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I have my first component on its way for a custom loop build that i plan on building here as i proceed

the reason i call it ''Grease-Monkey'' is because ill lack all the high tech tools needed but will be doing this build mostly by hand-as in old school

anyways heres my first bought component.



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Well, if we're sharing our parts collections, here's a list of what I have on hand so far:


AlphaCool Light Tower


Aquaero 6 XT Controller

Aquaero 6 XT Console

AquaStream XT USB Pump (Ultra Version)

ASUS Crosshair V Formula (-Z) Motherboard

Corsair Air 540 Case

Corsair ax860i PSU

EK Chipset Cooling Block

EK AMD CPU Cooling Block

EK GPU Cooling Block

Bitspower RAM Cooling Block

G.Skill Ripjaws RAM (32GB)

Koolance N17 Flow Meter (two)

Swiftech MCR-220-DRIVE-REV3 Radiator/Reservoir/Pump

Swiftech MCR-320-QP Radiator

NZXT IU01 Internal USB Hub

Plextor M5P Xtreme 256GB SSDs (three)

PrimoChill Clear Rigid Tubing (a bunch for screw ups)

PrimoChill Rigid Tubing Fittings (28 each - you can never have too many fittings)

Drawer full of Bitpower G1/4 Fittings

Phobya Thermal Sensors (three)

Gelid GC-3 Extreme TIM


Here's a link (I hope) to an album that has the pictures:




And the beat goes on. AND the bank account dwindles. LOL




OBTW, wytnyt, the MCR220-DRIVE does fit (barely) in the top of the 540.

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Finally am seeing light at the end of the tunnel and thought id post my build specs today and within the week will post pics of cutting and modding a 360 push/pull in the front and a 240 push on top

here are my basic build specs


Corsair Air 540 Case

Intel i7-4930K LGA 2011

ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 384bit

Dominator® Platinum 8 ea. 4Gig x CMD16GX3M4A2133C9

4x 128 Gig Ssd's w/ 1 ea. 1Tb Hybrid Drive

2x 2tb Standard Hdd's

LG Electronics 14x SATA Blu-ray Internal Rewriter

10 x Ea. Corsair Air Series SP120 PWM High Performance Edition Fans

AX760i Platinum Certified Fully-Modular PSU

Corsair Link Cooling and Lighting Kit



My Water Cooling List Currently Consists of;


EK D5 X-RES Top 140 w/ D5 Vario Pump (EK-D5 Vario X-RES 140 (incl. pump))

XSPC RayStorm High Performance Acetal CPU Liquid Cooling Block - Intel

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Hydro Copper Waterblock (400-CU-G780-B1)

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Backplate (100-PB-2780-B9)

Black Ice GT Stealth 360 Radiator - Black

Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper Slim Profile Dual 120mm Radiator

PVC Rubber Grommet - 0.625" I.D. Hole

PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Revolver Coupler Diamond Knurled Fitting - Single - Anodized Blue

PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Tubing Bending Kit

PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Acrylic Tube - 4x 24" Pack - Dark Blue

PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Revolver Compression Straight Knurled Fittings - 10 Pack - Anodized Blue

Primochill Fillport/Pass Thru Connector - Brass Nickel Plated

FrozenCPU Lighted Crystal LED Plug - Blue - (3 Pin)

Monsoon .999 Fine Silver Bullet Antimicrobial G 1/4 Plug - Blue (MON-PLUG-AG-BL)

Bitspower G 1/4" Temperature Sensor Stop Fitting - Matte Black (BP-MBWP-CT)

Phobya G1/4" Temperature Sensor with C/F Display - (71177)

XSPC G1/4" 3-Way T Adapter - Chrome

Alphacool G1/4 90° Double Rotary Fitting Adapter Male to Female - Deep Black

4 Ea. Bitspower G 1/4" Temperature Sensor Stop Fitting (BP-WTP-CT)

2 Ea.Bitspower G1/4 Thread 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD 90-Degree Rotary Compression Fitting - Matte Black (BP-MB90R2LCPF-CC2)



With my workload easing up due to warmer weather approaching,hopefully i can dedicate more than 5-10 minutes at a time building this...

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Looks like a great build. Only thing thats a little iffy to me is the motherboard. Theres newer asus motherboards like mine that solve some of the issues the original x79 boards had. Like vrm throttling when overclocking and stuff. 4930k should be alright as itll use less power than the 3930k I was using. As long as your not going for like 1.4v+ it shouldnt be an issue anyways. I simply placed a 80mm fan above the vrm hs. Or since you've already spent so much anyways.


