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My modified Corsair H50 for AMD HD 6970!

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Hey everybody - just thought I would share the modified Corsair H50 setup I made for use with my MSI reference model 6970 graphics card.

In the past I have done many water cooling setups, 8-10 years ago as a teenager, but haven't been into desktop computers at all for quite a while. Recently I got back into PC gaming and bought a AMD 6970 so I could play the newest stuff for a while to come. When I built my first gaming rig of the year (second PC, first was an HTPC I'm doing a water cooling build thread on!) I started remembering how much fun OC'ing had been and adding a Corsair H60 CPU cooler was immediate, and I just couldn't stop after that!!! I'm hoping for stable temperatures more than maximum cooling capabilities - I want QUIET more than anything! I haaaaate the stock cooler at anything over 30% on this card, and 100% is completely unbearable

Fast forward to now; I wanted to get rid of the jet engine fan on my reference model 6970 and I had seen where somebody had modded an H50 Corsair liquid cooler for their nvidia card, so I measured everything out and figured out it would clear the mounting points on my Radeon VERY closely if I made a custom bracket. Comp setup is 2500k, 8gb corsair dominator ram, Asus P8Z68-V Pro, Corsair 90gb Force 3 SSD + 750gb WD Caviar Black, Blu-Ray burner, XSPC Rasa750 CPU block w/ RS240+RX240 (both! lol...) rads, Corsair 600t SE (white) case, etc etc etc.

The mods I did and parts I added are as follows:

1. Removed top cover (threw it out, no need for it to me), removed stock tubes, flushed and cleaned everything I could.
2. Added XSPC RS240 radiator to replace the crappy Corsair aluminum rad - first I tried two H50 radiators hooked up together but I didn't like the flow restriction and fit/finish, then a Black Ice Stealth 120mm radiator to replace that...and finally snagged another RS240 for cheap.
3. Made a temporary reservoir for leak testing and setup - using a custom made acrylic res for my pump when my case setup is 100% finalized.
4. 158GPH mini submersible pump; little fountain pump I snagged at Harbor Freight for $4 on clearance The H50 integrated pump wouldn't even fill the tubes anymore lol... Due to the stock pump design utilizing an external pump was no problem and didn't offer up any flow restriction to be noted.
5. Added some little Thermaltake VRAM heatsinks on all 4gb's
6. Cut out square bit larger than the width of the cooler in the top cover, removed the stock vapor chamber from the top heatsink so the backing plate and heat sinks could still be used and bolted together to cool the other integrated board components a bit better and protect the circuit board.
7. Push/Pull gentle typhoon's for the radiator.
8. Finally, made a mounting bracket out of plexiglass and tightened down with stainless steel bolts/nuts and nylon washers.

Here are some pictures with descriptions:


Starting point


Most of the HSF's installed.


My little plexiglass bracket slipped over the H50 HS/pump unit. I used a hole saw to cut out the center and then made four cuts using a very small 4" table saw with a plastics blade on it (saw usually used for very fine tile cuts).


Shroud mocked up, backing plate not installed or anything.


Used the little hose barbs for this cooler, forget the size but the big ones are G1/4" x 1/2" for one of my CPU coolers.


Miniature pump, quarter shown for size reference - works great for a $4 pump from a bargain store haha!


H50 mounted up to 6970, almost ready to go...RS240 radiator in background...


Another shot of the bracket & card.


Tubes on.


Testing the setup, mostly the water block, for leaks - temporary reservoir until my micro swiftech comes in the mail or I have time to make a my own out of a sheet of acrylic (just got married and busy with other projects, lol...)

That's it for now!!! I'll post some more pictures and temps once I get everything put together in my new case setup (Making a water cooling thread on it next; very, very modded 600t SE setup hehe!).

Any questions, just ask!
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post #2 of 33
To save some $ you did a lot more work, and no more Warranty.
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Wait a sec, you destroyed a H70 worth $100, then you got a rad and threw the H70 one out. Im with you to this part. But then you buy a pump and done use the pump in the H70 block, so the H70 is now an overly expencive universal GPU block. You could have saved the H70 from its doom and found a nice universal GPU block and done the exact same thing except you would have a H70 still. Thats either dedication to DIY or a really pure hate for Corsair.
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I think this was stuff he more than likely had laying around. Unless you really did buy a new one and wasted it all...

I don't know much about WCing so I'm still impressed.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er View Post
To save some $ you did a lot more work, and no more Warranty.
You are a class A. Debby downer my good sir

I think this kind of stuff is like an exercise in self ingenuity, I like it !
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Wow you must be some thing
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post #7 of 33
Im liking it!

The spirit of experiementation is alive and well at OCN.

What benny6.7 wants to do with his gear and money is totally his gig. Im glad he is sharing with us.

I hope it works out well for you benny6.7, good luck man.

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Wow you must be some thing
What?
post #8 of 33
i just fail to understand why he isnt using the pump thats built into the cpu block.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by patawic View Post
i just fail to understand why he isnt using the pump thats built into the cpu block.
To quote the OP...

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The H50 integrated pump wouldn't even fill the tubes anymore lol
post #10 of 33
he probably had them laying around, i mean, i wouldve bought a 6970 specific water block but hey, i like tinkering around too and he did a pretty cool job.
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