I just thought I’d write a little bit about the water cooling loop I’m building for my new system. It is going to cool both the CPU and the graphics card. I’m going to be using pretty much exclusively parts from EKWB to keep a uniform design to it, as the aesthetics plays a major role in this build. I’m going to mount a 360mm radiator in the top of the case, and a thicker 280mm radiator in the front. I am going to see how the stock Fractal Design 140mm fans will perform keeping the front radiator cool, while going for Corsair SP120 fans with white trim for the top mounted radiator. I expect that there might be some minor adjustments along the way, to optimise both cooling and noise levels. It is going to be a very interesting, and hopefully rewarding, experience to do a build like this.
Finally, after just over 6 years, my old x58 based system is getting replaced. That old i7 920 has served me really well for a long time, but as with most old people, it’s starting to behave a bit temperamental, so I feel there’s a need for some new blood.
The new system is currently in the “ordering parts” phase, but they are slowly starting to arrive. The system will have a setup as follows:
Intel Core i7 6700K (Skylake),
MSI Z170 Xpower Titanium Edition,
16GB (2 x 8) HyperX Savage DDR4 3000MHz,
Sapphire Tri-X Radeon R9 Fury,
Samsung SM951 M.2 PCIe SSD,
Corsair RM1000i PSU with custom white sleeved cables.
All built into a lovely windowed Fractal Design Define R5 case.
The colour scheme will be white and black, and the system will have a custom rigid tube water cooling loop. I am planning on using Mayhems Pastel coolant in an accent colour, together with matching LED lighting throughout the case. There are going to be some additions to the listed system specs, specifically mass storage (probably a combination of largeish SATA SSD and large HDD for files.
This is a build I will be taking my time on, and it is also the first time I’ll be doing a custom water cooling loop, so I’ll have to be very careful along the way. I’m taking great care with the planning, and I’ll be trial mounting everything to make sure it will all fit how I’d like it to. I will be posting updates as the project moves along.
I’ll end this post with a couple of “beauty shots” of the first two parts to arrive at my door.