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My first pc build and first time water cooling

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So i decided to build a computer because previously all i had was laptops over the years to game on. After watching one of my buddys play games on his gaming pc i was instantly converted to towers over laptops. During the process of researching parts i decided to water cool it as well. its the first time ive ever built a pc or watercooled anything, So it was quite the experience for me but with a littl

Parts list
Case - NZXT Switch 810
Ram - 16 gb Corsair Vengeance 1600
Mobo - Asus Sabertooth Z77
CPU - Intel I5 3570
PSU - Corsair 750
Graphics Card - EVGA GTX 680
1TB Seagate HD
128 GB Samsung SSD
LG Bluray Disk Drive
Bitfenix Recon fan controller
1 120 mm Cougar case fan
3 140 mm NZXT case fans

Watercooling parts
6 Cougar 140 mm fans
XSPC CPU Block
Black Ice GTX Extreme 420 rad
EK GPU Block
Swiftech 355 pump
XSPC Res
3/4 x 1/2 tubing

It took me about 2 weeks to get everything finished and in there and i didnt start taking pictures till about half way through and they are iphone pictures so they arent the greatest. Learned a few things the hard way with watercooling and building a computer but it was a good experience and i plan to build another one in the future. let me know what you guys think.

Benchmarked with 3dMark11

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/6619049

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/6619129

















pictures are before leak test, initail start up, and then finished product
post #2 of 14
I don't know to much about custom WC system, but this is a beautiful build. Congrads on the change to desktop gaming and congrads on the new build+watercooling!
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
thanks the differences are staggering.
post #4 of 14
Hey nice work. The only thing i would suggest is using some angled fittings to cut some length off of the tubing, but if thats not your style and you like the long curves thats cool just an idea.
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post #5 of 14
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thats a good idea. i hadnt thought of that. ill have to give it a try. thanks
post #6 of 14
Grats on converting to PC's. smile.gif

Now to throw some tips at ya! thumb.gifwink.gif

Firstly, I very much recommend flipping that 360 radiator around, this will allow you to have CPU > RAD, and RAD > RES. With this change in mind, I recommend buying a tube reservoir such as the EK250 or one by Bitspower. These tube reservoirs match very well with the D5 series pumps. Would you also be in shop to get a full cover GPU block for that GTX 680?

With a couple changes, this rig could look great! Especially with that smexy Z77 mobo. tongue.gif Seems you have the funds to do so? thumb.gif

Here's what your rig could look like with the changes I recommended:

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firstly i have to say its a 420 rad not a 360 and i had it the other way at first but couldnt get the fittings to fit with the mobo so i flipped it to get it in there. i had looked at the tube res but the one i wanted wasnt in stock at any of the places i looked so i got the one i have now because it mounts on the pump and that was convenient. and what do you mean by a full block on the gpu? you mean like a back plate? thanks for the suggestions im still learning and appreciate all the advice people give.
post #8 of 14
Well that's a bummer, have you tried fitting adapters to fix the mobo/radiator space? Never mind about the gpu block., I thought it wasn't a full cover one but it is. What kind of waterblock is it? It's very odd that you can't put any fittings on the top side. Having that big loop from gpu to cpu is just weird.

I don't know if your going for looks or just performance for your build, but I would still venture into getting a tube reservoir. It would really make your rig look a lot nicer. If you like the whole pump/res connection, the d5 vario pumps have pump tops that connect straight to reservoirs as well. Check out Frozencpu.com and just search Bitspower Pump Top.

I'll say it again. You have a really nice rig set up, ya just gotta fix the looks on the inside. wink.gifthumb.gif
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yeah i tried 6 different fittings and none of them fit they just always hit. and i thought the same thing about the gpu block. i was a little confused when i got it and they were facing down and not up. i didnt really like the ginormously long tube from cpu to gpu but thats the only way i saw to do it when i was getting it together. i was thinking of maybe doing a couple 90* fittings and making it come out facing up but i wasnt sure how that would look.

i definitely want it to look good but performance is the biggest thing.
post #10 of 14
...Just realized the fitting issue is most likely due to the thermal armour of the Z77. I'm sure you've tried installing 45 degree fittings, so I guess no point in bringing that up.

I'm still curious as to what GPU waterblock that is, bro. thumb.gif
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