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Corsair 900D build with a HD 7990 Watercooled and 3 radiators!

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Hey guys. So I am starting my first official ground-up build. I have built a few systems in the past, but all simple assembly systems. Only have ever watercooled the CPU. So I am trying to go big on this one. I already have everything I need (mostly). I know some of the parts aren't the best parts, but a good portion of this I already have in my current build, so to minimize cost I am using much of my current hardware. When I did need to buy new components, I tried to get quality parts.

This build might take me a while, as I work, am a student, and my wife and I are expecting our first in September. Goal is to have it done BEFORE the baby girl arrives. (crossing fingers). I have never done a build log, so I will take lots of pictures. I always accept any suggestions or feedback, as I know I have a lot to learn. So feel free to throw your 2 cents in here (but don't be hurt if I don't necessarily take it redface.gif).

So, here is what I have so far. I have some of the small work done, so I will post pictures of that in a day or 2.

Components:

System:

i5 - 3570K @ 4.8GHz
Asus Maximus V Formula
G.Skill Sniper PC1866 8GB (2x4GB)
XFX HD 7950
Powercolor HD 7950
PowerColor 7990
OCZ Vertex 3 128GB SSD Samsung 840 PRO 256GB SSD
Western Digital Black 2TB HDD
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050W
Asus DVD/CD Burner
Razer Deathadder 3.5G
Dell MX 23" LED monitor
Dell MX 23" LED monitor
Dell MX 23" LED monitor

Case:
Corsair 900D
HDD cages removed (SSD and HDD mounted in top optical bays)
Stealthed DVD drive
Floor installed (Plexi covered in carbon fiber overlay)
2x Corsair AFL 120mm fans (front)
Corsair AFL140L 140mm fan (rear)

Cooling:
NZXT Sentry Mesh fan controller (internal)
Koolance HL 480mm radiator (bottom side mount)
4x Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm Silent red LED fans
XSPC RS 360mm radiator Swiftech MCR220 Quiet Power 240mm radiator (front mount)
3x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm fans
XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
Swiftech Apogee HD CPU Block - white
2x EK FC7950 Acetal VGA block EK HD 7990 Acetal + Nickel Full cover water block with backplate RAM cooler
2x EK FC7950 backplate Alphacool UT60 140mm 60mm thick radiator - rear mount
2x Bitspower Z-Multi 250 full acrylic reservoir
2x Swiftech MCP-655 variable pump
2x EK D5 X-Top pump top
PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 3/8"x5/8" tubing (Bloodshed red & Elegant white)
Mayhems Aurora Cooling Concentrate - Tharsis Red and Supernova White
All Bitspower Fittings

I think I have good potential with the build. I am making it 2 separate loops. The CPU/VRM will be on one loop and the GPUs will be on another loop. I did this to separate the lines so they would be easier to bleed and clean when needed. One line will run red tubing and the red coolant and the other white coolant and tubing. Each line runs its own pump and reservoir. All the fittings are Bitspower Matte Black, and all of the tubing fittings are compression. I will have 2 separate fillports mounted in the top of the case with stoppers for each line, and at the bottom behind the quad radiator there will be separate drain lines. Both the fill and drain lines are run through Bitspower Y splitters. The fillport is a Bitspower pass-through fillport and the drains are Bitspower mini valves.

The quad rad will run along the bottom with the 4 red Sickleflow fans in front of it, so the fan LEDs show through the bottom mesh. The 360 is mounted up top with the 3 Excalibur fans. I will somewhere install white LEDs to illuminate the interior. I liked the floor that was in the 800D, so I made a floor in this one. I took black acrylic sheet and covered it with carbon fiber overlay. For the optical drive, I didn't want to get rid of it, but I didn't want to buy an external drive either. I like how the front of the case looks, so I removed the DVD drive from it's metal sleeve. I drilled new holes in it 1/4" further back. I then took the drive bay cover, dremeled it down, and glued it to the DVD drive bay door with a 1/4" thick acrylic piece. This makes it flush with the front, so you cannot tell it is there. I then cut a tiny square out of the bay cover, and took the old clear button and cit it down to a tiny square. I mounted that behind the drive bay cover. So the button works to eject it, but once the tray is out, you have to push it back in. I wasn't in the mood to wire a button to the bay cover and have wires follow the cover out.

I am individually sleeving the cables in black with red and white accents. All of the sleeving is Bitspower Super Tight Weave 1/8" with matching heatshrink. I will get some pictures of that posted today. I have most of those done.

