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Winter Descending

by jamesthebard

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Date Published

Nov. 10, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.61GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10GHz

Description

This was a fun build to really get in to. Basically, I wanted to do something fun with the Mercury S8 without taking a hacksaw to the thing. Custom sleeved cables, horizontally mounted reservoirs and rads, and a monochromatic look that fit in with the up-and-coming winter months.

While there have been some issues with the build, all of them were worked out. The pumps (dual DDCs in series) push Primchill's opaque white coolant through both GPUs in parallel, then through the radiators. Afterwards, coolant hits the CPU (Phanteks C399A) and then the flow is split into two Singularity Protium 250mm reservoirs that are mounted across the top of the case.

Cable management for the radiator fans comes down the front of the case and gets plugged into an Aquacomputer Splitty9 fan hub, and the front and side intake fans get another Splitty9 which are fed into the Aquacomputer Aquaero 6 LT mounted inside of the case. It also deals with pump controls and monitoring the coolant temperatures in the loop.

All of the fittings are either Bitspower, Barrow, or three Alphacool fittings (didn't have a choice due to running out of fittings). At last count there are around 30 fittings, but it seems watertight for now.

For a few more photos, there's always this.

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PaPaBun 12 points 11 months ago

Lord jesus this is gorgeous.....

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 4 points 11 months ago

Thanks, appreciate it. :)

SirHalpin 1 Build 3 points 11 months ago

+1 for confidence

seems watertight for now

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Yeah, after running 2x DDCs in series at 100% over six days I'm pretty sure all of the fittings are good to go at this point. ;)

Sawdog 2 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Absolutely love this build! Why did you go with the 1080 not 1080 ti?

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Thanks! Honestly, I had the 1080s before the TIs existed, otherwise it would've been 2x 1080TIs.

Sawdog 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Makes sense.

Partha 3 points 11 months ago

AwesomE +1

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks :)

pegotico 2 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats on the featured... +1

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks! I actually didn't know until someone commented on it. XD

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

:)

BEEFJERKEY 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

love to see the CaseLabs case

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks. It's my first CL case, and it was a pretty enjoyable build in it.

OccamAsylum 13 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

whispers descending

jrfcomet 2 points 11 months ago

Satellizer!

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

The original title was Winter is Coming, but even I knew that it needed a better title ;)

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

I think the point was that you spelled it wrong.

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

In my defense, I'm evidently really bad at spelling. Thanks for the heads-up

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah, that whisper went completely over my head. Thanks for trying to fix my horrible spelling. :)

OccamAsylum 13 Builds 4 points 11 months ago

I do what I can to make the world a better place. xD

Sonprep 2 points 11 months ago

this is truly a beautiful build i hope it gets featured +1 from me :)

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks, I definitely appreciate it!

Sonprep 2 points 11 months ago

temps?

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

For the CPU, 50C max at 100% on Prime 95 26.6. I haven't pushed the GPUs yet, but that will be happening very, very soon.

syg101 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

expertly done, superb. Amazing my dude +1

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks syg101, it was one of the more painful builds (especially considering I almost dropped it last night topping off the reservoirs), but it turned out really well.

ipathvvv 2 points 11 months ago

Looks awesome! Is it okay to build on carpet?

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I haven't had an issue yet. To be honest, when I'm running tubing and stuff it makes things much easier. If you're paranoid about doing it, a static wrist strap could be a boon.

skyrise 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Awesome configuration and case!

I'm curious though. Why not Vega 64 instead of the GTX 1080? They perform the same and the Vega has much much much better build quality than GTX, and her metal variant has better cooling performance. Just look at the PCB design:

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Appreciate it! The reason that Vega FE/64/56 weren't in the build is that they hadn't been released yet when I bought the GPUs. Since I already had the two 1080s it was cheaper just to use them ;)

Techmaster123Xd 2 points 11 months ago

Sign up for setup wars on tech source YouTube channel. You have a great build!! You can be in his video.

