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Hello,

I have built many water cooled machines over the years, but never done a Build Log....So here goes my first......

After spending two weeks reading the various build logs, I am ready to tackle the most challenging build I have done to date! With that said, I am taking my inspiration from Jameswalt1.
His incredible 900D build.....is just that...incredible!!
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My budget is large, but not large enough to drop hundreds of $$$ on fittings...
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...so I will be heat bending the PrimoChill rigid tubing and using their compression fittings. I will be going with a Black and Orange Theme...just to be different...I have done blue, red, white, black, and green in the past...so I decided to go a different route using the orange Mayhem Pastel....I think it looks very cool!

I plan on taking many cues from Jameswalt1's build, but adding a few twists (literally!) and color of my own! I have been wanting to do an rigid acrylic build for some time now...and had that on my "bucket list". Now it's time to cross this build off my bucket list!! Let's get to it!

Here is the list of parts I have:

Main Build Parts:

Corsair 900D
EVGA SuperNova 1300G2 Power Supply
Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W Power Supply (secondary)
Asus Maximus VI Extreme
32GB Vengeance Pro 2400mhz memory (runs at 2666)
(3) EVGA GTX 780 SC ACX cards in TRI-SLI
(4) Samsung 840 Pro 128GB in a RAID-0
Intel 4770k, De-lidded and overclocked to 5.0Ghz!
Soundblaster Z PCIe sound card
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(1) MaxFinder Triple Braided 24-Pin Motherboard Extension Cable - 25cm - Black / Orange
(1) MaxFinder Triple Braided 6-Pin PCI-E VGA Extension Cable - 50cm - Black / Orange
(2) MaxFinder Triple Braided 8-Pin 12V EPS Motherboard Extension Cable - 25cm - Black / Orange
(3) MaxFinder Triple Braided 8-Pin PCI-E VGA Extension Cable - 25cm - Black / Orange
(3) MaxFinder Triple Braided 6-Pin PCI-E VGA Extension Cable - 25cm - Black / Orange

Watercooling Parts:

CPU: Swiftech Apogee HD
GPU: (3) EK Titan Blocks, Nickel Acrylic - Connected with EK FC-Terminal
(2) D5 Pumps with Bitspower Black Mod Kit and Bitspower pump tops
(2) Bitspower Water Tank Z - Multi 250 Reservoirs
(2) Feser X-Changer Quad 480 Radiators
(16) Corsair SP120 High Performance Fans (Custom painted orange rings)
(2) OyaTech Fan Power Control Boards
(2) PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Acrylic Tube - 1x 36" Single - Clear
(3) PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Acrylic Tube - 4x 24" Pack - Clear
(1) PrimoChilll 3/8" ID Rigid Tube Silicon Bending Insert - 2 Foot (for 1/2" OD Rigid Acrylic Tube)
(5) PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Ghost Compression Fittings - 4 Pack - Anodized Black
(2) Mayhems Pastel Coolant Concentrate - 250mL - Orange
(1) Mayhems Dye - 15mL - Orange
(1) Mayhems Dye - 15mL - Red
(1) EK Monarch Series X4 Ram Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal + Nickel CSQ
(1) EK RAM DIMM Module - 4 Pack
(1) Heat Gun!
(1) XSPC Maximus VI Extreme Motherboard block

Here's a few pictures of the parts I have...





I will update the log as I progress through this epic adventure...It will take some time, since work is crazy for me now and will be for the next 3-4 months....

I have already tested the main PC components and have got some great results so far...







Now it's time to get it all put together in the 900D
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Come along for the ride!
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Here is a Quick Index of Key Build Milestones:

1.) Painting of the Corsair Fan Rings

2.) Goodies Arrive!

3.) Beginning of the Build

4.) Waterblock and Motherboard Block Installation

5.) Initial Mounting of Video Cards and Motherboard

6.) Acrylic Bending Starts!

7.) CPU Loop Acrylic Bending

8.) GPU Loop Acrylic Bending!

9.) Photos!

10.) Benchmarking!

UPDATE: Here are my "Semi" final photos...Still planning on doing final photos when the lighting is done. Scroll below for the complete build log! Enjoy! Thanks!























Some with LED Lights





-M
 

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this is gonna be another A+ build for real.. this is Oh So Exciting!!!
 

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Amen to that! Damn i need to build one too!
 

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Build looks great
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my only suggestion would have been to go to socket 2011 if doing more than 2 gpus, but since you already got the board and cpu, go for it
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youll love it.
 

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Build looks great
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my only suggestion would have been to go to socket 2011 if doing more than 2 gpus, but since you already got the board and cpu, go for it
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youll love it.
Good suggestion! I have thought about it. This will be primarily a gaming machine...so I think the 4770k will do great.....besides...Already have a 3970x build for all my "productivity" work!
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4960x coming soon....maybe I will change my mind?
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Got a few things started yesterday...Painted the Corsair fan rings and installed the Bitspower D5 Pump top and mod kit. Man, there is so much to do....





Also got a surprise at the front door!

 

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Rings lookin good, i was thinking of redoing some of the white ones to orange for a crysis 3 themed build im gonna do after my gigabyte z87-OC force arrives.

great work, when you repainted them did you scuff them up etc etc or just paint over and be done with it?
 

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great work, when you repainted them did you scuff them up etc etc or just paint over and be done with it?
Thanks! No scuffing needed. Paint was great and covered very well. I did three light coats.

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Thanks! No scuffing needed. Paint was great and covered very well. I did three light coats.

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ah, thanks for the heads up. lookin good, cant wait to see how it turns out.
 

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EDIT: Are you going to paint the EVGA SLI bridge?
Not sure yet...depends how it looks once everything is put together....but surely not out of the question.

More parts arriving tomorrow and Friday from FrozenCPU and Amazon....This weekend I should get a few things done.
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Cool color theme. Did you paint any parts of the case?
No..Have not planned on it...Painting is not my strong suit ...maybe once i get the build done, that will be the final mod.

I think I will have enough of a learning curve heat bending the acrylic
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Can't wait to see how it turns out! Are you running all three of the 780s and the CPU off of the two 480 rads? my bad if i didn't see any others in the first post.
 

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Can't wait to see how it turns out! Are you running all three of the 780s and the CPU off of the two 480 rads? my bad if i didn't see any others in the first post.
Yes...Just two rads...One 480 for CPU, Memory, and MB....and One 480 for the 3 GTX 780's...

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Got my final shipment today!! Heat gun and oven gloves...I am ready for acrylic tube bending!

I am torn whether to wait for the EK Maximus Extreme VI full coverage block. It is supposed to be out soon. Or just move forward without it. Decisions...Decisions...

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