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So I finally made the move to the watercooling side of things. I have had a ton of help from Ira-K, thanks a bunch bro couldn't have gotten this going without you. Ok onto the mod/WC'ing.

My goal for this build was to give my case a few mods here and there to accommodate a WC'ing system. Before going further here is a list of parts:

Parts List:
D-Tek Fuzion
Pro Mounting Kit
D-Tek Fuzion Nozzle Accelerator Kit
MCP655 Vario
Masterkleer 7/6" Tubing
Black Ice XtremeIII
PT Nuke
UV Reactive Pentosin G11 Blue
Danger Den Fill port 1/2"
Plastic Clamps x10
T-Line Black
Sythe HD Stabilizer 3.5" to 5" x3 *bought from CD*
C-Channel molding *also from CD*
120mm Fan Bay Reservoir *bought from DuckieHo*
Radbox *also from DuckieHo*

Not arrived:
Sythe 87.63CFM FAN x3
Silverstone FP33-B Fan Controller 3.5"
OKGEAR 36" Sata II cables x3
Black sleeving Kit x2

The last items should arrive tomorrow, according to the tracking number.

The name implies a black coolant of some sort. I have G11 Blue, and biocide, can I add a black dye or black food coloring? Please let me know, I would love the effect.

Here are a few pictures of the new toys, I know how some of you'll love to see the hardware!:




I disassembled the fuzion and followed the guides to remove the excess molding and installed the Quad nozzle kit while it was apart. It was easy enough and was not hard to assemble. As you can see, there was a ton of left over molding!



My first pen!:







In the beginning:

A quick outside picture provided by Newegg, the case is an IN-WIN IW-J619T2.AQ350BL Black Computer Case. We ordered one at work and I decided to take two home. They are sleek and nothing is shiny or fake looking.:



The black marks show where I will be cutting areas for cable management and hiding. I will also be removing the lower HD' bays and area for more room:



A another angle of the HD cages:



A front shot, as you can see the front bezel is clean cut, and nothing shiny or fake looking. It is solid plastic, no flimsy pieces:



For the HD cages I removed two rivets located on the bottom of the case with a drill, this was the easiest part. It came right out without any other issues:



I was thinking of doing the cuts and all with the case intact, but with some previous knowledge with my old case and modding it, I knew it would be easier to remove all the rivets:



Now that I have the MB tray, I placed the mb to align everything and trace the outline. I also made marks to where I would be cutting the holes for hiding the cables. That is a Zalamn 9500 and DFI Blood Iron mb. I have two of these cases, and two Blood Iron's. The current one is in this rig with my Q6600 and 8800gts. I figured I would mod the other while this rig kept folding along, when I am done I will transfer the CPU's and HD's and then assemble both systems:



I made all the cuts using a dremill downstairs. I then cut the C-Channel for the sides to protect the cables from the edges:



I then re-revited the case and assembled it back together. I also cut the lower part of the case out in the front, too allow more space and just cleanliness:



Now to see if all is aligned right and the cables fit. I had to remove the C-channel until I fit the cables through, but once through all was well. I Also had to make another cut to the case where the Sata cables would be routed beneath the MB:



I do not have any distilled water and I am still waiting on the fans/fan controller to arrive. So I figured I would take a few pictures to try and get the placement right with the pump/rad. My main idea is to have the rad located at the bottom of the case. I would cut out the bottom and then have the fans inside sucking cold air through the rad and into the system. The res will be directly above the pump, it will be mounted to the top of the case behind the DVD/RW internally:



I also thought about turning the rad on its side with the barbs still at the front of the case. I could then cut the side of the door, though it is only an idea. I was inspired by DUNC4N and his mod/setup HERE . I love the idea of everything being inside the case.



More parts arrive:



The two 160gb WD drives for RAID0 with the sythe anti-vibration kits from CyberDruid himself:




One of my goals was to hide the HD's and the cables. I had to cut a few pieces out of the front bezel and some of the plastic, which you can't see! Here is what the front looks like together. It was exactly what I wanted it too look like. You can also see the 3.5" fan controller, very sleek with the case:



Here is a look inside, and with the MB:



D-tek Fuzion mounted:



Quick shot of what it sorta looks like. I was cutting the tubing, I had to do this a few times to get everything right. You can see where I am mounting the pump, directly below the res.



