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[Build Log] Caselabs Mercury S8S aka "Deathscythe Hell" ALL COMPLETED!

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Hello everyone, I just wanted to share my first ever custom water cooled PC build. The last PC I put together was from 2012 based on Sandybridge i7 2700K and GTX660Ti which I still use today. Ever since I got into PC gaming, I've always wanted to build a custom water cooled system based on the Intel extreme edition components. The build actually has been going on for a few months now, and its taking longer than I have expected. I didn't realized how long full custom builds can take, especially compared to my previous experience with building a PC. I pretty much dove into this project head first, and I'm still learning the process as I go. Not to mention this is my attempt to custom sleeve the power supply and case fan cables as well.

When Caselabs released the Mercury S8 It quickly became my favorite due to its horizontal motherboard layout and its all aluminum construction. My goal for this system is to have a silent but powerful PC and yet keep a clean ascetics. Which means I won't incorporating any flashy LED fans or crazy color combinations. Please no offense to that kind style, its is just not my flavor. I really wanted a black and grey color theme going on and maybe hint of green dye for the coolant.

Growing up, I was really hooked into Gundam anime, I remember watching it everyday after school on Cartoon Network . The Deathscythe mobile suite in the Gundam Wing series happen to match the color scheme I've chosen for this build, which is why I'm also why I'm giving it the name, Deathscythe Hell Custom.


  • CPU - Intel Exteme i7 5930K
  • Motherboard - MSI X99A Mpower
  • Storage - 2 Crucial M100 512GB SSD in Raid0
  • PSU - Cooler Master V1000
  • Ram - 16GB DDR4 LP Corsair Vengence 2666MHz
  • GPU - EVGA Nvidia GTX 980Ti SC editon
  • Case - Caselabs Mercury S8S Gunmetal Color
  • Fans - Gentle Typhoon AP15 1850rpm

Water Cooling Parts
  • EK Supremacy EVO X99 Nickel Plexi CPU Waterblock
  • EK-FC Titan X/GTX980 Ti Waterblock
  • EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM Water Pump/ Res Combo
  • Hardware Labs - 360 LP Radiators
  • Primochill Revolver rigid compression fittings
  • Primochill 1/2in PETG rigid tubing
  • Bitspower compression fittings



Waited a long time for this but Its well worth it


Parts were packaged with some thick heavy duty plastic bag




Motherboard installed

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GTX 980Ti next to GTX660Ti lol


The 6 Core 5930K installed with that black colored motherboard and RAM looks so sick!


Testing components with air cooling. The 980Ti is on currently installed on my old rig.


Deathscythe Hell Custom posing.




This absolutely took the longest to do. Now I have new found respect to those who make custom sleeving from scratch.


Videos on YouTube can only get you so far but practice makes perfect.

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Motherboard 8Pin EPS done!


This is not MDPC-X Sleeving None available at the time I started building. Its nylon sleeving from Furryletters on Ebay


24Pin connector cut to lenth and sleeved


HDD and SSD Sata power


View from the top looking at where I plan to install the SSD and other storage.


11 fans total haha.. time to sleeve the wires.


Non-PWM versions of the Gentle Typhoon. The all black PWM version became available few months after I got these.


Front fans installed and sleeved.


Used heat shrink instead to hide those ugly multi-colored wires, using the nylon sleeve made them hard to install because of the thickness of the sleeve.


Fans for the 360mm Radiators




2 Packages from Performance PCs water cooling parts??


Way to blow out your budget on water cooling parts lol.


Running out of storage, the struggle is real.


EK water block and Primochill Revolver fittings


Will be using clear Primochill coolant and maybe some dye later


I've heard a lot of good things about Hardware Labs so I went with them plus their fin-per inch and radiator thickness just fits my needs.


I needed some soft tubing for the lower compartment of the Caselabs S8S.


EK doesnt mess around with the nickel plating on this cpu water block


Finally installed the water block and Primochill Ghost Revolver fitting.


Submersible water pump and a water filter to flush the radiators.


GTX 980Ti about to go under the knife for water block installation.


Back plate removed.

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ACX cooler removed.


naked pcb


After removing the thermal paste from the GPU die, its actually very shinny.


EK Titan X / 980Ti Clear Plexi and Nickel look so good. Thanks to JayzTwoCents for the recomendation.


Black Acetal Back Plate


How she looks installed.


Bottom 360mm Radiator with fans fitment test.


Looking from the front of the case


Top 360mm Radiator and fans.


How everyting fits so far.


Side profile.


Other side


Wire management game.


Also installed Bitspower bulk head pass through fittings.




Lamptron 4 Ch. fan controller mouted on top of the PSU with heavy duty double sided tape.


De- pinned the Molex connector and crimp new connectors to connect directly to PSU


How it looks installed in the case.


