2015 CoolerMaster HAF-X Watercooled Build

I've been wanting to build a new gaming rig for a while now. So when one of my friends gave me a Coolemaster HAF-X case, it gave me a little motivation. And since I'm a modder at heart, I couldn't resist!

First, I started with the case and the upper radiator. I wanted to put a fill port at the very top of the case, but there's really not enough space on top of an HAF-X to put one of those panel mount fill polrts. So I decided to drill a hole in the radiator and the case, then tap, flare, bend and solder brass pipe to the rad. And this is how it turned out.

The motherboard, CPU and waterblock in the background of the above picture are going away. The mobo is damaged from the previous owner and it just came with the case for free so I took it.

After I got done drilling, flaring, soldering and tapping, I painted the radiator a matte black. I am not very satisfied with the way the paint (and primer) so easily scratch off, so I think I'm going to have it powder coated.

Next, I got some watercooling components. The CPU block, the pump, some fittings, and some Tygon. I didn't take any pictures of just those, but you can see the block on the mobo and the pump when it's mounted in the case. I used all EK Waterblocks components. Fun fact and a side note: about 5 years ago when EK Waterblocks was a lot less recognized as they are now, I was in the process of forming a partner agreement with them and the company I worked for at the time. I did all the leg work, then my company decided not to sign the contrat at the last minute. Bad decision on their part.

I ordered the ASRock LGA2011-v3 Fatal1ty x99 (the one with USB 3.1) mobo and the i7 5820k. For the RAM I bought the CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB. This is what the RAM, CPU, mobo and waterblock look like together. After I got all that put together, I started wiring up LEDs in the waterblock and pump.



Currently, I have more pictures that I haven't put up, and once I find a way to organize the pictures with the captions better I will post the rest.


Here is the parts list and what I paid for all of them.

Description Cost Quantity Total
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 04G-P4-2983-KR 4GB SC $ 469.00 1 $ 469.00
 Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3 GHz LGA 2011-v3 $ 389.99 1 $ 389.99
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 $ 264.99 1 $ 264.99
 ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional/3.1 LGA 2011-v3 $ 383.53 1 $ 383.53
CORSAIR AXi series AX1200i 1200W PSU $ 179.99 1 $ 179.99
SFF HDD Cage $ 25.00 1 $ 25.00
LFF HDD Cage $ 45.00 1 $ 45.00
Intel AC7250 WiFi card $ 25.00 1 $ 25.00
SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal SSD $ 349.99 1 $ 349.99
EK-Supremacy EVO X99 - Nickel $ 67.99 1 $ 67.99
EK-XTOP D5 PWM - Plexi (incl. pump) $ 124.99 1 $ 124.99
EK-RES X3 250 Reservoir $ 62.95 1 $ 62.95
Fans, Case, Radiator and watercooling fittings. $ 80.00 1 $ 80.00
HITACHI 0F14681 Deskstar 7K4000 4TB 7200 RPM HDD $ 119.00 3 $ 357.00
SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB PCI-E 3.0 x4 SSD MZ-V5P512BW $ 330.00 1 $ 330.00
FC-FC9B 4 Lamptron Fan Controller $ 44.99 1 $ 44.99
Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows $ 24.99 1 $ 24.99
HAF 935 side panels $ 40.00 1 $ 40.00
ASRock USB3.1 type-c front panel $ 40.00 1 $ 40.00
Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi Compact 150 (Black Acrylic Version) $ 39.95 1 $ 39.95
More EK fittings and ball valve $ 33.00 1 $ 33.00
NZXT Aperature M Card reader $ 36.29 1 $ 36.29
Xbox One Wireless Controller USB Adapter $ 24.99 1 $ 24.99
GRAND TOTAL     $ 3,439.63