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Hello,

This summer I plan on buying a custom water cooling loop on my computer:

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Here is what I have so far:

✔ EK Supreme HF Plexi
✔ EK DCP 4.0 Pump
✔ MagiCool Copper Radiator 180mm Dual (360mm)
✔ Reservoir
✔ Fittings (G1/4")
✔ Tubing
✔ 120mm Radiator


Hopefully within a month I'll have both the rad and the pump ready! thumb.gif


Here are some pictures of what I've got so far:

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Huge thanks to quakermaas for the donation, without him I would probably not be able to afford building this loop. Also a huge thanks to Mr.Pie and his friend Aaron for purchasing me an EK Supreme HF Plexi as a Birthday gift, I love you guys wubsmiley.gif :

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It should arrive tomorrow! wheee.gif


Edit:

Everything is here:

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I also have a Lamptron FC3 and some Biocide/Anticorrosive on the way, courtesy of Eggy88, huge thanks for that. wubsmiley.gif

Edit:

Apparently I had installed the CPU block wrong and installed the tubes on the wrong sides. Fixed it and the temperatures dropped an average of ~6ºC under full stress on Linx. wheee.gif

And added a blue led to make the reservoir look nicer! tongue.gif


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12/5/12 - The Lamptron FC3 arrived! wheee.gif

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The fan controllers do not take much space inside the bays so there's space enough for both the fan controllers and the pump . biggrin.gif

Ghetto mode to remove all pump vibration. biggrin.gif

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Changed tubing from orange 10/8mm to blue 19/13mm tubing. tongue.gif

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Changed the loop again and moved the pump to the top of the radiator, I don't think leaving it on the drive bays with the HDD's absorbing all the vibration was healthy. biggrin.gif

Here's how it looks now:

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All I need to now is to cut the case with a dremel like this video at 9:30 so that I can perfectly fit the rad into the fans and tighten it with some screws, but that will have to wait another month until I move to my house in Spain. tongue.gif

I'm also considering buying an XSPC 5,25" Bay Reservoir when I have some money in the future, really like it and removing that big reservoir I have now would make the rig look cleaner. biggrin.gif

Another reason I changed the radiator holes to the right side is so that the left ("bottom") GTX680 have more airflow from the bottom fans below the rad, the other way around had no fins under that GPU and it got really bad airflow, now its a lot better. smile.gif

- September 2012 - Update -

Ordered a Magicool Triple 180 (540mm) rad and 2x Aquacomputer aquagrafx GTX680 waterblocks! wheee.gif

Everything installed! biggrin.gif

One last update with picture of the room and the rig:






The next upgrade will probably be a Laing D5 pump from a clan mate, with little use and very a steal price, not doing it because of power (This pump is more than enough for this loop), but because the D5 with Top is a lot quieter than this EK pump. smile.gif


Well here it is, November 2012 upgrade, the Laing D5 and EK X-TOP v2!







Running it at full speed (Setting 5) and even then it is so damn quiet, I can't hear it at all! This thing is a beast! wheee.gif

Another small upgrade I did while I was bored, installed a 120mm rad I had laying around my room:



Due to my fans running at barely 600-700rpm, I got a temperature decrease of 3-4ºC, which I guess is not bad, I can now keep 5GHz below 65ºC and the GPU's below 50ºC with just a total of 4 fans (3x 180mm push and 1x 120mm push) running at just 600-700rpm, amazing. biggrin.gif



Hope you like it. wubsmiley.gif
Edited by kcuestag - 11/14/12 at 3:28pm
    
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I saw this picture:

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I'm thinking of using a single 180mm rad and then installing the reservoir in the same place as that picture on the top of my case.
    
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Hi there, I guess you can do that, but maybe also think of putting a second rad where the current 120 is now. That will be overkill, but you could potentially (with another 180 rad) add your GPUs in the future smile.gif
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http://www.caseking.de/shop/catalog/Watercooling/Radiators/180mm-Radiators/Magicool-Copper-Radiator-180mm::18466.html

How good should that rad do to cool down an i7 2600k alone? Just the CPU, would that be a good enough improvement over my Corsair H80?
    
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Well, that depends on how much cooling you think would be needed to be worth moving from your H80. Personally, I'd get a 2x180mm radiator, which you should be able to mount on the rear-most two fans without any serious issues. That gives you tons of cooling capability, and should serve you much better in high-ambient temperatures.
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post #6 of 95
You also have tons of options of 5.25" res. You could even do pump/res option, and save some space there, and go for a 180+120 / 2x180
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Since it's just for a CPU loop, a single 180 radiator would be more than adequate. A 180 radiator has the same area as 2.25 120 radiators so it's plenty. smile.gif
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You also have tons of options of 5.25" res. You could even do pump/res option, and save some space there, and go for a 180+120 / 2x180

Well I thought about that as well, but would that be possible with the Laing D5 pump I'm buying? Also though of 180 + 120 in case single 180 wasn't enough, but I just need to cool down the CPU which is 5GHz @ 1.42v.
    
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Well I thought about that as well, but would that be possible with the Laing D5 pump I'm buying? Also though of 180 + 120 in case single 180 wasn't enough, but I just need to cool down the CPU which is 5GHz @ 1.42v.

Yes, there are bay reservoirs that support the D5 pump. Look here, here, and here for some examples.smile.gif
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Since it's just for a CPU loop, a single 180 radiator would be more than adequate. A 180 radiator has the same area as 2.25 120 radiators so it's plenty. smile.gif

True, the surface area is quite large, but do also keep in mind the airflow across the radiator. I didn't think to look up the stock 180mm fan's specs, but that will also play a pretty large role. Honestly, my suggestion of 2x180 was mostly because it's a fairly affordable upgrade, and leaves room to adds more to the loop later in case he ever chooses to go that route. A single 180 should be adequate cooling, but this is OCN, we're all about overkill... tongue.gif
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