Alright everyone here is the DL on the build. I purchased a Acer X34 locally for a heck of the deal. However, my phanteks ethoo evolv TG was to big for the case and the monitor on my desk so i decided to downgrade. I parted out the old build for the most part, and picked up this sweet little case: lian li pc-o5sx. It's water cooling capabilities isn't the best but boy do i love the looks of it. I saw the digital storm bolt 3 and decided i loved the case and had to have it.
So i picked up most parts second hand of Reddit/ebay/craigslist which took the course of a few months for everything to come together. I have seen a few builds like this in the past but not with the parts i have and i wasn't 100% sure it would all fit. The previous builds i saw used the swiftech h2 hybrid open loop cooler. So i purchased the new version in hopes it would fit and unfortunately it did not, because the reservoir hits the top of the asus impact board. So i returned that and thought up this build. It is a tight fit however i love it and i am glad there really is no wasted space. One day when i retire this bad boy ill wall mount it since it is a wall mountable case and turn it into a stream box.
So difficulties to the build besides the swiftech AIO cooler. You see that line in the back behind the motherboard tray. Man that was a pain in the rear to get it in there i tell you. I had to use three fitting 90 degree on the right side behind the tray that runs from the radiator. I did this so i could make the line straight as possible but it was rather hard to make adjustments once the top was on because i couldn't do full turns. So i had to take of the top and tighten it then reattach and pray it worked.
Next difficulty was the AER fans with the RGB strips. The AER fan packs only come with attachments to the Hue lighting fan system not the connection for the strips. I purchased the extension lighting kit from NZXT thinking it would work and nope it is a different connector. I had to contact NZXT and it took a month for a reply. They said they shipped a cable and that was a week ago. I go tired and bought another hue system just for the single cable connector what a pain!! Another unique thing i had to do was the asus impact viii only has a single usb 3.0. The HUE+ lighting system utilizes a usb 2.0. So i ordered a usb 3.0 splitter from moddiy and a 3.0-2.0 adapter. It the little things that take all the work that no one notices that makes a huge difference and this was one of those things. I ran rgb strips throughout the whole case and i tried various lengths and i didn't like the dark spots that were created so i did the whole outline.
The custom cable i started doing myself and realized how much time it would take to do them all so i hired the guys over at cablemod to help me out. I love how they turned out. They are really difficult to work with because they were so stiff so i am hoping they will break in a little over time. Also measuring was a pain and i miss counted how many connectors i needed for sata so i had to order another cable.
Now the last problem that through me for a loop was once i had everything plugged in the system would not post. I for the life of me couldn't figure out why. This was after i installed all the water cooling equipment and i thought i did everything meticulously. I tried a single ram, nothing. Then tried without the gpu and nothing, I tested another psu thinking maybe the new SF600 was not functional. Still nothing. I tried everything in the book. I just gave up and started messing with things and as i pulled back the rubber backing to the CPU water block on the back plate the system all of the sudden started. I still can't explain why rubber was causing the short but it was. I tested it multiple times and every time a little tug on the rubber fixed the issue. So i put some gaffers tape back there and no issues since.
Last thing i want to mention is the g skill rgb software is tough to work with. I can never getting it working properly so i just leave it on rgb. Hopefully they fix this in the future i believe it is still in open beta. Which is why in some of the shots the color doesn't match.
Now to the build.
Besides what was listed there was no difficulties really. The case is amazing and very modular. I removed the drive bays so i could fit a full length card and pump. There is almost zero space between the pump, gpu, and back wall. I move the psu bracket down a few to space it out a little better. The pc hums but is not loud one bit because everything is pwm and doesn't kick in until it is rather hot. I have my two ssds mounted behind the gpu on the other side. The HUE+ lighting is mounted where the cd bay was. There is a EK 140mm Furious fan blowing air on the back side of the CPU for extra cooling other than that it is open air. Lian Li cases are just amazing and serious some of the best built cases i have ever worked with.
The water pipe runs i thought was the best way i could do them without covering any equipment besides the cables. I thought about wrapping the cables around the piping but decided against it. I did the rectangle run around the gpu so i could see the water block and not cover it at all. The run from the cpu to the gpu is so close to the glass it is unbelievable. I chose mayhem pastel red because it matched the red/grey theme. I also have a pastel grey i will try next. Another thing was to decide the best way to run the u.2 for the nvme drive. So it is plugged in the mobo but i didn't want it covering the entire side Took awhile to think that one out. So all in all i am very happy with how much surface area it takes on my desk. I love that i didn't have to sacrifice any performance for the build and i can overclock due to the motherboard. PLUS all the RGB!!!! definitely improves productivity.
Let me know what you guys think. I am just shocked it all came together and eventually fit into the case.