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My First Water Loop

post #1 of 13
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Hey all, I am working on my first watercooled computer build. I decided to use my Corsair 400R case and luckily everything fit just right. I had plans to mod my Storm Sniper case, but a deal fell through so I didn't get a 360mm radiator.

Here's a list of my hardware:
AMD Phenom II 955 Black Edition
Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7
Samsung 30nm 8GB DDR3 1600
PowerColor LCS HD 6970
Antec Neo Eco 520C
Corsair Force 3 60GB
Corsair Carbide 400R

And here are the cooling parts:
Swiftech MCP655
dual bay res for D5, RS240 and RS120, Rasa cpu block all by XSPC
3 x Yate Loon 120mm high speed fans in pull
EK FC6970 (with PowerColor logo, nickel and acetal)
various 1/2" barbs and metal hose clamps
PrimoFlex LRT 1/2" ID 3/4" OD clear tubing
distilled water

I have been browsing these forums for a couple months trying to figure out the best configuration for a cpu and single gpu loop. Finally ready to take the plunge, I will show you my progress through this first underwater experience.

First up is the previous build, with a Corsair A70 cooler. The mounting clip on the AMD bracket for this cooler got in the way of the bottom fan.
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Here we have a pic of the RS240 up top with the fans above it. A very tight fit, but everything has enough room.
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Has anyone ever bought the AMD mounting kit for the Rasa block? How about trying to figure it out without instructions? Well, I resorted to the black Intel screws and luckily they screwed into the stock Gigabyte motherboard backplate.
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Moving forward (a lot, I was in the zone lol) here is the loop without water. I only wasted about 4 inches of tubing. I must say I am impressed with myself. tongue.gif I spent about 5 hours on this broken up over the day.
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Yep, ready for leak testing!! I left just enough tubing to slide out the reservoir to access the fillport.
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Well, this is the last picture for this update. I filled the loop and there were lots of bubbles in the reservoir and sticking to the walls of the tubing. I spent about 2 hours bleeding the loop then left it alone.
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I have more work to do, like cleaning up my cables and forcing on the back side panel haha. I look forward to your comments and I will hopefully be done in the next couple days. Right now, I am very pleased with how everything turned out. Thanks a lot everyone. smile.gif
post #2 of 13
nice! subd!

So when will you be able to put some temps up?
post #3 of 13
very nice build mate. thumb.gif
post #4 of 13
Nice job, very clean! Glad to see those rads and tubing working well for you. thumb.gif
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by K62-RIG View Post

very nice build mate. thumb.gif

thanks a lot sir!!
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Originally Posted by suicideidiot321 View Post

nice! subd!
So when will you be able to put some temps up?

What tests would you like to see? I have done some Intel burn test and short Prime95 runs to check my cpu and ram overclocks. I can take a screenshot later, but here's some basic info:
ambient temp: 19 C basement
3 fans at full speed, ~2200 rpm
4 ghz on the 955 at 1.525 v in bios at 1.50 v with vdroop
cpu temp: 35 C
all core temps: 37 C
ram 1.510 v in bios at 7-8-8-21 1T 1600 mhz
gpu temp around 30 C
250 W from the wall using Kill A Watt power monitor

I will run Prime overnight, then Furmark and probably Metro 2033 when I install it. I'm limited right now to a 12x10 monitor.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by Scorpion49 View Post

Nice job, very clean! Glad to see those rads and tubing working well for you. thumb.gif

Yessir, I am very impressed. I plan on installing a fan controller so I can decrease the noise output. rolleyes.gif
post #7 of 13
Looks good man thumb.gif

I can always appreciate multiple rads stuffed into a case haha....glad that the Rasa block worked out for you
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post #8 of 13
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Looks good man thumb.gif
I can always appreciate multiple rads stuffed into a case haha....glad that the Rasa block worked out for you

Thanks Ryan, the Intel screws are barely touching the radiator housing.
I saw somebody else mount a 240mm radiator in the same case so I figured I would give it a shot. Here's that other build: check it out! The guy used an EK XT rad which is thicker than my RS240, but I did not realize the Crosshair V Formula is one of the only boards that has the cpu socket and the ram slots moved down from the top of the board.
post #9 of 13
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Well, now that I have returned to my college apartment I can do some benchmarking on a 1680*1050 monitor. tongue.gif I have some new pictures to share too.

Here's an overall view. Hopefully some of these pictures will highlight the graphite color of the Corsair case.
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I really like this picture. These were taken on SUCH a nice afternoon, the computer was begging me to go outside. biggrin.gif
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I think the tubing came together pretty well.
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This one was just for fun. A view through the reservoir with pretty much no bubbles. thumb.gif
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And now for a detail view of my 6970 and UD7 motherboard.
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I didn't really bother with cable sleeving this time, but you get the point.
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Now it's time for the first benchmark!! I ran the Metro 2033 benchmark at 16*10, 2 runs, Very High setting, DX 11, AAA, 16xAF, and no DOF or PhysX. Also, the fans were turned all the way down (probably to 5 V) on my Scythe fan controller.
CPU: 4.0 ghz @ 1.525 v bios, 37 C, 41 C each core
GPU: 1100 mv, 920 mhz core, 1400 mhz mem, 56 C max
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Thanks again for looking!! I think I enjoy undervolting the gpu better than overvolting simply because it uses less power and runs cooler. With such limited rad space, I need all the help I can get. smile.gif
post #10 of 13
Very nice build, mate! Post your full load temps here when you get a chance.
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