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Hello All,

Before I get into the specifics of my build, allow me to introduce myself. I already posted on the "Introduce Yourself" section but wanted to do so here as well. I have spent most of my time on this site lurking here in the Water Cooling forum, drooling over some of the most amazing builds I have ever seen. It wasn't until now that I had anything of interest to contribute so I never really got around to setting up an account. I just read posts and looked at pictures. So my background: I live in Southern California, and work for a technology firm where I do electronics work on aircraft. A large part of this job involves traveling to various locations doing field work for our customers. When I'm in the field, I have a lot of time on my hands. Our customers have their own techs that maintain the planes so because of this, there isn't much work to do unless there is a problem they can't solve. Consequently, I spend most of my time at work searching for the end of the internet. Why do I bring this up you may ask... Well, it's what brought me to the point I am at today. Just before I left for the job I'm currently on I got to try out my neighbors HTC Vive. In a matter of minutes I was hooked! Unfortunately, my current gaming rig is definitely not up to the task of handling VR (at least that's how I'm justifying this to myself). So basically, I Have been sitting here for about three months, with nothing better to do than look up computer parts and dream of playing with my new VR headset when I return home in August. This type of thing usually leads to poor life decisions, like spending way too much on a computer rather than investing it in ones 401k. I have built quite a few computers over the years but never a fully water cooled computer and never anything that was based heavily on aesthetics. So anyway, here is the line-up!

Components

Case:
Mercury S8 with S8S pedestal
Casters
Drop in Radiator mounts (2x120.3 for the pedestal and 1x140.2 for the flex bay)
Top window
Right Side Full Window
Left Side Half Window
Front Window
Stealth Drop In HDD/SSD Mount

Hardware:
MSI X99A GodLike Gaming Carbon LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA
Intel Core i7-6850K
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 Series 64GB (8 x 8GB)
CORSAIR AXi Series AX1500i Digital 1500W
SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB
SAMSUNG 850 PRO 2.5" 512GB SSD
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GTX 1080 SEA HAWK EK X

Cooling:
Bitspower MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING Nickel Plated Full-Cover Block (Clear)
GPU Block: TBD. More on this later...
2xBitspower Universal RAM Module Water Cooling Set For 4 Banks 4-DIMMs V2
2xAlphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper 360mm Radiators (120.3)
EK-CoolStream CE 280 Radiator (140.2)
Aquacomputer Aqualis XT 450ml Reservoir
9 x Fractal Design Venturi HP Series Black PWM 120mm Fans
2 x Fractal Design Venturi HP Series Black PWM 140mm Fans
2 x Aquacomputer D5 Pump Mechanics with USB and Aquabus Interface
Bitspower BP-2D5TOPAC-UVGN Dual D5 Mod Top (Acrylic Version) - UV Green
2 x Bitspower D5 / MCP655 Mod Kit V2 Matte Black
Alphacool HardTube 16/12mm Plexi (PMMA) Clear
Aquacomputer Aquaero 6 PRO USB Fan-Controller
Aquacomputer Flow Rate Sensor "High Flow USB"
4 x Phobya Temperature Sensor
Aquacomputer farbwerk USB, aquabus version
Matte Black Bitspower Fittings (not going to list them all, that's too much work)
Mayhems Pastel UV Green Concentrate

Plus, a whole lot of miscellaneous parts, splitters, hardware, LEDs, etc, etc... I have had a lot of time to think about this build and have some pretty cool ideas (I think) on how to make this computer really cool.

For cable sleeving, I have decided to go with 550 and 450 cord. I found some really nifty patterns on Amazon that I think will look pretty good.

