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Phanteks Enthoo Elite build log

Discussion in 'Worklogs' started by Deimos, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. Deimos

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    Phanteks Enthoo Elite build log.

    Work pays for my PC and while I can't justify the price, I'm the boss.



    I'm aiming to make this the nicest build I have ever done personally. I used to do this stuff for a hobby but lost my passion for it after working in the IT industry for 12 or so years (including 3 years of bulk building PCs and servers). Now that I am out of IT I'm starting to renew my passion for this great hobby and finances allow me to do silly things so let the building commence...

    I'm moving my existing, watercooled rig in to the new case but I decided not to move over any of my old WC gear.
    Completed specs will be:

    Phanteks Enthoo Elite (Duh)
    i7-5960X
    Rampage V Extreme
    64GB G.Skill F4-3333C16-16GTZ
    Two Gigabyte 1080Ti founders edition
    Sound Blaster Zx
    Samsung 850 Pro SSDs

    Watercooling:
    EKWB EK-Supremacy EVO X99
    1080ti full cover EKWB blocks
    Hardline tubing (PETG) with EKWB HDC compression fittings
    EK-XTOP D5 PWM Plexi pump + EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM (Glass)
    EK-XRES X3 400
    EK-Coolstream XE 480, XE 360, CE 420.
    EK-Vardar F4-120 (7)
    EK-Vardar F2-140 (4)
     
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    Radiators are installed, 480 in the bottom, 360 in the front and 420 in the top.
    The 480 is going to be exhausting out the bottom, I'm still deciding on the top rad, I may put the barbs at the other end and at the moment it is setup to exhaust out the top but I'm considering having it sucking air in otherwise dust filtering is going to be completely worthless.

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    Cablemod order arrived today, I got red and black to go with the Rampage V Extreme as well as SATA cables to match.

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    I'm waiting on the second res and pump bracket which will go in next, will post pics when I have them in.

    I'm going with a single loop.

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    So my parts order finally arrived on Friday so I managed to mount the pump and res and put some tubing in place. I decided to go for a mix of hard and soft tubing.

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    One thing I can't understand is why EKWB doesn't sleeve their cables :nuts: The D5 PWM has a combination of red green and blue sticking out the bottom which would stick out like a sore thumb in a clean build so out comes the shrink wrap...

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    I'm a little worried about pressure drop with so much in a single loop so I have decided to add a second pump to the loop. I already have a EKWB D5 PWM gen 2 kicking around, I just don't have housing that will fit in the back on the Elite's pump mount so I ordered this from EKWB:

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    So after some thought I have made some changes to the loop order and the pump combo has been moved to a higher position to accommodate the new loop order.

    Got my first HEDT pipe bent and installed too.

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    This turned out way better than I hoped; found a clean way to get the bottom and front rads linked up without having to make a hole, or remove those nice mid plates. Routed the tubing inside the front panel.

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    The second pump housing arrived earlier in the week as well so that went in today and linked it up to the bottom radiator.

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    I purchased a cutting/bending kit from EKWB and was really unhappy with the results. Honestly, 200 grit sandpaper and a freaking hacksaw?

    People have been using copper/steel pipe cutters so I popped down to the hardware store and bought one for $12...

    Turns out that it is useless at cutting PETG, the cutting disk is too blunt, yeah you can get through the pipe eventually but the result is still not that great.

    So I pulled the cutting disk out and sharpened it with my Ken Onion edition knife sharpener, made it super sharp.

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    Result from my sharpened pipe cutter:

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    Well the loop is as far along as I can go now without actually putting my system in the case.

    Installed the second pump and drain port and switched out the soft tubing for hard. I also re-did the bend from the top pump to the front rad to increase the radius a bit. The old bend was also clouded somehow by the insert when I heated it.

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    After some more pondering I have decided to forgo the motherboard blocks. Can't see the point in putting them on if they offer no benefit at all and my OCD can't handle the thought of dumping heat in to the loop unnecessarily. Plus the added time and effort of installing just isn't appealing to me at all.

    I also did some quick number crunching and this beast will be taking around 2.5 litres of water :eek:
     
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    Finishing up and leak testing. Started at 2pm and finished at 4am because the damn thing leaked. Had to bend the last of my tubing in to an insane 's' shape to get it all working properly. Damn the PETG tubing is tough! Getting so close now.

    Purged the loop 3 times already due to leaks and flushing. Still seeing little flecks of metal in the water so I'll have to flush it a few more times before I finally finish.

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    Just finished this today.

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