Edit: Had to poop so I ended it short, I had more to say :)
Finally finished my first watercooled build! The main components were purchased/received in April. Fine tuning and waiting for the Barrow fittings from China took 5ever... This is also during the time the gtx 1080 were dropping in price with the arrival of the 1080ti. I found a great deal on a 2nd hand EVGA 1080 FE for $400!
My previous build was on a NZXT Phantom 630 (which had alot of dead space). So I wanted to downsize yet pack a punch. Decided on the Fractal Design Nano S for its simplicity and ample space for a full custom loop. I got my inspiration + research from a fellow member zjackrabbit.
I will be using it for web design/development, graphic work, 21:9 1440p gaming, and of course excel on a ultrawide!
Over the years my tastes matured so I grew out of the 1337 + RGB look (nothing wrong with it!). Wanted to keep things classy and unique so I went to pinterest for some inspiration. No board in particular but my general feed gave me some ideas. I've noticed the past couple years marble surfaces have been on the rise so I decided to purchase some vinyl from amazon here.
Before going with the white marble vinyl I knew I wanted to have a drastic contrast inside the case. So I plastidipped the entire interior matte white. The reservoir caps were sprayed too. Prep once paint once!
The PSU + GPU backplate had the largest visable surface area so decided to wrap them with the vinyl. Went the extra step and made cutouts for the cable connectors. Ensourced conveniently carried a grey striped paracoard which matched the marble pattern REALLY well.
I under estimated the costs of a custom loop so I decided to go with Barrow fittings from Aliexpress. Reviews say they are pretty much unbranded bitspower fittings for a fraction of the cost. However shipping took a little over a month.
Test fit was a breeze and the bends we're actually pretty fun to do. Purchased the Thermaltake bending kit for the mandrels (a lifesaver). I thought the drastic curves contrasted the rigid look the marble provided. As for fluids, my inner 1337 n3rd wanted to go UV green or aurora. But came to my senses and went for pastel grey. EK Pastel white with Mayhem's emerald green + red dye (10:1 respectively) gave me the results I wanted. Prepped the rads with Mayhem's part 1 to ensure all the gunk got out because PASTEL.
I attempted to film the initial fill but forgot to hit record TT
Dialed in the OC to 4.8ghz @ 1.37v (definitely did not win silicon lottery...) with temps hitting 93C. Waiting to purchase a delid kit to apply one of the liquid metal pastes. The 1080 handled +140mhz Core and +400 Memory temps do not exceed 55C.
Overall a long tedious journey, but it was highly rewarding~