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Finally after waiting for my workload to slow down and gathering parts I am actually beginning to make a little progress on my build


first let me say that while most builds show the eye candy shots [what we all want to see]

Ive decided to post both ends of the build,that being the money shots and also pics of my build as i progress even showing the ''bloopers'' along the way:D:

Hopefully i can show other potential builders a few good idea's;): on how to do their build and even more important....what not to do

heres a couple shots of my rads after scuffing and fan rings





i only had a 2 hour window being able to use the paint booth which included setting up,painting and having the parts out




http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e152/wytnyt123/IMG_2936_zpse76741ea.jpg' alt='IMG_2936_zpse76741ea.jpg'>








even tho i used an accelerate to speed dry the paint,i found when moving the parts they were still somewhat soft and tacky































you can notice that underneath the fan screws there is no paint as i didn't want the radiator cores to have any restriction due to the painting so i sprayed from the outer sides towards the center of the radiator ...

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ok,as promised allow me to show my biggest duh moment blooper so far but first let me say ive done paint/body work since '78 and have worked on most everything made

i reduced my 2 5.25 drives down to 1 1/4 bays and decided to rattle can it a semi-black,,i bought a couple good brand of paint so here i go doing the usual shake rattle routine to mix the paint,then decided to go get a glass of tea before spraying

once spraying and having dried it came out as shown

trying to figure what went wrong

i realized




I picked up the wrong can and not the one i shook up:o:

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I have another small mod being done to the Psu location as i need to move it in order for the chamber side sheet metal to properly align.

this will also give well needed space to tuck away all of the rat nest wiring



I decided to glue the metal instead of other available methods.the particular bonding i used is called Fusior,which bonds so well if pulled hard enough the sheet metal will rip before the glue separates...



here i scratched the paint to provide good adhesion ...




I taped the underside to avoid any dripping of the glue and also keeps a smoother surface for less sanding when dry




placing the metal and pressure clamping it




my pliers couldn't get the proper bite so i added a ''specialty'' tool designed for this purpose ;):




a very important step to note is to make sure the tips of the pliers have been lubricated to avoid being bonded also,I used Vaseline...

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Ive got another small step done i thought id share

this pic is the upper fans where it was cut out.,Ive realized that most any cutting here really weakens the case structure.

Initially i had planned on using 2 straight angled brackets but that would have have put the integrity of the case right to the radiator.






so I came up with bracket below and must say the case is likely stronger than ever






heres a shot of the front fan cutout,,I'm using a flat brackets here ,fortunately as the isn't enough room for an enclosed one





this is the front fan bracket






heres a pic of moving the Psu 5/16'',I must say getting these screw holes has been the hardest 1's so far






Im still debating on if I should smooth the Psu area more,,,but it is the case rear;):

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all i did to get the memory purring was enable xmp,the 780 had no video and ended up having to do a bios update but had me stumped till i connected my other video card and had the same results.the cpu fan is a $20 el cheapo i got just to get everything done before going to water.

matches tho huh:D:

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Lol made me look twice because I didn't even think intel made coolers for x79. Or do they come with 3820 or something ? I know 4820k and 3930k don't because I've owned them... You better check your vccio voltage or cpuvtt. Whatever it's called in your bios. When i enable xmp my cpuvtt goes to 1.3v and as far as i see more than 1.25v is not safe. I'm running mine at 2400 with 1.1v. You have more sticks tho so you may need a bit more. Don't want you to fry that cpu because of asus wonderful auto settings lol.
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Got a little ''what is it'' for the avid builder

let me say this,it has to do with leds and as shown in the pic by the black line

this is where ill be cutting it to make 2 ''items''

one pic is topside and the other is the underside

of course its unfinished and fresh out of a fiberglass mold.



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:D: ok, so its a ''hood'' to cover the chamber side leds that highlights the 2 Evo 240 ssd's that im putting there.

i thought guessing it would be easy...:confused:


ordered 2 of these at 9 pm and lightning fast delivery got em here already:D:


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finally had a few minutes to work on my build so i figured id accomplish the hardest most painstaking part of this entire build


the mounting of the Link Commander:D:



getting the wiring isolated enough to have room for the res and pump was tricky but having the 5/16'' of space behind the PSU made it all possible..

the only wiring left is the Link nodes,this build has 3 ssd's and 2 front side full drives

I cant secure the ssd's till Ive painted the upper panel so I figured Id do my dual boot and get the drives in a Raid

easy sit down work...;):

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I have my first component on its way for a custom loop build that i plan on building here as i proceed

the reason i call it ''Grease-Monkey'' is because ill lack all the high tech tools needed but will be doing this build mostly by hand-as in old school

anyways heres my first bought component.



High tech tools? You mean a screwdriver? :bigeyes: Nice radiator paint by the way.

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