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My first build - Questions - Updates - Asus Maximus VIII Hero - 6700K - MSI 1070 Sea Hawk

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
Hello all,
after many years of service I will retire my laptop. I decided to build myself a rig with a custom water cooling loop, this is the Hardware I ordered:

Mobo: Asus Maximus VIII Hero Alpha
Processor: Intel Core i7 6700K
GPU: MSI GTX 1070 Sea Hawk EK X
RAM: G.Skill 32(4x8)GB DDR4 2133MHz
PSU: Corsair RM650x 80+ Gold
Case: Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass

Loop:
pump/res combo: EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM
CPU block: EK-Supremacy EVO - Nickel
Rad: EK-CoolStream PE 360
RadFans: 120x120x25mm be quiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM High-Speed 2200 U/min 28.6 dB(A)
Tubing: EK-HD PETG Tube 10/12mm
coolant: EK-CryoFuel Blood Red Premix



The parts should arrive between this and next week. I also ordered a new cover for the reservoir so I can have the inlet on the top.

since it is my first build, I have a couple of questions:

- Do I have to rinse the Rad alone or better all blocks?
- Do I have to run a boot test? if so, is it ok with only the CPU and GPU blocks? i.e. no coolant? I don't have a cpu radiator at hand and the GPU comes already with the water block. Or, should I wait until the loop is finished?
-Once the loop is complete, should I run it a couple of hours with distilled water?

Thank you for your help.

I will keep posting on this thread with updates of the build as it goes and probably with a few more questions.

Cheers,
Gapsna
Edited by gapsna - 4/18/17 at 6:09am
post #2 of 34
Hi,
I do recommend to rinse all water cooling parts as they arrive. Also you didn't mention fans, I hope you didn't forget to order them. If you did I really love the B-Quite fans. But if you spent all the money you had and you plan to put our Rad on top of the case make sure all the fans that come with our case are pulling in air. The air will naturally flow up and out through your Rad.

Cheers,

post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 
Hi Dotheleus,

I forgot to mention those. I got three 120x120x25mm be quiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM High-Speed 2200 U/min 28.6 dB(A) Fans (main post updated).

How should I rinse the parts? one by one with tap or distilled water or the whole loop together with distilled water?
Or just the rad with "normal" water and then the whole loop with distilled?

Cheers,
Gapsna
post #4 of 34
What I did when I first got my parts is a first "bath" of hot tap water and then a full cycle with a galon of distilled water. The full cycle also aloud me to check my loop.

Cheers,
post #5 of 34
Thread Starter 
alright! will do that!
the tap water part I'll do it with at least the radiator (do _I have to wait until it dries?), I'm not quite sure how to do that with the GPU since it already comes with the block, As for the cpu block, I will see how it comes.

I didnt want to use distilled water with the loop as the remaining water once I drain it will dilute the coolant frown.gif (I'm assuming it is very difficult to drain the whole thing without tearing it apart).

The shipment of the parts will begin next friday. Although the Case and GPU might ship today or tomorrow biggrin.gif

I will plan the loop now, I have some pictures of similar builds in the same case, so I will get some ideas for the loop. I am thinking of running one of the tubes through the back of the case, as the panel is also tempered glass.

cheers,
post #6 of 34
Don't forget to give a bath to your fittings also. For your GPU you can attach tubes to it and pass water without socking the actual card.
Going from tap water to distilled you don't need to drain and dry your parts.
I don't know if this is "recommended" or not but to drain my loop after the distilled water cycle I simply blow the water out then hang dry the parts for a day or two before refilling my loop with coolant.
post #7 of 34
Thread Starter 
but that means you take down the loop right? I think I will decide on that on-the-go
post #8 of 34
I plan and build the loop outside the case when I first clean it, just like I would do when I test my hardware before I put it in the case.
After the loop is clean I do a partial take down to dry it out then I put everything together with the hardware and fill the loop with coolant.
post #9 of 34
Thread Starter 
alright, I will consider that. two more questions.

- do you run at some point a boot test? if so, under which conditions?

- in my case, as I dont have a cpu rad, do a tiny loop or just putting the waterblocks and booting till I see the bios and then turning it off fast is ok?
post #10 of 34
Well you can boot your mobo, RAM and CPU using the air cooler that came with your CPU.
The i7 6700K has graphic capacities just plug your monitor to your mobo. That will allow you to test and setup your BIOS.
You can even connect your M.2 / SSD / HDD and start your System install.
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