This build is the culmination of a lot of time, poor planning, and excessive costs.
Initially, it started life out running a simple EK-XLC Predator 280 with a pre-filled GPU block expansion. Life was good, I was happy. But.. then I got build-envy, so I decided to spruce things up just a little bit. At first I planned to expand on my Predator setup by purchasing an EK-CoolStream PE 360 radiator, a couple of QDCs and meter of EK-Tube ZMT to build a pre-filled radiator expansion. Easy enough, right? I did all the research I could, and found that the Air 540 will easily accommodate a 360mm radiator in the front. Perfect! I order the parts.
Well, delivery day comes and I rip everything open to test fit the radiator, and... it doesn't fit? Wait, what? It has to fit. The Internet told me so! Oh, wait.. what's it? Oh yea.. the lightbox. Woops. So, there's no way I'm giving up the lightbox, so I guess I'll just opt for a small radiator. To play it safe, I order an EK-CoolStream PE 240. That'll definitely fit.
Fast forward to delivery date. Rip package open, test fit and.. oh, hey. Look at that. The Predator 280 is just sliiiiightly too long and encroaches on the placement of the new 240mm radiator. Fantastic. Time for beer. Not one to let that get me down (and after enough beer), I figure it's time to double down on crazy. Not measuring got me into this mess, and I'll be damned if I'm going to start measuring now. So, let's make a impulsive decision and just order a separate radiator and pump and go for the gusto. So, order placed for an EK-CoolStream CE 280 and EK-XRES 100 DDC MX 3.2.
(I'd like to say I decided to minimize my losses here and opt for the financially responsible option of standard shipping, but well.. NEXT DAY EVERYTHING DAMNIT.)
Sooo.. next day, everything arrives and FINALLY everything fits. (YES! I can put this beast together and go get my *** handed to me in Overwatch this weekend!)
A few hours (and beers) later, everything is setup and running wonderfully. Temps are great, my KDR ratio is tanking as expected. Life is good. Except.. what's that buzzing? That.. incessant hum. Is it the fans? No, those are fine. It's coming from.. the pump? It's not a loud buzzing, just a gentle fluctuating hum. Just... enough... to drive me crazy. I adjust the speed via PWM, the pitch changes but it's still there. It's just the resonance of the pump on the case. I guess I'm just going to have to live with it... right? (You haven't been paying attention, have you?) TIME TO ORDER A NEW PUMP! Order placed for an EK-XRES 100 Revo D5. This time I, responsibly opted for ground shipping (hah, no I didn't). TIME TO DRAIN THE LOOP!
Next day, new D5 pump arrives and I run it through a quick pre-cleaning process, throw on some tubing and QDCs (hey, I don't want to have to drain it again.. you never know) and start the filling/bleeding process all over again.
And, well.. that's where the story ends. The new pump alleviated the buzzing, my flow is up, temps are down, and frame rates are at max. Now, I can mourn Roadhog in style. #RIPHOG
PS: I have a closet full of unused water-cooling parts. Any ideas what I should do with them? Water cool the toaster maybe?