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[Build Log][WIP] Liquid Tj07

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December 19, 2012 12:00:57 AM

Building a new TJ07 with a whole lotta customizations I plan on doing in the future. This will be my build log and it will be a WIP(work in progress) for quite a while! Stay tuned for more :D 

Case: SilverStone TJ07. This is the Coolit edition of the case as I wasn't able to find a new regular TJ07 for a half decent price. IMO not worth it to pay like $300 for just a case! Especially with all the changes and mods I plan to do!



The main parts:

MCP655 Pump
APOGEE HD CPU Waterblock
MCRES-MICRO Reservoir
MCR420 Quad Radiator
MCR240 Double Radiator
XSPC 690 Waterblock
Big Bang MPower Z77 Motherboard


GTX 690 4GB ;) 


i7 2700k



Excited for my build and gonna quickly tear everything out of it boxes to assemble everything to fit the case and see how it feels!
I'll be aiming for a blue/white/black colour scheme. With all the parts being blue and white with the exception of some black from the case and mobo :) 
December 19, 2012 12:12:52 AM

Now immediately when I got the case I knew I had to do something about the side panel. It comes quite ugly IMO as there is an extra 120mm fan put there which takes away from the case's classy look. Here's what I mean:

Credits to google images for this image. Couldn't get a clear picture of mine.

Heres how it looks after I cut it:


Not bad for freehand hacksaw cutting :) 
For all you wondering if I am just gonna put acrylic glass, I plan to put mesh covering the drive bays, and the rest will be acrylic which displays everything inside of the case!
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December 19, 2012 12:29:20 AM

Now it's time to install the GPU waterblock!!
Time to unbox the waterblock and check out the contents!

Looks pretty good! Has a nice clean look which will help add to the overall build.



Also comes with some thermal paste:


Alright time to get down to business. Time to tear apart this beast!



At this point I've removed the heatsink, stock thermal paste and replaced them with the new thermal paste and pads! I used Arctic Silver 5 if anyone was wondering. Now time to get the waterblock on!! This waterblock is quite heavy compared to a few other blocks I've felt. This weighs a few pounds at LEAST!


Not liking the red washers that the waterblock comes with. May switch them out later if I feel a need to.
Here's how the card looks with the block installed:


Looking quite clean :D 
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a c 78 K Overclocking
December 19, 2012 12:51:00 AM

me like alot! just how'd you get that window cut out with a hack saw, leverage? I'm trying to get some panels cut out but power tools are out of my budget - since I've spent alot on getting parts for builds.
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December 19, 2012 2:05:21 AM

Lutfij said:
me like alot! just how'd you get that window cut out with a hack saw, leverage? I'm trying to get some panels cut out but power tools are out of my budget - since I've spent alot on getting parts for builds.


Thanks for looking :)  Glad to know someone likes what I got so far!
I just put the side panel on a couple wooden saw stands that I found laying around, and cut them with the saw. A thing to note is that I am able to detach the blade from my hacksaw and attach it at an angle, otherwise it would've been impossible for me to cut it properly. Other than that it was pure brute strength :D  The panel edge wasn't that straight or perfect when I just cut it though, I had to do a lot, and I mean a LOT of filing.
A tip I would suggest is drilling a hole every cm or inch apart along the line you plan to cut on, as it will make it a lot easier.
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a c 150 K Overclocking
December 19, 2012 2:09:48 AM

Looking good! ;) 
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December 19, 2012 2:22:36 AM

amuffin said:
Looking good! ;) 


Thanks a lot :D 
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a c 78 K Overclocking
December 19, 2012 2:24:58 AM

brute strength huh? I think I'll pass and save up for the tools :)  well if you have the time, please pop by my build logs and feel free to give some feedback. Particularly on cutting the parts of the case in another method :) 

keep up the good work. How come your build log gallery thread pic is of a complete system and I'm yet to see it here?
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December 19, 2012 2:27:07 AM

So since I already showed most of my hardware I thought that I might as well show whatever else I plan on using.
My compression fittings are the Swiftech Lok-Seal 3/8"IN 5/8"OD and I personally think they look really clean and classy with the logo :) 
Here's how it looks:

And I've got 8 of them as I plan to do two blocks and two radiators :) 



For a PSU I will be using a Corsair AX750 as it is fully modular and has excellent reviews throughout many forums :) 



Hard drive will be a Seagate 1.5TB 7200RPM drive and an Intel 330 Series 120GB drive for OS and some games!


