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CaseLabs S5 / X99 / GTX 1080 / Liquid Cooled

Introduction and Purpose

I am starting a build for a new liquid cooling system that will be housed in a CaseLabs Mercury S5. I had been entertaining the idea of doing a build log for this system for a couple of months now. However, I put it aside due to other commitments. I also wanted to find a configuration that suited my needs within a reasonably small and compact form factor.

I will only be reusing a few core and liquid cooling components from my previous builds.

I will use this system primarily for productivity and software development with some light gaming thrown in. My primary OS will be Linux. I will also have a Windows 10 virtual machine for all of my games that have not been released on Linux. The virtual machine will use 3 out of the 6 cores and the GTX 1080 will be passed through to the virtual machine.

This build will be mostly black with a few red accents on the motherboard.

Core Components
  • Motherboard: ASUS X99-M WS Gigabyte X99M-Gaming 5
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 6850K Intel Core i7 5820K
  • RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 32 GB DDR4 3000 MHz Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB DDR4 2400MHz
  • GPU 1: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  • GPU 2: NVIDIA Quadro 410 AMD Radeon R7 240 OEM
  • SSD: 400 GB Intel 750 Series
  • SSD: 1 TB Samsung 850 EVO
  • PSU: Seasonic Platinum 760 (760W) 80+ Platinum Rated Seasonic X-850 850W 80+ Gold Rated
  • Case: CaseLabs Mercury S5
    • Case Color: Black
    • Top Chassis: Drop-in 120.3 mount
    • Top Cover: Ventilated/Window Top Cover
    • Left Door: Standard Window
    • Right Door: Standard Window
    • Power and Reset Switch: No Power/Reset Switches or Cables
    • I/O Options: USB 3.0
    • Flex-Bay Options: 120.2 Fan/Radiator Mount
  • Monitor: LG 27MU67 27" UHD IPS Monitor
  • Keyboard: WASD V2 88-Key with custom key caps and Cherry MX Clear switches
  • Mouse: Logitech MX Master
  • Mouse Pad: Steelseries QcK XXL
  • Speakers: Audioengine A2 Black Powered Desktop Speakers
  • Headphones: Sennheiser HD 580 modified with HD 600 grilles and an HD 650 cable
Liquid Cooling Components
  • CPU Block: Watercool Heatkiller IV Basic - Acetal Clean
  • GPU Block: EK-FC1080 GTX - Acetal+Nickel
  • Pump / Reservoir: EK XRES 100 Revo D5 w/ Swiftech MCP-655 PWM Pump and EK-RES X3 - TUBE 150
  • Top Radiator: Alphacool NexXxos XT45 360mm
  • Front Radiator: Alphacool NexXxos UT60 240mm
  • Fittings: Bitspower Shining Silver Enhanced Multi-Link fittings with various adaptors
  • Tubing: 12mm O.D. 304/304L Stainless Steel
  • Fans: DarkSide Gentle Typhoon 550-1850 RPM PWM Black Edition (x5)
  • Case Fan: Nidec Gentle Typhoon 1150 RPM Black Edition
Miscellaneous Parts
  • Black Alpha Wire 18 AWG IRR-PVC wire
  • Black Alpha Wire 26 AWG IRR-PVC wire
  • Black Techflex Flexo PET 1/16" Sleeving
  • Black Techflex Flexo PET 1/8" Sleeving
  • Bulgin 22mm White Ring Illuminated Power Switch
  • Bulgin 18mm Amber Dot Illuminated Reset Switch
  • Custom 3-to-1 PWM Hub
 

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In the past two days, I received and purchased most of the new core and liquid cooling components. I have reused the processor, power supply, pump and the 360 mm radiator from previous builds. I had the S5 case sitting in my closet waiting for the right set of hardware. The remaining components of this build are brand new.

I am waiting until the first day possible to purchase the GTX 1080 and then the delivery of it. In addition to EK releasing a block for it.

In the meantime, I will start testing the hardware that I currently have.


Most of the core and liquid cooling components for this build.
 

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Nice. Why not the samsung 950?
The Samsung 950 will be limited by the M.2 slot on the motherboard because that slot is only 10 Gb/s.
 

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Subbed, good looking components list
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Thank you for the compliments on the components.
 

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Just a quick status update. I have completed some basic testing on the components that I currently own. There were no failures of those components.

On a side note, for anyone that is wondering the components under are sitting on top of the motherboard box of my first ever DIY computer build. This box still contains a functional D975XBX "Bad Axe" motherboard with an Intel Pentium D 820 and 4 GB of DDR2. On yet another side note, there is a Space Invaders game cartridge for the Atari 2600 in the background.


Core components minus the GTX 1080 under test.
 

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Caselabs and stainless steel? I'm in.
 

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Caselabs and stainless steel? I'm in.
Yes, I am using a Caselabs case and stainless steel tubing.

