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Articus Aeris

by SumCanadianGuy

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Date Published

April 27, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

Description

I wanted to do my first hard line build, but wanted something different than the normal PETG or acrylic. I settled on copper tubing with a black and white theme and chose the name Articus Aeris which is Latin for Arctic Copper.

Ryzen 7 1700 OC to 3.7ghz 32gb Team T-Force (4x8gb) DDR4-3000 MSI B350M Mortar Arctic EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SSC Gaming ACX 6 AIGO Addressable Fans Custom Addressable RGB Lighting with Bluetooth Control EK-FC GTX copper block EK Copper Supremacy MX with Plexi EVO upgrade EK-CoolStream SE 240 RAD EK-XRES 100 SPC-60 MX EK-RES X3 - TUBE 250 XSPC Crossflow 360 RAD 5/8" diameter copper pipe 9 copper 90° joins 2 EK nickel 90° 10 Darkside 5/8" 16mm HDC fittings 5 Darkside black 90° Mayhems Ice White coolant Coolermaster Vertical GPU Bracket WD Black 256 NVME SSD Crucial BX300 256gb SSD Kingston HyperX Savage 480gb SSD Seagate 4tb Storage drive EVGA 850w Semi-modular PSU Geared EK badges Geared TG side panel screws Geared fans All squeezed into a Meshify C

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OllieManMan 15 Builds 7 points 11 months ago

This goes well beyond the average water cooled PC.

Fantastic work and look with the bare copper.

+1 +1 +1

OllieManMan 15 Builds 6 points 11 months ago

also more +1s for actually having a bare copper block to match. SO nice.

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! I did a lot of things with this one that were not stock to the case besides the copper tubing. The vertical GPU mount, magnetically attached front mesh to the fan screws so I could mount the fans where the mesh is supposed to mount so I had room inside, Had a lot of fun/hard times working in this case, but I loved it.

OllieManMan 15 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

That's what its all about my brotha.

Renegade5G 3 points 11 months ago

Do I smell a feature?!

SekouSan 2 points 11 months ago

S N I F F

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

That would be awesome.

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Nice. I think you deserve a feature :) +1 from me.

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks!

akalil 3 points 11 months ago

Did you custom paint the psu shroud white ? I wanted to get this case but I noticed that the shroud is actually black. Kinda a deal breaker for me as I wanted a white shroud and I don't want to get S340 elite just for the white shroud.

LocalAreaNetwork 1 point 11 months ago

I'd like to know as well. I have this white case and the shroud is black.

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I did. I sprayed all of the inside white. A much better look imo.

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

what kind of paints did you use? I used Valspar "Metallic Gold" and Rust-oleum "Hammered Bronze" with Valspar "Project Perfect" clear coat on top, and it still gets scratched fairly easily. Can yours resist scratches? I have black or white marks on my painted Define R6, seems to me the clear coat really didn't do its job well.

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

My rads do not scratch at all, but I did have some chipping on the tower. I used Rust-oleum Appliance Epoxy spray and no clear coat. I think it has to do with the texture of the metal. I sprayed a test piece of smooth metal with no prep and I could not scratch it off, same with rads, but on the textured finish of the PC case it chipped a lot. I just touched it up once I was done building as I do not plan on touching/bumping the inside enough to chip it again. At least not until I rebuild it.

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

ah epoxy is tough, that's true. I even sanded some parts to provide a better contact and stick, it still scratches though. I think the difference being you use epoxy spray and I used spray paint. I'm frustrated that the Project Perfect clear coat seal didn't really provide a good seal though...even a double coat and it will scratch with little effort.

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

It is all about the surface adhesion. You could put 100 coats on something with bad adhesion and it would come off. I am thinking it might be the case material texture as it was fine on the rads that were smooth

bigpoopapop 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I hate this site and people like you... just reminds me of how jealous I can get. Great job!

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Haha, thx. And sorry.

IceColdInferno 2 points 11 months ago

Wait why do I see 60hz monitors? >:(

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I'm poor :(

SirHalpin 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

The copper looks amazing. What a well-executed theme! +1, I could easily see this getting featured at some point, the simple yet elegant design is really impressive.

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Wow, thanks a lot! I was slightly concerned when I started out with copper and white in my head, but the end result I really like.

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

it was a bold move but paid off.

iwalkwithedead 15 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Great build, looks nice. :)

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks!

benaccess3 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

super unique+clean build+1...

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks!

OccamAsylum 15 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

You should talk about your temps.

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Full load with Prime 95 and Heaven for an hour I get CPU to 50° and GPU to 35°

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I agree, I'd be interested to see how copper pipes perform in a Meshify.

BurgAr 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I love the copper! This is what I want to do with my first custom loop.

