Sorry guys it's been a manic few weeks and possibly a few weeks worthy of the FML thread, but I'll not bore you all with my life and stresses
On to the main event, so after a little wait (always check when ordering from ebay where the item location "Acually" is) everything arrived and I began to plan and piece together the build, going from TTLs original loop order which is what was decided I stick with we did stumble onto a slight issue.
The roof radiator was originally supposed to have a barb come 90 degree down and towards the back side panel then up 90 followed by a 90 towards the front carrying the hose along the back side (hidden) to the front radiator... slight problem as the Sabranco has thermal armour and it just didn't pan out that way, after much juggling various angles around it was found that the barbs worked better out to the rear of the case and back up round the side. So same place different angle, this was the most difficult part of this build and took more time than care to admit.
Now with the radiators in place I could make a start on taking the GTX1070 apart and fitting the Alphacool Eiswolf (GPX-N 1080/70 Pro M01) cooler, having never taken a reference or founders edition apart I figured "meh it can't be that difficult", WRONG! sooooo many screws and parts it was a nightmare. Thankfully the Eiswolf only has 10 simple bolts, a few thermal pads and it's done.
So with that little job sorted and nailed down I threw the GPU and CPU cooler into the build and began hosing which is a blister inducing nightmare also, forcing the hose onto the barbs is bloody hard work let me tell you and FYI they ain't coming off that's for sure.. I digress.
After all that squeezing and shoving I left it at that and went to bed pleased with my efforts. The following day came the bit I was dreading actually pouring fluid into my beloved Rig which was a very slow process featuring chasing large bubbles and lots of rig tipping which after about half an hour your arms feel like they are about to fall off, once enough fluid was in I then began the tedious tipping side to side technique to move the smaller collected bubbles to the drain/fill port at the top. Once I had all I could see out after an hour of filling and bleeding I then left the pumps running for a further 4 hours to check for initial leaks.
Day 3 of the loop build went like so, attached all the the pumps to their assigned headers, connected the fans, enter bios, do some tweeking and that was that.. bish bash bosh. I've been running comfortably now for a whole day and no leaks at all and my load temps are fantastic.
At stock running Valley I achieved a whopping 38c!!!! Overclocks will be coming soon.
And now for the semi finished article I just need to get some accent colour in and pick some new fans of which I'm leaning towards Corsair MLs in White.
So in conclusion is watercooling worth it and addictive, yes and no, I can clearly see the advantage of custom liquid cooling and while stressful at times it is fun to do and something I think every enthusiast should at least try, as for addictive I can't personnaly say it is I'm not rushing to OCUK or WCUK just yet, but I might do in the future just to tart things up a bit and maybe look at rotary fittings. All in all I've had a blast and thoroughly enjoyed doing this and again Thank TTL, Fractal and Alphacool for making this possible and finally getting my feet (rig) wet.