First custom water loop!

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First custom water loop!

Some notes on the build:

The Corsair Crystal 460x case isn't really well suited for watercooling. I'd much rather have something like the Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic. It is however quite compact and has two glass panels front and side to show off stuff.

My temps are decent with the one 360 radiator. The 8700k is clocked at 5ghz 1.28v (liquid metal) and 2080 has a mild OC (am power limited) and boosts to ~2055mhz after its dropped a bit from heating up. I get around ~64c max on CPU and ~55c max on the 2080 during AC Odyssey with the fans set to 900 min - 1350 rpm max, pump speed max (38-40 dba max measured with phone maybe 35 cm away). It's very pleasant.

I theoretically could just about put a 240 radiator up top but I'd have to lose the RGB RAM sticks for very low profile RAM (I think Corsair LPX would work). Also about 2.7-3cm of the top of the motherboard would be hidden which I think is a shame with this board and on the practical side it would be hard to access fan headers, debug LED, memOK! button if ever needed so I'm not sure I'll bother. Plus I could be wrong and it might not fit.

I couldn't remove the front bottom shroud because it's the only place to keep a 3.5" mechanical HDD and my power supply is not the shortest with a lot of individually braided cables to hide. The back isn't the most generous and you do have to zip tie everything to make putting the side panel on easy.

This meant I had to put the pump/res combo underneath the GPU horizontally. On my particular pump/res combo model having it mounted horizontally gave me some headaches while filling and bleeding but I've worked out a method and should be easier in future. There's still a minor issue: At max pump speed some leftover air in the res leaves the pack and enters the pump causing a gurgling sound but it's very rare so I can live with it and I've tried hard to stop it completely.

The GPU block is a copper/plexi version. I bought it cheap in auction and there wasn't much choice available. I'd rather have the nickel/plexi version to match everything else but since the GPU is not mounted vertically it's not really that noticeable so it's all good.

I spent around £1350 total to get it to this point but that's taking into account sales of my old gear so it's not a totally useful figure. I bought mostly used or new with special offers and upgraded the core components at least twice so it's complicated but that's what I'm down since starting the upgrade adventure January of 2018.

I started with:
ASUS P8Z77-V motherboard
8gb DDR3 Corsair LPX
Antec 620 CPU water cooler AIO 120mm rad
MSI GTX 970 Gaming
256gb Samsung 840 Pro SSD
1tb Samsung HDD
Corsair 600T case
Seasonic 550w power supply
ASUS 24" IPS 60hz monitor
Asus Vulcan headset
original Corsair K95 keyboard
original Logitech G502 non-rgb
Logitech G440 mouse mat
Logitech Z323 2.1 speakers

So almost every component has been swapped out except my speakers plus around a third of the money went to new additions such as the custom water loop. The keyboard was a free small upgrade due to RMA'ing my old original K95.

I know the current prices for everything in the new setup plus my speakers, a delidding service, cable combs is around £3000 new from retail.
Color(s): Black Blue Purple White
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: none
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build


$ 265.00
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Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 6
Integrated Graphics: Yes
$ 198.49
ASUS - ROG Maximus X Hero
Chipset: Z370
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: ATX
$ 53.99
Corsair - Vengeance Pro (3200MHz) (Black/RGB)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 8 GB
$ 366.94
NVIDIA - Founders Edition
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 2080
$ 51.99
Crucial - MX500
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
$ 99.00
Toshiba - Desktop PC
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 2 TB
$ 178.02
Corsair - RM750x White
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
$ 749.76
Corsair - Crystal 460X
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 39.61
Corsair - LL120 (RGB) (Black)
Size: 120 mm
$ 80.97
EKWB - EK-Supremacy EVO
Type: CPU Waterblock
$ 212.41
$ 226.21
Magicool - G2 Slim
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 360 mm (3 x 120 mm)
$ 74.29
$ 110.00
$ 79.99
$ 102.31
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Samsung - C24FG73
Size: 23.5 Inch
Panel: VA
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
$ 279.00
Corsair - K95 Platinum (RGB)
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Cherry MX Brown
Type: Full Size
$ 44.95
Logitech - G502 Proteus Spectrum
Interface: Wired
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