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Introduction

Hello everyone.

Today I bring a new update to my old main rig 'Shiny Charizard'. This time I have moved most of my old components into a new case and decided to go on a journey into custom water cooling. It was definately a rough ride (Due to my own fault/amateur abilities in this field) however the end result is well worth the countless hours of sweat, blood and frustration.

Parts Reused

The parts that I have reused from my old rig is the GPU, Power Supply, A few fans and my trusty bitfenix white LED strip.

The New

As one of my close buddies required a newer PC to replace his old Asus Laptop, I decided to donate most of my old parts (Xeon, Motherboard, RAM) so that he could get a PC capable of running his Architectural applications and Games.

Hence the shift to the newer Skylake platform for me. I decided since I was going to spend almost a fortune on the water cooling components themselves, I might as well go for the best Skylake has to offered. Hence the decision to get the I7-6700K and Asus Maximus 8 Hero Motherboard. Don't get me wrong, these components are rock solid but they do have some issues I will address later on.

The Custom Bits and Pieces

Whenever I build PC's, I always want to add that little bit of uniqueness to it whether small or big. Therefore for this build, I decided to finally custom make my own "Charizard Themed Backplate" for the GPU, Paint certain parts of the Case to fit my theme of Black/Silver and Vinyl wrap the motherboard too. (Custom PSU Shroud to cover the cables will come soon)

The backplate involved measuring and hand cutting a piece of acrylic with a saw (I have no heavy machinery) and bonding it together with the EVGA backplate preattached to the GPU. The acrylic backplate is spray painted metallic silver before using vinyl to paint the accents flat black.

The motherboard involved cutting out two triangular pieces of silver chrome vinyl and covering up the red accents on the heatsinks.

The PCIE slots, thumbscrews and feets of the case was also spray painted metallic silver followed by the addition of a small silver dragon badge to the front of the case.

Watercooling Journey

NOTE: MOST OF THE HASSLE HERE WERE CAUSED BY MY OWN LACK OF DISCIPLINE AND PATIENCE.

Since there is no actual reservoir or pump mounting spots in the In Win 805 Case, I measured and hand cut a seperate acrylic piece that used the E-ATX motherboard standoff holes along with 2 other cable tie down holes to screw the piece in. This allowed me to mount the Reservoir clamps and the Reservoir itself into the case and boy is it sturdy =).

Luckily enough, the measurements were just correct to allow the GPU to fit in with literally less then 1mm to spare before touching the bottom cap of the reservoir.

The rest of the components were quite straightforward to assemble. However problems did arise when it came to tubing runs and filling the loop.

Firstly, I did not take the time to test all the components outside of the case for any faults beforehand. Secondly the tubing was extremely tight and wouldn't fit onto the barbs without immense force. However eventually the first prototype loop was done and filled with a syringe. 5-10 minutes into leak testing inside the case, tiny drops of water began to form behind the reservoir near one of the reservoir fittings.

Little did I know the reason behind this leak was due to the reservoir having little chunks of plastic preventing the O-ring from sealing with the acrylic tube and the need to screw it in a bit tighter.

This leak required me to disassemble the entire loop, causing coolant to literally leak everywhere (was not used to operating the drain valve installed on the pump top). This put me off fixing it for a couple of weeks due to work/family commitments during the xmas holidaysetc.

However as New years came, I discovered the fault of the leak to be from the reservoir, addressed the issue and leak tested the components outside for 2 days before reassembling a new loop design which you see in the pics.

However, most of these hassles were caused solely by my own doings and lack of patience.

Other issues

The motherboard give off distinct coil whine noises that oscillate in tone depending on the speed of the 2 Vardar fans. I do not know what causes this noise, however I have learnt to deal with it after discovering my GPU coil whines with a high pitch noise. FIGURED OUT IT WAS THE LOW PWM SIGNAL ON THE VARDAR CAUSING THE NOISE AND NOT THE MOTHERBOARD

The little stuff

I like the XSPC Temperature sensor, it fits nicely and I can usually just glance over at it to see my fluid temps =). Removed HDD Cage below to mount in 2x120mm fan for extra airflow.

Concluding Thoughts

Overall this shift to Skylake and Custom Water cooling has really made me appreciate the time and effort that people put into making their PC's. Everyone has a unique taste and I will be looking forward to what others have to offer too in the future. Here is just a taste of mine.

Thanks all for reading if you got this far =)=)=)=)=)

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

That backplate looks so good.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, it did take a while to preplan and cut the design before spray painting it, but the end product was well worth it =)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have a video on how you blacked out the red accents?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Purchase a sheet of vinyl, use tracing paper to trace the triangular shapes of the red accent. Use scissors to cut the sheet of vinyl with the tracing paper placed on top of it. Attach your newly cut triangular pieces to cover up the red vinyl to whatever color you want.

