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looks great, love the heatshrinkless look of the paracord

Agreed! There seem to be a wider range of colors to choose from as well, but the main thing I like is how pliable the cables are. With other sleeving I have used, things get a bit stiff once applied.
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Paracord is great. I've used it in a number of builds and always been happy with it. I havent tried doing it heatshrinkless though. I'll have to see about that. The build is coming together very nice.

Its really easy. Lutro has some great YouTube videos that show how to do it. With heatshrink there is a chance the sleeving can slip out, but haven't seen that happen once with paracord when using this method. Locked down tight!
    
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I am happy to report that the PCIe riser cable I purchased works perfectly! No more boot errors, benchmarks work, and I can even OC without issues.



Here is the Amazon link if anyone with the Core P5 Case would like to give it a go. It seems a lot higher quality than the one provided by Thermaltake, and is shielded well. The only problem is that one of the screw holes doesn't line up exactly with the P5 case mount. I ended up using the screw on the side with the PCIe latch, and a zip tie on the other. Not ideal, but it works, and doesn't wiggle.



One thing I made sure to do this time is not have any drastic bends, and to not bend anything near the connectors. Used a can of Pledge Spray as my guide for nice rounded bends.



Now that I am back to having a 100% working system, I can work on getting this build finished up! Time for some leak testing.
    
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Project Open Core: Initial Fill and Leak Testing

Now that the tubing and cables are done, time to fill this thing up with fluid. Before I did an entire system fill, there were 2 things I needed to do.

Needed to flush the radiator of any particulates. I have heard in a lot of reviews that radiators can have all kinds of metal shards inside time left over from the manufacturing process. I detached the radiator from the rest of the loop, and flushed it with distilled water. Pleased to find very little in they way of particulates, so drained it and reattached the tubing.
Then had to decide on what color of LED I wanted to use in the Res, being that is was one of the few lights in the system that wasn’t RGB. I filled it up a little over halfway, added a bit of Blue Dye, and first tried the White LED, which is the photo on the left. It looked good, but wanted to try blue as well.

At first I was worried that the blue would look purple and not match the rest of my system (kinda like it does in the picture on the right). But in real life, it is the perfect color blue, and seems to light up the entire Res a bit better than the white one, so going to stick with the blue LED for now. Its an easy change if I decide to go with the white sometime in the future.



After deciding on the LED color, I drained the Res, connected the tubing to the rest of the system, and began filling with distilled water for the first official “Leak Test”. Quick note of filling a system with this XSPC Photon Res… you will need a book, which you can see in the bottom right of my photo below. The case/res has to be tilted at an angle during the fill process, or the opening will keep backing up with air bubbles. The first 5 minutes of the fill process were very frustrating until I figured this out. After sliding a good size book under the right leg of the case, filing became very easy.

Was able to fill the whole system in a just a few minutes, alternating between running the pump and tilting the case to release air bubbles. It looks like it is going to take around 1.4 liters to completely fill the system loop and res. I then ran it for a few hours, and didn't find a single drop of water outside of the loop. Leak test completed successfully.



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really coming together now! thumb.gif
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really coming together now! thumb.gif

Thanks! I just finished shooting the video of me adding the Blue Pastel liquid. Looks great. Pics and Video to come soon!
    
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Project Open Core: Benchmarks & Temps

I am putting together a neat little video of the filling process and adding the Mayhem Blue Pastel dye to the system. While working on that, I had a chance to play with a bit more Overclocking, and wanted to share those specs along with some Benchmarks and Temperatures.

Overclocking was pretty easy on this system. I was able to hit 4.8GHz on the 6700K fairly easily using a core voltage of 1.375, and temps never got above 58C during stress testing. I tried for 5.0GHz, but no matter how much voltage I threw at it, couldn’t get stable enough to run benchmarks, so stayed with 4.8GHz, which really isn’t that bad with the temps I am seeing.

With the GPU the highest I was able to get and be 100% stable on the EVGA GTX 1080 SC, was a core clock of 2151MHz and Memory at 5500MHz. That’s not overly impressive compared to other GPUs in the past, but apparently the Pascal series cards already come out towards the peak of their frequency threshold. Even then, a 24% core clock increase over reference 1080 cards isn’t too shabby, especially being that my GPU temps have yet to rise above 40C.



Once I had the CPU and GPU OC’d, it was time to throw some benchmarks and games at it.

Unigine Valley Benchmark 1.0
Setting: Exreme HD
FPS: 120.4
Score: 5038



Unigine Haven Benchmark 4.0
Setting: Extreme
FPS: 101.8
Score: 2563



Ashes of the Singularity
Setting: Crazy, DX11
Average FPS: 65.5



Shadow of Mordor
Setting: Ultra
Average FPS: 174.45



3DMark FireStrike 1.1
Score: 19499
Compare: Better than 982% of all results



3DMark FireStrike Extreme 1.1
Score: 10735
Compare: Better than 92% of all results



3DMark FireStrike Ultra 1.1
Score: 5807
Compare: Better than 78% of all results



3DMark Sky Diver 1.0
Score: 42539
Compare: Better than 99% of all results



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The build looks amazing! Idk if this would have the same problem but instead of el wire they also have el tape which may have a more consistent glow as opposed to the leds.


https://www.amazon.com/Lychee-Glowing-Strobing-Electroluminescent-Robbin/dp/B008GXRL1O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467117147&sr=8-1&keywords=el+tape

Don't know about the whine issue though.
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Thanks!
The issue doesn't seem to be with the EL wire specifically, but more the transformer that powers it. That is where the electrical whine originates. If the EL Tape uses a different type of transformer, maybe the whine isn't an issue!
    
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Project Open Core: Mayhem Blue Pastel Concentrate

Sneak peak at the completed build. Will have the "Final" pictures up within the next day or so. Until then, put together a little video showing the process of adding the Mayhem Blue Pastel concentrate to the hardline tubing loop.

Project Open Core - Adding Fluid to Core P5 Hardline Tubing Loop
    
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Project Open Core: Final Build Pics

This build is DONE!! That doesn't mean I won't make any changes, as I am a constantly tinkering with things, but the core system is ready to go. I still need to moidfy a few things at my desk and route cables before I move it over, but still calling the project done at this point.

Not really any reason to describe each picture, so just going to post a bunch of them from different angles.

























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