After finishing my first build almost a month ago I think I’m finally done after two more revisions.
This time I swapped out my EK PE 240 and EK SE 240 rads for two Black Ice Nemesis GTS 240 radiators and that was one of the better moves I’ve made in life. My max CPU temp dropped around 10°C! The GPU temp also went down a couple degrees. Losing the 9mm from the PE 240 to the Black Ice rad also made handling the inside so much easier as well. I can put my fans to push as well as add some Bitspower QDC.
Speaking of which those ******* run you about $100 for two sets and while they look just as good as the rest of Bitspower’s fittings they suck trying to disconnect in such a tight space. They leak a bit of water and the quality control seems to suck on them as well. Out of the original four I bought both one male and female fitting had issues and had to be returned.
The last part was blacking out the rest of the build. I put some EK-RAM Monarch heatsinks on the RAM that will probably never get used and got rid of the ugly gold on the mobo heatsinks with some paint. Also painted some of the case up again after squeezing a 39mm rad in too many times.
All in all, pretty happy with how it turned out. Went over my initial budget, money and time wise. Sort of wish I got into water cooling before SFF so I could of done one of those crazy Caselabs builds with four radiators and two loops but maybe this (http://www.kimeraindustries.com/) will come out and I convince myself to SLI again.