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post #11 of 31
I would really think twice about the tubing. As for the pump, I really have no idea about the one you are looking it. I like the Monsoon fittings, but how are you passing the tubing through to the inside of the case? You might need to look in to getting some angle fittings depending on how you are wanting to do it. What are the plans for when you add the GPU to the loop? You need to think about pump and res placement, HDD's, ect. With a 240 rad up front you'll only have 5.25" bays left, if you go with a 280 rad you'll might have one left, and with a 360 you''ll use them all. BTW you can check my build log out as I has a 240 and a 120 in my Scout. It gets tight real fast in there, and I can't wait to see how you do it.
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post #12 of 31
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Well, I've thought of two things to do: pass the tubing through one of the PCI-e slots, probably the top one, since I won't be using that 4x slot on the Maximus V Formula for anything right now, or a more rigorous approach, cutting into it. I'll probably do a quick sketch of what I want to do here in the future, as far as my layout goes. Since the back 120mm is going to be an external mount, I can at least give myself more expansion room if I decide to upgrade to a 240mm on the back, which there should be plenty of clearance and room back there.

Like I said, the GPUs are not my priority right now, just getting the CPU on water as soon as I can since I'll be doing it soon after purchasing the i7 upgrade.

I really would like to keep the internal HDD cage as is, but I'll have to wait and see how that goes. Currently have 4 HDD slots occupied and your approach was a bit too "vulnerable" for my liking. I did cut the 140mm rad from my list, since I don't have the cash to add another rad to my price list.

I see you guys keep bugging me about the angled fittings. As far as it's looking in my head, I really don't need any, at least right now. Also, if that tubing is so bad, what would you guys suggest?
post #13 of 31
Durelene+mayhem's red dye
Durelene from Sidewinders has been working great for everyone using it. They are saying it becomes more clear as you use it. Plus it's super cheap thumb.gif
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/dupvctu3id1o.html

Here are a couple post for you to look at
http://www.overclock.net/t/1199158/plasticizer-problems-discussion-gallery/1140#post_17819928

http://www.overclock.net/t/1199158/plasticizer-problems-discussion-gallery/790#post_17487045
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post #14 of 31
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Hey, that works for me, at least I now have a few extra $$$ to adjust a few things, could even order a few extra feet of tubing to have on hand.

The dye though was a bit more than I thought, due to it being sold in the UK, but since I read that it's a fairly decent one, I'll use it instead of getting the red tubing.

Alright, now that I got a few more things figured out, now I just need to figure out a pump and reservoir combo to use. I did some research on the one I selected, it can only do about 30gal/hr, which would explain why Cheaptrick said it had a slow flow rate. My only issue, I kind of don't want to spend a bunch of money on a pump. I've seen how much some run for and I don't know if I want to throw down the money for a nice one quite yet. I really don't want my budget to break $400, cause at that point, I'll just get a Rasa kit.

Anyone's thoughs on this pump and reservoir?

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http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13691/ex-pmp-141/#blank

Res:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11178/ex-res-225/EK-MultiOption_RES_X2_-_100_Basic_-_Liquid_Cooling_Reservoir_4_Total_Ports.html
post #15 of 31
If you haven't already started. Now would be a good time to stop. I tried water cooling mine a while back and it's not worth the extra effort or cost involved. A 120 rad in any of the spaces will likely collide with motherboard if you get one thick enough and if it's in the front spot you will have to remove the hard drive cage and cut into the drive bays. Your best bet is to rip off the top of the case and install a 240 rad by drilling through the case. But even then making a hole in the top is a tedious process without the proper tools. Then again, it's totally possible and it was fun for me to try, just know that since your rad will have to be thick if you want a full loop, it will likely cost a lot more than a 240 (I wound up nearly spending more than a new case would cost me). Definitely change the pump, I used and am still using an mcp 655.
post #16 of 31
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Okay, I made a rough sketch of what I was going to do. As you can see, the rad isn't even going to go inside. I know the space constraints inside this case, hence why I decided to do the external mount. More than likely I'll just stick with air cooling for the GPUs for a while, probably until I get a new case, more than likely I'll get the Scout II, but that probably won't be for at least a couple more years.



Of course this is not to scale, but you can see where I'm going to put the res and pump, and how the tubing is going to be routed on my Maximus V Formula.
post #17 of 31
Dont mess about,cut a 360 in the roof.





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post #18 of 31
To save time & lots of headache, just put a thicker 120 mm rad on the back & another thicker 140 mm rad front of the case. The Nvidia 6 series is more power efficient than the previous Nvidia cards. It doesn't heat up as much. You're only going to use a single 670. I've used a single 680 before & it my GPU temp never gets above 60 - 65 c ever for more than an hour of gaming. Even with (2) GTx 680 my temps still at acceptable range (non-SLIas I dont have the SLI cable yet).




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post #19 of 31
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Hey, that works for me, at least I now have a few extra $$$ to adjust a few things, could even order a few extra feet of tubing to have on hand.

The dye though was a bit more than I thought, due to it being sold in the UK, but since I read that it's a fairly decent one, I'll use it instead of getting the red tubing.

Alright, now that I got a few more things figured out, now I just need to figure out a pump and reservoir combo to use. I did some research on the one I selected, it can only do about 30gal/hr, which would explain why Cheaptrick said it had a slow flow rate. My only issue, I kind of don't want to spend a bunch of money on a pump. I've seen how much some run for and I don't know if I want to throw down the money for a nice one quite yet. I really don't want my budget to break $400, cause at that point, I'll just get a Rasa kit.

Anyone's thoughs on this pump and reservoir?

Pump:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13691/ex-pmp-141/#blank

Res:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11178/ex-res-225/EK-MultiOption_RES_X2_-_100_Basic_-_Liquid_Cooling_Reservoir_4_Total_Ports.html

I have that pumps bigger brother, the EK 4.0 and hate it (very loud), but I have read people liking the smaller one like you have linked to. Don't get us wrong on trying to talk you in to cooling the GPU too, watercooling is a sickness. Once you get bit, you're done and will never want to have anything on air ever again. biggrin.gif
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Durelene + Mayhems Red Dye is great, that's what i'm currently running in my Enforcer.
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