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Level 10 GT SE - WC Plan and Build - PICs to come

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Hey everyone, I've been lurking around for a few months and finally have taken the dive. My wife convinced me to go with the case, and since it had every capability I was looking for, it was a fairly simple decision. I had originally picked a Fractal Design XL, however the wife said it was much too boring and swayed me for the Snow Edition. I cant complain though, as SWTOR is about to come out and my CPU looks like a storm-trooper. My plan is to do an Orange/Blue theme within the L10 case.

I had a lot of difficulty deciding on my system, specifically as I am not updating my components of my cpu [listed below] at this time. The hardest decision was on a Res, Pump and Controller.

My options came down to the XSPC 750 with a KAZE controller or something more all-in-one. But I wanted a way to conveniently display my temps, water temp and hopefully auto-reg my fans. This setup would require three 5-1/2" bays. Then I came about the Koolance RP series and saw that it basically included a fan controller, but for only two fans and the res was smaller... The RP-980 had some variable reviews and the pump I hear is not very powerful.

With the 985 recently available I thought I could give it a shot and provide a little review. As I am only doing a CPU loop at the moment, and at the most adding a single GPU I thought the pump would suffice for my first setup to last approximately 2 years.

My setup:
  • CPU - i5 750
  • Mobo - Gigabyte P55-UD3
  • RAM - 4x2GB
  • Video - HD 5770 - Gigabyte batmobile
  • PSU - NZXT Hale 850Watt
  • Sound - Fatal1ty Series
  • HDs - 120GB Agility III at 6gb/s, 500GB 7200 Black, 120GB 7200RPM Green


The Plan:
  • Fans - XIGMATEK XLF-F1253 120mm 1500 RPM
  • Temp sensor - Koolance Coolant Temperature Sensor, Brass
  • Waterblock - XSPC Raystorm - Intel
  • Rad 1 - Top Mount - XSPC EX240, Copper
  • Rad 2 - Back mount - XSPC EX120, Copper
  • Res/Pump - Koolance Res/Pump RP-985
  • Fittings - 3/8" ID, 1/2" OD Compression Fittings
  • Silver KillCoils
  • Tubing - 3/8" ID 1/2" OD Feser UV Orange tubing + Hose cutter
  • Thermal Paste - Arctic Cooling MX-4


Decisions:
-I thought about waiting for the new Swiftech Apogee HD, White edition, as it would match the case well, but the raystorm fit the inner color scheme quite well. Plus its a tad more expensive and I have no need for the extra outputs at this time, I dont think.
-Fans - I was thinking of the GT 1850s, but went with these for aesthetic purposes.
-I went with the XSPC EX editions as they are thinner and I hear have comparable performance to the RX series.
-Sleeving - Tried a bit with a small kit to get the feel of it, dont quite have the money to spend on that right now. Plan on doing UV Blue/Orange for everything.
-One bay used vs 3 was a huge bonus to me, as I wanted the res in a bay. I just dont look forward to filling the thing.
-I plan to use the thermo monitor as a drain option.

Also, can anyone point me to a good guide reguarding the jumping of the ATX to power? I hear this is the best way to prime the system/fill. Though I am now in the process of figuring the last details of filling.

Here is to hoping the RP-985 is alright! Pics to come when the parts arrive this week. Any tips for my first actual setup in reguards to filling/priming?

Edit: Thanks ViSioNx I had read about it but it didnt make sense until I checked the manual online for the RP-1005. Aparantly it comes with a jumper ATX cable.

Update 1: Pics coming soon! I have completed the build and just finished my testing. I'll probably get pics up tomorrow. Not 100% happy with the brightness of the fans inside the case, and the mismatch of some of my wire-sheathing.... but future projects!!!
Edited by Pgnee - 11/5/11 at 7:48am
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 Lynnfield Gigbyte P55-UD3 5770 Gigbyte Batmobile 4x2GB 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
120GB Agility III, 500&120GB 7200RPM Win 7 Ult 3x Samsung SyncMaster 2043 - 3150x1680 Razer Terorantula 
PowerCaseMouse
NZXT Hale 850W Thermaltake Level 10 GT - Snow Edition Razer Naga 
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i5 750 Lynnfield Gigbyte P55-UD3 5770 Gigbyte Batmobile 4x2GB 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
120GB Agility III, 500&120GB 7200RPM Win 7 Ult 3x Samsung SyncMaster 2043 - 3150x1680 Razer Terorantula 
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NZXT Hale 850W Thermaltake Level 10 GT - Snow Edition Razer Naga 
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jump black to green.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X6 1055T asrock 970 extreme4 PNY GTX 465/470 Gskill sniper 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Nova CSSD-V32GB2, Barracuda 7200 750GB ASUS 24X Burner hyper 212+ windows 7 ult. 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
HP 2159m Tte Sports Meka Raidmax RX730SS NZXT M59 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X6 1055T asrock 970 extreme4 PNY GTX 465/470 Gskill sniper 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Nova CSSD-V32GB2, Barracuda 7200 750GB ASUS 24X Burner hyper 212+ windows 7 ult. 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
HP 2159m Tte Sports Meka Raidmax RX730SS NZXT M59 
MouseMouse Pad
Microsoft sidewinder x5 steelseries 63004SS QcK 
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Can I install my temp monitor lower than my res as the last component to my loop? Or will I not have enough pressure to push the water back to the res and have that hang down and work as a drainport as well...
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 Lynnfield Gigbyte P55-UD3 5770 Gigbyte Batmobile 4x2GB 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
120GB Agility III, 500&120GB 7200RPM Win 7 Ult 3x Samsung SyncMaster 2043 - 3150x1680 Razer Terorantula 
PowerCaseMouse
NZXT Hale 850W Thermaltake Level 10 GT - Snow Edition Razer Naga 
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My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 Lynnfield Gigbyte P55-UD3 5770 Gigbyte Batmobile 4x2GB 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
120GB Agility III, 500&120GB 7200RPM Win 7 Ult 3x Samsung SyncMaster 2043 - 3150x1680 Razer Terorantula 
PowerCaseMouse
NZXT Hale 850W Thermaltake Level 10 GT - Snow Edition Razer Naga 
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