I started this build when i sold my last one here https://pcpartpicker.com/b/HB8KHx to a friend at work, at first i thought about building an easy rig and just keeping the extra money for something else, but then i started watching A LOT of jayztwocents. after watching more of his videos than id like to admit i decided i wanted to do a hardline build it looks soo much sexier and why couldn't i do it jay makes it look easy and soft tubing in my last build was a breeze so petg should be too right? WRONG!
I started first by doing my research on tubing and fittings since i knew a lot of people say that its the most expensive part of water cooling after countless YouTube videos and forum posts i decided upon primochill 1/2 OD tubing and primochill revolversx fittings because of its seating depth and its one o-ring to worry about so in theory one less thing for me to worry about messing up.
After i chose my tubing and fittings i needed a cpu block and pump my last build used an xspc kit which worked well but after upgrading its pump to the ion and it leaking everywhere i decided to stay away from xspc which then led me to the "king" of water cooling EK. The cpu block was pretty much a given as it's used in tons of water cooled builds. for the pump i knew i wanted something in a combo ddc & d5 are probably the most popular so i chose the d5 by random and am very happy with its performance i wonder how things would've been with the ddc but i cant complain the d5 is serving me well.
Going into this build i knew i wanted something rgb, the red in my last build got so annoying and i wanted something i could change it up whenever i felt like it, with this in mind the hardware colors were easy i wanted white and silver to reflect the rgb aspect of my build and in my opinion the asus sabertooth z170 s was the best looking motherboard the white pcb board is just amazing i wish other companies would do this. everything else i kind of just threw together, an i7 6700k because i love the chip, gskill ram because its served me well in the past, and the msi seahawk because i wanted a gpu with a water block already installed and i liked the port positions on this one as opposed to the zotac arctic.
I knew i wanted a 1tb ssd so i chose crucial because i liked them on facebook a while back and they do a TON of giveaways so when i saw i had the chance to support a company that supports its followers i did. i separated this part from the rest because i honestly think crucial is doing a good thing, and if i can get more people to support them that would be great!
for my case i chose the enthoo evolv TG i decided i wanted a case with rgb instead of buying an nzxt hue and once i saw the tempered glass i fell in love with it. However the case did have its issues not the cases fault i suppose, but i didn't like having my fans stick out on the top rad so i went ahead and did the cavity mod and Jesus it sucked it made the case look like complete $H*T then again like i said more so my fault than anything else, i don't have access to power tools and kinda took bolt cutters to it. either way it worked and the top cover hides it but id recommend not ghettoing up your case unless you can do it the right way. but keep in mind the putting fans between the radiator bracket and top can hinder your temps if you dont seal the holes in the bracket.
Once i had all of my parts it was time to start putting it together which went as easy as building a pc uasualy goes, that is until i got to the bends holy crap is it hard. no matter how easy jay or any other youtuber makes it look. it is difficult tube after tube either too long, too short,bent to early, bent to late, not straight enough, not flush with the fitting anything you can imagine, and yet some how i managed to get all of my bends using 12 36inch tubes. 8 more than i had expected and I'm fairly certain 9 of those tubes were failed bends and cuts nonetheless i give you my build Hardline Nightmare it was fun, it was a learning curve, and it was defiantly worth it! it isn't perfect by any means my bends arn't the best but its fine they work for me and the pc looks dope as hell in pictures ;D
Maybe one day in the future ill upgrade this rig more i know eventually i want a different case i was thinking the primo or enthoo elite when its released, whatever i choose i want to be made with water cooling in mind because i will stick with hardline cooling atleast in the near future, it its by far the most fun with a pc I've had ever!