Description

This is my very first water-cooled system. I revamped my last pc (Black Ice) into this. I realize that the bends aren't the prettiest, but I ran out of tubing and I haven't ordered anymore just yet. Bending this stuff looks easier on YouTube videos I promise. It was challenging and I messed up A LOT of tubing.

Challenge 1: Pump and res combo does not clear with GPU installed so I had to dremel out a hole in the case to fit the pump and res.

Challenge 2: EVGA FTW 980ti does not have a compatible waterblock so I had to make the EK Thermosphere fit by modifying the bracket mounting plate on the Thermosphere. Warning: metal gets very hot when cutting with a Dremel and you will burn yourself, Use oven mits(;

I plan on going back and redoing lots of the bends, but this is it for now as it satisfies my needs and my initial wants for this build.

If you plan on doing a custom loop in a 400C I will warn you ahead of time, nothing lines up like you want it to. I would suggest with buying more fittings to help with the bending.

To the pro hardline watercoolers I have probably disappointed you with my bending skills, but do not fear for I will try again until I am up to par with some of the nicer builds I've seen on here.

The desk was built by myself.

Thanks for looking!!!

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

If my knowledge and memory serves me right, your build should be the first CLC loop inside a Carbide 400C on PCPP. Congrats!

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh sweet! Didn't know I was the first

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the actuality of having the loop not being perfect for most people, I love it <3

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Well thanks! I'm definitely not a pro so I guess this is what most should expect when trying for the first time.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta give you props for trying at least, I'm too chickenshit to customloop because I feel like I'll have a leak onto damn near everything important. However your loop with the color scheme makes it seem professional ;)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I did have leaks at first but I just had to tighten the fittings and all was well

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you kept with it though, **** scares me too much ;-;

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome that you are sticking with the hard tubing. It will be worth it in the end. Looks solid as it is. Best of luck!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll have to update pics when I get more tubing

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the pc, very well put together and color coordinated. What kind of led lights are you using? Looks really nice inside that case

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

They are the magnetic cable MOD rgb lights. Two 60cm strips! Thank you!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Colour combo looks amazing man :) Nice build. Love the hardline tubing. only a couple of bends which are off but for a first go looks amazing

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Will work on it in the future

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a thought, are you using a silicon bending insert? It's almost impossible to make bends without one. They would look something like this:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/alphacool-silicon-bending-insert-100cm-for-id-12mm-tubing-blue.html

If you don't have one of these you will need to get one that matches the inner diameter of your PETG tubing. Do NOT purchase this one without knowing if it will work with your tubing.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I did have one! I just wasn't very good at getting the tube to the exact temperature. It would either crease on me or bubble up from too cold or too hot. I just haven't mastered the when to bend part.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm guessing you've probably seen plenty of videos like this one but this is a great video that may be of some use to you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRzypS4P9V8

JayzTwoCents is a well known PC enthusiast in the water cooling community, You might already be a fan of his. His videos definitely got me interested in water-cooling and helped me a great deal bending the tubing for my build. Something that also my help is a tupperware container filled with cool water to place the tubing in for a moment, it will greatly speed up the process.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I love his videos! It was just way harder than he makes it look lol and it could be that I was just frustrated! Thanks for the help though

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I completely understand how you feel, I spent over 7 hours bending my tubing until I was satisfied and went through 9 feet of tubing. I was very frustrated by the time I was finished, I just wanted to play some damn games already! Well good luck in your future builds. May your Frame rate be mighty and your Draw distance far my friend.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Just checked out your build and that is mighty fine. Hopefully once I get some more tubing I can perfect my methods lol! But seriously I just wanted to play Rainbow 6 and the tubing was just pissing me off! So maybe when I'm calm I can do a lot better. We will see

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

i couldnt even fit a 240mm aio at the top. but this guy did a ******* water cooled build. but im more interested in the desk tbh where you get it from

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahaha it was a tight fit with some mods using a dremel. But I built the desk myself. Cost me $60 in parts from Home Depot. I used one piece of 3/4 in mdf sanded plywood and got Home Depot to cut it into my specifications. It's 6ft long 30 inches wide. Legs are 29inches tall with small feet on the bottom I had left over. Saved me a ton of money and its cool to know I built it myself.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

... S340 or this?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I would go with this. It's larger than s340 so you haven more room and to me it looks more premium. Also, easier to get into main compartment because you can just swing the door open.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What chair are you using?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

just a chair i found at office depot that was comfortable and didn't cost a lot lol. I dont know what model number or anything

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks comfy af.. Great build man!

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  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

It was difficult and I about pulled my hair out. To be honest it literally took my about 10 hours to get everything installed which sounds crazy but hardline is no joke. Jayztwocents makes it look way too easy

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

even jay has said that he had to try alot with red mist and its still not 100% so no worries lol it looks great for a first time ;)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the support!

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I did have a couple of leaks at first but I went back in and fixed them. I don't leave my PC on unless I'm by it so it's not such a problem as of right now

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not acrylic! It's petg