=)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man will have to try that!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for ingenuity.

A pump and res combo and a case that supports top mounting of radiators would have been a option imo or a radiator with multiports or crossflow. That would have offered more options to route tubing.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I agree with you completely, I was contemplating whether to go for the parts that were much more easier to work with and would assemble in a very straightforward manner. However the watercooling components here in Australia is extremely limited, and crossflow radiators did not appear until a month after I bought all the components on PCCasegear (WC Parts purchased 3 months prior).

In terms of case choice its just in my nature to go for looks over functionality. So yeah I know this is not the best watercooling case.

But I like coming up with ways of solving problems so I think I am pleased with the outcome

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, where did you get the cables from?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The cables are just extensions bought from PCCasegear. I do not have the experience nor the time to custom sleeve my own =).

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

wow awesome :) sick res

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks =)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the temperature gauge for? Where is the probe positioned at?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Used to measure fluid temperature, it is a G1/4 sensor attached to the pump top outlet. (There is 2 inlet and outlet on the pump top)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, nice!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

You sure you're not gonna name it Shiny Mega Charizard <X/Y> ? Or you're gonna save that name for when you pick X series platform?

Nice work btw, +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I like your analogy there. But yeah if I went with a blue accent theme instead then maybe I could. But for now I like it as it is =)

Thanks btw =)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

This is REALLY nice!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you thought so =)

Thanks!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean as hell.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

proppa

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What's your exhaust fan? The one in the first picture?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, its the corsair air series af-120mm performance edition.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks for the reply. I'm not sure if you can help me but my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YMwZ4D, for my nzxt x61 water cooler do I need 4 fans? 2 on each side, or do I just need 2 pointing out like this person's build: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/KDYrxr Another PC build had 4 and I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/rBBPxr . He had 2 led fans which is shown, and 2 noctua fans on the other side.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be up to personal preference.

2 Fans in pull or push would suffice more then enough for your x61 water cooler (facing the same way as the second link you showed me or like mine).

4 Fans in push/pull probably won't make too much difference in the 805 (Might make it worse due to smaller space to draw air with, if 2 fans are placed behind the IN Win Logo) Otherwise it would probably be a few degrees better if you can somehow position it from left to right ( Fan : Radiator : Fan : Bracket )

If your on a budget, 2 fans is more then enough, you won't even notice any difference in everyday use unless your really monitoring your temps to the last degree. Plus 4 fans would increase the overall noise of your system.

Cheers and have fun building =) Anymore questions let me know =)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you connect all your fans to your motherboard? I have 7 fans (2 of them are for the CPU cooler) and the ASUS Maximus Hero VIII doesn't have enough 4-pins for my PWM fans.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi thank you for your question.

ASUS MAXIMUS HERO VIII will only support 6 fans maximum without splitter cable (Including CPU fans) with 1 header dedicated to an AIO water pump.

If you want to get more then 6 fans, consider using a Y fan splitter cable or buying the fan extension kit for the motherboard.

What I did was:

1x Ek Vardar --> CPU Fan header

1x Ek Vardar --> CPU OPT Fan header

1x Corsair AF120 --> Chassis Fan (next to first x1 PCIE Slot)

1x Aerocool DS120 --> Chassis Fan (above 24 Pin Cable on mobo)

1x Thermaltake Ring 120 --> Chassis Fan (Below 24 Pin Cable on mobo)

And the spare header on the bottom of mobo used to monitor pump speed.

The Water pump header next to CPU fan header is left unused (not recommended for fans)

All Fan headers on the mobo are 4 pin and pwm capable.

Any further questions feel free to ask.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the informative response :) really appreciate it. So I could use the other 4-pins, even though it's labeled specifically for certain things, I can still use it for CPU fans? Like I have no water cooling unit, so I can use the CPU OPT, water pump header, etc. But you noted not to use the water pump 4-pin. Gotcha. So I could use the CPU OPT and it's perfectly fine and same as the other 4-pins for the chasis do you know?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes you can use the CPU OPT header for a case fan, or Case Fan header for a cpu fan. SO LONG as you have ONE CPU fan plugged into the CPU Fan header.

Just so you know The ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO has:

1 CPU Fan header

1 CPU OPT Fan header

4 Chassis Fan header

1 Water Pump header

The motherboard won't really care what type of fan is used on the fan headers as long as there is one main CPU fan connected to the main CPU fan header.

Yeah DON'T use the water pump header for fans, its wired differently (so I heard)

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

1 Fill port on the top.

2 ports down on the bottom for Inlet/Outlet

Water flows around the Green Helix. Green Helix is UV reactive hence the UV LED's.

Thank you!