Thanks for posting. I finally got a flickr account.. for now its the same photos.
Family time has slowed down my progress on benching but I have never really done this before.
can someone suggest programs i should use?
sorry for the long post after i wrote it i realized i should have put this in my build page. Doh!
The clc i had purchased from newegg on sale after rebate for about 75.00 when i origonaly inspected it one of the hose ends on the radiator was not on all the way. I called thermaltake and they said rma it. The hardest part of this mod was being patient. Not rushing when i knew something was wrong.
Swiftech supplied the heatsinks and the gpu block and were very very helpful when i ran into trouble. The screws in the kit didnt fit my block mount. They worked hard to find a solution asap. prob 10 emails back and forth. Same day.
They suggested frozen cpu for the bitspower fittings as the danger den were way too sloppy in the threads. I bought almost all of my water parts from frozen as they were very helpful and fast ship I spend the extra 3 dollars to get it out the door fast. there is a code you can use for them Maybe someone can post it as i forget. 5% off .. it didnt hurt.
I did get 2 heat sinks from swiftech. 2 hd6900-hs for my card. Modded one to fit the pump.
The second one i got in a kit with a gpu block. but all you really need is a gpu block.
Some memory and vrm heatsinks and some of that special tim foam/tape. I know geild sp? sells one.
on mine i was able to add 2 60mm fans. I bought what i thought were the right connector adapters for the fan header on the card but they didnt fit so i gently pulled off the plastic female plastic socket with my fingernails as it just sets on the pins. Just remember which side the slot is on so you dont plug it in backwards. On mine its twoard the end of the gpu board.
the fittings on the block are vl2n-fg female connector with female g1/4 theads, vl2n-mo6b-p Male connector with 1/4 hose clamp fitting. Get a extra set of o-rings as i cut one pushing it in in a hurry and caught the edge of the o-ring. I had a o-ring from a extra fitting. Also i used zip tie as the 1/4 spring clamps didnt open enough for the factory hose.
I have the sabertooth so thats the pcie spacing i had to deal with and coolermaster haf 22 for fan location.
Themaltake suggests hoses go on bottom but can be placed in any position. Btw i had 1 sec of gurgle on powering up the pump then it was quiet. when i cut the hose i first primed the 2nd gpu block.
Screw in the threads on the female connector into the block, then push in the male fittings into the female connector so water can go into it. Then i took a piece of photo paper (thick glossy old stuff) and popped 2 holes in it and pushed it over the hose barbs as a shield for the card.
I then carefully clamped the card on the side of my desk so i could hold it with one hand. I did this by ( this prob not the best way ) taking the 90 degree angle by where you screw the card into the case pushing the lip on the side of my desk and using some small vise grips to hold the tab of the card to the edge of the desk. with about 10 rags thick on the floor in case i was clumsy. I held the card with one hand, already had a large syringe with distilled water in it ready
then since i had no clear 1/4 hose ( i had black) i used a mcdonalds straw and pushed it on the one male barb. Slowly filled the block then when one drop showed up the top of the other barb i stopped. And removed the paper and the male fittings. Not one drop came out.
Carefully set the card down as its sealed now, raised up the hose to the mark i had made on it for my best fit, cut the hose keeping both 1/2s in the air and pushed on the hose barb ends.. now they are sealed. No water escaped. I used zip ties on them to be sure.
This is when i bench tested the system for a few hours. that is one of the photos.
I cut up a small paperclip (silver) the small loop out of it. used it as a jumper for the motherboard connector of a new power supply.
i pushed in the connector for the green wire in about the middle of the connector. The other side went to the black wire slot next to it. If you dont feel comfortable doing this dont. But its easy. It just allows the power supply to turn on outside the motherboard.
I found a old fan power connector.. 4 pin molex the white large ones for old hard drives, to a 3-4 pin fan. (not the old floppy conectors) Not a voltage reducer that some sites give with the fans. I plugged the pump power into this connector to power the pump.. then turned on the power supply.
then i assembled the rad and the pump/block card in the system. Then put in the gpu block card and simply pushed the male hose ends into the female gpu block ends in and twisted. This is when i saw the water drop. So i removed the last connector, looked at the o-ring and it was smashed. I put on a new o-ring and reseated. Done.
last but not least i looked all over the system board and found one water drop.
I cleaned it up as it was in the center of the battery. but just in case, i put a box fan face up on a large storage tub then set the computer on it face down. for a hour just to make sure i hadnt missed anything. then i fired it up. Quiet and cool. Getting card temp program and ill run some tests.