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Had always wanted to venture into watercooling but nvr had the time to really research on it. After years of procrastination, finally took the plunge and decided to try it out.

This is my first time doing up a project log and will update this as I go along, hopefully bros here experienced with WC can give me abit of tips here and there as I go along. Might take months to properly complete this lol so please bear with me.

Hardware
CPU: Intel i7 3770K
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula
Ram: G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3 16GB 1600mhz Avexir Core DDR3 4x4GB 1600MHZ Red LED
Graphics: Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 DCU II
HDD: OCZ Vertex 4 120GB + WD 1TB Black
PSU: Seasonic 760W
Casing: NZXT Switch 810 Black

Water Cooling Parts: (Some parts not yet decided)

CPU Waterblock:
EK Supremanxy - Nickel

VGA Waterblock:
EK-FC670 GTX DCII - Nickel
EK-FC670 GTX DCII Blackplate - Black

Water Reservoir:
Liquid Fusion 250mm - UV Red

Pumps:
2 x Swiftech MCP655 (Variable speed)
Bitpower Dual D5 MOD TOP (To couple the 2 D5 pumps together)

Radiator:
1 x Black Ice GTX 360 Black Ice SR-1 360
1 x Black Ice GTX 240 Black Ice SR-1 240

Couplings:
(not yet decided on Bits Power or Monsoon)

Tubing:
Feser Red Active UV Hose
ID: 3/8", OD: 1/2"

Cooling Medium:
Industrial Grade Demineralized Water
Conductivity: 0.5us/cm
Additive: Kill Coil (Not too sure what isit yet but read its important?)

Pics of the HardWare
IMG_0347.jpg

Bought Maximus V Gene by mistake and decided to topup to exchange for a Maximus V formula due to the built in Mobo WC block.
parts2.jpg
Edited by CRViper - 11/5/12 at 7:13am
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Done up the hardware & software setup.

Found the SSD faulty and got it exchanged from PC Themes. Great vendor frm SLS as the exchange was easily done. Unlike some *thou-shall-not-be-named* shop from SLS who asks customer to go back and deal with the distributor....

NZXT Switch 810 is a wonderful casing to work with as compared to my previous CM690... which had so limited space and cant do my cabling properly. Makes it so much easier when you got space to work with!
mobo_wiring.jpg

Original Front part of the casing
casingfrontbefore.jpg

I wanted a red/black theme, so decided to do abit of DIY spray painting on the wire mash and fan blades. I accidently broke like 1 of the stock NZXT fans... kinda hard to take out the blades. Maybe somebody can give some advise how to do it properly? Cant find much on it on google except to pop it out.

Fan Blades being dried
fanbladesdrying.jpg

Poping back the fan blades
popbackblades.jpg

and the Wire Mesh on top of the casing
resprayparts.jpg

Installed back on front casing
casingfrontafter.jpg
post #3 of 45
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Placed a few orders.. Liquid Fusion hopefully will ship out tonight. Asked them to help make a few custom ports on it, hope that wont deley too much. Chose cheapest shipping already which will take like 10days and still it cost almost as much as the product itself.. Zzz
liquidfusionorder.jpg

Finally my orders from EK has been shipped out. Should be able to receive it in a few days time.
EKshipping.jpg

Was searching ard where to buy the other watercooling parts but in Singapore there seems to be only 3 sources seems to be either
- the basement shop from SLS opposite from the food court - Limited parts availability
- www.edge2o.com - Site seems to be under construction...
- www.sgmodder.com - Limited parts availability

Shipping direct from performance-pcs.com or FrozenCPU.com looks darn expensive for the shipping charges they charge omg...

Looking online from Lowyat.NET, It seems that Danga City Mall in JB (#02-36) has APES.my which carries quite a wide range of parts.

Unfortunately i went there ytd and its closed due to Hari Raya and will only be opened next week. Guess i'll have to try again another time...
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Package has arrived! Just posting some pics...
DHL.jpg
EKpack.jpg

The long awaited VGA Waterblock for Asus GTX670 DCU II
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CPU Waterblock. Hope the Electroplated nickle doesnt have the corrossion issue...
CPUblock.jpg
post #5 of 45
Looking good. Have fun setting it up smile.gif
    
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Initially wanted to get BlackIce GTX 360 & 240. But too bad they also didnt have stock for it in the JB store... only the main KL branch has it. I bought the last BlackIce SR-1 360 & 240 available and also bought a few BitsPower 90deg and 45deg adaptors...

