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My first watercooling loop on a HAF 922 rig (hope for all Haf 922 owners who dont fancy doing too much case modding)

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After scouring the forums for many months, pestering 'Pro' watercolers, and making myself a complete pain with the various retailers (in a nice way), i finally took the plunge.
My idea was to try and set up a basic CPU loop (gpu block to follow when i update my gtx 460-ill hate to see it go-it still does phenomenal oc's for what it is) inside my Haf 922 case, with the minimal amount of modding as possible, whilst at the same time keeping everything neat and fully functional.
This being my first ever watercooling rig, i thought that id put it on the forum. I'd welcome any comments/advice on how to better it/tidy it up even more etc(even negative ones-gotta keep the insecure trolls happy as well :-)), another reason ive posted this minor work log(emphasis on the word minor), is to show other people that your initial rig need not be ott price wise, or modding wise for it to look reasonable.
Sound, or lack off is excellent-but i must dump those hdds-all i can hear now is their constant whine mad.gif i can foresee ssds in the very near future.
There are a few bits that i still have to tidy up(cables need sleeving etc) but for the most part, the rig is done.


Computer Components

Case- Coolermaster Haf 922
Power Supply - Coolermaster 700W Silent Pro
Motherboard - MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3)
Processor - i5 2500k
Graphics - EVGA GTX 460 FPB
Memory- Corsair XMS 3 2GB x 4
Storage - 4x noisy HDD (2 x Seagate 500GB & 2 x WD 500GB)


Watercooling Components

Reservoir - EK-Multioption RES X2 - 250 Advanced
Pump - Aquastream XT Ultra
Waterblock - XSPC Raystorm
Radiator - XSPC EX240 w/ push/pull (push 12cm slimline Scythe slipstream 1200 rpm x 2-due to the case constrictions) (pull Scythe GT 1850 rpm x 2 mounted on top)-im still playing around/testing the use of push/pull-the jury is still out at the moment.
Tubing - Primochill LRT clear (10mm ID - 13mm OD)
Fittings - EK Black + 2 x 45 degrees Aquacomputer fittings
Fluid - Distilled Water + PT Nuke/silver kill coil

Loop Order
Reservoir -> Pump -> Radiator -> CPU ->Reservoir

Extras

Accelero Twin Turbo II gpu cooler-(its great with very low temps 45-50 under load & occed)
Kingston Ram cooler
Shoggy sandwich(pump anti vibration pad)
Lamptron fan controller FC5 V2
Coolermaster ' 4 in 3' (allows you to place 4 x hdd in 3 drive bay space-comes with 120 mm coolermaster blue led fan-imo i should have got the Lian Li one instead, but that point is moot now since ssds will be the way to go)

Things that ive lost

Skin off my knuckles (try working in such confined spaces lol) and ***** loads of patience at times biggrin.gif


PICTURES
(remember i said that its a very minor work log, more of a taster-ive included a before watercooling picture as well)


Before
450


Slight modding (installing reservoir plate-then Black powder coating)
700


Leak test-i also did one outside the case since it was my first attempt
450


Getting there......
450

Complete ((95%) cable management done.
450

For all the Ozzy fans-"Shot in the Dark'
450


EPILOGUE


I have had a tremendous amount of fun setting up this rig, and i have truly been bitten by the WC bug -ive already started looking into a block for my gpu -'why' i hear you say, 'the gtx 460 dosent need watercooling!' -true, but im just looking at it from a purely esthetical point of view. Ive also been offered a EK universal waterblock (HF Acetal/copper) for 25 euros! O ring etc is fine, so i might take the plunge-any suggestions for a 120mm rad with low price/FPI?
Edited by kkorky - 1/15/13 at 7:02pm
post #2 of 32
Looks great man! My sig rig is also wc'ed and I had a ton of fun doing it.
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Thanx m8 for your comment, glad you liked it smile.gif
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nice job
id like to see some mid-assembly pics
and what are your future plans?
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nice job
id like to see some mid-assembly pics
and what are your future plans?
sub'd, please check my build (in the sig)

Thank you for your comment smile.gif

Mid assembly pictures do not exist because i never intended to do a work log, but i happened to have some before pics, and the pics after i added the reservoir plate. I then took some pictures from the second leak test onwards, but i would gladly answer any queries you may have with regards to what i did from beginning to end.

