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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-25-2019, 07:54 AM - Thread Starter
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[Build Log] A Stab at SFF

Being a perpetual case modding and PC water cooling novice, a stab at the project is about as accurate as I can get. I am used to building in roomy and accommodating CaseLabs chassis.

This build will be a custom water cooled loop in a Louqe Ghost S1 MK II chassis. It will be a multi-month build project. This is because of some life stuff and waiting for 3rd gen Ryzen and Navi to see how they work out.

This will determine end the CPU and GPU components.

The beginnings are humble at best and I don't just want to "throw it together" and call it done. I suppose that is another reason it will a months long build. I will also highlight the good and bad of the LOUQE Ghost S1 MK II case.

Thus far:
Hardware Labs Black Ice Nemesis 240 GTS rads x 2
EKWB Black Vardar EVO 120ER PWM fans x 4
Swiftech MCP35X Pump
Bitspower Pump Cooler for DDC/MCP355 - Color Golden
EKWB Uni Mount (possible)

Upcoming:
SFF PSU - currently considering Corsair SF750, prefer Seasonic SGX650, depends on overall power requirements.

Considerations:
Hardline or flexible tube?
Scratch built side panel with window. (Since the Ghost S1 MK II chassis isn't a mass produced chassis, I have reservations about hacking it to bits)
Modifications to "tophats" for convenience of the build.
Lighting if windowed panel becomes reality. (Not RGB though)
Fittings, which brand and/or color?
Feet? Case needs to be raised a bit for radiator to breathe on bottom side.
Scratch built reservoir.
Whether or not my wife will divorce me over this build?
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-25-2019, 08:03 AM - Thread Starter
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Pre-assembly Fitment and and a look at fit of the Ghost S1 MK II

It should be noted there are some "adjustments" that can be made to ensure the top cover and tophats line up. I quote the word adjustments as there is no official adjustment by design.

As well, the main chassis is rock solid and everything aligns properly. The nature of the long side pieces of the tophat in conjunction with the method of assembly, leads to the flex-inward effect. It can be "adjusted" by simply gripping the middle of the side panels and pulling them apart a bit to slide down over the radiator.

At that point the the tophat inset pretty much goes straight into the machined groove on the main chassis intended for this purpose.
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The Swiftech DDC changes pants into a Bitspower pump mod with heat sink. A much better looking bottom!

Got it going on up top as well.
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I see you have great help with sorting out the new parts
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I see you have great help with sorting out the new parts
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Custom Built Reservoir

After considering several variations, I have decided to go with the simple one. Something like this picture for a scratch-built reservoir.

The amount of space in front of the top radiator is very limited, but there is enough for a small res. I created this in Sketchup. It will be close to this, but probably not exactly.
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* Another small update: LOUQE has informed me they will ship the medium top hats (which I need for this build) some time in late July (almost over so fingers crossed), but after their EU orders have been filled.

I find that acceptable if the tophats get to me by mid-August.

When I get them, the project will resume.

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Yes, it's happening. The project is actually moving ahead.

Acrylic to make reservoir - received
CPU block shipped

Motherboard, CPU, RAM, SSD and other parts ordered, in shipping or received.

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