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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Welcome to the Mid-Lif Cry-Sys tem

...current state of in denial...

Click for Final Photos

Alright guys, here's the deal. I'm 40 years young, over the hill and bored to death...so the title "Mid-Life Cry-Sys" kinda fits the um...build.

When I built my first custom loop (ROG-red) last year I got hooked on water cooling. Some of you have seen it and followed the log in my sig.

Well, I had way too much hardware crammed into the Corsair C70 and as a result it was just impossible to maintain.
The C70 was great but I'm the guy who likes to tinker and swap out hardware with my builds and I couldn't get a finger inside the chassis after it was complete.

So here I go again after many months of contemplating on a new case for the build.

I just want to do something that has a different attitude...classic style and in the end, easy to maintain.

I don't have a CNC machine, laser cutter, water jet nor do I have access to any, but I do have a hammer, chisel and a garage

Time to go old school!

Hope you guys enjoy the build.


Main System Hardware (subject to change at any moment)

Intel 3rd-Gen i7 3770K
ASUS ROG Maximus V Formula
Corsair Vengence 16GB 1866MHz (4x4GB)
Corsair AX850 Pro Gold Series PSU Corsair AX1200i Platinum PSU
3x ASUS VS238H-P 23" monitors Eyefinity
2x ASUS HD7870 Direct CUII 1GHz Edition X-Fire 2x ASUS R9 290X DCII OC Edition X-Fire
ASUS 12x Blu-ray RW
2x Sandisk Extreme II 240GB SSD RAID 0 boot/OS/apps
2x Seagate 1TB Barricuda HDD RAID 0 games/apps
2x Seagate 2TB Barricuda HDD backup/storage
CYBORG v7 Gaming Keyboard
CYBORG M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse
Genius SW-G5.1 3500 Gaming Speaker System
Microsoft OEM Win 7 Pro 64bit


Water Blocks

1x EK-Supremacy CPU Water Block - Nickel - CSQ $76.95
1x EK ASUS Maximus V Formula Liquid Cooling Block Set - Nickel$99.99
1x EK RAM Block - Nickle - CSQ
2x EK-VGA Supremacy Bridge Edition - Nickel $129.98
1x EK-FC Bridge DUAL 3-Slot Parallel CSQ - Plexi $24.95 replace w/fittings
2x Bitspower HDD blocks

Radiators & Fans

2x XSPC EX420 Triple 140mm Radiators (internal)
2x XSPC AX480 Quad 120mm Radiators (external w/stands)
4x Bitfenix 140mm Spectre PWM white LED
2x Bitfenix 140mm Spectre PWM red LED
8x Rosewill RFX120 Ultra Quiet replaced
4x Bitfenix 120mm Spectre PWM white LED
4x Bitfenix 120mm Spectre PWM red LED

Pumps & Reservoirs

2x Swiftech MCP655™ Series 12 VDC Water Pumps - With Speed Control $76.95
2x Bitspower D5 / MCP655 Mod Kits - Black Sparkle Finish $39.95
2x Bitspower BP-D5TOPAC2-BK D5 Mod Pump Top V2 (Acrylic Version) $48.95
2x Bitspower 150 Tube Reservoirs (Black POM Cap) $44.95
2x Bitspower Z-CAP III with G1/4" x2 ( POM Version ) $12.95

...to be determined

8x Bitspower Case Top Water Fill/ Through Hole Fitting Set - Black Sparkle Finish


Content Links

1. The Dimastech EasyXL

2. MOD centering the Motherboard

3. Bottom tray MOD part 1 part 2

4. Pump Bracket MOD

5. Front/Rear Bumpers and PSU bracket

6. Top MOD & Plate Fabrication

7. Riser Plate Fabrication

8. Riser Plate Assembly

9. HDD Water Blocks Polishing & Assembly

10. HDD Bracket Fabrication & Mounting

11. Light Box Fabrication

12. Internal Case Lighting

13. Internal Radiator MOD, Painting & Assembly

14. Internal Radiator & Fan Installation

15. Fan Shroud MOD & Assembly

16. Water Pumps Assembly

17. Cable Sleeving & Management

18. External Radiator & Fan Assembly

19. Pumps and PSU Installation

20. SSD Bracket & Interface

21. Motherboard & Waterblocks

22. Running the Loop part 1...Pumps & Radiators

23. Running the Loop part 2...Motherboard, CPU & RAM

24. Running the Loop part 3...GPU & Chipset

25. Running the Loop part 4...HDD Waterblocks

26. Reservoirs & Leak Test

27. The Dashboard (5.25 bay)

28. Spark Plug Wires

29. Mayhem's Aurora 2

30. Acrylic Display Cube

31. GPU & PSU Upgrade

32. Custom Demciflex Filters

Final Photos

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Lets get started!

Here's the chassis that I'll be building/modding from...

The Dimastech Easy XL

These are the included accessories...

Pump bracket

4-bay 3.5" HDD bracket

PSU bracket

3-bay 5.25" bracket

The following accessories are sold separately...
They have a whole line of accessories, these are the few I purchased.
I'd like to see the front I/O panel and 2.5" SSD bracket as an accessory included with the bench purchase.

The Radiators:

The Fans:

The Reservoirs:

The Water Blocks:

The Fittings:

The Bling-Bling:


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Just gonna press the ol' subscribe button, If you don't mi... aaaaand DONE!

Computer Art
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Originally Posted by JambonJovi View Post

Just gonna press the ol' subscribe button, If you don't mi... aaaaand DONE!
Hurry up! Move, I want to press it too

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Originally Posted by Buehlar View Post

The Radiators:
Mother of Rads!

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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Originally Posted by Devildog83 View Post

Subbed, you got more pics? Hey, I got my 750D coming. I am once again like a kid at Christmas.
I know...just replied to your post in your Devils Own log LOL. Post the link to the new log so I may sub the

Yea...I got a little progress done and have been taking pics along the way, just haven't took time to update the log

...updates coming soon

Amiga 500
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Subbed for the bling-bling

Never quite saw a test bench build log before...lookin forward to it!

Old Guy
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Originally Posted by Buehlar View Post

LOL thanks DD!
But I'm not sure what I'd do with that
LOL, I sold it for scrap aluminum. It's out of an old MAC dual CPU. The dang thing sets right on top of the motherboard and it had leaked down the motherboard into the bottom of the case.
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