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I was under the impression that the FC-680 blocks only worked on 680's and non-reference 670's that are made on 680 PCBs? I was only thinking of buying a reference 670 to save money vs a 7970, would be looking for a full cover waterblock as well. Thanks for the suggestions but! smile.gif Im probably going to end up with another 7970 anyways.

Just had a look at the Heatkiller 680 block sold at SidewinderComputers.. It will not fit on a reference 670.. them saying that i will is misleading. It says to 'see attached images' and the only attached image of the block on a 670 is on a gigabyte 670 OC model, which is not reference. To my knowledge 670 boards are less than 7" long and have completely different hole spacing D:
post #12 of 60
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Here's a quick look at how my PC has progressed since I first built it, pictures taken between January and March 2012.

Antec DF-35 - Cable management not too easy (not that i had even tried at this point in time) Got rid of this case quickkkk.
Ugly stock heatsink, and my nice old Geil RAM.


After a short time I convinced (didn't take much) myself I needed to put more money into my PC. Changed to a Corsair Graphite 400R, Bought a new heatsink (Coolermaster Hyper 612), Bought new low profile RAM to fit with the 612 (Corsair Vengeance), purchased an SSD, Ordered many Scythe fans and cold cathodes from Xoxide.com in the US, and picked up another Gigabyte Windforce 6870 for cheapo second hand.


From here I was content. But it didn't last long... my cousin was purchasing a Crucial M4 off Amazon.com so I took to opportunity to share shipping costs and buy a Silverstone 850W Gold PSU for much cheaper than they cost in Australia. I thought this was an upgrade, and that the extra 200W would eliminate the chance of ever running low on power for the 2x GPUs. Also from Xodide i purchased a UV green sleeving kit. This turned out to be an epic fail.


Getting closer to my current configuration: Sold my 6870s (They were only temporary, I had decided this from the start and managed to not lose much money selling them on). Bought Bitfenix sleeved extensions and decided I wanted a green and white theme to my build. When you start picking colour schemes you know your hooked... I don't have any photos of the new Sapphire Dual-X 7970 that came in the mail at around this time.. because it screwed up on me and ended up being sent back to Amazon. When I got another one I had already started watercooling.
Edited by beanscene - 7/27/12 at 2:15am
post #13 of 60
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I wont make this next post as boring as the last with too much text. Here are a bunch on shots from my first go at watercooling with the XSPC Raystorm D5 EX240 watercooling kit that i purchased from pccasegear.com. Photos taken on the 14th on June. (I should have been studying for my university exams at this stage...). I had no GPU and no money for one (waiting on dat amazon refund) so i went ahead with a CPU only loop.

mmm raystorm

some compression fittings

never thought i would be able to afford a decent pump like a D5, thanks for your great value kit XSPC!

Filling up the loop and taking leak precautions with our friend David Gray. Raystorm looking great. Hadn't ordered different LEDs yet.

Ray-porn
post #14 of 60
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My order from GAMMods.com.au came the next Friday. My 7970 had been received by the Amazon returns department and my refund was on it's way. I bought a new one locally and even though I hadn't got a waterblock yet I proceeded to install the new tubing and the second EX240. You will notice I only have 3 sticks of RAM.. I thought Corsair memory was supposed to be reliable frown.gif

White LEDs installed in the Raystorm, cold cathode on and the stock case fans mounted where they are designed to go.

I now realised that I still wouldn't be up and gaming until I got a waterblock... My 7970 wouldn't fit with the air cooler hanging over the end of the PCB. I emailed tthekoolroom.com and after receiving confirmation of a pricematch on a Watercool Heatkiller GPU-X³ 79X0 waterblock I very happily ordered one and 2x GT AP-15 fans. TKR shipped my order express at no extra charge even though I had selected standard postage in checkout. Package came well ...packed? and with free lollies and rubber fan mounts (always handy). TKR rocks!

Beautiful thing.. much heavier than I had imagined.. but it is a big lump of metal!

Getting measurements for tubing:

All installed (sorry about the lighting):

Filling up and testing the loop (While its in the PC because i'm a crazy like thatttt):


Installing the new Phobya 6 channel fan controller (Also from TKR):


A nice photo if it wasnt for my grubby finger prints:


Up and running:


Took her outside for some money shots (Back to using the HX650 PSU because I was sick of the poor sleeved cables with the Silverstone and after getting my fans down to almost silent with the Phobya i noticed it had some coil whine. The Corsair is silent.


