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Refi's first WC build: Yuki

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Case: NZXT Phantom 240 Mid Tower
Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 rev 4.0
CPU: AMD FX8320 Black Edition @ 4.5GHz
GPU: XFX R9 290X
RAM: 16GB Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3
PSU: EVGA 850W G2 modular
Wireless: Fenvi Dual Band 802.11AC Wireless Adapter
HDD: Seagate 1TB 7200RPM
Optical Drive: LG UG12NS30
Cooling Loop: XSPC X2O 420 Bay reservoir, 1x XSPC 240mm radiators, 2x XSPC 120mm radiators, XSPC FLX tubing, XSPC Raystorm AM3+ CPU block, Aquatuning R9 290X Waterblock and passive backplate, Koolance CHC-125 chipset block, Koolance MVR-100 VRM block with modified heat transfer plate (cut stock heatsink), Swiftech pump, Phobya 150 reservoir, Push-Pull 120mm fans
Misc: NZXT white led strip, XSPC compression fittings, paracord sleeved PSU cables
Peripherals: Roccat Kone Pure White, Razer Kraken Pro in white/Axent Wear headphones (blue LED), Logitech G27
Monitor: Hanspree 25" HD monitor

This is my first desktop PC build (and first watercooled build as well). I'm very satisfied with this build, and it's got me hooked. (I really want to build a hard-piped system in a full tower case)
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So after I built my fiance's audio-computer, which he promptly named Morticia (>_>), I decided it was time to build my first OC'd water cooled PC. I didn't want to go AIO, so I've been researching watercooled loops for 2 or 3 years now, and finally decided on the components just recently. I will update this with my build's progress, though the next update won't be until around the beginning of october.
Anyways, I've started by stripping.
All stock case fans removed, and i particularly had issues with the top 2 screws int he front fan as they were stripped out and wouldn't come out till i pried them out by force until the threads caught.
I have a few things that i know that i can do before i recieve most of my parts in october, which is demel out the rivets holding the fixed HDD caddy in at the bottom of the case, and sleeving some of the top panel I/O cables. Overall though, I like this case, and would very much like to come up with other ideas for case mods, so if you got a suggestion, do please suggest it! smile.gif



My to-do-list:


This is being built inside a NZXT Phantom 240, and as for the rest...
I'll let you guys guess on my setup, but I guess I can leave some hints. AM3+ CPU socket. GPU is going to be part of the cooling loop.
Kidding. Specs:
Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 rev 4.0
CPU: AMD FX8320 Black Edition
GPU: EVGA GTX480 FTW HydroCopper
PSU: EVGA 850W G2 fully modular
Wireless: Fenvi Dual Band 802.11AC Wireless Adapter
HDD: Seagate 1TB 7200RPM
Optical Drive: LG UG12NS30
Cooling Loop: XSPC X2O 420 Bay reservoir, 2x XSPC 240mm radiators, XSPC FLX tubing, XSPC Raystorm CPU block, Aquatuning GF100 GTX480 Waterblock, Push-Pull 120mm fans
Misc: NZXT white led strip, XSPC compression fittings
Peripherals: CM Storm Quickfire TK limited white, Corsair M95 mouse gloss white, Razer Kraken Pro in white
Monitor: Hanspree 25" HD monitor

Plans: paracord sleeving, custom motherboard cover, painted interior, painted logos on mesh, foam dust filters,
Update:
HDD cages removed, marked holes to drill for fan and radiator mounting (hoping to clear motherboard so i can use a push-pull setup on top)





yay clean removal.

UPDATE: 9/24/2015
I painted the front logo and name. also painted the white behind the mesh black so it flowed better



still drilling the case for mounting the radiator at an offset. i figured out a way to keep the drilling fluid in place over the drilling sites. plasticine modelling clay! (also makes for great sealant for making mold pour boxes)



Quick question: are the ebay universal northbridge waterblocks useable?

