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[.:Build Log:.] 3 Loop Corsair Carbide Air 540 Monster: The tCell

Poll Results: New(erish) Poll! If you were going to try for a consitant 800RPM's (with only pull)assumming an additional Titan in the future,assuming everything was heavily overclocked,and had your choice would you...

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 70% of voters (52)
    Place the i7 3970x on the 240mm Radiator / the Titan(assuming SLI in the future) on the 360mm/ and motherboard RAM on the 120
  • 21% of voters (16)
    Place the Titan(s) on the 240 / the CPU on the 360mm/ MB RAM on the 120
  • 1% of voters (1)
    Place the Titan on the 120 /the motherboard and RAM on the 240 /and the CPU on the 360
  • 6% of voters (5)
    The only other option is dumb
74 Total Votes  
post #1 of 88
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Hey guys never did a "build log" before so since Im doing a digital scrap book for my client I figured what the hell!!!
So this is an insane build and Im still waiting on a few things to arrive but as you can see I already have 3k worth of water cooling thumb.gif
It should hopefully end up being among the nicer Air 540's you may ever see smile.gif

He wants everything on its own loop so the temps can be monitored individually and everything can be pushed to the limits.

This is really a pretty Amazing little design of a case and it really lets you rout things in a different manner to really show off the hardware and not the rest of the garbage, plus there's just TONS of usable room. I'm in no way endorsed to say this, but I'm really digging it.

As far as hardware we have-

  • The Corsair Carbide Air 540
  • 1 Core i7 3970x
  • 64gb Corsair Vengeance
  • Asus Geforce Titan 6gb(soon to be 2?)
  • 4X Samsung Pro 540 SSD (Raid 10)
  • ASUS Xonar Essence STX
  • Corsair AX1200i PSU
  • EK Supremacy Universal CPU Liquid Cooling Block (Clean Nickel)
  • EK Motherboard block nickle plated (Acetal)
  • EK Monarch Ram Modules
  • 2 X EK Ram Blocks ( Nickel CSQ )
  • EK Titan block and back plate
  • 360mm Hardware Labs Black Ice SR1 Low Air Flow Optimized
  • 240mm Hardware Labs Black Ice SR1 Low Air Flow Optimized
  • 120mm Hardware Labs Black Ice SR1 Low Air Flow Optimized
  • 3X EK D5 X-RES Top 140 - Acetal 3x 100mm tube and soon to be 1x100mm tube & 2x60mm tubes for clearance on the backside
  • 3X Swiftech MCP655-PWM
  • and a **** load of fittings (Monsoon and Bitspower)

That covers most of the hardware and a heap of other stuff so it should get interesting!


At 4.8ghz and a bunch of tweaking it was already topping charts in every major desktop and cpu based benchies, cant wait to get the loops finished!


7.30.13 First Log entry\ uploaded pics
7.31.13 added Poll \screwed up my frozencpu order redface.gif
8.1.13 order more crap\knocked out the GPU Block\ Note to self: Wipe the droll


So here's some pics to start it of and a video link of all the water cooling craziness!!!!
hers a vid link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeQ6Tl3eM0I

And some starter pics...

A heap of goodness


All mocked up for testing


Well...no RMA's!




Try cutting 256 of those little guys then peel of both sides of plastic and see how your fingers feel mad.gif


Fun stuff


Are you mocking me?




Two for 1... little sound dampening and some scoots


Edit: Oh yeah and since I'm putting 3 120mm's in front of the radiator and wont be able to use the front dust cover I trimmed it and placed it on the bottom to cover the holes since it is magnetic.

With the castors I epoxied them on with JB WELD which bonds like steel. On the two wheels on that side of the case you can't cover the entire bottom of the base with epoxy because the cases bottom side has an indent. So for those two wheels there is a holo part underneath on one corner of each of the castors which leaves perfect clearance to get the grill underneath the caster bases and still be able to easily slide it out for cleaning .Cough..Corsair do it...cough cough

My client has 7 dogs and it's probably best the inside of the case doesn't turn into a wolf man especially now that its raised of the ground.

Hmm..



Holes drilled (cut,ground down,and shoot at with some FMJ's sniper.gif) for the backside radiator. That case steel fought me every inch of the way and ground the hell out of a few pretty solid grinding bits in the process. I'll give it to Corsair they use some solid ass steel!

I couldn't even use the cordless Dremel but for some cleaning up, had to go with the corded for some extra hp.There's some grommets on the way so hopefully after a little elbow grease and some rubber skirts it should clean that up nicely,more importantly the compression fittings are clearing now thumb.gif

Edited by onereactor - 8/1/13 at 2:08pm
post #2 of 88
looks kickass
will be following
    
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I'm in.... SUBBED.

high interest because of doing a build with this case in the next few weeks.
'onereactor' - get it done bro..

