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I built my first water cooling setup in 2002. Block makers were just starting to come out with GPU blocks and heater cores were insufficient to effectively cool much of anything even then. I remember dumping trays of ice cubes into my reservoir when temps starting getting up to 60C. I stopped watercooling in 2004 after getting tired of dealing with algae and blockages in the waterblocks. Not a lot on the 'net about the problems with tap water back then.

At the moment, I'm putting together a water cooled rig that will allow some mild overclocking and 3D surround to support acceptable FPS on BF3 but without having to suffer fan or pump noise.

Core System:
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Intel i7 3930K
2x G.Skill Ripjaws Z 2400MHz DDR3 16GB
2x EVGA GTX 590 Reference in Quad SLI [backordered]
3x EVGA GTX 580 3GB
3x BenQ XL2420T 24" monitors (available late December)
Thermaltake Toughpower 1500W PSU
2x Corsair GT 120GB SSD boot / apps
4x WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 storage (RAID 1) (Thai flooding)
2x WD Caviar Black 2TB SATA3 storage (RAID 1)
LiteOn 3D Blu Ray Burner
LiteOn DVD-Burner
Hauppauge TV Tuner
Xonar 5.1 Sound
CoolerMaster HAF X
Win7 64bit Home Premium

Cooling:
Indigo Xtreme Socket 2011 (available mid-December)
Phobya HeGrease TIM
Koolance CPU-370
Koolance Rampage IV Extreme mobo blocks
3x Koolance VID-580 Full Coverage GPU block
2x Phobya Xtreme Supernova 1260
2x Koolance 450 pumps
16x Akasa 220mm 700rpm
Koolance TMS-205 pump/fan controller software + EB-205 expansion board
Primochill 1/2" x 3/4" tubing
Koolance compression fittings
2x D5 pump reservoir combo, 400ml
Custom radiator box

Size of this case is consideration, so the first choice of a U2UFO Extended is out. I will also be running my tubing outside the case and through the drywall and place watercooling equipment in an adjacent room. I'll be building a custom case for the rads, pumps, and reservoir. Was planning on a dual loop but saw the MartinsLiquidLabs research on serial vs dual and will stay with a single loop. res/pump>rad>mobo>cpu>res/pump>rad>gpus>

Stay tuned for updates as parts arrive.
Edited by botulism - 1/4/12 at 11:13pm
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would recommend 580s over 590s, as 590s are just 2x under-clocked 570s on the same board. apart from that kudos!
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Good comment. I struggled with 3x 580 vs 2x 590 vs 2x 6990 and eventually saw some test results comparing different maxed out configs and the 590s edged out the others on a few games I care about, but it was all awfully close compared to 580s on some. In the end, this setup will cost plenty, and 2x 590 is expensive but not compared to 3 or 4x 580s.

Got a good deal on Koolance today and switched to them for CPU and GPU. I feel bad about not supporting my fellow Slovenians, but the EK CPU block is harder to install perfectly than the Koolance and I'll still get the EK Rampage 4 block set when it comes out.

Delivery scheduled for the week of Nov 28th.
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wow this looks like it's costing you a fortune:D

rig looks awesome
   
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1536MB is not enough for surround frown.gif
    
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yeah when i read quad sli 590's weren't the first thing that popped into my head
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Since you said you will be doing some mild over clocking, here's something to consider...

580's also over clock better as I have read, mainly due to the heat dump of 2 GPU on 1 PCB vs 1 per, heat plays a big role which leads to the VRM's not being able to overvolt as well as the 580's also..

Another factor you might consider is on paper, 2x 590 is better than 3x 580's right? well actually in real life scenarios, it's a big difference.. 4x SLI scales like crap with very little return, I went from 2x SLI to 3x SLI and only saw a 7-8 FPS gain, so you can imaging what gain if any, you will obtain on a 4th GPU.. something to think over.. seriously don't want you to spend your money only to find out later that you could have done better for cheaper...

I use surround also, 3x 580 eats through anything I throw at a good acceptable 50-60 fps or more.. My only limiting factor is the 1.5GB ram I have which limits me from going absolutely bananas on the FSAA settings..

If you are doing 3d surround, I highly suggest you visit the 3d stereo page and the 500 series page on nvidia's forum.. You can judge your own conclusions there..
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