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Hello folks!

Although I'm already halfway done my 350D watercooled build, I just recently joined OCN so I thought I would share the rest of it. I've gotten the all the main components installed and am now waiting on the video card to get here before finishing the last of my tubing. I'm new, so give me any tips on making my build logs better, I'm really just going to wing this one, haha.

The parts I'm using:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
CPU: i7 3770K
RAM: 2x4GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 1600MHZ
GPU: Zotac GTX 670
PSU: 750 Watt XFX semi-modular
SSD: 512Gb Samsung 840 Series
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-M
Fans: 3x Corsair SP120 PWM Quiet Edition

Watercooling Parts:


RAD #1: XSPC RX240
RAD #2: XSPC RS240
CPU Block: XSPC Raystorm
GPU Block: XSPC Razor GTX 670
RES: Bitspower Tank Z-Multi 150 Inline Reservoir - Clear
Tubing: Primochill Clear
Fittings: Assorted Bitspower Straight, 90 Degree, 45 Degree (if you want details I'm happy to provide them)
Pump: Swiftech DDC
Pump Top: XSPC Laing DDC Acrylic top
Misc: Bitspower 120mm Water tank mount panel, Koolance QD4, Mayhems Dye UV Blue/Clear, Monsoon Silver Bullet, UV 5mm and 3mm LEDs, Logysis LED UV tube

5/26/2013 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This is where the computer is at so far, I have the radiators, fans, CPU block, and all that stuff installed already.



Since I'm using half inch tubing for such a small form factor computer, I had to think of "different" ways to connect all the parts together. The output from the pump goes straight up to the first thick radiator



Then it goes to the CPU block through a 45 degree fitting and then goes from the CPU block to the top radiator.



Now I'm just waiting on the GTX 670 to get here. I decided to go with the 670 because it has a small form factor (at least the reference PCB) and XSPC has a block for it. I needed a short graphics card, because I wanted to fit a full sized tube reservoir into the built for aesthetics. I can also buy another 670 to SLI for maximum gaming performance! Here is a picture of where it's going to go tongue.gif



Here is another final picture of where I am so far, thanks for reading!


6/2/2013 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Haven't had much time to update, but the build is actually done! Here is what went down cool.gif

I actually purchased the wrong video card because I had idiotically assumed that a short pcb GTX 670 would automatically be reference. Turned out I was wrong, ended up having to return the PNY card for this Zotac, which IS reference.



This fitting is a super tight squeeze since it's sandwiched between the motherboard I/O and the 8pin power connector. I soon realized that I had to use a 45 degree fitting or else the 8pin connector would be in the way...



Here is the build before I filled the loop, have the GTX 670 in with plenty of room for even more fans!



Here it is done!


Update! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I noticed soon after I finished the build that the pump was rather loud - extremely loud to be honest. I have worked with these pumps before, and my last pump was whisper quiet, so I know something was wrong. I ended up draining the loop, which was a huge pain, and taking out the pump to examine. Removing the pump impeller, I noticed that there was little bits of plastic gunk at inside the cavity. I was initially baffled as I had flushed all the radiators and water blocks, but after leading a more detailed investigation, I realized that the culprit was actually the video card block. Because of the way it was made, it had little pieces of black plastic leftover from the drilling of the G1/4 holes that were stuck to the inside of the ports that wouldn't come loose when flushed, but would come lose when screwed something into them. Cleaning everything up, the pump is now very quiet and seems to be working as intended!


Again here is the final product! I posted more pictures on my Facebook page, if you guys could check it out it would be greatly appreciated!

https://www.facebook.com/primebuiltpc


If you have any questions about the case, feel free to ask. Thanks for reading!
Edited by Prime Built - 5/19/14 at 9:36pm
post #2 of 25
Real sharp build, i love seeing cases stuffed with rads.
post #3 of 25
Looks great, I love this case. I seriously considered doing a water cooled 350D before ending up with my 630. Looking forward to seeing the GPU installed and the loop completed.
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post #4 of 25
Amen to that. Seeing cases absolutely crammed full of water cooling is so awesome.

Was just imagining what a 350D would look like with 2 rads in it and I discover this build. thumb.gif
post #5 of 25
It's great seeing how much one can fit into a 350D. Looks awesome too thumb.gif
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How did you go with fitting the rad up top with clearance? I have a Maximus V Gene in mine with an EX240 up top and it fouls on the 8 pin connector. Considering getting an Alphacool ST30 for the top since it gives me 5mm more room to play with.
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Originally Posted by Menzies View Post

How did you go with fitting the rad up top with clearance? I have a Maximus V Gene in mine with an EX240 up top and it fouls on the 8 pin connector. Considering getting an Alphacool ST30 for the top since it gives me 5mm more room to play with.

The motherboard I am using has it's 8 pin connecter located lower down on the motherboard. The cord itself was just squeezed behind the radiator without too much trouble. When I was planning my build, the one thing I was worried about was clearance issues since I am using such a small case. my original plan was to use 140mm radiators for both the top and front, but afterwards decided to play it safe with 120mm. I was lucky because had I decided to go the 140mm route, I wouldn't have been able connect the 8 pin CPU.
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Great looking build, love to see how it turns out!

I'm planning a watercooled 350D build myself. If you installed a graphics card in the 4th PCI-E slot (taking up the 4th and 5th slots on the case), do you think there's enough space for an angled 90° fitting that comes out of the bottom of the block?
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Great looking build, love to see how it turns out!

I'm planning a watercooled 350D build myself. If you installed a graphics card in the 4th PCI-E slot (taking up the 4th and 5th slots on the case), do you think there's enough space for an angled 90° fitting that comes out of the bottom of the block?

Yes! I'm using a XSPC Waterblock and can just barely fit a 90° fitting. It's so flush, that it literally touches the PSU.

Goodluck in your build!
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I have been monitoring your build log for quite a while now and I must say you did a great job! Since I had first ordered my 350D, I have been planning my own water cooling project, but it just kicks me to know I can't mount the reservoir on the front radiator without risk to my GTX 680 placement. From your pictures, it looks like there is no extra clearance for a 10.5" long card, but I wanted to ask you whether this was true. Please tell me I am wrong because I would love to do build like this, but at the same time, I am also willing to sell my 680!

An XSPC dual bay reservoir was another option, but since it would take away room for my hard drive and probably look slightly odd on the front of the case, I felt the first option would be a much better one.

Edit:
In fact, what is the max length for a GPU with your configuration?
Edited by ryalho - 6/2/13 at 9:11pm
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