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Here it is... the major upgrades to the first time family build are complete (for now lol)

the original build is here https://pcpartpicker.com/b/sDBPxr

A fried Mobo, cpu and the want to water cool gave way to same MAJOR upgrades

The cpu is up from a 6 for a 8 core with a much better rating.

The flashy but flimsy MSI mobo has been upgraded to a asus sabertooth. Very capable and powerful board. Pretty much as good as I could find with good reviews for AM3+

and for the finishing touch ( be it tho very expensive and admittedly overkill) an XSPC custom water loop. Made it myself. Radiator is a Black Ice because the xspc wasn't thin enough. Has fill and drain ports with a valve for neat draining. hoses can be screwed into the capped fittings on the outside to move the drained water far away from the computer. I wanted a loop that would be easy to fill and empty so I could modify it easy

Has two distinct lighting modes. Mostly with CCFLs and a few LEDS hooked up to 2 switches. Has UV and White modes. Water Tubes are purple and blue UV reactive but show clear in white light mode.

Not sure what else to write. Ask me anything : P More Pics on the way as I find better light and upgrade the machine.

UPDATE 2017! threw a block on the gpu and re did the tubes, now satisfied somewhat.

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Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Yo that tubing and lighting is badass. I'm not into water cooling because of the labor since it's not really necessary for my needs, but if I did I'd want it to look like that!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! This was my first time doing a loop. Going with soft tubes makes it easier if you get brave : P

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

non-ekwb water cooling system +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

lol you no like EK?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I like to see vibrant options. I get concerned when there appears to be a dominant option.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha. So far XSPC has been good to me, and not quite as expensive.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

makes note

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I like XSPC, having used their rads and fittings a couple times. Love how the Ion looks in the build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ty! I thought it was perfect of this case too.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You have that fx 8350 at 5ghz I hope after that nice custom loop ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Just finished the build. Haven't done overclocking and benchmarks yet but yes I plan on overclocking it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it but its too much USD$

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea the loop was too expensive. I did it cause I wanted to, not cause its cost effective tbh.

It was worth the project tho!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

not understanding your tubeing on the bottom, you have it running nowhere?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a drain ; P

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I screw a hose into that capped back port.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

but why tho? the only thing i can really see was is your gonna watercool ur gpu.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I am eventually but right now it just lets me drain the system easy.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I do like the drain / fill mechanism, I was thinking to do the same, when I'll do my first watercooled rig.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I highly recommend it. Having a dedicated fill AND drain helps so much. You need both to bleed air as it drains. The valve just makes thing neat while I hook up the hose to the back nothing runs out.

This is good for those who constantly tweak their loop.

I'm glad someone gets it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I now have a much cheaper case (NZXT Source 210 Elite) which I'd like to mod in the future to accomodate a custom loop, and I was thinking to drill the same fill and bleed ports as you did (although I was thinking on making the bleed one at the bottom.

I have a question, kinda related to that, and I'd appreciate if you could clarify. What does happen when you bleed a system with a vertical mounted radiator with the ports on the top, like yours? Do some fluid get stuck in the radiator and you'll need to be extra careful when you remove it or what?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

nothing spills out till i throw the valve. To get the radiator empty you just need to rock it side to side gently. It may not empty all the way but i t wont spill if you take off the fittings. Just keep it upright once open.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I approve of the case choice ;)

Also, I really like the UV case lighting, I wish more people would put it in their builds.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

TY!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

bro our pc's are almost exactly the same LOL! i have a fx 8150 oc'd to 4.6ghz and 16gb of ram (4x4gb) 1600mhz Cas 9 xfx DD r9 390 lmao what kinda performance are you getting? like 1080p or 1440p? and etc?

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

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