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Greetings and pleasantries!

I recently entered the water cooling world with a Swiftech H220 and now I want to step up and make a custom water cooling loop for a system based on this:
Fractal Design Define XL R2
Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe
Intel i7 3770K
nvidia GTX Titan
Previous version (Click to show)
2 x ASUS GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP (SLI)
These will be sold as I believe they will dissipate to much heat for this loop.

My goal for my coming loop is primarily for it to be as near to silent as possible.
Currently my 3770K CPU runs at 4,5GHz (vcore: 1,130V). With the Swiftech H220 idle temps are ~35C and load temps are ~70C.
I am happy with this OC, but if I can squeeze a bit more out of it, it would be a great bonus.
External visual niceness is not really relevant, as the Fractal Design Define XL R2 basically is just a big black box (I like it that way :-).

I have spent a lot of time getting to know the top-of-the-iceberg of the liquid cooled world and for now I have come up with this setup:



Top radiator & fans:
Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 240mm (40cm thick)
2 x Noctua NF-F12 (push)
For external visual niceness the radiator will be on top of the fans in a pull configuration.

Back raditor & fans:
Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 120mm (45cm thick)
2 x Noctua NF-F12 PWM (push/pull)

Front radiator and fans:
Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 240mm (45cm thick)
4 x Noctua NF-F12 PWM (push/pull)

CPU (i7 3770K):
EK Water Blocks EK-Supremacy - Acetal + Nickel

GPU (1 x nvidia GTX Titan):
EK-FC Titan XXL Edition incl. Backplate

Pump & top:
Swiftech MCP35X Pump

Reservoir:
Swiftech MCP35X Rev.2b

Decoupling:
Aquacomputer Shoggy Sandwich

Tubing:
I havent decided on tubing yet except for the size: 12,7/9,5mm (3/8"ID).
I am leaning towards the Tygon R3603 tubing 12,7/9,5mm (3/8"ID).
Edit april 1st: I have decided on the PrimoChill PrimoFlex™ Advanced LRT™ 9,5 mm (3/8") / 12,7 mm (1/2") as it seems to have no problem with leaching.

Fittings:
Black Monsoon fittings.

Coolant:
Since I have EK blocks in this loop I will go with Clear Ekoolant for the first couple of years.

Airflow:
I believe that the airflow pictured in the image above is the optimal one with regards to keeping a positive air-pressure in the case.

Drain:
The drain will start by the pump outlet where a 90 degrees rotatable monsoon fitting will lead the tube up towards the front radiator inlet. Along the way a quick disconnector will be installed.

Overall I know that I am going slightly under standard with fan power, but i figure that since I am going with the equivalent of 5+ 120mm radiators for 2 blocks it should work and do it silent ...

Any comments are welcome!
Edited by plu2 - 4/27/13 at 11:08am
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post #2 of 10
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Reserved for final pictures of a black silent case :-)
Edited by plu2 - 3/27/13 at 5:38pm
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All parts have been ordered by now and the first radiator, an alphacool ST30 240mm, has arrived:


A closer inspection revealed just a minor paintjob issue on one of the threadings:


The alphacool ST30 240mm radiator ships with 2 sets of m3 screws; 30mm and 35mm in copper color. Luckily none of these screws will be visible from the outside.


So i thought I would commence my journey into the custom water loop world by rinsing this radiator. I used a mix of organic white vinegar and hot demineralized water in a 1:10 mix.
I filled the radiator with the hot mix and let it rest for 5 minutes. Then i emptied a bit of the mix out and gave the radiator a thorough shake for a minute.
This is what the mix looked like after the first rinse:


After repeating this 4 times more the mix was all clear:


Then I flushed the radiator with tap water until there was no smell of vinegar left and finally I gave it good flush with demineralized water.

I expect the Gigabyte GTX Titan to arrive tomorrow and the rest of the parts coming next week.
Edited by plu2 - 4/4/13 at 7:03am
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More goodies have arrived:

Noctua NF-F12 fans, Monsoon fittings, Alphacool XT45 120mm radiator, quick-disconnectors, Shoggy sandwich, tube cutter, spare O-rings, ATX-bridging plug, fill bottle, funnel, extensions and an L hose connector:


Swiftech MCP35x with Swiftech MCP35x reservoir rev. 2b:


Now I am just waiting for the last shipment from EK. It was delayed due to the PreciseMount for Naked Ivy being temporarily out-of-stock, but it is on its way now and should get here by thursday...
Oh - the joy of expectations - massively overrated! weirdsmiley.gif
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Current build with the Swiftech H220 AIO cooler:



I also moved the SSDs and the HDD up in the upper cage:
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The EK blocks arrived, but I had to go the GLS shop (45 minutes on the highway from my house) to pick them up as the package had been damaged in transit.
It turns out that one of the Ekoolant bottles had leaked and this is the sight I was looking at getting to the GLS shop:


Digging into the floated content I thought at first that the culprit of the leak was this TX screwdriver laying in between the Ekoolant bottles,

but it turned out that the leaking bottle was in fact completely sealed once the lid was closed properly. My guess is that the person packing my order at EK did not check to see if all bottles were properly closed...

