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[Build Log] ECHELON

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Hi everyone and welcome to my first build log on OCN!

Some background history
I am not new to PC building but I don't claim to be an expert either mainly because I have not been involved for over 7 years and there are some very talented people here on OCN! thumb.gif I had stopped PC gaming, started using a laptop and gaming on consoles mostly due to time constraints following the birth of my child. But about a year ago, I bought and built an inexpensive PC for my girlfriend to play WoW. This made me recall my good old PC days and I started pondering about returning to PCs for the year to come. Last summer I finally decided to get rid of Windows completely for my day-to-day and made the switch to Linux (still trying out different distros) so I took "ownership" of the PC I had built (luckily my girlfriend had gotten tired of WoW and didn't mind Linux) tongue.gif But as we all know, Linux did not have any support for mainstream games (Wine is hit or miss) until Valve announced late last year that they were porting their source engine and the Steam platform over to Linux then released the public beta. With that announcement, I created a Steam account, bought and played some Indie games, played TF2 and some CS: Source (using Wine in free weekend). Because of Valve and the future of gaming on Linux, I was decided, I was going to build a PC to get back into PC gaming, but unfortunately on Windows to start since all the new big titles are still Windows only for now, this will hopefully change with time. On boxing day I bought and built my "Budget Perfomer" system and started gaming on PC again, I am satisfied with my PCs performance but I have never and always wanted to build a watercooled rig so here we are now!


The goal
Build a self contained "future-proof" watercooled rig in a mid-tower case with the CPU and GPUs watercooled and overclocked. I chose a mid-tower case for size, portability and the small challenge of squeezing it all in the case. After browsing through numerous cases, I found the NZXT Tempest 410 Elite and instantly fell in love with this case therefore I quickly bought it to commit myself to this build. At first I aimed for the ROG Maximus V Formula board and wanted a red/black theme (met my immediate requirements and color theme, plus the built-in waterblock) but after discovering that it is an E-ATX board and that my case only supports ATX, I went back to drawing board for an ATX board to fit my requirements. I browsed numerous boards from all manufacturers and I finally landed on an ATX board that had features that met my requirements even more so than the ROG board which would strenghten my "future-proof" commitment to this system as my eventual Proxmox home server replacement (I run my home network security, logging, file sharing, etc.. all on Linux/BSD VMs through Proxmox). Albeit more expensive than my original choice (but better server grade features), the chosen board was the ASUS P8Z77 WS and my new color theme would be blue/black. After a week of pondering, I pulled the trigger and bought the board to further commit to this build, there is no going back now! biggrin.gif

I've been doing a lot of reading/research over the past two weeks on all that's watercooled in the goal of ramping up my knowledge and I'm pretty sure on all the system/cooling parts chosen below but it is possible that I may change my mind on some as I move forward, or based on feedback and or suggestions from the community.


Items in green I have on hand, items in red are on order. Everything else remains to be purchased.

The system parts
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite
Board: ASUS P8Z77 WS
P/S: Seasonic Platinum 860W Fully Modular
CPU: Intel i7-3770K
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Blue (4x4GB) 1600Mhz
GPU: 2 x MSI GeForce GTX 670 OC
SSD: 2 x Samsung 840 Pro 128GB
HDD: 2 x WD VelociRaptor 1TB (RAID 0)
Optical: undecided, maybe a blu-ray burner
Lighting: Lamptron sleeved lighting kit (2 x 8" White CCFL)
OS: Multi-boot, Windows 7(for Steam games), Ubuntu(for Steam games) and Fedora(for day-to-day)
Cables: Custom black/blue individually sleeved Seasonic modular PSU cables from modDIY

