So it's been a while since I've had the chance to do a water-cooled build. As you all know when the mining craze hit GPU prices surged and I was getting less and less customers for actual gaming PC's. I was getting more and more builds for custom miner rigs as the craze went on.
Finally some time later, months went buy and prices started to regulate and slowly but surely I'm getting hit up to get back to my roots with gaming PC's. Hopefully I will see more as we continue throughout the year.
This build came to me in shambles. Originally he had the PC built by someone else and things didn't look up to standards the deeper I looked into the build. Wire management was all over the place, barbed fittings were used to clamp the tubing down (which isn't an issue but aesthetically makes it look off). The actual pump was just clamped down to the chassis using white zip ties, and in my opinion just didn't look right. The client brought the PC to me to check the motherboard, and CPU since he thought he blew out the CPU due to him installing a new PSU and the Node Pro RGB hub somehow caught fire and melted a few wires (see pics).
When I went to test the motherboard and CPU the motherboard was DOA. Not powering on, no POST. NOTHING. It was then when I told the client lets revamp the whole system and get a new mobo. He had everything he needed. He went ahead and bought new Z390 Aorus Master Motherboard, compression fittings, new tubing, and a new water block for the CPU.
Upon installing all the hardware everything looked good. New motherboard posted, got into bios and saw all peripherals and hardware working. I then added the water-cooling parts, rads with the old RGB fans and connected them all and here is where I ran into problems. The old 120mm Corsair RGB fan were destroyed. As you can see in the pics one of the fans lighting was dim, and if the any of the non working fans were plugged into the hub it would turn off all the other fans. This was headache because initially I didn't think it would be the fans to cause all of them to not light up in RGB. Troubleshooting lasted a few hours until I placed all new fans into the hub first and then the old fans. In the end the client bought all new 140mm and 120 fans. He didn't want the Thermaltake RGB fans that came with the Chassis. He could've bought a Corsair case but he either didn't like what was offered, and the one he did want was just way too pricey so the Thermaltake was just in his price range.
The water cooling setup was a bit funny because he had a 240m radiator and then a single 120m rad. So I thought why not put the single up top where he can easily swap it out for a 360m radiator. I went from pump into the 240m rad, and then into the CPU, then back into the 120m rad and then into the GPU. Let me know what you guys think about that... I always told the client we can always change the config as its pretty easy to drain and flush the system out. In the end the client was satisfied with the build and temps were looking good. I hope to see the build again so we can swap out the rads for bigger ones and maybe do hardline petg tubing.
I can't say I'm a fan of RGB even after installing these fans with the Node hub. They add way too many wires and depending on the build some of the wires just aren't long enough. They light up great if you have all corsair peripherals but other than that...too expensive for what they're worth.