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Hello everyone,

Here is my build log for my new rig dedicated to Data science and Machine learning (hence the name), and also a bit of Programming, Photo editing and gaming.

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This build is optimized for silence while allowing overclocking of the CPU. I will leave the GPUs @ stock as I want to ensure there won't be any throttling for long computation activities.

I aimed for rather sober components, as this will be under my desk anyway (or more next to it given the size of the case), so no lighting, no fancy coolant colors, etc... This being said, as my fans have red light, I might have let myself go a little smile.gif. I have also decided to do custom wiring, because it's fun smile.gif

I chose good quality component with the idea that most should survive new iterations of the build if I change the motherboard/CPU/Ram/GPU.

The cooling is overdimensionned for 2 reasons : good cooling performance in silence, and also because I have room to add a 3 GPU in the future if needed without changing anything in the loop apart from the GPU block bridge. I also chose rads that are good performers at low fan speed, for silence again. I also decided to go push only for the same reason, but I have space to revise this should I need the extra cooling performance of push/pull.

I went with Aquaero fan controlling as I want fan control to work independantly of the OS, as I will use this rig under both Windows and Linux. And I chose this over motherboard/bios fan control because the Aquaero brings more flexibility (virtual sensors like water deltaT°, etc...).

Being my first loop, I am going on the cautious side with sensors, etc... and with soft tubing which is more flexible and quicker to setup.


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Bill of material, on Google docs (too tedious to maintain it here as well smile.gif )

Build status
2017.03.29 : creation of the build log, first components ordered (marked as ✔️)
2017.03.30 : changed bottom mount to 120.2 size, and medium plate to 120.3 mount
2017.03.31 : CaseLabs order
2017.04.08 : EVGA order placed, mobo + CPU + ram received.
2017.04.14 : new EVGA order placed, and WaterCooling.co.uk order placed
2017.04.20 : EVGA, Aquacomputer orders received
2017.04.21 : Watercooling.co.uk partial order received
2017.04.29 : Ordered AquaComputer Aqualis res (instead of the EKWB, to enjoy the fill sensor.
2017.05 : ordered the Corsair fans, as well as some sleeving / wiring material and samples
2017.10.31 : first run of the loop
2017.11 : rebuild of the loop using, moving some components around, and using ZMT
2017.12.31 : second run of the loop, everything done except some PSU custom cables
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Like to see where this goes. Im on board
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Heads up, I have a HWLabs GTS 360 rad for my front flexbay with ports facing down. My fittings will not clear with the GTX 560 rad in the bottom compartment. I am ordering a GTS 30mm 560 rad to test fitment.

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CPU
Intel Core i7-8700K
Motherboard
ASUS Maximus X Apex
GPU
NVIDIA Titan Xp
RAM
GSkill Trident Z - 16GB
Hard Drive
Samsung 960 PRO - 512GB
Power Supply
PRIME Ultra 1000 Titanium
Cooling
EK-CoolStream PE 360
Case
Lian Li PC-O11
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Corsair K70 RGB
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Heads up, I have a HWLabs GTS 360 rad for my front flexbay with ports facing down. My fittings will not clear with the GTX 560 rad in the bottom compartment. I am ordering a GTS 30mm 560 rad to test fitment.
Argh, getting the clearance right is difficult
Alternatively I would go with a 240 or a 280 on front, as I prefer to ensure the 560 has full space since it's almost half the cooling surface.

Many thanks for the heads up!
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Argh, getting the clearance right is difficult
Alternatively I would go with a 240 or a 280 on front, as I prefer to ensure the 560 has full space since it's almost half the cooling surface.

Many thanks for the heads up!

Here's a few pics to help visualize the troubles I'm currently facing.
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Unit 02
(12 items)
CPU
Intel Core i7-8700K
Motherboard
ASUS Maximus X Apex
GPU
NVIDIA Titan Xp
RAM
GSkill Trident Z - 16GB
Hard Drive
Samsung 960 PRO - 512GB
Power Supply
PRIME Ultra 1000 Titanium
Cooling
EK-CoolStream PE 360
Case
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Corsair K70 RGB
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Here's a few pics to help visualize the troubles I'm currently facing.
Thanks a million, this perfectly shows the problem.
It seems I should be fine with a 280 instead
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It looks like you have already drilled the plate, but...could you put 2x 45s before the 90s on the end of the front 480? This would bring everything a bit more center over the floor, and also a bit further from the front. You would need a new plate frown.gif


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