And tubing, who could forget the tubing? I will be using the Primochill Primoflex Pro LRT UV blue and white tubing with 3/8"IN and 5/8"OD.

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December 19, 2012 2:30:26 AM

Lutfij said:
brute strength huh? I think I'll pass and save up for the tools :)  well if you have the time, please pop by my build logs and feel free to give some feedback. Particularly on cutting the parts of the case in another method :) 

keep up the good work. How come your build log gallery thread pic is of a complete system and I'm yet to see it here?


Yeah the tools will save you a lot of trouble, trust me :)  I'll be sure to check out your build after I finish up some things, and I'll try, though I prefer doing things by hand hehe.
The build log gallery picture is just a quick teaser pic for the system as I just put it together. I will be uploading the pictures of everything fitted soon. Gotta stay in order and introduce everything I'm putting into the build before I show how everything looks when I combine it :D 
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December 20, 2012 8:38:19 AM

Now after fitting everything in and powering it on, this is how the computer looks!



Still have a long way to go before I'm finish, but I'm liking the look of it already :)  Colour scheme fits me perfectly. Now just gotta make the mobo tray black, and do a custom backplate along with some drive bay covers. Did I mention the white sleeving looks great? :D 
I also plan to throw the 240mm radiator in the bottom once I figure something out. Don't have any cable management holes right now so all my cables are sitting at the bottom which means no room :( 
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a c 150 K Overclocking
December 20, 2012 2:47:52 PM

Wish I had the monies for that case. :p 
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December 20, 2012 10:13:59 PM

amuffin said:
Wish I had the monies for that case. :p 


Yeah, this is quite an expensive case! Fortunately I got it for about half the price from someone local hehe.

Quick update: sleeving dem sata cables :) 


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December 20, 2012 10:15:34 PM

And after some more playing around, I've thrown in a few cold cathodes to really give the tubing the glowing effect :)  Looks very good IMO!



Stay tuned for more!
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a c 78 K Overclocking
December 20, 2012 10:35:57 PM

cables need alot of work mate! If modo were here he'd shoot to kill :p 
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December 20, 2012 10:39:14 PM

Lutfij said:
cables need alot of work mate! If modo were here he'd shoot to kill :p 



Yeah I know there are a lot of ugly cables going on at the bottom of the case :( 
I'm still planning on some cable management holes along with a custom backplate, midplate, and mobo tray which should hide the cables quite well!
Thanks for the input though :D 

edit: The TJ07 has the absolute WORST cable management that I have every seen in any case before.
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a c 78 K Overclocking
December 20, 2012 10:40:12 PM

your welcome!
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December 25, 2012 11:53:19 PM

reath37 said:
any details on how you sleeved the satas or they were already sleeved?


Just did the typical sleeving method using a heatgun and some sleeving. Cutting the sleeving with a heat knife was also a must.
However, the sleeving that I used was some cheap $1 sleeving off eBay, so it looks quite bad. I plan to purchase some MDPC next time they're open :D 
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a c 78 K Overclocking
December 26, 2012 1:33:37 AM

there's a sleeving guide/thread on OCN goes by Lustro Customs. Got alot of videos on how to sleeve any sort of cables :)  might want to check it out.
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January 3, 2013 7:59:52 AM

I'm planning on throwing a dual bay res in to save space in the bottom. What do you guys think?
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a c 78 K Overclocking
January 3, 2013 8:33:55 AM

will be PITA for filling it up and getting rid of those air bubbles... your call though.
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January 3, 2013 10:03:56 AM

Lutfij said:
will be PITA for filling it up and getting rid of those air bubbles... your call though.


