IT’S DONE! The EPIC Workstation Build Is Alive!

by birtanpublished on April 6, 2021

Oh boy so I finally built my dream water-cooled hardline system and good people I can totally see how this becomes an expensive hobby now in the previous video we went over all the components and know the initial hardware installation plus for the first time ever I disassembled a graphics card and so many of you have mechanically vocalized as to why we didn't just wait for third gen thread Ripper instead I went on my 2950 x and this is why they'll actually be using a new str x4 socket and they'll require a new generation of motherboards based on the TRX 40 platform that means

Absolutely no compatibility with first or second generation threaded / CPUs or motherboards I didn't want to wait any longer because I just wanted to build the system because otherwise you'll constantly be waiting so let's pick up where we left off do you have any expectations for the build we're doing now the Builder we're gonna be doing here is probably not gonna be the most simple build that we could have done because we'd like to see you doing hard to being and really make an over-the-top system so it is gonna take some time it's not gonna take some learning and

This is probably not a beginning entry type build but it is something that will end up looking like a true masterpiece now before installing the graphics card it is recommended to complete as much cable management as possible which is what HP helped you with one trick we did here is to install the commander Pro and the lighting node behind the plastic front panel so it is not in the second chamber and this helps to minimize cable clutter now doing cable management is one of my least favorite things when it comes to building a computer even if it's something basic it's just like I

Get stuck and seeing all the cables and not knowing exactly how to route them but luckily we have the second chamber with a 680 X so all the cables get basically cluttered there and the main section where the system remains clean HP on the other hand loves cable management he finds its therapeutic and it's all about patience and basically collecting all the cables and using zip ties and bunching up in their own clusters we installed the rest pom combo right behind the commander Pro it's a great location for two browning and finally I mounted a

Graphics card we intentionally wanted the vertical orientations for best showcase of the block and to keep things stable hans-peter 3d printed a platform that fills the space between the riser cable and the fans so the whole thing is completely stable so guys my first hardline tube is complete thanks to HP for all the valuable information that goes into making this possible the actual process is fairly simple in terms of heating up a certain section that you need to bend and making sure that you heat up the sides as well but then you understand the complexity of making sure

That the bend is properly complete and everything aligns to where you need to align because you don't have much wiggle room and you really appreciate all the guys who do water cooling and do really complex bends that goes in and out our system so now it's time to show you how this is done and actually start to do our tubes for the sig build so the first thing we do is dip the silicone tube in water this way it slides into the tube without resistance we fire up the heat gun and concentrate the heat in the area where you want the bend to happen while being careful not to be too close to the

Heat source as that will just melt the tube and form bubbles while also not being too far where the heat will just take forever to soften the tube once the center point starts to become softer to a point where slight pressure bends the tube we start to heat up a larger area in this side-to-side motion while still rotating the tube and we do this because the sides also need to be soft around the main Bend otherwise the tube might kink now for our layout we are using many 90-degree bends and one trick is to use a table with a corner and to align that 90 degree Bend perfectly hold it in

Place for a minute for the tube to cool down and harden then we can remove the silicon piece and observe the band to make sure that we don't have any bubbles or kinks and to my surprise I did not destroy a single tube throughout this entire process very good guidance from HP nicely done now the more challenging thing was just around the corner with the measuring where the bends need to happen and how long the tubes need to be you realize just how much precision is necessary one comes to hard line tubing but you also realize that majority of it is

Mainly eyeballing it and learning from your mistakes so for example HP prepared a few tubes that were just a few millimeters too short and that gave me a perfect blueprint to follow and that's the general process to you make a bend see if it fits it might be a little bit too short or the bend needs to happen a bit earlier or it went too far you redo that and use the earlier pieces for guidance so for example the 90 degree Bend that I made for the top tube was one millimeter too short luckily we had some flexibility by moving the radiator to

Fit our tube alignment perfectly and this way nothing seems off angle and the first tube follows vertical and horizontal lines perfectly and finally it's all about installing each hard-line tube one at a time my top tube had perfect Ram clearance and it was my first proper Bend that came out very well so with confidence I moved on to the second tube and here again the 90 degree Bend was just 2 millimeters off meaning we could start from scratch or heat up that section again and try to reposition where the vent happens and this is where HP stepped in and we did