Everything in the package was soaked liked this


but fortunately EK wraps the content in plastic, so the blocks were dry


The EK support initially offered to ship me a new bottle of Ekoolant but after a bit of writing back and forth EK agreed to compensate me by giving me a fair sized credit note for their webshop. I would have preferred the amount being transferred back to my Paypal account but EK denied this with "That would be partial refund and we cannot do that, due to transparency." ...

I am not entirely happy with the handling and support of my orders from EK, but even though I am a WC n00b, I must say that the quality and finish of the EK blocks are astounding.
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Time to mount the EK Titan XXL block on the Gigabyte GTX Titan.

Say bye bye to the noise generating stock cooler




Clean die


Thermal paste (GELID GC-Extreme) and thermal pads installed on one side:


Water block mounted and thermal pads applied to the back:


and the final result with the backplate mounted:


I got help and inspiration for mounting the water block on the Titan from this youtube video. But where he aligns the block on top of the PCB I found it easier to align the PCB on top of the block...
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Time to go Naked Ivy!

First getting the motherboard out:


Say bye bye to this IHS:


CPU mounted on the vice. I did use tape to make sure the PCB wouldn't go flying:


and after 6 controlled wacks, each being just a bit harder than the previous, I noticed that the PCB moved a bit and then I could just wriggle the PCB of the IHS.


I didn't bother to clean the IHS as I am going Naked Ivy


Applying the CLU to the die (I know, it's bit too much)




Removing the retention bracket

and getting ready for Naked Ivy:




Changing the jet of the EK Supremacy CPU block to J2


and mounting the block:
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Wo ho, my first tube connection ever going from the front rad to the top rad:


continuing to the CPU block:


on to the back rad:


and the GPU block:


Getting ready to decouple the pump using the standard screw holes in the bottom of the Fractal Design Define XL R2:


Tubing the female part of the quick disconnect drain going from the front rad to the pump:


and connecting the male part coming from the pump:




Finishing the loop from the GPU to the pump:


for this final result of the tubing:

Note that I didn't use the adhesive parts on the Shoggy sandwich. The lower fan on the front rad actually holds the Shoggy sandwich firmly in place.
The 140mm bottom fan is the original Fractal Design Silent Series R2 140mm that came with Define XL R2. It fits just perfect and is very close to complete silent.

Getting ready for the leak test:


The leak test went on for 6 hours. During the hole period the pump was at full speed and the Ekoolant in the reservoir kept looking like this:


The most exiting moment of this build:


During the leak test I was thinking that this loop was going to be a PITA to bleed, but it took less than 5 minutes to bleed the most by setting the pump at ~1700 RPM.


Unfortunately two of the Noctua NF-F12 fans had some noise issues, but within 12 hours of submitting a RMA at Noctua I received an email telling me that two new fans had been shipped to me and that I upon arrival should send them a picture of the two bad fans with a fan blade broken of each. This is outstanding customer service from Noctua!
The replacement fans have arrived today (as I am writing this). I will test them and then mount them on the front radiator.

All in all I consider this build a mission accomplished as my primary goal was to lower the noise substantially.
I am able to run both the GPU and CPU at full load simultaneously with the fans spinning at max 700 RPM.
In this screen dump I ran Prime95 and the EVGA OC Scanner X stress test finishing with the benchmark test after an hour. The maximum reported temp is 70C. However, when ever I checked in on the temps for the hour that the test last, the CPU temp was ~60C. (ambient temp: 20C)


Now I just need to borrow a decent camera for some final pictures of this Fractal plu29um custom n00b loop build :-)
Edited by plu2 - 4/27/13 at 11:07am
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post #10 of 10
Hey this looks really similar to mine! except I used fatter radiators, and could barely squeeze them in.. and I couldn't get that last one on the back, but I like how mine fills out the case more. Still, good job on your 5X surface area! (also, your specs crush mine.. dang titans.)
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