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After a long wait for parts and planning, I'm starting this build log. Hopefully it won't take too long to be finished, I have most parts and decided to not start this thread until I get my CaseLabs case (which was a long wait), and now it's finally here. This build log is not to show off my skills in watercooling, it's just simply sharing my first experience building a custom loop.

Main Components:

CPU: Intel I7-5820k
Motherboard: Asus X99-Pro
GPUs: 2x Galax GTX 980 Hall of Fame
RAM: 16GB Dominator Platinum
PSU: EVGA 1200W P2
SSD: Samsung 850 Pro 500GB and Kingston Hyper X 240GB (for Ubuntu)
Some of the components (Click to show)


The Case: CaseLabs Merlin SM8 Case specs and pictures (Click to show)
Case Color: Gunmetal
Orientation: Standard
MB Door Style: XL Window - Clear
Cable Side Door: Ventilated
Top Cover: Ventilated (Std)
Top Chassis Mount: 120.4 Radiator Mount
Bottom Chassis Mount: 120.4 Radiator Mount
PCI Backplate: Hex Mesh
Power and Reset Switch: Standard Power/Reset Switches with Sleeved Cables
I/O Panel: USB 3.0/HD Audio
Flex-Bay Covers: Ventilated






Cooling:

CPU Block: Bitspower Summit EF ICE Black Acrylic
GPU Blocks: 2x Bitspower GTX 980 HOF White Waterblocks
Reservoir: Bitspower 150 Upgrade Kit
Pump: MCP-655-B with Bitspower MOD Top
Radiators: XSPC AX360 & AX240 White Versions
Tubing: PrimoFlex Advanced LRT - 3/8in. ID X 5/8in. OD - Crystal Clear
Fittings: All fittings are Bitspower compression fittings (various angles) mixed Matte Black & Matte White fittings
Fan Controller: Lamptron FC6
Coolant: EK-Ekoolant Pastel Blue
Cooling components (Click to show)

All parts of this build are currently received except for the Bitspower GPU blocks which shipped yesterday and should arrive in the next few days.

Now I'll be sharing all the steps and updates as I build, and link them here, I hope you enjoy, and any advice/criticism is welcome smile.gif
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Love those HOF cards! If I was going for an air cooled white theme I'd get them for sure!
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Love those HOF cards! If I was going for an air cooled white theme I'd get them for sure!

They truly are beautiful, when I first bought them I never thought about watercooling them but it happened tongue.gif


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That's a great colour combo! I can't wait to see how it'll turn out!

Intel 7820X - 32GB Trident Z RGB 3200 CL16 - Asus Rampage VI Apex - Intel 900p 480GB - CaseLabs S8 - Asus Swift - Corsair AX1200i - Aquaero 6 - Watercooled
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That's a great colour combo! I can't wait to see how it'll turn out!

Thanks! I'll do my best thumb.gif


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Straight Gunmetal!!

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Yes, sir! As soon as I saw the color I fell in love with it.. I actually chose the color before choosing the SM8 redface.gif


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Yes, sir! As soon as I saw the color I fell in love with it.. I actually chose the color before choosing the SM8 redface.gif

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I went with gunmetal exterior to not show all kind of fingerprints. Didn't want an all white (there are too many out there)

Lets do this. I am excited.

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I went with gunmetal exterior to not show all kind of fingerprints. Didn't want an all white (there are too many out there)

Lets do this. I am excited.

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The two-tone you got turned out awesome.
I'm waiting for those GPU blocks to arrive, that was my biggest pain, they almost took as long as the case did. frown.gif I'll do some work on the build tonight and try to update


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