It without destroying the tube and then I was all on my own seeing where the band needs to happen cutting the tube measuring again on the opposite end cut and fit and you just keep going until it's like a perfect alignment once it's a hundred percent you're satisfied with you move on to the next tube now the area behind the motherboard is normally done with soft tubing but it was great practice before we get into the main section with GPU tubes as those were the most challenging so for one measuring something that you cannot see or is not easily accessible it's very difficult

And so that's the case with GPU fittings because they're facing towards the motherboard so HP had this brilliant idea to recreate the same fitting layout at the front of the block and this allowed us to get the proper length measurement for that section of the tube from where it went into the bottom radiator the most rewarding thing for me was finally inserting all the tubes securing all the fittings which were quite difficult to get to because of awkward spacing and I have a new appreciation for all ITX custom loops because even

Reaching the fittings for the top radiator in the bottom radio like the ones that are in the back I was a bit challenging but imagine working with something that is super crammed happened respect I think for me the most frustrating things is to get the hard tubing runs the exact length because I'm very I'm very particular about that nothing is out of angles so if a heart to run for example is one millimeter too long then it'll look crooked in my eyes and I'll have to redo that entire run again taking care with it and just spending the extra time is it's just

What it takes like people will have to to be comfortable with learning how to do for example a complicated run because you will mess up the first time maybe also the second time so it is a learning curve and an experience to to do the next thing for me was a big surprise doing an air leak test basically blowing into the loop and if pressure is good you'll feel no air is leaking and this is that preliminary step to make sure that you don't have like an open port somewhere and you don't do this with water you do it with air first because if you blow into it and you have this

Massive resistance where the air just cannot travel anymore that's a good sign whereas if air would just escape you know you might have forgotten to put a plug somewhere or maybe one of the fittings is loose or something like that nothing goes through yeah time to fill oh I can see it it's going is that supposed to happen oh yeah I see what oh yeah I can see it oh and finally this is a very special moment in any water cooling project and all these bubbles and initial foamy water is actually very cool to witness as it highlights the

Water path through the blocks and it took about two days for all the bubbles to disappear and if the built in flow indicator wasn't on the GPU block the flow would appear static and so here's the finish system I think one of the most surprising things was how quickly you actually picked up on bending their heart to me because I've seen a lot of new beginners doing the stuff and like the norm that I would say is that you would take the first couple of meters and and ruin those in regards of like bad bends are measuring wrong but as I also mentioned like that we only use two

And a half meters like that's pretty impressive for a first-timer and the fact that HP was there throughout the entire process was a relief and give me the basics behind that – bending leak testing cable management and guiding me through the initial setup with IQ as all the fan rpm lighting and temperature monitoring is done there and we installed a few temperature sensors one for the reservoir one in GPU Inlet one in GPU outlet and one ambient sensor for either case temperatures or external temperatures just so you can monitor what's happening inside your loop and

Let me tell you my friends the temperatures are incredible my 28 ET i Strix is overclocked to almost 20 100 megahertz with a slight overclock on VR m2 and maximum temperatures we're seeing are in low 50 degrees Celsius which is just crazy while the threader 429 50x idles around 37 38 degrees Celsius and spikes up to mid 60's under load and all 16 cores have just enough capacity to reach 4.1 gigahertz and beyond and that is the power of water cooling and the last surprise are noise levels so my fans are currently set up

To not even spin unless the water temperature in the reservoir hits above 34 degrees Celsius which is like at idle situations right now we're we're not spinning so the system is completely silent and the fans do start to ramp up gradually as the water temperature rises so you don't get those like massive spikes and rpm for the fans when there is load on the CPU the pump unfortunately is audible when the rpm goes above 2200 and it has a slightly higher pitched noise than I like and that is literally my only complaint with the system my god I sound so spoiled in

Regard to what I think one of the most challenging thing was like it was quite evident that during the whole cable management and like getting everything crammed in and sipped tied up I think that probably took most of the time and installing all the other different components went pretty fast so next to the tubing install and cutting the tubing and measuring them out I do believe the cable management and that stuff was definitely one of the most challenging things if I were to do one at home in this case then I probably be copying this layout because it just it

Just works so well I still can't believe I built it and it's so epic yet it still does not run read the end Redemption – and since I haven't ruined any tubing and courser sent me nine meters of hard line tubing I'm thinking I should do another system all right guys I'm Dmitri thanks much for watching check out this other relevant content alpha Q

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