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Watercooled FX-8120 Build (First WC build and first AMD build in a long time)

post #1 of 14
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I'm still living in the Core 2 generation and I decided it was time to do a big upgrade this time around. My signature shows the parts I am putting together for this build. Since I don't have my cooling components listed in my signature I'll list it here:
Swiftech MCP350
EK DDC X-RES Top 140
Magicool Extreme MC-RADI180X2
Silverstone AP181
EK Supreme HF
Tygon R-3400 (black Tygon tubing)
KillCoil, various fittings, etc.

I considered going for some nice compression fittings, but paying close to $100 for something like that when I don't even have a window didn't make any sense. I'll stick with cheap steel hose clamps instead. I also picked up some ModRight ModMesh to serve as a radiator grill at the top of my case.

I'm waiting on a number of packages to arrive and all my orders are going to be trickling in this week. I got my rotary tool Monday and will probably be receiving packages every day this week.

Also, before anyone even thinks about asking me why I chose a Bulldozer build and not a Phenom II build or anything along those lines: I just am. Deal with it smile.gif

This is my case as it currently is:
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post #2 of 14
I like it man! I personally have no problem with the bulldozer, I want an 8-core. biggrin.gif Anyways, can't wait to see what results you end up with! thumb.gif
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Intel Core i7 950 Asus P6T XFX ATI Radeon HD 5770 Kingston HyperX 
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Corsair Force 120GB Western Digital 500GB Label flash DVD-RW 2 Case fans 
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post #3 of 14
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Got some more stuff today! It's killing me having to wait until Friday for my big box from FrozenCPU.

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I was taken by surprise with the tin box for the processor. I guess I didn't remember any reviews talking about it or really seeing the packaging. Either way, it's a nice departure from standard paper boxes. There's some PK-1 in there too replacing my syringe of TIM Consultants stuff.

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I'm hoping this thing will prove to be an overclocking beast for me. We'll see though! That stock cooler really does look terrible though.
Edited by visionviper - 4/4/12 at 11:40am
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AMD FX-8350 ASUS Crosshair V Formula Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Team Xtreem LV PC3 19200 DDR3 2400 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung HD103UJ EK Supreme HF Swiftech MCP350 EK DDC X-RES Top 140 
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AMD FX-8350 ASUS Crosshair V Formula Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Team Xtreem LV PC3 19200 DDR3 2400 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung HD103UJ EK Supreme HF Swiftech MCP350 EK DDC X-RES Top 140 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Magicool Extreme MC-RADI180X2 Windows 8 Overlord Tempest X270OC Seasonic X-750 
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post #4 of 14
thats alot of case to fill in...im jelly of the formula board very nice.

good luck with build. cant wait to see the end result!!
post #5 of 14
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Everything came! Of course it ended up all arriving right after I left to go see the doctor for a second time (they think I have the flu now) but that's not important. Unboxing pictures (Click to show)
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The first thing I wanted to do when I got my package was get the water block on. Not sure why, but that's what I wanted to do.
Installing the CPU and block (Click to show)
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Pins on a CPU? What is this, 2005? tongue.gif

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The block was really easy to install. Absolutely painless. I just hope the jet plate didn't move when I was putting the block back together after switching the LGA plate for the AMD plate.

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Just another view.

Now to break out the rotary tool and get to cuttin!
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Rivets?! What the crap? Well, nothing a little drilling can't fix.

The adventure continues tomorrow!
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AMD FX-8350 ASUS Crosshair V Formula Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Team Xtreem LV PC3 19200 DDR3 2400 
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Samsung HD103UJ EK Supreme HF Swiftech MCP350 EK DDC X-RES Top 140 
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Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung HD103UJ EK Supreme HF Swiftech MCP350 EK DDC X-RES Top 140 
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post #6 of 14
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Well this is a bummer. I got started working on the mod yesterday and I had just finished drilling the holes for the radiator and I was starting the cutouts for my cable management and the motor gave out on me. I had just put on a new cutting disk and was about half way through the first cutout and it just stopped on me. I wasn't applying a much pressure or anything so at first I thought it was just a thermal cut-off or something so I let it sit. When I came back from a quick hardware store run and I tried to turn it on it just sparked and that was that. So now it's time for me to try and figure out a replacement.
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AMD FX-8350 ASUS Crosshair V Formula Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Team Xtreem LV PC3 19200 DDR3 2400 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung HD103UJ EK Supreme HF Swiftech MCP350 EK DDC X-RES Top 140 
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AMD FX-8350 ASUS Crosshair V Formula Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Team Xtreem LV PC3 19200 DDR3 2400 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung HD103UJ EK Supreme HF Swiftech MCP350 EK DDC X-RES Top 140 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Magicool Extreme MC-RADI180X2 Windows 8 Overlord Tempest X270OC Seasonic X-750 
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post #7 of 14
That's a good looking CPU/Mobo combo you've got there, lol. I love my setup. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it!
post #8 of 14
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I got in touch with Amazon today and they are overnighting a replacement to me. It's just another reason why I love them biggrin.gif

Hopefully then I can get this all wrapped up. I am right in the last month of classes so my time is getting thrown all over the place.
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AMD FX-8350 ASUS Crosshair V Formula Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Team Xtreem LV PC3 19200 DDR3 2400 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung HD103UJ EK Supreme HF Swiftech MCP350 EK DDC X-RES Top 140 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Magicool Extreme MC-RADI180X2 Windows 8 Overlord Tempest X270OC Seasonic X-750 
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AMD FX-8350 ASUS Crosshair V Formula Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Team Xtreem LV PC3 19200 DDR3 2400 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung HD103UJ EK Supreme HF Swiftech MCP350 EK DDC X-RES Top 140 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Magicool Extreme MC-RADI180X2 Windows 8 Overlord Tempest X270OC Seasonic X-750 
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post #9 of 14
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Well now that I have my replacement in from Amazon... time to build!

I had to cut into the rails to be able to mount the radiator where I wanted to.
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Drilled holes for the radiator and pump.
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Installed the motherboard.
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I put the fans on the radiator and mounted it after flushing it.
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It's a pretty tight fit.
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I hooked up the water cooling loop.
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Getting the system going and getting all of the air out.
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Everything mounted/installed.
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Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung HD103UJ EK Supreme HF Swiftech MCP350 EK DDC X-RES Top 140 
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AMD FX-8350 ASUS Crosshair V Formula Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Team Xtreem LV PC3 19200 DDR3 2400 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung HD103UJ EK Supreme HF Swiftech MCP350 EK DDC X-RES Top 140 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Magicool Extreme MC-RADI180X2 Windows 8 Overlord Tempest X270OC Seasonic X-750 
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post #10 of 14
any thoughts as to putting the pump/reservoir up in the drive bay....would help your flow rate out alot and save some distance your H2o needs to move. just an idea.

also...no drain/reliefe line?? oh, duh im sure the pump/res has it build in..
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