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Hey tell a mod to remove my posts up there if you want them for pictures
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err you missed thermal pads on those tiny chips behind Vrm there's 6 of them
Good catch.. i ended up taking apart the loop and 1 card I had the termal pads covered correctly and the other I did not..

thanks!
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got any pics of the top of the case how the rad fits?
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Part III: Adding the CPU Block & New RES

Update on my continuing build with an all internal watercooling build ->

So I went ahead and started to put together an addition to my parts list to replace the H70 and add the CPU to my loop along with the video cards. After trying out the EK D5 Top 140 + Reservoir, the placement and the function just weren't working out for optimal flow. So I replace those with these additions to my previous parts list:

RES: Koolance 452x2 Reservoir for D5 pumps
RAD: XSPC RX120 w/ Scythe Gentle Typhoons @ 1450rpm
CPU BLOCK: EK HF Supreme with Jet Plate #1
PUMP: Swiftech MCP655 D5 Pump

1. Reservoir Setup

The Koolance Reservoir definitely is a well-built solid piece of Acetal. With two reservoirs that can be run independently or in series with one pump or two really sealed the deal for me in a combo unit that save on space and gives maximum flexibility for single or dual loop designs.



Putting together the pumps in the back was pretty simple with the silver collar (would be more aesthetic if they were black). The rear of the Res has a LOT less room than Koolance's DDC model of the reservoir so I knew it was going to be tight with fittings.

So in order to run the pump in series - the output of one pump should be connected directly to the input of another. Since it was impossible to loop P1IN to P2OUT right at the back of the RES, I had to achieve the same function but through my components. So my loop order was going to be:

P1OUT-> 360RES -> CPU -> P2IN -> P2OUT -> VGA -> 120RES -> P1IN




2. CPU Block Install

This was a pretty generic install. The EK block comes stock with Jet Plate #1 and everyone's recommendation on the forum was to stick with that. I'll wait to see how my loop does with that restriction. The compression type screws for the block feel real solid for even contact on the CPU.



Once all components were installed - it was time to measure tube runs and figure out if I needed to swap straight fitting for angled ones. Lesson learned for first time watercooling is that you can't have enough fitting options with 45, 90 straight and snake fittings as drawing them on paper does no justice until you dry-fit.

I wasn't cool about having to make 4 runs back to the RES due to the inability to use a loopback but I'll have to wait for Koolance to ship a 90to90 adapter specifically for this RES which would have allowed me to go CPU->VGA directly for a true single loop.

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Part IV: Tube Runs and Leak-Test

So here is my newly revised flow diagram for a single-loop run in series with the koolance RES:



So basically this will unify the reservoir with both loops using a common water source and share the radiator load across all components. I would have preferred to mate the smaller RX120 radiator with the CPU block and the RX360 directly with the video cards for cooling proximity, but I don't think it would affect my temps by any large measure as it is right now.

1. Filling and Leak Test

Ok so for those of you planning on using the Koolance 45x series Res/Pump with two pumps - The reservoirs in front are the opposite of the markings in the back! This is not in the manual and was a ***** to understand and plan the flow. To add to the trouble - the included short and long plugs that either unify or segment the two reservoirs comes with no instructions for when to use them in serial or parallel operation.

I made the mistake of using the short plug and the water flow was turbulent inside the RES. In this setup - you HAVE to use the long plug to segment the water between the pumps.

After figuring that out - Koolance does a good job with top and front filling ports. The best way I found to fill this was with the pc on its back, RES on top and using the front fill ports on the right reservoir (Pump2). Since the inlets/outlets on the right RES are much higher than the left one, the water level needs to be pretty high to circulate water in series - since it continues to go down everytime you upright the computer.

I used my wife's turkey baster to keep the water-level high enough while cycling pump power and rocking the unit to get rid of air bubbles. After a lot of trial and error - this was the best way I found to work. I let that run overnight and put some PT nuke in the morning and closed the plug up after checking for leaks.



2. Lights On

So a few things about the HAF-X:

The bottom location of the RX120 RES was almost perfect. It was close with the AX1200 PSU as it is longer than a traditional power supply but there is a vent right at that spot to provide pull function airflow right into the case. That work out really well. Obviously cutting the HD cage you can fit a 240 for sure, I wanted to minimize my case modding.

The EK SLI bridge requires you to remove the fan shroud from the side-panel, obviously not a big deal if you're WC but an issue nonetheless.

Looking at the front of the case shows in order to fit the 360 rad up top, Blu-Ray drive, Fan controller and the Koolance 2-bay RES, I had to remove the 2 bottom hot-swap bays to make room. No loss for me since I used the internal HD cage, but this may be an issue for others.



Here is the final shot with the PC on after all the new mods. Next up are LED lights for the RES, cold cathode for case lighting and cable sleeving. I'm considering removing the quickdisconnects as the split RES, series single loop makes it not too functional to drain the loop tbh.

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Thanks for the posts, I'm looking at replacing my CM690 with the HAF X and watercooling was going to be my next project. Everything I've seen is if you've got the funds go with EK, glad to find someone doing a HAF X build with it.
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This is great. I was looking into that exact same res. how is draining it? I see you have a set of quick disconnects. Would you recommend using those?
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This is great. I was looking into that exact same res. how is draining it? I see you have a set of quick disconnects. Would you recommend using those?
If you use the short plug to have single res, then the quickdisconnect work okay were I had it in the pics. But going series requires to use the long plug with two separate reservoirs - then you'll need to have another QD to make it drain quickly.

Otherwise you just have to do a lot of tilting and quick on/off running of the pumps to get the majority of the water out.
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I see. Looks like I will also need to invest in some 45 degree fittings for the cpu block. Looks like the line from the rad to cpu is sorta tight.

Do you have a cost estimate? And is a single 120 rad enough for gpu's? Sorry for all the questions. Your work log is closest I have found to what I want to do.

lol btw the i like how you routed the usb 3.0 extenders threw the back WC holes. I did the same thing with mine!
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Yea 45s really helps alot but remember that 45s on the 360rad are semi-blocked by the closest 120fan. You have room but not much.

The 120rad is supposed to be shared in the same loop with the 360 but it isn't working out that way as I'm not getting the temps I want on the video cards. I think I'm going to change the loop tomorrow to go like this instead:

P1OUT > 360RAD > CPU > VGA > P2IN > P2OUT > 120RAD > P1IN

Basically that puts the 120RAD on its own to act as the loopback and still participate in the loop. Koolance really just needs to start shippng the loopback fitting for these reservoirs and I can run a traditional single loop using two pumps.

As for costs.. Let's just say its less than 4figs but not by much if you count changing out reservoirs.
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