Techmaster123Xd 2 points 11 months ago

But clean your cable before signing up

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I appreciate it, it took a bit of work to pull off! I'll take a look at it and see what I can do about that...

Techmaster123Xd 1 point 11 months ago

Great! Hope you win!

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Very Nice. Compliments Mate!

+1 from Me.

TCO

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks mate, appreciate it! :D

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Beautiful!

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks, appreciate it! :D

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

No problem.

nulldotzero 2 points 11 months ago

Great build! You seem to be a Singularity fan :)

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I like their reservoirs, definitely. I'd say I was more Watercool though with the GPU blocks and the pump top... ;)

nulldotzero 1 point 11 months ago

I was also referring to sleeving the cables on those fans. Good job!

Juicy_Face 2 points 11 months ago

Awesome build, but can u pls fix that cable management behind your desk, it hurts my eyes to look at it

Apach3 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

i'm guessing with the $1000+ in audio equipment you're doing some serious A/V editing?

either way, it's a killer machine no matter what you do with it :D

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I do, and the CPU helps that out so much with most of it. :)

hi_im_snowman 2 points 11 months ago

Love love love the originality!!! What an incredible build, it screams PRO.

Well done!! +1

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks, I wanted a build that was better than my previous Thermaltake P5 build. I thought the reservoirs looks fantastic, and it came together better than I though it would.

Air_Wizardo 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Beautiful build +1

mcconkeymike 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Good looking build, what are you using it for? 3D Rendering? Virtual Machines? Hacking god?

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Virtualization and video encoding for the most part as of late. So far, haven't had any major issues and the temps have been pretty good :)

HelloPeyton 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Damn, that sure is pretty. Well done!

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks HelloPeyton, appreciate it :)

FadelessCash16 2 points 11 months ago

Woah....13 fans that things going to be cold as Antarctica.

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Actually, with the coolant sensor in the loop, the biggest thing I've noticed is that my AC is the biggest factor in knocking down the temps...lol. I haven't started overclocking yet, but I'm pretty sure that the fans will help get that air where it needs to go :D

islandg@m3r 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

VERY CLEAN BUILD!!!

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Appreciate it, thanks!

sandris 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

+1 man! Very good looking build. Is the 850W psu enough? 13 case fans are a lot of watts.

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

It's good though there might be a PSU upgrade in the build's future. The 13 fans run at max will pull about 35W of power. The goal is to ensure that never happens :)

Society7 2 points 11 months ago

Do you plan on upgrading your desk setup at all?

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

No, actually the desk is pretty solid and contains all of my crazy pretty well. The only thing that might happen is that I try to sort out some of the devices on the desk, but the desk itself will probably stay like it is for awhile.

LonghornAlamo2040 2 points 11 months ago

Oh look you made my uber expensive rig for me! Just ship it to my P.O box and...

LOL! You did a wonderful job!

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

lol, I was going to send it to you but UPS was asking for about $9,000 in shipping and handling ;) Thanks, appreciate it :D

LonghornAlamo2040 2 points 11 months ago

Only $9000?? Pshhh! Chump change! Haha you're welcome!

drekavac6 2 points 11 months ago

Great build, nice Triade too haha

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Hey, everyone has their hobbies...lol. Thanks for the compliments :D

Tizi 2 points 11 months ago

wow. thats uh, thats a lot of fans ya got there bud. +1

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Not nearly as many as my old Thermaltake WP100 build at 24 fans to be fair ;)

ssjg5rlly 2 points 11 months ago

+1, but still

what are you gonna do when spring comes, spraypaint the parts?

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Either that or find some green Primochill Vue to throw in the loop.

xTHExRADxREXx 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

I love this build
great job on the feature

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Appreciate it, it's been a really fun build!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Great presentation.

Thumbs up

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate it. There are a few things I'd like to do, but it turned out pretty well overall :D

JdogBaconMan 2 points 11 months ago

Awesome build! Be careful with the optical drive though, as I have the same one and it doesn't work in my build and I've seen a lot of people with the same problem.