Another front shot, had to do a few more cuts to route the sata cables behind the mb tray, as well as the front connectors.



Onto the unknown! After asking a few questions and getting some advice, I ran out and got some distilled water, stoped by the parents and had some dinner and then came home. With how I had the res, I needed a prop to hold it up, good ole 'propel' bottle worked perfectly. I used the wire to the green and black ground to jump start the extra psu to run the loop. Thanks again Ira-K *he know's his wc stuff*:



A different angle:



I had a few small leaks, I had to use some glue to help seal some of the extra bolts on the res. The fill port was also leaking, after a small tightening of the top, all was good. I then proceeded to get help from my buddy and we mixed the coolant/distilled water and filled the loop. I installed everything and began installing windows, well I needed a floppy and IDE CD/dvd to install the RAID drivers. I had to prop the Rad on its side until I wad done.



Another shot, you can see the loop looks like its filled with a million tiny bubbles, well it was! I had some air in the loop, but waited to get all of it out after I disconnected the floppy/ide:



After restarting I removed the floppy and IDE. I placed the side panel on and moved the rad. to its final position. Here is a front shot, and I am humble, but that looks nice and sleek. Simple, and nothing fake or shiny:



Side shot. The res is not mounted to the top yet, that is why it is tilted like it is:



Res shot, you can see how much air I stilled had in the loop. I let it settle and bled a little more and filled it up:



Close up shot of the inside. You can see how well the HD's look without all those cables showing. I have to order another black sata cable for the DVD/rw but until then the red one will work:



Side shot again:



Here is the clearance under the 8800! Not much room, and not enough for a shroud:



That is it for now. I still have a side window mod to do and I may get a few UV lights.

The question I leave for you'll, is I want the coolant to be black, to fit the project name. Any ideas? Can I use food coloring or do I need to order something? Thanks all, I will post temp results asap. Please leave comments/critics/suggestions thanks!
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Here is an update on the temps, this is a Q6600 B3 at stock volts 1.28v and clock 2.4ghz.

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http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=21198

Black Coolant

I had a similar idea, or doing all black water cooling. Well, guess I have to do something different now
    
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Well, I have ran into a snag. The first issue was I tried doing a mild overclock to get a feel for the temperatures. Well the system would not boot and or random reboots. After a few other teaks/setting changes I think I have found the culprit.

I have 2 OCZ PSU's a 700w/600w. I had the 700w in the rig before, but when I switched cases I left the 600w, thought it would be fine. Then I got to thinking, I'm using a Q6600 B3/4GB RAM/4x120mm fans/Pump/DVD-RW/8800gts... I don't think the 600w can handle the load. Which makes sense because I had it restart on stock settings when I tried F@H. So tomorrow I will switch and put the 700w in and hope that settles it.
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Its looking good......Thanks for the pic's....This black might be OK, I've never used it so I really don't know....Feser View - Active UV Dye - BLACK......

I used to just sleeve mine in black and heat-shrink on the ends...Looked pretty good I think....
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Ira-K PM'd with a few questions.

Well I switched out the PSU's and it is still having issues. This would lead me to believe it might be the MB. I may switch back to my original Blood Iron and if it works I can rule out the issue as being the mb. If not... I hope a 700w can handle this load:

Q6600 B3
4GB Gskill
8800GTS 320mb
DFI Blood Iron
2x160gb raid0
1x320gb
DVD-RW
MCP655 pump
3x120mm Ultra Kaze fans
1x120mm antec *exhuast*

I think a OCZ 700w should be able to handle that!?
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Does it work at stock settings?
    
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40C watercooled, is that normal for a Q6600?
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Wow, you gotta get props for fitting all of that into that case for sure

Maybe think about mounting the RAD on it's side ala the way you see people mounting 360mm RADs like in the TJ07s.

As a matter of fact, there's two bad things I can see going on in your case.

#1. Elevate the bottom of the case with some casters or something to get it off of the floor a little. This is causing a restriction of air to enter into the RAD.
#2. You have 3 120mm 87.63CFM Fans sucking air into the case & only 1 x 120mm fan exhausting all that.

That might also explain the temps you are getting. They should be a tad better.

And btw, your PSU is well within limits of the parts you have.
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Here's a PSU calculator

From what I entered, you only need 472W
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