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Hi All, I'm starting research for my first water-cooling build and I was hoping to get some advice. I really liked the build from the Mana review and I've always wanted to water cool so I decided now is the time! Like most things I do I tend to go extreme straight from the beginning even though it tends to take longer and mistakes are made. I'm tentatively looking at the following: 1 x Manta Case 1 x 280 Black Ice Nemesis GTS Front Radiator w/ 2 x 140 Fans (Pushing into the case) (Haven't decided on fans, open to suggestions) 1 x 240 Black Ice Nemesis GTS X-Flow or 240 Black Ice Nemesis GTS Top Radiator w/ 2 x 120 Fans (Pushing out of the case) 1 x CPU Block - EK Supremacy MX or EVO (again open to suggestions, I want to use copper though) 1 x Full GPU Block (Haven't decided on a GPU yet, sorta waiting for the summer GPU wars to pan out) 1 x EK-XRES100 Pump/Reservoir or EK-XRES140 PrimoChill 1/2" OD Acrylic Tubing (I know, hard tube first time out, I'm prepared for pain) PrimoChill Hardline Fittings (Nickel plated apparently, I don't think this would cause corrosion potential though) I intend to just use distilled water + silver kill coil which is why I want to use copper blocks and it's my understanding if I stick to copper and brass as I have it should be less of an issue. I'm open to a bio-cide, but I kinda like the idea of not using chemicals if I don't have to. I'm still in the beginning stages of planning, and I'm open to any feedback you have but my primary questions are the following and I'm really hoping Stuart/noobas4urus will have time to chime in. 1) Do you think I could use the Black Ice Nemesis 240 X-Flow on top to avoid that long run across the top of the motherboard? It'd be great if I could just use a few fittings to connect the outlet of the one radiator to the inlet of the other. I think it'd be better aesthetically and it'd remove one of the more complicated bends in the build. 2) Do you think I'd have room for the EK-XRES140 vs the EK-XRES100? The little bit of extra coolant room would make filling it easier. Could you elaborate on how you attached the pump to the bottom of the case? Thanks a lot for the time and for the inspiration for the build, you can tell I mostly used your review build as the basis for my parts.
About time for me to start posting on this project, which has been very slow in getting started. The theme is Absinthe, the Green Fairy. Although some of the build may look steampunkish, the style is more Victorian/Edwardian and Art Nouveau in nature. First, for those who aren't familiar with this drink, a definition: Absinthe a distilled alcoholic beverage, usually made from a variety of herbs including fennel, anise and especially grand wormwood (Artemisia absinthium.) The title of the green fairy "la fée verte" refers to absinthe's usual green color, although it is produced in clear and other colors as well. Absinthe was very popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe, particularly France. Many writers and artists of the time were absinthe drinkers: Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Mata Hari, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Amedeo Modigliani, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Alan Poe and Aleister Crowley. The drink has a certain mystique and reputation for being a dangerous and addictive drug. Absinthe is said to open one's mind and cause hallucinations. However, the active chemical compound derived from the wormwood (thujone) is only found in trace amounts in the drink. Studies have not found absinthe to be any more dangerous or addictive than other distilled spirits. Due to this reputation, absinthe was banned in certain countries (including the US) for a number of years. The case being used in this build is a black NZXT Phantom (thanks to Bill Owen of http://www.mnpctech.com) with custom airbrushed artwork by Brad Galvin of http://www.dirtdesignsgraphic.com. Here are some photos of the prep and painting: Yes, that's Kyle van der Merwe standing next to Brad Galvin. ;)/> Photos of the finished airbrush work: