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post #1 of 11
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My first watercooled case build, Yeey!

FYI, I'm kinda new to the overclock, watercooling kinda stuff. I mean, I overclocked my first CPU back at 2003 by switching some jumpers on the mobo and adjusting some settings in the bios and whatnot to get some extra Mhz from the CPU, but that was it. I had now clue what I was doing, only following some instruction from my friends. And since then the overclocking have been laid to rest. Untill now by some reason. But hey, here I am! Watercooling my stuff and whatnot.


So in my "What should I get" thread we figured out to go for this build:

Watercooling:

Fan controller: Scythe kaze Server (Ordered)
Cooling liquid: AquaComputer Double Protect Ultra (Ordered)
Pump: Swiftech MCP655 (Ordered)
Radiator: TechBay radiator, extreme, 3x120-45 (Ordered)
CPU block: XSPC RayStorm (Ordered)
GPU block: EK-FC680+ GTX (Ordered)
Filter: AquaComputer filter w/valve (Ordered)
Tank: AquaComputer tank, aquabox pro 5ΒΌ", black (Ordered)
Tube: PrimoFlex Pro LRT (will give this a go even if bad rep) (Ordered)
Fittings: Bitspower (Ordered)
Fans: Corsair SP120 High Perform.120mm Vifte (Radiator) (Ordered)
Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition 140mm Vifte (Case) (Ordered)

Tubing will be 3/8 - 5/8, with barbs.

Hardware:
Obsidian 800D (Owned) Only part I got yeey biggrin.gif
Asus Maximus Formula V (Ordered)
I7 2600K (Ordered)
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 32GB (Ordered)
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB PhysX CUDA "SC Signature" (Ordered)
Corsair AX 850W PSU Fully Modular (Ordered)

Misc:
Black and red sleeves (Ordered)
Molex pin removal tool.. thingy. (Ordered)
Heatshrink (Ordered)
Extra 3/8 tube if the Primoflex does not work out (Ordered)
SATA passtrough punch down connectors (Ordered)
Universal Molex Crimping tool (Ordered)
ATX Power Cable Female Connector (Ordered)

My Theme here will be black base with red details. I will go for a simple and clean look, with a little cherry on top wink.gif
post #2 of 11
Already a build log started!
That will be a great performing set of parts. And a well-researched set of watercooling parts to tame it.
Black and red makes sense to go with the Asus ROG theme for the Maximus board.
You'll have a lot of work to do, but well worth it.thumb.gif
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5775C ASUS Maximus VII Hero Titan Xp GSkill DDR3-2133 16GB  
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Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Air until the loop upgrade Win10 Pro Acer Predator XB271HU 
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post #3 of 11
Good luck mate!
post #4 of 11
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Thanks. Guess I could post some pictures of my current setup. Always fun with before and after the knife.






Mobo: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3, Socket-AM3+
GPU: Gainward GeForce GTX 560Ti 2GB PhysX
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
CPU cooler: Corsair H100
Ram: Corsair Vengeance? DDR3 1600MHz 16GB CL9
Ram Cooler: Corsair DOMINATOR Airflow Fan
Soundcard: Creative SB Audigy SE
SSD: Crucial M4 64GB

I will use this in my new build by the time beeing:
Monitors: Samsung 22" LCD 2233R
BenQ 21,5" LCD G2220HD
Keyboard: Logitech K340
Mouse: Logitech.. Unknown tongue.gif
Headset: Razer Carcharias Gaming headset

Later in the build my gaming corner will olso be updated.
post #5 of 11
Nice setup - very clean wiring. I'm jealous of the desk space you have.

Can't wait to see what you make of it with the water cooling.
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i5 2550k P8P67 Pro Sapphire HD 7950 G.Skill RipJaws X 1600 Cas 9 
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Corsair Force 120 WD Blue 500GB WD Caviar Green 1TB XSPC RayStorm 
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RX240 MCR 220 EK 7950 Copper Acetal  DDC-1T 
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post #6 of 11
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Recieved some packages the last couple days.

System











Watercooling parts








Forgot to order some parts like: PSU noise dampening rubber frame thingy, backplate for the GPU block, proper TIM.

What kinda TIM you guys use? I went for the MX-2.


Started with cleaning out the 800D and installing the old parts in my old CM Storm Scout . Will use this as a temporary while building/htpc in new case after build. It kinda wasnt H100 compatible tongue.gif :


With the 800D cleaned out and washed I started to fit some main parts.

I had some doubt while installing CPU on mobo, about the force I had to put down on the lever. This is my first Intel 1155 build so I was a little/very nervous about this process. It was making the most horrifying noise I've heard. The sound of circuit board cracking under pressure. But after reading some others post about the same "issue", I figured the was normal so I just squeezed my buttcheeks together and pushed the lever all the way down. Phew. Scary stuff I'd say.

Further more I used Juggalo's awesome Guide on fitting the GPU block.



