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I would go with the msi. I've tried asrock a few times and they were ok.

The pedestal bolts on to the chassis. so essentially it's like a chamber in a case like my sth10. You don't really need qdc's for this and remember qdc will add a bit of restriction to your loop.
Edited by wermad - 6/26/14 at 1:57pm
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I would go with the msi. I've tried asrock a few times and they were ok.

The pedestal bolts on to the chassis. so essentially it's like a chamber in a case like my sth10. You don't really need qdc's for this and remember qdc will add a bit of restriction to your loop.

I think I was leaning towards the all black MSI anyways. I kind of like the idea of an all black and chrome build. Maybe even use black coolant for good contrast when viewed through my nickel GPU block thumb.gif.

As for the pedestal, what you're saying is once you install it, it's now basically one solid frame for the entire case and there's no point in trying to disconnect the pedestal again?
Edited by PuffinMyLye - 6/26/14 at 3:12pm
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What without QDC's how would
I think I was leaning towards the all black MSI anyways. I kind of like the idea of an all black and chrome build. Maybe even use black coolant for good contrast when viewed through my nickel GPU block thumb.gif.

As for the pedestal, what you're saying is once you install it, it's now basically one solid frame for the entire case and there's no point in trying to disconnect the pedestal again?

Not really since you'll have to un-bolt it from the main chassis. they have to attach sturdy to the chassis since it becomes the base of the whole case now. Don't want anything wobbly and then things fall off.

I mainly use QDC's to drain my loop. If you drain your loop properly, you can easily undone some lines to break down the loop if you need to.
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I think I was leaning towards the all black MSI anyways. I kind of like the idea of an all black and chrome build. Maybe even use black coolant for good contrast when viewed through my nickel GPU block thumb.gif.

As for the pedestal, what you're saying is once you install it, it's now basically one solid frame for the entire case and there's no point in trying to disconnect the pedestal again?

The MSI board is really nice looking!!!

And if you want to see what black coolant looks in nickel-plexi blocks go check so pictures of my Hurrikaine build. I use Mayhems X1 Oil Black. wink.gif
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The MSI board is really nice looking!!!

And if you want to see what black coolant looks in nickel-plexi blocks go check so pictures of my Hurrikaine build. I use Mayhems X1 Oil Black. wink.gif

That's a sick build! Did the coolant stain your blocks? That's my only concern. Also the fact that the only area that would even show my coolant (EK full nickel CPU block, sleeving on tubing) is in my res and GPU block so I'm not sure it's worth it.
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That's a sick build! Did the coolant stain your blocks? That's my only concern. Also the fact that the only area that would even show my coolant (EK full nickel CPU block, sleeving on tubing) is in my res and GPU block so I'm not sure it's worth it.

Thanks!

I just finish the build so I can't say if it will stain or not....but I would be surprised.

And I think it would be worth it yes. The res and the gpu blocks are the very visible. Especially in an horizontal layout like the Mercury line
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Coolant will stick to your blocks, fittings, everything really but if you can open it up it can be cleaned with the wipe of a towel. Too bad MC doesn't have the MSI Z97I Gaming AC, it's the nicer version of that board and has the nasty matte black finish that the MPOWERs have, man that looks so sweet in person. The first time I pulled my Z77 MPOWER out of the anti-static bag I got a half chub for sure. thumb.gif


EDIT: They might have the same finish, looks like the Gaming has nicer sound and LAN, I can't get a comparison on VRMs though.
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Thanks!

I just finish the build so I can't say if it will stain or not....but I would be surprised.

And I think it would be worth it yes. The res and the gpu blocks are the very visible. Especially in an horizontal layout like the Mercury line

Black motherboard, black rads, black tube sleeving...Do you think chrome D5 pump cover, chrome compression fittings, and nickel blocks is enough chrome accent?

Maybe some Corsair Dominator RAM to go with the color scheme biggrin.gif.
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speaking of msi mobos, ive put the msi z97 xpower into my cart on newegg atleast a dozen times today, i must resist devils canyon, x99 needs to hurry up!
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Puff you need to throw some chrome/nickel in there because I'm already committed to the blacked out mini-ITX loop, lol.

I've gone with the Barrow fittings to minimize the amount of seahorse dragons in my loop. I know a few people have used these fittings with success, hopefully I will have the same luck, the price difference vs Bitspower was enough to open my mind and wallet to them.
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