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Hey guys,
After debating between getting Ryzen and the SMA8, I picked the SMA8 because my 900D was pretty beat up, but I will upgrade to Ryzen later, or X299 when it comes out. In 2014, I decided to build a high end PC, with a custom loop being the main show off piece. I was going to go with the SMA8 but because of the mindblowing shipping costs I went with the 900D. I finished the build around the end of 2015 - with a FX 8350 and a 980 Ti, then started upgrading the parts and now I've got an i7 6700k and 2 GTX1080s. In the meantime, Caselabs opend up a store in Europe, bestcases.eu. I'm very lucky because it's based in Romania, which is where I live. I ordered the case at around 5 PM today and it will arrive tomorrow. I'm writing this at 11:54 PM. So I took out the parts from the 900D tonight and I'm getting ready to go to bed because tomorrow will be a big day. Nothing is gonna change in terms of the hardware, minus the RAM. I had 2 Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB kits, for a total of 32GB, but one of the sticks died so I ordered some Dominator Platinum, 2x16GB, also 32GB but with the upgradeability to 64GB without getting a X99 board, and it looks waaay better than the Vengeance kits. The speed and CL are the same (3000mhz, CL15).
Here is the partlist with the SMA8 and the new RAM.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($316.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($152.77 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force MP500 240GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($154.99 @ Corsair)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($97.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate SV35.5 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($660.31 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($660.31 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ B&H)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($17.88 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($17.88 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($17.88 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($17.88 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($19.89 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($19.89 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($19.89 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($19.89 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition 63.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($18.99 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition 63.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($18.99 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition 63.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($18.99 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition 63.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($18.99 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Acer XB280HK 28.0" 3840x2160 60Hz Monitor (Purchased For $699.99)
Mouse: Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse ($59.99 @ Best Buy)
Other: Alphacool Nexxxos 480 XT45 (Purchased For $108.78)
Other: EK D5 X-Top (Purchased For $131.10)
Other: ASUS ROG Whetstone Mouse Pad (Purchased For $48.08)
Other: Various fittings for soft tubing (Purchased For $40.00)
Other: 3 x Bitfenix Molex to 3x 12V Fan headers (Purchased For $120.00)
Other: EK Supremacy Evo Acetal + Nickel (Purchased For $77.00)
Other: Primochill 16/10 White Soft Tubing (Purchased For $30.00)
Other: EK Pastel White x3 (Purchased For $49.50)
Other: Pexon PCs custom cable set (Purchased For $69.50)
Other: Primochill 12 Pack 90CM Rigid PETG tubes and 12 Revolver fittings (Purchased For $87.95)
Other: Primochill Advanced LRT Black/White Tubing 16/10 (5/8") 1m x3 (Purchased For $34.45)
Other: Various Bitfenix sleeved cables (power button etc) (Purchased For $48.00)
Other: EVGA HB Bridge (Purchased For $39.99)
Other: EK FC 1080 GTX Acetal + Nickel x2 (Purchased For $234.00)
Other: EK FC 1080 GTX Backplate Black (Purchased For $46.00)
Other: EK Res X3 250 (X2) (Purchased For $140.00)
Other: Alphacool Monsta 560 (Purchased For $156.00)
Other: NZXT Hue+ (Purchased For $60.00)
Other: Caselabs Magnum SMA8 Gunmetal + rad mounts (Purchased For $885.00)
Total: $5890.59
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-02-21 16:58 EST-0500

In the 900D, I had a single loop but I will do dual loops in the SMA8. The second reservoir and pump arrived a few weeks ago, my main concern is having to swap my 560 Alphacool Monsta for something thinner because I won't be able to put the fittings under the floor without them touching the top of the rad. I plan to do the same loop order Jayztwocents did in Red Mist, except the tube that goes to the top rad will be on the back of the case instead of it coming to the front via a passthrough, becuase I didn't have enough fittings for that and getting another passthrough fitting will take around 2 weeks.