Figured that perhaps i can go and try to go for a quiter config instead with the SR-1's 9FPI....
A pic of the Rad
BlackiceRad.jpg

The insides of the rads definitely needs to be flushed. Gonna do it with loads of demin water tonight.. wonder do pple add in abit of vinegar?
IMG_0504.jpg

1 bit of bad news is that i just realized the SR-1 240 came with a few pack of screws but the SR-1 360 didnt have any... must have dropped out or something. So any of you guys going to a shop to buy ur rad, rem to open up to check the accessories.
Guess i'll just have to go to a local hardware shop to get the screws...
IMG_0503.jpg

Was searching OCN forums for Monsoon angle fittings status...
According to Monsoon Free Center Compression Fittings - Page 20, Monsoon angle fittings will soon be ready and Performance PCs will be getting them first. Damn wasted PPCs didnt get it before the MO closed...
Quote:
Yes we are releasing 45 and 90 rotaries. Yes it has taken longer than I anticipated and I apologize for the delay. First runs of a new product always seem to have a mind of their own. Parts are shipping out this week.

On 24th Aug
Quote:
Packaging now and HOPEFULLY shipping today. It looks like the first reseller to get their order will be Performance PC's.

I will post in here when I have confirmation they shipped.

Some pretty pics of the angle fittings...
monsoon_light_port.JPG
this_is_my_boomstick.jpg

Since they mentioned it's being shipped out to PPCS, i gonna get them when its available! Looks darn cool
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Good luck with your build, the Switch is a great choice. If you change your mind on the Monsoons, I have all Bitspower compression fittings and I can't say enough good things about them. Lots of rotaries and the loop has been disassembled/reassembled many times with no leaks.
I wonder about the flow of those Monsoon 90's compared to a rotary...although I wouldn't mind having some with the led's shooting down the tubing.
post #8 of 45
Everything looks great, subbed. As a water cooling procrastinator myself this intrigues the hell out of me. Love the Switch as well! Good luck!
post #9 of 45
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Originally Posted by mandrix View Post

Good luck with your build, the Switch is a great choice. If you change your mind on the Monsoons, I have all Bitspower compression fittings and I can't say enough good things about them. Lots of rotaries and the loop has been disassembled/reassembled many times with no leaks.
I wonder about the flow of those Monsoon 90's compared to a rotary...although I wouldn't mind having some with the led's shooting down the tubing.

Thanks for the offer bro. But i've already join a grp order to get the Monsoon Fittings from PPCS smile.gif

So far what i've been doing are the easy part... have yet to "connect them together" as im sure there will be challenges how to fit certain things in so they look best.

Looking into the small G1/4 holes of the rads, there seem to have some dirt/rust inside. Decided on using a mild acidic solution of distilled vinegar + demineralized water to do "acid wash" to clean out the stuffs. Was worried if i were to use mixture of hydrochloric acid + demin water might actually eat into the metal and cause leak.
I was kinda surprised at the amount of stuffs that came out with the acid wash... So im guessing it's really better to rinse it out proper before installing it in the loop

Posting pics below of the outcome of the flushing...

Initial flush to wash out the bigger debris
InitialFlush.jpg

Preparing the mixture...
BeforeStart.jpg

1st Flush - Side view
Flush11.jpg
1st Flush - Top view
Flush12.jpg

2nd Flush - Side view
Flush21.jpg
2nd Flush - Top view
Flush22.jpg

3rd Flush - Side view
Flush31.jpg
3rd Flush - Top view
Flush32.jpg

4th Flush - Side view (Can see its getting better now)
Flush41.jpg
4th Flush - Top view
Flush42.jpg

5th Flush - Side view (To me its good enough as there no more debris found in the solution)
Flush51.jpg
5th Flush - Top view
Flush52.jpg

Finally to wash off the acid solution totally
FinalRinse.jpg


Purchased UV cathode tube and Feser ID3/8" OD1/2" hose today, suppose to collect them over the weekends... In the mean time guess i can slowly start placing the rads and fans into the casing so see how they fit.

Updates about the Monsoon Rotaries.. here
Quote:
Rotaries have shipped! Performance PC's is the first reseller to get their order and they SHOULD have them by Friday. Not sure how long it will take to get them onto their site but I would guess by Monday "ish".
Looks like i gonna have to check out PPCS over the weekends!
Edited by CRViper - 8/30/12 at 9:51am
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Is it normal for the flush to come out "sky blue" like that? I have never seen that before, but I don't have much experience with Black Ice rads (a friend has some, I never have). It almost looks like there is dissolved copper in the water, or like the radiator has had dye run through it for a period of time...?
Perhaps that is just how some look when flushed, but it is new to me.

I am really looking forward to seeing what you create with your Switch. I wish you the best of luck!
   
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