Description

This was a fun build to really get in to. Basically, I wanted to do something fun with the Mercury S8 without taking a hacksaw to the thing. Custom sleeved cables, horizontally mounted reservoirs and rads, and a monochromatic look that fit in with the up-and-coming winter months.

While there have been some issues with the build, all of them were worked out. The pumps (dual DDCs in series) push Primchill's opaque white coolant through both GPUs in parallel, then through the radiators. Afterwards, coolant hits the CPU (Phanteks C399A) and then the flow is split into two Singularity Protium 250mm reservoirs that are mounted across the top of the case.

Cable management for the radiator fans comes down the front of the case and gets plugged into an Aquacomputer Splitty9 fan hub, and the front and side intake fans get another Splitty9 which are fed into the Aquacomputer Aquaero 6 LT mounted inside of the case. It also deals with pump controls and monitoring the coolant temperatures in the loop.

All of the fittings are either Bitspower, Barrow, or three Alphacool fittings (didn't have a choice due to running out of fittings). At last count there are around 30 fittings, but it seems watertight for now.

For a few more photos, there's always this.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 12 points

Lord jesus this is gorgeous.....

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks, appreciate it. :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

love to see the CaseLabs case

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. It's my first CL case, and it was a pretty enjoyable build in it.

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for confidence

seems watertight for now

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, after running 2x DDCs in series at 100% over six days I'm pretty sure all of the fittings are good to go at this point. ;)

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Absolutely love this build! Why did you go with the 1080 not 1080 ti?

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! Honestly, I had the 1080s before the TIs existed, otherwise it would've been 2x 1080TIs.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Makes sense.

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

AwesomE +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats on the featured... +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I actually didn't know until someone commented on it. XD

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

:)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

whispers descending

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Satellizer!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The original title was Winter is Coming, but even I knew that it needed a better title ;)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I think the point was that you spelled it wrong.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

In my defense, I'm evidently really bad at spelling. Thanks for the heads-up

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that whisper went completely over my head. Thanks for trying to fix my horrible spelling. :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

I do what I can to make the world a better place. xD

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

this is truly a beautiful build i hope it gets featured +1 from me :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I definitely appreciate it!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

temps?

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

For the CPU, 50C max at 100% on Prime 95 26.6. I haven't pushed the GPUs yet, but that will be happening very, very soon.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

expertly done, superb. Amazing my dude +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks syg101, it was one of the more painful builds (especially considering I almost dropped it last night topping off the reservoirs), but it turned out really well.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks awesome! Is it okay to build on carpet?

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't had an issue yet. To be honest, when I'm running tubing and stuff it makes things much easier. If you're paranoid about doing it, a static wrist strap could be a boon.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome configuration and case!

I'm curious though. Why not Vega 64 instead of the GTX 1080? They perform the same and the Vega has much much much better build quality than GTX, and her metal variant has better cooling performance. Just look at the PCB design:

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Appreciate it! The reason that Vega FE/64/56 weren't in the build is that they hadn't been released yet when I bought the GPUs. Since I already had the two 1080s it was cheaper just to use them ;)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Sign up for setup wars on tech source YouTube channel. You have a great build!! You can be in his video.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

But clean your cable before signing up

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate it, it took a bit of work to pull off! I'll take a look at it and see what I can do about that...

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! Hope you win!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Very Nice. Compliments Mate!

+1 from Me.

TCO

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate, appreciate it! :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, appreciate it! :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! You seem to be a Singularity fan :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I like their reservoirs, definitely. I'd say I was more Watercool though with the GPU blocks and the pump top... ;)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I was also referring to sleeving the cables on those fans. Good job!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build, but can u pls fix that cable management behind your desk, it hurts my eyes to look at it

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

i'm guessing with the $1000+ in audio equipment you're doing some serious A/V editing?

either way, it's a killer machine no matter what you do with it :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I do, and the CPU helps that out so much with most of it. :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Love love love the originality!!! What an incredible build, it screams PRO.

Well done!! +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I wanted a build that was better than my previous Thermaltake P5 build. I thought the reservoirs looks fantastic, and it came together better than I though it would.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Good looking build, what are you using it for? 3D Rendering? Virtual Machines? Hacking god?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Virtualization and video encoding for the most part as of late. So far, haven't had any major issues and the temps have been pretty good :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn, that sure is pretty. Well done!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks HelloPeyton, appreciate it :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Woah....13 fans that things going to be cold as Antarctica.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, with the coolant sensor in the loop, the biggest thing I've noticed is that my AC is the biggest factor in knocking down the temps...lol. I haven't started overclocking yet, but I'm pretty sure that the fans will help get that air where it needs to go :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

VERY CLEAN BUILD!!!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it, thanks!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 man! Very good looking build. Is the 850W psu enough? 13 case fans are a lot of watts.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It's good though there might be a PSU upgrade in the build's future. The 13 fans run at max will pull about 35W of power. The goal is to ensure that never happens :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you plan on upgrading your desk setup at all?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

No, actually the desk is pretty solid and contains all of my crazy pretty well. The only thing that might happen is that I try to sort out some of the devices on the desk, but the desk itself will probably stay like it is for awhile.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh look you made my uber expensive rig for me! Just ship it to my P.O box and...