Here's how the 900D build looked like before I took everything out
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Can't wait to share SMA8 pics tomorrow!
Thanks for reading guys.
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Custom watercooling Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Edition x64 Acer XB280HK 4K G-Sync 1ms TN Cooler Master CMStorm Mech 
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CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Custom watercooling Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Edition x64 Acer XB280HK 4K G-Sync 1ms TN Cooler Master CMStorm Mech 
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OSMonitorKeyboardPower
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post #3 of 17
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Case arrived & build started. Hopefully I can finish it by the end of the week.



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CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Custom watercooling Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Edition x64 Acer XB280HK 4K G-Sync 1ms TN Cooler Master CMStorm Mech 
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CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Custom watercooling Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Edition x64 Acer XB280HK 4K G-Sync 1ms TN Cooler Master CMStorm Mech 
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post #4 of 17
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Got the top rad in and flipped the CPU block so that the bend is easier to make. Sadly, the 560 Monsta was too thick and I couldn't drill the holes so I ordered an XT45. Will be here next week I hope.
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Custom watercooling Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Edition x64 Acer XB280HK 4K G-Sync 1ms TN Cooler Master CMStorm Mech 
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Custom watercooling Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Edition x64 Acer XB280HK 4K G-Sync 1ms TN Cooler Master CMStorm Mech 
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post #5 of 17
That sucks about the monsta but the thinner rad will work out good. The SMA8 is a great case.
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post #7 of 17
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@kgtuning Indeed, my favorite case on the market.
@Barefooter Thanks man.
This is what I did so far today. Might have to clean the right res, it's the one that came from the 900D so it's a bit dirty.
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Custom watercooling Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Edition x64 Acer XB280HK 4K G-Sync 1ms TN Cooler Master CMStorm Mech 
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CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Custom watercooling Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Edition x64 Acer XB280HK 4K G-Sync 1ms TN Cooler Master CMStorm Mech 
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post #8 of 17
Definitely looking good so far.. wish I had bought mine with the solid midplate.
post #9 of 17
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I spent a lot of time on this simple bend but I'm not 100% happy with it. Should I change it?
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Intel Core i7 6700k Asus Z170-A NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 Foudners Edition  NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition 
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Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB 3000MHz 2X16GB ... Seagate SV35.5 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache Samsung 850 Evo 250GB Corsair Force MP500 240GB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Custom watercooling Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Edition x64 Acer XB280HK 4K G-Sync 1ms TN Cooler Master CMStorm Mech 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair RM850i Caselabs SMA8 Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum HyperX 
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Intel Core i7 6700k Asus Z170-A NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 Foudners Edition  NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB 3000MHz 2X16GB ... Seagate SV35.5 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache Samsung 850 Evo 250GB Corsair Force MP500 240GB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Custom watercooling Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Edition x64 Acer XB280HK 4K G-Sync 1ms TN Cooler Master CMStorm Mech 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair RM850i Caselabs SMA8 Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum HyperX 
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post #10 of 17
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The bend from the CPU to the res didn't work out and I ordered more tubing as I ran out of it. If you look closely you can see it has a small kink in it. Here's the progress so far, will do some wireing durint the weekend.
My upgraded build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7 6700k Asus Z170-A NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 Foudners Edition  NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB 3000MHz 2X16GB ... Seagate SV35.5 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache Samsung 850 Evo 250GB Corsair Force MP500 240GB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Custom watercooling Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Edition x64 Acer XB280HK 4K G-Sync 1ms TN Cooler Master CMStorm Mech 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair RM850i Caselabs SMA8 Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum HyperX 
Audio
Onboard 
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My upgraded build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7 6700k Asus Z170-A NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 Foudners Edition  NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB 3000MHz 2X16GB ... Seagate SV35.5 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache Samsung 850 Evo 250GB Corsair Force MP500 240GB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Custom watercooling Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Edition x64 Acer XB280HK 4K G-Sync 1ms TN Cooler Master CMStorm Mech 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair RM850i Caselabs SMA8 Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum HyperX 
Audio
Onboard 
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