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[Build Log] Yet another monochrome build

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Hello to all modders, builders and enthusiasts out there!

Now that my Parvum case story is done, many thanks to imersa and Mads1. I can finally start on a proper 1st post which is basically a build log.

I'd like to note that my last build was back in the days when instead of socket we used fashionable Slot 1s and measuring RAM in megabytes was a norm smile.gif So I took my time to figure out what I want to build, how I want it built and assemble a test rig to work on some skills that I would require to finish an originally planned project. (yes I had to cause' - why not?)

So let's dive into it:

[TEST RIG]

Intel Skylake I7 6700k
Asus Z170s Sabertooth
16 GB Hyper X Fury DDR4
Samsung 850 SSD
MSI 780Ti x2
EVGA 1200P PSU
Alphacool CPU block
Alphacool 45/360 rads x2
Swiftech GPU blocks x2
D4 pump
Monsoon fittings
Bitspower D4 pump top/w Res
Soft tubing/white
Corsair 780T- black, custom painted white interior.



So nothing special, just something to understand how water cooling works and further expand on the experience. So I had something like the image below going as a skill test for me:



Well yeah it's not something you'll display in an Art Gallery, but worked fine as a proof of concept for me.

So after hours and hours of thinking and planning as well as testing I worked the following plan out

[YET ANOTHER MONOCHROME BUILD]

Intel Skylake I7 6700k

Asus Z170s Sabertooth



Honestly it was no brainer for me as you know... monochrome biggrin.gif and on top of that I have some prejudice towards MSI so don't judge me too harsh.

32 GB Hyper X Fury DDR4 (8GB x4)

Here I ran into a bit of trouble, apparently there is NO Hyper X Fury DDR4 in white (at the time of the purchase - early spring) So I had to go out of my way and paint the hell outta it to create a kinda of a chess board feel around the RAM area (read as Black-White-Black-White)





Worked out to be fine, but not as refined as I would expect, however the roughness of the surface is almost unnoticeable unless you'd start taking macro pictures of it.

It hit me that even if I switch all of the previously purchased Noctua fans to something sexier - meaning white, it still won't change the fact that my Alphacool Rads are boring black, and don't really match the color scheme of the build as they make the whole composition WAY to heavy... So with no additional time wasting I've decided to what.... yes paint em' you guessed it white, unfortunately I don't have any pictures from back in June when I was doing it, but here is a final result:



at this point I've realised that the soft tubing is how should say it... not so elegant and decided to switch to hard tubing... choices were made there in regards to what tubing to use and based on the Jayz video (JayzTwoCetns) I've decided to go with Bitspower PETG 12mm OD (clear) don't judge me on the decision, I know a lot of people here prefer acrylic, however PETG is easier to work with and just... the choices were made lol.

This brings us to the passthroughs and fittings, I've decided to go with Darkside fittings, as they seem to get a fairly good feedback and do not cost as much as a couple of Bentley Continental GT headlights (exaggerating but still EK for instance are not cheap so are bitspower).

The choice of color for the fittings was obvious - white.

But I didn't stop there, I'll need to mod my case (will mention it further down the post) for the loop to be nice and slick, and make my life easier by using soft tubing in the basement part of the build, so to cut it short I had to get passthroughs, decided to go with EK the picture of the fittings and passthroughs below:



Here is some soft tubing for the Basement part too, I'll be reusing my monsoon fittings, so I'm golden there.



Moving on. Most of you know that Alphacool is known for making their CPU blocks bulky and pretty heavy, so I've decided switch my NoXxXx (notice the XXX doesn't seem so sexy to be honest lol) so I've decided to switch to EK Supremacy EVO just cause it performs fairly well and has an awesome design, went with black cause it matches.

Makes sense to note that I had to change my D4 TOP due to the fact, that the pump would be in the basement and the reservoir would be placed so I can show it off wink.gif Went with EK RES X3 250. Which you can see on the picture below alongside the CPU block:



Let's move on....

GPU, you probably realise that the TEST RIG had SLI 780 Tis in it... Well it was a test rig for a reason... So I've decided to go with 2 way 1080FE by EVGA (I generally like EVGA) Got them, however... let's be honest the prices did bite when they came out, so I ran a bit dry on cash and didn't buy a second water block YET, so for the time being I'll have one working for me and add the second one within next couple of months (when my wife decides that I've regained my sanity after this build haha)

Well here is another attempt on the PC parts porn:



Now for the hard drives, decided to keep it simple 1- Hyper Fury X SSD 128GB as a boot drive, and a couple of Samsung Drives 850 Pro and 850 Evo. (enough space for games and good Performance)



With that said... what makes a build clean - CABLES (and management lol) SO I've opted for extensions as it will allow me for extra length and therefore will give me a chance to manage the remaining length of the cables at the back to avoid the clutter so to match the color scheme I've decided to go with something interesting and no, not white or black but... check out the image below:



So yep something like that... tried it with the mobo, looks like a couple of Victoria's Secret models up on the stage (yet another weird metaphor)

Unfortunately SATA cables... let's say are boring:



Don't judge me too harsh on it either.

That brings us to the final and probably the one that I'm most proud of... the case... It's still on it's way to me along with some sexy fans but:

Parvum L1.0 White-Black



My god can't wait for it to arrive...

And finally the Fans, they are so good on the pictures that I might say that, I'm a big fan of those fans!

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), default quality

So here you go ladies and gentlemen my log. I'll be updating it the moment I'd start the assembly.

Apologize for the picture quality and the attempts at humor.

And once more big thanks to the forum members and parvum reps who helped me yesterday and today.

Regards,
Gee
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Using the same motherboard myself, looks really nice with the EK monoblock on it thumb.gif
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I like the motherboard and sleeving choice. Looks great!
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Have a dilemma here, I used to run distilled water however due to the tubes being clear i thought of going with a colored liquid, any advice on what to get and what to mix to get it to light/dark grey or should I stay on distilled water?
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