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"How Much Junk Can You Stuff in the HAF-X Trunk?!?!"


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Everyone and their grandmother has this case and full build logs were few and far between that could answer all my questions on watercooling. So to help out my HAF-brothers and to try to answer my own questions.. Here is my run at watercooling for the first time ->

Systems Specs:
  • CPU - i7-2600k @ 4.6Ghz
  • MB - MSI P67A-GD55
  • GPU - 2x EVGA GTX 580 SC in SLI
  • RAM - 2x 4Gb GSkill RipJaws X 1600mhz (9-9-9-24t)
  • HD - Crucial C300 128gb SATA III
  • Storage - WD Caviar Black 7k RPM 1TB
  • PSU - Corsair AX1200
  • NPU - BigFoot Network Killer 2100
  • Sound - X-FI Titanium Fatal1ty
  • Media -LiteON 12x BluRay Buner w/ 3D
  • Fan Controller - NZXT Sentry 5Fan
  • Case - CoolerMaster HAF-X

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Watercooling Parts List:
  • VGA Block - EK-FC GTX580 Nickel-Acetal Block x2
  • VGA Link - EK-FC Link GeForce x2
  • SLI Bridge - EK-FC Bridge DUAL Parrallel 3-Slot
  • CPU Block - Corsair H70 w/ Noctua NF-12 Fans in Push/Pull
  • Pump - Swiftech MCP655
  • Pump Top/Res - EK-D5 RES TOP 140
  • Tube - PrimoChill Black 1/2" ID 3/4" OD
  • Fittings (Straight) - Bitspower G1/4" Compression 1/2"ID 3/4"OD x6
  • Fittings (45degree) - Bitspower G1/4" Compression 1/2"ID 3/4"OD x6
  • Stops - Bitspower G1/4" x8
  • QuickDisconnects - Koolance VL4N 1/2"ID 3/4"OD Female (x2) and Male (X1)
  • RAD - XSPC RX360
  • FANS - Scythe Gentle Typhoons 120mm 1450RPM x2
  • TIM - Arctic Silver 5
  • Misc - PT-Nuke, 1Gal Distilled Water, Funnel, 1Ft Tube for Filling, Extra Power Supply for Pump Testing, Cheap Extra G1/4" 1/2"ID Barbs,Tube Cutter

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Let's cover questions about the parts list->

Q: Dam you be stoopid - why didn't you go full loop with CPU/GPU??
A: Because I bought the H70 during the initial system build and couldn't stand the fan noise of the GTX580s thus my foray in watercooling. Yes, eventually I will replace the H70 with EF Supreme block. Also - Adding the CPU most likely will require another radiator and I do not want to place one externally. I may add a 120mm near the PSU but I'm hesitant it will be enough. More research needed.

Q: How come you didnt get a dedicated reservoir versus the pumptop/res combo?
A: I wanted a small res, limits on tube runs, and a pump top. The EK combo pumptop/res appealed to me versus eating up more external bays and lines.

Q: Man you're a noob, you coulda saved a bunch by going with barbs and a standard sli bridge, you don't read much huh?
A: I did lots of reading and the compression fittings look and feel matched my all-black industrial look I wanted. And the EK SLI bridge gave me a boner just looking at it.

Q: You say you wanted all black look but you have gay-ass tan color fans - wassup wit daT??
A: Blame Noctua - the fans are that good. But I'll probably replace them with extra Scythe Gentle Typhoons to hold me over until the i watercool the CPU block.

Part I: The Flow Diagram:

wc1a.jpg

Pretty simple flow. This will hopefully make it easy for me to transition to adding the CPU in the loop in between points 3-4 and then another radiator on the bottom next the PSU between points 5 and 6.
Edited by septro - 4/7/11 at 5:25pm
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Part II - The Build

1. Pump/PumpTop/Res Assembly

First part was taking apart the MCP655 pump. Pretty simple to just hand open the thread ring to pull apart the stock top. Adding the pump top was a simple press and screw affair. Read instructions and don't forget to take the o-ring off the pump top collar and place it around the ring of the separated pump - I tried to put the top collar on with it on and realized it wasn't meant to go that way.

