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TL;DR - Upgrading PC to include GTX 680 in watercooling loop. Replacing RADS with new Black Ice X-Flow ones, I'll be painting the RADS red and hopefully have white fans, and debating on a few questions:

Stick with D5 Dual Res and D5 Vario Pump? Or switch out for a helix res and different pump?
Which Fans to use? I have a price limit of around £350 and so far:

1 x 240mm Black ICE X-FLOW Rad GT Stealth @ £36.98
1 x 360mm Black ICE X-FLOW Rad GT Stealth @ £46.99
1 x Watercool Heatkiller GPU-X3 GTX 680 LT @ £78.95
1x Watercool Heatkiller GPU Backplate GTX 680 @ £22.80
1 x Bitfenix Recon Internet-Connected Fan Controller (Black) @ £29.99
1 x Mayhems Pastel Ice White Coolant 1L @ £14.99
2 x Primochill Primoflex Advanced Tubing 16/11 (7/16") @ £11.98 (£5.99/ea)
2 x XSPC G1/4" to 7/16" Compression Fitting (Black Chrome) @ £5.98 (£2.99/ea)

That comes to: £260.05

So I have roughly £100 to spend on fans or other stuff that I need.

What fans should I have or is there anything else I need?

Different Pump or Res? See pictures and information below for reasoning behind it.

Also with the Bitfenix Recon, Can I run several fans off one channel?

What fans should I use on the rads? I want it to be as quiet as possible, may also consider changing all my other fans to whichever gets chosen aswell.

I'd prefer to keep the white and red theme aswell.

Warning: Long Post! (Click to show)

Hello All,

First a little background.

A while back, I had some insurance payout because my old computer got wrecked and so I started a new build which as been going on ever since.

At first, I started off with the following components:

1. Raystorm Intel CPU Block
2. D5 Dual Bay Reservoir
3. D5 Vario Pump.
4. EX360 Dual Radiator
5. G1/4" to 7\16" Compression Fittings
6. K2 Thermal Paste
7. 2 Meters of Clear 7/16" Hose
8. Intel and AMD RayStorm Brackets
- Socket 775, 1366 and 1155/1154 Backplates
- Socket AM2 and AM3 mounting kit
- 80mm to 120mm Radiator brackets
9. XSPC 1650rpm 120mm Fan x3 (Will be unused)
10. Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Full Tower Windowed Case - Black
11. Akasa AK-FN059 120mm Ultra Quiet Venom Viper Cool Fan - 3/4 Pin (x4)
12. BitFenix Spectre 200mm Fan Orange LED - black
13. Mayhems Pastel - Sunset Yellow Coolant 1L ** NEW COLOUR FOR 2012 **
14. Akasa Venom 750w Modular '80 Plus' Power Supply
15. Sapphire HD 7950 FLEX DUAL-X 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
16. Asus Z77 Sabertooth Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard
17. Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W)
18. Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gigabit Gaming Network Card OEM
19. G.Skill RipJawsX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL )
20. OcUK 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM
21. OcUK Tube Cutter Aluminum 3-14mm
22. Sabotaz Spray Paint Absinth - 400ml
23. OcUK Value PSU Bridging Connector (24 Pin)

Breakdown of Parts

1 -<9 - Watercooling System
10 - Full Tower ThermalTake Case - Designed for large systems and watercooling.
11. 4 Akasa Yellow Fans - 3 to replace Watercooling ones and one to place in the case.
12. To replace front blue Fan - Make it more Yellow/Orange to match design.
13. Liquid Coolant for Watercooling System
14 -<20 Computer Parts - Main Parts - I.E MB, RAM, CPU, GPU,
21 -<23. Tools for modding.

That's all working grand, but it's not enough for a modder like me.

I dropped the Gaming Network Card and then changed to these parts:

Parts List

1. Raystorm Intel CPU Block
2. D5 Dual Bay Reservoir
3. D5 Vario Pump.
4. EX360 Dual Radiator
5. G1/4" to 7\16" Compression Fittings
6. K2 Thermal Paste
7. 2 Meters of Clear 7/16" Hose
8. Intel and AMD RayStorm Brackets
- Socket 775, 1366 and 1155/1154 Backplates
- Socket AM2 and AM3 mounting kit
- 80mm to 120mm Radiator brackets
9. XSPC 1650rpm 120mm Fan x3 (Will be unused)
10. Xigmatek Elysium
11. Akasa AK-FN059 120mm Ultra Quiet Venom Viper Cool Fan - 3/4 Pin (x6)
12. BitFenix Spectre 200mm Fan Orange LED - black
13. Mayhems Pastel - Sunset Yellow Coolant 1L ** NEW COLOUR FOR 2012 **
14. Akasa Venom 750w Modular '80 Plus' Power Supply
15. Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 7850 OC Windforce 2X 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card w/ Nexuiz & Dirt Showdown PC Games
16. Asus Z77 Sabertooth Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard
17. Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W)
18. GeIL EVO Corsa 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-14900C9 1866MHz Dual Channel Kit
19. BitFenix Spectre LED ORANGE 120mm Fan
20. Akasa AK-FN063 140mm Ultra Quiet Viper Cool Fan - 3/4 Pin
21. Akasa Siliconized Rubber Fan Pins - 20 Pack (AK-MX003)
22. PrimoChill Black Steel Spring Clips - 7/16"

Breakdown of Parts

1 - 9. Watercooling Kit - XSPC Fans will remain unused - AKASA VENOM VIPER FANS TO REPLACE
10. Xigmatek Elysium Windowed Case Black
11. 3x Fans for radiator, remaining 3 for Case (Intake)
12. Side Fan Exhaust - May not be used.
13. Coolant - Yellow to go with Black/Yellow Build
14. Black and Yellow PSU
15. Graphics Card
16. Motherboard - Black - TUF Thermal Armour
17. Processor - K Retail Edition - 2 Year Warrenty
18. Yellow 1866MHz RAM - Purely because its yellow.
19. Front Fans
20. Rear Exhaust Fan
21. Instead of Screws for fans - Reduce Vibrations
22. To Secure Water Piping.