LOL! You did a wonderful job!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

lol, I was going to send it to you but UPS was asking for about $9,000 in shipping and handling ;) Thanks, appreciate it :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Only $9000?? Pshhh! Chump change! Haha you're welcome!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, nice Triade too haha

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, everyone has their hobbies...lol. Thanks for the compliments :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

wow. thats uh, thats a lot of fans ya got there bud. +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Not nearly as many as my old Thermaltake WP100 build at 24 fans to be fair ;)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

+1, but still

what are you gonna do when spring comes, spraypaint the parts?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Either that or find some green Primochill Vue to throw in the loop.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this build
great job on the feature

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Appreciate it, it's been a really fun build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Great presentation.

Thumbs up

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I appreciate it. There are a few things I'd like to do, but it turned out pretty well overall :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! Be careful with the optical drive though, as I have the same one and it doesn't work in my build and I've seen a lot of people with the same problem.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually, that optical drive has been a complete beast. No issues with it so far, and I've done some rather mean things to it up to this point ;)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Good! It's been annoying for me, but my friend will replace it free :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

BTW, it's interesting that you ran the Threadripper instead of an i9

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, it was/is a more interesting CPU than the i9.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Dad :]

so smexy ◉‿◉

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Who dis? ;) Hey, it's no Winter Oak, but it'll do. :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm a sucker for horizontal reservoirs +1

Though I wish they were a bit more visible from the window

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

They're pretty obvious from the side, but that front window is tiny to be fair... :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Super cool build, it's a beaut. I think I may try to build this as well, but first I am probably going to have to sell my two kids and wife. I will probably end up living in the boonies after this as well. Anyways, nice build aaaaaand on that note. Bye!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

i like this

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that hardline tubing or soft tubing, I honestly can't tell? Great work either way! +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It's 12mm OD PETG harline tubing. I almost ran out during the build because I had to redo the entire CPU portion of the CPU loop.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Is your case a modified Thermaltake Core X5? I built my 1950X in Core X5, your build looks better!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

No, the case is a Caselabs Mercury S8. The cases are very similar in style and layout though. Also, thanks, I appreciate it :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

What the frea- What do you even use this for?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Virtualization, video encoding/rendering, gaming, and Discord ;)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy nuts, this is crazy! Good job on the build! :D

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, appreciate it! XD

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Checks every box. Monochrome, custom watercooled to perfection, stupidly powerful, looks dope AF. Good job.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate it :) I wanted to go monochromatic after my last build, and figured this would be that perfect opportunity. Of course, the next build will be a bit more colorful, but that shall have to wait for another day...

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig. What led strips did you use? Where were they mounted?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I have one LED strip from Corsair right in front of the GPU to throw light on the block. The rest of the case is lit from the Corsair ML120 white LED fans installed in the case.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh... that's hot...

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hopefully, it's more "cool" than "hot" to be fair. ;)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Most definitely...

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

0_0 is this what love feels like? Gorgeous build.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I appreciate it. Took a bit of work, but I think the end result was well worth that effort. :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you do a Passmark bench or Geekbench 4?

Thanks!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The only benches I have at the moment are GPU-based. Superposition 1080p Extreme was 8,602 (2151MHz Core/5500MHz Mem), and 3DMark Time Spy at 13,608 (2151/5500).

Unfortunately, my UPS needs to be replaced as it's currently maxing out on just the OCed GPUs. Once it gets replaced along with the PSU I will go ahead and get TR up to 4.1/4.2GHz.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely. The Tower 900 is a good case, but the plexi is great quality and the build quality on the Caselabs Mercury S8 would be very, very difficult to beat. Also, I really enjoy having the top-mounted rads and reservoirs with the small window in the front. :)

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  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, unfortunately need to put a lot of fans in to make it look good. More unfortunately, they're somewhat expensive. :(

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Somewhat expensive

$300 dollars on fans alone. Wow

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm fortunate as all of the ML fans were purchased for an earlier build and were laying about on a shelf collecting dust. Figured the white LED fans would work out pretty well with the build, and I really like their performance profile.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I just noticed that, might've been a bit surprised...lol. Thanks, and I definitely appreciate it, it was a fun build to get up and running :)

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