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This is my first build log on OCN, but also my first WC build. I originally started with a Fractal R4 but decided to move to a Case Labs SM8. There is not too much modding since this case is exactly what I was looking for. Build started in Dec 2012 and my target for completion is July 2013. The name is still TBD (harder than I thought it would be biggrin.gif )



Hardware Specs
CPU - i7 3770k
Board - ASUS MF5
Ram - G.Skill Sniper 4x4Gb 1866Mhz
GPU - 2x GTX 780 SC ACX ordered delivered 2x Strix 980 Ti
SSD - 2x Samsung 840 Pro 256Gb – RAID 0
PSU - Seasonic Platinum 860W
Case - Case labs SM8 - 2 tone (Black inside/white outside)
Hard Drive - 2x WD 3TB Red

Water Cooling Specs
Blocks - EK CSQ nickel (Mobo, pump, GPU, CPU)
Radiator - 2x Alphacool 360 (UT60) White Edition
Tubing - Primochill Advanced LRT - 10/16mm tubing
Fans - 14x NB eLoop B12-P
Pump - Laning DDC 3.25 18W pump
Fittings - Bitspower Compression – Black Sparkle
Fluid - Mayhems Coolant - Pastel White
Koolance INS-FM17N Flow Meter

Aquacomputer Components
450ml Aqualis XT Res w/nano coating
Aquaero 5 XT
3x Poweradjust Ultras (1 pump, 2 for the fans if the PWM signal from the Aquaero doesn’t work out for 12 fans) thinking.gif
2x Inline G1/4 temp sensors

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MDPC Sleeve - White, Black, Color-x (matches ROG red better than the standard Red color)
3x Phobya 30cm RGB LED strips
White LED's -> CPU, Pump top, and Aqualis Res, GPU blocks, EK FC Bridge

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Case Arrived!!! Excellent packaging, no scratches on any of the components.





Jumped right in after the case was built up. I really like the slide out mobo tray, so much easier to install components.




MDPC Sleeving - I am happy with the result, but I need to add some white since I don't like how they ended up looking with only blk/red.




Just couldn't wait to test fit some components after the case was assembled. biggrin.gif


Looks real nice all cleaned up smile.gif




I am still on the fence between pastel white or blood red....


LEDs for the CSQ blocks and Aqualis sleeved up thumb.gif

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Looks great. Very nice hardware.

Top rad as intake will give you better water temps though in my experience.

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Looks great. Very nice hardware.

Top rad as intake will give you better water temps though in my experience.

Thanks! Interesting thought on the upper rad as an intake. Currently I will continue with it as an exhaust, but with the drop in mount from case labs it will be really easy to change. biggrin.gif
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Thanks! Interesting thought on the upper rad as an intake. Currently I will continue with it as an exhaust, but with the drop in mount from case labs it will be really easy to change. biggrin.gif

Yeah that is a great luxury to have. To change airflow in my case is a massive ordeal, lol.

With only an Ivy bridge and a single GPU with those beautiful rads it is not hugely important but even so good airflow also influences how quiet your system can run. Better cooling = lower fan speeds needed at idle and at load.
This testing here;
http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7111920&postcount=5
shows how when loaded the Air/Water delta dropped 50% with top rad as intake ... 15C to 10C

edit; actually it shows the air/water delta increased 50% as exhaust but you know what I mean.

Also; how do you like your eloops? and do you get the full top speed out of them?
I am currently trying out some b12-3's on a UT60 480 and they don't quite make their rated top speed. They look and sound great doing it though smile.gif
They do use a ton more power than my SP120's too which makes using them on the Aquaero difficult. I think I should have gone with the PWM's too.

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I really like the eLoop's. I tested two of them and I see a max mobo RPM reading of 1850ish (about 150-200 rpm below advertised). Sound subjectively was better compared to my fractal and bitfenix spectre pro's.

I am still not sure if the PWM output on the Aquaero will be enough for 12 eLoop's, so as a backup I have two poweradjust ultra's "on standby" biggrin.gif

I rigged up a PWM splitter with 2 swiftec 8 way PWM fan splitters to test the Aquaero

Pic of the setup for testing the PWM signal on the Aquaero XT. I will split the PWM signal to both of the splitters. Only one rad fan will indicate RPM, but since I will run all fans that are on the rads at the same speed its no issue.



I will post my result (if the PWM signal on the Aquaero is strong enough for 12 fans) since I could not find any results.
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nice build! The cost of 14x of those fans is not cheap!
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Subbed Like the build so far. Nice work I say pastel blood red!


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Like the build, Like the amount of room in that Caselabs SM8. thumb.gif

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