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UPDATE 3/27/13



sorry for the bad picture.

CUT TO THE CHASE: THE FINISHED PRODUCT











Hey guys, I've recently decided to get into water cooling and, after the help of a couple of forum members and some research, I figured out what I would need and ordered it up. In this thread, I am going to be posting pictures and details of my experience building this water cooling set-up. A special thanks to Mithrandir8 for all of his help and advice. I will update the thread as I receive the rest of my items and install everything. (please excuse my terrible picture quality and less than adequate lighting).

1. WATER COOLING PARTS LIST


Also have a 680 XSPC block and another QDC female fitting.

2. TEAR DOWN

This is my set-up pre- water cooling. I am running:
- i7-930 @4ghz (Noctua NH-D14)
- 6GB Ripjaw 1600 RAM
- Reference GTX 680
- 1000w Kingwin PSU
- 256GB Samsung SSD
- 500GB Samsung HDD
- HAF X case
- MSI X58 Pro-e Mobo



I spent an hour or 2 taking apart everything and cleaning the case a bit.



3. 680 BLOCK INSTALLATION

Here's the back of the 680. The first step, obviously, is to remove the stock cooler.



Cooler removed.





Here's the back of the XSPC block. (dat copper)



Here's the thermal paste applied once I cleaned the GPU with 91% isopropyl alcohol. I might have used a little too much, but it seems good when I look at the block from the side.



Flipped the card onto the block, lined up the holes, and tightened them just slightly. Then went around the GPU and tightened those in a star pattern. I then went to the other screws and tightened them down.



Finished product. If temps seem a bit too high when all is said and done, I'll revisit the block and use a little less (and newer - this stuff is 2 years old) paste.





4. RADIATOR CLEANING AND PARTS

Here's the radiator. It's an XSPC RX360. First step was to boil some water, put it in here, and shake it up. I then dumped the water into a bowl to looks for sediment left over from the manufacturing process. I continued to do this until it was clear.



The tubing is XSPC UV blue tubing. I'm glad I ordered an extra 6' as I went through a lot of it. I used NTH1 for my TIM. Fittings are XSPC compression and a couple of other 90 and 45 fittings (although only one 90 was used).



Fans are XSPC branded. Supposedly not too bad, but I may change them in the future.



XSPC res and D5 pump combo. Inlet has a Koolance quick disconnect fitting for easy draining of the loop. (Am I the only one that finds it odd the pump is upside down? Seems to operate fine though).



5. CPU BLOCK INSTALLATION

Took of the noctua cooler off and cleaned the CPU.



Applied some thermal paste (I always seem to apply a bit too much - oh well).



Mounted up the XSPC Raystorm CPU block. Much easier than an air cooler to install.







6. FITTINGS, TUBING, FILLING, LEAK TESTING

Installed the rad, mobo, and 680 into case and started to plan my tubing. Had to go a little of course to avoid sharp bends (the 680 is sagging like crazy... not sure what to do about it).



put on the fans. was a really tight fit (no room for push/pull).







covered everything with paper towels and cardboard to keep an eye out for leaks and began to fill



Filled to the top and started working out the bubbles. Seems like a lot of them have gone, but there is a big one where the GPU goes back to the res.



Letting it leak test for the next 24 hours.







7. TEMPS

Idle temps for CPU are 31C - 35C and 27C - 29C for the GPU



Prime95 running for about 10 minutes.



Unigine Valley Benchmark



15 mins of FurMark 1080p stress test. Max GPU temp was 45C.


8.ALMOST DONE

All cables reconnected. Waiting for sleeved power extensions and new (blue) ram heat spreaders before I bother tidying up the case).





That's it for now. More to come soon! smile.gif
Edited by 08silverado - 3/27/13 at 9:49pm
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You make me want to shine up my EK block!
     
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The XSPC block is quite the looker.
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Subscribed...definitely looking forward to see the final piece. I plan on water cooling my Haf-X soon thumb.gif Will be taking note on this. Good luck
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Updated the OP with more pics!! biggrin.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 08silverado View Post

Updated the OP with more pics!! biggrin.gif

The bubbles where the GPU is feeding back to the reservoir is common, because it is coming from underneath and then going higher, you can just play with the tubing a bit to get rid of it, but do it last, you'll probably find any other air from elsewhere in the loop will collect in the same place.

Edit: looking good so far BTW!
     
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Good to know that's common, as it was really pissing me off! haha There's a quick disconnect right there, so I can lift the tubing up and try to get the air out. Thanks for the compliment! Also, is it safe to use a little dish soap to help get that bubble out?

edit: never mind. I don't think the dish soap is needed. I disconnected the QDC and lifted the tube and was able to get most of the air out. The rest of the air should be gone when I get home from work tonight.
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I don't know if the xspc d5 res is the same as the ddc dual bay res where the inlet is above the pump, but I had problems getting the last of the air out as it got sucked straight back into the loop
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The inlet is on the bottom on this res. It seem like I've gotten all of the big bubbles out, as I can't see any in the tubing and shaking the case or tapping the rad no longer do anything. I am going to start reconnecting all the power when I get home from work. biggrin.gif
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looks awesome! good job! how are temps?
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