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    Project Zen

    Welcome all,

    This is going to be a fairly long build. Completion will hopefully be around June/July this year, depending on release dates & availability of components.

    This will be a full AMD build, Ryzen CPU & dual Vega GPUs.

    The theme for the build is around Zen, so think Japanese garden, with a primarily black & white theme.

    The case & most of the cooling components have been ordered & have started arriving this week, I missed the first courier today unfortunately, so have to try & get them redelivered.

    I also just ordered a 3D printer, which is a few weeks away, so I should be able to make some pretty cool mods I hope

    Case is the Thermaltake Tower 900. This was chosen for motherboard layout & the shear amount of space it has to let my creativity flow.


    More updates to follow as parts arrive.

    My first build can be seen here. I have no real timeline on this one, so plan to take my time & perfect it.

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    Holy rad-space Batman!

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    I believe the rads are what they tried to deliver today- 2 x EK 560s with 8 Noctua NF-A14 140mm 3000RPM PWMs. So much cooling power

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moratek View Post
    I believe the rads are what they tried to deliver today- 2 x EK 560s with 8 Noctua NF-A14 140mm 3000RPM PWMs. So much cooling power
    I'm in love with this case now......Thanks

    Just watch those ippc-3000s. They are LOUD at full tilt. I use 2 to cool my 280 30fpi rad

    Look forward to seeing what you do with this beast of a case!

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    That should be some serious cooling . I like the looks of the case .
    IDK how you could wait MONTHS to put a system together I am way to impatient , but good on you .
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    Gotta love ThermalTake. Bringing back the meaning of Tower in full tower cases.
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    I've seen that case before, but never saw profile shots of it, that is some insane rad space you have there, I like it, I think I found my next case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t1nm4n View Post
    I've seen that case before, but never saw profile shots of it, that is some insane rad space you have there, I like it, I think I found my next case.
    If it's gonna be a few months till his build is done, I'm gonna setup a cot in there! It's my new home!
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    Some parts arrived today. It was interesting to see how different the shipping times were.

    I placed 3 orders last week:
    Noctua shipping- 3 days, Europe to Australia.
    PCCase gear- Melbourne to Perth shipping- 6 days.
    Local PLE shop- No idea, most of the parts only had to come from 40kms away, haven't heard a thing from them yet.

    Toy list for today-

    The Noctua fans for the radiators.
    A couple of BeQuiet 140s for airflow in other areas- I love these fans, silent & sexy.
    CPU waterblock- EK Supremacy
    Silverstone PWM 1-8 fan hub
    Some heat shrink & cable sleeves.
    EK Duraclear tubing- I'm not going hard line on this, I have some ideas that will make the flex tube the better option.
    A few water fittings that I didn't already have.

    Anyhow, pics!

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    Project Zen (currently building)

    My desk build (Completed)
    ASRock Extreme 7+
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    2 X Gigabyte G1 Gaming 980ti in SLI (watercooled)
    16GB HyperX Predator (4x4GB) @2666MHz
    Samsung 960 NVMe 256GB, Samsung 850 1TB
    EVGA P2 1200W PSU, EK WE540 Radiator & Xres 140 DDC Pump.
    Backup/Media server BeQuiet Silent Base 800,MSI Z97 Krait, 4690K, BeQuiet Pure Rock air cooler,
    8GB RAM, EVGA G2 1000W PSU, 2x WD RED 2TB, Samsung 850 Evo 500GB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ||Console|| View Post
    That should be some serious cooling . I like the looks of the case .
    IDK how you could wait MONTHS to put a system together I am way to impatient , but good on you .
    I already have a great system, so there isn't a rush to finish this one. As keen as I am to get to overclocking & benchmarking, I think the end result will be better if I just take my time.

    Plus, if I wait long enough, there may be a better motherboard released. The ASRock Taichi is cool, but the single BIOS bugs me due to past issues with my Extreme 7+. I thought they may have added it on the Fatality Pro, but nope

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    Quote Originally Posted by t1nm4n View Post
    I've seen that case before, but never saw profile shots of it, that is some insane rad space you have there, I like it, I think I found my next case.
    It's designed for cooling & really making your system a feature. I looked at a lot of options for this build, but kept coming back to the Tower 900. It's just a lot of space in a unique format.

    Project Zen (currently building)

    My desk build (Completed)
    ASRock Extreme 7+
    i7 6700K @ 4.7GHz (watercooled)
    2 X Gigabyte G1 Gaming 980ti in SLI (watercooled)
    16GB HyperX Predator (4x4GB) @2666MHz
    Samsung 960 NVMe 256GB, Samsung 850 1TB
    EVGA P2 1200W PSU, EK WE540 Radiator & Xres 140 DDC Pump.
    Backup/Media server BeQuiet Silent Base 800,MSI Z97 Krait, 4690K, BeQuiet Pure Rock air cooler,
    8GB RAM, EVGA G2 1000W PSU, 2x WD RED 2TB, Samsung 850 Evo 500GB.

