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Building waterblocks, reservoirs, and radiators =)

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Hey, so I'm just one of those people that are only satisfied by taking the most extreme rout. Part of it has to do with being able to say I did this and the other and more prominent is the learning curve. I built a new computer back in September and purchased the Asus Maximus V Extreme mobo, i7 3770k cpu, 16gb of corsair vengence at 1666 mhz, 120 gb samsung A830 ssd, 850w psu, a used radeon hd 6970 of witch I may get another from the same guy, and the azza hurricane red case. What I want to do is switch to watercooling as temps run high on my cpu and video card. I also want to overclock to 5ghz continuously if possible. I will also be experimenting with phase changers which I am going to build from an old window air conditioner (I found a guide on how to make one).
What I want to know is this:
Which waterblock should I model my cpu and gpu waterblocks after?
I have access to a cnc mill but I will be graduating in May so I need to mill out the block before then. They will let me use it on the acetal top but I will have to do the copper block using a rotary tool with a diamond edged blade. I found a guide for the reservoir and will make 1 or 2 depending on what you guys think i should do. Also could someone please point me in the right direction for custom building a couple of rads? If that is going to be to costly I was going to buy a couple of small engine rads and was wondering if anyone had any experience using these and could vouch for the effectiveness. I was thinking of building a rack and mounting them under my case. Would this be a good idea? if not where should I put them? Also if you know of a diagram displaying the waterblocks open that i should model mine after it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
I am planning to purchase materials from mcmaster-carr.com
Thanks!
post #2 of 5
don't build your own waterblock, just get a pair of raystorms.
for the other things;
res: use a drink bottle with two 180 degree fittings sealed into the side.
gpu memory: if you ise a universal block you can make your own VRM heatsink.
radiator: get a car heater core/transmission radiator or build a Volenti cooler (check my sig for some details). it's essentially a radiator the evaporates water.
post #3 of 5
Not car radiators. They are the wrong design, relatively low flow/high volumes. You want automotive heater core(s). There was a particular year of Pontiac Bonneville cores that were preferred.

As for making blocks, how are you going to cut the o-ring groves with a Dremel? And you'll find using a Dremel on copper, well, frustrating. Even with a mill, copper is hard to machine as it melts easily.

I'd suggest you visit Procooling.com. It's dead now, but in the day it was the seat of all watercooling knowledge. All the basic concepts of watercooling were developed and tested there. You'll find many DYI watercooling threads. Check out the articles and forums. Read what Cather (the father of watercooling) has to say too.
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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Let me link you to something you will find really useful and informative :-

http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/showthread.php?t=363597

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Thank you so much for the links and info =). I will get back to you guys in a couple of days when I have time to sift through everything
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