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This build is meant to be my LAN box and my wife's primary desktop. We have wanted to get involved in gaming together and this was a practical solution to two problems. I tried to be somewhat budget conscious when building this machine and ended up where I am currently.

Hardware:

FX 8320 @ 4.9Ghz
Asus Sabertooth Rev. 2.0 Gen. 3
G-Skill 2400Mhz RAM 9-9-9-24 @ 1.65v
7950 SAPPHIRE 100352-4L
Western Digital 1TB HD

Cooling:
Swiftech compression fittings 3/8 x 1/2
Random black vinyl tubing from Mcmaster Carr (temporary)
Swiftech H220 with (4) Helix fans in push pull on the front of the HAF-XB
Alphacool UT60 120mm Radiator in rear with (2) Helix fans in push pull
Heatkiller GPU-X Core LT block on the 7950 with a 60 DIY kit
Heatsinks on GPU Cosmos ® 8 PCS Aluminum VGA
The card requires 11 heatsinks in all. These come with thermal pads pre-applied. They do clear the 6mm requirement recommended by Heatkiller.

Future add-ons:
Additional 180mm radiator to bottom exhaust and 360mm Alphacool radiator to bottom. This will require me to remove the standard hard drive and go SSD, but that was the original plan upon building this machine. I will add a second 7950 to the loop as this happens. The 180mm will just be running Yate-Loon fans and the 360 will run Helix fans.


Case:
Cooler Master HAF-XB
PSU Antec 520 watt - I intend on modding and removing most of the cables once I know the loop is sound. I will eventually replace this, but for the current setup it is ample.


Fan Configuration:

Currently running all of the fans as intake. The XB has a lot of ventilation and I figured the positive pressure air will force the lighter hot air out. I may change this as time goes on or add an exhaust fan, but my ambient temperatures are at 23C constantly so that nice breeze on everything tends to work. I m always open to verified suggestions.























I do have a question with these last couple of pictures. The DIY block needs to cool the long rectangle. The problem is that the pieces behind is are slightly taller. The block itself is 12mm wide and 30mm long. The plate can be trimmed down to any dimensions, but no smaller than the black Acetal block's size. I m not sure if I should just use one thermal pad and allow it to unevenly contact both. I m quite perplex on how to resolve this.


The loop is also not like it is shown in the pictures. Ill snag a shot of how it is run now. but here is the explanation.

240mm Rad -> H220 Pump barb (back barb near 120mm rad) -> H220 Pump Front barb -> 120mm Rad bottom port -> 120mm Rad top port -> HK GPU Block PCI-E/Bottom of motherboard port -> HK GPU Block top/front port -> Ending at 240mm Rad.

This route had the smoothest bends/transitions stays out of the way from everything. Total is probably 3ft in tubing.
Edited by dsmwookie - 5/9/13 at 7:34am
post #2 of 12
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Well despite everyone's lack of interest Ill continue with this smile.gif

Loop is together and I will probably bleed it and test today.

I m going to leave the DIY 60 block off for today and allow the rad fans to cool the back regulators. Meanwhile I will cut a template out of the copper and solve the spacing issue. Worst case is I will take a reference air cooler and chop off the back of it to mill down a flat spot and attach the DIY 60 acetal block to that.











I was considering a Dwood fan option, but he seems pretty backed up right now. So I may have my buddy CNC some options up for me.

If you have any questions, comments, or advice shoot it at me. Ill make sure to wear deodorant for all my other posts biggrin.gif
Edited by dsmwookie - 5/13/13 at 7:40am
post #3 of 12
That looks really cramped. I've never been a fan of single 120mm rads, and with an Alphacool Monsta, it is really intrusive. Cool build log, though :|
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post #4 of 12
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That looks really cramped. I've never been a fan of single 120mm rads, and with an Alphacool Monsta, it is really intrusive. Cool build log, though :|

It isn't as bad as it looks. The angles I took the photos aren't as forgiving, but I wanted to leave out random carpet/office shots biggrin.gif

The HAF-XB doesn't have a ton of unified room for radiators, so the next two will be on the bottom of the box; one rad being a 180mm and the other being a 360mm. The 120 uptop is a bit daunting as well due to me running the radiators in push/pull. With room being at a premium and wanting good performance I opted to push/pull after reading Martin's Liquidlabs.org. I had considered a Swiftech QP, but the performance seemed to be pretty noticeable and since I m not adding the 360/180 right away I figured this was the best bag for the buck in that area. I was a little concerned if I put a lesser 120 rad it would cost me a lower CPU/GPU overclock for the time being.

Originally I wanted to use the top left GPU port to go to the radiator, but the transition seemed impossible to not kink the hose. If I can resolve that dilemma then I will more than likely switch it up.

The wife's Corsair K70 showed up as well thumb.gif
post #5 of 12
Awesome 120mm rad.

That HK GPU block is nice but your card could fit a full cover HD7970 reference block and it would be easier and perform better.


Your build is nice.


Why didn't you just get a full cover block?
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post #6 of 12
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I wanted to keep GPU blocks that are reusable. I was considering tossing 2-3 more 7950s in here and felt these were a good economical choice. The copper plate was supposed to give me a simple way of cooling the VRMs but it has been a bit of a headache.
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Originally Posted by dsmwookie View Post

I wanted to keep GPU blocks that are reusable. I was considering tossing 2-3 more 7950s in here and felt these were a good economical choice. The copper plate was supposed to give me a simple way of cooling the VRMs but it has been a bit of a headache.



My first block for my HD 7950 was a Swiftech MCW82 7900 and it worked out well with my stock VRM heat sink but it didn't cool my VRM or memory good enough for my for my over clocking/operating likes.


I sold the block and got a full cover block and the temps and operation of the card is much better.


My first set up.

Sapphire HD7950 950mhz Edition with MCW82-7900 Water Block


My second learn the hard way proper set up.

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I have a Swiftech Komodo on my 7970, this is just the wife's build and will be pretty mild in the GPU overclocks. I ll show you the VRM plate that will be watercooled as well, it extends off of the Heatkiller GPU block and sends water to it. I m hoping it will cool close to what a full block will and it is re-usable whenever I change GPUs.
post #9 of 12
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Finished cutting down the DIY-60 to fit the VRMs and mounting wholes. I have some Fujiploy Extreme thermal pads on the way here to fix my gap situation and hopefully dissipate the heat. Should have the system tested and up and running Friday evening. Looking forward to the changes and overall was not that bad once I set out with a game plan. If the cooling of the VRMs are good then I will definitely consider doing a second one.











post #10 of 12
Good job on the custom cutting, that takes skill to do. I hope it works out.


You still need to stick a small heat sink on your memory VRM which doesn't have anything on it.
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