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[Meshify Rebuild] Zero Tolerance (1080 Ti SLI Custom Loop + Zen 2)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So I have been putting off my yearly maintenance of my Meshify C build for a while now since I moved country this year. There's nothing really wrong with the build functionally per se, but I do think my system does need a bit of tender love and care as well as a few upgrades using parts that I have lying around.

 

Current System Specs:

CPU: 7700K

GPU: 2x 1080 Asus Turbo

PSU: Corsari RM750x

RAM: 4x 16GB Corsair LPX 3200 MHz

 

My intentions are to retire the components in this build for now, and eventually recycle them for a powerful NAS build I have in mind. To replace these, I will be using the components I bought for a testbench that are arguably more powerful but seldom got used since I love my watercooled PC.

 

Things I already have:

New Waterblocks

2x 1080 Ti Asus Strix

X370 Crosshair VI 

4x 16 GB G. Skill Ripjaws V

 

Things I still want to buy

Ryzen 3950X or 3900X

 

I also intend on doing custom sleeving myself to keep it presentable in the back. The intended theme of the rebuild will be clear, silver and black. Hopefully a nice classy timeless build.

 

While my current build is still very functional and beautiful if I were to clean it up a little bit, a lot of my LEDs have started to die, too many for me to bother replacing them, and so I will be "graduating" from a heavily illuminated setup and maybe keep a strip or two illuminated only as accents.

 

My system, no LEDs on.

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Firstly my monoblock LED strip has completely killed its Red and Green LEDs, and so will only be Blue or off (not really a problem since my coolant is blue anyway). But the Phanteks Halos have developed a rather unpleasent yellow tinge on the "white" setting over the last 1.5 years. They used to be a beautiful crisp white, but has now a yellow tinge; may be "cleaned" but I think they are all in all not worth the effort.

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The LED strip in the GPU blocks have also started to die, where one is stuck on red, and another on green (on a white setting). 

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I'm so busy compared to a few years ago....I only managed to to mount a waterblock on one of my cards, but here we go.

 

The card in question is the Strix 1080 Ti, and I will be using an EKWB waterblock and a Nickel Backplate. The Nickel varients are actually very rare these days and I had to shop around in europe finding one in Portugal, and another one in Belgium to get my hands on them.

 

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The installation process was smooth without hiccup and I was able to confirm on my test bench (without water) that the card still functions. I used Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut for the thermal paste as well as some Minus Pad 8 for the pads.

 

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Did the other GPU today and strapped them together with the terminal, I must say I love the clean look of the scalar terminals.

 

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Did some test fitting of components.

 

Beautiful Heatkiller IV Nickel Block.

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The 16 mm fittings look a bit fat on the block, but oh well I am committed (sorry about the mess around)

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Also this is the reason the project is the named the way it is.

 

If I was to jam this graphics card block into my chassis as is, this is what happens.

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Nope, not going in.

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However, I actually have 5 mm to gain because I have these phanteks halos that had turned yellow. Taking this off, the graphics card literally just fits in, brushing up the side of the fans, but not getting in the way from them spinning. For this to work, I had to peel the RGB cable from the waterblocks slightly behind to save those 0.5 or so mm.

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This is going to as hard as my other SFF cases.

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In today's episode of "Fit or no Fit?" we'll be looking at the motherboard, I/O cover, and the VRM heatsinks.

 

Looks very nice (don't mind the dust) and spacious at first glance But I need to fit a radiator + fans on the top part of the chassis.

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Remarkably, it fits quite easily, although it should be noted that the radiator must go in first, otherwise the radiator would collide with the plastic shroud of the motherboard. This could be removed, but I would like to keep it if possible, so this is nice.

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Fans clear the VRM heatsinks quite easily

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My reservoir mount also clears the G. Skill memory.

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So all in all, the base layout looking something like this, I don't think there are any more tight spots, so I'm hoping the rest of the procedure is going to be relatively smooth.

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Still kind of planning as it goes.... but here is some temporary mock layouts of the components.

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Im thinking looping them together something like this, will see if something looks awful. Also open to suggestions

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The bottoms compartment looks a bit nicer than before, I've sleeved the pump and trying to actively manage the cables as I go.

