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To make a long story short, this was the first time I builded a custom water loop. This project took me about 6 months in a way that it was difficult to find the some parts here in Canada and I wanted to have the best prices I can get. Thanks to PCPartPicker, those price alerts saved me so much time!
This build was mostly inspired by a guy named JayzTwoCents. His YouTube channel is where I learned all the stuff I needed to start this project and his Skunkworks V3 build totally sold me to go with the pastel yellow. EDIT: Now it's clear blue!
If you search for the best places to buy water cooling parts here in Canada, I got an excellent service / shipping with the DazMode guys. They almost have all of the parts I needed except for the pump and water blocks that I ordered from NCIX.
The goal of this build was to stay mainly with EKWB parts, I like their products and the build quality is amazing. The radiator does not have too much flux compared to some other radiator brands. I flushed it with distilled water using my pump and a home water filter system. Then I flushed it again with 70 degrees celsius distilled vinegar, this technique got all the flux out and then I did a final flush with distilled water.
For the motherboard, the first I received was defective. Got an RMA and a good one was shipped by the week. I tested everything and started to black out every parts of it starting by removing aluminium pieces on the heat spreaders. After I painted the bios battery cable (I know you perfectionist!) and wrapped the sound card with black vinyl.
The video card was the first item I receive, so this is why I did not put a 1080 in. I started to overclock it, but I need some time to perfect the clocking and voltage. I do not have so much radiator length, so I need to be careful because I can build heat like hell in this tiny case with only a 240 radiator.
Now talk about the piping... If you think it was easy, not so! Thanks to PETG tubing, for a first time build, it was the best choice and easy to bend. The learning curve was rough, I spend so many hours and throw out so many bends. But I'm pretty happy with the result.
I will post some benchmark soon and pictures of the case front that I need to complete... More yummy!
Thanks for the good comments guys and keep up the good work, your builds are amazing!