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Last night i finished up my first acrylic bends. I added watercooling to the vrm via the built in "EK" (more on this later) heatsink and to the ram with an ek monarch x4 waterblock. My first experience with bending acrylic was humbling to say the least. It took me roughly 6 hours and 2000mm of tube to complete the three sections of tube that needed to be bent. Most of that time was spent on the vrm to cpu bend and the cpu to ram block bend. I am not satisfied with any of the bends and they will all have to be redone.

The reason i call this a humbling experience is i got a crash course in what a huge pain in the ass it is to bend tube by hand. The vrm and ram tube sections are very short. So short that the monsoon mandrel kit i bought won't work because the mandrels are too large. I could only use them to do a single bend, not both. This left me have to hold the first section that was bent in place while i try to use a mandrel to bend the other side. That did not work well at all and required a ton of attempts. In the end i finally gave up and just let them look like crap to get it over with. Even the simple 90 coming off the ram block to the front rad is a little off. I somehow managed to bend it at slightly more than a 90 degree angle.

I will have to research a better solution on doing very close together tight bends when i tear this thing apart in a few weeks. Otherwise i may just order some 90 degree fittings for that area and call it a day. I may end up using 90 degree fittings on a lot of the components throughout the build for the sake of simplicity. My tubing runs throughout all involve bending on 3 plains or a Z axis. Trying to get perfection out of a piece of tube that is going to require upwards of 4 bends through a 500mm+ run will be difficult to say the least. Much respect to the people who have the patience and skill to pull off builds of that quality. I'm sure i'll get there, i just need a whole lot of practice.

Now on to the important stuff, pics!
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My awesome ram cooling solution, point two 120mm case fans at the dimms. This is why i am watercooling the ram ahead of schedule.


Unboxing the EK Monarch x4 water block. More thermal pads whyyyyyyyyyy


The block, isn't it beautiful


When i installed the EK monarch ram heatspreaders i eyeballed their alignment instead of measuring. My eyesight up close has gone to crap ever since i hit my 30s so they're all slightly different.


Test fitting the EK ram block. Fits perfectly. Fortunately EK allows for a little wiggle room with the screw placements. I love properly engineered components.


Fortunately the instruction say i can use thermal paste, not thermal pads on the heatspreaders. I went a little thicker with the gelid extreme than i normally would to account for some variance in the block heights.


Can't see too much tim spillage over the side, looks good to me.


Block installed, time for draining.


Lower rad pulled and draining has begun. Draining the s8 is a total pain due to its layout. One drain at the lowest point does not work like it does in most systems. I have a better draining solution that involve several more valves that will be installed in a few weeks.


System drained, cpu block out.


Cpu block back in, fittings installed


Clearance is very close on the vrm block with the fittings i'm using, especially the bitspower one near the i/o. I don't think a 16mm od fitting would fit in that space. I also discovered that the built in "EK" heatsink is really just an asus design with a piece of EK copper. The threads for the vrm block are made of plastic and the entire housing where the coolant is flowing through is also made of plastic. The EK copper piece along the bottom is the only piece of metal. This plastic design will probably fatigue over time and the threads for the fittings will likely strip out and leak if you tear down and rebuild your system as often as i do. Very cheap design imo.



Tubing is done and installed. I forgot to take pics of the process. Got too occupied and frustrated with having to hand bend tubing at the time. The cpu to ram bends are the worst, the cpu to vrm is a bit better but nowhere near perfect, the ram to front rad isn't quite a 90 degree bend. All will need to be redone.




Time to leak test


System filled and running


Aftermath of failed bends


Leak testing finished, everything is good to go.


Ram temps now run within 4-5C of water temps. Temps are pretty much identical to pointing two 120mm case fans directly at the ram. I can now fold and game with my overclocks where i want them with a quiet pump and fan profile.

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Did some maintenance to the layout of this thread today to make it more friendly for viewing. I've added an index in the second post for easier navigation and put all pictures behind spoilers to also make navigation easier, especially for those on low res monitors. This is going to be a very pic heavy thread.

I've also added a little bit to the future plans section including what i'll be doing later in the spring and early summer. Also added some new pieces i've purchased to the parts list.

I'll be making a small update later today/tonight with some new stuff that showed up and some things i've been working on.
    
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After 3 months of waiting and collecting parts this build is finally ready to move forward. My 6 weeks post op meeting with the neurosurgeon went well and all restrictions with movement and picking up heavy objects have been lifted. This of course with the caveat that i take it easy over the next 6 weeks. That being said tear down begins tomorrow. I will be working on the build around 3-4 hours a day as i do not want to overdo things right now. Normally i would work around the clock for 3-4 days to finish it as fast as possible. I plan to update this thread pretty much daily until its all put back together.

