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Summer cooling loop rebuild

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So I've needed an excuse to rebuild my loop for a little while now, so I'm going to blame it on the weather and just go with that. My plan is to expand my single block loop into a cpu+2gpu loop. My current system is basically the swiftech h20-220, and I would like to use as many of those components as possible in the rebuild.

My current loop consists of the following:
Apogee XT with the am2 hold down plate
swiftech microres
MCP655 pump
2x120mm swiftech rad

I would like to add the following:
3x120mm rad probably EK
EK 6870 waterblocks in black with matching backplates
EK pump top for the mcp655
Danger Den Fillport

My layout will be the following:

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Before I purchase however, I do have a few questions.

1. Should I have any concerns about my pump regarding flow with a loop this size?

2. What is your preferred method of bridging the loop between two gpu's? I have a gap of 1 slot between my cards. I had planned on just using tubing to connect them, but I like the look of the EK bridge. Which of them would I need to bridge a gap of 1 slot?

3. Do you see any incompatibilities or anything which sets off any red flags with this build?

-Distort
post #2 of 4
1. Pump is great, don't need to replace it at all I have a similar loop however only one GPU and I've had my D5/655 running for maybe 3 years and it's still kicking arse.

2. I think the EK bridge is a great piece, however it'll cost a bit cause of the "blanks" you will need to make it work.*can you post a picture of your build?
I think if you're GPUs are right under each other all you need is the dual EK bridge and not buy "blanks" if they are spaced a little bit further down then you'll have to get the Triple EK bridge and get one "blank", and "blanks" are costly I think they are more than 12 bucks, someone can chime in on exact prices. With the EK bridge piece you'll also have to get the piece that actually connects the blocks to it which will cost you x2 cause of SLI.
To save a little money and with the right mind set you can make "tubed" sli bridge look fantastic!!

3. The only thing I suggest for this is try and shorten you tubing as much as you can, if you can't then no biggy, but with shorter tubing and you're going for looks*being suggesting things in regards to the EK SLI bridge, it'll look less clutter/less "lengthy".

Another thing, I don't know how well those EK Radiators are but I say just keep with Swiftech.. With the right fans it'll run great, I have some high speed yate loons on my swiftech Rads and they perform great.
If you were to not go that route I suggest maybe a BIX 360 Gen 2 or an XSPC RX360 which I think both out perform the EK Radiator.

Good Luck and have fun with this, it's gonna be fun man trust!!!!
v1ral
Edited by v1ral - 5/31/11 at 2:33pm
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z97 RIG
(15 items)
 
Apophis
(18 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4790k MSI z97 Gaming 7 Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970 G Skill Ares 16gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial MX100 256gb Seagate Barracuda 2tb Corsair H70 Windows 7 Pro 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC 24 inch 144hz  Razer Blackwidow chroma EVGA 850 G Silient Corsair Air 540 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Deathadder Chroma Generic On-board Audio 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Core i7 920 D0@ 4.2 1.25625 vcore EVGA Classified 760 EVGA GTX 470 SC+ EVGA GTX 470 SC+ 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair Dominator GT 1866 3x2 gbs 1TB Samsung Spinpoint Lite-On DVD drive EK Supreme LTX Water Block 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK EVGA Classified Full Motherboard Block EK GTX 470 Acetal/Copper Water Block EK GTX 470 Acetal/Copper Water Block Winows 7 PRO 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung ToC 24" Razer Black Widow Seasonic Platinum 1000 watt CoolerMaster HAF 932 
Mouse
Logitech G5 
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post #3 of 4
Might be able to neaten up your tubing a bit if you go Res > Pump > Bottom Rad > GPU > Top Rad > CPU > Res. Turn the top rad around.

Just a suggestion.
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
Here are a couple shots of my setup. I snapped them really quickly with my phone so please excuse poor lighting/discoloration and such.

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As you can see there is a gap of 1 slot between my cards. The width is exactly the width of the crossfire bridge.

Also I'm likely going to ditch the pre-mixed coolant in favor of distilled water and such. Anybody have any comments on that?
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