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[Build Log] Frosty The Snowman(Define R5, watercooled i5 4690k, gtx970)

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Welcome to my (probably) never ending story of Frosty The Snowman.
The idea was to go as much white as possible while beeing it a budget build as there is too many other, more important hobbies and expenses:)


Spec:

- Fractal Design Define R5 white windowed
- MSI Z87 MPOWER motherboard
- ASUS Z87 Gryphon armor edition
- Intel I5 4670k @ 4.4 GHz
- Intel i5 4690k @4.7 GHz
- HyperX Fury white 16(2x8) GB DDR3
- Palit GeForce GTX 970 reference @ 1279 MHz(1406 MHz boost), 3993 MHz memory
- EVGA 650W Gold
- Samsung 850 Evo 250 GB SSD
- WD 1 TB Black HDD

- Alphacool D5 solo pump+ EK XTOP REVO D5 plexi pump top
- XSPC D5 reservoir V3
- XSPC Photon 170 reservoir
- XSPC Raystorm CPU block(aluminium bracket, white face plate)
- XSPC gtx970 gpu waterblock+ EK GTX970 backplate
- XSPC EX240 white rad
- XSPC RX120 rad
- EKWB XT 240 rad
- Mayhems Havoc 360 rad
- Barrow fittings white
- Mayhems 10/16 clear flexible tubing
- Mayhems Pastel Ice White UV coolant
- XSPC temp sensor



Sorry for bad photos(and generally lack of them, i keep forgetting to snap some pics).








I've chosen MSI Z87 MPOWER mobo because of fairly easy way to change the colour, these are the only bits I had to paint, rest of the mobo is black(yellow leds and other onboard button leds can be switched off in BIOS).
Quite happy how it's turned out:




As mentioned earlier, trying to cut costs when possible so decided to pick some Barrow fittings(Bitspower copy apparently).










Went with white obviously. Really impressed with build quality of these, have some extensions, rotary 45 and 90 fittings and not a single problem or leak. Paint job is also very good. Good buy thumb.gif


Onto some testing(ugly tube routing as only temporary and on distilled water).




Passed 100%.



Ok, time for some more white and more parts. XSPC is gonna be the main theme here, really like the look of their products, quality seems ok too.





Tryna make it look as best as possible(my first ever custom loop so please forgive any mistakes)



Added white plexi floor plate to cover black PSU and some untidy cables.



Time for these babies:



turned out that I needed only about 950 ml for the loop so I've got one spare bottle for the future biggrin.gif



More leak testing...



again, success.






meanwhile, soldering some UV leds together





and some more pics as it is of today

Enermax's white leds on:





and UV only:






Raystorm



aluminium bracket painted white+white face plate


couple more shots of Barrow fittings






Enermax Clusters and memory sticks






stay tuned, still a LOT to do. Cable management is a mess, not been even touched yet, vga cables are gonna go through the floor panel, still have to find out satisfying way of doing it(possibly some white rubber grommets).

Thx for looking, any comments and suggestions are welcome
Edited by muzammil84 - 4/12/16 at 12:40pm
post #2 of 7
Definitely a lot of white in there. Looking good so far.
Hard to tell because photos tend to change up colors, but the UV's make it look almost turquoise. Is it still white or does it turn more turquoise in color?

What are your plans for that yellow styrofoam looking block?
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3x 640GB WD Black 2x Samsungs Windows 7 Home Premium 3x 21.5" ASUS, 1x 19" HP 
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i7 Rig
(13 items)
 
New Gaming
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 D0 @ 3.8GHz (watercooled) Evga x58 e758 (with Enzotech block) 2x EVGA GTX 275 1792mb 6GB Corsair Dominator (1600) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3x 640GB WD Black 2x Samsungs Windows 7 Home Premium 3x 21.5" ASUS, 1x 19" HP 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G19 Corsair HX1000 Cooler Master HAF 932 Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
Razer Goliathus Control 
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post #3 of 7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MrBalll View Post

Definitely a lot of white in there. Looking good so far.
Hard to tell because photos tend to change up colors, but the UV's make it look almost turquoise. Is it still white or does it turn more turquoise in color?

What are your plans for that yellow styrofoam looking block?

colour is pretty much like on photos(maybe a tad less vivid), but yes, it looks very light turquoise, don't know if it's how Mayhems pastel uv white looks like or is it my UV leds. Does look alright tho, glowing effect isn't too strong.
Foam was only temporary to hold the plexi floor and a pump on it. It's now replaced with some proper metal brackets
post #4 of 7
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update.

changes, here's a spy photo:



more soon
post #5 of 7
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some pics with Asus Gryphon on board. Painted termal armor white+ some other bits


















post #6 of 7
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update:

some changes are being made, currently collecting all the parts and loads of painting is happening smile.gif

Few photos of progress:













I am loving it, looks very clean.



also:








Edited by muzammil84 - 4/12/16 at 2:57pm
post #7 of 7
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So my first rigid tubing bending done. Takes a lot of practice, I wasn't able to bend them as I would like to and I am not very happy with the outcome so will need to change it.
I need to make another jig as I don't like the look of the bend( it's too soft and too round), also I want a longer reservoir( I like XSPC photon 170 a lot, it's nice and thick and it's made of glass but the acrylic shaft is not visible anyway with pastel white so I am gonna change to EK X res 3 250, it's thinner and longer so will see how it fits).

Making some acrylic covers for psu and back wall and custom side windowed panel, still a lot of work left. Ordered Mayhems blue dye as I was thinking of changing coolant colour to very light and bright blue as it's too white and monotonous. What do you think? should I?
couple of potato pics for now:




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