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I am declaring the water cooling portion of this project done. I still have some minor tweaking to do, but the big bits are pretty much done. While not as aestetically pleasing as some of the other projects I've seen, it has been a satisfying effort. Tonight I transport my PC and the radiator home. I also did some overclocking and this was the best I could get with a rather conservative voltage bump.
Also of note, FANIN0 is my flowmeter so we are hovering at around 3.6 l/min (~0.95 gal/min). I can't seem to get this to go up and it's actually down slightly from my initial testing where it hovered at around 3.7 l/min. I will need to monitor it though otherwise life will get exciting (in the bad way). smile.gif
The Proof:
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Cleaned up photos are pending...

Hex.
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It's been a little over two months since I last posted about this and there have been a few thing that have happened.

I picked up the DT 5noz and have successfully installed it. I also have some video footage that will go public when I'm done editing. I'm excited to fire up my machine with this installed.

All my tubing got a plastic coating. Ick. A bottle cleaning brush got me most of the way there.

My EK waterblock experienced galvanic corrosion. We can all pretend that this was a surprise -- no it's not tongue.gif . I have another Swiftech GPU block in hand and I'm not buying any more of EK's plated stuff.

I (foolishly) didn't bleed my system enough and ran my Swiftech MCP35x pump damp. Not enough to kill it, but enough to hack it off. So it makes sickly noises on occasion. I've got a new radiator and pump in hand, I just need to work out the physical arrangement.

Picked up some 45deg. bends to help clean up some of the uglier spots. We'll see how that works out.

Still, When I'm not screwing around with the system This thing is a heat-dumping champ. When I break it, I end up buying more parts.

Hex.
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How are you liking the 5Noz? I picked one up pretty recently myself. tongue.gif
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I am happy with it. DetroitAC has been really good about answering questions that I've had. I modified the mounting hardware a touch. Nothing major; it is mostly aesthetic.

The big thing is my flowrate is currently AWESOME. I was at 4.0 to 4.2 liters/min running three pumps to overcome the restriction of my loop. I made some changes to my hosing, swapped in the 5noz, over the Apogee HD, and replaced the EK bridge ed. block with another Swiftech MCW82. I'm now seeing 6.4 to 6.8 liters/min (peaks at 7.1 l/min) Meaning my flow rate saw a big improvement from whatever I did. smile.gif

While I think the low restriction of 5noz contributed to the boost in flow rate, there were a number of changes to my loop so I can't say for certain what factor was the major contributor.

Temperatures are looking good and I haven't gotten around to putting my fan shrouds back on yet.

My machine isn't all that, but it is pretty beastly for my needs. smile.gif

Hex.
[ Has a habit of letting the pumps run after the pc shuts down. After about 1 min or less , the water has circulated at least twice through the system.... ]
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Well, my Gigabyte motherboard decided that it didn't want to work any more, so I opted for an Asus Sabertooth 990FX. While the board works fine, there are issues that I have with it that my Gigabyte never gave me issues with. Since this is the off topic part, I'll break it down into bullets:
- bios is geared towards supporting a widescreen display. I run a large-ish tube, and no obvious way to get into a text-only mode.
- card slot configuration issues forced me to pull back one of my 6870's

System changes:
- Replaced Gigabyte 990x motherboard with Asus 990FX motherboard
- replaced storage hard drive with 2TB caviar black
- running single 6870 video card.
- trying out mechanical keyboard (uses Cherry reds)

On topic:
My external cooler is continuing to run fine especially with the lightened load. I'm only running one d5 pump (the fixed speed version). When the weather gets more tolerable, I'll revisit my overclocking efforts, right now, it's too bloody hot. In the meantime, I had an idea for my next build. Right now I'm not gonna talk a lot about it yet, but this SketchUp picture should give you an idea of what I'm up to. Also, I'm finding a lot of joy with SketchUp and am sad I didn't try it earlier. If only so I can give myself a roadmap of what I plan to do and an idea on how it will all (fit / not fit) together.

You can see that I have had problems figuring out how to draw hoses, but I'm pretty sure 4x 45deg bend fittings will work out.

What I'm thinking about trying that isn't shown:
- additional (120x2) radiator. (not committed, but would be nice to have)
- External reservoir tank. (The more I think about this, the more I want it; I like easy access to my fill port)
- Fans. They get stacked on top of the radiators in pull configuration.

What I tried that just didn't work out so far:
- using 120VAC fans. Just too loud to have six of them running. Speed control options for line voltage fans was not something I wanted to try.
- placing the radiators on their side and pushing (or pulling) air through the radiators. There's not a very large gap for cold air intake and does not assist with overall case air circulation. The current configuration will.

Hex.
[ Has realized that SketchUp can do a lot of my 'inspiration' work now before I ever start buying parts. Yay! A simulator that makes sense to me. biggrin.gif ]
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You gave me a good idea on what to use my old angled and square tube aluminum for. Another rad stand!
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