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i7 950 / HAF X / RX360 & RASA Water Cooling Log (lots of pics)

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Got here some pictures I snapped off of my latest build. HDD/DVD, GPU and pump from old PC, everything else new.

Specs:
CPU: i7 950 (@ 4.2Ghz 1.344V-Load HT-On)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 12gb (3x4gb) PC-12800
GPU: Powercolor HD5870 LCS (EK waterblock & backplate pre-installed)
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 850W
HDD: 2x250GB Hitachi @ RAID-0, 1x750GB Samsung
DVD: NEC DVD Combo/Multi
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Cooling:
XSPC RX360 Radiator
3x Enermax Magma 120mm fans
Swiftech MCP350 Pump
XSPC 5.25" Bay reservoir/pump top (previously used their pump top alone which was great)
XSPC RASA CPU block
Arctic Cooling MX-2 TIM
PC ICE Coolant - Blood Red
Scythe Kaze Master Pro Fan controller/Temp monitor

I will make notes on certain things below individual pictures.

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^Here we start by removing the side and top panels. I opted to use 2 200mm fans up top (stock only having one). I purchased one that has red LED's so I swapped that with the side panel one, the one that was originally on side panel can be seen on the top here. They sure as heck didn't make it easy to close the top with the 2nd fan installed however...

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^Quick view of the inside of case before adding components... Nice black finish.

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^Trying to figure out front 5.25 device placement... This arrangement did not work, more on that later.

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^I sleeved all cables that weren't sleeved already. So I sleeved LOTS of things, though besides a inch or two here or there, most are hidden behind the side of the case, go figure.

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^Fast forward a little bit and we have the motherboard and radiator installed. Next few pics are detailing those.

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^The RX360 is LARGE. Rev2 spec is deeper than the original model. Beware of this.

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^Here is why the front 5.25 arrangement isn't going to work. The radiator is TOO close to the fan controller to access its back panel connections... also, after installing fans onto the radiator, getting the tubes out of the reservoir would not be possible.

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^RX360 quite close to the heatsink over the cpu power stages.

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^First Enermax Magma installed... Tight... it presses against the heatsink.

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^All 3 installed, however not without problem... see next photo.

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^Installing RAM was a challenge as there is clearly not enough room below the fans... I managed to do it, somehow; although, it was NOT easy. Good thing none of the ram was bad, cause I'd have to remove those fans to get it out!

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^Fast forward again, we have tubing/coolant installed and are testing the loop for leaks.

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^Fast forward... All installed. Next few photos of finished product.

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^Temp monitor is awesome. Bothered me a tad that the read-out was blue, but its a vacuum fluorescent display that is very clear and easy on the eyes. Controls 6 fans and reads 6 temps, with alarm function and etc. I hooked up 6 fans to it, and 6 temp probes, it works great!

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^Red 200mm fan installed in side panel.

All in all, great system. It's my quietest PC yet even with the fans at full tilt. Those Enermax Magma ball bearing fans are dead silent, only thing you hear is the some air moving (bought these as the Gentle Typhoon 1850RPM model was out of stock everywhere).

Pump is the 350 model and very quiet.

The XSPC Rasa, RX360, and DDC Pumptop/Res is awesome. Very happy with the quality of all of those items.

I've used the X58A-UD3R in a previous build for a friend and it was a great board, Giga-Byte is always my first choice, been in every one of my own personal builds for a long time.

G.Skill ram was also used in friend's build and find it to be great ram and good price, one of the few I can find that runs at 1.5v at 1600 speed.

Very pleased with how it all turned out... Any questions, please feel free to ask!
Edited by TamaDrumz76 - 3/25/11 at 3:23am
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Well done on getting that rad in there. I take it the lack of room up top, compared to the 932, is the price to be paid for 9 slot mobo support?
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I do not need 9 slot expansion (obviously) but I really like the cable routing features and the USB 3 headers on front panel. Over-all design of the HAF X was very pleasing to me, although much different than my all aluminum, brushed black, case previously... especially heavier! Almost any thinner 360mm rad would be no issue. 240mm would allow better use of first 5.25" bay.
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You should post this in the club, rads in HAF-X is a common question.
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I have a similar build, great job with the pics. Did you keep the two top 200mm fans? Nevermind i see that you did..
Edited by Jonny Rook - 1/11/11 at 9:28am
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Very nice job and great temps too. I have a very close set-up (currently on air) which i'm going to move to water and i ordered very similar items than yours.
One Questions that i didn't got answered looking around is how liquid change is done at the time it has to. I suppose and hope there would be no need to dismantle all of it and i fear that disconnecting tubing to flush out would leack all over the mobo/etc...
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Originally Posted by oc_geek;12679713 
Very nice job and great temps too. I have a very close set-up (currently on air) which i'm going to move to water and i ordered very similar items than yours.
One Questions that i didn't got answered looking around is how liquid change is done at the time it has to. I suppose and hope there would be no need to dismantle all of it and i fear that disconnecting tubing to flush out would leack all over the mobo/etc...

You do not need to dismantle everything. You can lay a towel covering the component and just disconnect one of the tubes closer to the bottom of the loop and drain that way and open up the cap on your reservoir to allow air to enter and aid in draining properly.

This current setup will be a lot easier to drain than my previous liquid cooled system. I had previously used the Swiftech radiator that had the reservoir build in... While this was easy to drain (mounted vertically with a rad-box on the back panel), it was the biggest pain in the arse to refill, get completely circulated, and air bled out.
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WOW....just made my little 2 extra 120mm fan i7-970 look silly...lol and it's running crazy hot. Wish you were in MI to build me that exact one. Money is not a problem...what do you say??
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So you have 2x200mm fans - rad - then 3x120mm fans? How is that working for you? I thought that if you did a Push/Pull setup that the fans should be the same. Just wondering because I was thinking about doing the same thing, since it would be a waste of 2x200mm fans.
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The cooling system works well!

Ideally, I do believe push/pull is supposed to be the same fans... however, I opted to try this out and it's been working out great and so far is my best cooling system yet.

My flow is as seen: pcairflow.png

The 2x200 on top exhausting out works quite well. It also is able to suck out case air from the sides of the rad and exhaust that as well. The rear exhaust fan of the case I have turned to be an intake fan to feed cool air to the 3x120mm on the radiator so that the front and rear bring cool air into the center of the case and get sucked up through the radiator.

I tested with both the rear being exhaust first and then after I switched to intake and temps did drop a smidgen. Since the 2 hottest devices in this PC are cooled by water, I figured the extra cool air for the radiator would be better spent than an exhaust fan pushing air that could be going through the rad out the back... It's rather efficient and I can keep the fan speeds low while retaining good temps at 4.2ghz and an overclocked video card... it's also the quietest system I've built to date.
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