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Hey guys, new to the forums, well sorta, been trolling here for ages. I don't think there's a better place for me to share a project I have been working on for the past 6 months. No better place to get an audience of people who know there stuff, and would appreciate my hard work.

Anyway, about 6 months ago, I decided I had lived with a vacuum cleaner loud PC long enough. It was time for water cooling.

Now I had been considering WC for quite a while, but the main reason I never made the leap, Is that I knew my tiny little Antec Lanboy Case wouldn't suffice on room. Now the problem wasn't that I didn't want to buy a new case, It was just that almost every single reasonably priced case out there was fugly as hell, well, to me anyways. I'm a very picky person, with a keen eye. If something isn't exactly the way I feel its "supposed" to be, I can't deal with it. So I decided that since no cases out there made me happy, I needed to make my own. Quite the fitting project for an aspiring Industrial design student.

I took me about 4-5 months to select the components and the final design, and another month to build it. The case was designed and built from scratch by yours truly. Its constructed out of 1/2" MDF and glass. The temps at load are ~45 on the CPU and GPU. Now finally, after all this rambling, some pics. Post away with questions or comments.

WC Components
- Swiftech Storm CPU Block
- DD Tyee GPU Block
- Swiftech MCP655 Pump
- Swiftech MRC220 Rad
- 2 XSPC 250mm Passive Resivoirs
- 1/2 " Clearflex





















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holy sh!*... Nice rig...
    
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holy **** that is the most gorgeous thing i think i've ever see! are you gona market that? you could make TONS of money!! i attend one of the leading ID schools in canada and i see these things regularily, this is a very well put together project. explore marketing.

WELL DONE!
Also i would get those picture sent to some PC mags you will land a spot on some print for sure for that design... might wanna look at copyrighting too...
PM me if you need marketing suggestions!! lol Cheers
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Nice looking rig there!! You put a lot of work into that and it looks like it paid off...In one of the pic's it looks like your cpu inlet and outlet hoses are touching and in another one it doesn't...If they are touching you might want to seperate them a little, it would raise the temp of your inlet water if they are touching...What are your ambient temps when you measured your load temp? Very nice job there,well done....
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That's a great setup. I love the case. How much would you charge for one?
    
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bump for the insane rig!
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post #7 of 9
Very nice rig there Like the design alot. Also I like the Upsidedown sideways mobo mounting.

Only one thing that is kinda concerning me. Those RES's you have a made of Aluminum. And your waterblock are made of copper. The two mixed don't play very well together. It could cause one of the two to oxidize and eat away at the other one.
    
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great job man!!! thats awsome

and whoever said new comers to the forum dont know what they are doing should get kicked in the butt a few times ^^

and hello TLD
    
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Thanks for all the positive comments guys, really appreciate it.

The load temps I measured using Prime 95, Rthdribl, ATITool, PC Probe. I have no idea what my room temp is, but It gets close to ~0c outside at night here in Toronto, so my room is cold enough for me to wear a sweater. Ill try to get an ambient temp soon.

Now about marketing/selling my design. This machine was done as a personal project. As of now, I have no intentions of making money from it. This machine may serve as a prototype I might patent later. My main goal right now is to finish my degree, but hey, you never know, I could be starting my own company at any time, and If I do, you guys will be the first to find out.

I am very aware of the Battery effect, and this was something I took very seriously when designing the machine. The performance gains I get from the 2 reservoirs far outweigh the risk, well, for me at least. I figure with a finely crafted piece, like the XSPC, using a high quality non-conductive coolant, and regular maintenance checks, I should negate most of the harmful Battery effects. Its just the risk I'm willing to take, and those 2 reservoirs are giving me an equilibrium temp of ~45 degrees at load, so well worth it my eyes.

Anyway, thanks again for all the kind words. Post away with any questions/comments on details and specifics.
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