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Hello and welcome to my first build log ever!

 

 

 

 

This build log was a bit quiet for some time after I finished my CPU loop and first loop ever, because I had simply no time due to exams and other university stuff. But now I really want to get into and build a computer that not only performs good, but is also pleasing in a visual way. A lot of my plans were scrapped or changed over time and a loot of new ideas came up. So I'm not going with a blue color scheme as initially planned, but with a red and black one (plus some grey accents). It's just a bit easier to realize without painting the mainboard. Furthermore I want to incorporate the lighted circuit design that is already present on the motherboard throughout the build, which is also the reason for the new name.

Instead of soft tubing I'm now gonna use PETG hard tubes, which gives the loop a way better look and also presents me with a new challenge, because I've never done hard tubing before. I also bought a better camera to give you hopefully some reasonably good pictures to document my building process.

And much much more... xD

 

Parts:

 = delivered
 = not delivered yet

 

Hardware:

  • CPU  i5 6600K
  • Mainboard  Asus ROG Maximus VIII Ranger
  • GPU  Sapphire R9 390 Nitro
  • RAM  8 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000Mhz
  • SSD  Crucial MX200 250GB
  • HDD ☑ 1TB Seagate Desktop HDD (from old build)
  • Case  Fractal Design Define S
  • PSU  be quiet! Straight Power 10 500W CM

Watercooling:

  • CPU-Block  EK-Supremacy EVO (Nickel)
  • GPU-Block  LiquidExtasy NarrowLine für 390 Nitro
  • Radiator  EK Coolstream PE 360
  • Radiator  EK Coolstream PE 240
  • Pump  Alphacool D5 VPP655 inkl. Plexiglas Aufsatz
  • Reservoir  Bitspower Z-Multi 150 Watertank
  • Tubing  Primochill PETG 13/10
  • Fittings  Primochill Revolver Fittings schwarz mit Diamantschliff
  • Adapters  Nanoxia CF1 90° und 45° Adapter (drehbar)
  • Ballvalve  Alphacool Eiszapfen
  • Fans  6x EK Vardar F3 120
  • Sensor  Aquacomputer Temperatursensor (inline)
  • Coolant  Aquacomputer Double Protect
  • Dye  Mayhems Deep Red
  • TIM  Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut

Other Stuff:

  •  2x 1m WS2812B RGB LED Strips
  •  Arduino Nano
  •  Nanoxia Sleeved Extensions

 

Modding:

  • PSU-Cover: A cover for the PSU and lower part of the case (which is usually not that tidy :P) made out of plexiglas. I'm gonna use satiniced but not colorized plexiglas., which is 3mm thick. But because just plain plexiglas would be boring, I'll paint it from the backside with masked off circuit patters which will be backlit with the already mentioned arduino driven LEDs.
  • Lighting: To light everything up around 120 RGB LEDs will be used. They will be driven by an arduino nano. With a controlling software you can change the color and brightness however you want and hopefully other stuff too. I'm also swapping out the power led of the case.

 

 

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About me:

My name ist Fabian and I'm 21 years old and live in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. At the time being I'm studying in the computer science field in the form of a integrated degree program. I built my first PC almost exact two years ago. But the passion for computers and technical stuff started certainly alot earlier.

 

 

General information:

Expect my pictures not to be the greatest as I don't know anything about photography and will be only made with a digital camera. I wanted to lend a dslr, but it's on vacation (literally). But I will still try my best (tips appreaciated :) ).

Furthermore this is my first build log, so don't be to harsh. Tips and constructive critic welcome.

 

 

About the project:

The Budget of my first self-built PC was pretty small and therefore I was just looking to get the best bang for the buck. This time around my budget is alot higher and so aesthetics and look play a pretty important role too.

This is also one reason why I opted for a custom watercooling loop after debating quite a lot with myself. Not only does a custom loop look damn sexy and gives you lot of customization options, but also having fun tinkering around and the demand for best performance (overclocking). At the beginning it will only be a CPU only loop, but later (hopefully early next year) the GPU will be added too.

