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Hi all, So after patiently waiting for my S8 to arrive its here and i can crack on with the build.



The Mission

I came up with a general theme for the build centring around a Neptune/Poseidon blue black theme.

I collected lots of idea's but was a bit hesitant as I've built computers before but never a custom water-cooled one. Sitting down one day I was looking at Jay Z Two Cents, 'Skunkworks' and thought, hell yeah I can do this...gulp. However in a smaller form factor to sit on my desk as my everyday driver.

Seeing a few builds with Mayhems Blue Berry and that fitting with an aquatic themed build I got busy planning.

I intend to get some laser etching done to the S8 side and front panels,
some custom GPU back plates
because I wanted to go double d5 pump and because of the architecture of the S8, I wanted to build an acrylic bridge to support this spanning the width of the case
I guess it is going to be a long project given the nature of what I want to do with lots of custom details, but that's half the fun. also at time of building, the z170 motherboards have arrived, I want to go with a 980ti so also waiting for EK to release the correct water block for an Asus 980ti. Anyway here's the spec's

Neptune's Lair Specs

Component Product
Chassis CaseLabs Mercury S8
Graphics Cards Asus GeForce GTX 980 ti Strix OC Edition
CPU Intel Core i7-4790k Haswell 4.0GHz (to eventually to switch out to a I7 6700K)
Motherboard ASUS Z97 Tuf Mark 1 (waiting for Asus to release a Z170 Rampage and if not then the MSI titanium z170)
Memory Avexir 16Gb 2133 (4x4GB) blue LED
Storage 2x Samsung Evo Pro 850 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive 256G
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
Power Corsair RM860 ATX Power Supply
Cables Custom Sleeved
Cooling CPU Block - EK Supremacy EVO (Nickel/Plexi)
GPU Block: EK TBD
Radiators: EK Coolstream XE x 2 360 custom painted
Pump: Alphacool VPP655 Variable Speed Pump w/ RPM Monitoring - Single Edition x2
Pump Housing: Bitspower D5 Pump Modding Kit - Blue x2
Bitspower Dual D5 Mod Top (Acrylic Version) - UV Blue
Pump Top: Bitspower Z-CAP II With G1/4" x3 ( Clear Acrylic Version )
Reservoir: Bitspower Dual / Single D5 Top Upgrade Kit 100 (Clear Acrylic Cap),
Fittings: Bitspower Matt Black various
Tubing: E22 12mm OD acrylic tube
Coolant: Mayhems Blue Berry
Fans: 12x Corsair AF/SP Quiet edition,

I won't bore you with the rest.

Custom Work

Laser etched acrylic backplates x2
Cables and Sleeving
Case labs window panelling etching.
Painting Radiators, various misc items.
Custom hard tube bending
Polishing of acrylic blocks

So wish me luck, any advice or feedback is warmly received as this is my first water-cooled build,

Thanks
Edited by Dimps Maldoon - 10/29/15 at 6:32pm
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So I got busy with Sketch up to plan layout and loop, as its my first time water-cooling, I wanted to plan things out to avoid disaster.

post #3 of 28
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Some toys arrived today.




this thing is so well packed



so far so good, this thing is a dream to assemble I was worried it might be a ball ache


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While whilst some internal components are going to be powder coated blue, I decided to mix it up and switch onto the fans/radiators.




individually braided the fan connectors in aqua blue, think it looks nice.

decided to spray the radiators with



I started by loosely, wet sanding the metal panels which are completely removable on the EK SE. Makes life really convenient not having to tape off the radiator fins.

then a light spray of Hammerite's primer, just to aid the bond with the paint. took really well and didn't need many coats, think 3 in total covered it, 12hrs before each one dried fully. one thing I did come across is do it in a dust free environment, after hanging after the first coat in my garage there were lot of little specs on the surfaces, so I had to sand off and start again, hanging outside for the first few hours until dry then moving indoors to finish off.

anyway got there in the end and pleased with the finished result.


Edited by Dimps Maldoon - 8/13/15 at 4:24am
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actually when I went to mount the corsair fan's I didn't like the contrast between aqua blue of the fan cables and ring and the radiator panels so sourced some more paint and good old Halfords had an Aqua cool blue which I'm so glad I went back and resprayed.

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the D5 Vario pumps arrived so I could get busy with adding them to the Bitspower mod kit.



Bitspower make the best lego ever, just tried out a few ideas for the drain port.

I polished some of the sections of the pump/reservoir layout so it was more transparent and shiny, shiny.

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Dude I can't wait to see this!


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(22 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 5820k Asus X99 Deluxe Asus STRIX GTX980TI DC3OC 6GD5 GAMING Crucial LPX DDR4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB OWC SSD WD Black 1TB Noctua NH-D15 
CoolingCoolingOSOS
Fractal Venturi HP-14 PWM Fractal Venturi HP-14 PWM Windows 10 Pro Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Dell U2713 Dell U2412M Dell U2412M WASD V2 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair HX750i Caselabs S8S with Pedestal Final Mouse 2015 RME Babyface Pro 
AudioAudio
Motu Ultralite Mk1 Audinst MX1 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 5820k Asus X99 Deluxe Asus STRIX GTX980TI DC3OC 6GD5 GAMING Crucial LPX DDR4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB OWC SSD WD Black 1TB Noctua NH-D15 
CoolingCoolingOSOS
Fractal Venturi HP-14 PWM Fractal Venturi HP-14 PWM Windows 10 Pro Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Dell U2713 Dell U2412M Dell U2412M WASD V2 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair HX750i Caselabs S8S with Pedestal Final Mouse 2015 RME Babyface Pro 
AudioAudio
Motu Ultralite Mk1 Audinst MX1 
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post #8 of 28
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managed to get a good few hours in so its taking shape now

decided on the final fittings arrangement for the pump




happy with the paint job on the CPU waterblock, got some polishing to do now.


Edited by Dimps Maldoon - 8/14/15 at 4:07pm
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well the paint inspector gave the case parts a very detailed review but got the thumbs up

post #10 of 28
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and things are starting to take shape













after about three fills and drains, managed to get all the flakes out of the radiators.

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