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I'm close to finishing my loop in copper. But instead of nickel plating it, have ordered some 12.7x0.91mm 316/316L Stainless and will attempt to do the bends out of it instead. Will be interested in seeing how you go in the S5...
I would recommend the Ridgid 600 Series Heavy-Duty Instrument Benders for bending stainless steel. I tried bending a piece of stainless with a tube bender for copper and it was next to impossible. Bending wise, I am not sure if 304 and 316 are the same or different.

The current plan is to minimize the number of bends due to the difficult of bending stainless and use mostly elbow fittings.

Why did you choose 316 over 304?
 

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Yes, I am using a Caselabs case and stainless steel tubing.
I would recommend the Ridgid 600 Series Heavy-Duty Instrument Benders for bending stainless steel. I tried bending a piece of stainless with a tube bender for copper and it was next to impossible. Bending wise, I am not sure if 304 and 316 are the same or different.

The current plan is to minimize the number of bends due to the difficult of bending stainless and use mostly elbow fittings.

Why did you choose 316 over 304?
Yeah mate, got some Ridgid kit from the guys at work...makes the bends super neat!


Not a massive difference between 304 and 316. Think 316 is a little more corrosion resistant. Not that it matters in a PC build though. I just grabbed whatever the local supplier had for 12.7x0.9 in stock. I was hoping to get annealed, but they didn't have any.

Doing your build with elbow fittings should make things super easy. I wanted to keep my routing as simple as possible and using as little fittings as possible, which means more of a bending challenge
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Yeah mate, got some Ridgid kit from the guys at work...makes the bends super neat!


Not a massive difference between 304 and 316. Think 316 is a little more corrosion resistant. Not that it matters in a PC build though. I just grabbed whatever the local supplier had for 12.7x0.9 in stock. I was hoping to get annealed, but they didn't have any.

Doing your build with elbow fittings should make things super easy. I wanted to keep my routing as simple as possible and using as little fittings as possible, which means more of a bending challenge
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You are right that 316 offers more corrosion resistance - particularly in high-saline environments, and against chlorides, de-icing salts and other industrial solvents.

I chose 304 simply because it was cheaper and my supplier had it in stock.

Metric tubing for the Bitspower fittings is hard to find in Canada (ironically, a country using the metric system) and the USA. I found only two suppliers in North America, Parker Steel and Spahr Metric.

Nice Ridgid kit. I also got a Ridgid kit, shown below.


Ridgid 612M tube bender, 35S tube cutter and 223S reamer.
 

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I picked up the block and backplate for the GTX 1080 from DazMode last Friday. However, I will not be opening them until I receive the video card.

I ordered an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition on release day, 27 May, from Newegg. I had it shipped via ground. For some strange reason, the video card went from California to Vancouver and now it has travel over half way across Canada before it finally gets to me.

According to the tracking information, I should receive the video card this Friday.


EK GTX 1080 Block and Backplate Packaging
 

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Another little update! The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition arrived today, 2 days earlier than anticipated. I was not expecting this, but it is a nice surprise. I cannot wait to put the block on it. However, I still have to test it to ensure it works.

When I take off the cooler to put the block on, I will show what is under the cooler.


EVGA GTX GeForce 1080 Founders Edition Packaging


Top View of the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition


EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition


EVGA GTX GeForce 1080 Founders Edition
 

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Another update on the build. Since my last update, I designed the PCB for the custom fan hub. The PCB was sent to the manufacturer last week and is anticipated to arrive either very late next week or the following week.

In addition, I installed the GPU block onto the video card.


I had the choice between the black Acetal block and the plexi one and I could help but choose the stealthy black Acetal block.


Had to take a close up of the engraving job on the inside of the block. The nickel plating is so shiny!


A nice closeup of the GP104 core powering this monster of a video card.


Another closeup of the GP104 core.


Block and blackplate are installed on the card.


With the block on, the card looks so thin!
 

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How are we doing?
 

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Great photography, I have no camera skills
 

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How are we doing?
Unfortunately, we are not doing well as I ran into a few issues with the Gigabyte motherboard and the GTX 1080.

The first issue was the Xbox One wireless receiver was not being passed through to the virtual machine properly. If I used a wired connection or passed the root USB hub to the virtual machine then the Xbox One controller would work.

The second issue was the Windows virtual machine prompted me about a new network connection whenever the tap0 device was recreated.

The third issue was a code 43 during the installation of the NVIDIA drivers on the virtual machine. This is a known issue with a known workaround.

Because of those issues, I have started to explore other mATX motherboards and video cards, such as the ASUS X99-M WS, and two different single slot AMD video cards, the Fury X and the RX 480. I am even entertaining the idea of going to a full ATX motherboard in the Mercury S8S so I can keep the GTX 1080. I have also thought about forgoing the virtualization and just dual booting the system.

I will give another update when I finish my exploration of the different motherboards and video cards. I hope to finish within the next week.
 
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