I have a few final pics before the build begins of some parts that came in over the last week as well as some small projects i've been working on.
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I ordered some barrow fittings from an ebay seller. I wanted fittings that matched the bitspower ones i already have without the gold dragon emblems. Hope this doesn't turn into a you get what you pay for issue down the road. The reason for all these barrow fittings is because of the difficulty i had with getting proper bends done in a short section of tubing for the cpu/vrms/ram the other week. I need to build a jig for getting the bends exactly how i want them and i am limited to hand tools and a drill for awhile longer. My tools are all in storage until the end of summer. Redoing the hardline tube will make for a good fall project later this year.


I wired up the cheap white led strip on bought on ebay. Originally i made it look real pretty with soldered connections, sleeve, and heatshrink. It didn't work so tore the whole thing apart wondering what the hell i did wrong. The led strips come with pre soldered connections on either end. After tearing apart my own wiring i realized they reversed the polarity. They put the black wire on the positive terminal and the red wire on the negative. Was pissed off at this point so i just made a quick and dirty wiring harness cutting up random molex connectors i'm no longer using. I'll revisit this when i sleeve the ps and make it pretty. Important thing is it works and looks awesome.


I also gathered up all the blue corsair fan rings this weekend.


And prepped them for paint by sanding them.


Went with the krylon paint. Should have flex additive in it since it works with plastic.


What might this be?


Oh yeah its that 6700k i ordered, but i already have one...


This one is a SL delidded 4.8ghz binned chip. $500 for +.1ghz is a good deal right?????????



My last order from ppcs showed up. Blue mayhems dye, ek zmt tube for side rad chamber, some random bitspower and ek fittings along with a longer bending silicone piece for long runs.


Everything that will be going into the build this week laid out on a table in my room. I'll be working out of a bedroom still because i cannot lift the case and haul it out into the garage to build it.





Painted the fan rings tonight. I have enough paint left for one more light coat but it absolutely killed my back doing 2 coats already. Not sure about the color, will have to see it installed first. Might have to get a custom can made.
    
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Started teardown tonight, didn't get too far into it. Got the system drained, rads drained, rads out, and most of the wiring out. I'll finish it up tomorrow and break down the blocks for cleaning and flush the rads.
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I'm pretty happy with the way the paint turned out as far as the color goes, pic does make it look a bit lighter and flatter than it really is. However, it currently lacks much gloss and the finish is a little rough. Needs wet sanding. Attempted wet sanding with 1500 grit and went right through the paint. Probably didn't allow it to dry long enough, only 12 hours. I hit the rings with another 2 coats of paint and i'm giving them a few days to dry out this time. Then i'll sand and hit them with a clear coat. Should look really nice i when finished.


One last look before i tear it apart


This is what mayhems pastel white does to primochill advanced lrt tube in a matter of weeks


This is what the pastel white does to the tube after a couple months. Turns it a nasty shade of yellow and it definitely shows with the system filled. Nasty.


Stopping point for tonight
    
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Got a good bit accomplished today along with a nasty surprise. Probably worked longer than i should have today but i can't wait to get this thing up and running again.
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Start off the day with a cup of coffee and some OCN


Lots of hardware piling up, time to label it and put into baggies


Mobo is out, time to take the blocks off



Old soft tube ek fittings are piling up


Blocks are all off the mobo


No matter how hard i try i cannot get my water loop 100% clean. Always a little debris in the cpu block and a piece of plastic on the jet plate. No idea where that plastic came from.


Here is the nasty surprise. My EK supremacy evo block cover has shattered from within. The cracks are deep inside the plexi, not on the surface. Don't have a clue as to how it happened. Obvious answer is i overtightened but i never go past finger tight. Maybe i've got superhuman finger strength. Gonna email EK about it and see what they say. Pretty bummed about this. Whether ek replaces the cover or i have to buy a different block, its gotta be replaced. I only see this spreading and eventually leaking.


Washing blocks and acrylic parts


And just to spite me after discovering my cpu block is trashed, my ek anti cyclone logo res piece sliced my thumb open.


Now i have to wear a stupid band aid the rest of the day because it wouldn't stop bleeding.


Bought some metal polish to shine up the pumps. They were dirty and dull when i got them, 10 minutes of elbow grease later and they're nice and shiny. This will look really good if i ever get around to polishing all the acrylic. Pics don't really show the difference, buts its very noticeable in person. All about the details.





Time to take the gpu blocks apart.


More thermal pads, i hate them so very much.


I put one of the blocks back together without the jetplate. doh.gif I think i need a break.


Blocks are finished, looking brand new again.


