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[Build Log] Fat guy in a little coat; water cooled Node 304

post #1 of 80
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Looks to be the right place for this. This is my first real attempt at having a build log. Usually I would just use the components as is when I build them. I'm definitely a noob when it comes to this type of modding.

I started it HERE.

OBJECTIVE;
Water cool and clean up cabling.

SPECS;
CPU; Intel i7-4770K
RAM; G-Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 2x4GB
HDD; Western Digital 500GB RE3
GPU; EVGA GTX 660 SC
PSU; Corsair CX430W PSU
CASE; Fractal Node 304

LOOP SPECS;
RAD; Coolgate 280 (2x140mm)
CPU; XSPC Raystorm
GPU; EK Full cover
PMP; MCP355 w/ Koolance top
RES; Bitspower 80ml

ADDONS;
30x Bitspower Super Tight Weave 1/16 Black
30x Bitspower Super Tight Weave 1/16 White
20x Bitspower Super Tight Weave 1/4 Black
20x Bitspower Super Tight Weave 1/4 White
10x Bitspower Super Tight Weave 1/8 Black
3x Red and White LEDs
1x XSPC LCD Temperature Sensor V2 w/ sensor plug
2x XSPC LCD Temperature Sensor w/ sensor prob
1x Bitspower G1/4" Matt Black Q-Rotary Adapter
2x Swiftech 15mm Lok-Seal Male/Female extension
3x Swiftech 3/8" Barb (2pack)
5x Swiftech 45° Swivel Elbow
4x Swiftech 90° Swivel Elbow (will not be used due to leaking)
12x Primoflex Advanced LRT tube White 3/8 x 5/8
12x PrimoChill Anti-Kink Coils 5/8" Red

Rad v Case



Parts



The before



Let the games begin!



Top fitment test



Those are the good pictures I already had loaded but have made quite a bit of progress since. I have the loop complete and tested. I ran it through this weekend after removing the 90deg fittings. I also completed sleeving for the CPU and GPU cables as well as soldering the CPU wires back on to the PSU.
Edited by outlaw8505 - 3/10/14 at 5:19am
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post #2 of 80
Had the same idea last year, but figured I need another PCIe slot, so "had" to go for mATX. Although I don't watercool... yet rolleyes.gif
Have you cut the top part yet? Anyways, looks awesome! Wish I had time for that.
post #3 of 80
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Originally Posted by MiiX View Post

Had the same idea last year, but figured I need another PCIe slot, so "had" to go for mATX. Although I don't watercool... yet rolleyes.gif
Have you cut the top part yet? Anyways, looks awesome! Wish I had time for that.

I also originally planned for a mATX or larger but got a good deal on the setup. This is also my first real venture into water cooling. I have the AIO water coolers and don't think they count after doing this myself now. It is very time consuming and expensive. Whatever you do, I would recommend not to rush any aspect of it.

I have not cut the top open yet. That is going to be one of the last things I do. I haven't picked out a grill yet and don't want it to be a mismatch.
Something like;

This-> http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12941/ffa-56/Phobya_Dual_280_Radiator_Grill_-_HEX_-_Black_Powder_Coat.html
OR
This-> http://www.frozencpu.com/products/19567/ex-rad-557/PrimoChill_Hex_2-Layer_Rad_Grillz_-_Dual_140mm_-_Red_White.html

Later today, I will hopefully be able to get some more progress pics from the weekend. I lucked out this weekend with some time to do this. Usually its 12hr work days M-Th and kids and... and... lol seems to never end. lol

Thanks!
Outlaw
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post #4 of 80
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A few pics;

Point of no return;


8pin CPU sleeved;


8pin CPU routed and wrapped, running under mobo;


8pin CPU soldered and heat shrunk;


Testing... uh, I think we have a leak..


View from top of how rad and hdd will be mounted;

Edited by outlaw8505 - 3/11/14 at 7:56am
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post #5 of 80
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Continued sleeving;

24pin. 80% of the length is not needed




4pin Molex




SATA







Finished PSU





Fitting tubing







Testing loop after removing 90's





Fiting loop in case





Changed from plain distilled, to distilled plus food coloring



Little cramped



Still need some cable cleanup






How it sits now. I may have to remove the bottom fan above the PSU to get it to fit and may have seating issue with block and CPU lock down. Still testing. I also still need to get a grill, cut out the top and front for lcds

Edited by outlaw8505 - 3/16/14 at 2:42pm
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post #6 of 80
it reminds me of christmas tree haha so flashy biggrin.gif
post #7 of 80
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Lol. Yeah the candycane look was an oversight when ordering but overall I like it.

Also I was able to get the rad within the frame of the case last night
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post #8 of 80
Just curious why no SSD? I have the same board/case in my server and use a msata SSD which goes flat under the board. For my server 120GB was eough but the 240's are pretty reasonable in price too.
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Funny you should mention that. I actually didn't realize there was the mSata on the back side until yesterday. I was actually surprised at the price closeness of the mSata vs 2.5 Sata. The reason I did not get one is due to overspending. This was a full build upgrade from my 775 setup including the monitor. By the time I remembered the HDD/SSD I went "uhoh..," I was looking at maybe just raiding my 2x 500gb to at least get near the performance of a single SSD. Last raid test on my 680i put me around 350MB read and 285MB write. I would like a 240-256 but they get pretty pricey (for being over budget already). I was looking at 2 (60ish each) smaller used ones too (like 2x 120 raid to boost performance and get the 240gb size)
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post #10 of 80
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Originally Posted by outlaw8505 View Post

Funny you should mention that. I actually didn't realize there was the mSata on the back side until yesterday. I was actually surprised at the price closeness of the mSata vs 2.5 Sata. The reason I did not get one is due to overspending. This was a full build upgrade from my 775 setup including the monitor. By the time I remembered the HDD/SSD I went "uhoh..," I was looking at maybe just raiding my 2x 500gb to at least get near the performance of a single SSD. Last raid test on my 680i put me around 350MB read and 285MB write. I would like a 240-256 but they get pretty pricey (for being over budget already). I was looking at 2 (60ish each) smaller used ones too (like 2x 120 raid to boost performance and get the 240gb size)

I see. Worth mention that sometimes RAID SSD doesnt support TRIM so chose carefully. I can understand the budget issue, but currently you can get a 240 m500 for i think $129 on newegg. Its not as fast as a Samsung Evo msata, but still not bad. Mushkin makes a pretty fast msata 240 for 109 apparently.

I just think that a msata drive would fit your build nicely because of the space saving. Cool build
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