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So, why do I call this computer "Lava Phoenix"?. It started with a hard lesson that I learnt from building my first computer (Overloaded and cheap power supply, ended up frying Motherboard + ATI Graphics card), I replaced the power supply and motherboard and put in the old graphics card and the name "Phoenix" (The new computer rising from the ashes of the old) seemed appropriate at the time. Even afterward, when I built new towers, I took parts out of the old computer to use them in the new, so the name stuck with my computer for years and never saw the need to change it. I ended up going for "Lava" cause it works better with the mythology than "Water", given that this computer is water cooled.

This is my first "water-cooled custom loop" computer. I decided to skip "soft" Tubing and go straight to PETG, it was probably not the best way to go into the custom water-cooling world and I would imagine some of the water cooling veterans would tut me for doing so, but I planned accordingly by having some excess PETG pipe (which did come in handy in the end) and I didn't find it that hard to do the bends to be perfectly honest (I have done similar activities in the past that helped) and prior research (JayZTwoCents and some other youtubers) did help as well.

The computer is my gaming machine, I stuck with AMD in part because I have a Freesync monitor, while I did contemplate going Nvidia for this build, I also do like AMD, That much is very true.

I did have my fair share of problems with this build, though, leaks were not the main problem, with maybe one exception (loose fitting). Power supply (Brownouts) and a flow indicator (kept getting stuck) were the main problems. If you want my blow-by-blow account of my experience with water cooling, I'm putting that up on Tumblr. I will post the link in the comments when I have finished the rant.

EDIT: I added some more pictures, it does have a Red coolant in the loop, it is just with all the red light in the case and the dark tempered glass, it is hard to see. I also did a bit of a rant about the whole experience on Tumblr, Part 1 covers the collection of the parts and part 2 covers the building and the assembly of the water cooling part.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Oddly enough, I feel the fact that your runs are not perfectly optimized adds to the aesthetic of the system. Nice first time hardline!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I am going to tinker with it (in time), it is just I am holding off doing any overclocks at the moment because I built this computer while on the verge of winter, so I don't want to set a overclock that puts too much heat stress on the system.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Good idea!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

you should get a special color for the liquid in your loop

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Red to go with the "lava" theme

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. I had the after-thought along those lines after seeing that I OD'd on red. I think a black dye or a pearl Orange would make it pop.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice PC name

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

np

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, like the naming and the idea. Good astheics on the PC, too.