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0rion,



Got more in my work log in my sig

I wasted 15 minutes getting the G80 Adapter in and had to take it out and put the regular mounting plate in. Hope yours fit as well as mine did!
Sweet looking set up...
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Yep, running the stock cooler. Ill overclock a LOT more when the water is all set. Im using a double heatercore set in the bottom of my case (a big hole there to pull air from the floor) a DD-D5 pump, and 1/2" ID tubing with 1/8" Wall. I wasnt too concerned about reseating the cooler 3 times without reapplying AS5 as I would be watercooling next week and not overclocking much until then.
That's pretty sweat. What fans do you have on your case, are they loud?

I should've tried AS5, wouldn't have enough time to burn it in though. I just went stock intel ... Hope you get your stuff in by Wed and get it all set up by next weekend!
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Listen, If I get my stuff in Wednesday, it'll be up and running Wednesday night I believe in 4-6 hours of leak testing, anything more is just testing my patience, haha. Im using a blue UV thermaltake I believe in the back, which I cant hear at all, it was mostly to help a littl with airflow, and look cool under a UV light. Im going to have 3 more 120mm fans added, generic Thermaltake fans that if left by themselves would turn my rig into a vacuum cleaner (noise-wise). I put them all on an Aerogate II fan controller, and set them around 1000-1200 RPM and they're pretty much silent.
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<RANT>
Well I finally got my gfx waterblock in, and let me tell you, I am NOT very happy. Ive encountered so many problems, that im about to ship this back and just go for a full coverage block.

Those ramsinks (ESPECIALLY the MC-21s) Keep falling off. The surface is not really sticky at all. Ive had 2 black ones fall off, and 1 gold one.

Also, the D-tek GFX block WILL NOT CLEAR THE RAMSINKS. The block is too short too put the sinks on, so im leaving them off and praying they'll be cool enough. I have fans DIRECTLY under where they fall off, so when one does, Ill be sure to hear it very well. IT'll fall directly into my radiator, which when all hooked up will be impossible to retrieve.

I paid $35 for ramsinks, and $55 shipped for a waterblock, and Ive got parts falling off and Im not using necessary parts. I was 100% correct when I said this method was half-@$$ed. I should have paid the $90 and gone with the Koolance full coverage block. This is getting rediculous. Im just now hooking up hoses, and I made them fairly compact having had a expansive setup before.

That being said, If anyone has interest in a D-tek Gfx block, I will sell it in a heartbeat and just go with the koolance. Im going to set it up anyways, because Im a moron and will have to take it out if I order the new block, but Ive gone too far now to go back to air cooling. Ill be leak testing in a few minutes. Im not a happy camper.

</Rant>


edit: I came to my senses. I took it all out, and im going to sell the fuzion gpu block or return it if i can, then buy the koolance vid-290. I transport this case places, so if ramsinks fall off just sitting there, Im not going to screw with it every time I need to move it. Im very frustrated, but Im going to do it right even if it takes a few more days. I was stupid to not just do it right the first time and get the all in one solution, the koolance block. This experience was like waking up christmas morning and instead of presents, you got a kick in the stomach. Ok maybe not quite, but you can imagine how I feel.
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post #65 of 74
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Well I finally got my gfx waterblock in, and let me tell you, I am NOT very happy. Ive encountered so many problems, that im about to ship this back and just go for a full coverage block.

Those ramsinks (ESPECIALLY the MC-21s) Keep falling off. The surface is not really sticky at all. Ive had 2 black ones fall off, and 1 gold one.

Also, the D-tek GFX block WILL NOT CLEAR THE RAMSINKS. The block is too short too put the sinks on, so im leaving them off and praying they'll be cool enough. I have fans DIRECTLY under where they fall off, so when one does, Ill be sure to hear it very well. IT'll fall directly into my radiator, which when all hooked up will be impossible to retrieve.

I paid $35 for ramsinks, and $55 shipped for a waterblock, and Ive got parts falling off and Im not using necessary parts. I was 100% correct when I said this method was half-@$$ed. I should have paid the $90 and gone with the Koolance full coverage block. This is getting rediculous. Im just now hooking up hoses, and I made them fairly compact having had a expansive setup before.

That being said, If anyone has interest in a D-tek Gfx block, I will sell it in a heartbeat and just go with the koolance. Im going to set it up anyways, because Im a moron and will have to take it out if I order the new block, but Ive gone too far now to go back to air cooling. Ill be leak testing in a few minutes. Im not a happy camper.

</Rant>


edit: I came to my senses. I took it all out, and im going to sell the fuzion gpu block or return it if i can, then buy the koolance vid-290. I transport this case places, so if ramsinks fall off just sitting there, Im not going to screw with it every time I need to move it. Im very frustrated, but Im going to do it right even if it takes a few more days. I was stupid to not just do it right the first time and get the all in one solution, the koolance block. This experience was like waking up christmas morning and instead of presents, you got a kick in the stomach. Ok maybe not quite, but you can imagine how I feel.
aww man 0rion, I'm so sorry. I feel for you. I had many troubles with various things too including the mc21s and copper heatsinks. For the copper heatsinks I ended up pealing off the thermal tape and just sticking it on the bare memory (bare to bare). The tape left more sticky residue on the bottom of the sink than on the top (where you are supposed to stick it) Not sure if you understood .... anyway... And the MC21s, I just elmers glued them to the top. The way the Lian li is, it's facing up anyway. They can get a bit hot, I would recommend elmers glue, any type of glue, or tape, just get it on their some how.

Swiftech's block says and it does clear 5/8" OD tubing, although they said 3/4" OD tubing would not clear, and I don't think it would... I think that picture shows just how tight it is.

I was pissed that the g80 adapter didnt work, wasn't even close, and that the X adapter was a mess to put on. I gues I'm glad Swiftech realized their mistake and now has a A2900 bracket which they are now selling....
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I just bit the bullet on my full coverage block. I looked at the koolance, and it was $90 at the cheapest place I could find, plus another $10 for barbs, and then shipping. I found an EK FCR600 block, which is supposed to be the best of the best for full coverage for $122 shipped. So I spent ~$15 more, but I got the best of the best full coverage blocks. I heard the koolance didnt perform as well as the EK. I think Ill either return the Fuzion Gfx block, or sell it, and keep the ramsinks and just stick them on the back of the EK block to pull more heat from the ram on the back side. I have a case that needs to be mobile, so those ramsinks are a horrible idea for me, especially when they're hanging from the card. I dont feel quite so bad about it all now.
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If you wanted best of the best, shoulda gone with DD
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If you wanted best of the best, shoulda gone with DD
I heard the build quality on the DD was far less than the EK blocks. From quite a few places.
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DangerDen is not the best performer though. In the madshrimps review, it got the same temperatures as the HR-03-Plus which is an air cooler.
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I'm interested how much better the EK block performs than the Koolance. The Koolance blocks keep my cards under 45c at load and 32c at idle.
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