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Hey there!

Second watercooling build for me. A friend of mine visited me and saw my rig... and he wanted one. Alright! An opportunity to build a watercooling system, I love that! He wanted a black-white themed build, with blue fluid, and some PETG tubing for his custom loop (first time bending PETG for us). After a lot of back and forth with him about the look of the build and the hardware to order, we finally created the SHOBOGUN (Shogun, hobo, mixed... well, we found that funny. Don't judge us. :D)

Let's start with the core parts:

CPU: 7700K

Overclocked to a stable 5.1 GHz. That's fast. Like, really fast.

CPU Cooler: EKWB Supremacy EVO - Nickel

Easy to install and good looking.

Motherboard: ASUS STRIX Z270E Gaming

Very solid motherboard, 2x M.2, RGB light, and very sexy. Built-in Wifi also.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LP 4x4 GB Red 3000 MHz

I had a hot deal for those RAM sticks, 50$ off the original price. The only concern was that they're red. It is not recommended to remove and paint the heat spreaders on RAM sticks, but I wanted to give it a try because of the deal. I didn't even remove the heat spreaders, and decided to mask them with tape and paint them. Precision masking, patience and dexterity. 1 hour of masking, 30 mins of painting. The result is a nice glossy black, with the Corsair logo! 90 minutes for a 50$ save? I'm in.

SSD: ADATA XPG SX8000 256GB M.2-2280

It was supposed to be a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5'' SSD at first. But with some very aggressive deals at Valentine's Day, I was able to upgrade to a M.2 for the same price. Another good deal I guess. I am not an expert on storage devices, but after some reading on the Internet about those 2 SSDs, the M.2 ADATA won.

HDD: Seagate BarraCuda 1TB 7200RPM

With the Bitfenix Shogun, you usually put your HDD in the cage on the top right of the case. I needed room for the pump, so I removed the HDD cage and tried to figure out how to fit a HDD somewhere else. On the back of the Shogun, you can mount 2 SSDs, but no HDD. Is that a challenge? 3D-print an adaptor bracket on my Makerbot Replicator (drawn by me on Solidworks), screwed it in place, and boom! HDD on the SSD tray, and it fits. Very, very tight, but it fits.

GPU: Gigabyte 1070 8GB WF OC

Another good deal for 500$ CAD with Ghost Recon. Watercooled with the EK waterblock, easy to install and is looking great with the nickel backplate. Overclocked for about 13% more performance.

PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W Gold

Good deal for that PSU, with good reviews. You don't need anything else if it has the right wattage for you!

Case: Bitfenix Shogun

I haven't seen a lot of Shogun builds around, and even less custom watercooled Shoguns. My friend wanted an In Win 303 like my personal build (Go check Polar Panda!), but he finally changed his mind and went with the Bitfenix big boy. Pretty big case for a ''super'' mid tower. Usually all black on the inside, I painted it white for the contrast, and wasn't disappointed. Again, a lot of time invested and it paid off. My friend was stunned with the result! The final build turned out really clean and everything worked as expected.

The case itself is not a revelation. If you remove half (or all) the modular things in this case, you are left with a clean exterior, and that is all I guess. The top 280mm rad is sooo tight in the tubing corner that it almost touches the exhaust fan at the rear. We couldn't place the radiator further to the right, the screw slots weren't long enough. The Gigabyte 1070 is a pretty long card. We were left with almost no room between the card and the pump/reservoir. 1/16'', nothing less.

We had a loop idea, we made it and it worked. Was it the easiest way or the prettiest loop? Your call. For us, it is looking great. For others, it may not be stunning. Could we have exploited the case with other components in a better way? If you have some ideas, leave a comment!

Other details:

-First time with the PETG bending. After a few tries, I was able to make some descent bends. They are not perfect, I know. For my first time, I was kinda proud of what I achieved tho!

-RGB-UV light everywhere, so if he wants to change his fluid color, he only needs to press a button and the build will match.

-Some things to remember with this build (for myself and everyone new with watercooling stuff) : Patience and preparation. When shopping for your parts, wait for good deals. Every weeks or every important holiday (Valentine's Day huh, Easter, etc.), there's a lot of deals going on computers websites. Be aware and patient! And with a lot of preparation, you avoid a lot of issues with watercooling. We didn't order any 90 degrees G1/4 rotary fittings and we were left with making weird looking bends for the liquid cooling. Not enough preparation and too much hurry to build the Shobogun. So, shop patiently and be prepared.

An upgrade coming for this build would be a PSU shroud made of acrylic, to hide the PSU and the cables. Also, a complete makeover for the tubing, with better preparation of the loop and better curves and path.

Thanks for reading and leave a comment!

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Comments

  • 36 months ago
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Damn this is super clean! Good job brotha!

  • 36 months ago
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Thank you bro!

  • 36 months ago
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Really nice job, it looks gorgeous! Are you seeing much of a difference in RAM temps because of the paint?

  • 36 months ago
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Not at all.

  • 36 months ago
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1+! wow! i love it! damn! looks so good and clean!

  • 36 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 36 months ago
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you are welcome

  • 36 months ago
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I like it, but why didnt u just buy the black ram

  • 36 months ago
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Instead of 150 CAD, it was 100 CAD. Gotta jump on that deal.

  • 36 months ago
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looks at price how the heck is a custom cooling loop $1600? notices lack of custom loop parts nevermind.

  • 36 months ago
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Yeah, I was a little lazy with the parts. The entire loop costs about 800 USD.

  • 36 months ago
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Dang, that's really cheap for a custom loop. What I want to do with a build it would cost over $1000

  • 36 months ago
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Always love me custom loops! Love some of those bends, great work.

  • 36 months ago
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Thank you!

  • 36 months ago
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I like what I see but one thing why not have separated your processor from the graphics card for cooling +1

  • 36 months ago
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Love the loop work, bends are spot on. All your hard work totally paid off. Beautiful build.

  • 36 months ago
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Thank you, I appreciate it.

Stunning! Looking at it gives me chills.

  • 36 months ago
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Same ;) Thanks!

  • 36 months ago
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this build deserves like 100 more reps than what It has. Good job man and the hard tubing looks awesome. +1 I would do more if I could.

  • 36 months ago
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Thank you sir!

  • 28 months ago
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Could you tell me how much this cost you in total after all the extra cooling parts?

  • 28 months ago
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Around 2500 USD

  • 28 months ago
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Great build, man I would love to do that!

  • 28 months ago
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It was a lot of fun, you should try it!

  • 28 months ago
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I bet it was, I really want to make a White and Lime Green build, I really like the two together.

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  • 36 months ago
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Thank you!