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I put the system together a few months ago with an H70 for the CPU and Gelid Icy Vision 2 for the CPU, but haven't been happy with the noise, or with the overclocked temps, so I decided to go with a custom water cooling setup.

I'm doing a single loop with 2 Swifttech MCP35x pumps in a series redundant configuration, EK Supreme HF CPU block, Aquagraphix470 GPU block, and EK RAM block(yes I realize it is not needed, but I liked how it looked.).
There will be 2 radiators, Swiftech MCR220-QP, and a Phobya Xtreme 200.

The pumps and fans will all be PWM controlled by the motherboard.

Temps will be monitored with software to automatically shut the system off if the CPU or GPU get to hot, indicating a cooling system failure.

The goal is for the system to be very quiet at idle and light usage, but automatically ramp up the cooling as needed under load, and automatically protects itself if something breaks.
Edited by Caleal - 3/15/11 at 9:11pm
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The "haul"biggrin.gif

I got the last of the WC bits in today from Aquatuning.

WChaul.jpg

Still waiting on my Akasa Viper fans and PWM splitter cables.


Best packaging award goes to EK.

Worst packaging award goes to Aquacomputer. Not even a box, just bubble wrap...rolleyes.gif

Coolest product award goes to Koolance for the RP-402x2 reservoir.

Worst Quality Control blunder award goes to Swiftech for not machining threads in the outlet of one of the pump tops.doh.gif
Fortunately I'm not actually using the pump tops.

Bonus points to Aquatuning for the free gummy bears. biggrin.gif
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PWM fans bigger than 140mm don't seem to exist, so I'm making a plenum chamber to mount two 120mm Akasa Viper fans on the Phobya radiator.

I also need to mod the case a bit for the Phobya radiator.

Proof of concept for my plenum idea.
plenum1.jpg

And the mock-up.
plenum2.jpg

plenum3.jpg

Now I have a pattern to cut out some sheet metal to build it.
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The finished plenum.
Made it out of some hard sheet aluminum I had laying around. Much harder to work with than sheet steel, but is a quieter metal.

I just wish I had thought to measure and line the rivets up better.
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I got my case mods mostly done and the system running, but I have some more work to do once my final order of parts, that includes my fans, comes in.

I pulled all the heat sinks off the motherboard and replaced the factory TIM and thermal pads with Arctic Silver 5.
The heat sink for the south bridge didn't have any TIM or even a thermal pad...

I was planning to anyway, but I had to use TIM, instead of the supplied thermal pads, on the voltage regulators for the video card.
In a test fit, the video card block didn't make as solid of contact with my lapped GPU as I liked. With TIM on the voltage regulators, it makes very solid contact.

Phobya 200 radiator installed with the plenum chamber I made.
wcbuild1.JPG

wcbuild2.JPG

I recycled parts from the fan mounting setup the case came with so I can pull the radiator out of the case while it is still connected to the loop, but I had to lower the mounting points.
wcbuild3.JPG

I cut out some of the perforated metal on top for better airflow.
It turns out that I need to cut it out the full size of the fan openings though. That can wait till I get the new fans.
wcbuild4.JPG

Loop assembled for bleeding and leak testing.
wcbuild5.JPG

wcbuild6.JPG


Once I get the rest of the parts in, I'll do a couple of small mods I didn't realize I needed to do until I had it most of the way back together.
I'll be putting some sound absorbing material in strategic locations, including using it to seal some areas around the radiators to prevent air bypass.
Cable management will be "fun".
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The insides look kinda rough now, but I went ahead and got the system running until I get the rest of my parts in.

I haven't done a lot of testing yet, but with a 25ºC ambient, idle core temps are running in the 30-35ºC range, with both pumps running at 30%.
It maxed out at 61ºC during 20 passes of LinX with the problem size set at 25k, 8 threads. CPU controlled pump at 100%, GPU controlled pump at 30%.
i7-950 at 4Ghz, vcore at 1.25v

The GPU idles at about 30ºC with both pumps at 30%.
During a 30 minute run of Furmark on extreme burn, the GPU never got above 45ºC, and the GPU controlled pump never went over 40%.
GTX470 overclocked to 1750mhz, ram 1850, over volted to 1v
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Awesome...how's the flow on that mod you made for the 200mm?
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Great build, I like the plenum mod you did! I would make sure you've got your rads going in the same direction though to help with temps.
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Originally Posted by Caleal;12716443 
I cut out some of the perforated metal on top for better airflow.
It turns out that I need to cut it out the full size of the fan openings though. That can wait till I get the new fans.
http://www.markbeiser.com/Images/personal/WC/wcbuild4.JPG

I'm planning on cutting out the top grill as well.
Do you find that with less metal, the radiator is still sturdy enough? Does it sag at all?
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