That is all I know so far. I will work to keep this build updated. Be patient with me! I am new and I might be slightly slow. Looking forward to this build! Thanks!
Edited by Close2Death - 8/12/13 at 8:03am
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So here is the sleeving I have done so far. It is mostly black with just a bit of red and white in it.


I also have the block installed on the first card, the Powercolor HD 7950. I really liked the look of the EK FC7950 block. I have the matching backplate as well, although I might replace it with something custom at a later date.



post #3 of 94
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Here is the (MS Paint...forgive me) schematic that I am using for the setup. This should give you an idea of where I am going with it. Does this seem reasonable?

I also did a count of fittings. Kind of scary when you realize how much BP fittings cost. I went with BP because I like the quality, and they are one of the few fittings manufacturers that have EVERY fitting you need. I am a bit OCD so I like everything to match. So here is what I am using:

25 3/8" x 5/8" rotary Compression - matte black
2 45 degree elbow fittings - matte black
4 90 degree Triple rotary 3/8" x 5/8" Compression - matte black
2 Ball Valves - matte black
4 Y Splitters - matte black
2 Fillports - matte black
8 plugs - matte black
2 Male/Male connectors - matte black
2 3/8" x 5/8" clamps (for the VRM) - matte black
1 40mm adjustable Crossfire connector - matte black


post #4 of 94
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So I got in a bunch of stuff that I was waiting on! Nothing is more exciting that opening huge boxes from Frozen and Performance.




I was also able to finish up the sleeving for all of the cables. I did end up sleeving the cables to the pumps as well, but I didn't take pictures of those.


I got the first radiator installed into the case. I mounted the 4 Slipstream fans on there, and I began running tubing. As you can see, I have planned for 2 separate drain ports at the bottom. One will be on the red tubing, the other white. On the open end of this 3-way splitter, it will be the outflow to the video cards. Pump #1 will run into the radiator, and I havn't installed that yet. I need to finish the floor of the case. Either way, here is what I have so far.





I will follow up with more work! I am trying to find as much time as I can to complete this before the baby gets here!
post #5 of 94
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One more:

post #6 of 94
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Hey guys so I wanted to get thoughts on the radiator placement. Here are the potential placements I have thought of. Don't mind if they are crooked, i was hanging them with a zip tie just for examples. I dont know how I could make the flat reservoir setup work, since the res. has to feed the pump, and with it laying on its side, it would be hard to keep air out of the loop.

Anyone have thoughts? Suggestions? I got the floor done, now I just need to decide pump and radiator placement. Thanks for your input!



post #7 of 94
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One additional note: I bought 2 new items for the build. I purchased a Swiftech Apogee HD in white for the CPU block. This replaces the XPSC block I had. I also ended up buying a Samsung 840 PRO 256GB SSD. I wasn't planning on replacing the SSD, but I got a good deal on it, so I pounced. Will post pictures when they arrive.
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Originally Posted by Close2Death View Post

Hey guys so I wanted to get thoughts on the radiator placement. Here are the potential placements I have thought of. Don't mind if they are crooked, i was hanging them with a zip tie just for examples. I dont know how I could make the flat reservoir setup work, since the res. has to feed the pump, and with it laying on its side, it would be hard to keep air out of the loop.

Anyone have thoughts? Suggestions? I got the floor done, now I just need to decide pump and radiator placement. Thanks for your input!




I vote the third picture because of the unique placement of the reservoir, I might do the same thing on my next 900d build biggrin.gif Don't mind if I take your idea
wink.gif ? It would be good if you change the position of the pump top up and not side ways so tubing would be easy, but that's my opinion. Your build remind me of Mass Effect, I like it tongue.gif

Sub'd! Awesome 900d build, can't wait to see what comes next thumb.gif
post #9 of 94
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HOLY CRAP, A SUBSCRIBER! biggrin.gif Thanks!

So my concern with the 3rd one would be that the reservoir is sitting on its side. Since the out-port is in the middle, it is difficult to ensure that the pump it is linked to will not run dry. Do you think that would be an issue, or am I overthinking it?

BTW, what is the Mass Effect build you are talking about? I'm not familiar with that one.
post #10 of 94
I hope you have read the mayhems aurora Wiki before purchasing the components ? As a fellow student i know how money can be an issue and having most of my loan and saved up stuff going in to computer's, i know it's not that smart but i'm studying computer science, still scared to death if any of my six computers break down..

just make sure nothing clogs up and hopefully you have the recommended parts thumb.gif sorry if this headsup come by in the no point of return
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