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I finally bought everything I need to watercool my pc and since customs are taking their sweet time to process my last remaining shipment of parts which sadly means I won't get them before the weekend, I decided to go ahead and start making the thread since I was excited about doing it this week.

I will be watercooling my sig rig with the following parts:
  • EK-Supreme LTX CPU Water Block (Intel) - Acetal
  • EK-FC560 GTX V2 - Acetal
  • EK-DCP 4.0 (12V DC Water Pump) [x2]
  • Bitspower 5.25" Bay Reservoir POM Version - Black
  • XSPC EX240 Copper Radiator
  • XSPC EX360 Copper Radiator
  • EK High Flow Fitting G 1/4 Thread - 1/2" Barb [x14]
  • Primochill Metal Resuable Hose Clamp [19mm, 3/4" OD] - Black [x14]
  • Feser Tube UV Hose - 1/2" ID - 3/4" OD - RED Rev 2 [10']
  • Koolance Radiator Mounting Bracket with Quick-Release
  • Sunbeam PL-RS-6 Rheosmart 6 Fan Controller 5.25" Bay 6 Channel 30W Fan Controller Panel (Black)
  • TFC - Triebwerk 55mm Optimized Radiator Fan Shroud 61CFM @ 21dB [5x]
  • Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850RPM 59CFM @ 28db Fan [4x]
  • UV Dual Cold Cathode Kit 12"
  • Bitspower 5MM Wired LED for Case Lighting 4PIN Molex Connector - Red [2x]
  • UBER PURE KILLCOIL 99.9985% Silver Wire 0.5mm - 250mm
  • Artic MX-4 TIM

Here's a pic of what I have so far(except for the UV cathodes that are already installed):
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To be continued sometime next week.
Edited by SamKook - 1/27/12 at 12:52pm
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YA! another fellow haf 922 owner. I've been wondering how to go about WCing my case! I will be watching! Subbed.
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Well, I've been busy and lazy which isn't a very good combination to make a post(and I just noticed I haven't even uploaded the pics to my PC yet), but here it is, 2 weeks and a half late.

I got the missing pieces and luckily they arrived on my day off so I got to work right away.
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Here's a picture before I started working on it:
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Surprisingly, the radiators were really clean inside. From what I read, I was expecting a bunch of stuff to come out but there was barely anything that came out of them(I'm not even sure that the little I saw actually came out of them) when I cleaned them, but I still did it 4 or 5 times, just to be sure.

It didn't take very long to run into my first problem. The first thing I started installing was the CPU block and when I was screwing the nuts to fix the crews on the motherboard, I noticed(after 5 mins of trying to screw it) that one of the nut didn't have any threading inside it. So after a quick stop to 2 hardware store(the one closest to my house obviously didn't have any), I finally managed to finish installing it.
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And I of course noticed too late that I installed it upside down, but that will be work for the next time I have to remove it since it doesn't have a defined input/output.

At first I didn't put a backplate on because I planned on using the one from this dusty little guy, but the screws were too big for the holes:
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After some minor drilling last weekend, I managed to put it on since I was afraid to tighten the block without it. I planned to take better pics of the computer and the backplate then, but I was at my fathers(hurray for better tools) and I forgot to bring my camera.

From now on, I got a bit too absorbed with the install and forgot to take pictures and it was getting dark too and I don't have a lot of light in that room. I worked with a flashlight in my mouth pretty much the whole time which I don't really recommend.

Removing the heat-sink on the GPU was surprisingly easy. There was only 4 or 5 screws instead of 13 on the original and it only took a little twisting for it to come off.
The GPU Block was a really tight fit though and I was worried for a second that it wasn't actually compatible even though I did my research beforehand but it ended up fitting quite well in a different angle once I figured out what was in the way.

Both radiator installation were pretty straighforward with the exception that I couldn't do push/pull on any of them like I planned.
For the 240 on top of the case, I knew that it would clear the RAM slots, but I forgot that my motherboard has a heat-sink that are just a little higher on the left and the fans didn't clear it.
For the external 360, I forgot to extend the bracket so the tubing ended up being a little short and the bottom fan hits the power cable of the PSU. The top of the middle fan hits the bracket which really surprised me because I assumed they would have thought of making sure a fan would clear it so I can't install one there unless I shave off about 2mm off the fan.

