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Hi,

Recently I decided to go for AIO cooling for my GPU as I have already been using AIO cooling for CPU for past 6 or so years for CPU.

Unfortunately it is not as efficient as I had hoped, and not really as silent as I was expecting, so after some consideration I have decided I am going to go for a full custom loop for my rig, and ekwb is the brand I have chosen to work with.


Short backstory I just recently bought a GTX 1080 and after some really low scrores I went a head and started overclocking, not that I am unfamiliar with this but never really been trying to push the bar, however as I was fiddling around with this it started to attract more of my interest and now I'm hooked. I ended up upgrading to a M.2 NVMe from Samsung SM951 512GB to be exact, which my motherboard did not like (X79) so instead of walking backwards I then went a head and got a new Z170 motherboard with the i7-6700K and some DDR4 (Corsair Vengeance 3200MHz) which is unfortunately two kits which I hope my retailer will take in return and I can rather upgrade to a single kit of 32GB as it is known to cause some issues running at expected speeds with XMP or even manual overclock. Mind that I am running the two kits perfectly fine 2MHz below the "tested" 3200MHz (running @ 3198MHz) but they refuse to run stable at the default XMP profile rated at 3200MHz maybe I'm being picky but wth with a brand new setup why not get it right in the first place.


Anyhow the GTX 1080 FE I purchased I was not very happy with the stock cooling and I wanted to get a AIO cooling solution, however the Kraken G10 I have was not cooling anything except the GPU, the fan on the Kraken is simply not enough as I'm running far from stock speeds. So I got a Corsair HG10 980 and modified it to fit the PCB which is working to some extent but not good enough, not to mention its bending the PCB all over the place right now with a ghetto fix which is some rubber foam (type that is used when packaging electronics) I am amble to get the temperatures down to a manageable fashion however I suspect there is a issue with the VRam cooling as its running at below expected speeds after some time under stress test. Not to mention the throttling of GTX 1080 (boost speeds) starts already at 48 degree Celsius, and decrease for every 10 degree Celcius. which means that the 2100MHz that I am originally working at quickly becomes 2020MHz as temperatures stabilize at around 50 to 60 degree depending on the hotness of either the benchmark or game being ran, again I know I'm being picky wink.gif


I am trying to figure out what I can fit inside the chassis, in theory I could fit either a PE 360 (Triple) or a CE 280 (dual) in front and maybe then a SE 240 (Slim Dual) in the top if I'm going for the double dual solution.

As the chassis is quite compact (absolutely love the from factor!!) separate pump and reservoir is a bit tricky to fit inside so I am leaning towards the D5 combo, but not entirely sure where to fit it.


The manual for the chassis state that there is room for 360 in front 240 in top and 120 in the back. But I am confident a CE 280 could fit in the front. As it can fit two 140x fans (comes pre shipped with a single 140x)





Have anyone else built or know of builds with full custom loop in this chassis?


I would love some input on parts and how efficient cooling I could expect!


My current shopping cart consist of:

  • EK-CoolStream CE 280 (Dual)
  • EK-CoolStream SE 240 (Slim Dual)
  • EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM (incl. pump)
  • EK-ACF Fitting 10/13mm - Black x10
  • EK-Supremacy EVO - Nickel
  • EK-FC1080 GTX - Nickel
  • EK-FC1080 GTX Backplate - Black
  • EK-Ekoolant EVO Blood RED (concentrate 100mL)
  • TUBE PrimoChill PrimoFlex™ Advanced LRT™ 12,7 / 9,5mm - Crystal Clear (PFLEXA-12) 3m

As for fans I am very curious to try out the new ML series from Crosair with maglev technology.

I am aware that the current build is absolutely overkill for my current setup but I expect to get a second GTX 1080 when they start appear on the second hand market.
post #2 of 15
I'm not familiar with the case but I'll put in my two cents. You'll want to check the fan spacing in the front if you're planning on trying a 280mm rad, and for the top radiator, you'd want to check clearance for fittings on a water block for the CPU, as well as clearance for the RAM (it's difficult to determine how far back the RAM sits from the picture). A 360mm radiator would likely have better performance than a 280mm due to a higher surface area, but again, you'd want to check the clearance to ensure it'll fit. I believe EK has dimensions on their website for radiators, so that's a good place to start. As for the reservoir/pump, I'm not sure where it would fit given the setup. With a thinner radiator on the front of the case, you may be able to mount a pump between the motherboard and front rad (tube style res?).
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post #3 of 15
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Thanks for input!


