Overclock.net › Forums › Cooling › Water Cooling › The time has come to watercool this beast (newb)
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

The time has come to watercool this beast (newb)

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hello Overclock.net

About two years ago I bought a pretty sweet system. Dumped a good $1200 into some parts and made a decent computer. The sad thing was it never really lived up to its potential because I was content with the performance I was getting out of it.

Now Battlefield 3 and Skyrim approacheth, and I need to OC the arse off of my computer.

I am going to attempt my first water cooling installation and I was hoping for a little assistance. As with most of my projects I like to do a majority of the research and work myself, but a little reassurance that I'm making the right decisions is always nice. smile.gif

Anyways, here are my current specs:

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
Mobo: Foxconn BloodRage LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Video card: EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Memory: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
HDD: Western Digital Caviar 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Power Supply: KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-1000MA1S 1000W
Heatsink: Stock redface.gif

I plan to obtain two new GeForce GTX 580s in the next week or so. I would like to add them to the water cooling loop if possible.

I've done a lot of research on parts and configuration and I like the idea of an internally mounted radiator ([ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNagN1PQw-4&feature=related[/ame]). However, I also think i could get some good cooling out of the 200mm fan on top. Since I plan to water cool most of the system. Having that monster just pumping air for no reason seems like a waste. Antec recently built a reservoir designed specifically for this case. The reviews for it suggest that it is a total piece of stool but it would utilize the cooling power of the 200mm fan (http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9687/ex-rad-166/Antec_200mm_Liquid_Cooling_Radiator_-_Designed_for_Antec_Twelve_Hundred_Chassis_.html).

Next I need a pump that is powerful enough to circulate water to the CPU, Southbridge (my mobo came with a water cooling block for it, I figure I might as well add it to the loop) and both GTX 580s. I found that I like this model (I'm a fan of products with a low power consumption) (http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9665/ex-pmp-86/Danger_Den_Laing_DDC-12V_Center_Inlet_18_Watt_Version_32.html?tl=g30c107s153)

One of my major concerns is where the reservoir will go if I use an internal rad. Not sure where to go with that.

My budget will be about $300 - $400 (for the water cooling setup only). I could go a little over $400 though.

I know I've left a lot out but I've typed too much. Kudos if you got this far and didn't tl;dr.

Thank you!
post #2 of 9
1200 WC in sig, have a look.

I would just have the rad in the bays and use the top 200 to exhaust all the hot air.

To mount the rad in the 5.25 bay you can get a 120mm frame 5.25 bays that will do the job fine.
^3
(11 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 5930K  EVGA x99 Micro EVGA GTX 980 SC ACX 16GB Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX Black PC4-21300 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500GB Samsung 840 EVO H105 Win 10 ASUS ROG PG279 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 1 MX-Red Corsair AX 860i  Fractal Design Node 804 Black 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7 @ 2.6  GT650 16GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM 256GB SSD 
OSMonitorKeyboard
Mac OSX Lion Retina Display US layout 
  hide details  
Reply
^3
(11 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 5930K  EVGA x99 Micro EVGA GTX 980 SC ACX 16GB Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX Black PC4-21300 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500GB Samsung 840 EVO H105 Win 10 ASUS ROG PG279 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 1 MX-Red Corsair AX 860i  Fractal Design Node 804 Black 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7 @ 2.6  GT650 16GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM 256GB SSD 
OSMonitorKeyboard
Mac OSX Lion Retina Display US layout 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Wow! Your system is so clean and neat. If I could get mine to look remotely that good I'd be pleased. smile.gif
post #4 of 9
just to clairify, you arnt trying to cool a CPU and two 580s with a single 360 rad are you? I would defenetly get a 200mm Rad + the 360 in the front, thall do nicely.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
I'll be honest. For the most part I don't know what I'm doing. I've been building computers for a while now but I just slap the parts together and off it goes. I'd probably bottleneck somewhere with two GTX 580s come to think of it. I might just do a single 580 and in the future add another rad if I SLI.
post #6 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by crunkosaur;15193063 
just to clairify, you arnt trying to cool a CPU and two 580s with a single 360 rad are you? I would defenetly get a 200mm Rad + the 360 in the front, thall do nicely.

