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I wish it was a Caselabs, they're a little pricey unfortunately! Thanks for the beagle spot, my wife keeps saying he's a Jack Russell, but I bought him as a Beagle, he's only 7 months old 

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Spent some time today working on the cable management around the motherboard tray and got the CPU and Chipset blocks fitted, just waiting on those compression fittings to arrive today, had an interesting chat with watercoolinguk.co.uk today which ended in no more information on where the hell the fittings are:


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Postman came today with not one, not 2, but 3 parcels :clap:

My remaining fittings
Quickly got everything connected, carried out a few hour flush and then filled the system. Done some leak checks just bleeding it now:
Love that block!
Had to take the fittings out from the CPU > Chipset as there just wasn't enough room to bend the hose:
Reservoir filled (well the cpu loop)
Just gotta get the EK Block now for the 970GTX, but that is going to have to wait as I have to go away with work tomorrow :waah:

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Slight change to the cpu > chipset blocks

Loving that PWM plug there
So i'm about to go away with work for a while which puts this build on hold for a little while, so heres my to do list (for me as much as others!)
Ek 8mm extender needs fitting to the Chipset block as you can see in the picture its not quite parallel.
Order and fit EK 970 ACX + Nickel Backplate.
Order 1x XSPC Chrome 90 degree fitting (not in stock at the moment). This is the final fittings for the GPU loop.
Figure out a way to either make the bitfenix recon work with the pwm hubs and ek pwm pumps or buy a new fan controller. Or buy 4x fan pwm splitter cables for the 8 fans and find another way of controlling the pumps (must avoid connection to motherboard)

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(Sorry if this was answered I'm on my phone and reading is tough on my phone.) Have you considered hard tubing?

I love the build so far, it looks fantastic (although where it says iced blood could be better, I would've painted it a similar red as the liquid and not use LEDs for it.)

Other than that it looks awesome. I've been contemplating doing a smaller case mod ever since I started doing computers but this one and the 240 that the guy modded to be white with tan leather inspired by the lambo really are pushing me to go small.

Tldr: awesome build, a few tweaks here and there but its amazing

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I was going to say that fan connector needs love, but you see it too, apparently. I'd just get a black header and give it some of that sweet Christmas-y sleeve. It's right next to the 8 pin, so it'd be easy to curve it right into that bundle.

The only other thing would be the frame edge of the motherboard tray. Any way to dress that up?

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Hey, away with work at the moment so replies gonna be slow:


Ive figured out how I'm going to have to get control of the rad fans and pumps. its not ideal but better than full whack fans lol.

Instead of running the 2x hubs and fans from the recon, I'm just gonna remove the recon from the rad/pump loops. This means running a pwm splitter from the pwm chassis fan plug of the motherboard (will use an unpowered one)and connect both pumps below the motherboard, behind the partition wall. Ill then run a 3rd pwm from the splitter upto the 2 powered splitters with all the fans connected split it into 2 (4 total pwm signals) and connect to each of the powered splitters.
Hopefully this works, can a pwm single be split down this many times and still work ? If so then it means I won't have PWM plugs in the case window and everything will be automated.
So in addition to the above I need:
3 pin fan extender cable (around 50 cm)
pwm y splitter with all male connections (30 cm)
female to male pwm extension cable (around 30 cm)
pwm hub with 1x input 3x output
male to male pwm cable (around 15 cm) + male adapter
Male adapter x2 packs
That will sort out the header. As for the text I wanted to use a personnel font but the cnc machine at work only has one font. If i was to do this again I would pay to do it private.
Thanks for the comments
For the motherboard I'm not sure maybe use an edging strip. As for the hard tubing I already had like 1/3 of the monsoon fittings and was a little scared of going for hard on my second build. I did want to use the Core X2 as the X9 is huge, unfortunately I can't fit an ATX board in it

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Well its been a while, i haven't stopped this project, just another month or so away before i can complete it. I ordered the remaining cables and water block for the GPU this week, so it should be good to complete once i return home!

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Well it's almost there, still need to drain the cpu loop and change the extender on the chipset block. Also considering some Hyper X Fury ram sticks to add a little more white to the motherboard area.

Water block now fitted, just annoying that you can't actually see the good work the EK guys did
A little look around the far side

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Well the memory arrived and its now fitted so i guess that this is now complete, it's taken a lot longer than i wanted it to, but then working away for 3 months probably didn't help! :roll eyes:

Here's the ram all fitted:
Thanks again to Mick at Mayhems for providing the 360mm Havoc Radiators, all the coolants and the Blitz Pro Kit :clap:
Thanks for reading :thumb:

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Hurray, Parcelforce finally picked up my shipment from UK customs, a nice little box of modding kit for this build!