The cooling parts
CPU block: EK-Supremacy Acetal
GPU block: 2 x EK GeForce GTX 670 Acetal
GPU backplate: 2 x EK GeForce GTX 670 Black
GPU bridge: EK FC Bridge Parallel
Main radiator: XSPC EX240 (2 x 120mm in push)
Secondary radiator: XSPC EX120 (1 x 120mm in push)
Pump: Swiftech MCP655
Pump top: EK D5 X-Top Acetal
Reservoir: Swiftech Micro Res
Fittings: Monsoon Free Center Compression Fittings - Matte Black (1/2" x 3/4")
Fittings: Various BitsPower Rotary Fittings - Matte Black
Tubing: PrimoChill Advanced LRT brilliant UV blue (1/2" x 3/4")
Coolant: Distilled water with a Monsoon silver bullet
Fans: 5 x GELID WING 12 UV blue
TIM: GELID GC-Extreme


Comments and/or suggestions welcome
I am aiming to complete this build within the next four months, money and time permitting as I want to take my time since this is my first watercooled build. I am open to recommendations and/or suggestions on my choice of parts, this is why we post in a community after all! thumb.gif

Progress updates
Hardware purchase and first watercooling gear order
Testing out new hardware
Watercooling gear arrived
Case modding
First design of CPU loop assembly and leak testing
Stable OC at 4.5Ghz on Prime95
More hardware purchase, second design of CPU/GPU loop and second watercooling gear order
More hardware purchase, third watercooling gear order and WD VelociRaptor RAID 0 bench
Third CPU/GPU loop design with second radiator
Final CPU/SLI GPU loop and EK GPU block modification
New fan controller and case light switch
Edited by xxxaksxxx - 4/1/13 at 9:07am
ECHELON
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-3770K @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8Z77 WS 2 x MSI GTX670 OC Edition 2GB in SLI Corsair Vengeance Blue 4x4GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD 2 x WD VelociRaptor 1TB in RAID 0 LG 24x DVD-Writer 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supremacy CPU block Swiftech MCP655 with EK D5 X-Top Swiftech MicroRes XSPC EX240 radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX120 radiator 2 x EK FC670 GTX GPU block with EK backplates EK FC Bridge parallel 5 x GELID Wing 12 UV Blue 120mm fans 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VG248QE Silver Corsair Vengeance K70 Seasonic Platinum Series 860W NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 
Mouse
Razer DeathAdder 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570 ASUS P8Z77-V LK Sapphire Radeon HD6750 Corsair Vengeance LP 2x8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD LG 24x DVD-Writer Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ASUS VS238H 
PowerCase
Corsair Enthusiast Series VX550 Corsair Carbide Series 200R 
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ECHELON
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-3770K @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8Z77 WS 2 x MSI GTX670 OC Edition 2GB in SLI Corsair Vengeance Blue 4x4GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD 2 x WD VelociRaptor 1TB in RAID 0 LG 24x DVD-Writer 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supremacy CPU block Swiftech MCP655 with EK D5 X-Top Swiftech MicroRes XSPC EX240 radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX120 radiator 2 x EK FC670 GTX GPU block with EK backplates EK FC Bridge parallel 5 x GELID Wing 12 UV Blue 120mm fans 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VG248QE Silver Corsair Vengeance K70 Seasonic Platinum Series 860W NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 
Mouse
Razer DeathAdder 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570 ASUS P8Z77-V LK Sapphire Radeon HD6750 Corsair Vengeance LP 2x8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD LG 24x DVD-Writer Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ASUS VS238H 
PowerCase
Corsair Enthusiast Series VX550 Corsair Carbide Series 200R 
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post #2 of 16
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Reserved.
ECHELON
(21 items)
 
Budget Performer
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-3770K @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8Z77 WS 2 x MSI GTX670 OC Edition 2GB in SLI Corsair Vengeance Blue 4x4GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD 2 x WD VelociRaptor 1TB in RAID 0 LG 24x DVD-Writer 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supremacy CPU block Swiftech MCP655 with EK D5 X-Top Swiftech MicroRes XSPC EX240 radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX120 radiator 2 x EK FC670 GTX GPU block with EK backplates EK FC Bridge parallel 5 x GELID Wing 12 UV Blue 120mm fans 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VG248QE Silver Corsair Vengeance K70 Seasonic Platinum Series 860W NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 
Mouse
Razer DeathAdder 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570 ASUS P8Z77-V LK Sapphire Radeon HD6750 Corsair Vengeance LP 2x8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD LG 24x DVD-Writer Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ASUS VS238H 
PowerCase
Corsair Enthusiast Series VX550 Corsair Carbide Series 200R 
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ECHELON
(21 items)
 