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Having a thought about the colors for the pcie connectors. Since i have sli, i can use teo different ones if i thought they went cool. 

 

Some examples...

Symmetric

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asymmetric1 and 2

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Took a break from custom water today and sleeved some 8 pin EPS. First time doing full custom sleeving, so hopefully i dont get any incorrect pinouts 

 

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Still working on cables. Did the 24 pin today, admittedly made it a little bit too short but it still plugs in with some convincing. 

 

Plan to do the pcies over the weekend.

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Finished the gpu cables. Unfortunately i will have to redo the 24pin cable since it was just too short. At least it is consistent with the project naming....

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This is starting to look like i only do custom sleeving....but i guess things take longer when you do it for the first time... i redid the 24 pin with longer cables and now it reaches without coming out of the psu. Incorporated some silver cables + transparent sleeving for a slight metallic look.

 

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So ive finally finished 1 full set of custom cables for this build.... the SATA power didnt go quite to plan as i struggled to get a good daisy chain so the back of the chassis is a bit more cluttered but at least it looks nice?

 

Im hoping that a couple of zip ties will be helpful to tie everything down. Hopefully over the next few weeks i will actually start bending some tubes.

 

But before i do this i do need to clean the mess i created outside the pc otherwise there may be trouble with the missus 😜

 

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Looking good. :) Nice sleeving job! But why SLI? Are you using it for other stuff than games, because no games support this anymore. Why not sell one of the 1080 ti's and buy a 3900/3950X?


CPU: Intel i7 9700K@5.3GHz SC/DC, 5.1GHz QC, 5.0Ghz All core, AVX offset 0| Motherboard: Asus Maximus XI Hero | RAM: Patriot Viper Steel 2x8gb@3600Mhz 14-14-14-29, 1N, 1.45V| 

PSU: EVGA SuperNova 750 G3 | Mon: Samsung C27HG70 27" 144Hz Freesync - G-Sync compatible(ish) | GPU: EVGA 1080ti SC Black Edition w/ G12 bracket | Sound: Odac + Fiio E09K | 

Case: Fractal Design R6 TG Blackout | Storage: Corsair MP510 960gb | Cooling: CPU: Kraken X62 - GPU: Kraken X42 - both with Noctua NF-A14's |

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Very neat cabling.

 

My case doesn't allow for that sadly.

 

Clean looking AF.


Main PC:

CPU: Octodeca Core 7980XE (Unconfirmed OC)

Motherboard: EVGA X299 Dark. 

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB x 4 DIMMS, C14 3200Mhz, OC to 4000Mhz C17. Samsung B-Die.

GPU: Water cooled RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition SLI (+170 Core) (+930 memory) (2145 boost clock on both) with EKWB Vector blocks on each.

Case: ThermalTake X9.

Storage: 2x Samsung EVO 970 1TB NVMe (3500MB/S Read, 3300MB/S Write), 2x Samsung EVO 860 500GB SSD, 1x Samsung EVO 860 4TB SSD, 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda.

PSU: Corsair AX1600i with custom black and red cables.

Display: 3x Ultrawide Acer Predator X34P 34" Inch G-Sync 120Hz displays IPS with Nvidia surround running at 10320 x 1440 120Hz.

Cooling: Custom Loop EKWB CoolStream 480mm XE 3x radiators and 1x EKWB CoolStream 240mm XE radiator with 2x D5 Revo RGB PUMP, 14x Noctua Industrial 3000RPM fans on rads and 2x in the case, 200mm ThermalTake 800RPM fan (front).

VR: Pimax 4K with NOLO VR.

Keyboard: Corsair K70 LUX RGB.

Sound: T6300 Creative 5.1 speakers.

Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum.

Piano: Yamaha P155.

Phone: Razer Phone 2.

Smart watch: Moto 360 2nd Gen.

Camera: Logitech C922.

3D Printer: Creality Ender 3 Pro.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
24 minutes ago, DoctorNick said:

Looking good. :) Nice sleeving job! But why SLI? Are you using it for other stuff than games, because no games support this anymore. Why not sell one of the 1080 ti's and buy a 3900/3950X?