Swapped out the stock 6700k for the SL binned/delidded one. You can see my amazing TIM application skills here.


Blocks back on the cpu and ram.


Time to call it a night


Tomorrow i'll be cleaning out the rads and getting them mounted back in the case. Might even start drilling holes in things. Should be bending tube by the weekend.

Edited by Edge0fsanity - 3/16/16 at 8:22pm
    
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Not a whole lot going on today, mostly maintenance type stuff. Waiting for the clear coat to dry on the fan rings, can't go any further without the fans now. It should all start coming together a bit more tomorrow.
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Spent the morning cleaning rads and got temp sensors installed on the EK ones. The triple st30 will get a temp sensor too on its outlet using a T fitting. Will be taking water temps at 5 different points in the loop.


Pile of stuff to sell is growing. Will use the money from it to buy wire, connectors, terminals, sleeve, heatshrink, and crimping/sleeving tools next month.


Paint is finally dry on the fan rings. Still very soft though, had to be careful while wetsanding today.


Had to make a mock up of the front rad in push/pull


Got the lower pump, res, and front rad in place. I won't be able to run rigid tubing down there due to the lack of space and positioning of the res and pump. Will be using EK zmt instead going from res to pump, then from pump to side chamber rad. Connection on the top of the res didn't work out like i had hoped either. Have to use a top port with 90 degree fittings, was hoping to use the side ports. The middle 90 degree fitting will be replaced with an acrylic piece, this is just a mock up.


New PSU showed up. My current 1000w G2 is pretty close to maxed. I'm pulling ~950w from the wall on average while gaming with peaks hitting 1000w. With the addition of more fans plus the binned/delidded cpu i bought i'm running out of psu. Going to be doing some sub ambient benching and i'd rather be safe and have a couple hundred watts of breathing room.


850 evo storage drives in their new home, used double sided foam sticky tape. Hope that holds up, too lazy to drill holes and install it properly.


Waiting on clear coat to dry, so boring.
    
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Started putting stuff back together today. Ready to start bending tube tomorrow.
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Clear coat on the fan rings still wasn't dry so i started the tube for the gpus and cpu



Bending setup in the kitchen


Test fitting new extended top with ek rads


Rest of the fans installed on upper rads along with fittings and drain valves


After test fitting with the BP fittings installed i found the rear plug on the Q rotary fitting was pushing on both exhaust fans. I swapped it out for one of the ugly ek nickel ones. It cleared the rear exhaust fan but not the front.


I flipped the front fan to intake and now the rear plug just barely touches the rear fan motor cover. Should work fine now.


I spent most of the day staring at this view trying to figure out how i'm going to run all the tube around the second pump near the gpus. I decided to keep the 120mm st30 rad in the front which significantly complicates that whole area. Tried mounting the pump in every orientation i could using a fan bracket as well. In the end i decided to stick with my original plan which is what you see in the pic. Its either going to look awesome when i'm done or way too busy.

Also test fitting the st30 rad with the old black nickel fittings. Temp sensor rubs on the fan, gonna have to go without it. I guess 4 water temp sensors is enough instead of 5. rolleyes.gif


Fan wiring for now, messy but completely hidden with the top cover. Only two cables run to the aquaero now for 12 fans. Previously each fan had an extension and ran to a series of splitters coming off the rear of the aquaero. Fan wire spaghetti is officially gone. I want to sleeve and solder fan wires into a single cable down the road for a much cleaner look.


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Didn't get as much accomplished today as i would have liked. Spent the morning driving around to get drill bits then ended up spending way more time than i expected on wiring and test fitting things.
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Realized i didn't have the correct size drill bit for the pass through on the midplate which meant driving to the local hardware store to get one. This is the first time i've seen the sun out since last weekend. Snowed all week and we got 3+ feet after a mostly dry feb and first half of march. My 4runner was left outside the whole time while i was painting the fan rings. Need to knock all that snow off of it before i put it back in the garage.


Local hardware store didn't have what i needed so i had to drive 30 mins out of the way to lowes.


Pic of the mountains from the top of my driveway. Its really pretty when it snows a lot here, shame all the wind already knocked most of the snow off the trees.


And what i bought from lowes. $70 worth of drill bits i didn't need. Needed one bit, walked out with 3. I do this every time i step foot into the tools section of a hardware store. I buy random stuff to add to the collection. Can't help myself.


I made a mess.


After sleeping on it i decided to do away with the 120 st30 rad. It was going to make the area around the pump way too busy with tubing and provides very little benefit in cooling.



Ended up spending a lot of the day on wiring, cable management and test fitting things.


Got the res tubes done. I'm tired and my back hurts, i need a day off.

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