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[Build Log] Watercooled - Archim (Cooler Master HAF X)

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Hey all,

I'm currently in the process of building a watercooled $4k pc for the sole purpose of playing Star Citizen (when it's released). I have built many air-cooled computers in the past decade, but this will be my first watercooled pc. very excited biggrin.gif

I've ordered the core components, but still working on a few. I'll upload pictures over the next few weeks for your viewing pleasure.

Case: Cooler Master HAF X - 942
Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth X79
Cpu: Intel i7-4930K
Ram: Corsair Vengeance Red 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 1866 MHZ (PC3 15000)
Psu: Recycling CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 80 Plus Thermaltake 1200 Grand
Ssd: Recycling Crucial C300 64gb as bootdrive
Ssd: Samsung 840-EVO 250GB
Gpu: (x2) Sapphire R9 290x (crossfire)
Harddrive dock: ICY DOCK FLEX-FIT Trio MB343SP 3.5” to 5.25”
Fan Controller: NZXT SENTRY 2 5.25-Inch Touch Screen Fan Controller

Thermal Compound: Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme (Cross method)

Watercooling
Cpu Block: EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ - Nickel
Gpu Block: (x2) EK-FC R9-290X (Original CSQ) - Nickel
Gpu Bridge: EK-FC Bridge DUAL Parallel 3-Slot CSQ Plexi
Reservoir: EK Dual Bay SPIN Reservoir w/ Flow Meter - Acrylic CSQ
Radiator: Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper Triple 120mm (top-push)
Fans: (x3) Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition Single Fan (top)
Radiator: Phobya Xtreme 200mm Radiator - Version 2 - Full Copper (bottom-push-pull)
Fans: (x1) Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Red LED Silent Fan (bottom-push)
Fans: (x1) Cooler Master 230mm stock (bottom-pull)
Pump: Swiftech MCP655-B 12v Water Pump
Pump Top: EK-D5 X-TOP CSQ - Plexi
Fan Filter: (undecided) Silverstone

Sensor: XSPC LCD Temperature Sensor V2 - Orange Backlight w/ G1/4 Sensor Plug
Sensor: XSPC LCD Temperature Sensor V2 - White Backlight w/ G1/4 Sensor Plug
Sensor: XSPC 5.25" Bay Temperature Sensor Dual Display Mount

Coolant: Mayhems X1 Coolant Concentrate - 250mL - Clear
Tubing:PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 3/8"ID x 1/2" OD
Fittings: (x12) EK G1/4 Thread High Flow Barb - 10mm (3/8") + 1/2" OD Reusable Clamp
Fittings: (x3) EK-CSQ Adapter 90° G1/4 Nickel
Fittings: (x3) EK-CSQ Adapter 45° G1/4 Nickel
Sleeves: Black Electric Tape (lazy)

Oculus Rift: Waiting for production version
Hotas: Saitek X52 Pro Flight System Controller + Saitek PZ35 Pro Flight Rudder Pedals

Thanks for looking! smile.gif All comments/suggestions are welcomed.
Edited by fairdata - 3/21/14 at 8:56pm
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Welcome to the forum. Looking forward to seeing another X build.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3930K Big Bang-XPower II (MS-7737) ASUS HD7970 Series Corsair  
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate Barracuda OCZ Agility 4  LG DVD burner Antec Kuhler H20 920 
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Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64 bit Cooler Master HAF-X recon fan controller 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
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Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64 bit Cooler Master HAF-X recon fan controller 
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Thread Starter 
Case Arrived



Removed bolted harddrive mount with hammer + flat headed chisel



now trying to figure out the best way to mount a lower radiator.

Looking into Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 180mm Single with push/pull -> to the front of the case

Edit: 3.12.2014: Decided to go with Phobya Xtreme 200mm Radiator - Version 2 - Full Copper, so I dont have to deal with the special mounting

Ordered all the parts, except the GPU Blocks appears to be in backorder status. Expected to arrive 1-3 weeks from now.

Edit 3.13.2014: More parts came. =)


Can hardly tell the difference (between sleeves and black electric tape) tongue.gif



Next up. Near full assembly (lacking GPU Blacks) with next shipment of goodies.

More parts came


Sapphire R9 290x







Cpu Waterblock




Res



360 Rad + Gasket + 3 fans



Fit the 200 Rad by cutting out a portion of the bottom 5.25" bay. biggrin.gif


Used left over 360 Gasket to fill the space and to hold the rad in place







Used a zip tie on the really bent part of the tubing to open it up

Ran leak test with PrimoChill's Sys Prep for 8 hours.
Drained water, then refilled the loop with Mayhems X1 Coolant Concentrate.

Almost final build!! I'll post better pictures once I have LEDs installed.





I need to work my cable management in the back. It's a mess... But I dont know if it can be helped, because I have 3 SSDs + 2 rad temp gauges + 1 fan controller + res + pump all in the 5.25" bay...

Replaced Corsair 1000 with Thermaltake 1200

Edited by fairdata - 3/21/14 at 9:39pm
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Thread Starter 
overclocking + benchmarks

First iteration

i7 4930k
Turbo off
4500 GHz
1.44 VCore



R9 290x (crossfire) w/ MSI Afterburner
+100mV Core Voltage
+50% Power Limit
1102 MHz Core Clock
1455 MHz Memory Clock



3DMark - Fire Strike


Heaven Benchmark
FPS: 107.0
Score: 2694
Min FPS: 30.1
Max FPS: 229.2

Render: Direct3D11
Mode: 1920x1080 8xAA fullscreen
Preset Custom
Quality Ultra
Tessellation: Extreme

Average Load Temperature
GPUs: 50C/50C
Radiator 1 (360): 27C
Radiator 2 (200): 34.7C
Edited by fairdata - 3/23/14 at 7:22pm
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Next up.

Fine tuning of overclock.

Install some LEDs
post #6 of 9
Nice work on the HAF-X. I have one that is on air right now but it was my first water cooling adventure. thumb.gif
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Installed LEDs.

bought LED strips from Modeler's Brand Hobby Supplies
Amber - Smooth





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Modeler's Brand. Great guy to work with!
post #9 of 9
Why barb fittings?
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