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post #21 of 31
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If money wasn't an issue, I'd watercool everything, but as of right now, this'll get me started.

I really don't want to chop up this case. It's a great looking case, hence why I picked it up, and I haven't made any modifications to it up until now. It's the HDD cage that I really don't want to lose, due to the need for internal HDDs.

As of right now, this is what I'm doing. When I get the money and such to do a more extensive WC setup, I'll figure out my options from there. thumb.gif

Thanks guys for your help, I'll let you guys know what my final decisions are. I'm still waiting for the money to come in, which I sadly heard won't come in until near the end of the month, but at least I have it planned out what I want to do.
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Edited by Cheaptrick - 5/22/13 at 5:20pm
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post #23 of 31
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Alright, I updated the OP with my new plan. Currently waiting on everything to arrive that I ordered so far. Just waiting on the rest of my money to come in from returning a Christmas gift before I order anything else, or my paycheck from this week comes in, whatever comes first.
post #24 of 31
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Some of my parts have arrived!



I will be ordering the pump and tubing here soon. Just waiting for some cash to clear through then I should be good to go!
post #25 of 31
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Everything but the tubing has arrived, so I started installing stuff inside of the case. Radiator, pump, and reservoir are all mounted now. Had to think about how I was going to mount everything, with the way this case is. I thought about mounting the res onto one of the side panels, but with the handle there, it didn't leave me enough room between that and the motherboard, so I decided on this layout:



Pump is on the left side there, kind of hard to see in this picture. Everything is mounted using some 3M foam double-sided tape cause I don't want to drill holes in it. I do have to say, one thing I do like about this case is how much room there is on the bottom 1/2. Reason why I went with this radiator is that there's 6 ports on it to do whatever I want with it, so I'm using the top hole with a 90 degree fitting and a cap to do a fill port. Can't see it in this picture, but it'll be more visible when I actually get it hooked up.

This is what my layout will be:

Pump -> Res -> CPU -> VRM -> Rad -> Back to Pump

This should give me enough head room to eventually water cool my GPU(s) in the future, but I'll be holding out on that for a while longer.
post #26 of 31
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Alright, so my tubing arrived yesterday. Now that I got everything, I started to install all of the parts.

Flushed out the radiator, not much came out of this one.






This is my fill port by the way.




Had to bend the shroud cover thing on my MSI card to fit inside, otherwise it was in the way of the fan. If I could of taken it off, I would of, but that required to take the whole cooler off.

Got everything installed, and started to put some distilled water in it to run a test.

And that's where everything went wrong. The res apparently is the weak spot in this loop as it started to leak at the top seam with the o-ring. I had my pump going at full speed as I don't have any controllers to turn it down right now and it was creating too much pressure in the system. I at least caught it in enough time that it only leaked out into about a dime-sized puddle.
post #27 of 31
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Now today after some thinking on where I could move the res to, come to find out, it fits perfectly right next to the rad. Moved it, only had to switch 2 fittings around, recut 1 tube and now I feel a heck of a lot more comfortable with it.



Ran it again with distilled water to doublecheck on leaks, none whatsoever, drained it, reinstalled everything, and put in my Koolance coolant. One of my friends who I highly respect for his computer knowledge, recommended me to get this coolant as he uses it in his loop (just the clear kind since he uses black Tygon) so that's what I went with instead of plain distilled water and the Mayhem dye.













I have it hooked up right now to an old PSU that's running the pump. It's somewhat silent, but I'm planning on throttling it back a bit so it's not so high of a pressure. Planning on letting it run for a few hours before I actually boot it back up. This came out quite awesome! Can't wait to see how the temps and everything are on it!
Edited by Lareson - 12/25/12 at 11:43am
post #28 of 31
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So, I booted it up yesterday, everything turned on so that was a good sign!

Been running Prime95 for a while to see what my temps are, and I can say I've been very impressed!



I will probably be posting some new completed pictures soon with everything installed and it up and running.
post #29 of 31
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Alright, need some help here. Would like some help deciding a new name for this rig. "Red Gamer mk2.5" is starting to sound way too generic for me.

If anyone would have any suggestions, I'll gladly take them, then put up a pole to see which ones are the best.

Also I'd like to mention, I haven't had a chance to take the completed pictures yet as I have to set my studio back up, but where I had it before is now occupied so I'm kind of waiting on that.
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Just putting in the final pics of it completed, since I haven't done it yet even though I took them about 2 months ago! tongue.gif
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