Because the primary use is not for gaming. My use case requires at least two graphics card to split the data for independent calculations. The SLI is more "well, since i meed 2 graphics cards anyway, might as well SLI". Thankfully i can buy a 3950x without ridding any of the cards.

 

22 minutes ago, TheNaitsyrk said:

Very neat cabling.

 

My case doesn't allow for that sadly.

 

Clean looking AF.

Thanks, this is the beauty of making custom cables. Tailored length, curvature, and thickness means you can make it work in any case as long as you are skilled enough.

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12 minutes ago, For Science! said:

Because the primary use is not for gaming. My use case requires at least two graphics card to split the data for independent calculations. The SLI is more "well, since i meed 2 graphics cards anyway, might as well SLI". Thankfully i can buy a 3950x without ridding any of the cards.

 

Thanks, this is the beauty of making custom cables. Tailored length, curvature, and thickness means you can make it work in any case as long as you are skilled enough.

Not mine, mine's not designed / has no routing to do any decent cabling. It's all clumped together always. Tried to make it look good but nope.


Main PC:

CPU: Octodeca Core 7980XE (Unconfirmed OC)

Motherboard: EVGA X299 Dark. 

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB x 4 DIMMS, C14 3200Mhz, OC to 4000Mhz C17. Samsung B-Die.

GPU: Water cooled RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition SLI (+170 Core) (+930 memory) (2145 boost clock on both) with EKWB Vector blocks on each.

Case: ThermalTake X9.

Storage: 2x Samsung EVO 970 1TB NVMe (3500MB/S Read, 3300MB/S Write), 2x Samsung EVO 860 500GB SSD, 1x Samsung EVO 860 4TB SSD, 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda.

PSU: Corsair AX1600i with custom black and red cables.

Display: 3x Ultrawide Acer Predator X34P 34" Inch G-Sync 120Hz displays IPS with Nvidia surround running at 10320 x 1440 120Hz.

Cooling: Custom Loop EKWB CoolStream 480mm XE 3x radiators and 1x EKWB CoolStream 240mm XE radiator with 2x D5 Revo RGB PUMP, 14x Noctua Industrial 3000RPM fans on rads and 2x in the case, 200mm ThermalTake 800RPM fan (front).

VR: Pimax 4K with NOLO VR.

Keyboard: Corsair K70 LUX RGB.

Sound: T6300 Creative 5.1 speakers.

Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum.

Piano: Yamaha P155.

Phone: Razer Phone 2.

Smart watch: Moto 360 2nd Gen.

Camera: Logitech C922.

3D Printer: Creality Ender 3 Pro.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
8 minutes ago, TheNaitsyrk said:

Not mine, mine's not designed / has no routing to do any decent cabling. It's all clumped together always. Tried to make it look good but nope.

Dont be afraid to not use the cutouts, since with high quality wires and sleevings the cables "manage" themselves as they take their own shape. Anyway, since I cant help you out for your case obviously if you cant get it to work, unfortunately then you will have to live with what you can achieve. At the end of the day its just like how custom loops end up looking for different people in the same case.

 

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Just now, For Science! said:

Dont be afraid to not use the cutouts, since with high quality wires and sleevings the cables "manage" themselves as they take their own shape. Anyway, since I cant help you out for your case obviously if you cant get it to work, unfortunately then you will have to live with what you can achieve. At the end of the day its just like how custom loops end up looking for different people in the same case.

 

It's just how my case is made. Cables are all exposed obviously and there's no place for them in the case. I am going to use a huge cable spiral wrap to make it look decent.


Main PC:

CPU: Octodeca Core 7980XE (Unconfirmed OC)

Motherboard: EVGA X299 Dark. 

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB x 4 DIMMS, C14 3200Mhz, OC to 4000Mhz C17. Samsung B-Die.

GPU: Water cooled RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition SLI (+170 Core) (+930 memory) (2145 boost clock on both) with EKWB Vector blocks on each.

Case: ThermalTake X9.

Storage: 2x Samsung EVO 970 1TB NVMe (3500MB/S Read, 3300MB/S Write), 2x Samsung EVO 860 500GB SSD, 1x Samsung EVO 860 4TB SSD, 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda.

PSU: Corsair AX1600i with custom black and red cables.

