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Update: Here is the final installment, lots of pictures
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...l#post14031668

Hi everyone!

This is project: NUB TUB, hehe get it?
where a first time noob meets water cooling...

SO, this is my first computer build... I know, I know... i might be way way over my head. Let's try and keep things positive Just assume I pick up very quickly and that I have great initiative.

Parts List:
- HAF X
- Gigabyte Z68 UD4
- i5 2500k
- 2x Powercolor 6950 2GB in crossfire
- GSkill 2x4GB DDR3 1600
- XSPC RS360 Water Cooling Kit, with Black Primochill tubing
- 3 120mm GT AP 29s
- 1 120mm Zalman F3 FDB for the Air Duct
- Corsair HX850
- Generic DVD Drive
- 3 Channel Rheosmart Fan Controller
- Vertex 2 120 SSD
- A bunch of hard drives, a few WD Black drives

Basically I have read all of my manuals a million times, and I know I am missing a million things still.. Here is a quick log of what I have done up to this point.

Motherboard
- Mounted the motherboard
- plugged in 24 pin power plug
- plugged in 8 pin molex
- Plugged in front panel plugs. (to the best of my ability... since the colors did not match up correctly. So I match on cable names to their on board names. P.s. I don't know which way to plug in the internal system speaker... there is no + or - any ideas?
- Plugged in Front panel USB, Firewire and eSata
- I applied AS5 to my processor in the line method, using sparse amounts.
- Mounted Rasa waterblock

Water Cooling
- Water cooling, I tested for leaks outside of case for a night. (external loop)
- Mounted the 360 up top with 3 GTs in push and 3 stock in pull
- I currently am running the pump all night now that it is setup inside the case, mounted on top of everything. (With towels in place incase of leak)
- I have bled the res to the best of my ability (and will continue to do so)
- I rinsed out the rad multiple times before using it at all.
- I cannot figure out how to mount the res with more stability. It is just wiggling around in the dual bay.. How do I mount it not JUST using the quick release mount?
- Routed tubing throughout the case.

Fans
- I will be running all case fans and the Zalman for the Air Duct, off the power supply, non stop.
- I want to run the 6 additional fans (3 GTs, 3 stock) off of my rheosmart 3 channel fan controller with PMW control.
- I have NO IDEA WHAT TO DO when it comes to fans... aaauugghh.. The fan controller can be controlled by PMW off the motherboard, should I do that? So 6 fans would be plugged from the controller into the CPU fan header? and the System header would be the 140 on the back? or 200 on the front? Not to mention the cables are so small... hurt my fingers, don't reach anything, and must be plugged sometimes 3pin? Sometimes 4pin molex?
- I don't know anything about fans, and it is giving me the most heartache trying to figure out what I need to do... where I need to power them... How I need to control them... help?

Video Cards
- I have installed the videocards, which sadly have ugly copper heatpipes...
- Plugged 2 6pins into each
- Installed the Air Duct with 120mm fan
- I will eventually be water cooling the video cards. Sometime down the road I will upgrade the pump/res and add a RX240 to the bottom of the case, maybe sell my RS360 for an RX360. Maybe

Misc .. no particular order.
- Installed the power supply
- Cried
- Cut myself
- Cried some more
- Realized building a clean organized computer is VERY VERY hard.
- Got sad when I realized sleeving might be necessary, but looks SO time consuming!
- Dropped screws behind the PSU and considered never even trying to get them back.
- Pumped soda through my loop into my mouth for funzies.
- Got VERY VERY angry that tubing is possibly the worlds strongest natural adhesive to barbs.... OMG

Computer Barf

SO.... WHAT AM I MISSING!?



Interior Barf... Man i had no idea the labor to get a computer that looks good! I had it all planned out in my head! Then I started...



AAAHH!!!!



I left the plate off cuz I was too tired.. and to show I'm not total NUB with dyed coolant etc. just distilled water with a killcoil <-- Such a gnarly name... I feel bad for all them algaes.



Fans on the Powercolors



Gentle Typhoons, yeah right..



The gaming beef



Bibbed water block



Primochill Tubing



UPDATE #2

MORE PICTURES

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...l#post13661361

UPDATE #3

More.. well its kinda a picture! and Newton's Law of Cooling

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...l#post13667632

UPDATE #4

Overclocking results, and a slew of things I don't understand

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...l#post13742588

UPDATE #5 FINAL CUT (lots of pictures)

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...l#post14031668
Edited by Elmateo487 - 6/28/11 at 12:39am
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post #2 of 40
you did that on your first try ever to build a computer. I have to say . I's not dissapoint in you

and lol at the soda . hope you cleaned the pump afterward lol.
    
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Haha. One major problem... I don't think I'll ever actually turn the computer on... I just KNOW I'm missing something. Like the one thing that could explode... Or something.

And yeah... My soda was flat... Not too happy about that.
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To mount the reservoir a bit more sturdily, there should have been screws enclosed with your HAF X. Those screws are designed for mounting hardware if you so choose not to use their little quick releases. I'd suggest using a few of those on the backside (so that the front has the same appearance the whole way down with the quick release clips).

As far as I can tell, after leak testing overnight, the only thing that appears to be missing is hooking it up and turning the friggin thing on

Looks good!

EDIT: Upon re-reading OP, I wouldn't hook that many fans into a fan header on my motherboard. I'm sure it can handle it, but I wouldn't want to do it. Might I suggest hooking the fan controller into a molex instead? Also, its PWM not PMW
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The HAF X did come with mounting screws. But the places to mount on opposing side of the quick release has metal tabs covering the holes whee I could screw the res in... So I'm confused on how to anchor the right side of the res (if looking at it from the front)

As for PWM (oops) lol. The controller (which as you suggested was already plugged into a molex) would power all the fans and would output to the motherboard. I read motherboard headers should only had 2 fan or so on it. So I just offloaded them to the fan controller which is 30 watts per channel.
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Tissue and lotion!?! What are you doing?

I thought this was watercooling.
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Tissue and lotion!?! What are you doing?

I thought this was watercooling.
 
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Looking great. Man o man I really wish I had the money to do this... bah I hate being jobless and broke!!!
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Tissue and lotion!?! What are you doing?

I thought this was watercooling.
Well a computer is a beautiful beautiful thing...

Lol. And on a real note.... Lotion! Cuz my hands hurt!! They burn from stupid molex cables! I tried articsilver on them... That stuff doesn't cool worth beans
Edited by Elmateo487 - 5/26/11 at 2:02pm
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UPDATE

So.... I decided to actually turn it on... after staring at it for a good long time...

I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, that I experienced the most beautiful, calming and prefect "beep" I have ever heard. Not 5 beeps... not 1 long ear piercing beep.. just one.

IT BOOTED

SO HAPPY!

Now I am in the stages that are way less fun than building the computer...

Like.. I can't get audio out of the back of my motherboard. I have the drivers installed, etc, and in the sound manager I get output levels... but nothing through the cables..

I do get sound through the front panel though.... what am I doing wrong?
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