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    More things arrived today!

    The case is huuuuge, and heavy, weighing in at 27kgs of builders paradise. I was expecting it to come flat packed being so large, but it was ready to go out of the box.

    You could comfortably fit 2 full ATX systems on water in there with minimal mods. Almost makes me want to just mount that EVGA board

    In other news, I got notification today that my 3D printer has been shipped, so should arrive at the end of next week. I also picked up 3 rolls of ABS & 5 rolls of PLA for $10 each at an auction, which was a bit of a bargain.

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    Project Zen (currently building)

    My desk build (Completed)
    ASRock Extreme 7+
    i7 6700K @ 4.7GHz (watercooled)
    2 X Gigabyte G1 Gaming 980ti in SLI (watercooled)
    16GB HyperX Predator (4x4GB) @2666MHz
    Samsung 960 NVMe 256GB, Samsung 850 1TB
    EVGA P2 1200W PSU, EK WE540 Radiator & Xres 140 DDC Pump.
    Backup/Media server BeQuiet Silent Base 800,MSI Z97 Krait, 4690K, BeQuiet Pure Rock air cooler,
    8GB RAM, EVGA G2 1000W PSU, 2x WD RED 2TB, Samsung 850 Evo 500GB.

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    I love cases that come with pump mounts. Looks like that one has two.
    The Rodeo Clown Oath: I Blaylock, do solemnly swear, to not let my Rig die of old age. I will burn it, fry it, freeze it, smash it and crash it til there is only ash and smoke. This I swear on this day 08/05/2014.


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    I thought I was married to the Phanteks Enthoo cases for life. Now you have to go and show me this! My GPU would look sooo good in there, actually being able to see most of it. All kinds of subbed to this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moratek View Post
    More things arrived today!

    The case is huuuuge, and heavy, weighing in at 27kgs of builders paradise. I was expecting it to come flat packed being so large, but it was ready to go out of the box.

    You could comfortably fit 2 full ATX systems on water in there with minimal mods. Almost makes me want to just mount that EVGA board

    In other news, I got notification today that my 3D printer has been shipped, so should arrive at the end of next week. I also picked up 3 rolls of ABS & 5 rolls of PLA for $10 each at an auction, which was a bit of a bargain.
    Be careful with my new home!

    Good God that thing is MASSIVE and amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaylock View Post
    I love cases that come with pump mounts. Looks like that one has two.
    Yep, the thermaltake pumps fit straight on, then the bracket is held in place by just that one thumb screw at the back. So you can fit your plumbing, then just slot them into place.

    Project Zen (currently building)

    My desk build (Completed)
    ASRock Extreme 7+
    i7 6700K @ 4.7GHz (watercooled)
    2 X Gigabyte G1 Gaming 980ti in SLI (watercooled)
    16GB HyperX Predator (4x4GB) @2666MHz
    Samsung 960 NVMe 256GB, Samsung 850 1TB
    EVGA P2 1200W PSU, EK WE540 Radiator & Xres 140 DDC Pump.
    Backup/Media server BeQuiet Silent Base 800,MSI Z97 Krait, 4690K, BeQuiet Pure Rock air cooler,
    8GB RAM, EVGA G2 1000W PSU, 2x WD RED 2TB, Samsung 850 Evo 500GB.

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    More parts arrived today.

    Thermaltake Commander RGB fan controller.
    Deepcool RGB lights.
    EK Revo Dual D5 PWM Pump.
    EK Xres X3 250.
    A heap more fittings.
    Some Black EK tube.

    Just waiting on the Radiators now.

    I'm hoping that the Ryzen5 release will bring some new motherboards, I would love an ASRock Extreme series, or a Gigabyte SOC/G1. There are some very nice options out already, but nothing that ticks all the boxes.

    It may be wishful thinking this early on, but a guy can dream


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    Project Zen (currently building)

    My desk build (Completed)
    ASRock Extreme 7+
    i7 6700K @ 4.7GHz (watercooled)
    2 X Gigabyte G1 Gaming 980ti in SLI (watercooled)
    16GB HyperX Predator (4x4GB) @2666MHz
    Samsung 960 NVMe 256GB, Samsung 850 1TB
    EVGA P2 1200W PSU, EK WE540 Radiator & Xres 140 DDC Pump.
    Backup/Media server BeQuiet Silent Base 800,MSI Z97 Krait, 4690K, BeQuiet Pure Rock air cooler,
    8GB RAM, EVGA G2 1000W PSU, 2x WD RED 2TB, Samsung 850 Evo 500GB.

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