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Actually, that optical drive has been a complete beast. No issues with it so far, and I've done some rather mean things to it up to this point ;)

JdogBaconMan 2 points 11 months ago

Good! It's been annoying for me, but my friend will replace it free :)

JdogBaconMan 1 point 11 months ago

BTW, it's interesting that you ran the Threadripper instead of an i9

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Honestly, it was/is a more interesting CPU than the i9.

pfbangs 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Dad :]

so smexy ◉‿◉

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Who dis? ;) Hey, it's no Winter Oak, but it'll do. :D

Purnoxious 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

I'm a sucker for horizontal reservoirs +1

Though I wish they were a bit more visible from the window

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

They're pretty obvious from the side, but that front window is tiny to be fair... :)

Romanov351 2 points 11 months ago

Super cool build, it's a beaut. I think I may try to build this as well, but first I am probably going to have to sell my two kids and wife. I will probably end up living in the boonies after this as well. Anyways, nice build aaaaaand on that note. Bye!

IanJvan 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

i like this

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks :)

Kerbels++++ 2 points 11 months ago

Is that hardline tubing or soft tubing, I honestly can't tell? Great work either way! +1

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

It's 12mm OD PETG harline tubing. I almost ran out during the build because I had to redo the entire CPU portion of the CPU loop.

DBKLYN83 2 points 11 months ago

Is your case a modified Thermaltake Core X5? I built my 1950X in Core X5, your build looks better!

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

No, the case is a Caselabs Mercury S8. The cases are very similar in style and layout though. Also, thanks, I appreciate it :)

annaheim 2 points 11 months ago

What the frea- What do you even use this for?

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Virtualization, video encoding/rendering, gaming, and Discord ;)

annaheim 2 points 10 months ago

Holy nuts, this is crazy! Good job on the build! :D

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you, appreciate it! XD

TheNerdyPerspective 2 points 10 months ago

Checks every box. Monochrome, custom watercooled to perfection, stupidly powerful, looks dope AF. Good job.

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I appreciate it :) I wanted to go monochromatic after my last build, and figured this would be that perfect opportunity. Of course, the next build will be a bit more colorful, but that shall have to wait for another day...

bknust 1 point 11 months ago

Nice rig. What led strips did you use? Where were they mounted?

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I have one LED strip from Corsair right in front of the GPU to throw light on the block. The rest of the case is lit from the Corsair ML120 white LED fans installed in the case.

WyrmWolf130 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Oh... that's hot...

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Hopefully, it's more "cool" than "hot" to be fair. ;)

WyrmWolf130 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Most definitely...

FlipLaw 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

0_0 is this what love feels like? Gorgeous build.

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate it. Took a bit of work, but I think the end result was well worth that effort. :)

FahadAA11 1 point 10 months ago

Could you do a Passmark bench or Geekbench 4?

Thanks!

jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

The only benches I have at the moment are GPU-based. Superposition 1080p Extreme was 8,602 (2151MHz Core/5500MHz Mem), and 3DMark Time Spy at 13,608 (2151/5500).

Unfortunately, my UPS needs to be replaced as it's currently maxing out on just the OCed GPUs. Once it gets replaced along with the PSU I will go ahead and get TR up to 4.1/4.2GHz.

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jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Definitely. The Tower 900 is a good case, but the plexi is great quality and the build quality on the Caselabs Mercury S8 would be very, very difficult to beat. Also, I really enjoy having the top-mounted rads and reservoirs with the small window in the front. :)

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jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Yeah, unfortunately need to put a lot of fans in to make it look good. More unfortunately, they're somewhat expensive. :(

Wvheil 3 points 11 months ago

Somewhat expensive

$300 dollars on fans alone. Wow

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jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I'm fortunate as all of the ML fans were purchased for an earlier build and were laying about on a shelf collecting dust. Figured the white LED fans would work out pretty well with the build, and I really like their performance profile.

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jamesthebard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah, I just noticed that, might've been a bit surprised...lol. Thanks, and I definitely appreciate it, it was a fun build to get up and running :)

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