Originally Posted by deafboy
You ever plan on using all those hard drive bays? That's a lot of wasted space the could be utilized.
I don't intend on installing any more hard drives as I keep all of my data on my HTPC. I've though about removing the bays to create more room and sticking a 240mm radiator up the front instead of a 120mm. I do find the cage useful to secure cabling on so that things are a bit neater (I've tidied up my cabling since the photo in the first post was taken). It also gives something solid to mount things like the pump and reservoir to. I'm considering taking out the front half of the drive bay and leaving the rear for that reason.
Originally Posted by Addiction Quoted Post (Click to show)
You are indeed right there, it can be a tad expensive; however, the kit you are looking at is what, around 250 USD? You can do a loop with components you choose for ~150 USD more, give or take a few dollars. It would give you more flexibility with your purchasing power. As far as the overall amount of rad, indeed you should be fine there and get some decent temps if that is all your system is pulling under stress tests. If you want some help piecing together a loop from scratch, you can shoot me a PM. Alternatively, you could just post again asking for some help in the matter if you end up needing it and I'm sure someone with the knowledge will be lurking the forums (although you seem to have a firm grasp on the numbers side of things, so I imagine you might already have it all figured out-apologies in advance if you do and this comes across as belittling in any way, as it isn't meant too
). Either way, looks like it will be a fun and promising build.
Addiction, I greatly appreciate your offer and assistance so far. No offence is taken
After a little more investigation and doing the sums, it's not much more cost to put together something that is a little more specific than the kit. The kit contains a lot of things such as LEDs which I'm not interested in. I'm considering the following based on what I have available locally:
1 x PrimoChill Antimicrobial Tube Coil Silver
3m x PrimoChill PrimoFlex Pro LRT Tubing Clear 1/2ID 3/4OD
2 x Koolance QDC Extreme Flow No-Spill Female VL4N-F13-19S
2 x Koolance QDC Extreme Flow No-Spill Male VL4N-M13-19S
10 x XSPC G1/4 Chrome 1/2 Compression Fittings
1 x XSPC D5 Vario Pump with Front Cover (don't need cover but store I'm buying from doesn't have plain pump)
1 x XSPC Premium Acrylic Reservoir for Laing D5 Pumps
2 x XSPC EX240 Radiator
1 x Heatkiller GPU-X³ GTX 680 LT Water Block
1 x Heatkiller GPU GTX 680 Backplate (is this essential?)
1 x XSPC RayStorm CPU Waterblock for Intel
All up AUD568 plus AUD31 shipping.
My intention is to mount one radiator at the top and the other at the front. I'd mount the pump and reservoir over the fan mount on the base.
I would use the two existing Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Fans from my Megahalems on one radiator and two of my existing Noctua NF-S12B FLX 120mm Case Fans on the other. Will the NF-S12B fans have enough static head for the radiator? I'd prefer to run them with the ultra low noise adaptors to keep things quiet. Silence is my primary goal and am prepared to sacrifice some cooling gains to achieve it. With my low thermal load vs radiator cooling capacity I assume I won't take too much of a hit?
Rather than inserting a T-piece for draining the loop I intend to use the quick connect couplings either side of the pump.
I do like the look of the Aquacomputer Aquaero 5 LT and am temped to throw in some inline temperature sensors, a flow meter, Aqualis XT reservoir and the Aquabus D5 pump but that adds another AUD353 on top. While it would be nice to have a fancy control and monitoring interface I'm not sure whether I would get any real benefit out of it.