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Greetings from down under!

I recently put together a sandy bridge machine for myself, prior to putting it together I had thought about going for a water cooling setup for the first time. The main reason for me to consider this is the consolidation of cooling in the case and the noise/temperature ratio it offers - I'm a noise freak but would also like to OC. However due to time/money/research constraints, I've decided to put it off until I have more resources available to me.

Now I have had a lot of time to research for water cooling parts, but am still confused about some parts of the process. Below I will list my current setup, the parts I plan to buy and my installation and uninstallation processes. Any comments would be appreciated

My current setup

CPU: Intel i5-2500K (not yet overclocked, waiting for thermal paste to cure)
Thermal paste used: Arctic Cooling MX-4
HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B + Noctua NF-P12
Mobo: ASUS P8P67 Basic
GPU: HD6950 2GB (unmodded for now, selling this for a HD6990 for WC)
PSU: Corsair AX-850
5.25" bay devices: Zalman 4-fan controller, optical drive, 2 FREE bays.
Case: CoolerMaster HAF X (I heard this is a good WC case)

HAF X case fans are pretty quiet, but may switch some of them off once WC is in place. Setup is largely unmodded due to my plan to switch in WC soon, but I could not stand the Intel stock CPU cooler so I had to swap it for something.

My WC parts

(note prices are in AUD)
CPU Waterblock: EK Supreme HF Plexi ($50.55)
GPU Waterblock: EK-FC6990 Plexi (?)
Pump: Laing D5 12V Speed Variable Pump ($129)
Pump Mod: D5/MCP655 MOD KIT, Silver ($50)
Radiator: XSPC RX360 Radiator ($114)
Reservoir: EKWB - Multioption RES X2-250 Advanced ($67.30)
Coolant: Distilled Water 1 Ltr ($2)
Fittings: Bitspower G1/4 True Silver Compression Fitting CC5 x 10 ($95)
Kill Coil: Gammods Silver ($10)
Tube: Tygon 3603 Tubing 1/2" x 5 meters ($75)
Radiator fans (push): Nexus Real Silent 120mm 2000RPM/76CFM/26.9dBA x 3 ($45)
Radiator fans (pull): Xigmatek XLF-F2003 200mm LED 800RPM/76CFM/18dBA x 2 ($58)
PSU Bypass: ATX Connector with Jumper ($2)

Total cost: $647.30 excl GPU waterblock (same as 647.30 USD or 404.74 pounds)

Installation

The loop will be a single loop that starts from the reservoir, goes down to the pump, goes up to the GPU, then up to the CPU then up to the radiator, then down to the reservoir. A graphical representation will be like so:

-->Reservoir-->Pump(s)-->GPU-->CPU-->Radiator-->Reservoir-->...

Mounting locations will be as follows -
Pump: On the bottom next to the power supply.
Reservoir: Mounted between the pump and the HDD cages at the front, the vertical clearance between the base of the case and the HD6990 should be enough to fit the 250mm reservoir. Tubing for both directions will be fitted to the bottom of the reservoir. I cannot get a dual bay reservoir due to space constraints.
Fittings: two each at the pump, reservoir, radiator, gpu and cpu waterblocks.
Kill Coil: will sit in the reservoir.
Radiator: mounted on the top of the case and will eat into one 5.25" bay.
Radiator fans (push): mounted on the bottom of the radiator and controlled by the Zalman fan controller. These fans will effectively eat into another 5.25" bay.
Radiator fans (pull): will be mounted to the top exhausts for the case, above the radiator.

I will leak test with the ATX connector overnight, if successful, I will then follow these steps for installation.

1. Drain existing fluids from the test.
2. Mount the hardware from above, connect the tubings, fit the compressions.
3. Fill the reservoir until the tube to the pump is filled.
4. Add a spot fan to cool the CPU and GPU temporarily.
5. Turn on the system.
6. Keep filling the reservoir until all the tubes are filled.

Uninstallation

Uninstallation is only needed when adding new parts to the loop. I haven't quite figured this out, but considering distilled water is not poisonous, my approach will be this:

1. Open the top part of the reservoir.
2. Put in a long pipe
3. Drink the distilled water until the system is completely drained.

Other questions

1. Is the pump enough for this loop, even when I eventually decide to get a second GPU?
2. Do I need to replace the silver - ever?
3. Since it's using distilled water with kill coil, does that mean my system will be zero maintenance?
4. My CPU currently runs at 44C (or 111.2F) with fan going at 26dBA, how much improvement should I see comparatively with WC?
5. I'm thinking about turning off the CoolerMaster back exhaust fan, and replacing the front with a 120mm Noctua airflow fan. Would this make much difference when WC'd.
6. How future proof are WC systems? I.e. will I easily be able to re-use the same system with future upgrades?
7. Finally, is there anything I could do to improve this setup? My preferred budget is 1500 AUD (1500 USD or 935.53 pounds).

Please comment, thanks!
post #2 of 18
I would put the rad between the gpu and cpu. It will dump some of the heat from the gpu before hitting the cpu.
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post #3 of 18
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Thanks, does that mean two rads? One between the GPU and CPU and another after the CPU? Like a RX240 + RX120 setup?

Alternatively, how about splitting the loop using a Y fitting, one loop going into the GPU, another into the CPU, then joins back up before the radiator?
Edited by Jackula - 1/24/11 at 5:37pm
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lol at the drinking the distilled water XD
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Originally Posted by bbmaster123 View Post
lol at the drinking the distilled water XD
There must be another way other than drinking!
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There must be another way other than drinking!
Dude, don't drink the H2O. Put in a T adapter at the lowest part of the loop and put a plug at the end of it. like this:

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/7393/img1930i.jpg
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Drinking that Distilled water will surely get you weak, and it might even get you sick.
Distilled water has no minerals, thus if you drink it the water will start taking the minerals from your body.

Less minerals in your body will make you weak, and vulnerable for bactirea and such
Not a good idea imo.


Anyways, a CPU and a GPU can perfectly go after each other.
WC'ed GPU cores will ALWAYS be lower than the stock air temps, even though the CPU heats the water a little before runs past the GPU. (and of course less noise)

a 360 / 480 rad will do fine in allmost any water setup with 1 CPU / GPU, even with 2 GPU's if you don't OC too hard
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Drinking that Distilled water will surely get you weak, and it might even get you sick.
Distilled water has no minerals, thus if you drink it the water will start taking the minerals from your body.

Less minerals in your body will make you weak, and vulnerable for bactirea and such
Not a good idea imo.


Anyways, a CPU and a GPU can perfectly go after each other.
WC'ed GPU cores will ALWAYS be lower than the stock air temps, even though the CPU heats the water a little before runs past the GPU. (and of course less noise)

a 360 / 480 rad will do fine in allmost any water setup with 1 CPU / GPU, even with 2 GPU's if you don't OC too hard
The red part is so not true. You may not get the benefits of the minerals found in hard water, but distilled water will not usurp the minerals out of your body. You can drink as much distilled water as you want as long as you get your minerals from another source... ...which most do.
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Thanks for the replies. I will build my system as a single loop for now, and add extra pumps in the future if needed! Also thanks for enlighting me the *correct* way to drain the system without drinking
Edited by Jackula - 1/26/11 at 2:15pm
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1. Open the top part of the reservoir.
2. Put in a long pipe
3. Drink the distilled water until the system is completely drained.

lol i just pissed myself that made my day
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