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I bought a shiny new Assassin system from Digital Storm Online because i loved the look of the Silverstonetek FT02 case. It is however not a very good case for Water Cooling.

So i have decided to build a fully self contained external cooling system for the Assassin that will contain the res, pump, rads etc. It will feed in via 2 QDC connections at the rear of the case which connect up to the CPU and GPU blocks. Currently the system has a i5-2500K @ 4.5 Ghz (that runs fine @ 5.1 Ghz at 74c max) and a single EVGA GTX 570 OC (800/2000).

Current CPU cooling is a Noctura D14 which keeps the CPU @ less than 65C through a 20 pass IBT run. I will be adding a second card before the end of the year and would like to OC the cards to around 900/2200 if they will take it and make 5.0Ghz my standard 24/7 clock on the CPU.

My goal is to do minimal mods to my shiny new case (less than 2 weeks old as of the start of tis build log) except for the 2 holes in the rear for the QDC. I am shooting for a very cool stable system, i'd like my GPU and CPU to sit around a max of 40deg c under load. I can add more raddage if need be.

I placed an order for the first round of parts tonight, they are as follows.

Quote:
Case: Mountain Mods Pedestal 24 with triple panels all round and a 18x24 plain top. Case is coming silver, will be getting it powder coated stealth black (flat black) - Ordered
Rads: 2x RX360 - Ordered
Fans: 6 GT-15's per Rad (12 total) in push/pull plus 6 more sucking air into the case from the front and rear. - 6 ordered
Pump: MCP35X - ordered
Res: MCP35X Redtop - ordered
CPU Block: Swiftech Apogee XT Rev2 - ordered
GPU Block: EK-FC580 GTX - Acetal - ordered
Fittings: 1/2" Barbs - ordered
Tubing: 1/2" Primochill Clear - Ordered
Extras: Silver kill coil, PT-Nuke, fan filters all round (lots of cat hair in my house), Fan controller (undecided)
Build will be a little slow, probably about 2 months.

Pics and updates as they come, here is the case as I specc'd it.



Contents:

First Pics and Painting the Case.
Case assembled and first mockup of radiator and pum/pres locations.
Edited by Zate - 5/19/11 at 5:31pm
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Everything ordered. I am sure I am going to think of a dozen tiny little things once the major parts are here. screws, filters, extra TIM, sleeving etc.
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GPU Block, CPU Block, second GTX360 and MCP35X + Res arrived today. Will do pics when i have the last 2 shipments.

was surprised at how small the res was. Going to fit just fine in the 9" tall case.

Starting to build a list of all the small things I have forgotten (and a couple not to small like the Lamptron FC5, 6-1 converters for the fans, sleeving kit, extra TIM, various screws, flat black paint)
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That's a nice base to work off of. I wanted something similar, but it's too large for me. I bet that will look really nice when it's all painted with black filters all around.
    
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Tubing (1/2" Primochill clear), 6x GT15's, Silver Coil, 1/2" Barbs, Reusable clamps, 6-32x1 1/4" and 6-32 x 1 1/2" screws, flat black paint, 3 gallons of distilled water all arrived today.

Thread sucks without pics but I will upload some tomorrow when the case arrives and I setup the work bench to start assembly.

Figured this will be a 3 stage process.

Stage 1 : the rough build, leak test sizing, work out what works, what doesn.

Stage 2 : fix the details, tidy it up a bit.

stage 3 : install blocks into the case, do all the pretty things like sleeving, QDC's, fill port, etc.
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Today the case arrived. i finally got around to lining up all the stuff for a couple of pics and then went to town doing some quick n dirty flat black painting of the case. Decided that if I want to get it powdercoated, i can do that later. Also decided to go for function over form and make it a solid well performing rig and not be overly concerned with making it very pretty.

Here is the first of many pics.

You will probably notice imperfections, I am ok with that, it's the first coat. need to sand it a little and apply another coat. not going to be sealing it, scratches, imperfections, etc will be part of it's charm.

Got sent 1/2" OD clamps for the tubing, i suspect I ordered the wrong ones (thinking they were for 1/2" ID tubing, noob mistake) so I will need to do something about that. Probably just get some from the hardware store, the cheap ones.




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I'd recommend the Rheobus Extreme fan controller from Sunbeam. Works like a charm. And one thing I really love that not all controllers can do is that when you turn the dial all the way down it will bring the fans to a complete stop. It's got all the strength to handle multiple fans on one channel. So I spliced my AP-15s together so that all three pull fans were on one channel and all three push where on another. There's plenty of good videos and tutorials if you've never done that before. Just make sure to only use one of the yellow wires and cut the other two.
    
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I was checking that out yesterday, it seems like it might do the job. thanks for the input!
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Case is assembled. Probably still needs more paint but it will do for mocking everything up.

This is sort of how the rads will go, both facing in with push/pull going out the sides.

Pump at the top there. was think the inlet and outlet QDC would go over on the side where the pump points and then i'd do a cross over between the rads.

Not sure if I mound the pump like that, or grab one of those 120mm fan mounts and mount it behind a fan sucking air in on that top middle 120mm hole. would keep the pump nice and cool. Need to research what are valid mounting options for the pump. if i did it like that with the res horizontal straight out, i could put the inlet from the rads into the top and use one of the side holes on the res to collect an external fill tube and the other for a drain tube or just close it up.

comments and ideas/suggestions most welcome.

need to get 11 more flat black mesh 120mm fan hole covers, and some more fans, 4-6 of them. Probably go with something else for these fans, want something about 500-600 rpm, really quiet, really cheap. they are just providing some gentle inflow to the case.

oh and need some really good suggestions for filters to put on the inlet fans that will stop pet dander/hair (white long haired fluffball) and that are relatively easy to change.

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Ordered 6 Late Yoon 12L's last night and 11 more of the 120mm filter covers.

Also got on this morning and ordered 2 x (3pin to 9x3 pin) Fan splitters, plus some 3pin to 3pin fan extenders and a fan power board. Also a 72" 4pin molex connector to run power to it all.

the power board has 3x5v, 3x7v and 3x12v connectors. So intially going to chain it all together and put it all across the 12v connectors and see how airflow and cooling is. If i can, will lower the Yoons down to 5v and the others to 7v for a nice quiet experience. Going to have to run the pump at full speed until i can run a PWM connector from my mobo across and then will manage it with SpeedFan and have it controlled with a profile that adjusts speed based on a temp sensor.

for that to work though, i will need to make sure that on poweron the PC runs that PWM at full speed until told otherwise.

couple more crappy pics of it after the rads are fitted and looking at pump placement.


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