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    Need advice on new custom loop build

    First of all, I want to let you know that my last personal build was using an EVGA 9800GTX. However, I have made a couple of builds for friends and I am constantly trying to keep up to date with hardware.

    Secondly, for the past 6 years, I have been using laptops only, but it's time to get back into custom builds. Planning to sell my 2.5 year old Razer Blade 14 (765m) and get myself a shiny new custom loop system.

    I want to emphasise that I want a performant system as much as I want a good looking one! Therefore, I am willing to sacrifice getting another GPU to build a custom hardline loop.

    Here is a list of the main components I am looking to buy:
    CPU: Intel i7 Skylake 6700K paired with an EK Supremacy Evo block
    GPU: ASUS GTX 980 Ti Poseidon (was looking into getting the EVGA classy, or something else - not reference design - , but the custom blocks are a bit sparse at the moment)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evlov ATX
    MoBo: Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1
    RAM: 4x 8GB Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX Black 2666 (or 3000 - not sure if necessary?) paired with EK Monarch Modules and the EK Ram Monarch block
    M.2 SSD: Samsung 950 Pro NVMe 256GB
    SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 512GB
    PSU: Corsair HX1000i (prob a bit overkill?) paired with the CableMod C-Series Black&Green full kit and some cable combs

    And now for the cooling stuff:
    • 1x 360 Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 paired with 3x 120mm Thermaltake green Riing high static presure fans

    • 1x 280 Alphacool NexXxoS ST45 paired with the 2 140mm fans that come with the case (possibly adding another 2x 140mm Thermaltake green Riing fans for push-pull config, but not sure if there is enough space)

    Pump: EK XTOP Revo D5 PWM
    Reservoir: EK X3 250 (prob a smaller one - not sure this will fit)
    • 14x Monsoon Chain Gun Hardline (green accents) for the links you will see through the case window

    • 1x XSPC 4 way fitting attached to the pump to split the flow between the system and the drain line

    • 1x XSPC male to male fitting attached to the 4 way fitting ^

    • 1x XSPC Compression fitting attached to the male to male fitting , and to it the soft tubing for draining

    • 1x Bitspower mini valve attached to the soft tubing hanging from the pump for easy draining ^

    • 2x EK plugs (one for the mini valve and one for the 4th entry in the 4 way fitting)

    • 8x Monsoon PETG 90cm tubing

    • 1x Primochill Primoflex soft tubing for the drain line (is this tube safe?)

    Fluid: 1L Mayhems Pastel UV green (is 1l enough for this system?)
    • 1x NZXT HUE+ LED controller with 4 RGB strips

    • 1x XSPC LCD temp sensor (green)

    • 1x Monsoon cutting kit

    • 1x Primochill Primoflex bending kit

    • 4x Bitspower 5mm UV leds

    • 40x Bitspower UV green cable ties

    I think I covered all I need. Again, I know I can just ditch all the water cooling parts and grab another 980 ti, but I want the system to look good, and I don't need more than one 980 Ti right now.

    My main concern is getting all these to fit nicely in the Enthoo Evolv ATX case. I got extra tubing to practice on as this will be my first watercooling build.

    This build is sitting at about £2700. I will be able to get 15% tax back on this which brings it down to a little under £2300, which is slightly over budget (2100-2200).

    Can you guys point out what you would change? What recommendations do you have? Am I missing anything? Made any stupid mistakes?
    Last edited by b0gd4n; 14-11-2015 at 09:05 PM.

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    • KnightInd2000's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer
      • CPU:
      • Intel i7-5930k
      • Memory:
      • DDR4 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX
      • Storage:
      • 500GB Samsung Evo SSD HD + 3TB NAS in Raid1
      • Graphics card(s):
      • R9 290X
      • PSU:
      • Enermax Revolution 1250W
      • Case:
      • Fractal Design - Define R4
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      • Windows 7 Premium
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    Re: Need advice on new custom loop build

    Can't offer any further advise, I'm afraid (you seem to have it all covered), but I just wanted to say what a lovely machine that will be at the end! I'm a touch jealous and would love to see a pic when you're done. Good luck.

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