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Ok so I've pretty much past the research stage and am up to purchase of bits.

The goal is to put both my cpu and dual gpu's underwater with 2 rads while spending as little as possible, and still looking good.

I was told originally the XSPC 750 res/pump would not be enough for this kind of loop but after much digging around and playing with flow rate calculators I'm confident enough that it will work fine.
I've seen graphs of flow rate vs temp where the temperature was still reasonable until the loop dropped below ~0.25GPM.
Using Martin's flow rate calculator, it estimates this loop to be around 0.78GPM with less than 1 degree celsius different to the usual target of 1GPM.

In future if I ever add something else to the loop, I will make sure to upgrade the pump, possible even going with a dual pump/XSPC res type setup. For now though the cost outweighs the benefit too much.

Another point of controversy will be my plan to use a dye bomb. I've seen many horror stories and just as many success stories while searching and am willing to take the risk. If it fails, so be it.. I'll clean it out and try again with coloured tubing.


The hard drive bays will be removed for the 240 rad to fit, and I'll be using 3.5" hotswap bays in the remaining 5.25" slots.

Also obviously not all of the angled fittings and elbows will be used, but they were cheap enough that I can experiment with the different sizes and angles to make it fit the best.

Attached is a mock up of how I'm planning to lay it out, as well as an order form from 2 Australian websites. If anyone knows of another Aus website with cheaper stuff please let me know.
Also would like to make sure I haven't left anything out..

Things currently missing from order form that I remembered after making the screenshot :
- PTNuke or other form of additive (needs to be compatible with dye bomb)
- Longer crossfire ribbon incase I decide to separate the cards for better hose fitment
- Memory heat sinks. I'm considering just ebay cheapies
- Thermal paste.

Can't wait to get this rig nice and wet

post #2 of 10
If you can make it happen, I would do, pump->res->rad->cpu->rad->gpus->pump
post #3 of 10
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Mockup picture updated

I had considered this a while ago just completely forgot.. thanks for reminding me

Also I'd probably go GPU1 first, rather than GPU2 like I did here



Oh well, its late and I'm too tired.. bed time

Hopefully tomorrow night I can start the purchasing
post #4 of 10
Will a 360 fit uptop?
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Do you have reference 6950s? If so id go with a full coverage block.
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Quote:
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If you can make it happen, I would do, pump->res->rad->cpu->rad->gpus->pump

I hope you mean Res -> Pump -> Rad -> CPU -> Rad -> GPUs -> Res
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Disregard above post. Looking closer at the picture provided.
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Will a 360 fit uptop?
After removing the stock 200mm fan from the top, and without the current 120mm radiator in the back, a slim 360 with thin fans should fit no problem.
A thick one though like the RX series may not be able to squeeze in depending on what M/Board you have.

There is also room above that to fit 'pull' fans as well which I may do at a later time.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Nynn
I hope you mean Res -> Pump -> Rad -> CPU -> Rad -> GPUs -> Res
You are correct, however its a combined res/pump unit so in this case doesn't matter.



I wish I had reference cards, I paid the restock fee the first time I got a non-reference hoping that I'd get lucky the second time.. but alas I was wrong.
The XFX is BIOS locked with no switch, however the VTX (red one) does have the switch and can be unlocked, but no point doing only one.
Plus the XFX can overclock a little further on stock voltage it seems.
post #9 of 10
you have to modify the the top part of the phantom with the 360 rad.. some cutting and removing a few items... You could use 2 240 rads and it will work the same. I want to see this done.
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post #10 of 10
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Parts have been ordered
- as per above +
Ceramique thermal paste,
16 x aluminium RAM sinks for the gpus,
Primochill liquid utopia as biocide as its guaranteed not to react badly with the dye bomb,
10cm Crossfire ribbon to allow separation of cards if required


Now we play the waiting game
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