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Hi everyone! This will be my first build log, so bear with my while we go through with this! I assure you that you won't be disappointed
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As of right now, this is what I have:

Parts:
CPU: i7 2600k
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
Memory: G. Skill Ripjaws X 32GB 1600Mhz DDR3
SSD (OS): OCZ Vertex 4 128GB
SSD (Games): Intel 320 Series 80GB
SSD: (Games 2): Intel X25-M 160GB
HDD (Storage): Seagate Barracuda Green 5900rpm 2TB
GPU: EVGA GTX 670 FTW
PSU: Corsair TX650M 650w
Case: NZXT Phantom (originally black)

And then a bunch of other small things like keyboard, mouse, monitors, add-on cards, etc.

Water Cooling:
Radiator: EK CoolStream 360 XTX
CPU Block: EK Supreme HF - Gold Plated
GPU Block: Heatkiller GPU-X³ GTX 680 LT
Pumps: Koolance PMP-450 (x2) [Will only be utilizing one for now]
Res: Phobya Balancer 150 - Gold Plated
Pump Top: EK-D5 Dual TOP 2-LOOPS
Compression Fittings: Phobya 1/2" OD 3/4" ID - Gold Plated
Tubing: Primochill Advanced LRT - Onyx Black

And then the usual accessories like angle fittings, kill coil, etc. Coolant will be good 'ol distilled water!

Table of Contents

Update #1: Some old pics + current state of build
Update #2: I'm alive!
Update #3: Block mounting
Update #4: Test fitting
Update #5: Leak testing
Update #7: Final pics + lighting
 

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Update #1: Some old pics + current state of build

When I originally did my build, I didn't take very many pictures. These are the best ones I could take out of there. Don't worry, I will have tons more!



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Update #2: I'm alive!

Wow I completely forgot about this build log. I guess it's because no one commented on it. Oh well; I'll finish it anyway. So here we go!

Hooray everything came!

Overview of all the goodies

Acrylic sheet...sexy shroud maybe?

Dat CPU block...


Odd Future Wolfgang Killcoil Them All!

Resevoir! Perfect size
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Some fittings




Revised jet plate for my CPU block

24pin sleeved extension by NZXT

EK radiator

Dual pump deliciousness! Unfortunately I won't be able to take advantage of both of them yet
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And a controller for said pumps

Spent the extra to get the Advanced tubing. Let's hope it's worth it!

Was a bit unsure when I bought this block. As sexy as it is, it doesn't fit my color scheme. Oh well, I'll make it fit!

 

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Update #3: Block mounting

Not really much to say; it's pretty self-explanitory!

GPU now

Stripped naked

Thermal padded up!

Ok nevermind this block is so sexy. I don't care if it doesn't fit in!

CPU block mounted
 

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Nice look you got going there! Really digg the gold!
Thanks! I really wanted to do something unique. There's too many red or blue themed builds, imo.
 

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Update #4: Test fitting

I wanted to do a test fit to make sure everything fit. Plus I was getting antsy and wanted to see everything put together!
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Reservoir installed


Ghetto mounting lol

All taped up to be cut!

Pump mounted on some foam to prevent vibrations


Starting to add tubing





Time to flush!




Ewwwww. This is why you make sure everything is 100% clean!

 

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this is a beauty of a build! subbed!
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this is a beauty of a build! subbed!
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Thanks! I've got another update coming soon so be ready!
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Update #5: Time for some drilling!

Decided to take everything out and make the cuts now since I have the garage all to myself today!

Need to trim this bad boy so it'll fit

Oh so you like it rough
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Boom all shaved off

Yay more tape!

Weapon of choice

Inital cuts...decided to use a power drill instead. If only I had a dremel!

Not too shabby



Yay it fits!



That's it for now. I'll put the system back together now and then it's on to leak testing
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The new Z87 motherboards from Asus are using a black and gold theme. It'll suit this project very well.
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The new Z87 motherboards from Asus are using a black and gold theme. It'll suit this project very well.
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I know! The only problem now is convincing myself to upgrade haha
 

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Update #6: Leak testing

So I finally put the system back together (mostly) and now I am leak testing! Don't worry, I had paper towels all over the place; they just weren't there when I took these pictures haha.

So far, so good

Burbajas!

Dear lord...







So close to being done! I'll see you guys when I have the system completely done!
 

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It seems to me like all your pictures have a yellowish tint to them. If that's the case its probably because of the lighting in the room. You should try using your monitor with an all white screen to light it with a nice, even, soft-white light. Then we'll be able to really appreciate the gold parts in your build, as right now its kind of difficult to tell them apart.
 

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It seems to me like all your pictures have a yellowish tint to them. If that's the case its probably because of the lighting in the room. You should try using your monitor with an all white screen to light it with a nice, even, soft-white light. Then we'll be able to really appreciate the gold parts in your build, as right now its kind of difficult to tell them apart.
Yeah I noticed that too. It's because of the lighting in my room has a yellowish tint. I would've used my monitors (and wanted to), but I was pretty lazy when taking these pictures. I'm not exactly an expert when it comes to photography, but the thread here on photographing your rig helped a bit.
 

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Update #7: Final pics + lighting

Everything's installed!

Side panel on

And here's some shots on the inside with the cold cathode lighting.










Well that's it (for now). I hope you had fun!
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