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So I have done a couple of updates since I completed the build in Dec 17.

Due to the blower style card and a SFF case I was seeing some pretty high temps on my GPU (around 80C+). The card type is a ASUS Turbo GTX 1080 and, as it turns out, no one but Bitspower does a full GPU cover for this. After looking at an alternative from Alphacool I managed to find the EKWB universal block on eBay for half of the normal price unused.

I had to add my own heatsinks and some thermal pads, which I got from Amazon, and a bit of arts and crafts to make my own backplate but I know have both my CPU and GPU reading ~50C even under heavy load.

I have also added some new cables which I got from Shakmods in the UK which finish it off nicely.

I think I may have the custom loop bug now though as I am looking at my MidTower case and thinking about moving to that so I can have another play.

Thank you for your comments so far.


After building a few different systems in a Mid ATX case and a super SFF (Fractal Design Node 202) I decided to have a go at making something that was as much as a show piece as it was functional.

This was my first time setting up a custom loop and involved a lot of trial and error, shaving a silicone insert and numerous purchases when I realized I was missing one part, then another and another...

I have some ideas of what I want to do next: - Custom sleeve my own cable extensions, going for a orange, black, blue and grey colour scheme - Add a GPU waterblock, due to the limited support for the Asus Turbo I will probably look at either the full block from Bitspower (if I can get hold of one in the UK), or the Alphacool option. - Custom PSU shroud made from plexi - Custom GPU Back Plate made from Plexi - Change a few of the tubes (mainly due to the addition of the GPU)

I am going to take the character Deathstroke from the DC universe as a bit of inspiration as I like the character, the colour scheme and it also fits with some of the things I already have so that's a bonus.

I'll put up the second attempt when I make the changes.

Cheers

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

looks great

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

That's some crazy piping.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you get your gpu out?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea.... I kind of don’t.... I’m looking at including in the loop next so will have to redo. Few things.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that front tube bend! Are you gonna include the GPU in that loop down the road?

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you. Yea hopefully. The Asus Turbo is a bugger to watercool though. Only full block is by Bitspower which I can’t get hold of in the UK, or the hybrid alphacool cover which only has the block over the GPU for active cooling and passive cooling for the others. I’m am going to try and replicate the bend though, just smaller

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good I think the tube up front looks nice with the z type bend in it.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I see rainmeter I upvote

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha ha, cheers. Love rainmeter, may try making my own bits next. So far I have been using honeycomb? I think it’s called that. Nice and clean :)

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all really nice build!

Secondly I have a quick question about water cooling if you don’t mind. So I am thinking about putting a custom loop in my build, but I can’t figure out what size tubing and fittings I should go with along with where I could mount a resavor in my case? Also if you know a good place to get custom cables extensions pretty cheap could you point me in the right direction please?

Specs: I7 7820x Gigabyte x299 gaming 7 (planning to use ek monoblock) Dominator Platinum 4 Sticks Gtx 1080ti SC (Not planing to put in loop) Define C

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, thanks for the comment!

I’ll help where I can, although please feel free anyone reading this to correct anything.

What are you thinking of, hardline or soft for water cooling? The tubing above is hardline and I went for a 12mm outer diameter and 10mm inner diameter by EK. It’s a little skinnier than the other option (16mm outer/12mm inner) part of that was cost, the thicker the tubing the higher the cost of fittings and tubing, the other was that due to the size of my build I didn’t need big diameter tubing.

If you go soft most people seemed to recommend a inner diameter of 10mm and then either 13mm or 16mm outer diameter. A thicker outer diameter means it will kink less easily if you have tight bends.

Once you decide on the size just get the fittings to match. The fittings that attach directly onto the tubes need to be exact but the other fittings, usually things like the 90 degree angles, ball valves etc. Are pretty standard at 1/4 inch. You screw those into your radiator for example then the tube fitting into that.

I think the Define C has a removable lid in the psi cover near the front fans where you could mount a radiator/pump combo? There are a few other options though, you can get adapters to mount them most places if you don’t want to make drill holes your self. EK do a mount which goes onto your radiator/fans and you can lay horizontally if you wanted.

With regards to cables, apologies I don’t know if you are are in the UK, but if you are and you want custom (pick your own colours) google Shack Mods. They are in Birmingham and seem to do good sleeves at a decent price. My next project is to sleeve my own extensions from parts I bought from there.

If I can help with anything feel free to message me or comment on here again.

Good luck :)

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

When you get the new build together, let's see some in progress pictures! Awesome build with some crazy bends as it sits. Nice One!!