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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-15-2013, 04:54 AM - Thread Starter
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Hello OCN

Okay for the last couple of weeks I have been reading up on "Custom Watercooling" because with my H60 I'm getting unreasonable temps even after RMA'ing the cooler. Currently my Temperatures on full load for stock speed I5 4670k are sitting at 75-80C and on 4.0Ghz OC are sitting at 80-90C!! (De-Lidding is out of the question, don't feel comfortable doing this fingers crossed intel pulls their finger out of their behind and goes back to soldered chips in the next gen.)

Anyways enough Intel bashing, I'm currently going to start piecing together my own "Kit" so eventually I can go about pursuing this water cooling adventure so i decided to make a build log as I LOVEEE reading sort of threads on OCN and i spent countless hours being distracted from my usual gaming habits and even get told off at work for checking this forums build logs, soooo I decided to give back to what inspired me to pursue a good looking water-cooled system and make my own. biggrin.gif

Anyway the current build I'm going to be basing this in is my current set up:

CPU: i5 4670K (Own) (replaced faulty 2500K)
Mobo: Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H (Own)
RAM: Corsair 8GB 1600mhz (Own)
GPU: HD7970 Sapphire(Own) (Will eventually upgrade to R9 290X)
PSU: 750w Seasonic Platinum (Arrived)
Case to be built in: Corsair Air 540 (Own)


At the moment I'm building a CPU only loop and add GPU Block/extra rad when the R9 290X is in my hands and also when a water-block is available for it. I'm currently just looking at some loop ideas that would work in my case and this is currently the one that works the best in my head from checking out the Corsair 540 (open to ideas)

Loop Ideas:
The basic Idea is to keep everything as minimal as possible with the space available with the corsair 540.
Basic loop I'm going for is [Res > Pump > Rad > Cpu > Res] and this seems the easiest way to set this up if the Acrylic Tubing is going to be used but as said before if an better solution is thought of I am open for suggestions.

** Nothing ATM**

* Is a 360mm Radiator overkill for CPU only loop and If so would a 240mm suffice while adding a 120mm Rad for the GPU block in the future be a better idea?

By the way I am open to suggestions for better Pumps/Res thumb.gif

Okay here is the problem, I am debating whether or not to go Acrylic Ridigit tubing or Colored Flexi tubing.
I have seen some beautiful Acrylic tubing set-ups but

* How much more of a risk am I under having a leak etc using acrylic rather than Flexi tubing or is this not the case?
* How difficult is it to get the right bends?
* How much extra $$$ would need be spend on acrylic vs flexi?
* Are compression fittings a must with acrylic tubing?

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*** Reserved Space ***


Note: Reason for the name "Liquid Nightlight" is because the case window is going to be illuminating my bedside table.

Thank you for reading & once I get ahold of more pieces I will be back with updates smile.gif

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Little update, Bought some acrylic to clean up the case a bit and also make a platform for the AC compartment for the Pump and Res to sit onto make running tubing easier.

I also got the new powersupply, an LED strip and a few colored extension cables which I may switch out to white in the future.

I also took out the mesh from the Air 540 and painted it white to make it stand out a bit more because the case just felt really blank to me.
Makes it look a bit more interesting IMO.

Now for the acrylic work, Ive included some photos of the bending process, Didnt get any photos of the cutting process as it was not done at home and my phone was dead at the time frown.gif..

I did a little test bend to see how acrylic reacts to the heating from my heatgun which was a pretty clean first bend IMO and here is the general process I went through:

Typical stuff you need is generaly stuff to hold the acrylic down, some source of heat in this case my heatgun and of course the acrylic.
Oh and I used an old case with a nice 90 degree corner to get a good ange bend.

Just measure up where you want your bend to start, heat the acrylic up slowly but evenly across the whole sheet then slowly start trying to bend it until the acrylic gets so soft it just bends easily.

The end result of both the HDD cover and the AC compartment shelf.

Here is what the HDD cover will look like just need to cut it to size to make it fit in nice and snug.

I also made a backplate for the GPU out of the remaining acrylic and rounded the edges to make it look a bit cleaner here is the end result.

This acrylic is fairly reflective which I absolutely love but i can already tell its going to be horrible with dust lucky they should all be really easy to remove. The backplate is stuck on with some double sided tape from a hardware store. Just waiting for some stickers to arrive at the moment which should make this look a lot more fancy and may need some more LED strops to help with the reflections..

I'm also going to start purchasing the water-cooling gear very soon, still debating the Acrylic tubing vs the Flexi tubing, Flexi tubing may be the best bet at the moment.

Be back soon... ( when $$$ allows me to) with further updates. thumb.gif

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Backplate + Hard drive cover complete smile.gif

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Nice build.

Looking at something similar.

Could you give me the dimensions for the acrylic shelf?

And how did you stick the backing to the graphics card?

Look forward to the next steps..

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Hey the dimensions are i think about 100mm for the shelf and 270mm for the drop to cover the PSU.
I used some double sided tape that you can pick up from any department store, here in Australia picked it up in a wharehouse along with the acryic and heatgun.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-23-2014, 03:45 AM - Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Ziglez View Post

Any updates coming?

Yes, Just been very busy working last few months.
Working on getting some money together to finish this build have been saving for a trip overseas...
Will be finishing this bad boy up soon.

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Did you get the acrylic from an Australia supplier? If so, could you tell me where and how much?
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