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Hey all,

So this is my first foray into water cooling, and a friend has asked me to do a custom loop in his HAF X.

His rig is:
Asus P67 Sabertooth
i7 2600k (watercooled)
4x4GB Corsair RAM (not sure on model, he wants it watercooled but I'm trying to talk him out of it)
EVGA GTX 560 Ti (watercooled)

He wants the CPU heavily OC'd (he's hoping for 5GHz), and I'm assuming the GPU as well.


After looking around, it doesn't look like the HAF X has room for a 360 rad on the inside, but it would be cool to keep it contained, could I do a 240 rad up top and a 120 rad on the back (putting the 120 where one would normally put an H50 or H70)? Would I just go from rad to rad or would it be better to go 240 rad -> cpu -> 120 rad -> gpu?

Any HAF X owners, is it possible to put a 360 rad on the inside top of the case if you put one end in the DVD drive bays?

As a last resort, what would I need for an external-mounted rad?

I'll be buying mainly from NCIX, only getting the 560 waterblock from elsewhere, so I'm limited to gear from there.

I'm also not sure how much he's looking to spend, so a couple of options would be nice as far as budget goes.

This is what I've got so far (360 rad, trying to figure out what to do as far as a rad goes still):

EK-COOLSTREAM Rad XT Triple 120MM
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59400

Swiftech MCP35X
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57135

Swiftech MCRES-MICRO REV2
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=34401

Bitspower 3/8IN High Flow Barb Fittings g1/4
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30578

Primochill Primoflex Pro LRT Clear 3/8IN ID 5/8IN OD Tubing
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=28668

Primochill Zinc Plated Steel Worm Drive Hose Clamps for 5/8IN OD
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=28674

Ek Water Block EK-SUPREME HF
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=48811

Yate Loon D12SL-12 120MM x3
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=33852

EK Water Blocks EK-FC560 GTX
http://www.aquatuning.us/product_inf...---Nickel.html

Am I missing anything? What could be improved, and what could be cheaper? Are 3 fans alright or should I go for 6?

And how are these all-in-one kits?
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57134&...cture=Swiftech
Edited by Fortunex - 5/25/11 at 3:47am
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'lo there,

While I've only just ordered my water cooling system, I can suggest some of the things I saw to ya.

A HAF 932 -WILL- support a 360 rad, though you need to use up the top two 5 1/2" bays in your system. The HAF X being the 932's older brother SHOULD, but for safety, I did some looking, and our very own OCN gave the answer! (http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...l#post13340036) Note that your mobo can be a problem it seems!

If you're looking at an all in one kit, check out http://www.dazmode.com (another Canadian retailer! ) and if you're looking at a 360 rad, check out the Rasa Uber 750 RX360 Complete CPU WaterCooling Kit. That's the one I finally decided on, though make sure to note that all fittings are 1/2" barbs, and it's all 7/16th" tubing (G1/4 threads though if you want to change them out).

Other then that, you're mock-up list looks good. Though I've not been going at this long enough to suggest changes in the list for ya, I do know that, to go with 3 fans or 6 is dependent on weather you need the cooling, or (in a more likely case) weather you can deal with the extra noise. The more air going past the rad, the better in most cases though, as it cools things down better.
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To answer your question on the 360 Rad - yes it will absolutely fit on the inside of a HAF-X. I have an EK 360 top mounted in mine.
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Originally Posted by heresy View Post
To answer your question on the 360 Rad - yes it will absolutely fit on the inside of a HAF-X. I have an EK 360 top mounted in mine.
^^ mine as well. Standard drives will not fit in the top two bays with a 360 up top. You may not be able to use the third either if the rad ports are in those bays. I got around this issue by having my fan controller in the top bay, and reservoir in second and third.
 
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Thanks a bunch for that site, I'll probably be grabbing that kit or a similar one (I actually really like this one), and they have the 560 waterblock as well!

I found a build log of someone installing a similar setup into a HAF X, so I'll probably follow that as a rough guide.
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Some practical advice from someone who has been water cooling for some time. I would recommend a variable speed pump. Even with the best loop you will quickly reach a saturation point of how much heat it can remove effectively. At this point the only thing that will help is slowing down the water flow to allow better heat transfer. I tried adding another radiator to no effect. I use a separate dedicated 12 volt PSU for the water pump. This allowed me to run the pump at 10 volts. Slowing the pump down brought my temps down 5 degrees when nothing else would help. Currently I am looking for a PSU that will adjust lower to see where that will get me. My two cents.
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Alright, so I threw together a performance-oriented custom loop from DazMode, going to run this by him and see if it's alright or if he'd prefer to keep it on the cheaper side:



I'd like to do a push/pull setup, but I don't think there's enough room in the top of the HAF X with the motherboard for fans on the inside. What other fans would be good with that rad, or the EK 360 rad?
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