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post #11 of 14
good luck with the build mate and I look forward to seeing the rig pics. biggrin.gif
post #12 of 14
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Yea, I took a closer look at that and decided that I want to go with one that is a bit bigger. I think i'm getting one that's about 30watts per channel so I can put all of my rad fans on it. I kinda like this one: Lamptron FC Touch - 30W - 6 channel... I like the fact that I can program the fans to turn on at various temps. I am also looking at getting a temp monitor to monitor the temp of the liquid coming out of the RAD and bind that temp to the fans. There seem to be two schools of thought on where to place the temp monitor if you want the temp of your liquid but I think this is how I'm going to do it. I like the look and feel of the knobs but I can't get an automated fan control unit with knobs.. at leas not one that I could find. I love this one but it's not automated: Lamptron 30W - 4 Channel Aluminum Rheobus and it would match my case better because it has a red LED option :-)

I think i'm going with the 360 rad and 6 x 120mm x 25mm fans red LED ones on the top of the rad and maybe no LED on the bottom... Haven't decided on that yet. I'm going back and forth about a few things still but I think i'm getting the Black Ice GT Stealth 360 X-Flow so I have the out connection on one side of my case for the CPU and the in port of the rad on the other side for the res/pump. I think I'm going with a modular rat cage design in 2 x 5.25" bays for the res/pump. I like the idea of having them together and it keeps things cleaner (maybe a bit more to take care of but cleaner) but I didn't want them to be one unit so I found this: XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir. This res takes a couple different pumps and I can get brackets to mount ones it doesn't accept (according to a couple other sources). I am putting this pump in it as well: Swiftech MCP655-B, which pumps at 317gph (~1200lph).

I should be ordering within a week or so which means I will have pics up relatively soon... assuming I can get my chip :-( but that will come with time I guess...

BTW, NXZ, thanks for the promo code but I don't think I'm going to be ordering in time :-( I wish I was
post #13 of 14
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After a lot of flip flopping on the cost/benefit of various product and then trying to decide on how I wan't to set this system up I have finally made my purchase... Here is what I will be getting... This is just about everything I bought:

Here is the actual PC hardware:
2 x EVGA 03G-P3-1597-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Classified Ultra Hydro Copper 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
1 x ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
1 x COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Hybrid RS-D00-SPHA-D3 1300W Intel ATX 12V V2.3 & SSI EPS 12V V2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
1 x CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M8X1600C9
2 x OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
1 x Intel Core i7-3930K
1 x COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

The plan for the basic build setup is that I'm going to SLI the vid cards and I want to play around with overclocking just about everything. If I need to I will also get blocks to cool the memory as well as the chipset but I don't think I need that just yet. I have a few good SATA drives from my previous build that I'm going to put in for storage. It's just a couple 320's and a couple 250's but I don't plan on using the SSDs for storage. I'm going to install the SSDs over RAID 0 for my OS and primary applications. As far as the vid cards go, I couldn't find the non-liquid cooled version of it in stock for a decent price so I could do the liquid cool myself so I went with the pre-cooled ones.

Air cooling:
1 x Lamptron FC Touch - 30W - 6 Channel Aluminum Rheobus w/ Touch Screen - Black
1 x Rosewill 12" Fan power Y cable Model RCW-310
2 x BitFenix 3-pin to 3 x 3-pin Fan Adapter Cable - 60cm - Red Sleeve (BFA-MSC-3F33F60RK-RP)
6 x Cooler Master High Performance 120MM R4 Series Dark Smoke Case Fan- Sleeved (R4-C2R-20AC-GP)

So this case already has a side fan, front fan, and a back fan, I'm replacing the two 200mm fans at the top with the 6 120mm fans that I got and my rad in a push/pull setup. All 6 of those upper fans will be on one channel of the fan controller and the temp sensor that is going to be hooked up to that channel will be the inline temp sensor that I got for the water temp monitoring the temp of the water coming out of the rad.