Edited by refirendum - 12/27/15 at 3:20pm
Yuki
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD K15 990FXA-UD3 Aquacomputer 290x waterblock and backplate XFX R9 290x 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston  Kingston  Seagate 1tb LG blu ray 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
alphacool XSPC radiator 120mm Phobya 150 reservoir XSPC 14mm PETG 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm AM3+ water block Koolance CHC-122 Koolance MVR-80 Swiftech pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC radiator 240mm XSPC radiator 120mm XSPC radiator 120mm windows 10 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hanspree 24.6" 1080p monitor Cooler master quickfire TK white with Cherry MX... EVGA 850W G2 NZXT Phantom 240 White 
MouseMouse Pad
Roccat Tyon White Func Surface 1030XL 
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AMD K15 990FXA-UD3 Aquacomputer 290x waterblock and backplate XFX R9 290x 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston  Kingston  Seagate 1tb LG blu ray 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
alphacool XSPC radiator 120mm Phobya 150 reservoir XSPC 14mm PETG 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm AM3+ water block Koolance CHC-122 Koolance MVR-80 Swiftech pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC radiator 240mm XSPC radiator 120mm XSPC radiator 120mm windows 10 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hanspree 24.6" 1080p monitor Cooler master quickfire TK white with Cherry MX... EVGA 850W G2 NZXT Phantom 240 White 
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got my water block for my GPU today
and motherboard. so i drew out my mobo cover design going to ptobably cover the I/O area too


Update: got the mobo cover roughed out enough to fit decently. all that's left is to take a file to those edges and straighten them out.


update: pulled an all-nighter mounting the board and cover, and tidying up a few wires in the back.


Edited by refirendum - 9/28/15 at 6:37am
Yuki
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD K15 990FXA-UD3 Aquacomputer 290x waterblock and backplate XFX R9 290x 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston  Kingston  Seagate 1tb LG blu ray 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
alphacool XSPC radiator 120mm Phobya 150 reservoir XSPC 14mm PETG 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm AM3+ water block Koolance CHC-122 Koolance MVR-80 Swiftech pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC radiator 240mm XSPC radiator 120mm XSPC radiator 120mm windows 10 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hanspree 24.6" 1080p monitor Cooler master quickfire TK white with Cherry MX... EVGA 850W G2 NZXT Phantom 240 White 
MouseMouse Pad
Roccat Tyon White Func Surface 1030XL 
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AMD K15 990FXA-UD3 Aquacomputer 290x waterblock and backplate XFX R9 290x 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston  Kingston  Seagate 1tb LG blu ray 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
alphacool XSPC radiator 120mm Phobya 150 reservoir XSPC 14mm PETG 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm AM3+ water block Koolance CHC-122 Koolance MVR-80 Swiftech pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC radiator 240mm XSPC radiator 120mm XSPC radiator 120mm windows 10 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hanspree 24.6" 1080p monitor Cooler master quickfire TK white with Cherry MX... EVGA 850W G2 NZXT Phantom 240 White 
MouseMouse Pad
Roccat Tyon White Func Surface 1030XL 
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Sick bro!!!! Can't wait to see the rest of the build
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Thank you. I should be getting more parts delivered today.
Kept working on sleeving and slowly laying out thecooling loop. Realized i need thin fans up top for the pull set, and will need to go to a side by side double 120 mm front rad setup and ill have to disassemble the setup to mount my water blocks for the vrms and northbridge. Such procedure. Much repeat. Or i could cut the rear pane to reveal the screws for the vrm and nb heatsinks. (Honestly might be easier since ive mounted a bunch of stuff already and will help with easy access.


Partial sleeving for some wires, full sleeving for others. (I am sleeving these myself)

Edited by refirendum - 9/29/15 at 8:45pm
Yuki
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD K15 990FXA-UD3 Aquacomputer 290x waterblock and backplate XFX R9 290x 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston  Kingston  Seagate 1tb LG blu ray 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
alphacool XSPC radiator 120mm Phobya 150 reservoir XSPC 14mm PETG 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm AM3+ water block Koolance CHC-122 Koolance MVR-80 Swiftech pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC radiator 240mm XSPC radiator 120mm XSPC radiator 120mm windows 10 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hanspree 24.6" 1080p monitor Cooler master quickfire TK white with Cherry MX... EVGA 850W G2 NZXT Phantom 240 White 
MouseMouse Pad
Roccat Tyon White Func Surface 1030XL 
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AMD K15 990FXA-UD3 Aquacomputer 290x waterblock and backplate XFX R9 290x 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston  Kingston  Seagate 1tb LG blu ray 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
alphacool XSPC radiator 120mm Phobya 150 reservoir XSPC 14mm PETG 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm AM3+ water block Koolance CHC-122 Koolance MVR-80 Swiftech pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC radiator 240mm XSPC radiator 120mm XSPC radiator 120mm windows 10 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hanspree 24.6" 1080p monitor Cooler master quickfire TK white with Cherry MX... EVGA 850W G2 NZXT Phantom 240 White 
MouseMouse Pad
Roccat Tyon White Func Surface 1030XL 
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yh the north bridge is fine to use, here mine on a ud3p
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thats a old picture on my setup


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Update. Radiators mounted, fans mounted except top pull fans and my pumps and res pair mounted. One shortened thermaltake pacific reservoir and an xspc x2o single bayres. I have only to finish cablesleeving, cutting down the koolance copper contact plate for the vrms and get my inline manual shutoff valve for draining and filling purposes.