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The rest pretty intuitive. When it comes time to place your fittings on the pump/res - you can take separate the reservoir from its base as putting on 45 angle fittings will hit the pumptop.

It would be really good to dry fit where you res/pump will go and take your time visualizing the tube runs. I must'of changed where I thought it would fit and bolt down 8 times before figuring out the best routing/look combination.

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2. Video WaterBlock Install

The block you have should have instructions to remove the stock fan. GTX 580s need a standard phillips and T6 torx to remove the 20+ screws. Be VERY careful that you don't strip the torx screws. My cheap-ass T6 driver was weak and I had to use wirecutters to keep nipping off the stripped part of the torx so as to get a decent enough grip to turn the screw.

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Once everything was off, clean with alcohol and place the TIM pads and paste per your block instructions. The EK instructions said to use a criss-cross pattern for the TIM - seemed sketchy but I may redo that later pending how the temps go once the system is up. Its good to use some TIM to hold the pads down on the mem blocks if they won't stay down.

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Placing the block and link adapter was nothing hard. I found it easier to place the block down, use some TIM to hold the spacers in place and then drop the video card on top to screw it in place.

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Final assembly of the SLI bridge looks like the pic below. Don't FORGET your o-rings!!! Seriously, double-double check you have them all in the right place. Also - think about your waterflow and place your stops where necessary as all the holes won't be used.

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Edited by septro - 2/26/11 at 12:52pm
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It may be just a typo, but you said you didnt go CPU because it may need another res? There is never a logical reason to have multiple reservoirs imo. But you could have meant another radiator which would make more sense. Just trying to figure this out lol.
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^ thanks for that.. it was supposed to say RAD
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Part II - The Build (cont.)

Next I placed the video cards in place and start to fiddle with fitting placement to figure out the best method. None of my pre-purchase build diagrams really matched exactly - so dry-fitting is the only way. This makes hell for figuring out which fittings (straight, angled, extensions) to buy.

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3. Radiator BuildOut

Not much to do here. Yes the HAF-X supports a 360Rad up top below its 200mm fans. But the devil is in the details - You have to decide if you want the fitting nozzles to face rear or front-side. For a classic CPU/GPU loop, I would suggest rearside. Since I was still using my H70, that was a no-go. So I started with 45degree fittings to see where that took me.

wc10.jpg

After placing that on the HAF, I had to play musical chairs with my blu-ray drive and fan controller as the hose connections and large XSPC radiator takes up the top two external bays this way.

wc11.jpg

With this config on the radiator, I could only use two of the supported 3 fans. I left the 200mm fans on top for pull and decided that 2 Scythe fans in push mode should suffice. Its not optimal but I'll add the 3rd fan once I go full CPU loop.

wc12.jpg

4. Tubing and Res/Pump Placement:

Here is where the build went tricky. The nomimal location for the pump/res would have been next to the PSU in the open space between the HD cage. But I knew that if I added another Radiator to support a CPU loop, that would be the only real location I would be able to place it. I tried fiddling with this a lot but the proximity of the SLI waterblock bridge just wasn't work out.

Plus I still had not put in my quick disconnects and this would have left zero room to splice tubing to support it between the pump and radiator.

wc13.jpg

So I used the space between the case edge and the PCI cards as it was just enough room to fit and I could screw in the retaining pump plate with the holes the HAF-X has there. This help in giving more tubing room to splice in the QuickDisconnects and that gives enough slack to attached my drain tube out the case and to a bucket.

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Edited by septro - 2/26/11 at 1:30pm
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err you missed thermal pads on those tiny chips behind Vrm there's 6 of them
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lots of $$ invested here smile.gif

but very nice build

just watch out - you might me putting too much thermal paste on those GPUs
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thank you for posting this. I have the HAF X and this is almost exactly what i am looking to do water cooling wise.
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Looks awesome!
Hahahaha!!I'm going to make a similar build like this one as well. We have some of the same components (Case, PSU, CPU cooler) and i'm also going to do a dedicated GPU loop.
Looks awesome and great pics.
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