As for the GPU, I'm almost set on going with two 1080s in SLI. Just not sure what brand to go with atm. Originally, I was going to go with the MSI Sea Hawk but something tells me it's going to be hard to get ahold of. I got an email from Newegg last night that said they had them in stock but in the time it took to pull up the page on my phone they were all sold out. Even though it will be a little more pricy, the reference, er I mean founders edition might be an option. I like the idea of it being Nvidea spec and not having to pay for a fancy cooler that I'm just going to pull off anyway... I have read some reviews where people were getting really impressive OC speeds on these cards with the stock cooler. The current plan is to wait until the end of July to see where the prices/inventory levels go. I also read today that both EK and Bitspower will be releasing new blocks or the 1080 GPUs towards the end of the month.

So other than the VC, I pulled the trigger on the rest of it today... My friend back home should be getting bombarded with UPS deliveries any day now. HAHA! Now I just need to get my A$$ back home so I can put it all together and barf all over my living room from my fancy new VR Headset!

If anyone has questions, comments or suggestions please don't hesitate. I would love to hear what others think about this setup. It's not too late to change anything... Thanks for reading! thumb.gif

***Update 8/5/2016 All parts have been ordered and delivered except the case. It's ordered, but not yet complete. I decided to go with the MSI 1080 Sea Hawk EK X for the GPU but have only been able to get my hands on one as of yet (I refuse to pay anything over MSRP for this). I will be home in about a month with two weeks off work to build it. Hopefully I can bang it out fairly quickly.
Edited by SloppyDingo - 8/5/16 at 7:22am
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Looks like a great build. I think i read somewhere that bitspower nickle plating has been having some issues. You might get some routing ideas from my MS8 build log, there is a link in my sig
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Originally Posted by apw63 View Post

Looks like a great build. I think i read somewhere that bitspower nickle plating has been having some issues. You might get some routing ideas from my MS8 build log, there is a link in my sig
Thanks! Can't wait to get back home and get started... Four weeks and counting. I'm curious where you read that Bitspower was having issues with their plating process. I tried searching here and on google but didn't come up with anything.
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I thought it was on this forum. but I can not find it either.
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One thing I made a mistake on with my pedestal planning...... I ordered 2X 480 rad mounts planning two rad intake setups in my pedestal. One problem you loose access from both sides of the pedestal and the top will be blocked by the floor of your S8.......So how to route the watercooling tubing into the pedestal becomes a challenge.
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One thing I made a mistake on with my pedestal planning...... I ordered 2X 480 rad mounts planning two rad intake setups in my pedestal. One problem you loose access from both sides of the pedestal and the top will be blocked by the floor of your S8.......So how to route the watercooling tubing into the pedestal becomes a challenge.

Yes, I thought about this... I plan on doing two things: First, I got four quick disconnects; two of which I'm going to use as bulkhead fittings going from the ped to the middle section, right hand side of the case (as you face the front of the case). From here, the "outflow" tubing from the pedestal will run to the water block on the Aquaero, then up through another bulkhead fitting to the 2x140 rad in the upper main section. The pressure side will run from the pumps, positioned in the left hand middle section, through a bulkhead fitting in the center divider (between the left and right middle sections) and into the other QD going to the radiators in the pedestal. Being that I don't plan on putting any fans in the front of the pedestal, I'm going to cut an opening that will allow me to access the internals of the pedestal without to much trouble. Should I ever need to separate the S8 and the Pedestal, I have the QDs there to easily disconnect the loop. All tubing in the Pedestal will be EK-Tube ZMT Rubber 19.4/12.5mm for ease of routing, maintenance etc... being that it won't be seen, the aesthetics don't really matter.

For the other two QDs, I'm going to drill two holes in the back of the pedestal and install them there with flexible tubing going from one, and back into the other. This will be installed in series between the two radiators in the pedestal. In the "patch" tubing, I will install a T-fitting with a ball valve which will be where I can drain the loop, back flush, or flush the loop. Also this will serve as a point for expansion as I have toyed with the idea of installing a external radiator in the future.

Hope this all makes sense. I'm working on a 3D mockup of my cooling loop to help visualize the setup. Hopefully I can get it posted today.