Probably going to run out to buy some 550 white paracord, and cut all the wires on the mb cable to redo it, cleaning up both ends and shortening the overall length. Maybe ill sew some of the sleeving together to make it neater, then redo the sata power cables as they arent as clean as id like. Id like to do a heatshrinkless style on them.
Yuki
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD K15 990FXA-UD3 Aquacomputer 290x waterblock and backplate XFX R9 290x 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston  Kingston  Seagate 1tb LG blu ray 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
alphacool XSPC radiator 120mm Phobya 150 reservoir XSPC 14mm PETG 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm AM3+ water block Koolance CHC-122 Koolance MVR-80 Swiftech pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC radiator 240mm XSPC radiator 120mm XSPC radiator 120mm windows 10 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hanspree 24.6" 1080p monitor Cooler master quickfire TK white with Cherry MX... EVGA 850W G2 NZXT Phantom 240 White 
MouseMouse Pad
Roccat Tyon White Func Surface 1030XL 
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AMD K15 990FXA-UD3 Aquacomputer 290x waterblock and backplate XFX R9 290x 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston  Kingston  Seagate 1tb LG blu ray 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
alphacool XSPC radiator 120mm Phobya 150 reservoir XSPC 14mm PETG 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm AM3+ water block Koolance CHC-122 Koolance MVR-80 Swiftech pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC radiator 240mm XSPC radiator 120mm XSPC radiator 120mm windows 10 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hanspree 24.6" 1080p monitor Cooler master quickfire TK white with Cherry MX... EVGA 850W G2 NZXT Phantom 240 White 
MouseMouse Pad
Roccat Tyon White Func Surface 1030XL 
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Apologies for the doublepost. Finally filed the vrm plate flat to mate with the koolance block..finally mounted up and leak testing. I found one leak. It was the seams of the thermaltake pump. Not the interface between the res and pump block, the pump itself. So the solution i came up with was to run out to grab some waterweld epoxy putty. Apparently it is good for sealing water pipes, and can cure under water. So i suppose its perfect.


And as a precaution, im just going to let the pumps run for a few hours and have the paper towels for leak detection if it was not the only leak.


So glad that the evga came with a mb jumper cap


Update: aaaaaand it works.
stress testing late into the morning:



Core boost disabled
LLC @ auto
FSB 205.00
multiplier 22.0
VCore @ 1.462
CPU @ 4.48GHz
Edited by refirendum - 10/28/15 at 5:03am
Yuki
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD K15 990FXA-UD3 Aquacomputer 290x waterblock and backplate XFX R9 290x 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston  Kingston  Seagate 1tb LG blu ray 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
alphacool XSPC radiator 120mm Phobya 150 reservoir XSPC 14mm PETG 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm AM3+ water block Koolance CHC-122 Koolance MVR-80 Swiftech pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC radiator 240mm XSPC radiator 120mm XSPC radiator 120mm windows 10 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hanspree 24.6" 1080p monitor Cooler master quickfire TK white with Cherry MX... EVGA 850W G2 NZXT Phantom 240 White 
MouseMouse Pad
Roccat Tyon White Func Surface 1030XL 
  hide details  
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Yuki
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD K15 990FXA-UD3 Aquacomputer 290x waterblock and backplate XFX R9 290x 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston  Kingston  Seagate 1tb LG blu ray 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
alphacool XSPC radiator 120mm Phobya 150 reservoir XSPC 14mm PETG 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm AM3+ water block Koolance CHC-122 Koolance MVR-80 Swiftech pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC radiator 240mm XSPC radiator 120mm XSPC radiator 120mm windows 10 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hanspree 24.6" 1080p monitor Cooler master quickfire TK white with Cherry MX... EVGA 850W G2 NZXT Phantom 240 White 
MouseMouse Pad
Roccat Tyon White Func Surface 1030XL 
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