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post #1 of 18
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Hello,

I'm new to the forum, and to liquid cooling.

Figured I'd share my build... criticism and ways to improve comments welcome.







Before this I was running the biggest zelman 135mm cpu fan I could mount on the 2.8 Ghz 930 i7 and at 4.0 Ghz, prime95 would give me 82 - 86c and 48 - 50c idle, which I guess is safe but I was not comfortable with.

I was really skeptical about liquid cooling but apparently it works. Now I'm running 4.2 Ghz (210 x 20 (yes I know, low bus speed... limited by my DDR3 mem... still working on this)), idle at 34 - 39c depending on the core, and w/ prime95 @ 100% load, 62 - 71c depending on the test & core. Max time I've been able to run prime95/blend test was 3 hrs, which is an improvement considering I started crashing around the 1/2 hour mark... so I've been tweaking.

I guess liquid really shines when the proc is at 100% load.

I made the newbie mistake of using UV coolent. I read the massive thread about it breaking apart so I'll be switching to distilled + silver in the next week or so.

This is obviously a simple 1/2 inch loop for the proc... which might be a bit overkill (or maybe not). My next move is to either cool the chipset or the ram (can only afford 1 at the moment). Ram would allow me to eliminate the fan, but my chipset is around 50c so... I don't like that either. Which would you, the community, recommend?

If you really have some time to kill, you can check out my little girl building the box for me
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v...71dB0&vq=hd720

Thanks,

Chris
    
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post #2 of 18
Instead of the chipset or RAM, why not the video card? WCing your chipset/ram will not do anything for performance.

Not sure what type of video card you have but if it's a high end card, it would be well worth the money to WC it.
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Looks pretty decent besides the lack of GPU cooling and wire management. Take some time to route the cables behind your back panel, it's really worth it, as far as aesthetics and performance are concerned.
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It's not a crazy GPU... not a massive brick by any means... but is 1 gig of DDR5 with a decent clock and handles just about any game.

Yeah I have a modular PSU in my other box but left it in place... it makes cables much easier to work with. I love the Cooler Master case that I have but it's biggest flaw is the back panel... as soon as you introduce too many cables behind it it fails to close or if you do manage to close it, the panel bows out.

I think if I switch over to a modular PSU (since I don't actually need 2 additional PCEe cables & a few of the other extras) it will help.

Thanks for the feedback ... yeah the lower half of the case is a bit of a mess still.
    
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wire management! Anyway, ram blocks and mobo blocks are really just for show now. I would def go with a mobo block over ram block first tho.
 
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post #6 of 18
nice looking setup you have there, have you had any issues with the colored fluid yet? You should really switch over to just plaing distilled water since you already have the green tubing. and of course a biocide of some sort.

what did you use to mount the rad like that?
post #7 of 18
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Yep... switching out the coolent in the next week or two (need to order the silver). I already have the distilled water in the basement (was on sale for like $1.50 at Baby's R Us for a gallon or 2... bought it a while back for non-computer-related emergencies) The system has only been running for about a week now so I don't anticipate any liquid damage this fast.

The radiator mount I used was http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...ing.html#blank

It's a nice mount... if you are creative enough you can flip it around or mount things on both sides for 2 radiators or something. 3 smalls screws (I thought the PSU, heh) was enough to hold it in secure with no rattle.

I live 1 hour away from frozencpu so while they are not the cheapest to get things from, if I order standard shipping, it always next day delivery

I knew I would get drilled for those cables

I assume my temperatures are about average? I know they are not amazing like some systems I've seen but I know they dropped about 10 - 11c idle & 15 - 20c @ 100% load... so there was def great improvement there... I just don't know if that's what was expected or if it should have been better then that with a 2x120 rad + 1/2 inch tubing, D5 pump (taken apart & mounted inside the reservoir) and Swiftech Apogee XT Extreme cpu block. My ambient room temp is 68 - 76f... system temp adjusts accordingly depending on when my furnace kicks on and heats up the room, heh.

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post #8 of 18
Could of mounted the rad internally
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You're from Buffalo, NY? My dad's from Buffalo My grandpa owned Hector's Hardware.
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post #10 of 18
IMHO I think you have too much excess tubing. If you shortened some of the tubing down so it was flapping everywhere it would look better and most likely improve temps a little.
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