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

My first loop was flex tubing. I wanted to do a rigid tube build but I was being given too many pros and cons for and against both PETG and acrylic so I decided to do something different. I always loved the look of raw copper anyways.

blizz7 1 point 11 months ago

why

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

To which part? But mostly because I can and I liked it.

blizz7 1 point 11 months ago

why would you do this to your bank account

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

It was all purchased over a period of a year or so. Most was from money I got y designing and selling 3d prints. Once it is all put together like that it is really quite a lot of money lol.

DaveGreen 1 point 11 months ago

What kind of challenges did you run into with the copper pipes?

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Wasn't too bad, Main thing was getting the pipes into place after I had epoxied the joints on. There is zero flex in the pipes and it was a little hard to get them in the fittings properly. I also cut my hand pretty good while chamfering the first pipe because I was holding it wrong.

IceColdInferno 1 point 11 months ago

Im impressed.

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks!

LaserPower 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Did you un-rivet the psu shroud to paint it?

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

No, I painted the whole inside of the case white. I just removed the rubber grommets, scuffed it up a bit and sprayed it and the rads with white appliance epoxy. Smelly stuff but it stuck very nicely to the rads. Some chipping on the basement while I was working on it, but I touched them up after.

rukahs7 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

this water cooling I believe in . I always wondered why no one used copper pipes if cooling is the actual goal.

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! I really love the way it turned out.

jscott0524 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

That copper tubing looks amazing!

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! I really liked the look of it and it actually was fairly simple using the elbows instead of bending.

AlexDMV 1 point 11 months ago

So clean... btw do you take latin or did you just google what Artic Copper is in latin? Just curious

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I took some Latin in school, but I forgot most of it. This was just Googled though.

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Watercooling a 1060? Y tho?

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Because it would not fit how I wanted it otherwise, because I can and for looks.

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Lol whatever floats your boat I guess. How much were you able to overclock it?

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I didn't play with it a ton yet, but I was able to get 3.7 without having to bump voltage so that is where I left if for now.

Edit: sorry my bad you were talking about the GPU. I have not messed with that at all yet.

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Cool. I got my 1600 up to 3.7, but I had to bump the voltage and it ran HOT. Glad I swapped out for an 8700K (Got that up to 5.3 for benchmarking, no delid, but the voltage was way too high. 5GhZ @ 1.25v day-to-day, really got a golden sample chip on that one)

Nitrvte 1 point 11 months ago

mustve been a pain getting that pipe down into the power supply shroud looks tight, nice build think im going to go with this case and maybe paint the inside like you 0.0

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

It was pretty tight. Worst part was that was the one leak I had, from the rotary part of the rotary 90 on the pump. So having to replace that fitting was a huge pain.

IMO the case looks so much classier all white. Good luck!

loneeagle517 1 point 11 months ago

I'm thinking about doing a liquid cooled build in this same case, I was test fitting some things last night and was wondering. How are the case fans at the front mounted for you? It looks like you were able to squeeze yours between the radiator mounting frame and the front cover, when I've been trying to do that the front panel doesn't want to snap on. I'm using 25mm thick fans for mine, any tips or did you run into any trouble with this?

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

I ran in to the same issues. I wanted more space inside, but if I mounted the fans to the front the mesh couldn't attach. I was determined to make it work the way I wanted so i put the front rad inside the case and attached it with the long screws threw the fans with the fans on the out side of the frame. I then attached old HDD magnets to the front mesh panel where the 4 outer screw heads of the front fans were so the the front mesh is magnetically attached to the fans. That way I get the fans where I want them and am still able to remove the mesh if needed. Future plan is to get some of the magnetic tape like what is on the top filter and just run 2 strips on the inside of the mesh for a cleaner look.

Hopefully that helps out a bit. it is a tight fit for everything but looks really nice once you squeeze everything in

PrivatePengu 1 point 11 months ago

What is the top radiator?

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

EK coolstream SE with the frame painted white.

PrivatePengu 1 point 11 months ago

Alright, now I'm pretty worried. The SE is 28mm, but there's this build with Trident Z RGB and a H100i V2. The H100i V2 is 30mm, and the fans are 26mm, which equates to 56mm of space WITH 44mm Trident Z RGB.

Now look back to your case. You have 28mm of radiator, and 25mm of fan. That equates to 53mm of space. However, your RAM is apparently a tiny bit covered, as seen in your 7th picture.

So there's two questions which would be nice to have an answer to:

Are you using a push pull configuration? Anything that can increase the space?

Secondly, is there any space in between your memory and your fan? Are they practically scraping each other? Would it be possible to use taller memory?

