And it’s done

Right, aside from the minor thing of not having the m.2 SSD installed yet, the system is pretty much complete. I’ve got my lovely white ram, and I’m temporarily running Windows on my 850 EVO drive for now. I simply wanted to get the new system up and running so I could overhaul the old one before getting rid of it. I’m pretty happy with the results, seeing as it’s my first ever custom water cooling loop. I’ve learned a lot, which will certainly come in handy for future builds. I made some mistakes, but none that were severe. I found that I should’ve done a few things slightly differently, but nothing major. And at the end of it all, I have a really nice looking, fast and very cool running system, which should last me a good few years.

But honestly though… We all know that I’ll be upgrading the graphics at some point in a not too distant future 😉

Here is that lovely white Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 memory. It's rated at 2400MHz, which isn't anything extreme, but enough.
Here is that lovely white Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 memory. It’s rated at 2400MHz, which isn’t anything extreme, but enough.
And this is how the system looks in the end. I'm sure I'll do some little cosmetic tweaks over the coming months, but all in all, I'm very happy with it.
And this is how the system looks in the end. I’m sure I’ll do some little cosmetic tweaks over the coming months, but all in all, I’m very happy with it.
And it’s done

It’s the FINAL final countdown (hopefully for real this time)

Oh my, where to begin. I’ve been having a cold, and I’ve been waiting for the last of my tubes (ended up ruining too many to get the final couple of runs installed) but eventually, things are looking up. I’ve had a little test run with purified water, just to rule out any catastrophic fountain effects, I figured it would be safer to do that with pure water than with brightly coloured coolant, and it’s looking good. This also allowed me to boot the system, just to make sure that the graphics card survived the waterblock installation, which it has, and it also let me find out that one of the shops where I’ve bought my parts, sent me the wrong capacity M.2 SSD, so that’s being replaced. Hopefully I’ll be able to get the new NVMe based Samsung 950 Pro instead, which is black, and will match my colour scheme much better.

Things have been progressing really slowly because of little details things, which means that by now I’m getting really impatient. Fortunately I’ve been informed that my white sleeved CableMod PSU cables have been shipped, so they should arrive some time next week most likely. At that point, there won’t really be anything else missing, other than the replacement M.2 SSD, so I might actually consider installing Windows on the 1TB SATA drive temporarily, so that I can at least run some benchmarks and perhaps even do some overclocking.

To end this post, I thought I’d post the first “glamour shot” of the system with coolant.

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The “Perfect Pink” pastel coolant from Mayhems really transforms the whole thing.
It’s the FINAL final countdown (hopefully for real this time)