Budget Performer
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-3770K @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8Z77 WS 2 x MSI GTX670 OC Edition 2GB in SLI Corsair Vengeance Blue 4x4GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD 2 x WD VelociRaptor 1TB in RAID 0 LG 24x DVD-Writer 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supremacy CPU block Swiftech MCP655 with EK D5 X-Top Swiftech MicroRes XSPC EX240 radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX120 radiator 2 x EK FC670 GTX GPU block with EK backplates EK FC Bridge parallel 5 x GELID Wing 12 UV Blue 120mm fans 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VG248QE Silver Corsair Vengeance K70 Seasonic Platinum Series 860W NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 
Mouse
Razer DeathAdder 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570 ASUS P8Z77-V LK Sapphire Radeon HD6750 Corsair Vengeance LP 2x8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD LG 24x DVD-Writer Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ASUS VS238H 
PowerCase
Corsair Enthusiast Series VX550 Corsair Carbide Series 200R 
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post #3 of 16
Sweet! Welcome back to PCs! Sounds like a dang good machine, clean all those watercooling parts, even the tube, inside and out. thumb.gif
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AMD 8350 Gigabyte 990FX UD3 R5 Sapphire RX 480 reference Corsair Dominator Platinums 16GB 
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256GB Samsung 840 Pro 1TB WD Black LG dvd+r Custom water loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windoze 7 Samsung SyncMaster 2333HD USB generic SeaSonic X750 GOLD 85+ 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
MicroCool Banchetto 101 tech station Razer Diamondback epic galaxy deep space render E-MU 
Other
This rig is awesome :) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Opteron 185 ASUS A8N32_SLI Deluxe eVGA GTX 950 2GB 16GB DDR1 Samsung UCCC 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
256GB Samsung 840 Pro 1TB WD Black LG dvd+r Custom water loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windoze 7 Samsung SyncMaster 2333HD USB generic SeaSonic X750 GOLD 85+ 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
MicroCool Banchetto 101 tech station Razer Diamondback epic galaxy deep space render E-MU 
Other
This rig is awesome :) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Opteron 185 ASUS A8N32_SLI Deluxe eVGA GTX 950 2GB 16GB DDR1 Samsung UCCC 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
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post #4 of 16
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SwishaMane View Post

Sweet! Welcome back to PCs! Sounds like a dang good machine, clean all those watercooling parts, even the tube, inside and out. thumb.gif

Thanks for the tip, will do! smile.gif

Update - 02/07/2013
I took a trip to the store yesterday and purchased the bare minimum components needed to fire up this system to verify that the new motherboard is working properly. Here is what I purchased:
Quote:
1x Intel i7-3770K (i5-3570K was out of stock, I wanted to test my motherboard sooner rather than later, it's new but you never know!)
1x Corsair Vengeance Blue 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz
1x Seasonic Platinum Series 860W
2x Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSDs
1x GELID Wing 12 (just one to test it out before committing)

Additionally I placed an order with PPC this morning, after further research I decided to change a couple of items from my original list of parts (CPU block and compression fittings). I purchased all the bare minimum to get my CPU loop started. I will build on this foundation and experience before I purchase and water cool the GPUs. Here are the items I ordered:
Quote:
1x Koolance CPU-380I Water Block (It's a better performing block, it was 1$ cheaper and I think it looks better than the EK block)
1x EK-Supremacy Acetal CPU water block
1x XSPC EX240 Copper Dual-Fan Radiator
1x Swiftech MCP655™ Series 12 VDC Water Pumps - With Speed Control
1x EK-D5 X-TOP CSQ - Acetal
1x PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 10ft Tubing - 1/2in. ID X 3/4in. OD - Brilliant UV Blue
1x Swiftech MCRES-MICRO™ Rev. 2 Reservoir
2x Monsoon Free Center Compression Fittings, 1/2" x 3/4" Six Pack - Matte Black (I like the use of the tool and the look of the window in the fittings)
1x Monsoon Silver Bullet Antimicrobial G1/4 Plug (I will install the plug in the reservoir bottom port for now)