Couldn't I just leave the top barb off and let it run overnight or something? As for filling I think I can just slide it out and pour fluid in. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Thanks again, Lutfij :D 
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a c 78 K Overclocking
January 3, 2013 11:15:01 AM

slide it out, ok, how much slack would you need for your loop? and what would it look like when you have it in your case ? :)  I'm not discouraging you, just helping you sort it out before you'll have the rig setup.
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a c 177 K Overclocking
January 3, 2013 11:45:59 AM

Builds looking good, I like it!

I would get an internal reservoir for this, dual 5.25" reservoirs aren't as convenient as they seem (especially when there's a pump inside and vibrating like a merry hell). Filling is easy since its just a matter of sliding it out and power cycling, but to drain the loop is much more painful unless you have a drain valve or T-Line. You do need to leave a bit of slack in the tubing to allow for it to slide out, which doesn't look as good as tighter tubes IMO.
Also its near impossible to get rid of bubbles from a 5.25" reservoir. Requires tilting the whole case and even then it may not be possible due to the design of the fill port.

Would try and incorporate the reservoir into the aesthetic rather than hiding it. Maybe something like this.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17493/ex-res-429/Bits...

Though of course, it is your build. Do whatever you like with it.



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January 3, 2013 8:30:26 PM

Lutfij said:
slide it out, ok, how much slack would you need for your loop? and what would it look like when you have it in your case ? :)  I'm not discouraging you, just helping you sort it out before you'll have the rig setup.

That's a very good point. I don't think I'll be getting the dual bay res anymore :)  \
Thanks again!
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January 3, 2013 8:34:10 PM

manofchalk said:
Builds looking good, I like it!

I would get an internal reservoir for this, dual 5.25" reservoirs aren't as convenient as they seem (especially when there's a pump inside and vibrating like a merry hell). Filling is easy since its just a matter of sliding it out and power cycling, but to drain the loop is much more painful unless you have a drain valve or T-Line. You do need to leave a bit of slack in the tubing to allow for it to slide out, which doesn't look as good as tighter tubes IMO.
Also its near impossible to get rid of bubbles from a 5.25" reservoir. Requires tilting the whole case and even then it may not be possible due to the design of the fill port.

Would try and incorporate the reservoir into the aesthetic rather than hiding it. Maybe something like this.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17493/ex-res-429/Bits...

Though of course, it is your build. Do whatever you like with it.


I'm consider getting a res like the one you mentioned now, heh.
Another quick question, do you know what I would need to get my tubing neatly through my midplate and structural midplate? Would it be a fillport that I put in the hole that I drilled?
Thanks
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a c 177 K Overclocking
January 3, 2013 9:05:43 PM

Not sure what your asking, since to me anyway it seems you have already gotten your tubing through the floor of the case (which I think is the midplate). If you mean neatly as in looking good, maybe a rubber grommet around the edges of the hole.
If you do decide to put a reservoir in the basement of the case, I imagine a fill-port up top would be fairly useful. With something like this you could even integrate it into the case.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2194/ex-res-44/Danger...
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January 3, 2013 9:22:12 PM

manofchalk said:
Not sure what your asking, since to me anyway it seems you have already gotten your tubing through the floor of the case (which I think is the midplate). If you mean neatly as in looking good, maybe a rubber grommet around the edges of the hole.
If you do decide to put a reservoir in the basement of the case, I imagine a fill-port up top would be fairly useful. With something like this you could even integrate it into the case.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2194/ex-res-44/Danger...


I've recently made a piece of acrylic to fit onto the midplate, with holes made for just the tubing and some wiring.
This is what I'm asking about:
Thanks again :) 
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