The installation of both pumps also didn't go as planned since it turns out that they can't be fixed from the bottom on the orientation I want them to be so, for now, they are both fixed with some tie-wrap. I have a plan to fix them with some bracket I made so when I have time to test the prototype, I'll come back to describe them.

I didn't really have the right tools for cutting the tubing, but I managed to do mostly straight cuts using the insert-a-clamp-and-cut-on-the-edge-of-it technique I saw someone(forgot who though) using in a forum(possibly here).

Installing the clamps turned out to be a lot harder than I expected. Those thing are really hard to expand and when I first tried with some puny pliers, it went flying in the air and it seemed to take forever to land. I was sure I lost it, but managed to find it a little later not very far from where I was. Using my trusty big Groove Joint pliers, I managed to open them safely and continued with the work. It was already hard enough to put them on the tubing since they barely open more than its diameter, but sliding them over the fittings was quite painful most of the time. Sometime I got lucky and could put them exactly where I wanted, but I had to compromise on other time and didn't slide them in all the way because I simply wasn't able to.
Let's just say that with them on, I have absolutely no fear whatsoever that the tubing could come out.

The reservoir was an absolute nightmare to work with. It took me 2 hours to fill the loop since I tried to via the fill port you're supposed to use and it's just not able to fill the reservoir completely and the loop seemed to have trouble sucking the water in. After I managed to fill most of it by moving it around and spilling a ton of water, there was still too much air inside it and it was pretty noisy. Luckily, I read that that reservoir was troublesome to fill completely and I remembered to plug the input in the middle hole instead of the top one which is what I decided before buying it, but forgot I was supposed to fill it via the top hole instead of the fill port. Using that hole, there's now only a little air on the of the res which makes an awesome effect of moving water with the 2 red LED lighting the inside.

I don't really have a good picture of it and I'll try to get a better one later, but in the meantime:
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The color of the tubing changes a lot according to where the light is coming from. If it comes from the front, it will be bright orange and in low light or if the light comes from behind the tubing, it's more red. I'll try to take some pics that show well the effect light has on it.

Here's some picture while performing the leak test:
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And here are some I took when I had a RAM problem(which is why half of it is missing) after trying to overclock it a couple of days later(you can see the tubing color is very different):
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I also learned that you should always pick up your case from the bottom instead of the top because you never know when your thumb will crush your top blacklight. Which is why there was only one in those pics.

I'll make another update when I install the pumps better, take pics of the hole I drilled for the fan cables on top of the case or take better pics of the whole computer and some of the installed components.
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I finally had time to test my home made pump mounting system and it works really great. I can't hear the pumps at all unless I shut down all the fans and put my ear close to the case.

Here are the parts I used(I ended up using only 2 screws though since I couldn't screw the nuts all the way on the 3rd one since they are very old used screws):
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Here's a couple during the install:
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And once it's completely installed:
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I still need to make a better looking version of it and cut the foam properly, but as a proof of concept, it works perfectly.


I also took a couple of pics of the hole I had to drill(once again, I did a pretty poor job at it since I didn't have the proper tools) on top of the case for the 2 top rad fans. It's pretty much the smallest you can make it and I even sanded the plastic pins on the fan connectors a little to make it fit(and also because they were too big for the female connectors).
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and here's a close-up, just for fun:
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And while I had it open and on the table, I took a few pics of the components(I need to buy some cans of compressed air so there's a bit of dust everywhere):
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And finally, a clamp in action:
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I forgot to change my lens so I could take a picture of the whole computer or to take a pic of the front so that'll have to be for a later time.
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Intel Core i7 2600K P67 Extreme4 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Corsair Vengeance Black 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB ASUS 12x BD-ROM XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 Windows 7 SP1 x64 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Sony Bravia 32" 720p 60Hz Sidewinder X4 OCZ ZX Series 850W COOLER MASTER HAF 922 
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