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[Build Log] High Tide Antec P280 Liquid Cooled PC

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COMPONENT

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Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4 GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 Processor from: Micro Center

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Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX Intel Motherboard (Open Box) from: Micro Center

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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 2x DVI / HDMI / Displayport SLI Ready PCI-E... from: TigerDirect

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Samsung Electronics Extreme Low Voltage 30nm UDIMM 8 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600... from: Micro Center

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Samsung 830 - Series MZ-7PC128D/AM 128 GB 2.5 Inch SATA III MLC Internal SSD... from: Buy.com

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Cooling

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XSPC EX240 Dual 120mm Copper / Brass Radiator from: sidewindercomputers.com

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Danger Den Black Ice Xtreme II 240mm Copper Radiator from Micro Center

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Danger Den 5 1/4" Single Bay Reservoir from: sidewindercomputers.com

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Jingway 1200 pump. 12V 1.8A (AKA: EK-DCP 4.0 Pump and Danger Den DD-CPX-Pro) from: Micro Center

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Apogee GTZ (Bought when first released, substantially cheaper to buy now) from: Micro Center

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Apogee GTZ LGA 1155/1156 Bracket from: frozencpu.com

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PrimoFlex Pro LRT Green 1/2"x3/4" Tubing 10-Foot from: Micro Center

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack from: Micro Center

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PC Power & Cooling 750 Watt Silencer MK II from: Micro Center

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Antec P280 Case from: Jr.com

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KillCoil from: frozencpu.com

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Bitspower G 1/4 Shining Silver Triple Rotary 90 Degree Compression Fitting BP-90R3CPF-CC5 from: sidewindercomputers.com 2

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Bitspower Dual Rotary 45 Degree Compression - 1/2 x 3/4in. BP-45R2CPF-CC5 from: sidewindercomputers.com 2

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Bitspower 1/2in. Compression Fittings for 3/4in. OD Tubing - BP-CPF-CC5 from: sidewindercomputers.com 4

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8-8pin PCI-Express 2.0 extension cable, 12 inch - black sleeved from: sidewindercomputers.com 1

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Black Nylon 1/2in. Barbed Equal Tee Fitting from: sidewindercomputers.com 1

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Bitspower Shining Silver Sealing Plug for 1/2in. ID Tubing #BP-WTP-C31 from: sidewindercomputers.com 1

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Petra'sTech PT_Nuke -PHN Concentrated Biocide (10mL) from: sidewindercomputers.com 1

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(3) Scythe Kaze-Jyuni (medium Speed) from: newegg.com

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(2) Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP13 from: frozencpu.com

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Frozen CPU Noise Dampening Material from: frozencpu.com

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Radiator Mount Screws from: frozencpu.com

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Tax ~

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Shipping

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Bits and Bobs (O-Rings, Tape, zip ties, cpu cleaning solution etc)

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Arctic Ceramique 2

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Frost King 3/8" x 5/16" x 10' Black High Density Rubber Foam Weatherstrip | Model #: R538H (Black) from: Home Depot

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$0.00

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Special thanks to Flutie98 and his build log here:

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http://www.sharkyforums.com/showthread.php?324169-New-Build-Log-Antec-P280-Watercooled

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Special thanks to Nipplefish and his build log here:

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http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2259607

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IMPORTANT NOTES from NIppleFish:

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One thing I want to stress is that if you want to use this built-in controller, WIRE IT UP FIRST. You'll need to plug a 4-pin molex into it. I forgot to do this at first and had to move the top rad after the tubes were all hooked up to access it. So I moved it, got everything put back together, and then found to my great annoyance that two of the four 3-pin headers on the controller did not work. So I had to move the rad AGAIN and break out my old Scythe fan controller.

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Note the position of the 8-pin 12V connector: it just barely clears the bottom of the fan. This has two implications: first, the case is so tall that the cable from my PSU is not long enough to reach it when run behind the motherboard, thus requiring an extension. Second, because it is so tight, in order to plug the cable in I needed to cut the little clip piece off the cable so that it would plug in.

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Another thing worth noting is the 5.25" mounting system. The plastic clips line up with the screw holes on your peripherals and it just kinda snaps in. This will work fine on standard things like optical drives, however it did not work at all on either my fan controller or my bay res. There are also no screw holes on the back. I couldn't see any obvious ways to remove the clips without breaking them, so the fan controller and res are just sitting in there.

