First Dual-Loop Hardline Build (Black and Green w/ UV)

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Kuro
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First Dual-Loop Hardline Build (Black and Green w/ UV)

This was my first attempt at a custom, hardline, dual loop, watercooling build! I have always been a fan of the green and black color scheme and parts in these colors are fairly easy to come by so this made the decision pretty easy.

It is worth noting that this build was inspired by JayzTwoCents and his Skunkworks build. Ever since I saw him use the CaseLabs SMA8 case I wanted to build something in it so bad so shout out to him and his awesome channel and all that I have learned from watching him!

I built this PC in 3 stages:
1 - Ordered the CaseLabs case and hardware components and aircooled them while saving up and brainstorming how I wanted the loops to look.
2 - Ordered CPU loop parts and set the loop up with no bends using black fittings as a test run. Though I really liked the look of the fittings at the corners, I could not keep the loop from sagging due to the extra weight, so for the final product, I opted to bend the tubing with minimal fittings. I also did the CPU loop first so I can overclock the 8700k which I got to 5.2GHz stable. CPU loop is on the EKWB SE 480x120mm rad. If I had a thicker rad I could likely get to 5.4 based on my testing but I ran into heat issues. I am still very happy with 5.2!!
3 - Ordered GPU loop parts and LOTS more tubing since I knew I was going to fail many bends. This was a lot of fun but also very frustrating as bending the tubes turned out to be harder than expected. Redid the CPU loop as well in this stage as mentioned above. I did have to drill 2 holes in the metal plate between the bottom section and main section of the case in order to pass the tubing through. This was fairly easy but a little scary since you don't know how perfect your measurements are until after the holes are drilled... Also, this build has 13 FANS! Wiring and cable managing 13 fans (10 of them being RGB so 2 cables) was NOT FUN but well worth it. I had to really think about where I was placing the commander pros and fan hubs in order to make cabling neater and easier. Also having 2 M.2 SSDs reduces cabling so that was a small win.

I went with Mayhems X1 UV Green Fluid with 2 UV LED strips and it looks amazing with both the lights on and off. The top lines get a bit washed out since they are so close to the RGB fan lights but all in all I am VERY happy with how this first attempt turned out, minus the price tag LOL.

CPU Loop path - Res/pump --> EKWB SE 360x120mm Rad --> CPU block --> EKWB SE 480x120mm Rad --> Res/pump
I initially only had the 480 rad in the CPU loop but I was not happy with the temps at 5.2GHz so I added the 360mm SE rad after. It was an easy add because it lined up perfectly below the the Res/pump output hole. 480 rad at the top and 360mm rad in the middle right below the left Res/pump.
GPU Loop path - Res/pump --> GPU block --> EKWB XE 360x120mm Rad --> Res/pump.
Surprisingly this 1 thick rad is enough to keep the Titan Xp plenty cool even while overclocked.
Color(s): Black Green
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Color
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

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Hardware

CPU
$ 340.00
Intel - Core i7-8700K
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 6
Integrated Graphics: Yes
Motherboard
$ 398.68
ASRock - Professional Gaming
Chipset: Z370
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: ATX
Memory
$ 189.99
G.Skill - Trident Z (3200MHz) (Black/RGB)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 32 GB
Graphics
NVIDIA - Titan X Pascal
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: Titan X
Storage
$ 74.99
Samsung - 850 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 500 GB
Storage
$ 128.00
Samsung - 960 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
Storage
$ 128.00
Samsung - 960 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
Storage
$ 46.99
Seagate - Barracuda (ST1000LM048)
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
PSU
$ 299.77
Corsair - RM1000x
Wattage: 1000
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
CaseLabs - SMA8-A (discontinued)
Type: Full-Tower
Side Panel: Window
Case Fan
Corsair - Air SP120 (Quiet)
Size: 120 mm
Case Fan
$ 39.61
Corsair - LL120 (RGB) (Black)
Size: 120 mm
Cooling
Alphacool - Fittings
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling
Alphacool - Tubing
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling
Bitspower - Fittings
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling
$ 131.08
EKWB - CoolStream SE
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 480 mm (4 x 120 mm)
Cooling
$ 86.13
EKWB - CoolStream SE
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 360 mm (3 x 120 mm)
Cooling
$ 118.95
EKWB - CoolStream XE
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 360 mm (3 x 120 mm)
Cooling
Mayhems - Fluid
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling
XSPC - Reservoir
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling
XSPC - Reservoir
Type: Custom Loop
Accessories
$ 74.29
Accessories
$ 74.29
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