Black and Orange: First Custom Loop and mod

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    I’m building my “new” pc. It’s going to be my first custom loop and first hard line build. My current system has an old CoolIT Vantage AIO. As far as case mod, i haven’t done any case mods since early 2000’s where i cut a window into a Micro ATX case I had for a home server and then engraved the Tux Penguin into some acrylic for the window. Looking forward to customising this new pc and making it mine.

    The specs for the box: i5 4670K, ASRock Z87 Extreme3, 16GB G.Skill DDR3 1333, EVGA 1060 GTX SC, Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 5 RGB, Corsair HD120 RGB fans (sold the stock RGB fans), Thermaltake CL360 Rad, Thermaltake W1 CPU Block, Thermaltake PR15-D5 Pump/Res Combo, Barrow fittings, Barrow 16mm PETG. I also ordered an EVGA 650W Gold Modular PSU and 1TB Samsung EVO 860 SSD.

    I know it’s not the latest and greatest specs but it will be an upgrade from my Ivy Bridge and being a K cpu and a Z87 mobo I’ll be able to overclock it unlike my current system.

    Planning my loop... For the drain, the radiator is the lowest point in the loop. There is a plug in the bottom of the rad but only maybe 10-15mm between it and the bottom of the case. So I’m going to drill a hole in the bottom of the case and add an 30mm extension so the port is bellow the bottom of the case.
    I’ve ordered a few Barrow right angle fittings to give me some more options and slightly less complex bends.

    I haven’t planned a theme yet, not sure if i just go for a colours theme or if i go something a bit more extreme, i guess my main reservation on that is that a game theme, etc tends to date a lot quicker than just a simple colour scheme.

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    I did a quick test on the fan lights and I’ve found I’m going to need some internal lighting, the lights on the fans don’t penetrate through a 64mm thick rad haha

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    Also planning on doing custom sleeved cables, i’ll have to do some research into this as i haven’t done this before.

    Any advice or suggestions?
     
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    I think i have decided on a theme... Star Wars, so a black and red theme... I’ve been sketching some ideas for things i can integrate into the case.

    On another note, i had a thought last night, i’m wondering if i move the radiatator to the top of the case, i would need to cut the top to mount the fans underneath. There is no where to mount it stock plus not the room inside the case, so it would need a new custom top for the case. I’m not sure if that would look any good or just making more work for no good reason...?

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    Some of my thoughts and ideas... open to suggestions as well :)

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    I’m not sure what to do with the front of the case, i was thinking maybe of building a new front out of acrylic and then cutting the “Morse code” patten in the front which could act as air vents and then set the fans to white to back light the grill...

    I’m thinking i could 3D print a fan guard in the shape of the Imperial logo. Maybe can make the water cooling tubing look like light sabers maybe?

    Open to suggestions and ideas :)
     
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    just use the force & let your inner modder out:)
     
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    Print this out, stick it on the side. Done!
     
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    lol
     
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    Whats that thing that looks like a zebra crossing?
     
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    hahahaha its meant to be the ceiling lights in the Death Star

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    Just had another idea while looking for a picture of the death star ceiling lights...

    Maybe I could something with the res like this...?
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    Starting to mess around with modelling the water res top. I'll 3D print it once I'm happy with the design. Not sure what to do about Vader and Luke (my Fursion 360 skills are definitely not up to modelling them...)
     
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    Hmm still trying to learn Fusion 360 and learn how to do the little "tabs" around the sloped part of the cone.
     
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    Tinkercad is a good way to get started if you want to get the building.
     
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    Decided to continue with the Star Wars theme. Quickly knocked up a model in Fusion360 for the new front panel. Then printed it quickly in draft mode to check measurements (so ignore the stringing) and see how it will work. I had to print it in two halves as both my print beds are 200x200 and this model is 200mm wise so too close to the edge.
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    Now I need to work out the mounting method and also decide if I keep the stock power/reset/USB bit and model a bit that meets up with my new front or if I just model an entirely new bit.

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    Ok scrapped the theme now, just going with a colour scheme instead... Black and orange :)

    I received my “last” parts this week, I upgraded to a Gigabyte 1080 FE with an EK waterblock from the forums here, also grabbed 32GB of DDR3 ram from the forums.

    I got going on my build today, it is going well so far :)

    I cut a hole in the bottom of the case so I could mount a 30mm extension to the bottom port on my rad. It’s the lowest point in my loop, so it’ll be my drain point. I couldn’t find anywhere to put a tap, and the rad is the lowest point.
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    I also drilled the holes for the pump/res, and it just clears the graphics block :)
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    I 3D printed a cover for the IO connections because I can, and to make the mobo look a bit cleaner.
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    I think I have done a reasonable job of cable management on the rear side.
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    I may add some power extensions later, but I think it looks pretty tidy so far. It’s really only the 24 pinmotherboard power connection that you can see, the other two (Mobo 8 pin and Gfx 8 pin) aren’t obvious I don’t think.
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    Not sure if the SSD will stay on that side or if I’ll mount it to the floor inside.

    Also not sure if I should do something about the heat spreaders on my RAM, the coolant will be orange and the leds in the fan I plan on setting to orange (so black and orange theme)

    Also I assume I should flush the loop with water first before putting the coolant in since it’s all new WC components (except the GFX block)?

    I realised I only had 6 fittings as I didn’t have the water cooled graphics card when I originally bought my fittings. I’ve ordered another 2 fittings today. I can probably use a piece of soft tube and soft tube fittings for one of the links until the extra fittings arrive. I also realised I must have thrown out my thermal paste, so i’ll have to wait until Monday to pick some up locally.

    I’m going to need some lighting inside the case... as I expected the front fan leds don’t let any light inside the case with that big thick rad! I plan on controlling the Fan LEDs and the light strips via an Arduino (because I can - and because it will be fun :) )
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    Ok this is what I am thinking for my loop. Just not sure what to do with the CPU to GPU connection. If I go straight (the purple path) then it won’t be quite straight up and down. If I go the blue path that will require 3 bends, so more complicated.

    I think the rest should be ok. All the rest only have 1 bend so should be quite easy.

    The link between the res and rad will be slightly offset but will be straight when looking from the side of the case.
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    Still haven’t decided what to do with the front. I’m thinking about building a new custom front as the stock one is very restrictive.
     
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    Now featuring sleeved extension cables. I think I might need to do something to the ram heat spreaders though...

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    I’m wondering about getting some Addressable RGB heat sinks for my RAM. I see there is quite a few options on eBay and Amazon. Anyone here tried any of them?
     

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