Edited by beanscene - 7/27/12 at 9:19pm
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pointless post
Edited by beanscene - 8/4/12 at 6:12am
post #16 of 60
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Thinking of ordering a couple of more radiators and some swiftech helix fans today. I am pretty sure i can fit an RX240 up the top in place of the EX240, and when i get home i am going to take some measurements and see if its possible to fit a thin 140mm single rad on the back fan. Would anyone be able to recommend a good 140mm radiator? I am looking at the Black Ice SR1 (but it probably wont fit..) due to its extremely low FPI for silent fans.

Going to look in the shed and see what i can find to make some rad brackets also.

Hope someone else is interested in the idea of fitting 6x 120mm + 1x 140mm rad space in side this case, cause im pretty excited about the idea haha.

Edit: Can only fit 30mm thick radiator.. dont even know if these exist + would have high FPI and would need good fans..
Edited by beanscene - 7/29/12 at 8:11pm
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Let me know about fitting that RX 240. I'm be watching... tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by beanscene View Post

Thinking of ordering a couple of more radiators and some swiftech helix fans today. I am pretty sure i can fit an RX240 up the top in place of the EX240, and when i get home i am going to take some measurements and see if its possible to fit a thin 140mm single rad on the back fan. Would anyone be able to recommend a good 140mm radiator? I am looking at the Black Ice SR1 (but it probably wont fit..) due to its extremely low FPI for silent fans.
Going to look in the shed and see what i can find to make some rad brackets also.
Hope someone else is interested in the idea of fitting 6x 120mm + 1x 140mm rad space in side this case, cause im pretty excited about the idea haha.
Edit: Can only fit 30mm thick radiator.. dont even know if these exist + would have high FPI and would need good fans..

Hi, I'm reading your thread with interest because I also have a 400R that I'm thinking of watercooling eventually.

1) Did you ever consider using an EX280 or RS280 for the top radiator? Do you think the 280's will cause any problems?

2) Will the reduction in size from EX240 to RS240 help much in getting your back radiator to be installed? What if I just wanted a fan? Keeping the EX on top (either 240 or 280), will there be any restrictions in the back-fan size?


Thanks in advance for enlightening me with your answers.
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Originally Posted by IronDoq View Post

Let me know about fitting that RX 240. I'm be watching... tongue.gif

Just ordered an RX240, a fillport and a bunch of fittings from gammods.com.au, We will soon see if it was a bad idea or not.. wont be able to access my ram even if it does fit haha
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Hi, I'm reading your thread with interest because I also have a 400R that I'm thinking of watercooling eventually.
1) Did you ever consider using an EX280 or RS280 for the top radiator? Do you think the 280's will cause any problems?
2) Will the reduction in size from EX240 to RS240 help much in getting your back radiator to be installed? What if I just wanted a fan? Keeping the EX on top (either 240 or 280), will there be any restrictions in the back-fan size?
Thanks in advance for enlightening me with your answers.

Hi and thanks for checking out the log biggrin.gif

Yeah i always wanted to put a 280 rad up the top but i really dont think that it is at all possible unless you have the fans mounted externally (with any motherboard with ram/heatsinks at the same height as mine at least). The only reason a 240 rad fits is because it can moved further away from the motherboard than the screw holes permit to eliminate clearance issues. See the photos that faudm424 posted on page one, i have my radiator screwed in thought the grille pretty much exactly the same as him.

I am pretty sure the EX240 and the RS240 are exactly the same dimensions, but please someone correct me on this if i am wrong. I did some measurements and with a 25mm thick fan installed at the back of the case there is only about 28mm between the top EX240 and the fan (With an EX, RS, or RX 240 rad installed in the same position as mine you will definitely be able to have a fan on the back mount! smile.gif).
I tried shifting the EX240 further towards the front of the case to widen the gap but the end of the radiator is right up against the lip of the fan grill and cant go any further without cutting out a chunk of the case which im not prepared to do.
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My order hasn't come yet, expecting it sometime today. But I had an idea.. (cant believe i had not thought of this before... tongue.gif)
EX is 36mm thick.. RX is 63mm thick... the difference is 27mm. So now quite obviously (duh) if i put 25mm fans on the EX240 in push/pull i should be able to see if a thick radiator will fit.

Fits.. but with not much room to spare between the bottom fans and the retention screws on my Raystorm CPU block..

About 5mm cutting things close especially with the ~3mm high heads on the screws holding the fans to the rad lined up in just the wrong place.


So i have taken some measurements and I can say with confidence that: If your socket 1155 cooler retention holes are equal or greater than 50mm from the top of your motherboard PCB, and your RAM and motherboard heatsinks are not taller than 33mm off the PCB, then you can fit an EX240 in push/pull (25mm thick fans) without need to worry about any clearance issues with motherboard components or CPU waterblock.

Seeing as it's a Friday and I don't have any more uni classes, If my RX240 comes today i will drain my loop, install it and see how it goes.
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