Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Builds & Case Mods › Case Mods › Case Mod Work Logs › [Build Log] Case Labs SM8 / X99 / SLI 980Ti - New Blue
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

[Build Log] Case Labs SM8 / X99 / SLI 980Ti - New Blue

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I thought I'd make a build log to track my progress of moving my system from an old Mountain Mods cube case into a Case Labs SM8. I've had this old Mountain Mods UFO since 2007, and it's survived multiple upgrades and rebuilds, but it's time for it to retire.

So here's the parts list. Most of these are old, but I've bought some new watercooling bits to make a few changes and upgrades during the move.

System Parts:

Motherboard: ASUS X-99 Pro 3.1
CPU: i7-5820k (running 4.5Ghz @ 1.3V right now)
RAM: Kingston 16GB DDR4 @ 3000
GPU: 2 x EVGA 980Ti HydroCopper
SSD: Samsung SM951 512GB + 840 EVO 500GB
PSU: EVGA P1000 w/ CableMod kit

Watercooling Parts:

HW Labs GTX360 360mm Radiator
Alphacool XT45 X-flow 360mm Radiator (new)
Monsoon MMRS 250mm D5 Pump/Res Combo (new)
EK X99 Monoblock (new) (replacing the Koolance 380i on the CPU now)
GPU blocks (factory installed EK versions by EVGA)
EK Vardar fans for one radiator (push/pull)
Corsair SP120 PWM fans for the other radiator (push/pull)
Monsoon Fittings (free-center compression and light-port pieces)

This will be using LRT's crystal tubing (3/4" OD 1/2" ID). I'm not quite ready to move to PETG yet. Maybe later this year if I get brave enough. I'm going to try out some Mayhems pastel coolant on this build, to see how it looks. I've been using colored tubing this last iteration of my build for the first time, and I think I like clear tubes/colored coolant a lot more.

Right now I have a 360 + 240 in the system. I was going to keep this config, but I decided to pick up the XT45 cross-flow version for the roof of this case, since it's going to make the tubing routing easier and remove one of the longest runs. From what I've read the cross-flow should give performance somewhere between a regular 240 and 360, so the performance should be the same.

I'm upgrading to the monoblock to keep the VRM temps down. Right now I have a small fan on them to keep the temps down to 50C or so. Without the fans, they get up to the 75-80C range when OC'd.

The work so far:

Here's my current build:




I have the new case in and built. It's a serious work of art, and far more solid than my old case. Only took about an hour or so to finish. Kind of dwarfs my old case.



I mounted one of the SMA8 reservoir plates to the mid-plate before I assembled the case. I plan on keeping this case a long time, and if I change configs in a year, I'd rather replace a $12 plate and 4 screws than a $50 mid-plate that requires complete disassembly of the case to replace.




I have the Monsoon MMRS reservoir and pump assembled and did the leak testing. Ran for 24 hours with no problems, so I think it's ready to go. This thing is VERY solid, BZ to Monsoon for this product. It looks amazing sitting on the counter, I can't wait to see it in the case.




And here's some of the fittings I'll be using:



I really like the look of these Monsoon fittings:






Now I just need to wait for the last part to arrive (the XT45), and then get to work. The challenge here will be the time. The wife has given me a 24 hour window of uninterrupted work. After that, I'll have to try to finish around her and and kids!
BigMac
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-5820k ASUS X99 Pro USB3.1 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-3000 Samsung SM951 Samsung EVO 840 Watercooled (360+240+MCP35x+EK Res + waterblocks) 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows10Pro Dell U3415W Dell U2715 Corsair K70 RGB 
PowerCaseMouse
EVGA 1000W P2 Mountain Mods U2-UFO Horizon Logitech 502 Gaming Mouse 
  hide details  
Reply
BigMac
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-5820k ASUS X99 Pro USB3.1 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-3000 Samsung SM951 Samsung EVO 840 Watercooled (360+240+MCP35x+EK Res + waterblocks) 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows10Pro Dell U3415W Dell U2715 Corsair K70 RGB 
PowerCaseMouse
EVGA 1000W P2 Mountain Mods U2-UFO Horizon Logitech 502 Gaming Mouse 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 
Finally got my day to get this done!

Step one, strip off the panels and start the breakdown of the old case. And dust everything.



Motherboard after cleaning and removing the old CPU block.



New radiator, cleaned up fans, and all the other parts ready to go.



EKWB X99 Monoblock Installed:



BP Crystal Links and SLI bridge:



GPU/CPU line and memory installed. The motherboard is ready to go! I really like these Monsoon fittings.





New Alphacool X-flow XT45 radiator with my old EK Vardar fans. I didn't know these were M3 threaded, so I'm short screws, since the radiator only came with 12. I put a few into each fan, and I ordered a box of 100, so once they arrive I'll get everything bolted down right.