I eded up with the following purchase:

  • EK-AF Angled 90° G1/4 Black 3831109845288 4 € 22.80
  • EK-AF Angled 45° G1/4 Black 3831109845257 2 € 9.76
  • EK-UNI Pump Bracket (120mm FAN) Vertical 3830046997999 1 € 8.98
  • EK-CoolStream SE 240 (Slim Dual) 3831109860304 1 € 45.04
  • EK-CoolStream SE 360 (Slim Triple) 3831109860311 1 € 53.24
  • EK-Furious Vardar FF5-120 (3000rpm) 3831109867556 5 € 69.45
  • EK-XRES 100 Revo D5 PWM (incl. pump) 3831109843062 1 € 109.80
  • EK-FB ASUS M8G Monoblock - Nickel 3831109821435 1 € 98.32
  • EK-FC1080 GTX - Nickel 3831109831298 1 € 90.12
  • EK-FC1080 GTX Backplate - Black 3831109831311 1 € 24.55
  • TUBE PrimoChill PrimoFlex™ Advanced LRT™ 12,7 / 9,5mm - Crystal Clear RETAIL 3m 3831109850510 1 € 16.62
  • EK-ACF Fitting 10/13mm - Black 3831109846421 10 € 40.90
  • EK-Ekoolant EVO Blood RED (concentrate 100mL) 3830046999535 1 € 5.70

List was suggested by their new Custom Loop Configurator as they have now added the 400C case, with a few pieces added in by myself, fingers crossed i win a Sea Hawk ^_^
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so im looking at the new corsair 460x to replace my cm haf932. it was love at first sight! the tempered glass just hooked me and after months of looking for a new case this one has to be it. (just for clarification the 460x is the same as the 400c just glass panels) welp there are issues with this. first being that i have a evga z87 classified mobo (eatx) the 400c says it supports eatx to this size but the 460x says it doesnt. but ill take the risk. another issue is i want to burn a lot of money biggrin.gif so looking at this case it appears to be ripe for a custom cooling loop. my primary issue with this is that i have no place to fit the res or pump id like to go with. i have a few ideas. one being (and the one ill probably go with) mounting the pump/ res to the psu shroud. i was thinking mounting it to a 360mm rad on the front but i have a gtx980 kingpin and its to long in that case to pull that off. i just dont know custom cooling parts that well. this would be my first custom loop and i dont know how to configure a pump res combo.EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM that would work i just want it to be a bit longer http://www.performance-pcs.com/bitspower-water-tank-z-multi-150-pom.html that would be preferable. any help would be great. i plan on a 240 on top and a 360 in front and to cool my cpu and gpu.
post #5 of 15
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With your motherboard I believe you will have a hard time mounting the dual rad at the top, as far as I can tell the dimensions of the 460x chassis are exactly the same as my 400c. I would have bought the 460x myself if it was in stock when I bought the 400c as well! (If it was in stores at the time^^)

For now I only have room for a single fan on my top radiator, I need to purchase low profile fans (12mm thinkness, instead of the standard 25mm) and on my motherboard memory is even further down on the motherboard PCB.

However my memory modules are very high, with low profile memory there might be room (I did not actually measure though as my sticks are really high).


As long as you mount reservoir and pump separately (not a combo) you will have room to mount both behind the triple rad in front. res above gfx card and pump underneath gfx. I will be upgrading to hard-line piping soon and will then rebuild my pump and res, for now I had to mount my combo on the outside.
Edited by j0achim - 9/7/16 at 11:27am
post #6 of 15
I stopped reading when I read this, "GTX 1080 and after some really low scrores".

do you know what GPU you have and what exactly are you comparing it to??
 
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i might just consider the phanteks evolv atx then. im not willing to sacrifice performance in a custom loop for the beauty of a case. or i can wait for more manufacturers to jump on the tempered glass bandwagon and wait for the "perfect case"... almost the evolv atx :3 but thanks for the help thumb.gif
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I am extremely happy to announce that I won the raffle that EKWB had with the custom loop configurator, my purchase as a whole is refunded. Not only that but I was initially afraid my package would be considerably late as it was sent one day before expected delivery yet the next evening a woman called me telling me she was from DHL express delivery! Amazing!!

As for the build itself I am nearly complete with a few minor purchases left, as I will be going for a hard-line tubing setup.

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Originally Posted by j0achim View Post

I am extremely happy to announce that I won the raffle that EKWB had with the custom loop configurator, my purchase as a whole is refunded. Not only that but I was initially afraid my package would be considerably late as it was sent one day before expected delivery yet the next evening a woman called me telling me she was from DHL express delivery! Amazing!!

As for the build itself I am nearly complete with a few minor purchases left, as I will be going for a hard-line tubing setup.


Open door with straight shot... stop being so selfish rolleyes.gif
post #10 of 15
How did this end up. I'm currently trying to configure my custom loop and for the setup I want I'll also need a 280 up front, which I currently have and the slim 240 up top. Wondering what to do with the pump. I'm almost certain I'll have to remove the PSU lower covers.
Would like to stick with the 280 up front as it holds more liquid than the 360, or so I've read.

Current setup, 280mm corsair H115i up front and one rear 120mm EVGA AIO setup for GTX 1080. I do have push pull on both radiators so space is a little smaller. CPU max temp OC 4.3ghz 48C(not prime) and GPU doesn't hit 50C overclocked as well.


Edited by Yomny - 12/6/16 at 8:13am
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