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Core P5 Build

This is my personal build, and an upgade that has been long overdue.

I used a Thermaltake Core P5 case, and decided to make some modifications to it to suit my needs as I went on. The oval rubber grommets have been cut out, and replaced with a custom brush pass through that I made using 3/4" door sweeps you find at some hardware stores. This allows me to place cables neatly where they belong onto the board, adds an additional dust filter/air restriction, aids in cable suspension, and looks cool while doing all of that. I also cut a hole for the CPU power, and moved the EVGA 1000W Titanium power supply closer to the edge for better wiring clearance by using a custom aluminum PSU mount and tapping my own holes.

There's Cablemod wires and sleeving throughout the case. Power, SATA cables, custom individual molex connectors for each pump in the EK-XTOP Revo Dual D5 PWM serial pump system I decided to use. Redundancy and head pressure is why I chose that pump. Elegance, and how cool it looks, is why I used Cablemod cables.

The Aquacomputer Stainless Steel Filter and Aqualis XT 880ml Revervoir are great additions. The filter has caught more stuff than I thought it would, and is easy to clean out. The valves on the back of that filter have proved useful in other ways. I can slow down and ramp up the water speed/pressure much faster closing the valve halfway or more and opening quickly again to clear more air bubbles than I could powering the pumps off and on, or using bios to manually adjust the speed up and down with PWM pumps.

The case had all these additional holes that just didn't work for me, so I covered them up, and applied a black textured wood grain vinyl wrap to it. Looks a lot better, and adds a touch of class.

Now, this particular pump has a hole at the bottom of it that EKWB says is not to be used as a drain port. It's a technical hole, or so they say. I refused to believe that. After messing with it for some time, it turns out that no regular fitting will work with it. However, EKWB makes a special extension fitting that fits perfectly in the hole they say "not to use". So now I have a drain port there, and 2 for the radiator. For a different look, I used Thermaltakes Pacific drain valves. Just like to get as much water out as possible between coolant flushes.

Most of the overall build parts were ordered from Items such as the radiator, reservoir, pump, fittings, tubes, and various accessories. Great place, and seem to have just about everything in stock on the regular.

I've worked on this project for over a year now. There's still some minor adjustments I'd like to make before I call upon my neighbor to help me mount this to my wall. Have to finish cable management in the back. Maybe an extra cable comb or two in a few places. I dunno.

( be continued.)
Color(s): Black Silver White
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Wall
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build


This build participated in 6 contests.


$ 255.00
Intel - Core i7 8086K
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 6
Integrated Graphics: Yes
$ 349.99
ASUS - ROG Maximus X Formula
Chipset: Z370
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: ATX
$ 54.99
Corsair - Vengeance Pro (3200MHz) (Black/RGB)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 8 GB
Corsair - Vengeance Pro (3600MHz) (White/RGB) (4x)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 8 GB
$ 1,659.00
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 2080 Ti
$ 235.00
Samsung - 860 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 2 TB
$ 142.00
Samsung - 970 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 1 TB
$ 84.98
Seagate - Barracuda (ST4000DM004)
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 4 TB
$ 329.99
Wattage: 1000
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Titanium
Thermaltake - Core P5 (Black)
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Open
Case Fan
$ 79.96
Phanteks - PH-F120MP BLACK (4x)
Size: 120 mm
$ 42.45
Aquacomputer - Stainless Steel Filter
Type: Custom Loop
$ 287.19
EKWB - Fittings
Type: Custom Loop
EKWB - Fluid
Type: Custom Loop
EKWB - Tubing
Type: Custom Loop
Hardware Labs - Black Ice SR2
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 480 mm (4 x 120 mm)
Thermaltake - Tubing
Type: Custom Loop
$ 149.73
CableMod - Sleeved Cables
Mode: Custom
Sleeve: ModFlex
Color: White
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