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SWITCH 810 - 1st W/C BUILD

Like the title says, this will be my first water cooled build and also my first build log. Enjoy, comment, and lets get this thing started!

-HARDWARE-
Case - NZXT Switch 810 Gun Metal Special Edition
CPU - i5 3570K
GPU - EVGA 670 FTW Edition
Ram - Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8gb)
Motherboard - Gigabyte G1.Sniper.3 E-ATX
SSD - OCZ Agility 3 240GB
HDD - Seagate 3tb External Drive modded to be internal
Aftermarket Fans - 3 Cougar 120mm Black Low RPM Fans

-WATER COOLING HARDWARE-
CPU Block - XSPC Raystorm
Radiator - Black Ice SR1 360
Pump - MCP35x
Reservoir - 250mm Liquid Fusion V (UV Green + Black)
Tubing - Primochill UV Green
Barbs - Enzotech Stubby and 45°

-PERIPHERALS-
Monitor - ASUS 23" 2ms LCD w/ Backlit LED
Keyboard - DasKeyboard Ultimate
Mouse - Mionix 5000


Pics of the first arrivals (Click to show)
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UPDATE #1 - BAREBONES UP AND RUNNING (Click to show)
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UPDATE #2 - MONITOR & WATER COOLING GEAR (Click to show)
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UPDATE #3a - Mionix 5000 & EVGA 670 FTW! (Click to show)
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UPDATE #3b - Seagate 3tb External HDD Mod (Click to show)
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Edited by xRehab - 7/6/12 at 9:06am
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OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
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Primochill UV green Windows 7 Asus 23" Das Keyboard Ultimate 
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OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
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Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
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UPDATE #4 - Accessories & UV Lighting (Click to show)
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UPDATE #5a - FrozenQ Reservoir Arrives (Click to show)



UPDATE #5b - CPU Block and SR1 (Click to show)


UPDATE #5c - Hosing it down (Click to show)



Edited by xRehab - 7/20/12 at 7:32pm
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OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
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OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
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Not done with all the testing yet, but this is where I am so far. Pulling solid temps IMO for a 4.4 OC on this 3570K. 25c idle, about 55c load temps UPDATE 6 - Overclocking (Click to show)

Edited by xRehab - 7/21/12 at 9:46am
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i5 3570K Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3 EVGA 670 FTW Crucial Ballistix 16gb (2 x 8gb) 
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OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
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Primochill UV green Windows 7 Asus 23" Das Keyboard Ultimate 
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OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
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The Vortex's are awesome, subbed ! thumb.gif
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Intel Core™ i7 930 Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R 2.0 Gigabyte GTX 470 SOC G.Skill RX 2x4GB 1600C8 
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PNY Prevail Elite 120GB Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB LG GH24LS50 Noctua NH-C12P SE14 
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Windows 8 Pro x64 Lubuntu 13.10 x64 Samsung BX2250 Logitech Illuminated 
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Why aren't you watercooling the GPU's?
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Originally Posted by succesfulvoid View Post

Why aren't you watercooling the GPU's?
Good question, and that deserves a good answer. I'M BROKE tongue.gif This build was originally only going to have about a $1300-$1500 budget, but as you can see I got to that point and sprinted right past it. Ended at a little over $2250 and that has drained everything I can afford to throw at this thing. I am planning on putting everything under water in the end but the GPU will have to wait a month or two until I can get a safe amount back into my bank account.
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
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OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
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post #7 of 10
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Watercooling gear and monitor just arrived biggrin.gif oh and so did the 3tb external drive that I want to rip open and see if I can just make it an internal one...

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still waiting on the Liquid fusion res... that may still be a ways off though which really sucks as I want to get my feet wet with water cooling! oh the lame puns...


edit - and as I posted this my doorbell rang... lets go see what the UPS guy forgot to drop off an hour ago with my other packages...
Edited by xRehab - 7/5/12 at 9:00am
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OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
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Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xRehab View Post

Good question, and that deserves a good answer. I'M BROKE tongue.gif This build was originally only going to have about a $1300-$1500 budget, but as you can see I got to that point and sprinted right past it. Ended at a little over $2250 and that has drained everything I can afford to throw at this thing. I am planning on putting everything under water in the end but the GPU will have to wait a month or two until I can get a safe amount back into my bank account.
I'm planning a 1500$ watercooling build with a GPU. But it uses Generic GPU blocks and other cheap whatnot... BUT IT CAN BE DONE!thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by succesfulvoid View Post

I'm planning a 1500$ watercooling build with a GPU. But it uses Generic GPU blocks and other cheap whatnot... BUT IT CAN BE DONE!thumb.gif
Oh yeah I know I could have done this build much cheaper if I didn't want full cover blocks, and only higher end gear but I've been busting my ass this last year between a full time job and full time as a student so I feel like spoiling myself for once biggrin.gif Like I said, it started at $1500... but the more OT I put in the more I felt like I deserved the good stuff lol.

Also just got some more components in!! updating post shortly with pics. 670 ftw, modded external hdd...
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Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
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CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
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Well she is done! Ok not completely done, but almost done. Finally got my FrozenQ reservoir a few days ago, and had the day off yesterday so I got to install the whole loop. Filled it with water today (which since this my first WC loop, I can assure you I was crapping my pants the entire time). I followed the basic rule for leak testing, unplug everything and hotwire the PSU just to test.

The reservoir was going to be my biggest challenge, or so I thought. I assumed I would have to drill custom holes to mount it to, and everyone was telling me the the 250 would be wayyy too big to fit in my case. I did the math before ordering, and on paper it should have fit without a problem, but I was still worried. When I went to do a few mock setups after it arrived, I new it would fit easily and in doing so I realized that I could just use the super atx holes for the mounting brackets. They were in the PERFECT spot, like it was made to fit this res or something. The gods were shining down on me today biggrin.gifFrozenQ Reservoir Arrives!! (Click to show)




Next came the CPU block and the radiator. Both were fairly easy to install, and I am very satisfied with how it turned out. The Black Ice SR1 is amazing with my Cougar 120s on it. Silent. Like absolutely inaudible. Love it. CPU Block and SR1 (Click to show)



Then we come to the hoses. I had a few ideas for how I wanted to set it up, but I am happy with how the current layout is. Allows me to easily add a gpu block as well when I save up a bit more cash. And the green looks great together, just need a couple extra UV lights though... Hosing it down (Click to show)



Had a major leak down under the pump where the barb came a little loose, but that was remedied easily. After getting her filled up I kept a close eye on everything for a couple hours, and left my little bro in charge while I hit up the rec. Came back and after a solid 5.5 hours of leak testing without a drop anywhere I was confident in hooking up the CPU. I know everyone says wait a minimum of 12 but I am too excited to let it sit over night. Temps are amazing, like I expected from a custom loop. averaging 26c idle, have yet to bench it though. Just got it up and running, don't even have my 670 back in yet. Expect to see another post with my scores in the upcoming days though.
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OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
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OCZ Agility 3 240gb Seagate 3tb None Liquid Fusion 250ml 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Raystorm MCP35x Black Ice SR1 Cougar 120 
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