED's.



Hard drives mounted up.





Fans and rads going in the top.









I welcome all comments and questions. I'm no pro, just know enough to be dangerous to myself and possibly others.
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Small update, still stalled waiting for a working MB from ASUS. I got a advanced replacement MB about a week ago and it was DOA. So according to ASUS they have to close out the RMA on my original MB before they open up another one on the replacement that was DOA. Very frustrating and I'm not in the states so shipping things even priority mail still takes about 10-14 days. But I have now received an email from ASUS after writing them a complaint about quality. So hopefully soon I'll get to put this thing together.
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So it's been awhile since I started this whole deal about I've been fighting with an ASUS Z87 Pro mobo since then. I've sent 4 back to ASUS now, about $60.00 in shipping altogether for a mobo I bought for $120.00. Well the one they are sending me now has been tested and supposedly works, either way it's going up on ebay or something. About a month ago I bought a Z87 Deluxe mobo and it worked right out of the box. So I'm just using that now, I looked at it to begin with and should of just got it.

My Crucial SSD died on me so that went back for RMA, who knows when I'll see a replacement for that. So I've been testing everything and I think within the next month I'll be putting waterblocks on and bending tube.

Here's some pics of me testing/cleaning out the rads with my pond pump.




And here's the system as is right now.
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Yeah I'm dragging my feet for sure on this thing, but it's about to pick up. I got my SSD back and got it cloned and working great now. I've been working on a couple projects slowly, but picking up steam the past couple weeks. I did a mod to my reservoirs as seen in the video below.

It's long, and the video sucks, so you've been warned.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QshQZ92BZLE

So I did that and now I'm changing it, waiting on a few little things and I'll be doing that mod, maybe a video as well.

But here is a pic of me cutting up a PETG sheet to make my res/pump mounts that will hold them up off the floor of the X9 without blocking any views since they are clear. I have a lot of cutting/finishing to do and then I need I need to bend them up for the final mount. I'm also using this stuff to make a mount for my 2 PrimoChill Vortex Clear PMMA Flow Indicators. This will also serve to help cover up the wiring a bit.


Last night I tackled something I was very scared to do, and that was prepare the individual RAM for the waterblock. My first time doing this and I went from about 30 mins with the first one to about 5 mins with the last one. Here's some eye candy for you with that.

Go me, got my first one done.

All done and tested, didn't want to make that rookie mistake.

And now they are wearing their bitspower WB heatsinks. You can see the top there with the revolver fittings I'm using throughout.


And I got my 8 channel USB relay that I'm going to be using to control the white and UV LED's that are going into this build. The UV lights are going to be insane as there are going to be 16 3mm LEd's, plus two 4" cathode tubes on one channel and then the white LED stripes across the bottom of the rads to give some real light when I need it. And then there will also be some UV LED's across the bottom of the rads to help light up all the UV fluid in the tubes on another channel. So I'll have three channels of LED's to give different effects I can control from my desktop.



Once I get the res/pump PETG mounts done, I can mount those and then put the rest of the WB's on the CPU/GPU's and then figure out where exactly my flow indicators are going and then start plumbing, both electrically and hard tubing. I'm planning to make two MOLEX cables and one SATA power cable with four terminals. I'm also planning to make a custom HD cage out of the PETG sheet I have left and use that to mount the USB relay board as well.

So items left to do:
- Res/Pump mounts
- Flow Indicator mount
- Mount Res/Pump
- Mount Flow Indicators
- Install WB's on CPU/GPU's
- Map electrical
- Build custom cables (MOLEX/SATA power/LED 2 wire)
- Install electrical
- Map/bend hard lines
- Build custom HD cage from PETG
- Fill system and test for leaks
- Put the covers on and enjoy

If you can think of anything I'm forgetting or should look at/think aobut please let me know.


So here's where she stands right now.


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Ok, so I've got a little bit done and getting a bit of a handle on things to do.

I got started on the PETG reservoir mounts and got them cut out to the shape I wanted and got the cut ends sanded and polished out. I printed out a template and then glued that to the top of my stack of pieces. I used blue painters tape on each side of each piece of PETG and used two sided tape to stick the pieces together. Then my template was glued to the top painters tape. It worked better than I thought it would of. Here's some pictures of those pieces and the process.

Here are the two reservoir bracket mounts, the flow indicator bridge mount and then the legs for the hard drive cage, and the 3.5 to SSD mounts. These are just after I got them shaped the way I wanted them.
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The hard drive cage legs.
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The 3.5 to SSD mounts.
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Sanding and polishing the edges.
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So the plan was to use these pieces to mount all the components to in the case. But other ideas have popped up and now I won't be using these. But I did use the reservoir bracket mounts to mock up the reservoirs so I could do some measuring.
IMG_0933_zpszleezhl4.jpg
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And why was I measuring? Because I'm going to use my new toy to print brackets as well a shroud for the front of the motherboard try to cover up the wires and wire routing holes in the try. But this will also be where my flow indicators are mounted to.