The fun stuff :-)
1 x Swiftech APOGEE HD Ultimate Extreme Performance Water Block - Black (APOGEE-HD-BK)
1 x Koolance PMP-450 High-flow Pump
1 x XSPC Acrylic Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir for Laing D5 (XSPC-D5BAYRES)
1 x Koolance Dual VID Connector, Black Adjustable 2-3 Slot Spacing (CNT-VDA34-BK)
1 x Black Ice® GT Stealth 360 XFlow Highest Performance Radiator (GTS360-XFLOW)
1 x Bitspower BP-MVV-MBK Mini-Valve - Matt Black (BP-MVV-MBK)
1 x Alphacool Bulkhead Connector G1/4 - Deep Black (17069)
1 x Alphacool Connection Terminal TEE T-Piece Round, G1/4 - deep black (17030)
5 x Koolance Nozzle Socket Plug, *Black* (SCR-CP003PG-BK)
1 x XSPC M20 x1.5mm to G1/4" Fillcap Adapter (XSPC-M20-G14)
5 x PrimoFlex Pro LRT UV Red Tubing -1/2in. ID X 3/4in. OD (PFLEXP-34-R)
1 x PrimoChill ICE Non-Conductive Liquid Cooling Fluid (32 oz.) - UV Red (PCICE-UVR)
1 x Alphacool HF L-connector G1/4 outer thread to G1/4 inner thread - Deep Black (17045)
1 x Aquacomputer Temperature Sensor - Inner/Outer Thread G1/4 (53067)
1 x Enzotech Compression Fitting G 1/4 Thread - for 1/2" ID and 3/4" OD Tubing - Matte Black (BCFS-ID1/2-OD3/4)
1 x Bitspower Mini Dual G1/4" High Flow Fitting - Black Matte Finish (BP-MBWP-C42)
2 x Monsoon Free Center Compression Fittings, 1/2" x 3/4" Six Pack - Matte Black (MON-FC-1234-6-MB)
1 x Bitspower BP-MBWP-C63 G1/4" Matte Black IG1/4" Extender - 30mm (BP-MBWP-C63)

I'm not going to go crazy and write an essay here about what I plan on doing unless someone asks but basically I got the stuff to set up the system with a drain and fill port as well. The drain will be off the T using the valve that I got and an extra piece of hose that I will setup to connect to it as needed (that's what the one odd fitting it for, to connect to the valve to drain). The drain is going after the vid cards and before the res. I have a few good reasons for putting this here but mostly it's because that is the lowest point in the system and everything should drain from there.

The fill will actually come out the back of the case through the little ports they put in the back for me. To handle this I got a bulkhead to make the hole usable, an extender to I can actually screw the funnel in, and a fixed L connector. This fill will connect straight to the res.

That's all for now. When I get the parts in and start putting things together I will take plenty of pics to share.

As always, any comments, suggestions, criticisms, etc. are welcome and appreciated.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
OK, so after some trouble with a bad board and needing to order a few extra parts here and there I finally got it all done... I am waiting on a 45 degree rotary for my fill port in the back but that's not crucial.
Here is the rad from the back of the case, it went in super easy.

Here is the other end of the rad at the front of the case. I did kinda lose one of my drive bays but I was putting in a short fan controller there anyway so it didn't matter.



drain port with a hose hooked up.

drain port without the hose

this one shows the rad at the back end of the case with its fitting and temp sensor. Water will be flowing out at this end (I have an X configured rad so my ports are at opposite ends). It also shows my first attempt at a fill port. the first issue here is that I couldn't get the hose behind the rad with the straight connector, that's why I needed the 45 degree rotary mentioned above. Some people will say the real issue is that it's not at the top but when I tested it using a funnel and a 90 degree adapter it worked just fine. This goes straight to the res. In reality I could have just filled from the res since it sits in the front.

This is the res from the back. The hose in the top runs to the fill port.



I will get some of it in the dark.. I have just been lazy. The 230mm fan in the front has a red LED as well as all 6 of the top fans and the res looks good from the front with the red fluid.
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