Originally Posted by Bludge
Carniflex, thank you for posting this build log, I have been scratching my head trying to find a way to "neatly" cool a 3930K and 2 GTX780 in a Switch 810 case. The CPU is already watercooled with a 360 rad in the roof, and I wasn't keen to rebuilding that.
I have chosen to use a 1080 rad with 4 180mm fans outside the case on my desk, with a seperate pump and loop. Its much tidier in my mind, anyway
Yes. That would be a lot cleaner. In the end I had to disassemble this build as the case was a bit too small. I have now similar setup, but in slightly larger case.
The original Soliton Dispenser case waits a rebuild it's just that the case was too small to squeeze in there a 7950 card. The new case can take max EATX and has a bit better cable management possibilities. Upgraded to LGA 2011. Still have the 1055T and I will redo the Soliton Dispenser hopefully soonish with that - just need a modular PSU for that as that case really do not like non-modular PSU's as it gets very "rats nest" very fast. Anyway, as you can note the new build has quick disconnects - very useful to have as it makes life easier with that large radiators. Well worth the price if you are going for the external radiator as it lets you move stuff without needing to drain the loop.
Another thing - all your tubing does not need to be the same size. If your tubing length increases (which it does when mounting externally at some distance) then it might be worthwhile to use larger than ordinary ID tubing for covering that longer distance outside the case. That is if you use smaller side ID tubing inside the case (easier to handle and over short distances the restriction difference has been shown to be negligible). So for example, when you use 10/8 mm tubing inside the case going for the 13/10mm outside the case might be worth it as you will have several meters of it with separate radiator stand. And you probably do not have tricky routing conditions outside the case so increased stiffness and bending radius of the larger tubing will not be an issue.
Also note - if you are going with 180 mm fans you will need to order the fan grill for them separately. Nova 1080 comes with only a single 9x120 mm grill in the box. There is new revision of Nova 1080 available with copper cores. A bit more expensive (~120 eur against the 90 eur of the brass core version) but should perform even better. Not that it matters with THAT radiator size. I'm atm running on 3.2 C water delta over ambient. Thats i7-3820 @ 4.3 GHz under 100% load for the past day and half and 9x 120 mm low rpm fans @ ~9 V (and 2 DC-LT pumps also @ ~9 V) in the loop. Found that I lacked needed middle piece for mounting the water block on Sapphire 7950 which arrived just few days ago, so atm all GFX cards are still under air until I can redo the loop one more time later this month hopefully. The upgraded nova lineup has also a thicker version of Nova which is 60 mm, mine is the "regular" version with 46 mm thickness.
Dont forget to order also suitable screws for the fans if they are different thickness than 25 mm. I'm myself using 8mm M3's for mounting the fans to the grill but in the box you will be getting the 30mm ones (good for 25mm fans if you put them though the whole fan). But 8mm ones should work for any fan you can dream of if you use only the mounting holes closer to the grill and dont put the screw through the whole fan.Edited by Carniflex - 6/16/13 at 12:14am