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[Build Log] Liquorice Allsorts: CaseLabs S5 + Pedestal

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I've recently added a NAS and a HTPC to my home and decided it is time to retire my Corsair 550D air-cooled workhorse. And so, last October, I started what I called a 'Thought Log' with the aim to think about my next computer build. I initially called this Thought Log 'C-Sweet' because I knew I wanted a CaseLabs case and Cryorig fans ... maybe throw in some Corsair memory and some Cestern Digital HDDs, Camsung SSDs and the like.

I've decided to start the build Log for this computer as I am now starting to collect parts in a serious way. I've sketched out the general plan, ordered Monsoon (or should that be Consoon) fittings, tubing and bending kit. I've also started an experiement by ordering some Barrow parts from AliExpress. Today I placed an order with PPCs for 2 x 120.3 Hardware Labs Black Ice SR2 Multiport Satin White Radiator (with white fins).

Next will be a CaseLabs S5 Pedestal (black and white) ... but more on that later.

To answer the question ... why call this build log Liquorice Allsorts? ... because ... these are one of my favourite sweets, candy, lollies (name depending on which country you come from). It also gives me a great excuse to create a very colorful build. Here is a picture of the sweet itself ...

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As you can see ... very colorful. There is a bunch of black and white in them ... so that will be the dominant 'colors' (if you can call black and white colors) with others mixed in. I found someone at folksy (a Modern British Craft website) that makes liquorice allsort beads for bracelets and commissioned (HA!) 24 'beads' with no centers.

Here they are ...

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These will probably turn up somewhere in the completed build.

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Edited by ruffhi - 2/9/16 at 2:39pm
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Index
  1. [2016-02-10] - Question #1 ... what color radiator mounts ... black or white?
  2. [2016-02-11] - Pedestal Ordered ... with some other additional parts
  3. [2016-02-11] - Pedestal Fans Ordered - 14 ... 12 for the rads, 1 for the front, 1 for the back
  4. [2016-02-13] - The Radiators have Landed
  5. [2016-02-14] - Radiator Build Adjustments
  6. [2016-02-18] - Shipping Update for Fans and Pedestal
  7. [2016-02-20] - The Fans finally arrive
  8. [2016-02-21] - An Anchored Monsoon Hardline Cutting Miter Box
  9. [2016-02-22] - Some Fan Related Stuff
  10. [2016-02-23] - My Barrow Fittings Order from AliExpress
  11. [2016-02-24] - ModMyMods to the rescue
  12. [2016-02-24] - Reminder of what the Pedestal should / will look like
  13. [2016-02-24] - Pedestal First Look
  14. [2016-02-25] - Stuff in the Pedestal including Q2: What color tubing / fittings in the pedestal? Black? White? Mix?
  15. [2016-02-27] - Barrow Fittings (Part 1)
  16. [2016-02-28] - My First Tube Run ... ever
  17. [2016-03-01] - New Fan Stickers
  18. [2016-03-02] - Another ModMyMods Delivery with some help from Home Depot
  19. [2016-03-03] - Drain Valve Plans ... illustrative at present
  20. [2016-03-04] - Drain Valve Installed ... CaseLabs pedestal cut
  21. [2016-03-05] - Dual Pump Arrangement Issues
  22. [2016-03-06] - Time to Clean a Radiator
  23. [2016-03-08] - Dual Pump Arrangement Options
  24. [2016-03-11] - Deliveries
  25. [2016-03-13] - Fan Cable Sleeving
  26. [2016-03-13] - Radiator Mesh
  27. [2016-03-16] - Dual Pump Arrangement
  28. [2016-03-17] - Measure Twice, Cut Once
  29. [2016-03-18] - Pump Base, Take 2
  30. [2016-03-20] - Air Leak Tester
  31. [2016-03-20] - Now For Something Completely Different
  32. [2016-03-24] - Radiator Mesh, Part II
  33. [2016-03-25] - Installing The Drain
  34. [2016-04-26] - Pedestal Complete - pics
  35. [2016-05-08] - PSU Mods
  36. [2016-05-19] - Dual Pump Unit Complete
  37. [2016-05-21] - PSU 24-pin Tail
  38. [2016-06-22] - The RAM Has Arrived
  39. [2016-06-24] - The Motherboard, CPU, CPU Cooler and Two-Tone Mercury S5 All Arrived
  40. [2016-06-25] - Connecting the Pedestal (Part 1)
  41. [2016-06-26] - Connecting the Pedestal (Part 2)
  42. [2016-06-26] - The Pump Contraption is Home
  43. [2016-06-26] - Open Mid-Chassis Surgery
  44. [2016-06-28] - Plumbing the Reservoir to Pump (video)
  45. [2016-06-28] - Mounting the Reservoir
  46. [2016-07-01] - Genuine Two Tone CaseLabs Case
  47. [2016-07-01] - Installing the Reservoir, First Pictures of the CPU Block
  48. [2016-07-02] - Progress Report
  49. [2016-07-03] - 24-Pin Extension Cable
  50. [2016-07-12] - 2 x 8-Pin Extension Cable + Front Panel Section
  51. [2016-07-15] - Isolation Switch for my Pumps?
  52. [2016-07-16] - Big Stonking Hole
  53. [2016-07-19] - Setting Up My Aquaero - Guide for Noobs?
  54. [2016-08-06] - Power to the Pumps ... again?
  55. [2016-08-21] - The Mighty EVGA Gt 710 Graphics Card!!
  56. [2016-08-20] - Final Pictures