Finished pluming the bottom radiator.


What it looks like inside the lower compartment.


First hard tubing bent into shape.


side view.
Edited by EVO PC - 2/1/16 at 11:12am
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Looking good. thumb.gif
post #3 of 23
Some excellent cable management done here mate, looking forward to more! thumb.gif
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 5820K ASUS X99 Deluxe EVGA GTX 980Ti 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Intel 535 Series 480GB Intel 535 Series 480GB Western Digital Black 4TB EK Supremacy X99 Nickel 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Mosfet Asus X99 Nickel EK FC Titan X EK Res X3 250 EK PE 480 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
EK XE 240 EK D5 Vario Windows 10 Pro Asus PG278Q Swift 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CoolerMaster Rapid-i TKL (Cherry Blue) Corsair AX860 Caselabs Merlin SM8 Logitech G502 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
SteelSeries QcK JBL LSR305 Audio Technica ATH-M50x 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel® Core™ i5 6200U  Intel® HD Graphics 520 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz  256GB SSD  
OS
Windows 10 Home 
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Intel Core i7 5820K ASUS X99 Deluxe EVGA GTX 980Ti 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Intel 535 Series 480GB Intel 535 Series 480GB Western Digital Black 4TB EK Supremacy X99 Nickel 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Mosfet Asus X99 Nickel EK FC Titan X EK Res X3 250 EK PE 480 
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EK XE 240 EK D5 Vario Windows 10 Pro Asus PG278Q Swift 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CoolerMaster Rapid-i TKL (Cherry Blue) Corsair AX860 Caselabs Merlin SM8 Logitech G502 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
SteelSeries QcK JBL LSR305 Audio Technica ATH-M50x 
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Intel® Core™ i5 6200U  Intel® HD Graphics 520 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz  256GB SSD  
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UPDATE : 1/31/16

Started doing more rigid tubing bends for the upper radiator. Being this is my first time, I had redo the same piece multiple times to get the alignment just right. Of course my OCD did not help either.biggrin.gif


Finally got it right after 4-5 times lol.


These are some really tight bends. I really wanted get as much of the bends done with the rigid tubing as supposed to using Bitspower rotary fittings.


The shorter height of the Mercury S8S compared to the original S8 makes water cooling really difficult.


I didn't like EK's mouting solution for their new Xres pump/res combo, so I made my own using 2-1/2" by 2-1/2" aluminum "L" bracket and painted it in flat black.


I finished the sleeving and wired the EK-Xress D5 PWM pump in. I de-pinned the factory molex power connector of the D5 pump and crimped on pins to directly connect it to PSU. I also changed out that single fan connector from a white to black in order to matching the rest. Unfortunately my OCD got the best of me again haha.


Sata wires all sleeved up.


Plumbed the bottom radiator back up to the pump. I know it looks like the pump PWM control wiring is visible caused by the bright flash but its actually not as noticeable under normal lighting.


Last piece of the rigid tubing all plumbed up. I ran out of PETG tubing just in time, but I had no choice and use a single Bitspower rotary fitting, oh well.


After tightening all the Primochill Ghost Revolver fittings, I filled her up with clear coolant and proceeded the leak test.


PWM control needed to be fed 5v in order to run the D5 at 100%, other wise it will run at 20% and barely move water. Thanks OCN members for the Tip.thumb.gif


Added some Mayhem non-stain green dye into the system because it was hard to see the clear coolant during leak testing.
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Originally Posted by Georgey123 View Post

Some excellent cable management done here mate, looking forward to more! thumb.gif

Thanks man thumb.gif
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Update 02/03/16 All done for now

Shes finally all assembled together! This time I actually took out my canon 60D DSLR and had enough lighting to take some decent pictures. No more low quality quick shots from my iPhone 6 plus thumb.gif.





















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Nice Build. smile.gif
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that looks awesome thumb.gif
    
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Intel Core i7-4790K Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 MSI Radeon R9 290X LIGHTNING HyperX Savage 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM be quiet! DARK ROCK TF be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 850W Phanteks Enthoo Pro White 
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Thats one awesome Caselab build. I never can get enough of seeing awesome builds in those Caseloads case.
    
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i7 6700K MSI Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium Gigabyte 980Ti XTreme 6GB Gigabyte 980Ti XTreme 6GB 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOS
Corsair 32GB DDR4-3200 Dominator Platinum  Samsung 850 EVO Samsung M.2 950 Pro Windows 10 Home 64 Bit 
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Corsair AX1200i Power Supply CASELABS Magnum TH10A 
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Corsair 32GB DDR4-3200 Dominator Platinum  Samsung 850 EVO Samsung M.2 950 Pro Windows 10 Home 64 Bit 
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Nice Build!

How loud is the EK D5? Any Vibriations?
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