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The current iteration of my main build, which has slowly evolved over the years. The goal with this build was to create the most over the top water loop I could with my current skills and budget. I think it turned out great, and I'm super happy with it.
I wanted to differentiate my loop from all the other loops by mixing as many watercooling brands as I could, while still keeping a consistent aesthetic. I kept to a general black/silver theme, with any color I wanted being possible through RGB. I like a black/silver theme as I think it looks extremely classy and I love how the silver reflects any lighting in the case, making for great accents. However, I didn't want to overload on RGB (the fans may come close to this), so I tried to keep things simple there. to not bend the tubes in this build for two reasons. First, I bent them for the last version of this build and it did not look nearly as good. Second, I intend to switch from PETG to glass tubing whenever I next upgrade my CPU and GPU. One final interesting thing to note, there is actually one soft tubing run from the top to the back rad. This was necessary since no matter what combination of fittings I used, I could not get a straight run between the two.
Also, note that the build was still bleeding when I took these pictures, which is why there are so many bubbles still present. And I swear the cable management looks far better in person!
As far as component selection goes, most of it is from slowly adding to and changing my build over the years. That's why I still have an mATX board in this huge case, along with an almost 5-year old processor. Trust me, as soon as Intel or AMD release a new CPU at a price I can afford that interests me, those will be replaced. Similarly with my GPU- I wanted to do SLI 2080 Ti's before their price was revealed... Some of my storage was also recently moved to another build, which is why it currently is rather sparse.
I'll probably come back and update these details more as I think of more things to say. Feel free to ask me questions!
Currently waiting on my Ducky Shine 7 Blackout and a second M-Audio BX8 D3 (so I can steal back my BX5s from my TV), so no setup pics yet. Will update when they arrive.