200mm rads are as near as dam it a waste of time, the big boy fan will be pathetic, it is much better to have it exhaust the hot air that the 360 rad dumps in to the case. If another rad is needed to drop temps/fan speeds then it should be a 120/240 on the back of the case.

A 360 Push/Pull(GT 1850) could do an i7 with SLI 580s
Edited by andrewmchugh - 10/5/11 at 4:14pm
^3
(11 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 5930K  EVGA x99 Micro EVGA GTX 980 SC ACX 16GB Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX Black PC4-21300 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500GB Samsung 840 EVO H105 Win 10 ASUS ROG PG279 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 1 MX-Red Corsair AX 860i  Fractal Design Node 804 Black 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7 @ 2.6  GT650 16GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM 256GB SSD 
OSMonitorKeyboard
Mac OSX Lion Retina Display US layout 
  hide details  
Reply
^3
(11 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 5930K  EVGA x99 Micro EVGA GTX 980 SC ACX 16GB Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX Black PC4-21300 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500GB Samsung 840 EVO H105 Win 10 ASUS ROG PG279 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 1 MX-Red Corsair AX 860i  Fractal Design Node 804 Black 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7 @ 2.6  GT650 16GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM 256GB SSD 
OSMonitorKeyboard
Mac OSX Lion Retina Display US layout 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 9
I dont think of a 200mm rad as a first choice for anyone, its more of getting what you can under your cercumstances. I rather have a 2nd Rad, a 200mm if I cant fit anything else than an unused opening in the case.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Alright, here's the parts I've come up with.

Radiator: Swiftech MCR320-QP Quiet Power radiator $58.98
Second option: Black Ice GT Stealth 360 X-Flow Radiator - Blue $81.14
Pump: Danger Den / Laing DDC-12V Center Inlet 18 Watt Version 3.2 $94.87
Reservoir: Danger Den RAD-Reservoir Internal / External Liquid Cooling Reservoir (RES-005) $54.14
Fittings, tubing, silver coil thing, blocks: ~$200-250

Probably a stupid question, but I should get 1/2" tubing and barbs correct?
Edited by Nostzz - 10/6/11 at 5:19pm
post #9 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nostzz;15207033 
Alright, here's the parts I've come up with.

Radiator: Swiftech MCR320-QP Quiet Power radiator $58.98
Second option: Black Ice GT Stealth 360 X-Flow Radiator - Blue $81.14
Pump: Danger Den / Laing DDC-12V Center Inlet 18 Watt Version 3.2 $94.87
Reservoir: Danger Den RAD-Reservoir Internal / External Liquid Cooling Reservoir (RES-005) $54.14
Fittings, tubing, silver coil thing, blocks: ~$200-250

Probably a stupid question, but I should get 1/2" tubing and barbs correct?

If you want to stick with barbs, I'd suggest 1/2" barbs with 7/16" Tubing since it's such a snug fit!

On the other hand, if you want compression fittings, you must ensure that the ID and OD of the tubing are the same as the compression fittings you buy smile.gif!

For example:

Just say you buy Compression fittings with 1/2"ID and 3/4"OD, Then the tubing you buy must also be 1/2"ID And 3/4"OD

Hope that helps..
Dat Meatball
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790k Asus Maximus VII Gene EVGA GTX 980 SC 8GB Kingston HyperX 1866 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Intel 730 240GB Stock Windows 7 BenQ BL2710PT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 2 Ninja TK w/ Cherry Blues Seasonic X650 Gold V3 Fractal Design Node 804 Razer Death Adder Black Edition  
Mouse Pad
Razer Goliathus Control Extended 
  hide details  
Reply
Dat Meatball
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790k Asus Maximus VII Gene EVGA GTX 980 SC 8GB Kingston HyperX 1866 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Intel 730 240GB Stock Windows 7 BenQ BL2710PT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 2 Ninja TK w/ Cherry Blues Seasonic X650 Gold V3 Fractal Design Node 804 Razer Death Adder Black Edition  
Mouse Pad
Razer Goliathus Control Extended 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Water Cooling
Overclock.net › Forums › Cooling › Water Cooling › The time has come to watercool this beast (newb)