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Introduction

I never thought I would go down this road, but I should have known that it had to come sooner or later...

Once my latest rebuild was “completedâ€, I was content with my setup for all of about 20 minutes; after which, I started to nit-pick and proceeded to tear my computer apart, again, for the umpteenth time.

The reason? It was getting too damn loud for my tastes!

Compared to my girlfriend’s desktop, which only has three regular 120 mm case fans, my tower was whisper quiet thanks in large part to the five Gentle Typhoons and two Noiseblockers laced inside my case. But even still, in the realm of quiet computing where less is more, I was yearning for more silence, which is a never-ending spiral that will, ultimately, drain every last drop of sanity, and squeeze every last penny out of even the most vigilant.

The latest culprit of noise: the stock coolers on the GTX 580’s.

At idle, they run great and blend in perfectly with the ambient noise. At full gaming load, these beasts come roaring to life – especially when loaded at overclocked speeds!

And thus begins my journey to drive myself to madness. After four long months of researching and piecing together the components bit by bit, armed with chopsticks in hand, I am now ready to embrace my new diet of Ramen Noodles!

... and finally build my first watercooling setup!

... without using the chopsticks.

Project Objectives

Primary Objectives
  • To quiet down my desktop when in the loaded states.
  • Develop my knowledge of watercooling and gain direct experience from this project.
  • Create a customized setup that is somewhat unique to me, for me.

Secondary Objectives
  • Maintain similar or better load temperatures as air cooling.
  • Push for higher stable overclocks, if possible.
  • Provide stable setup for future expansion for a third GTX 580.


Watercooling Parts Obtained
  • Swiftech Apogee XT Rev 2
  • 2 x Koolance VID-NX580
  • XSPC RX360
  • Swiftech MCR120-QP
  • 2 x Swiftech MCP655-B
  • EK Multioption RES X2 – 150 Advanced
  • Primochill PrimoFlex Pro LRT White ½†ID ¾†OD
  • 2 x Bitspower D-Plugs (C07)
  • 12 x Bitspower ½†ID ¾†OD Compression Fittings
  • 4 x Bitspower 45-degree Dual Rotary ½†ID ¾†OD Compression Fittings
  • 2 x Bitspower 90-degree Rotary ½†ID ¾†OD Compression Fittings
  • 2 x Sets of Koolance Male/Female Quick Disconnect Compression Fittings (VL3N)
  • 4 x Bitspower G¼†F/F Pass-Through Fittings
  • 10 x Bitspower Low Profile Stop Plugs
  • 10 x Bitspower Stop Plugs
  • Bitspower Crystal T-Block
  • Silver KillCoil

Other Parts/Materials Obtained
  • FTWPC Sleeving in black, white, electric blue, and orange
  • FTWPC black heatshrink

Watercooling Parts Still Needed
  • Koolance RP-452X2
  • 2 x Sets of Koolance Male/Female Threaded QDC’s


Starting Point

It’s not much, but here is a crappy, old picture from my iPhone of what I am starting out with:



There really isn’t much to see here. Much of my current setup remains largely unchanged - with the only exception being that I now have Corsair Dominators instead of the G.Skill's shown above. With regards to cooling, the GTX 580’s have their reference stock coolers, and my CPU is being cooled by the gateway drug known as the Corsair H50.

As you can see, there are also cables that require some custom sleeve work as well, which will also be a part of this project.

So without further ado, let us begin!
Edited by covert ash - 7/28/11 at 9:33pm
     
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Looking forward to everything! Gah wish my rig was that clean looking haha.
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Sounds like a solid build. Most don't do this, but you can actually forgo a kill coil or pt nuke by using one of bitspower's truesilver fittings in the loop.

what are you going to use for sleeving?
 
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Cant wait too see it
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I do love this log so far. Good luck with the watercooling and sleeving!

Also, I kind of just realized I should figure out some use for the assorted watercooling parts I have laying about...
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Sorry for the lack of updates!

This is my main desktop and it has been decommissioned for this project since I first put up this log. Everything was literally in pieces for the past couple of days! Currently, I am back at work and unable to upload any of my photos as those sites are all blocked. I will try to get them uploaded as soon as possible.

As it stands, all blocks and tubing have been installed. However I ran into a problem. During the leak test, I jumped my AX1200. The power supply turns on, and I can see the fan spinning - but my MCP655-B pump does not turn on at all! No noises whatsoever, and no signs of water moving. I put my hand on the pump and there is no vibration whatsoever!

I did some sleeving work and checked to make sure that the molex pins were installed back in the correct locations for the pump power connector. The molex cable for the PSU has not been modded, and neither has the ATX cable, so they should not have any problems caused by my sleeving. I do have a second, identical pump, and I tested with that as well, but the same thing happens. No activity at all coming from the pump.

Currently I am at a loss of what the issue could be. I triple/quadruple checked all the connections to make sure everything was plugged in properly. I even shook, tapped, wobbled the pumps just to try and see if a bubble was possibly preventing them from starting. There is no other load on my PSU besides the pump, so perhaps this may be the issue with the AX1200? I really cannot see how two pumps are dead at the exact same time, unless heat from a blow dryer was able to damage the power circuitry on both pumps when doing the heatshrink.

I will try to test with my old HX750 that is currently installed in my media PC to see if that will make a difference. If that doesn't work, I don't know what else it could be.

Please help!

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Originally Posted by Twinkadink View Post
Looking forward to everything! Gah wish my rig was that clean looking haha.
Thank you!

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Originally Posted by fat_italian_stallion View Post
Sounds like a solid build. Most don't do this, but you can actually forgo a kill coil or pt nuke by using one of bitspower's truesilver fittings in the loop.

what are you going to use for sleeving?
I didn't know that. I will look into that the next time I buy some more fittings for next few projects.

For sleeving, I am using FTWPC's sleeving. Check out the link in my sig for a small review that I did a couple of weeks ago.

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Cant wait too see it
Haha, same here!

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I do love this log so far. Good luck with the watercooling and sleeving!

Also, I kind of just realized I should figure out some use for the assorted watercooling parts I have laying about...
Thank you! I will try to maintain the integrity of this log as best as I can. And definitely make use of this spare parts!
     
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so very very jealous xD
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post #9 of 29
For the pump issue, try plugging in a fan that's known to work so you can rule out the PSU. If it won't spin a fan, it needs to be RMA'd.

(And I absolutely love the OP pic.)
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+1 on that picture. Thats awesome.
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