Originally Posted by cigarbug
Well it begins with planning the loop.
What components will you be cooling?
Next is reading, reading, and more reading about blocks, rads, pumps, and fans.
The res is attached to a fill port mounted into the top of the case. One of the 2 bottom fittings of the res goes to the input of the pump (the other is the return).
The pump output line goes to the rad. The rad is externally mounted with z brackets to the back of the case.
The rad output (cooled air) goes to the cpu block, cpu to GPU block, GPU block back to res.
I also put in a drain line that goes out the back of the case.
Lay your plan out on paper and take precise measurements of case space and component LxWxH. You will be amazed that all of those ideas won't fit even if you mutilate your case.
Buy your parts based on size (that fits) and budget. Layout the loop in the case before any permanent mounting, to be very sure of the layout.
As my Dad told me (rhs) many times..."Measure twice, cut once."
I've been contemplating doing a custom loop in my Lil Scout. Had fun looking at your pictures of your loop in your Scout!
My first experience with Liquid Cooling was an old Tt BigWater kit that I used on my old Athlon64 chip. It worked flawlessly for about 4 years before I finally upgraded that system to a Phenom II 940... and the BigWater kit was no longer compatible, so I went back to Air cooling on that one.
When it came time to upgrade my second computer, I chose instead to just build a new one entirely, which turned out to be my Sig Rig and in turn brought me to this wonderful Club when I chose the Storm Scout! Though this build, I went back to Liquid and got the H50...
But now, I am contemplating taking that H50 out, and going with a full custom designed kit; looking at some EK HF CPU blocks and an MCP355 pump, with a Black Ice 120 Rad with a pair of GT's. Planning to mount the Rad somewhere in the Scouts front 5.25 bays to pull a steady stream of cool room temp air straight in from the front, and vent out the "blow hole".
What I have not figured out yet though, is which res would be best for the Scout when I'm just cooling the CPU; as well as how to do the lines and tubing. Thinking I want to go with some red tubing, but I have absolutely no clue what to do about the fittings, etc...
You're right about one thing Cigarbug!
LOT's of reading!
I have learned a lot so far just from reading a few of the stickies over on OCN's Water Cooling section
however, I am holding off on my decision until the end of the CeBit Convention, as word is, that AMD is going to be letting the Mobo Manufacturer's to unveil their new 990FX line ups. MSI has already revealed their's; and there is now news that Asus will be unveiling their Crosshair 5 soon at the Convention.
If I end up pulling my 89GX out, and replacing it with a 990FX, then I'll be pulling that H50 out as well, and that would be a good time to replace that H50 with something a lot more efficient!