3D renderings

So I knew I was going to take a lot of time planning out the hard acrylic tubing, but I didn't think I'd take THIS much time doing it. Been working on transcribing every measurement from the case, card, rad, etc. into C4D for the past 6 hours. After many maze ideas, I landed on this one. The others I designed were far too long - I'd run out of liquid and the pump likely wouldn't be able to push it. I think I'll be stretching the pump's power even with this setup. I am also ready to receive a lot of flack online regarding unnecessary length of the tubing. I know it isn't efficient - but this build isn't to break OC records. It's meant to be a cool enmeshment of tech and art. 

 Global Illumination calculating! 

Global Illumination calculating! 

 More GI calculating - pre color.  

More GI calculating - pre color.  

 There's the maze. I see a face. Do you? 

There's the maze. I see a face. Do you? 

 The main CPU spiral actually moves closer to the motherboard the wider the spiral becomes. Like a Mayan temple.  

The main CPU spiral actually moves closer to the motherboard the wider the spiral becomes. Like a Mayan temple.  

 Going to look awesome with fluid running through it.  

Going to look awesome with fluid running through it.  

 A side angle of the CPU spiral to see the difference in the Z axis.  

A side angle of the CPU spiral to see the difference in the Z axis.  

GPU/CPU Waterblock install

In my humble opinion, I nabbed the best looking blocks on the market. For this build, they'll be showstoppers.  

 Got the CPU posts installed. 

Got the CPU posts installed. 

 My "two grains of rice" sized thermal paste globule.. 

My "two grains of rice" sized thermal paste globule.. 

 Thank you EK for making such a gorgeous CPU block. The plexi will showcase the fancy fluid that's in the mail. 

Thank you EK for making such a gorgeous CPU block. The plexi will showcase the fancy fluid that's in the mail. 

 This was my first time removing a cooler from a GPU. This is an MSI GTX 980ti that had a reference cooler. The thing that took the most time was to find the correct manual for where to apply the two kinds of thermal pads - since the waterblock I bought is technically for the Titan, the directions were not representative to 980ti. Look how shiny the chip becomes after getting all the thermal paste off! Mirror.

This was my first time removing a cooler from a GPU. This is an MSI GTX 980ti that had a reference cooler. The thing that took the most time was to find the correct manual for where to apply the two kinds of thermal pads - since the waterblock I bought is technically for the Titan, the directions were not representative to 980ti. Look how shiny the chip becomes after getting all the thermal paste off! Mirror.

 Good lord. I have seen so, so many builds on forums with this block and I drooled every time. Now that it's in my lap, feeling the weight of it, seeing the shine, it is stunning. 

Good lord. I have seen so, so many builds on forums with this block and I drooled every time. Now that it's in my lap, feeling the weight of it, seeing the shine, it is stunning. 

 Michelangelo can't even compete.

Michelangelo can't even compete.

 I opted not to spend $45 on the back plate since, with the Core P5 case config that I will be using, the top of the card will be facing outwards, vertically. Hence, the underbelly will not be visible to an onlooker.

I opted not to spend $45 on the back plate since, with the Core P5 case config that I will be using, the top of the card will be facing outwards, vertically. Hence, the underbelly will not be visible to an onlooker.

Priming BLANC

For the fluorescent green spray paint to shine bright like a diamond, I wanted to prime the black parts with white.  

 PSU pre disassemble and pre paint. The grill will be green, the fan will be white. 

PSU pre disassemble and pre paint. The grill will be green, the fan will be white. 

 The ram's aluminum (nice touch!) heatspreaders came off like a charm after removing 4 very small screws. These will be green.

The ram's aluminum (nice touch!) heatspreaders came off like a charm after removing 4 very small screws. These will be green.

 Mobo heat shield, fan, grill and ram heat spreaders ready for white primer.

Mobo heat shield, fan, grill and ram heat spreaders ready for white primer.

 The edge of the box was a perfect place to rest the spreaders. I was able to hit all angles with ease. 

The edge of the box was a perfect place to rest the spreaders. I was able to hit all angles with ease. 

 Rad ready for primer. Tis will be green eventually. 

Rad ready for primer. Tis will be green eventually. 

 Rad primed.

Rad primed.

 Before any heat from any of you fellow builders, I want to disclose that this PSU advertises not turning on the fan until a very high power load. Thus, my very, very thin layer of primer on this fan I think (hope) won't affect the performance or sound of this build. We shall see.

Before any heat from any of you fellow builders, I want to disclose that this PSU advertises not turning on the fan until a very high power load. Thus, my very, very thin layer of primer on this fan I think (hope) won't affect the performance or sound of this build. We shall see.

Couldn't Stop Thinking

 Almost all of the parts. More on their way via snail mail. 

Almost all of the parts. More on their way via snail mail. 

For about five months, I've been wanting to do this build. Water-cooled, single GPU, open case for maximum showoff-ability and of course, many cans of spray paint. I am an enthusiast with a moderate to advance (depends who you're asking) understanding of PC's and Windows. I have built a total of four PCs, all dual R9 290 beasts in Crossfire X config. My overclocking experience is not that thorough, though. So one might say, "then why build this new PC?" and the answer is because I enjoy learning and having a wicked fast computer for C4D GPU accelerated renders (a new frontier since I have never had Nvidia cards).

I am making this blog not as a guide of any sort, since I am far from a professional, but to share the fun of buying and building. Hope you enjoy!