Display: 3x Ultrawide Acer Predator X34P 34" Inch G-Sync 120Hz displays IPS with Nvidia surround running at 10320 x 1440 120Hz.

Cooling: Custom Loop EKWB CoolStream 480mm XE 3x radiators and 1x EKWB CoolStream 240mm XE radiator with 2x D5 Revo RGB PUMP, 14x Noctua Industrial 3000RPM fans on rads and 2x in the case, 200mm ThermalTake 800RPM fan (front).

VR: Pimax 4K with NOLO VR.

Keyboard: Corsair K70 LUX RGB.

Sound: T6300 Creative 5.1 speakers.

Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum.

Piano: Yamaha P155.

Phone: Razer Phone 2.

Smart watch: Moto 360 2nd Gen.

Camera: Logitech C922.

3D Printer: Creality Ender 3 Pro.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 minutes ago, TheNaitsyrk said:

It's just how my case is made. Cables are all exposed obviously and there's no place for them in the case. I am going to use a huge cable spiral wrap to make it look decent.

Yes, a case with an open psu area is where you cant just "cram it in the back" separates the men from the boys when it comes to cable management. The advantage of course is that you are able to show off the great cabling you do as opposed to just looking the same as using extensions.

 

With you case being almost 100 liters in volume there are many ways to be creative since there is so much space, have fun with the spiral warp.

 

 

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Bent some tubes, generally happy with working with the acrylic, not any more difficult than PETG in my opinion, just inconvinient since I can't  use my tube cutter. Currently unsatisfed with the tube coming from the bottom of the case to the GPU this will need to be redone so that it runs straight against the bottom of the case.

 

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What an absolute unit. Looking forward to the following steps. I have had the pleasure to build in a meshify C to and i really enjoyed it tho it was similarly tight and I had to do some mods. I am curious as to how you're mountin your res to the RAM, how wobbly that solution is. Doing my cables also felt like it took half of the build and plan time so I feel you. I really like your gradient but I have to say I preferred the variant without the silver cables as the reflective properties looked more uniform. 
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On 11/9/2019 at 4:12 PM, GER_T4IGA said:

I am curious as to how you're mountin your res to the RAM, how wobbly that solution is. 

I have a 3D printed bracket that is on the top fan and using EK Uniholders I have mounted the reservoir. It's a little bit wobbly standalone, but once plumbed in with the hardline tube is really stable. I have run this for over 2 years now and it has even withstood shipping from Sweden to Germany ;)

 

So finally I have made the final candidates for the loop, man I really struggled to get the bottom run done as usual. It's still not "perfect" in my opinion but I think it is acceptable. Generally happy with the runs, now all I need is the 3950X to slot in.

 

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I tried to route everything for real including the power cables + fittings, and come to realize that there is actually an order needed. For example I needed to connect the bottom tubing before the PCIe power cable, but needed to put the 24-pin power in before mounting the reservoir. Anyway I managed, here are some pictures.

 

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Of course, here are my scraps and substandard runs that are in my recycle heap at the moment

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Tested some lighting today, mounted one strip on the 240 mm radiator side and another on the side of the chassis, the two GPU blocks nicely illuminate the lower part of the chassis. I anticipate with the side panel there will be some more light internally reflected.

 

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More lighting test after a quick fill and test boot to make sure everything was working. It wasn't really so I'm glad I did so before slotting in the real CPU. Don't mind the red heatsink, its just a temporary wifi card before I plug in my PC to my LAN.

 

I just wanted to note the importance of characterizing each RGB strip you may use and how spending some time matching the colors can improve the look especially if you want a white color without using RGBW strips.

 

For example, this is how my buiild illuminates itself with everything set to "white" (255,255,255) however you can see that the strips for ambient lighting are a bit greeny/bluey (seen most obviously on the VRM heatsink in the back), whereas the GPU strips are casting a very noticeable blue color onto the PSU shroud. On the otherhand the illumination of the motherboard ("Crosshair" text on the i/o shield) look okay.

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So adjusting the GPU strips to (255, 197, 80) and the ambient strips to (255, 197, 160) while leaving the motherboard LEDS (255,255,255). I feel I was able to achieve a much more aesthetically pleasing balanced white illumination around the chassis.

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