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

It is push only. I don't have much room between the RAM and rad/fans but it is not touching. I doubt I could run rgb RAM

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Idk, I never tried it, but it is pretty tight. Too expensive to get some just to try. According to pcpartpicker my PSU didn't fit either, but it is in with room to spare.

Leleedler 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Great build! Love the bare copper and I wish this was more of a trend but, I have a question about the coolant. So, with the known issues with Pastel coolant, what got you over that barrier? I have only ever used colored tubes and distilled water for custom cooled builds, which I build and sell. I am thinking about doing a custom cooled system for myself (which'll be a first), and I love the look of Pastels but, knowing my luck... I am worried it'll be a nightmare. So... do you have any advise using the stuff, pros and cons. Thanks! Also +1

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks! Mostly I just was sure I cleaned it properly. First I filled it all the way and ran in 24hr with Primochill system Reboot, flushed it out with distilled then ran distilled in it for 24hr before a few more flushes. I like the look enough that I am willing to take any risk and precautions. I previously had VUE and had MAJOR issues with that so unfortunately I won't be using that again. I just wanted a few more pops of white in the case and it seemed like coolant was the way to do it. I have had it on and under load for about a month now and don't have any issues yet. All the reading I did before hand mostly said that it only gave problems if not prepped for properly. We will see how long it lasts in the long run.

zian1026 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Nice build!

How did u mount the vertical gpu bracket in the meshify c?

Did u cut the strips on the pci slots?

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Yup. I cut out all the rear dividers but left all the screw holes so it is mildly reversible if needed.

zian1026 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

how can u put back the dividers?

didn't you say u cut them?

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I can't put them back, but I did not cut the screw holes off. That way it can still be used the normal way if I choose.

RAWSTYLE84 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

You got the RAM for a decent deal. Right now it's currently $162 USD with tax from NewEgg. Are you running at rated speed? I'm going to blind buy this RAM. Lul :/

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Yeah I got it September 1st for $157.49 per kit. I am told that if I was running 2 sticks I could reach rated speeds, but right now I am running 4 sticks at 2933. I have not manually messed with any timings or anything, just the XMP settings. I have read in the reviews of the RAM someone using the exact same Mobo and Proc as I am running 2 sticks of the same RAM at 3200

RAWSTYLE84 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks. I'm gonna get it. Hopefully it'll be problem free. 1700/b350 pro4.

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Hope so

RAWSTYLE84 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Hey, I have these ram running at 2933 after setting the xmp. Thank you again. I'm going to tweak them later. I just want to leave it alone for now.

tjlinds3y 1 point 8 months ago

Loving this build - never seen a copper tubing build and I am very jealous. I'm just about to embark on my first water cooled build so I'm going to stick with soft tubes for now sadly.

Are the front fans outside the case within the front cover? Some reviewers I saw on youtube said that fans wouldn't fit outside the case like this, but I'm also looking to make a dual radiator setup and that would make it a whole lot more doable.

If not - would fans fit in that area? Preferably the regular thickness 120mms, but the thinnest fans I have seen are 15mm thick - would those fit?

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I have them outside the case. The front mesh does not attach as intended by Fractal design, rather I attaché it with magnets attached to the front mesh that stick on the fan screws. I will add a photo of it if I can or give a link to how I did it. It isn't super elegant, but it works. I just have some old hdd magnets tucked in between the mesh and frame.

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago
tjlinds3y 1 point 8 months ago

Got it - that does seem to work quite nicely - I may end up copying you on that.

Do you think the thinner 15mm (instead of the normal 25-26mm) thickness fans would fit without modification?

Thanks for the help.

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I'm not 100% but I don't think so. I'm pretty sure the mesh panel touches the front part of the case when installed correctly.

tjlinds3y 2 points 8 months ago

Got it - Thanks a lot!

laurenk 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Amazing job! +1

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

ooferino 1 point 4 months ago

What was your process for spraying the interior of the case? I was thinking of doing the same thing and was curious

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I scuffed it with a green scotchbrite pad and sprayed it with appliance enamel. Same thing was done to the rads. 2 or 3 coats, don't remember exactly. I pulled the rubber grommets out first, but that's all. Didn't mask anything,bu6 after 8 finished I realized I should have masked the feet off as they got some overspray, but they are not super noticeable.

ooferino 1 point 4 months ago

ah. Noted, thanks!

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SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

There is an m.2 on the motherboard and 3 2.5" drives on a tray mounted on the back side of the motherboard tray. The mount comes with the case. There is a sled for 3.5" drives as well but I removed it to put the front rad and pump/res there

Zambacan 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Being original is in pc builds is difficult. Very impressive.. hats off!

SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks!

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SumCanadianGuy submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

The inside yes.