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Project Mercury - Caselabs S3 | Watercooled | GTX Titan - Completed!

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Project MERCURY

Caselabs Mercury S3 - mITX Watercooled - Simplicity

 

Index

#1 - 4770k IHS Removal - https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/56428-project-mercury/?p=818295

#2 - ASUS Maximus IV Impact - https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/56428-project-mercury/?p=833236

#3 - Nvidia GTX Titan - https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/56428-project-mercury/?p=838360

#4 - Radiator & Fans - https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/56428-project-mercury-caselabs-s3-watercooled-gtx-titan/?p=842895

#5 - Fittings & SSD - https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/56428-project-mercury-caselabs-s3-watercooled-gtx-titan/?p=849644

#6 - Peripherals - https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/56428-project-mercury-caselabs-s3-watercooled-gtx-titan/?p=857467

#7 - Himuro - https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/56428-project-mercury-caselabs-s3-watercooled-gtx-titan/?p=857564

#8 - Himuro Mounting System - https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/56428-project-mercury-caselabs-s3-watercooled-gtx-titan/?p=877824

#9 - Reservoir & Pump - https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/56428-project-mercury-caselabs-s3-watercooled-gtx-titan/?p=881798

#10 - Polishing EK Waterblocks - https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/56428-project-mercury-caselabs-s3-watercooled-gtx-titan/?p=907185

#11 - Initial Tubing Route - https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/56428-project-mercury-caselabs-s3-watercooled-gtx-titan/?p=919997

#12 - Mercury S3 Case - http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/56428-project-mercury-caselabs-s3-watercooled-gtx-titan/?p=934144

#13 - Secondary Tubing Route - http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/56428-project-mercury-caselabs-s3-watercooled-gtx-titan/?p=966149

#14 - Completed - http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/56428-project-mercury-caselabs-s3-watercooled-gtx-titan/?p=1030532

 

Completion - Scroll Down for the start of the log!

 

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Introduction

Back with another build log, this time a different path, less is more with mITX and i intend to showcase that in its full glory.

Caselabs has always had a soft spot with me, ever since i first bought the STH10, clean lines, modding friendly and extremely well designed, so when the Mercury S3 was announced some months ago i couldn't resist.

 

Prodigy may have started the mITX craze, Caselabs has perfected it with the Mercury S3.

Unfortunately due to size restraints, my previous build Akula V2 is now to be disassembled, it's just too big for my desk and is a dust magnet.

 

This computer will mainly be used for light gaming, work related use & general use, so the components don't have to be top of the line yet i intend to recycle my used components as much as possible.

 

Vision & Color Scheme

With all my build's i strive for simplicity, less is more.

Once again the build will be based around the components, the colors will be subtle, the components will be minimalistic.

 

Just like Akula V2, the build will incorporate Republic of Gamers products, which leaves me little choice but to follow to overdone red & black scheme.

Watercooling will be done with primary EKWB products used from Project Akula with some new splashes of products just released.

 

Mercury S3 Case

One of the biggest selling points for Caselabs cases is the options when purchasing, these are the options/variations i chose.

  • Matte Black
  • Drop-in 120.2 Radiator Mount
  • 36mm Ventilated Top Cover
  • Left STB Window
  • Right STB Window
  • USB 3.0 Upgrade IO
  • 120.2 Radiator Flexi-bay Upgrade

Just a matter of shipping & waiting for it to arrive, sadly this thing cost me an arm & leg due to the shipping cost to Australia, worth it.

 

Main Components

Large portion of my components will come from previous builds, most from my Prodigy & Dimastech builds so my wallet won't be that much lighter in the end, i hope..

  • Intel Socket 1150 4770k
  • ASUS Maximus VI Impact
  • Corsair Dominator GT 2133 Mhz (2x4Gb)
  • OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240Gb
  • Western Digital Caviar Red 2Gb
  • Silverstone Strider 650W Gold ST65F-G
  • Gigabyte GTX Titan OC Windforce Edition
  • Himuro 3.5" HDD Cooler
  • Himuro 2.5" HDD Cooler

Cooling Components

Lucky for me, most of my cooling components i already own, for most this is the expensive part.

New products that have just been released from EKWB will be tested within this build, including their new PE radiator's, hopefully they will have their ROG Impact waterblocks released in time..

 

On another note, i intend to delid the 4770k - I've done this process on the 3570k earlier and the temperatures were excellent, this time i will be going naked chip, so EK's Naked Ivy supports will be used.

  • EKWB GTX Titan Nickel & Plexi CSQ Waterblock
  • EKWB Supremacy Nickel & Plexi CSQ Waterblock
  • Laing D5 & EKWB CSQ Acetal Pump Top
  • Bitspower Z Type 150ml Reservoir
  • EK CSQ Fittings
  • Noiseblocker BlacksilentPro PL-2 x 4
  • EK CoolStream PE 240 x 2
  • PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 3/8in ID x 1/2in OD Tubing Clear
  • EK Blood Red Coolant

Extras

  • 16AWG Individually sleeved cables, MDPC Black Sleeving
  • Delidding 4770k & Using EK Naked Ivy standoffs
  • Polishing EK Plexiglass Waterblocks
  • Fabricate 2 x Himuro mounting brackets

 

Closing

Hopefully this will be a quicker build than my previous logs, I'm a perfectionist so these things take time unfortunately.

In the coming weeks i expect to receive the Mercury S3, from there i will slowly incorporate the parts within the build.

 

The biggest hurdle is always the sleeving, in such a tight build sleeving even the best power supplies can be tricky, lines are tough to hide so perfection is required when all eyes are on the cables.