Future plans: get rid of my hdd and get ssd drives, that will eliminate what little noise there is left inside my rig. I will also get a radiator(probably 200mm) and add it to the front of my rig (where the 200mm fan is situated at the moment) to cool my gpu block. As for a gpu block, my choices are: get a universal HF EK bridge block for my current 460 gtx, or get a pair of EK bridge blocks in parallel SLI formation and also upgrade my cards to a pair of 590/580-im not of the school that says that one must have the latest gear; if you know what you're doing 'older' gear can perform just as well, plus you also save money. My choice of universal gpu watercooling blocks lies in the fact, that they may be used again on another card, whereas with a full block, you are limited to the card it was bought for.

Link to my intended SLI formation: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?275850-EK-readies-EK-VGA-Supreme-HF-Bridge-edition

Link to the actual block(s) themselves:http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/blocks/vga-blocks/universal-vga-blocks/ek-vga-supreme-hf-bridge-edition.html or the acetal version (im not sure as yet which way ill go) http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/blocks/vga-blocks/universal-vga-blocks/ek-vga-supreme-hf-bridge-edition-acetal.html
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Looks good thumb.gif I like how the sleeved cabling looks behind the EK res.
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Nice build !!

I too am watering my haf922 (see post ) thumb.gif during my research for gtx460 waterblocks ( I have a set of pny gtx460 oc's in sli with top card running hot due to spacing) everthing was out of stock or discontinued except for xspc 460 fullcovers at performance pc !! note: for reference and a few non reference cards might be a good option for your 460 if its a reference card like mine !!
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Are those fans good enough?
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Originally Posted by PCModderMike View Post

Looks good thumb.gif I like how the sleeved cabling looks behind the EK res.

Thanks Moddermike-i have to accept only partial praise cause i didn't like the look initially but a friend of mine said run with it, so it goes to show, what the hell do i know tongue.gif
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Nice build !!
I too am watering my haf922 (see post ) thumb.gif during my research for gtx460 waterblocks ( I have a set of pny gtx460 oc's in sli with top card running hot due to spacing) everthing was out of stock or discontinued except for xspc 460 fullcovers at performance pc !! note: for reference and a few non reference cards might be a good option for your 460 if its a reference card like mine !!

@ 74bronco-again thank you for your comments-to be honest m8, the only options i have ever found that are viable whilst at the same attractive to look at, have been the EK Universal vga block solutions-even if you are running reference 460 gtx cards; because they don't really run hot in comparison to other cards, i guess block manufacturers didn't see a point in making them (profit wise i mean of course) in large numbers. And anyway, im happy, because in my search i was able to find the paralell SLI bridge option (btw EK plan on doing an acrylic bridge as well for those who want mega bling points), and whether i cool my 460 or not, the blocks can be used on my next card(s)

What i will say is that Aquacomputer & XSPC (The Razor) also made or still make full waterblocks for the gtx 460-but only for reference cards as you mentioned earlier.
Just as a point of interest, have a look at this universal waterblock post/review quite helpful : http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1242&page=1 its a bit old, but these type of waterblocks don't seem to change that much spec wise due to their ability to be used over and over. Just before i compiled this post i checked on EK's site, they still have a large choice of blocks available (both full and universal) ie:http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/blocks/vga-blocks/fc-geforce/ek-fc460-gtx-nickel.html & http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/blocks/vga-blocks/fc-geforce/ek-fc460-gtx-acetal-nickel.html both are full block. My link in my previous post shows the universal options.
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Are those fans good enough?

If by good enough you mean does my fan set up cool my CPU adequately when occd for example-the answer is yes, but as i have mentioned before, the main work is being done by the GTs on top, they are in a pull formation (look up the Martins liquidlabs post on push/pull combinations, it will explain everything you need to know).
The only time i ever use the slimline fans alone (and with no overheating problems i might add) is when im surfing the web, or other 'light' functions. But as a reply to your question, here is some proof from earlier m8 smile.gif the fans are running only at 75%-so more than adequate cooling plus no noise.

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UPDATE: @ 74Bronco, Aquacomputer also have 460 fullblocks on sale :http://shop.aquacomputer.de/product_info.php?products_id=2562
Edited by kkorky - 3/2/12 at 8:51pm
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Thanks for the 460 block links !!! is the ek site in aussie ? how is there shipping to US cost wise ?
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