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Cooler Master Elite 130 with two AIO Water Coolers

post #1 of 9
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Hey guys,

My friend is about to move to another country, and previously had Mid tower case, but decided to go with small form factor so he could easily transfer PC, as he did not wanted to go with laptop way.
He decided to go with Cooler Master Elite 130, Gigabyte z170n wifi, Intel i5 6600k, Asus GTX970 Strix, SSD, HDD and Thermaltake SPS 730M semi modular psu.
For CPU cooling he bought Cooler Master Seidon 120V Ver. 2.
We started our build and immediately had difficulties. Stiffness of Seidons tubes was big problem as we bareilly made it to bend beneath PSU.
Cables was very hard to route, so that they are not in way of GPU.
When we finally put it all together first BIG problem was GPU temps. They were going to 90-100 celsius easily while playing Battlefield 4. Beacause he did not have blower style GPU, noise from fans was unbearable as they were very closely to the side of case.
Lastly my friend broke accidently one fin from one of the Strixes fans.
We decided that we have to go full ghetto on GPU.
He bought used Raidmax Cobra 120 for 32e.
With mush effort and time invested we attached Cobra to GPU with plastic zip tie, and somehow managed to cram both AIO in this small case. Because one of Strixes fan is unusable i managed to make custom wire so that i could connect Blademaster 120 fan on GPU fan header.
Now, both pumps, Cobra and Seidon, are working on motherboard SYS header, with 3 pin fan splitter, on 50-80%.
Silencio fan that is attached to Seidon is directly connected to CPU header on motherboard.
Blademaster fan that is attached to Cobra radiator is connected to GPU fan header with custom cable.
Small 70mm fan that is used to cool down GPU VRM is connected to PSU with custom cable molex to 3 pin and resistor and is working on 7V.
Small 80mm fan that is used to cool motherboard is connected to PSU with custom cable molex to 3 pin and resistor and is working on 7V.

Temps while playing BF4 are: CPU 60c, GPU 74c, GPU VRM 75c.
GPU is clocked at 1500 MHz on core, and 8000 MHz on memory.
CPU is clocked at 4300 Mhz.
Sound are mostly unnoticable while not doing anything, and while playing games are a bit noticable but nothing unbearable.
Here are some pics. Enjoy! smile.gif










post #2 of 9
Why dont you mount the second cooler on the side where you removed the HDD mounts?

Stacking RADs, at least from what I have read here on OCN reduces its effectiveness considerably when inputting already heated air.

It takes a lot of time and planning but its absolutely possible to clean up the wires. I used the bottom of the case since the feet are quite large, with some packing tape + zip ties.
    
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Could not mound second cooler on the side because it is too thick.
There is not enough space between part where HDD is now mounted and side HDD rack.
Cables are now decently routed.
About effectiveness you are probably right, While open GPU was getting max 55c, so it is about 20c hotter, but it is nothing to be worried about, because 75c on that clock i very nice.
post #4 of 9
Maybe it might be possible to mount the rad sideways on the inside of the side mount and put the fan on the outside of it?

Though maybe then the hoses might not be long enough...

Anyways ghetto mods are fun.

I took off the cooler from my GPU and put 2x 120mm fans on it and just leave the case off, non-reference heatsink so the case doesnt handle the heat dump very well...
    
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That could be possible, but we would have to drill side of the case, and i wouldn't be convenient to transport because of the fan outside.
Anyway this was fun project, and we wanted to know how powerful AIO is for GPU even in the worst case scenario.
post #6 of 9
Just checked mine and Im not sure why I thought that would be a good idea.

If anything I would likely just drill out the top, but your getting good temps as it is so not much point in the hassle
    
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I was very surprised with temps. I mean, Raidmax Cobra 120? Whaaaat?
55c in open case, with Blademaster running 800-1000 RPM.
Edited by csrepsol - 6/23/16 at 12:59am
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wow I have to run 2x 120mm ( 2400rpm + 1600rpm) to maintain around 60 or so
    
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To be clear.
When i said open case, i meant when the cobra rad was outside of the case smile.gif
Now with open case is about 60c while BF4.
When i close te case, temps go max 75c. Blademaster is going around 1400-1600RPM.
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