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    My Cross Desk build with Gold Theme

    Hi All,

    I would like to share my build with you guys
    Far from finished, not in a hurry, so I'll take my time.

    It's a watercooled system in a Red Harbinger Cross Desk.


    Hardware: UNKNOWN yet
    I want to finish my watercooling setup first, then I'll look for nice pieces of hardware
    Any recommendations for hardware I appreciate!


    Cooling: Watercooling, will use Bitspower Gold/Brass fittings and Mayhems UV White coolant.
    With Primochill clear tubing and Arcylic tubing mixed.


    === update 26-05-14 ===

    Picked up a Cross Desk!



    It JUST fits in the back of my car


    AAaaaaand mounted together:







    === update 16-07-14 ===

    Collected a bit of stuff I will use












    Bitspower Gold / Brass fittings
    Super Flower 1200W PSU
    Lamptron FCT fan controllers
    BitFenix Pro Red fans
    NZXT LED controller
    BitFenix black/gold cables
    2x EK-CoolStream PE 360 Radiator
    2x EK-CoolStream PE 480 Radiator
    3x EK-D5 PWM Motor 12V DC PWM Pump Motor
    5x EK-Cable Splitter 4-Fan PWM Extended




    === update 07-08-14 ===

    Played with the pumps and pump mods/tops

    EK-D5 PWM Pump
    Bitspower D5 Mod Kit Gold
    Bitspower BP-D5TOPAC2-BK Acrylic Pump Top

    The boxes:





    Content:




    Screw it all together and you'll get:







    With some fittings:












    And with their friends











    I think it looks quite awesome


    Put the True Brass fillports into place:





    === update 11-08-14 ===

    A little bit of black sleeving for pump wires:




    I'll guess I'm going to place the pumps like this:







    === update 13-08-14 ===

    I got my reservoirs from Bitspower, special made for my build with brass top and bottom!

    They will be placed in this way:






    I got my watercooling setup almost complete and I'll start building soon





    === update 16-08-14 ===

    Sticked a Neoprene Gasket on to the radiator:





    Another inside the Cross Desk:






    The 35mm screws were JUST long enough to get the radiator mounted, needed to use a lot of force :S






    When drilling holes in the bottomplate for the pump mounting, I used the wrong drill (for wood) and it broke, damaging and scratching the surface :'(
    So I replaced the pumps, the pumps are now placed over the scratches, so you don't see my clumsiness.














    === update 20-08-14 ===

    This will be my power supply: 1200W Super Flower Leadex 80Plus Platinum - White







    100% modular







    And the 2x EK-CoolStream PE 480 Radiatoren mounted.








    === update 30-08-14 ===

    When you use screw fittings, your skin will tear apart.
    I can advise anyone to use these gloves you can buy at your local home depot:



    Saves a lot of finger skin



    I've put the tubing on the pumps and radiator on the right today
    Also put some UV LEDs under the pump tops:













    === update 28-10-14 ===


    An update of what is done lately


    I want te replace the stock grey acryl panels with red ones.
    And here they are:




    I had this idea in my head, painted it with my Paint Skills:





    Then l3p worked it out with his mod skills:






    It was really a troublesome job which l3p rather won't do it again :P
    The panel is 1.6mm thick, so it requires a lot of patience and strength to saw out the logo's.
    A lot of respect towards l3p for still finishing the job!!!



    I had to saw out a piece in the "backpanel", otherwise the RH logo will not glow.

    Drawed the outlines:






    And the piece is out:





    It's perfect like this:








    Backpanels screwed back on:





    And finished!!!








    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-7LG7nQ7f4
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    Beautiful work so far. Looking forwards to seeing the rest
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    CPU: i7 5960X Mobo: Asus X99 Deluxe RAM: 4x4GB G.Skill DDR4-2400 CAS-15 VGA: 2x eVGA GTX680 Superclock PSU: Corsair AX1200

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    Thanks! I'm looking forward to it too haha
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    I had a plan for a custom radiator grill for the inside of my two 360 radiators.

    Sw333t drawed something nice, we worked that out and got it lasered out of acrylic, behold... prototype 1:





    It has some minor errors and need some improvements, that will be fixed in the final version.
    Already look pretty awesome I think.


