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Thanks for the interest!
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Update #1

The first pieces of the new build have arrived. I've also settled on my short list of mods and how I'm going to route the tubing and wiring. Things will be very tight, but it's manageable. For the top cutout, I've decided to mount the radiator on the underside of the roof bracket with the fans mounted on top of the bracket. The Monsoon MMRS res will then be mounted horizontally on top of the fans.



The tubing will come up from the inside and attach to the middle of the res instead of the ends of the res like a typical setup is done. I'll be cutting a hole in the top skin of the case to allow for it to still be removed when needed and not interfere with the res and tubing. The overall effect should look pretty cool.

This week, the new CPU water block and the sleeved cable extensions I ordered came in. The shipping box for the EK waterblock was completely mangled, as was the packaging inside the outer carton as well. The block itself was still in good shape though so I shouldn't have any issues.





I really like the copper finish. One of these days I'll have to do an all copper steam punk build. Maybe for the next build . . .

I went with sleeved extensions this time because the PSU and most of the cabling are going to be completely out of sight. In my Fire and Ice build, I did all custom length wiring and sleeving that took ages to complete. I wanted to skip the hassle this time. These were ordered from EnSourced http://www.ensourced.net/ I was able to choose the exact pin count, sleeve color, and pattern. For what little wiring will be showing in this build, these will do nicely. The only thing I would have changed would have been to add some white, but I ordered these before deciding to add the white accent to the build. Oh well.






I've ordered all the other bits and bobs that I'll be putting in the new build. I'll post more pics when they arrive, as well as pics of the process of building the monsoon mmrs res. My goal is to have as many of the pieces in hand before the case arrives so hopefully I can do the full build in a single weekend - less downtime of my primary rig that way.

Until next time . . .

~Bear
Edited by Bear907 - 5/29/16 at 1:09pm
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oh nice choice on the block!
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That block looks sweet!

I have the BH 7 on order, but I'm not sure how I want to cool it. Very interested to see what you do!
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Thanks, the EK blocks always look and perform really well. I've never been disappointed by their products. I've been trying to find an excuse to use more copper in my last few builds but it never seems to have a place. I've used probably 8-10 EK blocks over the years and almost always go Nickel plated. I wanted something a bit different for this build.

@Dalantech - The case is designed for an air cooler, and that would be your simplest way to go. But what fun is that?! Based on measurements, it's entirely doable to fit a full custom loop inside the BH7, but it leaves almost no room to actually view anything on the inside if you're using standard WC gear. I ran thru several ideas of different ways to mount the components in the case. Many of them could have worked, but half of your viewing window would be radiator and fans. Figure a typical rad is 60mm, 25mm fans, and compression fittings off the cpu block are about 30mm which totals out to about 105-115mm depending on size of fittings. Going off the measurement CaseLabs provided of 146mm max cooling tower height, that leaves you with roughly 30-40mm of space for tubing and seeing what's going on inside the case. So yeah . . . it's tight!

My first several plans were to put the pump in the bottom. There is room in the bottom compartment for a pump for sure. You could possibly even fit a tiny pump res combo (horizontal would give you more room but be a PITA to fill. I was then going to mount a small res on the front fan area, but it would have to be a small 50mm res or a custom job. The other downside that occurred to me in placing the pump in the lower compartment is I would be unable to drop the drives out from the bottom of the case as designed because the pump would be mounted on that plate and there wouldn't be enough tubing slack to drop the plate down. This would mean drive access, while usually a minimal need but still a need, would be difficult and would have to be done by removing the lower skin of the case. Doable, but clunky.

In the end I decided to just make some cuts, move some of the cooling components up and out of the way and do a pump/res combo on the very top of the build. This gives me more viewable space on the top compartment and still allows me to use the drive drop out plate as the case was designed. You'd have WAY more options for everything if you used a BH7 and a smaller matx or itx board. It would allow you space to mod a bit, and open up way more room to get everything inside. Think like having a 100mm -200mm vertical mount res going thru both compartments. I'm very curious to see how other modders/ WC'ers tackle this case. Forcing your will on a case to get it to do what it was usually not designed to do is part of the thrill of modding - at least for me.

Sorry for the wall o' text, but I hope it helps someone out there as to why I chose to go the way I did and maybe give them some help in their own build plans.

~Bear
Edited by Bear907 - 5/30/16 at 9:14am
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I still need to get a good look at the case. I like the fact that it is low profile -can't stand a monster PC case (truth be told neither can the Mrs wink.gif ) but the size is gonna present some challenges. Still wondering if there would be clearance for a radiator in the front panel. If so then that would definitely open up the top and allow for more visibility. Also seems to me that the case might benefit from a cross flow radiator at the front, if there's room.
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I still need to get a good look at the case. I like the fact that it is low profile -can't stand a monster PC case (truth be told neither can the Mrs wink.gif ) but the size is gonna present some challenges. Still wondering if there would be clearance for a radiator in the front panel. If so then that would definitely open up the top and allow for more visibility. Also seems to me that the case might benefit from a cross flow radiator at the front, if there's room.

Per CaseLabs, the max GPU length in the BH7 is 282mm. He confirmed this was when measuring with standard 25mm fans at the front. So that isn't much room to play with. You'd probably have to do a slim fans and a low profile radiator AND a short length card which will limit your upgrade options. If you're into modding the case a bit, it wouldn't take but a few minutes with a dremel tool to cut out the front panel a bit and mount your fans/rad on the front, but modding, and having things hanging out of the case isn't for everyone.
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