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[Build Log] "Cold Fusion" Will it ever be done? (Yet another 800D WC Build)

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Let's go ahead and get the lame build name and image out of the way:
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I recently switched to a Corsair 800D and outfitted it with 3x Yate Loon Mediums 120mm in the top slots, 3x140mm Xigmatek, and 1 120mm Xigmatek fans with a Lamptron FC-6 fan controller to tie it all together. Phase 2 of my build will be adding a single loop WC set up that will need to cool a 2500k and a 470 (waiting to see what Nvidia does in the next few months.) Phase 3 is making it pretty with LEDs, colored liquid, and whatever else will fit.

Vision for the Build:


I'm a grad student in nuclear engineering and have always been fascinated by the deep blue color seen at the bottom of wet storage tanks holding spent nuclear fuel. The color is a product of charged particles moving through the water at speeds faster than the phase velocity of light. This causes the water to align as the particle moves by and then turn back after the particle has left. When the water molecules turn back, they release energy in the form of electromagnetic radiation, which is seen as the blue light.
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Now that we've had our science lesson, I'd like to try to match that color and glow in the tubing and reservoir.

Phase 1:

Phase 1 consists of getting the ground work laid for the rest of the build. This includes the case, fans, fan controller, and cable routing.

Parts for Phase 1 DONE:
  • Case: Corsair 800D
  • Fans: 3x Yate Loon Medium (radiator), 3x Xigmatek 140mm, 1x Xigmatek 120mm
  • Fan Controller: Lamptron FC-6

The only mods done during this stage was to sleeve the fans and wiring. I wired all three Yate Loon fans together in parallel so they could all occupy one channel on the fan controller:
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Here's what it looks like now, iPhone 4 pics sorry for the bad lighting:
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Lamptron matches pretty well. Too bad it doesn't want to sit flush out of the box:
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Tons of room for watercooling equipment:
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H60 looks tiny in this case:
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Dark shots:
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So that's it right now. Barebones, ready for watercooling.

Phase 2: DONE

Phase 2 consists of installing the watercooling system. It will be a basic single loop: Pump > Rad > CPU > GPU > Res > Pump.

Hardware:
  • Pump: DDC-1
  • GPU Waterblock: EK-FC470 GTX
  • Res: EK-X2 RES 250
  • Fans: 3x Yate Loon Mediums 120mm
  • CPU Waterblock: XSPC Raystorm
  • Radiator: XSPC EX360
  • Tubing: 3/8"ID 1/2"OD Tygon
  • Fittings: 13x Bitspower Silvers and 2x Silver Plugs
  • Fluid: Thermochill EC6 Blue
  • CPU waterblock: XSPC RayStorm
  • Pump Access: XSPC Acrylic 350 Top
  • CCFL Light Kit
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I don't care for the coolant much. It looks like toilet water with the blue puck in it tongue.gif

I need to back light the reservoir because the UV coolant does not pick up the light nearly as much as I thought it would. I will use some blue LEDs to do that. I am also considering changing out the Tygon with UV tube and doing away with the coolant. I may buy some 45 degree fittings when I do that as well. I'm looking to buy another fan controller to control the pump and additional fans. I had to disconnect a fan to adjust the pump.

Temps dropped like crazy:

GPU:
(Before was stock cooling)
Idle ---> Before: 49C After: 26C
!!! Load ---> Before: 92C After: 37C !!!

A massive 55C drop!

CPU:
(Before was H60)
Idle ---> Before: 33 After: 25C
Load ---> Before: 50C After: 44C

I am very impressed. Especially with the GPU! I am able to pull around high 800mhz on the GPU. Before I was struggling to get 725mhz. My 3dMark11 score went up by 1200 points and this is just the beginning.

Phase 3:
TBA


I built a watercooling set up back in the Prescott days, but I haven't kept up recently. I still have my old aquarium pump and Buick heatercore in storage. I'm trying to find some old pics. I'd love to see that dinosaur again.

Planned mods:
Stealth Disk Drive
Splashing Res
LED lights
Window Etching
Pump controller with temperature read out
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you can get xspc compression fittings theyre only 3.99 cheapest i've seen on the market, I would also go with primo chill tubing distilled water, silver kill coil in res and a XSPC ray storm cpu block.
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Quote:
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you can get xspc compression fittings theyre only 3.99 cheapest i've seen on the market, I would also go with primo chill tubing distilled water, silver kill coil in res and a XSPC ray storm cpu block.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I think I will just turn this thread into my build log.
 
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How about the radiator? I've seen decent reviews on the Magicool, but I never see people use them. Just purchased the RayStorm, thanks for the recommendation.
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Yes, another 800D build to keep my eye on.smile.gif

I'm happy with the raystorm block. I'm sure you will be happy with it too. Any cool case modding you plan on doing?
    
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Yes, another 800D build to keep my eye on.smile.gif
I'm happy with the raystorm block. I'm sure you will be happy with it too. Any cool case modding you plan on doing?

No plans for extensive mods during Phase 2, that stuff will come during Phase 3 when I add all the lighting and extras. I haven't given it much thought yet, but I do have my res set up to splash water around smile.gif

I have a plan to route all the tubing that would not require angled fittings. XSPC does not make angled fittings and I didn't want to mix and match them just because I like continuity. I couldn't source the XSPC comp fittings for chrome 3/8ths at 3.99 through any of the stores, so I may end up going with 7/8th tubing. I didn't really want to go that large, but I don't think it will make too much of a difference.

I'm considering going with the EX360 over the RX360 to save some coin. That 40 dollars may be better spent somewhere else.
 
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you can get xspc compression fittings theyre only 3.99 cheapest i've seen on the market, I would also go with primo chill tubing distilled water, silver kill coil in res and a XSPC ray storm cpu block.
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those compressions are just glorified barbs imo. i'd go with enzotech if you're looking for a lower budget. excellent quality and almost half the price of bitspower.
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It acts the same the only difference is how much smaller they are
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i5 Intel 2500K Gigabyte P67 UD7 B3 Sapphire 6970 2GB Sapphire 6970 2GB 
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Mushkin Black line 2133 Mhz 2x4GB 1TB Western Digital 120GB Corsair Force 3  XSPC EX240 
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XSPC EX240 Swift Tech MCP655 XSPC Bay Res/ Pump EK Res 
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Ice Dragon Coolant Windows 7 Ultimate 3x 22" Acer LED Monitor Apple Keyboard 
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Corsair AX850 Corsair 600T SE White Modded Razer Naga 
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My System
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i5 Intel 2500K Gigabyte P67 UD7 B3 Sapphire 6970 2GB Sapphire 6970 2GB 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Mushkin Black line 2133 Mhz 2x4GB 1TB Western Digital 120GB Corsair Force 3  XSPC EX240 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX240 Swift Tech MCP655 XSPC Bay Res/ Pump EK Res 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Ice Dragon Coolant Windows 7 Ultimate 3x 22" Acer LED Monitor Apple Keyboard 
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Corsair AX850 Corsair 600T SE White Modded Razer Naga 
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My first water cooling rig I made I used barbs and they worked well but now with my second rig I used the bits power fittings and wow are those things awesome. I would say they are well worth spending the extra cash on and they look great to.
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