With my OCD, I couldn't keep this thing with a air cooled GPU, so things had to change. It was first picking out the Phantek's GPU waterblock, then because the Phantek's GPU waterblock was so shiny, I had to switch to a Phantek's CPU Water block to match. Then things spiraled out of control.
With adding a GPU waterblock, I wanted to make sure I added another radiator to cool in-between the CPU and GPU, so I picked up a Bitspower 360 slim, only to get peer pressured by my buddy to go bigger or go home. I already had a EKWB 360 PE, so I thought I'd move that to the rear chamber and add a even larger radiator. Stumbled on a open box deal on a Bitspower XF360 at Microcenter, so I crossed my finger and added it to the top of the build. Surprisingly this huge radiator fit with my EK 250 Reserve! There is about a 1mm clearance from the top fan to the reserve top cover =D.
Thinking I was out of the woods, I moved the EK PE 360 to the rear chamber only to be caught off guard with the front I/O connectors not allow my radiator to sit inside. After a couple hours of cutting and repairing, I was able to modify the front I/O to allow the Radiator to fit! I read that many people just completely remove the USBs and USB C from the front but I couldn't allow that to happen, I use them all the time and they had to stay.
After the Radiator maddness, I had to customize addressable RGB strips into the CPU waterblock because for some reason, Phantek doesn't make a model with ARGB like their GPU waterblock. After basically replacing all the LEDs in all the components with my own addressable LEDs to match, I then had to redo my piping a million times for straight 90 bends and lines. Finally I thought the build was complete but my original gold custom cables kept bothering me. Nothing in my build was gold anymore! So I decided to resleeve my cables to silver to match the rest of the build.
All this sounded easy, but goodness, it took me so many hours. I think I also filled and drained the loop 5-6 times because of cable management, adding a new 970 evo plus, or even as stupid as forgetting to screw the rear chamber bracket!
Over all I'm finally completely satisfied with her. All the LEDs are completely addressable in every component, the cables, fittings, and waterblock have a similar finish, and it turns on! Yippy! I hope you all enjoy the images as much as I do!