Here are some pictures of that build:
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Everything Unboxed


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Motherboard - Asus Z77 Sabertooth


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Motherboard Fitted:



PSU + Some fans fitted:


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Started fitting the watercooling:


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Leak Test:


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HD7850 Installed - Mind the wires!


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CPU Block:


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Filling up the res:


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All done:


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After that, around 5-6 months later, I decided on changing on the colour scheme from Black/Yellow to Red/White.

Which in turn, led me to paint various items, many of which include the Sabertooth Motherboard from black to white. Along with painting the PSU, Fans and pretty much everything else including the RAM heatsinks.
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So, first of all - I stripped everything out and down.





Next, Lined everything up and checked to make sure everything was ready for paint.


First things first, I painted the fans:



Originally looked like this.



Now look like this.

Then, I painted the motherboard armour surround.



Originally looked like this.


Now look this, forgive all the wires and mess. Was testing to make sure everything still worked. - In this image, you can also see that I have painted the power supply surround, painted the RAM heatspreaders and have purchased red cables to fit with my theme.

I've just painted the sides of the case, waiting for them to dry and then will paint the main part of the case, all white.

After all that, the new NZXT Phantom 820 came out, and I just had to have one! So I ordered a black one(Way to convince the Missus) and got set to moving everything over.

The NZXT Phantom came, and everything went in fine and got messing around with the various colours:
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After that, the 1TB decided to die on me. So I went out and bought a 2TB Seagate Barracuda and a 128GB Crucial M4 SSD. After setting them up (SSD for OS and Main Games, HDD for Storage) I found the PC ran so much faster, Yay for SSDs.

And then the itching bug caught me again, and decided that my GFX wasn't holding it's weight anymore. So I upgraded the 7850 to a 4GB GTX 680 which I got cheap off the net.

And now, this leads me to the following new upgrade.

Current Proposed Upgrade
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This is what an empty case looks like.




Here's the proposed locations of the watercooling gear. As you can see, I'll most likely have to heavily mod the case in order to fit it all in without kinks in the tubing. Especially cutting out the top 5.25" support bracket as tubing has to go through there and it kinks heavily (Currently kinked but will have to do until I get back from holiday).

Not sure on whether I'll have to edit the bottom yet to accommodate the 240 rad because specs say that the case will hold a 360 at the top and a 240 at the bottom. I can see where it goes, it just depends on all my wires and the PSU.



This is the proposed cooling loop. I'm going with Heatkiller GPU block and backplate as they look amazing and for ease of use in the loop as the pipes can go both sides.


I'm going to be replacing my cooling system, and putting the GTX 680 underwater.

I've decided to go with Black Ice X-Flow RADS for ease of use with the tubing and heatkiller GPU block and backplate because they look simply amazing along with ease of use for the tubing.

I'm going to be sticking with the cpu block and dual bay res at the moment, unless they prove to be problematic, then I'll get a different Res and Pump, and I'll be using white tubing with Ice White Coolant.

So yeah, that's my plan for now. I may(probably will) add more to it, and this is just serving as a log while I get everything.

Currently the upgrade is priced at ~£250

Most items will come at the beginning of August due to a upcoming holiday.

Hope you enjoy this upgrade!

As always, Feedback and Criticism is welcome and encouraged!
Edited by Celisuis - 7/8/13 at 11:28am
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Finally taking the plunge into X79 Territory with the new Ivy-E Chips.

Since I plan on doing a lot of video editing and gaming on the side, I'm moving onto this.

Already got my 4GB GTX 680 installed, and now have this in my basket ready for purchase in the next month or so. (God Bless Finance tongue.gif)

YOUR BASKET
1 x Intel 4930K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge-E) Socket LGA2011 Processor - Retail (BX80633I74930K) £458.99
1 x DGM IPS-2701WPH 27" LED Widescreen Professional Monitor - Black £359.99
1 x ASRock X79 Extreme9 Intel X79 (Socket 2011) DDR3 Motherboard £281.99
1 x Corsair Professional Series AX 860W '80 Plus Platinum' Modular Power Supply (CP-9020044-UK) £169.99
2 x Patriot Viper "Black Mamba" Generation 3 16Gb (4x4GB) DDR3 PC3-15000C9 1866MHz Quad Channel kit (PV316G186C9QK) £129.95 (£259.90)
1 x Razer Blackwidow Expert 2013 Mechanical Keyboard - Blue Switch £88.99
2 x Samsung 120GB SSD 840 EVO SATA 6Gb/s Basic - (MZ-7TE120BW) £86.99 (£173.98)
1 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - OEM (ST2000DM001) HDD £74.99
1 x Razer Naga 2014 Expert MMO Gaming Mouse £69.95
1 x XSPC RayStorm CPU WaterBlock (Intel) £51.98
1 x Akasa FC. SIX Channel Fan Controller - Brushed aluminium - AK-FC-08BK £27.98
1 x Steelseries QcK Heavy Gaming Mouse Pad (63008) £21.95
1 x OcUK Value 3m Male - Male Display Port Monitor Cable (CDLDP-003) £6.98
1 x Primochill Primoflex Advanced Tubing 16/11 - Clear £5.99
Total : £2,075.06 (includes shipping : £17.85).




This will be used for video editing along with gaming on RTS and MMO games.
Edited by Celisuis - 9/20/13 at 7:30am
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