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Here is what I have already (just got 95% of the non-bold stuff in today, or its in the mail!):
  • Important hardware
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E 8-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 2011-v3
    • Motherboard: MSI X99A GodLike Gaming Carbon
    • PSU: CORSAIR AX1500i
    • SSD1: SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive
    • SSD2: SAMSUNG 850 PRO 2.5" 512GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive
    • RAM: CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 64GB (8 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400)
    • GPU1: MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G
    • GPU2: MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G
  • Case
    • InWin 909 Silver
  • Monitors
    • 3x LG 29UM67P Black 29" Adaptive-Sync (Free-Sync) 21:9 UltraWide, 60 Hz 5ms (GTG) IPS, 5,000,000:1 LED Backlight Gaming Monitor with Built-in Speaker, exclusive game mode
  • Temporary Cooling for setup
    • Temporary CPU AOI: Corsair Hydro Series™ H110i GTX 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    • Temporary GPU: Stock cooling
    • Temporary Fans: 7x Cooler Master SickleFlow 120
  • Permanent Custom Cooling (hardline)
    • Motherboard WB: Bitspower MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING Nickel Plated Full-Covered-Block (Clear)
    • GPU WB: 2x Bitspower VG-NGTX980TIMG Acrylic (Clear)
    • RAM WB: Bitspower RAM Module Set For 4 Banks 4-DIMMs (Special Pair Package-For DDR4 Only)
    • Chipset/RAM Radiator: TBD (EKWB 360MM PE series?)
    • Chipset/RAM Resevoir/pump: TBD
    • GPU Radiator: TBD (EKWB 240MM PE series?)
    • GPU Resevoir/pump: TBD
    • Fittings: TBD
    • Fans: TBD (EK-Vardar F4?)

Reason for build:
  1. Multi-boot robotics developer machine (Windows/Linux/OS) for Solidworks 3D modeling/rendering, hardcore Gazebo Simulation, vision algorithm development, trajectory/motion planning, general development use (maybe some games biggrin.gif )
  2. Just because I can
  3. Some bling for robotics conferences

Tools at disposal:
  1. Solidworks
  2. CamWorks
  3. Hass VF2SS VMC
  4. Stratasys Fortus 360mc 3D printer
  5. Trotec Speedy 300 Laser Cutter/Engraver
  6. Pretty much every engineering tool/software for mechanical/electrical known to man


Anyone have suggestions on the following:
  1. Split cooling loop (Separate Chipset/RAM and GPU loops) vs single loop?
  2. Radiator selection?
  3. Resevoir/pump selection?
  4. Good fittings for custom build?
  5. Any suggestions to bump it up a notch?
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Originally Posted by SIRobotics View Post


Anyone have suggestions on the following:
  1. Split cooling loop (Separate Chipset/RAM and GPU loops) vs single loop?
  2. Radiator selection?
  3. Resevoir/pump selection?
  4. Good fittings for custom build?
  5. Any suggestions to bump it up a notch?

Single loop is fine unless you want to spend more money to separate them.

EK and Alphacool make good rads

DDC or D5 pump and a tube res

Bitspower fittings
post #3 of 7
For pump/res check out the monsoon stuff. Looks great with the free center or chaingun fittings too.
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post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Well finally finished it......after lots of research, blood, sweat and tears.

First water-cooled build; already addicted and have a new build in progress. Specs at bottom; let me know what you think







  • Important hardware
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-5960X
    • Motherboard: MSI X99A GodLike Gaming Carbon
    • PSU: CORSAIR AX1500i
    • SSD1: SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive
    • SSD2: SAMSUNG 850 PRO 2.5" 512GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive
    • SSD3: SAMSUNG 850 PRO 2.5" 512GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive
    • RAM: CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 64GB (8 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400)
    • GPU: 2x SLI MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G
  • Case
    • InWin 909 Silver **VERY MODIFIED
    • Lighting: Mixture of cold cathode/RGB LEDs (PC controlled)
    • Cables: CaseMod AXi set
  • Custom Cooling
    • Motherboard WB: Bitspower MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING Nickel Plated Full-Covered-Block (Clear)
    • GPU WB: 2x Bitspower VG-NGTX980TIMG Acrylic (Clear)
    • RAM WB: Bitspower RAM Module Set
    • Rear Radiator: EKWB 360MM XE
    • Front Radiator: EKWB 280MM CE
    • Fans Rear/Mid: 4x Noctua NF-F12 iPPC 3000RPM PWM fans
    • Fans Front/bottom: 4x Noctua NF-A14 iPPC 3000RPM PWM fans
    • Pump: Swiftech D5 PWM with Bitspower mod top
    • Resevoir: FrozenQ dual bay helix (leaked on delivery FYI **after I assembled the whole thing mad.gif)
    • Fittings: Lots of Bitspower black sparkle enhanced multi-link
    • Tubing: Labratory grade 12mm chrome plated copper tube
post #5 of 7
Great job on your 1st water build. thumb.gif
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Very nice indeed!! drool.gif

I think this can slide with being called Extreme cool.gif


Made me go wheee.gif
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WOW. I did not expect that! drool.gif

Actually inspired me on layout choices for my next build tongue.gif

But congrats, glad it turned out well!
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