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Compact Splash Build – Atto [Completed]





Welcome to the build log for my Compact Splash! It was a long, wild ride. This was my first attempt at watercooling, and it was anything but smooth. I've re-worked the loop twice, and had numerous leaks along the way. If I remember correctly, I had 3 separate leaks during the first fill, and 2 leaks after the first re-work of the loop, one serious (water on the GPU). And oh yeah, I dropped the whole thing in the sink during one of the drains, and broke three heavy ceramic plates. I'm lucky, everything's fine now, and I'm really proud of my little PC.


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12/8 — I've just ordered the case. I was worried I wouldn't be able to get my hands on one; I was toward the bottom of the waiting list, and there were more people on the list than there were cases to go around. But I'm officially in!

12/11 — I decided to go with clear tubes and Mayhems Pastel White, instead of the black tubes. Also, the Compact Splash has shipped and will arrive in about a week! Unfortunately I'll be away from home for most of December, so most of the building will happen late December/early January.

12/30Finally back from visiting family. I've got all the watercooling parts, and the SSD. Changed up some of the parts I was planning on; I got an i7-4770K instead of the i5, and a 500GB EVO instead of 256GB Pro for the SSD. To make things easier I'm just going to link to my personal parts list instead of listing them out here.

1/2GPU waterblock installation.

1/8Build started, bad things happen, water pool on GPU.

1/9Build completed, pictures and things. Uncomfortable with the loop arrangement.

2/10Reworked the loop (again). Feeling much better about it now. It feels like a completed project, finally.

2/11Second leak onto the GPU PCB. With a picture, for science! Miracle GPU survives two water baths.

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My biggest hangup with the parts was my choice of motherboard. I couldn't decide between the Asus Maximus VI Impact or the EVGA Z87 Stinger. After weeks of going back and forth between the two, I've decided on the Stinger. The VI Impact does have extra features, but there are a number of problems. Bad driver support for the sound card, long POST time (>20 seconds!) and red accents that don't match my color scheme. I like the Stinger's BIOS more, too. Less options, but it'll be less overwhelming since I won't be overclocking too much. The PSU doesn't technically even support my GTX 780, so I'm pushing power limits as-is.
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Subbed cannot wait to see how this turns out! Hope ModDIY comes through for you like they did with me biggrin.gif Love seeing a trend of these cables appearing in the Compact Splashes!

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Build log (Discontinued): Old Gregg

Build log (Current): compact splash #21
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Subbed cannot wait to see how this turns out! Hope ModDIY comes through for you like they did with me biggrin.gif Love seeing a trend of these cables appearing in the Compact Splashes!

Thank you so much for answering all my cabling questions. Your help with the modDIY stuff is going to make building this thing so, so much easier. And your Compact Splash was the reason I got so interested in this case in the first place! If mine turns out looking half as good as yours, I'll be pleased.
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