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OK where to start.

I have been wanting to watercool for a while now and recently found out about the bitspower blocks for my cards so I thought why not.

This build has been inspired largely by Axipher and his Project Maple Leaf, not to mention the rest of the guys over in the mATX/ITX club.

Due to funding I am going to be recycling alot of my sig rig into this one, but I do have my case and new mobo on the way from the egg now. biggrin.gif

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As far as watercooling goes this is what I have so far.

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and 2 of these
http://www.bitspower.com.tw/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6_20&products_id=2562

PLEASE let me know if I have chosen poorly and/or left anything out, I've never attempted watercooling before So I might be asking you guys a few questions as I go along.

Its gonna be fun, gonna dremel some things, watercool some things, and hopefully not fry my rig lol. smile.gif
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I got my case and mobo from newegg the other day, here are some pics.

Put the 580 in there to see how much room it will be taking up.
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and here are some pics of the cuts.
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The cuts are not the best in the world, I am going to put some small U-molding over the sharp edges and they shouldnt be visible after the radiator and fans are installed.
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I have everything but the GPU blocks on the way right now, Bitspower is insanely hard to get in touch with and they only do order through email.
If anyone knows how to acquire some full cover waterblocks for the lightning 580s I would like to know. The loop might have to be CPU only for a while.

Next update should be in a few days when my loop comes in, I'll be sure to post pics. thumb.gif
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FINALLY got my order put in with Bitspower for the GPU waterblocks, the language barrier was frustrating to say the least.

Anyways, super excited to get these badboys installed, I'll do a full unboxing for you guys.

Also, the rest of the loop is about to be ordered from frozencpu so needless to say there are going to be alot of pics thumb.gif
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I liked Maple Leaf, hope this turns out just as good. Are you painting this?
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I liked Maple Leaf, hope this turns out just as good. Are you painting this?

I have been looking into it. All of my PCB's are black, white tubing and blue sleeving on the cables, so right now I am looking at a blue/black paint scheme with white accents...maybe another combination. Thanks for looking man, any ideas are welcome thumb.gif
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My kiddo playin BF3 on the incomplete rig, he is 4 exhappysmiley.png
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what da HECK
LOL.
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what da HECK
LOL.

Ya, notice his hand is on WASD, he knows the controls haha.
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post #9 of 11
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Alright the blocks were delivered today and I said I would do an unboxing so here goes.


Here is one the boxes
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and here is the other which came slightly damaged
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Top of the block
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different lighting on it
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bottom looks good
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Came with some arctic silver thermal paste which I am not going to use, 3 different size SLI connectors, some barbs and plugs, replacement o-rings, and the thermal pads.

Even though one of the boxes was damaged all of the contents were in perfect condition, leaving me with only one complaint, the purchasing process they have.

I won't be mounting these until some quality thermal paste is delivered with the rest of the loop. Check back in a day or two to see them on the cards and I might have the loop finished by then as well.

Thanks for looking guys.
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Got the GPU blocks installed, rest of the loop will be delivered in about an hour. I'll get some pics when I'm done.

Wish me luck thumb.gif
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