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post #1 of 13
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Hi guys,
i'm toying with my first water project, can you give me any feedback or advice please?‎

Case: HAF X
CPU: i7 2600k
GPU: GTX 560 Ti (MSI Twin Frozr II) SLI

For the loop:

CPU: XSPC Raystorm
GPU: 2x EK-FC560 GTX V2 - Acetal+EN
Rads: XSPC RX360 + XSPC RX240
Res: EK-Multioption RES X2 - 250 Advanced
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Fans: A lot of Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15 via Lamptron FC5v2

(Thanks to catcherintherye for the awesome rads mounting! Gonna borrow some ideas from his build)

Oh and i can't really decide if the GPU fullcover is worth it over a normal waterblock+heatsinks (it sure looks cool!)
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post #2 of 13
Those are good choices, except those blocks aren't compatible with the twin frozr cards. If you really want full cover blocks get reference design cards. If you've already got the cards universal blocks is your only choice (I think some will work, not sure tho.)
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In all honesty, Rad's and all those EK waterblocks are NOT needed when you have a HAF case. They are exremely good at air cooling. I have a GTX 580 and they usually idle at 45-50, with fan at 60%. MINE runs at 36C with fan at lowest (40%) Just because I placed fans correctly.

All you need is a 2 or 3x200MM fans (for your HAFX) and just get silent ones if you are crazy on sound, they save you alot of money and possible leaks!!
post #4 of 13
I'm not sure where you are going to be putting the radiators as the HAF wasn't really build for w/c. As mentioned by Jeazy the HAF is an excellent air cooler and would save your money staying with air cooling.

If you really want to w/c or already have the parts then i'd suggest getting a new case to make things a lot easier.......in regards to the gpu block go for the full cover they are a lot better than gpu block + heatsinks.
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post #5 of 13
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I see and i totally agree with you Jeazy, the airflow is really good on that case, but honestly i'm totally in love with the idea of taking everything underwater! Had a few of enthusiast-grade air cooled rigs and now it's time to try something new.
It's a lot of fun just to read at all the amazing and originals work-logs on that site and really excited to jump on that new adventure

Krinkel do you mean that even the universal blocks could have problems? :\\ I'm totally new at this
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For the rads mounting please take a look at the link on the first post
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post #7 of 13
The HAF X will fit the 360 in the roof I believe. The RX360 would be enough to cool your CPU and 2 GPU without the second rad. I just put my rig under water and could not be happier. Make sure you add a fan controller to the list.
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Well, ek's coolingconfigurator says their universal block should work. http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/ Given that you can probably figure other universal blocks will as well, but I'm having a hard time finding examples of twin frozrs underwater.
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Krinkel do you mean that even the universal blocks could have problems? :\\ I'm totally new at this
He means that because the twin frozr cards are of a non reference PCB design the holes don't line up properly to mount a full cover block and that because of this you either need to buy reference cards or use a universal block that just cools the GPU and not the ram chips etc.

So basically if you want the big full cover blocks you need to buy new graphics cards and make sure they are reference design (i.e. no fancy aircooler on them). If you aren't bothered about not being able to use full cover blocks then a universal block is what you have to get.
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He means that because the twin frozr cards are of a non reference PCB design the holes don't line up properly to mount a full cover block and that because of this you either need to buy reference cards or use a universal block that just cools the GPU and not the ram chips etc.

So basically if you want the big full cover blocks you need to buy new graphics cards and make sure they are reference design (i.e. no fancy aircooler on them). If you aren't bothered about not being able to use full cover blocks then a universal block is what you have to get.

EK do full cover blocks for non reference cards. My EVGA GTX 570 is non reference.
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