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Hello All,

I am going to attempt to get a build log together for my next computer. I'm attempting water cooling for the first time and am jumping in with the EK-Kit X360.

I will try and give you a n00b's impression (that's me) and I'm sure I'll be asking for advice.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer.

Components:
Water Cooling: EK-Kit X360 - Purchased
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass (Black) - Returned - Lian-Li PC-O11 - Purchased
Motherboard: ASUS Z270 Maximus IX Code - Purchased
CPU: 7700K Kaby Lake - Purchased
RAM: G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 - Purchased
GPU: 1080ti (upon release) - Purchased
Monitor: Asus PG279Q ROG Swift 27.0" - Purchased

I will be reusing my SSDs, mouse, keyboard, and my PSU from my current build. Give me your thoughts on my parts list.

I have decided to return my Phanteks case in favor of the Lian-Li PC-011. It was released a week after I purchased the Luxe. I should get it in house next Wednesday (15 Feb).

I redid my build in the ROG version of this case.
Check out my other build log here:
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[Build Log] Lian-Li PC-O11 WGX (ROG Version) - 7700k - 1080Ti
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So I redid my loop and moved the reservoir to the front of the case and removed the front fan bracket. I think it totally changes the feel of the case and the fans aren't the main showpiece of the case.

I also just finished my custom vertical GPU mount for the case. I used the PCIe riser cable from Lian Li but I had to modify it to work with the bottom mounted radiator.

I just need to get the 1080Ti watercooled.

Final version of this build!!




























 

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Here are some pics of the EK-Kit.











I am going through all of the boxes, everything is very nicely packed and the instructions seem very clear. It is good to note that the kit doesn't come with enough fittings for a drain line or with a fill line. It has just enough to complete the setup on the front of the box.

I think I will also be getting some additional fans for a push pull, but I'll have to see how this massive radiator fits in the case.

Thanks, and I'll keep you posted.

-Jsunn
 

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I have put together the initial setup for the pump. Though I'm not quite sure if it will fit if I mount in using the 120 mm fan mount bracket. If I mount it like the picture shows with the output facing the side panel, the T-Fitting and ball valve sticks out about 1.25" beyond the 120 mm fan screw hole.



it isn't clear from the Lian-Li website how much clearance is between where the bottoms fans would get mounted and the tempered glass side panels.



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it isn't clear from the Lian-Li website how much clearance is between where the bottoms fans would get mounted and the tempered glass side panels.
The Lian-li site isn't very clear on a lot of things
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Nor do they take the time to answer the questions I asked.
Will be keeping an eye on this thread, the PC-O11 will probably be my next case.
 

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It might be wise to test the new hardware prior to putting together the loop
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But hey we have all just gone for water straight away once or twice
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That is a good point. I hadn't thought about that.
 

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OK, I got my case and had a chance to start playing around with it. It looks really good and I am glad that I exchanged the Phanteks for this one, though my hopes of not needing to modify the case to get things to work are gone.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the case.

I got the motherboard mounted and now I need to see where I am going to put this flippin' huge radiator. I know that I don't gain a lot with a thick rad but I really liked the EK kit and I got a good price for it, so I have to make due.


So the first thing I did was try to mount the rad on the top. This left less than an inch of clearance to the motherboard.


And because the motherboard is an "EXTREME" (sarcasm) gaming motherboard, it has a lot of plastic cladding that makes it thicker. You can see the less than an inch of clearance with the 60mm rad installed. There was no way I was going to mount the fans.




I ran into the essentially the same situation on the bottom.




I think the front is going to be the only option, but I am going to have to make new holes for the front fan mount.




Need to move them up about an inch.
 

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I got the reservoir mounted, and I like the position and the look of where it is. The larger concern that I am trying to solve is how to get this huge radiator mounted.

I took one of my 680 Classifieds out of my current system so I can start mocking up the location of components. It doesn't look like there is going to be a lot of room at all. I am kind of bummed about the obstacles I'm running into. Here are the pics of today's effort.

I had to file the grate just a little larger to fit the mounting screws for the reservoir.


Here it is mounted:


Here is the case with the 680 installed. You'd think there was plenty of room, but it is running out pretty quickly. I want to keep one of my old 680s as a Physx card, I know that not a lot of games use it, but I want to keep it. so that is why it is mounted in the second slot.


Here is it with the front fan mount, fans, and radiator.


As you can see, all of that room has disappeared and the rad is also blocking the cable runs. I think I am going to have to figure out a spacer between the fan mount and the mobo tray so there is room to run cables.




 

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No the question is, "Where in the hell am I going to mount the pump?!



Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I would love to keep the pump in the main chamber because it looks pretty cool. But right now it's not looking like that will be possible.
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Thanks and let me know.
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I'm thinking that I may just have to get a thinner radiator. That would solve so many of the issues that I am having right now.

I could mount it up top, put the pump bottom front.

I guess I'll be going to microcenter today.

Ugh...
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Shame about the radiator clearance issue, I read on their website that it only supports 80mm up top and 70mm in the bottom.

Which means 45 - 50mm radiators + 25mm fans only.

Question, is there anything preventing this case being layed on it's back so that the "right" side panel is on the bottom?

I'd imagine I'd need to source some universal feet??
 

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OK, so I purchased a thinner radiator yesterday and, just as I thought it solved all of the space problems I was having.

Here is a picture of the rad mounted and as you can see, there is plenty of room now.


I would have even a little more room if I put the fans in the push config, but the Vardar fans from EK are kind of ugly so I decided to hide them above the rad.

So with the Rad mounted like this, the 90 deg fittings just barely clear the front fan mount. You can't really see it, but there is about a piece of paper's thickness amount of clearance.







 

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Now I am starting to try and figure out where I am going to mount the pump, how to configure my drain line and how to route the tubing.



You can see the reservoir in the pic below. I had to move it a little further downward to make space for the radiator. I am going to get a 90 deg fitting so I can attach a fill line.

 

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I finished getting the fans wired up and I think I have the components set up and just need to get everything plumbed. Let me know what you think of the locations. I think I could find a way to get the reservoir to the right side but I'm not sure if I want to do that.



I'm using the bracket that came with the EK kit.




Here is the drain line set up. You can see that I have room if I mount a card in the lower PCI slot.




 
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