Stay tuned, I'm as eager as ever to begin and one day complete this build.


Akula  | Dimastech Test Bench | Watercooled | Tri GTX 680's | Build of the Week

Mercury | Caselabs Mercury S3 | Watercooled | GTX Titan | Build of the Week

Armada | Define R4 Titanium | Watercooled | EK Waterblocks | Newest Buildlog

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Subbed. I don't need to know anything about it. If it's form you, it has to be good.


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That case is sexy, followed


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Subbed can't wait.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks for the support guys, I'll try my hardest to get this thing going as soon as possible.


Akula  | Dimastech Test Bench | Watercooled | Tri GTX 680's | Build of the Week

Mercury | Caselabs Mercury S3 | Watercooled | GTX Titan | Build of the Week

Armada | Define R4 Titanium | Watercooled | EK Waterblocks | Newest Buildlog

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Thanks for the support guys, I'll try my hardest to get this thing going as soon as possible.

Now


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*Akula starts new build log*

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With your build the shipping will definitley be worth it


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Can't wait to see pictures :)


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Small update, I've received some parts for this build, still awaiting my Mercury S3 - 5 Business days and then some for shipping to AU.

  • Intel Socket 1150 4770k
  • ASUS Maximus VI Impact
  • Silverstone Strider 650W Gold ST65F-G

 

Over the next few days i intend to test the 4770k to insure it didn't arrive DOA, if all goes well my plan is to delid the chip as i want the coolest temperatures for this mITX build.

I won't be reusing the Intel IHS, intending to use EK's Naked standoff's for this particular build.

 

Stay tuned for pictures soon.


Akula  | Dimastech Test Bench | Watercooled | Tri GTX 680's | Build of the Week

Mercury | Caselabs Mercury S3 | Watercooled | GTX Titan | Build of the Week

Armada | Define R4 Titanium | Watercooled | EK Waterblocks | Newest Buildlog

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Yay


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Waiting for some photos too :)


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Best of luck with the delidding, and of course the rest of the build. The Mercury S3's always a good choice aesthetically when you know what you're doing, and we all know you do so... I can't wait to see it.

 

Also...

 

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  • Western Digital Caviar Red 2Gb"

Are you sure you don't mean 2TB?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Well today was the day my Mercury S3 arrived.

I've completed building the S3, looks fantastic. Very well built, you can tell Caselabs have spent time ensuring the quality of this case trumped all others.

 

I've ran into a small issue that I'm trying to resolve with Caselabs, my optimal 36mm Top Cover doesn't seem to secure to the latching mechanism properly like shown in their pictures, other builds.

To me, the rods that latch into the the metal snaps are too small, which means the top cover is floating free, something i don't want.

 

Since my last update, I've change a few parts of the build, been brainstorming ideas within my head how to effectively run a loop & still have clean lines throughout the build.

Below are the list of changes since the start of the log.

  • No longer utilizing the WD Red  2TB Drive, this is to limit SATA connections & generally clean up aesthetics down below.
  • I've ordered the S3 SSD Stealth plate which sits directly underneath the motherboard tray, which means no visible SSD's or HDD's within this build.
  • I've swapped my reservoir choice from the EK X3 Reservoir to a larger, yet same ml reservoir from Bitspower.

 

Some of my parts have been rolling in the past few days, still waiting for a store to stock the EK Coolstream PE 240 Radiator's - I'm hoping within the next week i can order two.

 

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My 2nd Delidding CPU, 3770k was my first which i used the Razer method, sure it worked but it was stressful, i reused the Intel IHS on the past build so my temperature difference was good but not excellent.

This time i used the Vice, Wood & Hammer method, a far more pleasing method if you ask me ;) 2 Hits of the hammer and the IHS was off, cleaned using Indigo Extreme Alcohol & Cotton Buds.

 

I've chosen to direct die mount the 4770k this time round, using EK Naked Ivy/Haswell Standoffs along with the EK Supremacy block, cooled with CLU on the die.

I've applied a small amount of AS5 Thermal Paste to the SMD transistors aside the die to ensure the CLU doesn't spread and short something out.


Akula  | Dimastech Test Bench | Watercooled | Tri GTX 680's | Build of the Week

Mercury | Caselabs Mercury S3 | Watercooled | GTX Titan | Build of the Week

Armada | Define R4 Titanium | Watercooled | EK Waterblocks | Newest Buildlog

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Posted · Original PosterOP

This has the best one of the best looking motherboards I've owned.

Later today i intend to load it all within the Mercury S3, then I'll have some nice photo's for show.

 

The SupremeFX Audio PCB is a nice touch along with the Impact Control PCB at the rear of the motherboard, they really haven't left much off this motherboard.

My only complaint is the positioning of the SATA ports, although I'm sure i can find a neat way to route them.


Akula  | Dimastech Test Bench | Watercooled | Tri GTX 680's | Build of the Week

Mercury | Caselabs Mercury S3 | Watercooled | GTX Titan | Build of the Week

Armada | Define R4 Titanium | Watercooled | EK Waterblocks | Newest Buildlog

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Posted · Original PosterOP

EK Acetal & Nickel CSQ Waterblock installed on Naked Standoff's

I considered changing block tops to Clear Plexi, although personally i love the Acetal look :)

 

RAM is installed, Corsair Dominator GT's - Although not present within these photo's.


Akula  | Dimastech Test Bench | Watercooled | Tri GTX 680's | Build of the Week

Mercury | Caselabs Mercury S3 | Watercooled | GTX Titan | Build of the Week

Armada | Define R4 Titanium | Watercooled | EK Waterblocks | Newest Buildlog

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