EDIT: Evidently I was not fully awake when I placed my order this morning, there was a reason why I had NOT chosen the EK Supremacy nickel plated blocks. I plan on running silver in the loop and totally forgot about the nickel flaking when used with silver. I emailed PPC sales to see if I can switch it to my original choice of the EK Supremacy Acetal block and pay the difference, I will have to wait and see!
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EDIT #2: I'm a first time PPC customer and I'm very impressed with their customer service! They replied to my request within an hour and agreed to change the block to the EK-Supremacy Acetal and they are waving the dollar difference for the block. PPC is awesome, repeat customer right here!
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Edited by xxxaksxxx - 2/7/13 at 12:05pm
ECHELON
(21 items)
 
Budget Performer
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-3770K @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8Z77 WS 2 x MSI GTX670 OC Edition 2GB in SLI Corsair Vengeance Blue 4x4GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD 2 x WD VelociRaptor 1TB in RAID 0 LG 24x DVD-Writer 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supremacy CPU block Swiftech MCP655 with EK D5 X-Top Swiftech MicroRes XSPC EX240 radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX120 radiator 2 x EK FC670 GTX GPU block with EK backplates EK FC Bridge parallel 5 x GELID Wing 12 UV Blue 120mm fans 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VG248QE Silver Corsair Vengeance K70 Seasonic Platinum Series 860W NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 
Mouse
Razer DeathAdder 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570 ASUS P8Z77-V LK Sapphire Radeon HD6750 Corsair Vengeance LP 2x8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD LG 24x DVD-Writer Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ASUS VS238H 
PowerCase
Corsair Enthusiast Series VX550 Corsair Carbide Series 200R 
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ECHELON
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-3770K @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8Z77 WS 2 x MSI GTX670 OC Edition 2GB in SLI Corsair Vengeance Blue 4x4GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD 2 x WD VelociRaptor 1TB in RAID 0 LG 24x DVD-Writer 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supremacy CPU block Swiftech MCP655 with EK D5 X-Top Swiftech MicroRes XSPC EX240 radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX120 radiator 2 x EK FC670 GTX GPU block with EK backplates EK FC Bridge parallel 5 x GELID Wing 12 UV Blue 120mm fans 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VG248QE Silver Corsair Vengeance K70 Seasonic Platinum Series 860W NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 
Mouse
Razer DeathAdder 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570 ASUS P8Z77-V LK Sapphire Radeon HD6750 Corsair Vengeance LP 2x8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD LG 24x DVD-Writer Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ASUS VS238H 
PowerCase
Corsair Enthusiast Series VX550 Corsair Carbide Series 200R 
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post #5 of 16
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Update - 02/10/2013
I worked a little on the new build this weekend. I installed all the new gear in the case to ensure that everything was functional and so far everything is working great! I played around a little with the GELID fan I bought and it pushes a lot more air than the stock fans that came with the NZXT case and it is more quiet at the same RPMs. So today I went to the store and picked up two more fans for the radiator. I also moved my 670 from my "Budget Performer" rig and into this new build and moved my girlfriends 6750 from her i3 system and into my "Budget Performer" rig, that rig is now her system and I will re-purposed her i3 probably as my "newer" home server to replace my current Core 2 box.

