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Hello ladies and gents! This is gonna be my second water cooled build and I've decided to create a log here for my personal future reference/amusement.

My first water cooled build was two years ago, when I put my 2011 Sandy Bridge system under water. This year I'm purchasing all new components except for my 780 GTX OC DCII (waiting for 4k cards) plus a fan controller.

The tubing will be rigid (first time for me) and I'll be doing some small ghetto mods to the case. For radiators, I'm going with two 280s, because they provide a bit more cooling surface and I prefer the esthetics. Initially, I wanted to go with two XSPC AX280 rads but as those are currently only available on 3 weeks backorder, I decided for the Hardware Labs 280 GTS instead.

System Components
Cooling Components

I'm still waiting for some parts, but hope to finish the build in next two weeks.



Quick Marks

Post 01: EK-FB R5E quality issues
Post 02: Lowering the front 280 rad
Post 03: EK-FB R5E and Summit EF don't play nice
Post 04: Test fitting pump and res
Post 05: Test fitting the Bitspower Summit EF
Post 06: Cleaning the GPU block
Post 07: Laying the first tubes
Post 08: Leak testing
Post 09: Rear chamber is crammed
Post 10: Night shots
Post 11: Placebo rear fan filter
Post 12: Fixing GPU sag
Post 13: Daylight shots
Here are some shot of my 2011 Sandy system (i5-2500k)! (Click to show)









Edited by pennover - 3/9/16 at 8:17am
    
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post #2 of 32
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So I've installed the EK-FB R5E motherboard kit for the Rampage V Extreme that EK sent. First, the installation manual that was shipped with the kit was for the Asus M5E. But ok, you can download it from their site, so it was no biggy. What I was more disappointed with was the quality of the components though. The mosfet block has a nick on the border below the left inlet, additionally to two other small scratches. The south bridge block seems to have a polishing flaw on the left upper edge, causing the area to look a little darker than the rest. Never the less I installed it because I didn't want to wait out a lengthy RMA process.

It's hard to catch in a picture, but I think you can get the idea.






Edited by pennover - 2/21/16 at 9:24am
    
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post #3 of 32
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Test fitting the motherboard and rads and now I'm glad that I didn't get the XSPC AX280, because that is 40mm wide. Looks like there'll be just barely enough room left for tubing biggrin.gif (Note: the fans and power cable are not the final ones, just using these for testing)



I want the front 280 to mount a litte lower, vertically aligned with the motherboard. I figure that will give me more breathing room for tubing, should I need it. So I drilled some additional holes in the front to lower the rad by 20mm (it's a shame that the Air 540 doesn't already come with these pre-drilled).



Edited by pennover - 2/21/16 at 9:27am
    
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I was afraid of this: looks like the Bitspower Summit EF and EK-FB R5E kit don't play nice together madsmiley.png Not sure what I'm gonna do ...

    
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post #5 of 32
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Have to wait for the Bitspower Summit EF to arrive, so I can start taking measurements for tube routing. Meanwhile been test fitting the pump and res and am pretty happy with how it fits! Also have decided to mount the fan controller on the inside because it did look just horrible on the outside.


Edited by pennover - 2/22/16 at 10:41pm
    
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Decided to remove the EK southbridge block and reinstall the standard cooler, because I definitey want the Summit EF to be in there. And on that note, I replaced the black CPU plate with the silver optional I bought and whilst doing that, noticed some oil that Bitspower has put on and around the o-ring area. Didnt like the looks of it because it was very visible through the clear block. Hence I went on and removed as much of it as I could with a paper towel, except for what was directly on the o-ring. Hope I did not screw up bad here ... will have to do some thorough leak testing.

    
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post #7 of 32
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Have been hand flushing the rads with warm distilled. Took ages and about 10 liters, but in the end there were none to only a few miniscule particles coming out. These 280@30mm rads have been way less of a pain to flush than the 480@45 and 560@60 rads from my previous build.

Next I ripped out the GTX780 from my rig to give it a proper cleaning. I've only ever used distilled with Mayhems Biocide Extreme and haven't drained the loop for about 2 years and in periods, may have gone too long without a biocide refresh. So that may have been the reason for the algae I found when I opened up the block.





As suggested here, I freshly squeezed a lime and used its jucide to clean the nickel. The acetal required only warm, soapy distilled. The result looks pretty ok. I just hope none of the o-rings escaped the channels as I closed up the block. It was quite a bit of pain to realign them properly.

    
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Don't laugh, but it took me about 8 hours of pondering to figure out how I want to layout the tubing and which fittings I'll need. Luckily, I don't have a wife because if I did, she'd probably beat me to death if she knew how much I payed for them biggrin.gif



Started to lay the first tubes and now I wish I had bought the Monsoon measuring kit. Getting the right distances with only a ruler and square seems impossible. I'm forced to do test fitting and pull the tubes out again to sand them down. I also noticed that the PETG tubing looks really rough on the outside. There are a lot of micro scratches, but hopefully (supposedly) these won't be visible once the colored coolant flows through there. At the moment though, it looks pretty bad and that I'm forced to repeatedly remove and reinstall the tubes doesn't help either.



    
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Took me 5 straight days to finish the tubing. Quite a bit of work without bending as I constantly had to remeasure and cut or sand down the tubes down or sometimes, start from scratch. In total used two sheets of 1000 git, two sheets of 400 grit and 4 meters of tubing.

Btw. the Bitspower pipe cutter is a great little tool. With it I was able to cut as little as 2 millimeters off of the tubing, which was nice because it saved me from having to sand it all down.

Started leak testing yesterday and had to abort right away because the pump top (2) and acrylic reservoir (1,3) were not tightened down enough. I was simply afraid to damage the threads or cause a crack in the acrylic, but you actually need to tighten it down with quite a bit of force (note to self: Next time test it outside of case), I wish that Bitspower would send some instructions along with their products though, because I think I managed to slightly damage the threads this time.



Since reinstalling the res, the pump has been pushing distilled through the system for 8 and so far it's looking good, fingers crossed. So next up I'll install the PSU and fan controller and will then proceed to wiring everything up.

    
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