Back again with another small update, this time some photos of the rest of the stuff going inside the mod.
Many thanks to Swiftech for stepping in to supply the res/pump combo, the excellent Apogee XL which as you will see matches the build well, first up we have the radiators.
Due to the limitations put on me by the case I decided to go for 2x 140mm radiators, the Swiftech MCR140-QP were the perfect choice, I am not 100% sure I will need both as this is only going to be a CPU loop. But I thought I better cover my bases on this one, next up the res/pump combo.
I like the way Swiftech have implemented the pump on this reservoir, it is a nice touch, and built incredibly well.
Also unlike most pumps, Swiftech are moving with the times on this and instead of the old molex connector for power, we have a sata, why not a major selling point the Swiftech brand has a good reputation anyway and have been around a very long time.
Moving onto the mounting brackets, Swiftech have made a very good attempt to make sure the res is secure, I also have to applaud them for making the mounting bracket with the slot in the middle, as some of you know when using a dual bay res with a case with supports for DVD drives sticking out, most modders either bend them flat or cut them out, with this res there is no need to do either as the slots allow you to just slide it in. Nice touch indeed.
They even have covered you on the fill port side by adding another mount point on the res, as you can see above, these two fitting holes are there as well as the one on the end of the pump. I have to say the Swiftech Maelstrom V2 Dual Bay Reservoir is one of my favourite dual bay reservoirs for practicality and ease and if I had the choice I would use this in all of my builds. Onto the cooler
Getting the apogee out of the box It was a pleasing sight to see the block comes with not only the included blue colouring but also white, red and green. It’s nice to have colour options and of course red is going to be placed in this build.
I suppose could go on about how well engineered this is, but in reality those of you that have used Swiftech products now they have been on top of their game for a while now and you should expect quality when you buy one of their products.
To change the colour over is as easy as pulling these pins (I used a craft knife to get under them), then you are faced with this.
Then it’s just a case of flipping that out and replacing with the colour of your choice, quick, simple and very easy. Why we are on the subject of water cooling, let us take a look at the Primochill products.
A massive thank you for Primochill for stepping up to the plate on this build, not only did they provide me with the tubing and revolver fittings for this hardline kit, they also supplied me with a bender, some heat proof gloves, the dye and some fan grills for the project, as well as loads of little mod smart clips and dust covers and a flow meter.
For the flow meter I went with the PrimoChill Vortex Black POM flow indicator with the blood red to tie in with the theme.
I also went with the PETG tubing as this rig will do quite a bit of travelling between places I wanted to make sure it had some strength, why the acrylic is clearer it is not really ideal if you transport a rig around, so it’s a safe bet to use the PETG instead.
On the compression fittings for the build I have gone for the red revolver fittings, these tie in with the colour scheme well and obviously are the right choice for this. Stay tuned for more updates soon as I get closer and closer to the build being complete.