    So without grill, the radiator looks like this:




    Here are some pictures with the prototype grill mounted:





    The logo is an "inlay", so you don't have to put in the logo (blue and red parts).
    Or we can make the inlay in a different color, for example white.
    Then you'll have a black grill with white logo.
    This way, our grill can be used in every build, whatever the color scheme
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    I've been playing with my reservoirs today.
    Put the Red Harbinger FMJ Covers over my Bitspower 250 reservoirs.
    And between the reservoirs, two Bitspower BP-FI-CLKBTB flow meters.
    It all just fits!





    The fittings on the left and right reservoirs aren't identical, because I'm not sure yet what fittings I'm going to use.
    And it all looks a bit dark now with the black FMJ covers, but with white (with backlight) coolant in the reservoirs, it should look really nice



    Furthermore I've connected all fans to a Lamptron FCT fan controller.
    Below 60 degrees I'll let the fans run at 40%, above 60 degrees all fans will run 100%, pretty handy
    Also installed a NZXT HUE RGB LED Controller.
    Placed the supplied 2 meter LED strip in the front of the Desk.
    And installed 30CM RGB ledstrips plus controller in each feet.
    Pictures:






    A lot of cables beneath the Desk :S
    Hope I will get it flat enough to screw the bottomplate back on.




    And an overview of my work place

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    And if you look through the cable mess, you can see my drainpoint and a quickdisconnect for possible external loop
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    === update 17-09-14 ===

    Drilled some holes for the reservoirs and wires for the Ledstrips.




    Cut the Ledstrips to right length and placed it like this:




    And with the reservoirs back in place with the Ledstrips underneath it





    Hate it when radiators get all dusty. So I placed a Demciflex 360 filter and a Demciflex 480 filter on the intake radiators.
    These filter have the same size as the radiator grill, so the screws were in the way.
    Drilled some holes in the filters to make it fit:






    I wanted to use a standard Blu-Ray player/writer, but after installing, it doesn't look that great
    So I purchased a SilverStone SOB02 slim/slot-in BR player/writer.
    Put this in a SilverStone SST-FP58B, and now it looks pretty neat

    Also put two temperature sensors/displays in a 5.25 frame.

    And then we have this:



    That's it for today
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    A little teaser:



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    And bigger pictures

    Loop is going to be filled with this setup, a 250 reservoir on the second inlet of the pump.
    Between the inlet a Bitspower valve with 2x BP-TBWP-C42.
    When loop is filled, I can close the valve and easily remove the Reservoir.
    (credits to l3p for coming up with solution)




    And the loop filled with Mayhems Pastel white UV coolant:




    I'm using 8 Bitspower quick disconnects, this allows me to fill the loop already.
    When I have the hardware, I can just connect it to the loop without too much hassle
    Also when I need to replace/remove something, it's a piece of cake!
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    I didn't like the UV LEDs color in the pumptops, so I changed it to white LEDs, I think this looks a lot better!




    The reservoir area was a bit too dark.
    So I placed below the RGB strip, a white ProAce LEDstrip.
    These strips really give a bright good looking light!




    And with lights off, it looks like this:







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    Some more pictures













    And a short clip

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    Beautiful work so far! What hardware will be graced by the presence of such a build?
    i5 2500K @ 4.9GHz+ 8GB G-Skill RipJaws DDR3-2000 @1600Mhz CAS 6 Asus P8P67 Pro CrossFire 6970's @ 950/1450
    Xeon X5677 @ 4.5Ghz 6GB G-Skill RipJaws DDR3-2000 @1600Mhz CAS 7 Gigabyte EX58-UD5 4870x2
    i7-880 @ 4.2Ghz+ (still playing) 4GB G-Skill RipJaws DDR3-2000 @2300Mhz CAS 9 Asus Maximus III Formula MSI Hawk 5770

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    Thank you!

    I'm thinking of an ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard, due to the colors.
    2x GTX980.
    All watercooled of course
    But I don't know yet which brands, model etc.
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    I think you are doing an amazing job. Your equipment is top shelf.
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    is the remedy

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    Thanks!!!

    Hardware is ordered:

    1x ASUS X99-Deluxe
    1x Intel Core i7 5960x
    1x G.Skill DDR4 16GB PC 3300 CL16
    3x Gigabyte GTX980 N980D5-4GD 4096MB
    1x Plextor M.2GM6e 512GB
    1x Samsung EVO 500GB
    3x WD 5TB SATA3 WD50EZRX

    This configuration will get me going for a while :')
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    Quote Originally Posted by runmc View Post
    I think you are doing an amazing job. Your equipment is top shelf.
    Is that a pun?

    This build looks incredible, kudos Akuma!
    Signatures make my posts look huge... but I'm not humble enough to completely remove my signature, so I kept this note explaining it.

