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[Build Log] Nor'easter - Mayhems Ice White - Clean CSQ - Dual 680s

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Hello and welcome to my first build log (and thread created for that matter).

I'm doing a black and white color scheme using all EK clean CSQ waterblocks, black Bitspower compression fittings and Primochill 1/2" ID 3/4" OD clear tubing.

Here's my rig before I installed my custom loop.



I'll start by listing the components:

Core

3770k
4x4GB Vengeance LP - White
P8Z77-V PRO
GTX 680 x 2
AX750
Vengeance C70
Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB
WD Green 1TB

Blocks

EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ - Nickel
EK-FC680 GTX - EN (Nickel) x 2
EK-FC680 GTX Backplate x 2
EK-DDC X-TOP CSQ - Acetal

More WC Parts

20g MX-4
Bitspower 120 Water Tank Mount Panel
Bitspower 150 Water Tank Z-Multi (POM)
Swiftech MCP 35X
XSPC EX240
XSPC EX360 Crossflow
Bitspower Compression Fittings - Matte Black
PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT - Crystal Clear
Mayhem's Pastel Ice White Concentrate 250ml x 1

Misc

Corsair Sleeved Cables - White (Rev 1.0)
Corsair AF120 Silent Edition x 1
Corsair SP120 Silent Edition x 5
NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller
Startech Fan Splitters x 4
Silverstone CP07 x 2


EK-DDC X-TOP Installation


Here's the pump and pump top fresh out of the box. I really like the CSQ design but I wish there was a clean version to match the rest of my blocks.


Only four screws to remove.


The naked pump.


Pump top is installed and ready to go in less then five minutes.


EK-FC680 GTX Installation #1


Just a few screws and the backplate falls off.


The cooler gently pops off but the fan header requires quite a tug to come out.


New thermal pads and TIM installed.


Flipped over and started to install screws. The backplate is next.


Backplate installed.


Successful installation, one more GPU to go!


EK-FC680 GTX Installation #2

For the second GPU I decided to do things different.


It took a few minutes to remove the stock HSF and I didn't bother taking off the protective plastic. I almost forgot to put all of the screws back into the stock HSF so I didn't lose them!


I (sloppily) put TIM on the memory to see if it will make any difference in temperatures between the cards. It made no difference at all. I recommend against this method as it is sloppy and makes it more of a pain to reinstall the air cooler. Evga doesn't put TIM on the memory so why should I?


Rad Test Fitting

This is where I ran into a few problems with my loop but, before I did anything, I thoroughly rinsed out my rads.



Top Rad


There is a small bar between the top ODD bay and front I/O board, this prevented me from fitting my rad. I took a small drill bit (don't know size) and drilled out the two pop rivets securing it. An easy sixty second "mod," if you will.


It fits! I have to touch up the paint sometime now that the pop rivet is gone.


Both included types of screws with the rad weren't the right length I need to mount it properly. I can only fit two screws in the rad without modding my case farther, which I don't want to do. The middle of the rad is bolted down while the left side is sandwiched into place with the 8 pin EPS and the right is held against the ODD bays. It's not going anywhere.


Here are the screws I used to mount my rad. Perfect length, can be found at Lowe's.

Floor Rad


The floor rad will just not fit in the native 120mm mounts due to the proximity and size of the sleeved cables.


I had to offset the rad and put it right against the side of the case. The rad does not interfere with the side panel in any way.


The rad is held down with three screws. It's a little floppy on the edge closest to the side panel, albeit secure once the tubing is installed and the PC is upright. The screws made sliding the dust filter difficult, but they hold it in place.


Filling the Loop

My favorite part of the entire experience.




Finished Project/Glamor Shots




Thank you for checking out my build log!
Edited by Log801 - 2/19/14 at 7:00pm
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Looks nice - Subbed!
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post #3 of 4
very nice build, as i have that case and have not started water cooling yet.
what is that reservoir like in that space is there much room in around it.
would you be able to fit the bitspower water tank z 250 into it or would there be enough space
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Originally Posted by ciaran 2110 View Post

very nice build, as i have that case and have not started water cooling yet.
what is that reservoir like in that space is there much room in around it.
would you be able to fit the bitspower water tank z 250 into it or would there be enough space

There's room but it will be hard to make the run from the pump to the radiator if you use the same thickness tubing. Only way to really know if it works is to try it. Sorry I didn't respond, I don't come on much.
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