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IMPORTANT NOTE from litoralis:

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The massive VRM heatsinks on the Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX Intel Motherboard will cause serious size issues regarding the Radiator and the 120mmx25mm fans.

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On top of that, the two CPU_FAN four pin mobo headers are incredibly difficult to plug in once the radiator/fans are mounted.

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I originally started with an old Danger Den Black Ice Xtreme II 240mm radiator but it was too thick without removing the VRM heatsink.

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Only the thinnest Radiators on the market will fit this case if you want to keep the fans and the radiator interior mounted.

Edited by litoralis - 10/18/12 at 7:37am
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Antec P280 
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I am concerned I do not know enough about Galvanic corrosion... Does anyone have a definitive guide?

http://martinsliquidlab.org/2012/01/24/corrosion-explored/
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?278689-Sacrificial-Anodes-in-WC-water-only-loops


http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=193371

Through work I have access to 99.98% pure beryllium , but I'll have to ask the senior lab techs if using it is too fast a anode, i.e. it'll dissolve so fast it will gum up the works.
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Samsung 830 128 XSPC EX240 Dual 120mm Copper / Brass Radiator Danger Den black ice xtreme II 240mm radiator Danger Den 5 1/4" Single Bay Reservoir 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
Jingway 1200 pump. 12V 1.8A  Apogee GTZ Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM PC Power & Cooling 750 Watt Silencer MK II 
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Antec P280 
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Samsung 830 128 XSPC EX240 Dual 120mm Copper / Brass Radiator Danger Den black ice xtreme II 240mm radiator Danger Den 5 1/4" Single Bay Reservoir 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
Jingway 1200 pump. 12V 1.8A  Apogee GTZ Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM PC Power & Cooling 750 Watt Silencer MK II 
Case
Antec P280 
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Samsung 830 128 XSPC EX240 Dual 120mm Copper / Brass Radiator Danger Den black ice xtreme II 240mm radiator Danger Den 5 1/4" Single Bay Reservoir 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
Jingway 1200 pump. 12V 1.8A  Apogee GTZ Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM PC Power & Cooling 750 Watt Silencer MK II 
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Antec P280 
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I have last minute questions,

First, what are the metals inside the XSPC ex240 radiator?

Cooling
Radiator 1: Danger Den Black Ice Xtreme II 240mm (circa 2009, but never used)
Radiator 2: XSPC EX240 Dual 120mm Copper / Brass Radiator (New)
Reservoir: Danger Den 5 1/4" Single Bay Reservoir (circa 2009, but never used)
Pump Jingway 1200 pump. 12V 1.8A (AKA: EK-DCP 4.0 Pump and Danger Den DD-CPX-Pro) (circa 2009, but never used)
CPU Block: Apogee GTZ (circa 2009, but never used)

PrimoFlex Pro LRT Green 1/2"x3/4" Tubing 10-Foot (circa 2009, but never used) This scares me over plasticizing issues)

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 670 OC 2gb Windforce
Proposed GPU block :HEATKILLER® GPU-X³ GTX 680 Hole Edition Waterblock - #15521
Which metal do I want to buy for my GPU Block?

Petra'sTech PT_Nuke -PHN Concentrated Biocide (10mL)
Silver KillCoil
Distilled Water.

Proposed addition of Sierra Brand Low Toxicity Propylene Glycol AntiFreeze at 10% by volume to lubricate my loud pump.

Questions:
What are the metals inside the XSPC ex240 radiator? Do I have a problem mixing metals in the DangerDen and XSPC radiators and Apogee GTZ block and future GPU block?
What should I use for anti corrosive?
Should I add the Sierra Brand Low Toxicity Propylene Glycol AntiFreeze at 10% by volume?
Which metal do I want to buy for my GPU Block?
Can I perform a 12v to 7v Molex Mod to the Jingway 1200 pump. 12V 1.8A (AKA: EK-DCP 4.0 Pump and Danger Den DD-CPX-Pro)? I understrand it might need 10v to power up, I will test on my own in a few hours.
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Samsung 830 128 XSPC EX240 Dual 120mm Copper / Brass Radiator Danger Den black ice xtreme II 240mm radiator Danger Den 5 1/4" Single Bay Reservoir 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
Jingway 1200 pump. 12V 1.8A  Apogee GTZ Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM PC Power & Cooling 750 Watt Silencer MK II 
Case
Antec P280 
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Q9550 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P XFX Radeon HD 5770 HD-577A-ZNFC 4X 2GB OCZ Gold Edition 
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Samsung 830 128 XSPC EX240 Dual 120mm Copper / Brass Radiator Danger Den black ice xtreme II 240mm radiator Danger Den 5 1/4" Single Bay Reservoir 
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Jingway 1200 pump. 12V 1.8A  Apogee GTZ Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM PC Power & Cooling 750 Watt Silencer MK II 
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Antec P280 
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So, compared to the well crafted liquid cooled build logs on OCN, this is a down and dirty job for the most part.

