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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-01-2019, 03:28 PM - Thread Starter
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[Build Report] Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic

Hello All,

My first custom water loop a couple of years ago was in the Phantek Enthoo Evolv case, a good looking case but flawed I think by some of the space limited mounting options (and of course the glass back panel showing of all the bits you want to hide). So for this updated build I chose the Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic, the front and side windows are the ideal option for displaying a custom loop in my opinion, and the side chamber lets you hide everything else away.

Components
  • Case - Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic
  • Motherboard - Asus Z390 Maximus XI Hero
  • CPU - Intel i7-9700K
  • RAM - Corsair Dominator Platinum SE 32GB 3200MHz
  • HD1 - 960 EVO M.2 500GB
  • HD2 - Crucial MX500 2TB SSD
  • PSU - Corsair HX750i
  • Graphics - RTX 2080 Ti
  • LED strip - BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic Connect 15 LED-Strip 30cm (White LED's)

Water Cooling & Fans:
  • Radiators - EK SE 360 and PE 360
  • Reservoir - Heatkiller 150
  • Pump - D5
  • GPU Waterblock - EK
  • CPU Waterblock - Heatkiller IV
  • Fittings & Tubing - EK
  • Fans - In-Win Polaris RGB (3 standard, and 3 Aluminium)

So straight into some pictures, and one limitation I found with this case:

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My original plan was to reuse the HL Black Ice radiators from my last build, however those are 133mm wide and will not fit in the side panel (the cabling for the front panel restricts the width). The only radiator I found that would fit was this EK PE 360 radiator shown above.

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Another limitation, this side panel is designed to fit a radiator with inlet/outlet at the top. You can probably make it fit as shown here if you don't mind minor mods to the case, but I don't understand why it wasn't designed to take a radiator in either orientation.

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I love the look of these Aluminium In-Win fans, they are also designed to daisy-chain which reduces cables and means these 3 connect to one fan header on the motherboard without needing a fan hub.

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Insert one graphics card

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Planning the pipe runs. Number 1 gave me the most grief, it needs several tight bends to reach the next radiator, tricky to bend neatly, or if I used fittings it added too much unsupported weight to the pipe run.
In the end I tucked it around the back as the next 2 pictures show.

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I didn't set out to design a layout without any bends in the hard tubing, but I think it works nicely.

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To be continued...

Last edited by Splurge; 03-04-2019 at 04:11 PM.
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First test and the outlet on the GPU leaked, I couldn't tell exactly where all the water went but it was potentially into the PCIe extension slot and also between the graphics card and its water block - this is why we test water flow without power to the motherboard or graphics card!

I fixed the leaking joint and dried everything I could reach, then I dried again using a hair dryer and left in a warm room for 24 hours.

Finally I powered up again and had a leak free system.

You may also notice that I replaced the black CPU block with a perspex version, the original plan was for the colour scheme to be black, silver, and white, so that all colour could be added via the coolant and lighting (which can all be adjusted without changing hardware). I originally thought the black CPU block would be neutral, but once I saw it in place it was obvious it wasn't working, and also the perspex block lets me see air bubbles which I couldn't see with the black CPU block.

I think the perspex block looks much better...

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One comment about the RGB, after working the first day all the RGB suddenly died, nothing brought it to life until I installed the Asus Aura software (as soon as I rebooted after this the RGB suddenly sprang back to life), from discussions on the WEB this is not too unusual and the Aura software seems able to reset the motherboard RGB.

Back view.

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Fans, GPU and motherboard are all RGB, but I also have the Bitfenix LED (white) strip to light inside the case, currently, this is located on the left-hand pillar (as you look from the front). I wanted the option to turn this interior lighting on or off as required, so I fitted a concealed switch on the base of the case as shown here.

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So here is the finished system...

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The beauty of this neutral colour scheme is that I can change the colour just via the RGB...

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For those interested in temperatures, the GPU runs in the low 40's C under full load, my CPU is not so accommodating, I guess I have a fairly average pick in the silicon lottery, using the Asus "AI Overclocking" gives me all cores at 5GHz and 2 of the cores peak at 83C (recommendation is to keep all cores below 85C). I expect I could push this to at least 5.1GHz with some more aggressive fans, but that isn't really the aim of this build.
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Quick question...
What particular HW Labs Radiators couldn't fit? Are all their radiators pose the same issue?
I ask because I plan on getting the dynamic and using HW Labs Radiators.

Thanks for your time!
Nice build!
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Specifically it was the Black Ice Nemesis 360GTS, but in general 133mm is just too wide, 120mm fits just fine with probably a few mm to spare. You can of course fit a wider radiator at the front (with fans in the back), but if you want to use the configuration I have (fans in the main chamber, radiator in the back) then you need a radiator not much more than 120mm wide.
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