Stage 3 - Water Cooling
So, I've been promising pics from the end of the build and just got around to them, sorry
I cleaned the rads out with Mayhems Part 1 and, with the exception of being a bit blue (the color of oxidized copper), both came out super clean with no little bits to be found. Way to go XSPC and Hardware Labs!
To my surprise, the middle bar where the glass panel rests can be easily removed for better access when installing a radiator. The constant removing of the glass panel takes its toll on the paint, but luckily this is a part of the case that's not seen when everything is put together.
The XSPC RX480 V3 + Silent Wings 3 + Phanteks Halos = 87mm. Lian-Li's specs of 90mm for rads is pretty spot on.
XSPC Razor RGB Block
Got some Cablemod combs for my EVGA wires. EVGA oddly has 26 wires for their 24 pin connector which is why you see lots of crossover.
Decided on an XSPC Reservoir. Had some issues with FrozenQ. As a product and as a company. The XSPC is nicely built. Eventhough this is a version 2, the fill port design will still make it slower to fill, but for the price, it was an ok tradeoff.
XSPC Raystorm NEO TR4 Block
AquaComputer High Flow Meter. Discovered the water flow header on my board isn't reading RPM from this, but it works in a regular fan header. Hoping it's just a bug in the beta BIOS I'm on as I really don't feel like taking this all apart to RMA it.
Nemesis 360 GTS at the top. I know it was asked why I decided for the GTS at the top instead of something thicker. While a thicker rad will technically fit, it will limit or cut off your access to the top passthroughs. I opted for a thinner rad because the 480 could already handle current components by itself and I wanted to be able to access everything easily.
Drain port on a rotary 90-degree fitting so I can move it down when I need it. Has a T-valve with a quick disconnect attached for easy access. Works really well. It's also why my rad is shifted right of center. This was probably the toughest thing to fit in the entire case.Edited by capitaltpt - 11/28/17 at 2:33pm