I added a T line fill port,

the Antec P280 is too small for two 240mm radiators. There was no room to route cables, no room to use front USB3 connector, no room to remove SATA connectors without moving lots of stuff around.

The Pump, a Jingway 1200 pump. 12V 1.8A , is very loud, haven't done the 12v to 7v molex mod yet, will try today,

picture is just before installing the GTX 670.

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Samsung 830 128 XSPC EX240 Dual 120mm Copper / Brass Radiator Danger Den black ice xtreme II 240mm radiator Danger Den 5 1/4" Single Bay Reservoir 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
Jingway 1200 pump. 12V 1.8A  Apogee GTZ Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM PC Power & Cooling 750 Watt Silencer MK II 
Case
Antec P280 
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Q9550 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P XFX Radeon HD 5770 HD-577A-ZNFC 4X 2GB OCZ Gold Edition 
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Samsung 830 128 XSPC EX240 Dual 120mm Copper / Brass Radiator Danger Den black ice xtreme II 240mm radiator Danger Den 5 1/4" Single Bay Reservoir 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
Jingway 1200 pump. 12V 1.8A  Apogee GTZ Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM PC Power & Cooling 750 Watt Silencer MK II 
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Antec P280 
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Waffle from the DVS forums here. Looks great always fun to jump into water cooling.

Getting away from the 1/2in OD tubing will clean a lot of that extra tubing up. It just doesn't flex as well.

A 90 Degree on the Pump wouldn't hurt either.

Consolidating the pump & res. into one may alleviate some clutter (Cylinder/Bay Style)

My EK X-Res 100 fits just fine in the 5.25 bay
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hello i was alaso wondering about thse if you can put a 240 radiator on the front, but by looking at your pic i think it wont fit or you have to mod the case :/
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Originally Posted by black9white View Post

hello i was alaso wondering about thse if you can put a 240 radiator on the front, but by looking at your pic i think it wont fit or you have to mod the case :/

If you totally rip out the 3.5" HDD cage, I believe most 240 rads would fit, but you'd also need a reservoir that is not a 5.25" bay res, and mounting the two 120mm fans on the front of the case would not exactly line up with the front res, the gap between the two 120mm fans is not the standard 15mm, and the fans are slightly elevated from the floor of the case,.
using something like the res stands widely available on the market, or even bending some aluminum or creating small wood blocks would defintely be able to hold the res in place, but you'd need to drill into the floor of the case to connect it all together.

I took a long hard look at this option, but decided against it because there is no turning back once the 3.5" structure is removed, there is no easy way to reinstall without either drilling holes and creating custom cage mounting or having a riveting machine on hand to rivet the cage back to the case.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-3570k ASUS P8Z77-V PRO Gigabyte GTX 670 OC 2 GB samsung 30nm 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung 830 128 XSPC EX240 Dual 120mm Copper / Brass Radiator Danger Den black ice xtreme II 240mm radiator Danger Den 5 1/4" Single Bay Reservoir 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
Jingway 1200 pump. 12V 1.8A  Apogee GTZ Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM PC Power & Cooling 750 Watt Silencer MK II 
Case
Antec P280 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9550 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P XFX Radeon HD 5770 HD-577A-ZNFC 4X 2GB OCZ Gold Edition 
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Vertex 3 64GB 4X Seagate 500GB RAID 1,0 Win7 
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Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung 830 128 XSPC EX240 Dual 120mm Copper / Brass Radiator Danger Den black ice xtreme II 240mm radiator Danger Den 5 1/4" Single Bay Reservoir 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
Jingway 1200 pump. 12V 1.8A  Apogee GTZ Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM PC Power & Cooling 750 Watt Silencer MK II 
Case
Antec P280 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9550 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P XFX Radeon HD 5770 HD-577A-ZNFC 4X 2GB OCZ Gold Edition 
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Vertex 3 64GB 4X Seagate 500GB RAID 1,0 Win7 
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