Thanks to Primochill for providing the following products:




So 2x Flow Meters, A Rigid Bender, a whole bunch of the new Primochill RSX fittings and a whole bunch of Primochill 12/10mm PETG tubing




Rigid Bender, seems like a nice piece of kit, used it this evening and it definitely works, good job Primochill! 








2x Flow Meters - During the last 6 months or so my rig has been pretty daayumn quiet, too quiet. At times I wasn't sure if the pumps were actually running, so these should hopefully aid that issue:


I really like the amount of different tubing configs you can use with these:







Next up are the 2x sets of Primochill RSX rigid tubing fittings. These are very new and they seem like a massive improvement over the Monsoon fittings I was using previously


Particularly liked the packaging!







I eventually ended up spending around 6 hours making some progress tonight. Most of that time was actually used to strip all the radiators and tubing out and flushing all the old coolant out and cleaning the CPU/Chipset blocks.


I made a few bends and got to grips with using the Rigid Bender, which is pretty useful!










Some more work done yesterday prior to a heavy night on the town!


First piece of bending today was a pain in the feces generator, trying to get the bends correct for the pump outlet that drops below the partition wall and into the 240mm radiator








Once that one was done (5 attempts later!!!)  it was pretty much plain sailing to complete the CPU loop and most of the GPU loop




I changed the old GPU layout a little to allow for cleaner looking bends and adding the Flow Meter




Then onto some leak checking for the CPU loop, early signs all good




Finally finished the loop and did some leak checking and all seemed good ....


Had a leak from the Parallel Terminal (only part not disturbed!) which leaked in between the 2x GPU's where I can't see ....


Turned PC on, pc restarted twice then I switched off at mains and eventually found the issue. On the plus side both GPU's are fine as I've tested those in another rig and I've dried the motherboard out and blown it through with compressed air. Will wait till tomorrow to test the board, but fingers crossed ...


Update 15/02/16


Disaster averted, she lives!!


So after the panic last night I figured whilst I have the loops drained I would swap all the Fittings around, aka white on red and red on white, I suspected it would look much better.



Did all those last night and rebuilt the loops and waited until this morning to power up the PC.



So back to leak checking!! (although I was pretty certain there were no leaks this time!)








I left it running like that a little whilst bleeding the loops and leak checking all the fittings and especially that Parallel Terminal, had half of a toilet roll stuffed between those gpus today!!


So it's now complete, it works and more good news, my RMA replacement for my Asus RoG Swift Gsync monitor shall arrive tomorrow!!






I decided to do a little stress testing whilst finishing off the flushing and making 100% sure there is no leaks, AIDA 64 full stress test without any issues, so I guess I really did get lucky with that leak!






I followed the AIDA64 with a run of 3dmark Firestrike on default settings, just to see what kind of scores I could get and how the temps are:






This was the second run, I'm pretty sure I can get 1500mhz on these cards and I know the CPU does 4.9ghz. This one was ran at 1468/1856 on the cards and the CPU at 4.8ghz









Graphics score 25816, I'm plenty happy with that, more impressive were the temps:












Next weekend I'm gonna try for 5ghz on the CPU and 1500/2000 on the cards, probably going to need a bios flash, but I will see how I feel at the time.






Onto the final pics, thanks for reading so far!




































The RoG front base still isn't working as my man that is lengthening my loom is out of the country with work, that will be added in a couple of months



















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What? I thought I saw the finale for this a long time ago? Is my memory that bad? (yes) 


Anyway, She came out great with the white/red contrast thing going. 

...I feel I said that before too... and mentioned the flowmeter oops.... :huh:

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I guess it was the final at the time, but I always wanted to go SLI, just had to get the funds "released" from the wife lol!


Since that finales its had another 16gb of hyper fury X ram in red, a 2nd 970GTX and EK parallel terminal with EVGA SLI bridge (doesn't light up on my 970's!!) and of course now the flow meters and PETG tubing.


The 970s are now also running modded bios, 1420/7400 daily and as a result of that I did a little reworking of the PETG and flushed the 240mm rad from the CPU/Chipset loop (leaving those with a 360mm, and added it to the GPU loop


Will also act as a nice foot warmer during the colder months!!

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