This is the third iteration. My journey started back in April 2017 when I spotted a deal on GTX 1080. It took me couple months to gather parts and I finished my build sometime in September 2017. Then I keep toy with it, swapped parts, add RGB fan, add custom loop, cut front panel until it is end up as today.
I would like to thank pgrilli and lerues, their build gave me an inspiration on how to add reservoir to the system. It is a very important piece of puzzle in order to install H140 upside down. Yes, you are not supposed to install H140 this way because the build in reservoir will sit below the pump. That is why another reservoir is need.
I also would like to thank Hatcher Associates Inc for help me handle the cut out on the panel. I contact many CNC shop in Chicago area and no one would give me a hand except them. The process was simple. I measure the panel then create a 3D model with my pattern using Google SketchUp, then converted it to CAD file and gave it to the shop. I got the panel back with in day, and I'm very happy with the clean cut. They also sand down the sharp edge.
Beside the panel cut out, I drill a hole on top for fill port and another hole on the left for mount the reservoir. I also added a Threaded Bulkhead Fitting to the fill port to help secure and hold the tank. Instead of mont the front fans inside the case, I put it outside right behind the panel and only the slim 15mm fans can fit in. another problem I ran into was to secure the front bottom fan and the radiator. I end up used only two screws and a twist wire to hold the radiator in place.
My CPU used to run at 70C during full load, so I delid it which drop the temp down to 60C. My GPU run at around the same temp also the waterblock itself. NexXxoS is a really good block. However, it is a metal block, and it dissipate heat out to it surround area which will rising the temp in the case. So make sure to have exhaust fan for release the heat.
The system is fairly quiet, all the fans run below 1350 RPM the Noctua fan turn out to be the noisiest part of the build after I watercool the GPU. The build in GPU fan is awful, the card will throttling unless I ran the fan above 70% speed which make it sound like a jet engine.
All in all, I quite enjoy mu build and I learn a lot even though it gave me a lot of flustered.
Word of advice:
recommend Corsair instead of Silverstone PSU if you want it to take fresh air from outside. Silverstone has cable conflict with the case.
Not install MB cover plate will improve air flow.
Set top fan for intake is recommended. After flip the fan, My VRM temp drop ~5C