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This is actually a rebuild of my current main gaming rig. Since I've never done a build log on OCN, I figure this would be a good one to start. I've had "The Betty" up and running for almost 4 years now, but like any good computer builder, she has been under constant "tweaking". She started off as a totally air cooled system 3.5 years ago, but converted her over to liquid cooling 10 months ago. Recently I've added a 2nd video card, and I'm about to undertake a total tear down and rework of not only the cooling system, but doing a full on cable sleeving of everything inside.

In case no one recognizes the logo, the name of the build comes from the star ship in the movie "Alien Resurrection". I figured the name is appropriate as this old girl has a lot of mileage on her but she gets the job done.

Computer Components:


Case: ABS Canyon 965
Motherboard: Asus Rampage II Extreme ROG
CPU: Intel i7-965 Extreme Edition LGA 1366
Memory: 6 sticks of Corsair Dominator DDR3 PC3 12800. CAS 8-8-8-24. Triple Channel
Power supply: Seasonic Platinum 1000 Watt
Video cards: 2 EVGA GTX 580 Hydro Copper 2 w/3072MB memory in SLI
Hard drives: 2 Western Digital VelociRaptor 10k RPM 150GB drives in a RAID1 array, Hitachi 7200 RPM 500GB drive
SSD drive: Intel 320 series 120GB Solid State Drive
BluRay drive: LG Super-Multi Blu-Ray drive GGW-H20L
Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000
Mouse: Logitech Performance MX
Operating system: Windows 7 Ultimate

Water Cooling Components

CPU block: EK Supreme HF Copper and Clear
GPU blocks: Integrated on the EVGA Hydro Copper 2 cards
Radiator stand: Danger Den External 3 x 360 radiator and pump case
Radiators: 3 XSPC RX360 radiators
Pumps: 2 Swiftech MCP655 w/variable speed
Pump top: EK-D5 Dual Top
Reservoir: EK 60mm x 200mm mounted on the EK-D5 Dual Top
Fittings: Various Bitspower G1/4 1/2"
SLI / Radiator fittings: 2 Bitspower adjustable aqua link pipe 22-31mm and 2 1 Bitspower adjustable aqua link pipe 41-69mm
Anti-Cyclone: Bitspower G1/4 anti-cyclone fitting in matte black
Tubing: 25 feet of Durelene PVC tubing 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD
Quick Disconnects: 4 sets of Koolance High Flow 1/2" QDC's
Fans: 18 Gentle Typhoon AP-14 1450 RPM fans
Fan Grills: 9 Silverstone SP-FF121 fan filters
Fan Silencers: 9 Performance-PC 120mm silicon pads
Fan Controller: Scythe "Kaze Master" Pro
Temperature Sensors: 2 Aquacomputer Inline Male/Female G1/4
Temperature Sensor Display: XSPC 5.25" Bay Temperature Sensor Dual Display Mount w/ 2 Thermal Star Illuminated Thermometer - Blue Light

(Note: Some of the components for the water cooling system have been reduced due to the fact that I will be starting a new build soon and I don't need to make this one as large as I originally planned.)

Index:

Fans, Filters, Fittings, and Power Supply, oh my!
Test fitting of parts on RX360 radiator.
EK-D5 dual top and reservoir.
Ideas for tricking out the pumps and SLI Bridge.
Why go with 18 fans?
Power requirements and ideas for the external cooling system.
OMG, how loud will this thing be?
Fasenal fasteners arrive.
Tricking out the pumps and mounting the pumps and reservoir to the external stand.
The finished pump and reservoir system mounted.
Time to paint the radiators.
Even more fans and the temperature display system.
Assembling the painted radiator and fans.
Fishing trip and testing the pumps and reservoir.
Safety tip when tapping your radiator.
Cable sleeve and sleeve spacers arrive.

Highlights:
post #2 of 75
subbed.cant wait to see it come together:thumb:
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Well, let's start off with some photos of the various components.




9 Gentle Typhoon AP-14 fans.




9 Silicone fan silencers.




9 Silverstone grill covers. (A must if you live with a cat.)




Bitspower Shiny Silver 1/2" barbs. I know compression fittings are "in" but I just like the "old school" look better.




Several Bitspower Shiny Silver 1/2" Single Rotary 90 degree fittings. I love the logo, and Bitspower has NEVER failed me. Other companies have though, but not Bitspower.




Two sizes of Bitspower Aqual Link SLI fittings. The 2 smaller ones will be used to put my GTX 580's in a parallel loop, and the longer pair will connect my 3 RX360 radiators together.




How will I use SLI fittings to connect 3 radiators that are side by side together you ask?




Mmmm power!




Oh my, that's is a lot of stuff in that box.
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drool.gif .the box makes the the PSU look like a cheapo power supply. no sir once you unbox it
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Time to start dry fitting some of the parts to see how they will look. Let's start off with the radiator.




1 of 3 XSPC RX360 radiators. Yeah they are a beast, and 3 of them makes for some insane cooling. But hey, this is OCN, if 1 is good, 3 must be better!




Let's see how the the center radiator will look with those Bitspower Silver Shiny SLI connections reaching out to its two brothers.




With 3 Gentle Typhoon AP-14 fans on them. Sure they cover up such a nice radiator, but they should keep it nice and cool.




Finally, with the Silverstone fan filters on them. Not a half bad look. Not to mention, it just might keep all the cat hair out of the system.
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those RAD's are huge. also, the fans look fantastic. what will the colour scheme be?
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Originally Posted by EoL RiNzleR View Post

those RAD's are huge. also, the fans look fantastic. what will the colour scheme be?

Well, right now, I have blue Primochill tubing connecting everything, but I'm going to replace it when it all gets torn down. Overall, I'm going with (yeah, I know it's common) Black and Blue's. The ABS Canyon case has an incredible black finish to it, as does the Danger Den radiator stand.

I'm going with clear tubing (Durelene), and I've picked up some Mayhem Dye (Blue). I'll mix up a back of that and see what shade I like.

I have a bunch of MDPC Sleeving material in "Shade 19", "Weiss" (for accent), and "Grand Bleu" (for a secondary color).

I'm debating on masking up the radiators and painting the shroud a nice blue color to give it a nice contrast.
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I have one of those Silverstone fan filters, you may like them now, but talk to me in six months wink.gif
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awesome! now im excited tongue.gif willing to see more pics
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I have one of those Silverstone fan filters, you may like them now, but talk to me in six months wink.gif

Do I have to wait 6 months or can I just ask you now? biggrin.gif
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