[WORKLOG] Project Y.GEAR - Intel 4790k @5ghz, GTX 980, Liquid Cooled

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    Project Y.GEAR

    Hello everyone and welcome to my first ever build log. This will be a "revised" version of my existing build - Project Blu. Blu was my first water cooling build. I've always built PCs since the good old P3, P4 and C2D days.

    What does the Y stand for? Yellow! I'm a huge fan of Mayhem's pastel series and I always wanted a yellow build.
    Most parts I have already, but I've ordered some new parts to accommodate the new build. Crappy photos of existing build below. Last picture is my latest loop. :shock:

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    Big mention to www.pccasegear.com for their prompt services. Most of these parts were ordered from PCCG.
     
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    Painted my Corsair SP120s Yellow! :leet:
     
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    This is what the build looks like without the side case on. Time to drain the loop...

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    I made a drain port from the bottom 240 rad out with a drain valve. I actually had build up of stuff in the soft tubing. It was a dead loop on the bottom rad to the drain port. No flow going through.​
     
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    Installing the front dual 240 rad with the SP120 fans. It was easy to install on the phantek's case.​
     
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    I started to install the cable mods cables into the build and take down the existing radiators for a clean and install of the fans.

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    Top rad installed... Check!​
     
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    A few bends completed! I even used an existing one for the top left bend!

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    Another angle of the build.

    I've exhausted the tubings I had! I had to make another order from PCCG for more tubing. During browsing, I ordered some EK stop port fittings for the Res. Now awaiting my order!

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    Basement - check!

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    These EK ports look real nice.

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    Harsh reality of water cooling. I ordered 4 tubes and just couldn't get the bends right. In Sydney we're coping 32 degrees C weathers and it's really humid. It didn't go nicely with the heat gun lol! I've ordered another batch of tubings from PCCG and a corsair mouse M65 RGB.

    A little background over the weekend... It was my birthday on Friday and the missus and family bought me an Apple Watch which I love! Following Saturday with Star Wars at IMAX. It looked incredible in 1570 70mm film. I'm heading out to the normal theaters this week to watch it again!

    Now hopefully PCCG get my tubes ready by Xmas eve :thumbup: :tongue:
     
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    Looks great! Love the pastel blue :thumbup:

    That's the reality of hard tube! I reckon I went through about 6 metres worth on my build just to get the bends how I wanted them. Great fun though!
     
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    Hi Realms :upset: Thanks! The pastel was actually Mayhem's Pastel Purple and I added some dye. It really gave a glow when the side case was opened.

    It really frustrated me over the weekend trying to get the bends right in 30+ heat lol :wired: Not until I was on my last tube I realised the weather did not help at all. Still waiting for my order to come through. I'm hoping this week :thumbup:
     
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    that yellow is going to look great.

    what are you using to bending the tubes??
     
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    Thank you!

    Just a silicon cord, hot gun and my estimated measurements lol
     
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    thats probably your issue, you need get something that will accurately tell you what angle your bending to, and then hold it there for a while or even dunk the tube under some water so it hardens.

    the tube will have a tendancy to bend back (straighten its self out) i found and holding it there for 30 seconds longer made alot of differance. i gave up on trying to get angles right and just bought a heap of 90 degree fittings. makes the build more expensive but saves a ton of heart ache
     
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    That's true. I did use a coat hanger and reshaped it for reference but I had no luck. I think I was running out of patience.


    The NZXT Hue + unit has arrived today! Can't wait to get this bad boy up and running. Even though it's going to be white.
     
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    NZXT Hue + RGB kit arrived! Ohh the glory! ​
     
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    This looks great man. Once you go to the trouble of making a water loop neat and matching, I reckon its madness not to take that little extra step to hard tube.

    I am pretty much not using soft tube at all anymore. I have some EK rubber tube and a few fittings for emergencies but even when I'm putting quick test loops together I go with hard tube now. With the right technique it can be easier to use than soft tube. No bending of course.

    With the exception of the case (Hate Phantecs) I wouldn't change this.
     
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    Thank you for the reply :)

    Unfortunately for this build I will rely on some soft tubing due to the relocation of the pump to the back of the case. I don't mind it actually.

    That's exactly what I'm trying to do. Just perfect my last build and make it look nice and clean.

    Hopefully a caselabs case after this build. :leet:
     
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    My order has arrived! Right before Xmas :leet: PCCG - what a service!

    Corsair M65 RGB in black. Can't wait to play on this thing!

    Let's hope this batch of tubing will be the last I see of it.​
     
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    Merry Christmas everyone! Bend on the bottom complete :thumbup:
     
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    This bend on the left to the CPU gave me a hard time! Finally after my
    Last go with the bend I successful made it happen! ​
     
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    Flushing the loop with the new bends!

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    Completed!

    A few things to note:

    I'm not happy with the rings being darker then the pastel yellow. It looks orange which is a big shame!

    The pastel yellow is not as "thick" as I want it to be. I'll look into the next couple of weeks to paint the rings again with a lighter yellow and get more pastel mix to make it look thicker.

    The NZXT hue kit is a real nice feature. However, it isn't as bright as I would like it.

    Overall I'm happy with the rebuild but I hope to change the case in the future. The case doesn't do it for me anymore.

    What do you think? Please let me know if you like the build. ​
     

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