When you did yours, how did you end up overcoming this routing issue?
Edited by SloppyDingo - 7/10/16 at 2:04am
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Yes, I thought about this... I plan on doing two things: First, I got four quick disconnects; two of which I'm going to use as bulkhead fittings going from the ped to the middle section, right hand side of the case (as you face the front of the case). From here, the "outflow" tubing from the pedestal will run to the water block on the Aquaero, then up through another bulkhead fitting to the 2x140 rad in the upper main section. The pressure side will run from the pumps, positioned in the left hand middle section, through a bulkhead fitting in the center divider (between the left and right middle sections) and into the other QD going to the radiators in the pedestal. Being that I don't plan on putting any fans in the front of the pedestal, I'm going to cut an opening that will allow me to access the internals of the pedestal without to much trouble. Should I ever need to separate the S8 and the Pedestal, I have the QDs there to easily disconnect the loop. All tubing in the Pedestal will be EK-Tube ZMT Rubber 19.4/12.5mm for ease of routing, maintenance etc... being that it won't be seen, the aesthetics don't really matter.

For the other two QDs, I'm going to drill two holes in the back of the pedestal and install them there with flexible tubing going from one, and back into the other. This will be installed in series between the two radiators in the pedestal. In the "patch" tubing, I will install a T-fitting with a ball valve which will be where I can drain the loop, back flush, or flush the loop. Also this will serve as a point for expansion as I have toyed with the idea of installing a external radiator in the future.

Hope this all makes sense. I'm working on a 3D mockup of my cooling loop to help visualize the setup. Hopefully I can get it posted today.

When you did yours, how did you end up overcoming this routing issue?

You don't want to know!! biggrin.gif I ended up trying to get two Hardware Labs 560 SR's in my ped....... Well these rads are so huge that you have to put them in through the top opening of the pedestal, and they are setup as push pull. That left almost no room in the center to work, so I knew that plumbing the bottom with my TH10A on top left no room for error. I also have a second pump in serial in the ped as well. I have dual loops GPU and CPU. I tried working through the front opening of the ped, but just not enough room. After looking at the builds that inspired me to build my loop this way, Costas "DownUnder, Gab "Chessboard", and Snef "BloodyAngel". I realized all these had only one rad in the basement, and they worked from the back side of the loops.

So I went ahead an ordered another pedestal, and I have one 560 in each. biggrin.gif I have also used the ZMT for all parts of the loop that are hidden. That tubing is great!! Each loop was supposed to have one 560, but I ended up using only one for now, my other pedestal is still is not built, and my other 560 is all setup with fans and mount just sitting there lonely and unused. I ended up for now with my CPU loop having one 480 in the roof push, pull, and one side mount with a 360 in push. They are keeping a 5960K overclocked 4.5 at 1.2 volts around 2 to 3 degree delta water to air under load. I have the GPU loop with the 560 ped push pull, and a 480 in the roof front side of the TH10 in push pull. That keeps 2 980ti's on a slight overclock, and also around a 2 to 3 degree delta under load. My ambient room temp is around 23C.

Watercooling is a crazy obession!! thumb.gif
post #8 of 9
I did not use any QDC in my build. I felt for my build it was just as easy to drain the system. I would like to see the 3D model.
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So just a little update... All parts were ordered and delivered with the exception of the S8. It looks like CaseLabs is a bit backed up, which is OK being that I'm still stuck overseas for work. I was supposed to leave here today to return to a house full of goodies with two weeks off work to devote to the build but unfortunately, my replacement here had an accident and was unable to make it out. So it looks like I won't be starting this build for another month mad.gif

On another topic, I decided on the MSI GTX 1080 Sea Hawk EK X which I ordered and has been delivered... I happened to look at NewEggs website and they had some in stock for MSRP so I jumped on it. I still haven't decided on if I want to SLI two of these cards or not... but the OCD side of me is leaning towards yes, that is if anyone decided to stock them again.
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