I also replaced the Arctic radiator fan that came with the Hybrid cooler with a GELID fan I bought and ran some tests, under full load with the Arctic fan at 100% my GPU would reach ~54C and with the GELID fan at 100% (~1500RPM) my GPU would only reach around ~43C, what a difference! thumb.gif

Here are some pictures of the new gear and of the gear installed in the new case, it's not much to look at and I think it looks awful at the moment with the stock PSU wires, stock CPU cooler and IMO the ugly but effective Arctic Hybrid cooler. Sorry for the bad quality, I only have a crappy iPhone 4 to take my pictures (I have an older 8MP Nikon CoolPix but it has seen better days and the pictures come out worse than the iPhone thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif)



With the recent news regarding the GeForce Titan, depending on price I might be swayed to drop my plans for the SLI GTX670s and buy the Titan card instead so I'm keeping my options open for now. That's pretty much it for now, my order from PPC is expected to arrive on Wednesday at which point I will post more pictures of the goodies and then slowly start working on my CPU loop.
ECHELON
(21 items)
 
Budget Performer
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-3770K @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8Z77 WS 2 x MSI GTX670 OC Edition 2GB in SLI Corsair Vengeance Blue 4x4GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD 2 x WD VelociRaptor 1TB in RAID 0 LG 24x DVD-Writer 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supremacy CPU block Swiftech MCP655 with EK D5 X-Top Swiftech MicroRes XSPC EX240 radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX120 radiator 2 x EK FC670 GTX GPU block with EK backplates EK FC Bridge parallel 5 x GELID Wing 12 UV Blue 120mm fans 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VG248QE Silver Corsair Vengeance K70 Seasonic Platinum Series 860W NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 
Mouse
Razer DeathAdder 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570 ASUS P8Z77-V LK Sapphire Radeon HD6750 Corsair Vengeance LP 2x8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD LG 24x DVD-Writer Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ASUS VS238H 
PowerCase
Corsair Enthusiast Series VX550 Corsair Carbide Series 200R 
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ECHELON
(21 items)
 
Budget Performer
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-3770K @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8Z77 WS 2 x MSI GTX670 OC Edition 2GB in SLI Corsair Vengeance Blue 4x4GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD 2 x WD VelociRaptor 1TB in RAID 0 LG 24x DVD-Writer 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supremacy CPU block Swiftech MCP655 with EK D5 X-Top Swiftech MicroRes XSPC EX240 radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX120 radiator 2 x EK FC670 GTX GPU block with EK backplates EK FC Bridge parallel 5 x GELID Wing 12 UV Blue 120mm fans 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VG248QE Silver Corsair Vengeance K70 Seasonic Platinum Series 860W NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 
Mouse
Razer DeathAdder 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570 ASUS P8Z77-V LK Sapphire Radeon HD6750 Corsair Vengeance LP 2x8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD LG 24x DVD-Writer Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ASUS VS238H 
PowerCase
Corsair Enthusiast Series VX550 Corsair Carbide Series 200R 
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Update - 02/13/2013
So I received my PPC order from UPS today. Since this is my first water cooled build, I had no idea what to expect in regards to the Primochill tubing. I was very surprised to see that it is very flexible and has a great bend radius (as advertised), more so than I expected. This is the reason why I did not purchase any 45 or 90 adapters, I wanted to get a feel of the tubing and see what I can do with it first. I'm going to start prototyping my loop and see if I can get it up and running for the weekend, I might have to hold off a little longer if I decide to purchase any 45 or 90 adapters to make the loop fit and/or look better. Anyhow here are some quick pictures I took of the parts received today.

EK Supremacy Copper Acetal CPU block (Click to show)
EK D5 X-Top Acetal pump top (Click to show)
Swiftech MCP655 pump (Click to show)
Swiftech MicroRes (Click to show)
XSPC EX240 radiator (Click to show)
Monsoon Compression Fittings (Click to show)
Primochill Advanced LRT tubing and Monsoon Silver Bullet plug (Click to show)
ECHELON
(21 items)
 
