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This is my first custom water cooling build, so I wanted to make and keep a log as I go...half in case anyone is interested in the project, and half so that people can point out things I do wrong along the way.

 

It'll be an amalgamation of parts I've got, because I'm splitting some of my higher end components with a 3930K machine that I'll be using as well. So basically, I'll be building my sig's rig, minus the 480GB SSD and stealing one of the 3TBs.

 

System specs:

  • Dual Xeon 2687W
  • ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS
  • EVGA GTX 680 FTW 4GB
  • Kingston HyperX 240GB
  • 2 x 3TB Hitachi HDD
  • 1200W Coolermaster PSU
  • Silverstone TJ07
  • 64GB G.Skill @ 2133MHz

 

Watercooling parts:

  • Swiftech MCP655
  • XSPC RX480
  • 2x XSPC Raystorms
  • EK block for GTX 680
  • Bitfeenix fan controller
  • XSPC dual bay reservoir
  • Monsoon fittings
  • 2x quick disconnects

 

My plan for water flow right now is that I'll have the res in one of the lower bays, the pump and rad in the bottom of the case, and do something like this:

 

Res -> Pump -> CPU1 -> CPU2 -> GPU -> Rad -> Res

 

Going to get up and running tonight and start posting pictures. Off the bat already from laying things out last night, I can already tell this is going to be a tight fit for everything...and the only way to run the PSU cables to the board is a direct line or they don't reach.


Edited by kweechy - 12/10/12 at 3:23am
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post #2 of 48
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Finally was able to start setting up and getting things into place tonight. Sorry for the horrible iPhone pics, I never really realized how bad the cameras are in them until I looked at these bigger. I don't have the energy to swap over to my DSLR while building though, will probably just keep going with the phone.

 

Workspace is a bit crowded and messy...such is the reality of living downtown. Almost everything is laid out and ready here.

 

Here's a shot of the back of the case with the motherboard fitted in, PSU, and a few other things.

 

Installing the HDDs into the Silverstone bay.

 

 

Installation of chips and blocks. A thing of beauty.

 

Unboxing and getting the EK 680 block ready. Gorgeous piece of craftsmanship and heavy as hell, I've never felt a GPU block before.

 

 

Hopefully I make some more good progress tomorrow. I'm at a tough point where I need to bite the bullet and drill into my case to mount the pump and radiator though...and I'm also thinking I'd like to get a riser put in there so that the 480 rad lines up better with the cutout in the case.

 

Anyone have any recommendations for that?

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post #3 of 48
I’ve pretty much got that exact same set up right here except i split the CPU and GPU into two loops.

How about using Bitfenix cable extensions so you can run cables behind the motherboard instead having them running over the board which could make things look a bit messy.

Good luck thumb.gif
post #4 of 48
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My god...I had no idea such a thing existed. Going to order right now if I can find them some place that ships quick.

 

With the size of the machine right now, the cables can't be looped behind the tray or they run out of length! I'd have had to run them over the board.


Edited by kweechy - 12/9/12 at 4:31am
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I recall reading somewhere that the entry and exit ports on the radiator influence which direction the fans should be blowing through it. Is there any concern about that for the RS480 I'm installing?

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Originally Posted by kweechy View Post

I recall reading somewhere that the entry and exit ports on the radiator influence which direction the fans should be blowing through it. Is there any concern about that for the RS480 I'm installing?

It makes no difference,orientate for best (shortest) routing.
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Ok cool. Might have been a very specific radiator I was reading about then.

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The TJ07 is a wonderful case for watercooling, I used one for my first watercooled build and it made things very simple instillation wise. Killer specs, too, subbed. smile.gif
    
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Making more progress, work has been keeping me a bit too busy to really do this thing right and be done.

 

Here's the GPU installation happening:

 

 

I might still get a 2nd 680 some day, I hope it's not too painful to get it into the loop if that happens. Also the anti-kink I bought was definitely for 1/2" OD, not 5/8"...that was the longest hour of my life, and 5/8 seems more than stiff enough to not even need it anyway.

 

It loops a little high because I want room under there for my G.Skill fan units that ship with their higher end memory. Shame that it's all red metal though considering how clean black and blue this build is right now.

 

Does anyone have any recommendations for radiator risers to put at the bottom of the TJ07? The rad sits way too low in the case and needs a bit of a lift to look nice and get the fans lined up with the grill.

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