"Distraction" a Lian Li PC-V3000WX Dual Loop Build

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"Distraction" a Lian Li PC-V3000WX Dual Loop Build

The excitement and buzz of new generations of GPUs and CPUs has got me looking to launch a new build. This one is almost certainly going to be a slow burner though, to some extent due to the challenges of supply and demand (I've got an RTX3090 on order, but I've no idea when it shall arrive) but also because there is no particular hurry as I'm in the fortunate situation where I don't need to tear down an existing rig in order to build a new one.

Besides the RTX3090 the only other element of the build that is firmed up is the case - a Lian Li V3000WX - which I selected because of its capacity for water cooling, most notably due to the "basement" section allowing for good airflow and thermal separation for the placement of a 480 rad.

Prior to ordering the V3000 I'd compared the dimensions to those of my bequiet DBP900 to make an assessment of how it would fit on my desk and just how much space it would fill. On paper it didn't seem like a significant change of scale[1], but now that I have it with me, I have to say that it really has a significant presence to it!

The rest of the components I'll figure out as a I go but my initial thoughts are:

  • CPU - waiting on the announcement from AMD on their new Zen3 CPUs - I've not used AMD before but they've caught my attention with all the hype/leaks around the Zen3.
    UPDATE: Ryzen 9 5950X on order

  • All of my builds to date have used Asus Mobos so I'll likely to stick with them again for the familarity I have with their BIOS.
    UPDATE: Asus ROG Crosshair Dark Hero on order

  • Given the space of the case I'm looking at going with a dual loop setup - which shall be a first for me.

  • Provisionally I'm looking at a 480 in the basement for the GPU loop and another 480 up top for the CPU, with Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax fans on both.
    UPDATE: I've gone with an EK XE480 for the GPU/basement and an EK CE420 for the CPU/roof on the basis that the 420 better fits the top vents

  • Aqua Computer system (i.e. several components) for monitoring and control

  • For water blocks I'd like to use Heat Killer but they don't currently have any plans for RTX3090 blocks so I suspect that I might use EK blocks
    UPDATE: I've gone with Aquacomputer for the CPU block and Alphacool for the GPU block - I've also ordered an Alphacool RAM block which I intend to fit to the backplate of the GPU for active cooling of that side of the 3090

  • For hardline tubes and fittings I've previously only used Monsoon with the acrylic welded collars but getting hold of that kit has been increasingly difficult in the UK over the years so I'll likely look for a different solution this time around. I'm currently finding my head turned by the chrome effect brass tubing offered by Bitspower - it looks awesome but I wonder how much I'd miss by not having sight on the fluid in the loop for the peace of mind that it brings.
    UPDATE: I'm going with 16mm Bitspower brass hardline in their shiny silver finish with Barrow fittings, also silver

  • NVME M.2 for the OS; SSDs for games/programs; SSHD for storage.

  • With regards the overall aesthetic the only thing that I can say with some certainty is that this isn't going to be an RGB-rainbow-puke build, yes I'll have some lighting but I intend to keep it subtle.

[1] Comparision of dimensions (in mm)
Lian Li V3000WX 245(W) x 625(H) x 605(D)
bequiet DBP900 243(W) x 586(H) x 577(D)
Color(s): Black Silver White
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: none
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build


This build participated in 2 contests.

Build Updates

Stripping out stock fans and drive cages

One challenge to overcome

Fan selection and design ideas

Let there be light


PSU selection

Aquacomputer test fit

DDR4 selection

Things are starting to get real

be quiet cable combs are rather neat

More hard core hardware p0rn

A good day.

Light floor build and test fit

Piggy back coolers

Test fit of the back-to-front reservoirs

The end is in sight

CPU loop under pressure

One loop (almost) down; one to go

Hardware build complete - tuning and software next


$ 799.00
AMD - Ryzen 9 (5950X)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 16
$ 579.00
ASUS - ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero
Chipset: X570
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: ATX
$ 300.00
TeamGroup - Xtreem (4000MHz) (Black) (2x)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 16 GB
$ 1,600.00
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 3090
Interface: PCIe x16
$ 299.98
Samsung - 860 EVO (2x)
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
$ 199.99
Samsung - 970 PRO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 512 GB
$ 155.00
Seagate - FireCuda Gaming SSHD SATA Performance Hard Drive
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 2 TB
$ 404.14
be quiet! - Dark Power Pro 12
Wattage: 1200
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Titanium
Lian Li - PC-V3000WX
Type: Full-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 80.85
Case Fan
$ 99.00
Case Fan
$ 91.60
$ 29.00
Alphacool - RAM Waterblock
Type: Waterblock
$ 313.90
Aquacomputer - D5 NEXT (2x)
Type: Pump
$ 548.00
Barrow - Fittings
Type: Custom Loop
$ 160.00
Bitspower - Tubing
Type: Custom Loop
$ 205.22
EKWB - CoolStream CE
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 420 mm (3 x 140 mm)
$ 143.95
EKWB - CoolStream XE
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 480 mm (4 x 120 mm)
$ 114.73
Watercool - HeatKiller Tube 200 D5
Type: Reservoir
$ 49.70
$ 90.00
$ 94.00
$ 11.65
$ 165.36
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