Budget Performer
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-3770K @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8Z77 WS 2 x MSI GTX670 OC Edition 2GB in SLI Corsair Vengeance Blue 4x4GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD 2 x WD VelociRaptor 1TB in RAID 0 LG 24x DVD-Writer 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supremacy CPU block Swiftech MCP655 with EK D5 X-Top Swiftech MicroRes XSPC EX240 radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX120 radiator 2 x EK FC670 GTX GPU block with EK backplates EK FC Bridge parallel 5 x GELID Wing 12 UV Blue 120mm fans 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VG248QE Silver Corsair Vengeance K70 Seasonic Platinum Series 860W NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 
Mouse
Razer DeathAdder 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570 ASUS P8Z77-V LK Sapphire Radeon HD6750 Corsair Vengeance LP 2x8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD LG 24x DVD-Writer Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ASUS VS238H 
PowerCase
Corsair Enthusiast Series VX550 Corsair Carbide Series 200R 
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ECHELON
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Budget Performer
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-3770K @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8Z77 WS 2 x MSI GTX670 OC Edition 2GB in SLI Corsair Vengeance Blue 4x4GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SDD 2 x WD VelociRaptor 1TB in RAID 0 LG 24x DVD-Writer 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supremacy CPU block Swiftech MCP655 with EK D5 X-Top Swiftech MicroRes XSPC EX240 radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX120 radiator 2 x EK FC670 GTX GPU block with EK backplates EK FC Bridge parallel 5 x GELID Wing 12 UV Blue 120mm fans 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VG248QE Silver Corsair Vengeance K70 Seasonic Platinum Series 860W NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 
Mouse
Razer DeathAdder 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570 ASUS P8Z77-V LK Sapphire Radeon HD6750 Corsair Vengeance LP 2x8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD LG 24x DVD-Writer Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ASUS VS238H 
PowerCase
Corsair Enthusiast Series VX550 Corsair Carbide Series 200R 
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post #7 of 16
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Update - 02/16/2013
I worked on my build last night and got some progress done. First I installed my EK pump top and decided on the final pump location which is directly at the front of the tower under the hard drives/SSDs. I also installed the compression fittings on the pump and measured/cut two lengths of tubing, one to the reservoir and the other to the radiator. Then I tore down the build and went to work with the Dremel on the areas of the case for radiator fittings clearance and the reservoir mounting slots. Then I cut the extra mounting tabs on the micro reservoir that will not be used. Finally, I drilled the holes in the case where the pump will be located then cleaned up the case.

This is the top of the case, I had to remove some material to clear the compression fittings that will be mounted to the radiator.


These are the slots for the micro reservoir mounting tabs.


This the micro reservoir with the extra mounting tabs removed.


And finally my pump with top, fittings and tubing installed.
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Update - 02/17/2013 (loop cleaning/leak testing!)
I have been working all afternoon on my build and I've done some tremendous progress! I re-assembled the build along with the entire loop and I finally got some water in the loop, its been running now for 30 minutes with the Primochill SysPrep and leak testing at the same time. So far so good, here are some progress pictures! smile.gif

My pump installed in its final location


My radiator and fans installed


Starting assembly of the build


Assembly completed


Ready for leak testing


Leak testing and cleaning with the SysPrep (that's why the water is cloudy)


EDIT: Water was cloudy in part because of SysPrep but mainly because of tiny air bubbles, I topped up the reservoir some more, slowed the pump down and then gradually raised it leaving at each level for a few minutes and now the water is almost crystal clear in the reservoir with the pump at full speed. At least there is no more air bubbles in the loop!

In another note, I am impressed with the Primochill tubing, it was very easy to work with and I was able to setup the loop without any rotary fittings. Granted It might look nicer with less tubing and the use of rotary fittings, but they also introduce another potential leaking joint. Also, the Monsoon fittings are just awesome, they work amazing and I can't see how I would of gotten some of the fittings tightened up in some cramped spaces without the use of the tool.
Edited by xxxaksxxx - 2/17/13 at 12:55pm
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I checked my loop this morning before heading to work, still no leaks! thumb.gif Also the water in the reservoir is completely crystal clear now (no more cloudiness), there is no more foam nor air bubbles whatsoever! I left the loop running and when I come back home this afternoon my loop will have been running for 24hrs with the SysPrep. Tonight I will flush my loop with some new DI water and finally start up the rig and see what kind of thermals I am getting.
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I got sick on Monday therefore didn't get my system up and running so I did it last night and attempted a 4.5GHz OC at 1.2v. I let it run all night until I got home from work for 19hrs with Prime95 on custom blend, stable and good temps. I'm gonna attempt to push this chip further biggrin.gif

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