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Intro
I have always been intrigued with the idea of watercooling a computer and I finally had the time and the money to be able to do it. So, I went ahead and started planning the system out and what I wanted to do with it. I wanted to cool both graphics cards and the cpu and the main goal was to get the processor over 5 GHz stable. The computer will not be used for anything special other than the occasional prgramming project using Visual Studio.

PC Components
Case: Antec DF-85
PSU: ABS Majesty 1100w
MoBo: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme
CPU: Intel i7 2600k
RAM: 16 gb GSkill Ripjaws X
Video: 2 x MSI GTX 570 OC
Audio: Creative X-Fi Titanium
HDDs: 2 x Crucial 64 gb SSD, WD 2TB Caviar Green
BD-R: LITE-ON Blu Ray Burner



Notes:
* Not totally commited to using all 16 gb of RAM, might lower it once I start overclocking.
* The case looks cool and works well, but there are some poor design flaws that caused some of my original plan to have to be changed.
* Wish the PSU was matte black, but oh well.

Watercooling Components
CPU Block: EK Supreme HF Acetal/Nickel
GPU Block: EK FC580GTX Acetal/Nickel with EK Backplate
Pump: Swiftech MCP-655 with EK D5 Xtop Rev 2
Radiators: XSPC RX 360, Black Ice GTX Extreme 140
Reservoir: EK Multioption Advanced 250
Fittings: 9 x Bitspower Compression, 4 x Bitspower 45 degree rotary compression, 1 x Bitspower 90 degree rotary compression
Fans: 3 x Gentle Typhoon AP-15



Notes:
* Didn't find the don't buy EK nickel blocks thread until I had them, once again oh well.
* The reservoir is massive, caused my placement to have to change.

The Twist
About half way through getting all the pieces my main computer died on me placing a bit of a crunch on time. This changed my original idea of attempting to sleeve alot of the cables(mainly psu) and fixing a couple of the issues I have with the case. Not a big deal since this is my first build, figure focusing on getting the loop up and running will be best.

Case Mod
Due to the size of the mother board I had to open up side openings to let the cable management system do its thing.


After taping I used the largest drill bit I had to drill the corners, for the rounded look. I then attached Caterpilar or Worm Protector to protect the wires I run through the holes.


Notes:
* Clearly not the best I could have done, but it was my first time cutting into a computer case.
* Normally would have prefered to use a rubber grommet to line the cut areas, but was rushed and used what was laying around in the shop.

I'll be trying to get the pics of my graphics cards and the cpu block in here a little bit later tonight. Feel free to chime in on any issues you see that I haven't already addressed.
Edited by ariten - 6/2/11 at 2:45pm
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Look of the system before any changes.


Video Cards
First one took about 2 hours, second was around 30 minutes. Overall, it was alot of fun removing and cleaning up the cards.

Original look of the cards.

All cleaned up with the strengthening plates attached and all the pads cut.

Installed in place on the motherboard.

Front of the block.

Backplate.


CPU
Not much different here from air cooling. I did run into a snag because this is the older version block and I was sent an ez mount kit also. As you can see I hooked up the ez mount top screws and springs to see if they would apply enough pressure on the older block. It felt about right, but won't really know until its running and I can see the temps. If anyone knows now that it doesn't work let me know.

Front

Back


Pump
I really disliked the look of the D5 when it showed up and I wanted to use compression fittings, so I had to get a dress up kit. I chose the EK Xtop because it gave a nice clean look, which fit in better than alot of the other chrome versions.

Right out of the box.

After installing the Xtop.


To Do List
* Clean radiators and mount the internal 140 to the top exhaust fan.
* Build bracket to hold external 360 to the case.
* Mount the pump and reservoir.
* Install the fittings once they arrive(hopefully monday or tuesday of next week).
* Cut tubing to fit. I got 10 ft, hopefully its enough
* Fill and leak test, thinking 24 hours to be safe for a first timer.
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Looks good bud! +1
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Well all my compression fittings came in today. I was busy getting them all hooked up when I ran into a BIG issue, literally.

The Bitspower compression fittings can't attach to the back of my graphics cards. The base of the fittings hits the card not allowing it to screw in. So, basically its too thick. This isn't too big of a deal for the first card in the series, but since I disliked the look of all the SLI connectors and wanted to just cut a small piece of tube to connect them both. I have found a straight ahead rotary compression, but it looks like its longer than the current compression fitting. This would make the two fittings push up on top of each other and place extra pressure on the PCI express slots. I also, figure I can just take the fittings to a local machine shop and get them ground down some since its not off by much.

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Here are some pics of what I am talking about






Nevermind: found the thread talking about the need for spacers. I have 2 barb connections that I will place in for now to get it all up and running, while I try to formulate a new plan. Not having a desktop for this long is starting to get to me.
Edited by ariten - 6/4/11 at 6:36pm
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So I have been slacking, got it all done about 2 days ago.

Radiator Mounts
My dad had some hardened aluminum laying around his shop, so I went ahead and decided to use it.

Cutting them was alot easier than I anticipated, so my cutting was very poor.

Forgot to take pictures before I mounted to finished product so here you all mounted and stuff.


Leak Testing

Almost Done
The system is up and running. There are couple more things I need to work on, but for now some pics of the semi finished product.









Still to do:
Cable Management
I have phantom leak at my resorvoir that comes and goes and it feels
Processor is not totally stable, fails prime after about 20 minutes
Overclock once the stability test passes
Edited by ariten - 6/12/11 at 7:58pm
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About your CPU block, the oval blocks require spacers to use with the new mount.

These guys: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=30750

You might already have them.
    
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I do not have those. Although my temps look good on the cpu, so not totally sure if I should go ahead and order them.
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