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First Watercooling build Complete/Antec 1200

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So i finally took the plunge,started off with getting the knowledge ,weeks of scouring the web for info/build logs/tips/hints etc.Put my cart up here and took a few pointers and sent the order.Got my parts,checked everything for missing parts/damaged parts.Cleaned everything with distilled water and started ripping the aircooled I5 750 apart,first days i focused on cable management,ventured into cable sleeving etc.Then i sketched up the loop on paper trying to find the most efficient loop order(thanks guys for the help ),then slowly assembled the pump,the res,the rad and finally the cpu block always checking for tubing length along the way and wiring/hardware clearance/length.Everything hooked up except the pump power i took an old psu and shorted the green/black pin and hooked the pump power to the old psu.Papper tissues around every fitting and a lot of extras around the case(safe than sorry right...)One hand on the psu switch and the other one pouring coolant in the res i filled the loop and started the leak testing,luckily i had NO leaks after 9 hours so i removed the papers,installed the system for final start.Started up and everything went smooth,just love it....more quiet around 15 degrees cooler under load vs my air cooling,idle just about 3-4 degrees better.

So to sum it up:Its been an learning experience and, i recommend all who want to start WC:ing to REALLY study and prep properly(weeks....yes weeks).
FINALLY MY PARTS:
CPU BLOCK:XSPC RASA
WATER RES:MICRO RES REV 2
PUMP:LAING DDC PLUS1T 18W/EK X_TOP V2
RADIATORHOBYA G-CHANGER 360 v1.2/3*XILENCE FANS/68cfm/21db in PULL
TUBING:NALGENE 19/13 mm
COMPRESSION FITTINGS ALL AROUND





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very good work for first time. pretty clean
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very good work for first time. pretty clean
Thanks so much Tried to my best.....only sad part is that now im done and now i want to build more so i suspect this wont be my last build
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Why not Sandy Bridge?
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Next step would be to add GPU water blocks ?!
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Sandy bridge...ah yes,considered buying all new gear but for now it will be like this,next fall ill probably sell the whole thing and start a new project...ALSO including GPU WC
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I have a question for you since my case is an Antec 1200.

Did you have to drill holes to mount your reservoir or radiator ?

I'm reading a lot of watercooling logs and I'm concerned about the space available in my case to fit all the watercooling stuff.

I figured I could start with a H3O EK kit and then add my waterblocks. This would be my very first watercooling experience and I don't want to mess up things
Edited by Kerian - 3/11/11 at 2:35am
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Good job, I got a wc'ed 1200 too, check it out in my signature

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Actually i didnt need to drill any holes,for the rad i simply used the existing exhaust fan holes and for the res i managed to get 2 bolts into the existing holes for the hdd cages,just let me know if u want close up pics on the mounting!!!
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