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[Build Log] Air540 Takes my Watercooling cherry

post #1 of 19
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G'day guys, long time forum reader, first time poster :/ and I figured what better way to set it all off than with my first adventure into watercooling.

I've been building my own PCs since I was 13 (currently 27yrs young) and working in my cousins computer shop which set in motion my love for computers and gaming. I have put together many systems over the years starting from a Pentium 233, up to my current 2600k. I've always been curious about watercooling but never had the funding or commitment to dive in and give it a go. Nowadays earning more money and having more spare time I figured it was time to pop my watercooling cherry.

My last 2 systems where built inside a fractal R3 and a 650D, to a clean and minimalist look.






So when the Air540 came along I knew I had to have one. My vision on water cooling is heavily influenced by the talented efforts of singularity computers, after watching many of his builds I knew I wanted to try my hand at hard acrylic tubing, as a complete novice to watercooling I knew it was not going to be a matter of a late night build, so with my vision firmly imprinted in my brain and a little research I put on some Barry White and started the deed tongue.gif

System Specs & Components
Corsair Air540
Corsair AXi1200
Asus RoG Maximus formula 6
4770k
16gb Domintor Platinum
2 x EVGA 780GTX Hydros
EK Supremecy CPU block
2 x Samsung EVO 250gb SSDs
2 x WD black 4tb HDDs
Koolance 360 Rad
Koolance 280 Rad
Swiftech D5 pump
Bitspower 150 res
Bitspower Pump top
NZXT fans
Bitspower fittings (lots)
E22 hard acrylic tube
Mayhems pastel red coolant


(Apologies in advance for ****ty iphone photos)

First to arrive is the 540, along with my radiators, fans and a selection of fittings so I could get an idea about how to best use them before trying to figure out exactly which ones and quantities I need.





Really impressed with the case, the full window (which I'm usually against) looks great because there's no unused space it's just all components and that's it (except the silly HDD trays). I test mounted the 360 and 280 rads and was pleased with the way they framed the motherboard tray.



:O time for work :/ More build story coming biggrin.gif
Edited by Jakeee - 10/15/13 at 8:29pm
post #2 of 19
Really nice clean builds that you've worked on before! smile.gif

Keen to see your first water-cooling venture, mine was pretty bad personally but you've got far more experience then most people do.

Good luck with it, and subbed! biggrin.gif
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Convertible i5 3570k (De-Lidded) Gigabyte Z77x-D3H XFX R9 290 With Koolance Block (1179/1450) 16GB G-Skill Ares 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo Seagate Barracuda 2TB Western Digital Green 2TB Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Green 640GB 2x OEM DVD Drives Heatkiller Rev 3.0 XSPC RX360 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Laing D5 + XSPC Res Primochill Bloodshed Red Tubing Koolance Fullcover R9 290x Block Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Asus VEH228H Asus VE228H Aavara TS742 Dual Monitor Stand Ducky Shine II Cherry Blue RED Backlit Mechanic... 
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Silverstone Strider 850W HAF 932 Logitech G400 Gigabyte Ghost 
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Microlab Solo6c Logitech C100 Webcam 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Convertible i5 3570k (De-Lidded) Gigabyte Z77x-D3H XFX R9 290 With Koolance Block (1179/1450) 16GB G-Skill Ares 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo Seagate Barracuda 2TB Western Digital Green 2TB Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Green 640GB 2x OEM DVD Drives Heatkiller Rev 3.0 XSPC RX360 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Laing D5 + XSPC Res Primochill Bloodshed Red Tubing Koolance Fullcover R9 290x Block Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Asus VEH228H Asus VE228H Aavara TS742 Dual Monitor Stand Ducky Shine II Cherry Blue RED Backlit Mechanic... 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Silverstone Strider 850W HAF 932 Logitech G400 Gigabyte Ghost 
AudioOther
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post #3 of 19
As a novice myself I'm excited to see how this turns out! Looks like it'll be a fun one to put together, good luck.
post #4 of 19
Amazing clean build you got there!
Wonder what it will look like in the magnificent Corsair Air 540 Case rolleyes.gif

Your Corsair 650d surely look tough, love the hardware in it thumb.gif

Water cooling in the Air 540... Dats good, I can't wait
Plus ridged tubing, mmm I like, I wish you good luck with it

By the way, are you going to do a theme for this build?

And the specs looks amazing!
Please do show us your ROG Maximus Formula VI board!

Can't wait for future updates, looks very promising. thumb.gif
Take my sub.

Plus, welcome to OCN thumb.gif
Edited by MrHaythem - 10/13/13 at 2:24am
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the kind words guys, I'm on the bus back from work, so I'm gonna do another write up after dinner. The build has progressed further but I will keep write ups and photos on a drip feed as I work 13hrs a day and don't have much time between sleep and work. Thanks again biggrin.gif
post #6 of 19
Subbed. I LOVE the 540 and look forward to seeing what you do with it. Are you gonna mount your SSDs and HDDs on the PSU side?
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
Ive mounted SSDs in the back and my 2 HDDs in the front, I'm hopefully gonna make a false floor at some point to hide them thumb.gif

Back to the Build Story biggrin.gif

More goodies arrived a few days later so the time for the obligatory Component shot was due biggrin.gif
I live in a very small 1 room flat in a mining town,but I had decided to move my desk after taking my current system off it, which made it look like jurrasic park rolleyes.gif


And my PC nestled in the corner


Now with my desk cleared here is most of my components minus the PSU, RAM and HDDs


The 30" Dell and Beyerdynamics are part of my current setup but figured they would look good in the shot tongue.gif

First thing i had to open was the GPUs of coarse biggrin.gif



Then the Motherbaord was next, now I have a Sabertooth in my current rig, but this thing makes that look like an old Hyundai Excel...


EK supremecy block mounted, really pleased with the look of the Block and Motherbaord


Mounted in the case with my first set of fittings in place


And that might do it for tonight i think, sorry about lots of photos and not much story, I run into problems later which you will hear about haha tongue.gif

Thanks for reading/watching biggrin.gif
post #8 of 19
Awesome update! I love that motherboard, I've been considering the Formula for my build for a little while now. The aesthetics are amazing and the board would probably make overclocking a breeze.
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
Spent to long at the pool, so no time for a write up tonight, so ill leave this teaser shot biggrin.gif

post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
Okay guys, it's retard question time!!
Im lookingh at filling the loop today and i'm seting up a tap.
Basically the only place i can put the tap is at the botom of the Res, now there are parts of the loop that are lower than this, if i attach a compression fitting to the end of the tap and put a hose on it to a bucket on the ground (essentialy now the lowest point of the loop... i think) will it drain the whole loop??!?

(I will continue the build story aswell)

Pic to help
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