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I've decided to finally take the leap and install water cooling on my workstation. There are a couple of things that have lead me down this path. One of them is my motherboard got messed up from a power surge and now won't work properly. I've replaced the faulty surge protector and purchase a EVGA Classified SR-2. Since I got the SR-2 I'm finally able to overclock my cpu's and run SLI. Noise was one of the other reasons that I want to upgrade to water cooling. Finally, I've always wanted to have a water cooled system I just never had a system worth doing it to.

Current Setup
Supermicro MBD_X8DAH+-O Server Motherboard
2 x Intel Xeon E5620 Westmere 2.4GHz
2 x GTX 470 1280MB GDDR5
2 x 64GB SSD's in RAID0
2 x Corsair H50 CPU Coolers
24GB DDR3 1333 ECC
2TB HDD Backup
Kingwin Lazer 1000W Power Supply
Cooler Master COSMOS S Case

Here's some pictures of my current build:
th_IMG_6014.jpg
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Now here's everything I'm going to add or change in my system.

New Components
EVGA Classified SR-2 Motherboard
Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA Case

Water Items
XSPC Reservoir for Laing D5
2 x EK Acetal + EN (Nickel) Waterblocks
Feser Tube Active UV Hose
12 x Enzotech Compression Fittings
Enzotech 90 Degree Rotary Compression Fitting
PrimoChill Fluid Red
2 x Swiftech Apogee HD WT CPU Waterblocks
Swiftech MCP655 Pump
Enzotech SLI Bridge Fitting
Swiftech MCR220 Radiator
Swiftech MCR320 Radiator

Water Layout Diagram
th_WaterCoolingSetup.jpg


I'll post pictures once I get everything delivered and installed.
    
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Wow looks like it will be a great build !! I am subbed
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Question, why do you have the reservoir with built in pump and then another pump? Just newbie trying to learn.
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Originally Posted by Dannnnn_the_man View Post

Question, why do you have the reservoir with built in pump and then another pump? Just newbie trying to learn.

From the looks of it he's putting a D5 (MCP655) inside a xspc res, no?
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May I suggest bitspower fittings instead of Enzotech? Never heard of bitspower failing but heard about 1 or 2 leaks with enzotech.
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May I suggest bitspower fittings instead of Enzotech? Never heard of bitspower failing but heard about 1 or 2 leaks with enzotech.

It's not really the enzotech fittings that were really known for leaking, it was their o-rings. The enzotech sapphire also had problems if you didn't use the include barbs, but it was remedied by using another o-ring, and was also a hell of a block. However, if you do buy enzotech you can always just throw in some extra o-rings if you're nervous. Bitspower are excellent fittings though, and you really can't go wrong either way. I personally use the black nickel ek compressions, and I love them.
In another note, awesome looking build so far man, I'm excited to see it under water. Snorkle.gif
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post #7 of 13
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It's not really the enzotech fittings that were really known for leaking, it was their o-rings. The enzotech sapphire also had problems if you didn't use the include barbs, but it was remedied by using another o-ring, and was also a hell of a block. However, if you do buy enzotech you can always just throw in some extra o-rings if you're nervous. Bitspower are excellent fittings though, and you really can't go wrong either way. I personally use the black nickel ek compressions, and I love them.
In another note, awesome looking build so far man, I'm excited to see it under water. Snorkle.gif

Ah sweet, thanks for clearing that up biggrin.gif
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post #8 of 13
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Question, why do you have the reservoir with built in pump and then another pump? Just newbie trying to learn.

What sheepcut said is correct. I had already bought the MCP655 pump and was thinking about using a different reservoir. After looking at some of the spacing I wanted I decided to go with the XSPC Reservoir w/o a pump since I could put the MCP655 pump inside of it. So in the end I'm only using one pump.
    
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post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by The Muffin Man View Post

May I suggest bitspower fittings instead of Enzotech? Never heard of bitspower failing but heard about 1 or 2 leaks with enzotech.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Defunctronin View Post

It's not really the enzotech fittings that were really known for leaking, it was their o-rings. The enzotech sapphire also had problems if you didn't use the include barbs, but it was remedied by using another o-ring, and was also a hell of a block. However, if you do buy enzotech you can always just throw in some extra o-rings if you're nervous. Bitspower are excellent fittings though, and you really can't go wrong either way. I personally use the black nickel ek compressions, and I love them.
In another note, awesome looking build so far man, I'm excited to see it under water. Snorkle.gif

I didn't know that about the enzotech fittings. Thanks you both for the heads up about the o-rings. I'll pick up some extra ones before I do my leak down just incase. Thanks!
    
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Well I got most of the new parts for my build today and started to take apart the old setup. I'll be receiving the rest of my parts tomorrow and will start putting everything together. Tomorrow I'll post up some pics of my progress.
    
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