Ok I am sorta back it was a long night but I did get this built. I was up all night working on this bad boy.
So here is where I am at:
I took that ugly rad off and refurbed it. I found the Problem with the leak. There was a small burr where the fitting went in and it cut the o-ring causing the fitting to leak.
Now as for the rest of the rad it was in good shape under that nasty paint someone put on it before me.
I sanded the flats and tanks with 220 grit then 320 and took it out and blew it out with my compressor. I wiped it down with thinner let it dry and shot it Piano Black. I use that color and paint for refubing old cases and new ones too. Vinyl dye comes in handy for modding when you work on plastic parts. I bought one bottle years ago and I can't say how many mods I have done using that stuff. I am a big fan of black so it makes it easy for me.
So now that the Rad was repaired, I was ready to finish the build getting the first loop done took a bit but not bad. I had to work with left over parts for this loop, so I got a bit creative. The return side of the loop is 1/2" and the feed side will be dual 3/8. I will split coming out of the pump and run one 3/8 line to the CPU block and one 3/8" line to the strange manifold set on on the OCZ flex II memory.
I was short some hardware so to get us underway. I will start the testing with 2Gb of Corsair Dominator C5's Pc2-8500. I have had great luck with this memory so I felt it was a good place to start. I also want to see how each change effects the benchies
I will get that Flex II in later this week I never worked with it before but I always wanted to give shot. I think the water line system looks crappy but in the end this will go in a computer desk one day when it finished as a Hackintosh.
I also Left out the HD 4870 1.0 GB DDR5 XXX (HD-487A-ZDDC) card I have as well
I have IandH red heat sinks
and MCW60 revision 2 water block for that as well.
I have plans to crossfire that too once I find the matching card.
So I opted to use my old Asus HD2900XT 512 to get this started and its on air so it just make life easy here at the start.
BTW, I am looking for a some good Benchmarking software other then the 3Dmark stuff. Please let know your suggestions.
I have been doing most of my stuff old school. Using Prime95 and 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 06, CpuZ for Validation, Speedfan and Real Temp for temps. So any help bringing me up to speed in this area would be a great help.
Here is some picture of my latest handy work.
This rad came out pretty good seeing it look like crap and leaked. Also since it was very late last night I only gave it one coat. Before it's done I will sand it again with 4oo grit and give one more it should great then. Oh I should mention I am waiting on a fan controller and 3 more fans to get set up push pull. So the fan wire look like a rats nest but that jusr for now.
Here you can see the strange manifold system they use on the OCX Flex II I think it will not be easy to get these in my loop and look neat.
Here is the card I will get in here soon and hope to pair up in crossfire also get these opn water in my loops
Hear is some of the work I did last night. I can say after working with the OCZ GameXteam that the cableing is a real pain and I can say the Modular is the way to go. I thing I have only owned to like this. I will have my work cut out for me to ever get this cable salad to look good for sure.
The Antec 900 is a nice case but some room to hide cables would be nice. The other thing I don't like about this case it the front panel wires are too short about 2 or 3" would not have killed them. The 8 pin CPU power cable is long on this PSU but even so I will need a extension to route this better.
In the last few days I have built 3 water cooled Pc's 1 was in a CM Stacker 830 that was a great case. The other was my wife Lian Li PC-A10. This was one of the best built cases I ever used. It had a little less room then the stacker and about the same a the Antec 900 but it had it over the the 900. I look at the 900 and it feels cheap compared to the other 2 I used. I guess this is a you get what you pay for. The 900 sells for about 99 bucks the other 2 in the 150 to 200 range.
Oh btw the CM Store has the killer painted Stackers for 300 free shipped if you looking.
Ok that will do it for tonight. I will get some rest and fire this bad boy up tomorrow and see where it goes .
Don't forget please suggest good benchies you want to see.
Cool hope you like the updateEdited by Fearlessleader - 12/17/09 at 9:29pm