Mounted the Corsair fans to the old 360, and got them both installed. Now it's time to measure and mark things up for the reservoir. Sadly the plate I wanted to use was just too short. It would have worked perfect with the 200mm tube, but the mounts are just too widely spaced on the 250mm tube I wanted, so I had to pull the plate. Maybe I'll find another use for it in the future.




New res mounted:





Time for the fun part. Installing all the fittings and tubing into this upper corner.





Now to get the motherboard tray installed and finish the tubing.



Filling up with distilled and a few drops of blue dye for a leak test: Took about 1.6L to fill it completely.








The fillport I put in the empty 120mm top hole made this super easy.




While the leak check was running, I soldered up the LED strips for the lighting. They're much more white than blue in person.





I let it run overnight, no leaks! Drained and swapped coolant with some Mayhems Ice White and blue dye. I love the way the color came out.














Taking pictures through the window is hard.







In the future, I plan on working on some better mounting for the LED strips. Something like some 45deg channel cut and painted black, with a frosted lens to diffuse the lights a bit. And probably a bit of cable straightening. My 24 pin ATX is EXACTLY long enough to reach with the PS flipped upside down. If I reverse it, it's too short. I may get an extension or a longer replacement and flip it over. Having it upside down under all that water makes me nervous for some reason.

Thanks again to all the other people here who posted way better logs and pictures than I. Your stuff is an inspiration!
BigMac
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-5820k ASUS X99 Pro USB3.1 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-3000 Samsung SM951 Samsung EVO 840 Watercooled (360+240+MCP35x+EK Res + waterblocks) 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows10Pro Dell U3415W Dell U2715 Corsair K70 RGB 
PowerCaseMouse
EVGA 1000W P2 Mountain Mods U2-UFO Horizon Logitech 502 Gaming Mouse 
  hide details  
Reply
BigMac
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-5820k ASUS X99 Pro USB3.1 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-3000 Samsung SM951 Samsung EVO 840 Watercooled (360+240+MCP35x+EK Res + waterblocks) 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows10Pro Dell U3415W Dell U2715 Corsair K70 RGB 
PowerCaseMouse
EVGA 1000W P2 Mountain Mods U2-UFO Horizon Logitech 502 Gaming Mouse 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 13
I love the look of that Monsoon reservoir. Everything looks coordinated, good job thumb.gif
 
Stormlight
(15 items)
 
 
CPUGraphicsRAMCooling
R7 1700 Sapphire Fury TriX Unlocked Ballistix Tactical DDR4 NH-C14S 
PowerCase
Seasonic Prime Titanium 750w Aerocool Dreambox 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
5820k X99 Pro USB 3.1 Sapphire RX 480 Nitro G.skill TridentZ 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 750 Lite On Slim Cryorig C1 Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Benq BL27 Corsair K90 Corsair HX850i Lian Li PC-O7S 
MouseAudioOther
Corsair M90 Sennheiser RS120 Nzxt Hue+ 
  hide details  
Reply
 
Stormlight
(15 items)
 
 
CPUGraphicsRAMCooling
R7 1700 Sapphire Fury TriX Unlocked Ballistix Tactical DDR4 NH-C14S 
PowerCase
Seasonic Prime Titanium 750w Aerocool Dreambox 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
5820k X99 Pro USB 3.1 Sapphire RX 480 Nitro G.skill TridentZ 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 750 Lite On Slim Cryorig C1 Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Benq BL27 Corsair K90 Corsair HX850i Lian Li PC-O7S 
MouseAudioOther
Corsair M90 Sennheiser RS120 Nzxt Hue+ 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks!

I think this is the first time I've had a build go so smoothly. Mainly because I had to wait almost 7 weeks for the case to arrive, so I had LOTS of time to think and plan everything out. The shortage of M3x30mm screws was the only real snag I ran into.
BigMac
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-5820k ASUS X99 Pro USB3.1 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-3000 Samsung SM951 Samsung EVO 840 Watercooled (360+240+MCP35x+EK Res + waterblocks) 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows10Pro Dell U3415W Dell U2715 Corsair K70 RGB 
PowerCaseMouse
EVGA 1000W P2 Mountain Mods U2-UFO Horizon Logitech 502 Gaming Mouse 
  hide details  
Reply
BigMac
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-5820k ASUS X99 Pro USB3.1 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-3000 Samsung SM951 Samsung EVO 840 Watercooled (360+240+MCP35x+EK Res + waterblocks) 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows10Pro Dell U3415W Dell U2715 Corsair K70 RGB 
PowerCaseMouse
EVGA 1000W P2 Mountain Mods U2-UFO Horizon Logitech 502 Gaming Mouse 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 13
That looks really nice. I love the colour scheme. I wish I had gone the Monsoon res way instead of Bitspower. It looks really snazzy.

