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I have built many desktops but this was the first liquid cooled computer I have built. It was a freakin nightmare I am going to be honest BUT I want to let those out there know who are having trouble keep at it smile.gif. It does pay off, here are some of the major issues I had:

1. Stripped a few screws on one of my graphic cards and had no idea how I was going to remove it, no extractor small enough that I could find

2. motherboard went bad which we still have no idea why, we hardly handled it the entire time so that was the least expected part to go bad, replaced with RMA, working order

3. didn't really have the proper tools to cut a hole in the bottom of the corsair case for a 240 rad but we did... some how.

4. cards were handled very rough (drilled the screws out lol) and had great fear that they were bricked...

5. leak tested good!!!! but when i first turned it on no signal... (motherboard)

6. I have never done water cooling and went all out (probably should have started smaller) cooled my cpu and both gpu's which is a heavy load since my cpu is overclocked to 4ghz (which I can go much higher once you hear my temps smile.gif ) and my cards are gtx 480's which get very very hot.


But after all the pain... the whole week and a half of trying to figure this crap out it works!!! Not only does it work my temperatures are FAR better then expected. One card runs 45 Celsius loaded and the other doesn't even go over 35C under load which I thought was pretty unexpected smile.gif. My cpu ran at 85C give or take on my corsair h50 at 3.6Ghz, now it runs 65C hottest core at 4Ghz (at 1.25vcore which I dont know how it stays stable, prime95 torture text for 3 hours). So for anyone that is frustrated HANG IN THERE. It was so worth it and the performance far exceeds what I expected.
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also it looks awesome... i try to upload pics later but it killer, a black/red/chrome theme.
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post #3 of 23
Way to hang in there and not get too frustrated with it all. GREAT results!
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Glad to hear it finished all OK for you smile.gif


I've tried water cooling twice and the firs time it leaked so i got rid of it.

Second time i took a plug out of the reservoir to let air out for easier filling but it started leaking out and luckily went straight through a fan grill out the bottom of the case. smile.gif

It can be quite difficult to get right for a first time water cooler but just double check everything biggrin.gif Its the best thing i ever done to my PC now.
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It has always been my experience that if something doesn't go wrong while building a computer, you're doing it wrong. And when it does, I have to tell myself:

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Glad you hung in there. thumb.gif
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Yeah plus I spent a good 800-900 on all the parts. I wanted the best of everything lol, so when it didnt work I was like just watching almost a thousand dollars blowing away in the wind.
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post #7 of 23
65* seems a bit high. You obviously have CPU first in the loop yes?

I'm getting 65* load with my NH-D14 with an i7-950 at 1.272vcore. thinking.gif

I think you need MOAR RADZ!
Edited by blackbalt89 - 1/9/11 at 12:03pm
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post #8 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by blackbalt89;11950549 
65* seems a bit high. You obviously have CPU first in the loop yes?

I'm getting 65* load with my NH-D14 with an i7-950 at 1.272vcore. thinking.gif

yes it is first but don't for get I have two gtx 480's in the same loop. Otherwise yes my temperatures would be far lower probably mid 50's. I have a 360 rad and 240 rad but still those 480's are grills...
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What kind of blocks do you have on everything? (Just curious.)
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Originally Posted by fenderlove0`;11950565 
yes it is first but don't for get I have two gtx 480's in the same loop. Otherwise yes my temperatures would be far lower probably mid 50's. I have a 360 rad and 240 rad but still those 480's are grills...

Well in that case I think you should isolate the 480s onto a single rad by themselves. Say the 360 rad. And keep the CPU on the 240.

Would that make temps better or am I thinking about this the wrong way?

Or do you have it going:
CPU-240 Rad-480-480-360 Rad?

I'm no expert when it comes to watercooling, I'm trying to understand what's the best technique. redface.gif
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