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    Thanks!

    And I got my hardware, except for the G.Skill DDR4 modules, in backorder for about 2-3 weeks



    Also have to wait for the Bitspower GPU, MEM and MOBO waterblocks

    Oh, I also had new sidepanels lasercut for the feet:


    The original black ones are being worked on as we speak, wanted to have these lasercut panels as backup if the original sidepanels get messed up.

    But something went wrong with the sketchup or at the lasercutter, because the sidepanels are too big.
    So it doesn't fit the desks feet :')

    These panels are useless now, but still looks cool though.
    I'll find another way to use this panels most probably
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    A small update.

    Delivery date for the G.Skill memory is still unknown -_-

    So I changed it to the Corsair 16 GB DDR4-2800 Quad-Kit CMK16GX4M4A2800C16.
    I received this kit today

    Now I'm waiting for the Bitspower waterblocks to be ready.
    (within 2 weeks hopefully, then I can finally go on with my build )

    And I also received a package from l3p today, he modded my sidepanels of the Cross Desk feets.
    Pictures coming soon
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    === update 28-10-14 ===


    An update of what is done lately


    I want te replace the stock grey acryl panels with red ones.
    And here they are:




    I had this idea in my head, painted it with my Paint Skills:





    Then l3p worked it out with his mod skills:






    It was really a troublesome job which l3p rather won't do it again :P
    The panel is 1.6mm thick, so it requires a lot of patience and strength to saw out the logo's.
    A lot of respect towards l3p for still finishing the job!!!



    I had to saw out a piece in the "backpanel", otherwise the RH logo will not glow.

    Drawed the outlines:






    And the piece is out:





    It's perfect like this:








    Backpanels screwed back on:





    And finished!!!








    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-7LG7nQ7f4
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    In day light



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    Thanks!

    My gaming gear also arrived!

    Package from Cooler Master / CM Storm:






    My keyboard:
    http://www.highflow.nl/hardware/gami...white-led.html




    Mouse:
    http://www.highflow.nl/hardware/gami...use-havoc.html




    Mouse mat:
    http://www.highflow.nl/hardware/gami...pad-large.html




    Headset:
    http://www.highflow.nl/hardware/gami...g-headset.html




    This will get me going again!

    I'll unbox them when my Desk is ready, can't wait to use them


    And this week my Bitspower waterblocks will finally arrive, so I can go on with the hardware!
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    I got my Bitspower waterblocks!




    A lot of bling bling awesomeness

    Mobo block (with CPU block beneath it) and 3x GTX980 blocks + backplates!






    Really like the mobo (+CPU) block:




    As soon as I got some free time, I'm going to enjoy mounting it on my hardware \o/
    More pictures to follow


    I'm now only missing my memory blocks, because I ordered the wrong ones
    Quite a while ago I ordered blocks for the Corsair Dominator modules.
    But when I found out the DDR4 Dominator versions only comes in the Platinum version (fixed heatspreader), I changed the memory to Corsair Vengeance modules.
    So I can still put waterblocks on it.
    But I forgot to mention this to Bitspower and now I got the Dominator blocks aargghh... stupid me.
    I most probably need the RAMS44 blocks (ofcourse in Gold color), so I'll have to order it again and wait a while for it

    Well... in the meantime I can mount the 4 blocks above


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    Tonight I've been busy with my motherboard.

    Removed the heatsink and mounted the Bitspower waterblock set
    Which includes:
    - Mosfet block
    - CPU block (forgot to take a picture, but you can see it in my youtube clip)
    - Chipset block
    - Top block

    De pictures:










    And I recorded my whole adventure, check it out:

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    That desk looks very interesting. Great work so far. Subscribed.

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    Applied a bit too much thermal paste, so reapplied

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    I thought it was too dark at the top of the reservoirs.
    Didn't want to place a white ledstrip, it's too bright (you're looking at it if you're sitting behind the Desk) and it will solar flare you.

    I decided to place an UV strip, it won't make a solar flare (DBZ :P), and it will let my white Mayhems UV coolant glow.

    So I placed this strip in my Desk

    ProAce LEDstrip Rigid - UV - Cross Desk Edition *LIMITED* - 52cm


    This strip is especially designed for the Cross Desk.
    The width covers the midplate exactly and the LED's are pointed to the front and up (so it lights up the reservoirs, but also the acrylic tubing above).


    Looks like this:










    I'm happy with it
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