 

Goals for after completing the watercooling loop:

  • Install LEDs in the case for lighting (those will be rgb LEDs and are controlled through an arduino and a desktop application)
  • Paint the mainboard heatsinks
  • Custom sleeved cables

 

 

Parts:

 

 = delivered
 = not delivered yet

Hardware:

 

  • CPU  i5 6600K
  • Mainboard  Asus ROG Maximus VIII Ranger
  • GPU  Sapphire R9 390 Nitro
  • RAM  8 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000Mhz
  • SSD  Crucial MX200 250GB
  • HDD ☑ 1TB Seagate Desktop HDD (from old build)
  • Case  Fractal Design Define S
  • PSU  be quiet! Straight Power 10 500W CM

 


Watercooling:

 

  • CPU-Block  EK-Supremacy EVO (Nickel)
  • Radiator  EK Coolstream PE 360
  • Pump  Alphacool D5 VPP655 incl. Plexi top
  • Reservoir  Bitspower Z-Multi 150 Watertank
  • Tubing  EK ZMT 16/10
  • Fittings  EK ACF Fitting 16/10
  • Adapters  Nanoxia CF1 90° und 45° Adapter (rotary)
  • Fans  6x EK Vardar F3 120
  • Sensor  Aquacomputer Temperaturesensor (inline)
  • Liquid  Aquacomputer Double Protect
  • TIM  Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut

 


Peripherals:

 

  • 2. Monitor  Dell U2414H
  • Keyboard  Corsair Vengeance K65 Compact

 

I will propably write some thoughts and stuff I want to do with them, when they arrive and I have took some pictures. I will add those comments here.

 

 

Further ideas:

I will add some ideas for modifications and customizations here.

  • Some stickers with custom design for the fans. Some made of thin aluminium would be cool, so they shimmer a bit in the LED light.

 

 

 

Happy reading! :) 


Edited by MadPolygon - 8/31/16 at 12:57pm
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I was hoping to get the first package with mainboard and RAM today, but didn't happen.

But tomorrow I should get two packages, the one with mainbord and RAM and hopefully some watercooling gear too. Let's hope the best :D

 

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That was quick :D Thank you!

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Ok, got two packages today. The bad thing is that the camera I wanted to use seems to have a defective focus motor so I had to use my Xperia S :thumbsdow. But see for yourself :)

 

First package with mainboard and RAM (somewhere deep down in that box :D)

 

The heatsinks and overall design are one of the main reasons I went with this motherboard despite having no major improvements over the Pro Gaming. I just love that anodized aluminium look and I think it will fit well in the kind of industrial black,grey theme I'm going for. I'm looking to paint those red lines and the "Ranger" label sometime.

 

The accessories: 4 Sata cables, some stickers and doorhanger, M.2 screw, pin extension for easy installation of the case i/o cables and of course the i/o-shield (if it only was black -_- )

 

The RAM, not much to say here, can't go wrong with black

 

The second package with the keyboard and some watercooling parts.

Loving the EK packaging :D

The vardar F3 fans, with all black and sleeved cables

Radiator box

Fins, fins and more fins

Sweet shiny EK badge

The 150mm res

Feels and looks nice...

... but definitely needs to be cleaned, as there are some leftovers from cutting the plexi.

EK 16/10 fittings

That crappy image does not live up to my real life impressions

Tubing, thermal grease and pwm splitters

Man that's thick...

Test fitting a fitting :D

Will use Aquacomputer Double Protect in my loop

My first mechanical keyboard  B)

Ahhh more aluminium

Hnnnngg

Testing if all fans are working

 

 

Next thing is I'm doing is getting some distilled water and flushing that radiator.

 

Also some other news: The vendor where I ordered the GPU among other parts send me a message that the GPU I ordered isn't available anymore and that they upgrade to the newer version for free. I was wondering and checked the site and there seems to be a new revision of the Sapphire 390 nitro, that is clocked 30Mhz higher and includes a backplate. I haven't seen that card listed except at the shop I ordered from and the Sapphire site. So free backplate upgrade :D

 

PS: What's the best and easiest way to upload images? I uploaded all to imgur and then added them via "Insert Image"

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PS: What's the best and easiest way to upload images? I uploaded all to imgur and then added them via "Insert Image"


Hello !

Nice photos but you can upload them directly to Overclock.net . I've subscribed to see the final result !

Best of luck biggrin.gif
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Thanks you :)

A proper camera would still be better ^^

 

I was thinking uploading the pictures once to imgur would be easier, because I posted the build log on multiple forums, but I'll try the direct upload later or tomorrow.

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A proper camera would still be better ^^

I was thinking uploading the pictures once to imgur would be easier, because I posted the build log on multiple forums, but I'll try the direct upload later or tomorrow.

Makes sense , one centrally uploaded storage of content for all forums . thumb.gif
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Exactly, but the thing I noticed is that the images are propably getting compressed twice, because the images here in the forum look worse than on imgur.

Maybe I will upload them to my webserver and see how they look if I add them from there. Totally forgot about that :doh:

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Update:

 

Suprisingly the new monitor arrived today. And also the radiator is now clean and I got the fans installed.

The package with the rest of the main components arrives on tuesday (hopefully) so I can start testing all the hardware out of the case.

 

 

That was after the first round, those black spots kept coming out for a long time...

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