Edited by ruffhi - 9/5/16 at 4:31am
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Parts

Mercury S5 + Pedestal
  1. 120.1 flex bay fan mount ✔
  2. 2 x 120.3 rad mounts (white) ✔


Water Cooling
  1. Monsoon Hardline Pro Bender Kit 3/8 x 1/2 (13mm) ✔
  2. Monsoon Economic fittings (black and white) ✔
  3. Monsoon Hardline Acrylic (various colors) ✔
  4. 2 x Hardware Labs Black Ice SR2 120.3 Multiport Satin White Radiator (white with white fins) ✔
  5. SilverStone Technology All Black 1-to-8 PWM Fan Hub (CPF04) ✔
  6. Monsoon Modular Reservoir ✔
  7. 2 x Aquacomputer D5 Pump Mechanics with RPM Signal ✔
  8. 2 x Watercool HEATKILLER® D5-TOP ✔
  9. CPU Block ... Watercool HEATKILLER® IV Pro (Copper AN) ✔
  10. GPU Block (depends on type of GPU)
  11. Some Bitspower fittings ✔
  12. Some Monsoon fittings ✔
  13. Some Barrow fittings ✔


Actual Computer Parts
  1. Motherboard: ASUS X99-M WS ✔
  2. CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz ✔
  3. RAM: G.SKILL TridentZ Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4 3200 ✔
  4. GPU: EVGA GeForce GT 710 ✔
  5. 2 x Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB SSD
  6. LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ✔
  7. 14 Pedestal CRYORIG QF120 Balance 120mm Fans ✔
  8. Case CRYORIG QF120 Balance 120mm Fan(s) ✔
  9. Samsung S27E591C 60Hz 27" Monitor ✔
    I would like to get the 34" version ... but I don't think I can get away with it

Edited by ruffhi - 7/17/16 at 6:01pm
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Non Sponsors

... or is that ...

Unofficial Sponsors

... maybe ...

Sponsors that I had to Pay

The title of this thread includes a little joke regarding the companies from which I am buying parts or the resellers that are assisting. I knew I wanted a CaseLabs case, Cryorig fans ... and I will probably end up with Corsair memory ... this was three companies that started with the letter C ... so lets see how close I can get to using parts / sourcing items from companies that start with the letter C ...
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Success ... Companies that start with the Letter C

web_logo1_1408390597__35960.png This is the second CaseLabs case that I own ... or will own once I actually purchase the Murcury S5 ... at the moment, I have only purchased an S5 pedestal. They are a joy to work with ... lots of options, lots of flexibility. The most apprehensive feature is modifying them ... either cutting or drilling into them.
 
I simply love my air CPU Cryorig coolers ... I have a large tower in my main computer and a small tower in my HTPC. The HTPC also has 3 of the QF120 fans. This build will have a stack of the QF120 fans.
 
cryorig logo_typeface_whites.jpg
CustomCarGrillslogo.jpg Who knew that you could use custom car grills in a Computer? I am using them on the radiators and I have a couple of other plans for them too smile.gif
 
Wait, what? This is a company that starts with the letter 'C'? Sure ... just pronounce it 'Custom MainFrame' ... there you go. Honestly, mainframe ... no ... this is a PC.
 
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Close by no Cigar

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This lady provided the very first 'component' for this build. I contacted her before Christmas last year enquiring about her making me some Liquorice Allsorts beads. She did and they formed the color palette for my whole build.
 




100Stock-Aerialpixels-Header-Logo.jpg I found this company while looking for some 20mm stand-offs. They had some. They had them in various colors. Including screws. And different height stand-offs. I can see these items cropping up a few times in this build.
 
AliExpress, in particular the Zero Water Cooling store, is my source for large orders of Barrow fittings.
 
AliExpress ZeroWaterCooling.JPG
ModMyModslogo.gif A North East coast reseller of computer cooling parts. I really enjoy buying from these guys ... order, pay minimal shipping and get it in two days. What is not to like.
 
They stock and sell everything. What is not to like?
 
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Barrow.jpg Barrow fittings ... actually, this should up near AliExpress ... because that is where I picked up most of my fittings. That and from Joe at ModMyMods.
 

Edited by ruffhi - 8/25/16 at 4:40am
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Question #1 ... in my CaseLabs S5 Pedestal order ... should I select black or white 120.3 radiator mounts?

Note that ...
  • my radiators are white with white fins
  • the inside of the pedestal will be white
  • the outside of the pedestal will be black
  • the flex-bay thingo (probably a 120.1 fan holder) will be white
  • the back of the pedestal will be black
  • the Cryorig QF120 Balance fans (on the radiators ... all 12 of them smile.gif) are black with white blades
    I will be removing the cryorig stickers as they are never centered enough and will give me a head ache.

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Edit: Answer: WHITE. Even though the only feedback I got was BLACK smile.gif, I decided while walking my dog to go with WHITE. I feel that this will give a cleaner, less cluttered look to the interior of the pedestal. Not that I expect to be looking in there much ... but at least I will know it is less cluttered.

BTW - have I mentioned that everyone should get a dog and when you have something to ponder, think on, etc ... take said dog for a walk. It is a great 30 minutes of uninterupted thinking time. Well, except for the occasional poo patrol biggrin.gif.

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Edited by ruffhi - 2/11/16 at 7:43am
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I'd say black on the rad mounts - it's going to be another line sandwiched in the middle...
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