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edit:
SLI Titans in loop, I likey..
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Subbed, very interested in the scoots.
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I demand more pictures.
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Just trying out some routing options


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Subbed lookes like it should be a nice build
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Love the 90 degree fittings looks good much cleaner/straighter pipes
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This for sure will be interesting. thumb.gif

A have a few questions if you don't mind:

1. Why 3 D5 pumps (and 3 loops if I understand correctly)? I can understand 2 pumps for redundancy and super quiet operations but what's the goal here (as I understand 3 loops with 3 pumps)?
2. What fans are you going to use and how to control them (or not)?
3. How do you split design/purchasing decisions with your client (e.g. they set performance expectations, or influence part selection as well etc.). If you don't want to share that's OK, I just think it is interesting.
4. What coolant & tubing?
   
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This for sure will be interesting. thumb.gif

A have a few questions if you don't mind:

1. Why 3 D5 pumps (and 3 loops if I understand correctly)? I can understand 2 pumps for redundancy and super quiet operations but what's the goal here (as I understand 3 loops with 3 pumps)?
2. What fans are you going to use and how to control them (or not)?
3. How do you split design/purchasing decisions with your client (e.g. they set performance expectations, or influence part selection as well etc.). If you don't want to share that's OK, I just think it is interesting.
4. What coolant & tubing?

Hey Gleniu nice to see your still around!

Well for starters like I stated I'm doing a 360mm on front 240 on top and a 120mm on the backside. The 120mm will be for the Ram blocks and motherboard the 240mm for the i7 and the 360 for the Titan(he may get more) I'm still trying to decide if the CPU would have any advantage running on the 360 instead and the Titan on the 240?

He is a real computer enthusiast(obviously) and wants me to push everything to its limits so with the separate loops nothing is affecting the temps of anything else and can be calibrated to a 76 degree room. For instance if you play games the graphics card is going to heat up more causing the total heat in the loop to raise vs something like video editing batch processing that is going to heat the VRMs and CPU. This way everything is non dependent.

Another reason for the huge radiators is because we want low noise so I choose 6 Scythe Gentle Typhoons that will be controlled by a Lamptron 6 Channel Liquid Cooling Controller ,it will also display the temps for each reservoir feed from 3 Monsoon temperature sensor fittings on the backside of Monsoon light port angle fittings. The SR1 are 54mm thick so I can run those fans at a low speed and (hopefully) still get great performance smile.gif the loops will also have Bitspower flow sensors hooked up through the fan headers so if one goes out it will power down the system and Koolance quick disconnects for easy draining (one male end on a separate hose as the drain adapter)

As far as purchasing decisions this he's a dream client for sure! He's really a great guy and and to boot he tells me just think of it as your machine and do what ever you want, if you find something you like just let me know, so I need something I just run it by him and he overnights it then drops it off. thumb.gif
He's really loved everything I've suggested so far and is very enthusiastic so it just keeps getting better and better. I just told him an idea today he liked so I think were getting some 3M Black brushed aluminum vinyl and capping the radiators sides for a nice brushed look, it's just little things like that which make this build so much more enjoyable.

PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 3/8 ID x 5/8 OD black onyx for the tubing, I want everything blacked out as much as possible to highlight the EK blocks and reservoirs which will be lit with red LED's on distilled water with anti microbials.
With the clear fluid the red LED will just accent the plexiglass of the GPU and CPU blocks with a frosted red kind of look to the memory blocks. I want all the focus to be on the hardware as much as possible not the tubes or wires so I sleeved almost ever single wire in the case including the ones that come of the case panel for power and USB.

The reservoir pump tops we got were 100mm tubes which wouldn't clear the backside so we ordered 2 more 60mm tubes which I'll get tonight so we'll have 1 100mm in the front with 2 60mmtubes in the back compartment. They have the EK logo cut in the center as an "anti vortex" measurement, whatever they look friken awesome cheers.gif

I should have a lot more pics up in the next day or 2 and should be done in about 2 or 3?
Unless he wants rockets next, that's at least an extra week typer.gifgunner.gif

I've been running benchmarks on Sisoft Sandra (36 fastest overall performance desktop) passmark #1 CPU test betting out an overclock Xeon 8 core monster by 2000+ points for a score of something like 16,700 and nearing 7000 for and 64 fastest overall system on PCMark7 and I only had 1 of the now 4 Samsung 540 SSD's running and slight OC on the Titan, no OC on the RAM and 4.8ghz on the CPU with a crap load of tweaks, so this is just all about how mean and how good looking can we make it... equally while still separating it from the looks and features of all other pc's out there... which I'm always for .

Edit: Btw Gleniu great job on your build I loved all the custom work and it really turned out smokin thumb.gif
The way you lit it up is really clean looking as well, awesome work bro!
Edited by onereactor - 7/30/13 at 3:22pm
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