The new Toy.
IMG_0936_zpsj7m0pzjw.jpg

The plan for the new brackets.
Comp%20Resevior%20Mount%20Fusion%20360_zpstb630aqu.jpg


So other than that stuff. I did get all the blocks into the thing and I did my first 4 bends ever with PETG. I ruined one, but the others came out good, not perfect, but good enough for my OCD.
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So still got a lot to do and I have to get these parts printed so I can mount the reservoirs and the flow indicators. Then I can finish out the the tubing and get that tested. Got the wiring and lighting to get done as well. But everything else seems to be coming together good.
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Updates:

Been putting this 3D printer to work, learning curve was a hard one. But got started on my res mounts and also my HD cage.

Res mount is made from 4 different pieces and epoxy'd together. You can see how the Res and pump will mount to it.





You can also see the res mod I did with the xspc res, adding the Frozen PC UV cathods in a tube down the middle. Should lite up the UV clear/blue fluid really nice.




And here is the HD cage struts I designed and printed out, as well as the HD's/SSD's and 8 relay board. I didn't design the SSD tray, but I did design the tray for the relay board. The struts have magnets on the bottom of them, but I will most likely be screwing them in from the bottom of the case. The magnets really help to hold it in place while I'm still messing with the placement of everything.








Next on the to do list is the MB surround which will most likely look something like this. I have to play around with a lot more to get it more in shape to what will print good. This a view from the front left, the "back" is where the back of the MB will be. I've modeled the primochill flow indicators and started a mount that will be mounted to the surround. You can see from looking at the back that it covers up the wire grommets so it should clean it up pretty nice.

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Curious to know what you think of the HD cage, do you think the HD's are too close together? They are going to have a 120 mm fan blowing right on them and they are not my OS drive so they won't get used all the time.
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Got some stuff done.

Gotta start working on the cables now, not looking forward to that.










That's the V4 part of the MB surround I'm 3D printing. V5 is on the printer as I type this out. Which should be the last version and then it's epoxy it all together and get to sanding and painting.




That V5 thing mentioned earlier.
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It's update time!

Got a ton done in the couple weeks I've been back home from a month long trip.

My surround is epoxied together now, and I'm figuring out where the primochill vortex's are going to go. Here you see the mounts I made for the vortex's and the surround. I also changed up the plumbing from the pumps a little.





Close up on the Vortex Mount. the little hole in it is for the LED wire to come up through the surround and then the mount.





And then some smaller stuff I've been working on, the gauge cluster that will go into the top two 5.25" slots on the front face. The top slots are for a temp gauge for each loop and the bottom slots are for a RPM gauge for each pump. I'm not going to be running them into my fan headers on my MB. I'm going to be using the alphacool flow indicators into my MB for RPM alerts. I have to dye the blades black and that will be ready to go.




And here are some pieces I'm going to use to mount some LED strips under the rads. There will be a row of normal white light LED's and a row of UV LED's mounted to each side and then down the middle as well.

These are for the outside, mount to the fan holes in the rads, are 45° to shine down into the case. Will be 4 on each outer edge of the rads as I have 480mm rads.


These are for the middle, mount to the fan holes on both rads straddleing the gap in between them. These are angled about about a 35° to shine light from the inside out of the case. This way I should be able to light everything up, that's the plan anyway.



All the custom pieces I printed on my 3D printer. It's wasn't easy either, a lot of trial and even more error before I got most of these pieces somewhat correct. I still have a ton of bodywork for each piece to get them ready for final assembly. That will be what I work on the next couple weeks and hope to have this thing together before the end of October.
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Win 7 64 EVGA 120-G1-1000-VR 80 PLUS GOLD 1000 W Thermaltake Core X9 Black E-ATX 
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i7-4790K Devil’s Canyon Quad-Core 4.0GHz  ASUS Z87-Deluxe LGA 1150 Intel Z87 2 X EVGA 04G-P4-2974-KR GeForce GTX 970 4GB G.SKILL TridentX Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin ... 
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ADATA Premier SP550 2.5" 480GB SATA III TLC Int... OCZ ARC 100 2.5" 480GB SATA III MLC Internal So... WD Red 5TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class... Liquid 
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Win 7 64 EVGA 120-G1-1000-VR 80 PLUS GOLD 1000 W Thermaltake Core X9 Black E-ATX 
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