Clean enough for ya? smile.gif



What you guys think? Gotta mount the backplate later so If there is something I should undo please tell smile.gif


Test fitting some tubing.


Loop plan:

Dunno if you can understand my godlike drawing but here it is:
Res-Pump-Rad-CPU-GPU-Mobo-Filter-Res. Will add a temperature sensor somewhere in this loop too.

Kinda big update this time, but will try to update more frequently as I work on the build.
post #7 of 11
Nice! thumb.gif

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post #8 of 11
subbed! i love 800D's, hopefully one day rolleyes.gif

also a friendly advice, cool the gpu then the cpu then go to peripherals such as ram VRM's HDD (yes they make a block for that too) etc. from what i learned off this forum that would yield lower temps.
 
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Core i5-5257U Logic Board Iris Graphics 6100 8GB  
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Force Touch Trackpad Anker SoundBuds Slim JBL Flip 3 Bose QuietComfort QC25 
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NZXT Grid Windows 10 Education Asus PA248Q HP VH240a  
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Vivo Dual Monitor Mount Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2 SuperNOVA 750G3 Phanteks Enthoo Evolve ITX 
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MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Retina Display 13" Backlit Keyboard Magsafe 2 60W MacBook Pro Retina 13" 
MouseAudioAudioAudio
Force Touch Trackpad Anker SoundBuds Slim JBL Flip 3 Bose QuietComfort QC25 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB BarraCuda 2TB Samsung External Cryorig H7 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT Grid Windows 10 Education Asus PA248Q HP VH240a  
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Vivo Dual Monitor Mount Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2 SuperNOVA 750G3 Phanteks Enthoo Evolve ITX 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
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post #9 of 11
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Sry about the slow update, but haven't done much with the build since last time.
What I have done is this:
-Sleeved some of the wiring. Dunno if I will resleeve it all when I get my package from mdpc. Ordered 20 meter small red, and 20 meters small black. Will this be enough? I will single sleeve all the power cables from PSU with these. Also got a bunch of other black and red sleeving from ebay in different sizes. Got 15 meters with sata sleeving... Dunno why I got so much :S
- Mounted all the watercooling parts. Wich I will remount since I'm not sattisfied with the looks.

I got all hooked up and test driven the system for a couple weeks.

This is from my awfull cutting for the filter on top of case. Ps: Using a dremel lookalike.

Had to place it to the left due to the tubing connections.

Result

Furthermore I've been trying some plexi bending with superbe results tongue.gif

Got my backplate on. Notice my not so permanent permanent marker support for the GPU.

Leaktesting went ok.

Homemade funnel

Bubbly tank. Is now free for all bubbles.

But now there's like "smoke" IN the water. Dunno if it is visible in pic but what can this be? Residue from the tubing maby? Forgot to clean the loop with.. alcohol is it? Anyways I'm gonna take it all apart for cleaning and replacing.

Also I found out my sidepanel window is coming apart. How to fix? I may create a bigger window for this later.

Sleeved and soldered the led's for the CPU block.


No worries, I will redo this also as it looks like crap. Dunno how at this point. Suggestions?

So thats it for this update. Not much but I will get it on when I get my sleeving and stuff.

My plan from here:
- Sleeve Powercables. Resleeve fan cables, usb cables etc.
- Clean the loop with.. vodka? :O
- Redo the cpu leds.
- Create some plexi glass covers like this:

White be cover for the PSU compartment. Gonna move the pump downstairs and move tubing and cables trough cover.
Blue is cover for the 5.25 bays, and red is cover for the rad fans.
- Rearrange the tubing.
- Consider new "mobo plate", or whats it called, for nicer cable wiring. Can this be made out of plexi? Dont wanna do much metal work on this since I dont have the equipment for it.
- Make gpu weight support out of plexi.
- Homemade plexiglass bender out of hairdrier. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za6-KJlqMPk
- Make a plexi frame for the ugly filter solution.
- Remove the hotswap bays and make an visible HDD/SSD pedestal thingy.
- Replace the Hotswap front cover with built-in temperature readers in plexi.
post #10 of 11
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So I cleaned out the case, removing motherboard plate, hotswap system and will remove the wall between PSU and mobo compartment. I will replace all this with acrylic covers. Why? Because. I want to keep doing casemods and the best way I guess is to get my hand dirty and try out different things. Like plexi modding.

After draining my coolant looked like this tapped on a glass. After running 2-3 weeks. Cant be good. Will clean loop and components before reinstalling this time.

These will be my acrylic covers. I think this will look sweet. Simple and clean. Maybe add my signature on bottom cover.

Got my sleeves from Nils today smile.gif


Got myself a brand new 18$ toaster that ended up like this.


Anyone know what I'm up to? tongue.gif

Got some questions so far on my first project.
- What to use when cleening the tubing, blocks, rad etc.
- Applying thermal paste. What is "best"? Drop in middle or the x method?
- Spraypainting the transparent cover on the GPU block? Is this good/bad idea? Was thinkin black with red stripe or something.
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