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Build Log - Dual Pump - Single Loop - 3570K - 3x GTX 670

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I'm in the initial planning phase for a pretty significant water loop, and was hoping for some opinions on my idea.

Current hardware:
  • HAF-X (with the 2nd top 200mm added)
  • 3570K
  • 3x Gigabyte GTX 670 OC Windforce
  • CM Silent Pro Gold 1200W
  • The other stuff that makes a computer work

As you could probably imagine, 3 big cards with axial blowers in SLI didn't work out. Water cooling seems to be my only option, but I'm not taking this on lightly. This would be my first water build, so I want to do it carefully.

This is roughly the hardware I'm thinking of, in a single loop
  • A big 360 radiator on the top with 3 120mm fans pushing, and my 2 200mm pulling
  • 140 radiator on the rear fan slot in a push/pull, possibly with the rad on the outside (one fan in the case, one out)
  • CPU block, plus 3 universal GPU blocks, for use in future systems
  • 2 D5 type pumps in series
  • Double 5.25 Res

Most builds I've seen mod out the hard drive bay and put a 240 on the bottom, but usually have more extreme hardware than mine. I'd like to avoid cutting into my case, so I'm hoping a strong 140 can pick up the slack.

I appreciate any input, thanks!
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3570K OC @ 4.3 P8Z77-M MSI R9 270 Gaming G.Skill Ares 4GB 1600 x 4 
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Samsung Evo 840 Pro 128GB Pioneer Blu-Ray BDXL Noctua D14 w/ F12 PWM x 2 Noctua R8 PWM x 2 
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Noctua P14 FLX Noctua S12A FLX Windows 8.1 Pro Insignia 39'' HDTV 
KeyboardPowerCase
Logitech K400 Thermaltake Smart M850W Lian Li PC-60B Plus II 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 @ 3.0Ghz Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R EVGA 8800GTS 512 Wintec AMPX 1GB 800 x 4 
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WD Blue 80GB x 4 (RAID 0) ASUS DVD+R Lightscribe Windows Vista x64 Antec TruePower 430W 
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Lian Li PC-60B Plus II 
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DARPA
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Box O'Steam
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My First Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3570K OC @ 4.3 P8Z77-M MSI R9 270 Gaming G.Skill Ares 4GB 1600 x 4 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung Evo 840 Pro 128GB Pioneer Blu-Ray BDXL Noctua D14 w/ F12 PWM x 2 Noctua R8 PWM x 2 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Noctua P14 FLX Noctua S12A FLX Windows 8.1 Pro Insignia 39'' HDTV 
KeyboardPowerCase
Logitech K400 Thermaltake Smart M850W Lian Li PC-60B Plus II 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 @ 3.0Ghz Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R EVGA 8800GTS 512 Wintec AMPX 1GB 800 x 4 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
WD Blue 80GB x 4 (RAID 0) ASUS DVD+R Lightscribe Windows Vista x64 Antec TruePower 430W 
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Lian Li PC-60B Plus II 
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Judging by the lack of comments, I must have either had all my bases covered, or been completely out of my mind. Either way, I ended up doing something completely different.

I stuck with the universal blocks, but decided to go with the slightly more budget friendly Swiftech blocks/bridge and put the extra money into pumps and radiators. Here is what I started with:

Old stuff built circa October 2012:
  • 3570K w/ Noctua NH-D14 (rock solid 4.6Ghz @1.35v 35C idle 80C load)
  • G1 Sniper 3 (at the time the best value for a PLX bridge)
  • Trident X 2400 16GB (got it for a steal, don't care much for fast RAM, ended up being a major PITA)
  • HAF X
  • Gigabyte GTX 670 OC x 2 (have a third, but temps were too high)
  • Mushkin Chronos Enhanced 250GB (pretty cheap, pretty fast)



New Stuff:
  • Swiftech Maelstrom bay res w/ MCP35X2 (plus heatsink and fan)
  • Alphacool UT60 360 rad
  • Alphacool UT60 480 rad
  • Swiftech Apogee HD
  • 3 x Swiftech MCW82
  • Tygon 3/8x5/8 lab tubing (clear)
  • Noctua NF-F12 PWM x7
  • Laptron FC5V3 (set for slight positive pressure)
    1. 80x15mm CM Slim fan on pump heatsink
    2. 200x25mm Megaflow top front exhaust
    3. 200x25mm Megaflow top rear exhaust
    4. 120x25mm Noctua F12 rear intake
    5. 200x25mm Megaflow side intake
    6. 230x30mm Megaflow front intake
  • Koolance radiator mount

The idea is that when I build my next machine in 2-3 years, I can just swap in the new parts without needing to buy new blocks.

Leak testing part 2 (I didn't take pictures of initial leak test):




Leak testing was interesting as even only powering up one of the pumps pulled tons of air through the system. 6 PSI is far more powerful than I imagined. Anyway, it didn't leak, though it became clear that bleeding this thing was going to be... interesting.


Wiring all the fans took about 4 hours of trial, error, and zip ties:



Temp sensor locations:







Radiators:




The front:




The finished product:





I backed the CPU down to 4.2 @1.15 for the project and (plus the cards at stock) my delta looks like 3C, which is far better than I could have hoped. I used FAH for 4 hours with all 4 threads (GPUs + CPU) and averaged 4 or 5 readings.


I'l post more when I have time to test
Edited by Judelexan - 11/27/13 at 1:07pm
DARPA
(23 items)
 
Box O'Steam
(15 items)
 
My First Build
(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3570K OC @ 4.3 P8Z77-M MSI R9 270 Gaming G.Skill Ares 4GB 1600 x 4 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung Evo 840 Pro 128GB Pioneer Blu-Ray BDXL Noctua D14 w/ F12 PWM x 2 Noctua R8 PWM x 2 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Noctua P14 FLX Noctua S12A FLX Windows 8.1 Pro Insignia 39'' HDTV 
KeyboardPowerCase
Logitech K400 Thermaltake Smart M850W Lian Li PC-60B Plus II 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 @ 3.0Ghz Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R EVGA 8800GTS 512 Wintec AMPX 1GB 800 x 4 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
WD Blue 80GB x 4 (RAID 0) ASUS DVD+R Lightscribe Windows Vista x64 Antec TruePower 430W 
Case
Lian Li PC-60B Plus II 
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DARPA
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Box O'Steam
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My First Build
(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3570K OC @ 4.3 P8Z77-M MSI R9 270 Gaming G.Skill Ares 4GB 1600 x 4 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung Evo 840 Pro 128GB Pioneer Blu-Ray BDXL Noctua D14 w/ F12 PWM x 2 Noctua R8 PWM x 2 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Noctua P14 FLX Noctua S12A FLX Windows 8.1 Pro Insignia 39'' HDTV 
KeyboardPowerCase
Logitech K400 Thermaltake Smart M850W Lian Li PC-60B Plus II 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 @ 3.0Ghz Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R EVGA 8800GTS 512 Wintec AMPX 1GB 800 x 4 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
WD Blue 80GB x 4 (RAID 0) ASUS DVD+R Lightscribe Windows Vista x64 Antec TruePower 430W 
Case
Lian Li PC-60B Plus II 
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