Kinda envy you the only snag you had were the screws. I'm about half way through and ready to jump off a bridge.

Congrats on a beautiful rig.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I'm glad I went with the Monsoon stuff too. Never used them before this build, but I liked how it turned out. Very solid and heavy pieces of gear.

I got lucky on this one honestly. Most of my past builds have been stopped part way through because I was missing a fitting or something. Or I'd kludge something together to make it work, then have to re-do everything a week later when the parts arrived.
BigMac
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-5820k ASUS X99 Pro USB3.1 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-3000 Samsung SM951 Samsung EVO 840 Watercooled (360+240+MCP35x+EK Res + waterblocks) 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows10Pro Dell U3415W Dell U2715 Corsair K70 RGB 
PowerCaseMouse
EVGA 1000W P2 Mountain Mods U2-UFO Horizon Logitech 502 Gaming Mouse 
  hide details  
Reply
BigMac
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-5820k ASUS X99 Pro USB3.1 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-3000 Samsung SM951 Samsung EVO 840 Watercooled (360+240+MCP35x+EK Res + waterblocks) 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows10Pro Dell U3415W Dell U2715 Corsair K70 RGB 
PowerCaseMouse
EVGA 1000W P2 Mountain Mods U2-UFO Horizon Logitech 502 Gaming Mouse 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 13
Excellent build! Love the blue and black theme. I was thinking of getting the same xt45 rad for my all white SM8, now I see how it looks inside the case and love it. thumb.gif
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks! I'd seen one build with a 30mm cross-flow rad in the top, but hadn't seen this one either anywhere. It does fit pretty well. The rear fitting is a BIT challenging to get made up, but if you pull the power supply cover off it's much easier.
BigMac
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-5820k ASUS X99 Pro USB3.1 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-3000 Samsung SM951 Samsung EVO 840 Watercooled (360+240+MCP35x+EK Res + waterblocks) 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows10Pro Dell U3415W Dell U2715 Corsair K70 RGB 
PowerCaseMouse
EVGA 1000W P2 Mountain Mods U2-UFO Horizon Logitech 502 Gaming Mouse 
  hide details  
Reply
BigMac
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-5820k ASUS X99 Pro USB3.1 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-3000 Samsung SM951 Samsung EVO 840 Watercooled (360+240+MCP35x+EK Res + waterblocks) 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows10Pro Dell U3415W Dell U2715 Corsair K70 RGB 
PowerCaseMouse
EVGA 1000W P2 Mountain Mods U2-UFO Horizon Logitech 502 Gaming Mouse 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
I got some 45 deg corner mount LED channel material. Something like this:



They make it in black, and with a frosted lens. I figured this would spread out the light a bit more, and make the mounting more secure since just sticking these strips to the case isn't working well.

I got one strip cut and fitted. I wanted to see how it all looked, and I think it'll look nice when it's done:

Lights off:



Lights on:




Next step will be to do the other three strips. Then I need to sleeve the cables and connectors. I also picked up an Aquacomputer Farbwerk to power the set so I can set up some USB-based control rather than the existing buttons.
BigMac
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-5820k ASUS X99 Pro USB3.1 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-3000 Samsung SM951 Samsung EVO 840 Watercooled (360+240+MCP35x+EK Res + waterblocks) 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows10Pro Dell U3415W Dell U2715 Corsair K70 RGB 
PowerCaseMouse
EVGA 1000W P2 Mountain Mods U2-UFO Horizon Logitech 502 Gaming Mouse 
  hide details  
Reply
BigMac
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-5820k ASUS X99 Pro USB3.1 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-3000 Samsung SM951 Samsung EVO 840 Watercooled (360+240+MCP35x+EK Res + waterblocks) 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows10Pro Dell U3415W Dell U2715 Corsair K70 RGB 
PowerCaseMouse
EVGA 1000W P2 Mountain Mods U2-UFO Horizon Logitech 502 Gaming Mouse 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bandalo View Post

I got some 45 deg corner mount LED channel material. Something like this:



They make it in black, and with a frosted lens. I figured this would spread out the light a bit more, and make the mounting more secure since just sticking these strips to the case isn't working well.

I got one strip cut and fitted. I wanted to see how it all looked, and I think it'll look nice when it's done:

Lights off:



Lights on:




Next step will be to do the other three strips. Then I need to sleeve the cables and connectors. I also picked up an Aquacomputer Farbwerk to power the set so I can set up some USB-based control rather than the existing buttons.

Nice build.. will one dday do this case, when I finish doing current build and have waited long enough for boss to forget about the 1st buil dthat was done and only lasted 4 weeks before I got a new case! Where od you get the LED channel mount from?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Case Mod Work Logs
Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Builds & Case Mods › Case Mods › Case Mod Work Logs › [Build Log] Case Labs SM8 / X99 / SLI 980Ti - New Blue