Somehow managed to get all the parts at MSRP or lower.
About a week of bending, cutting and trimming tubes later... air test is good, no leaks!
Leak test with water just to be double sure.
Corsair fan cables oof. Out of sight, out of mind.
Finally booted up and running. Most importantly, the RGB works.
Full view with glass.
Purple is My Favorite Color
First custom loop build. Always thought parallel loops look really cool so I decided to give it a go.
Took about two weeks total to plan and fit everything together.
I had to take a dremel to the front PSU cutout to fit that big ol' pump/res in there, probably should have gone with a slightly bigger case.
Anyways, I learned a lot from finally doing a custom loop instead of just watching other people build. I'm really happy about how it turned out!
A couple of other things:
The pump and fan curves and all the RGB are controlled with the Commander Pro through iCue based on liquid temp. Didn't want four/five pieces of bloatware so I just went with one. piratedog_tech on ebay sells adapters for the Corsair rgb headers into regular 3-pin a-rgb headers.
Cables are from ModOne, they are more expensive but has a better selection of colors and customizability than Cablemod. They have like 3 shades of white and 4 shades of gray/black, and a bunch of dual tone color combos. You can even change the connector color to white! The only thing is they don't have the aluminum cable combs that Cablemod has.