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[Project Halcyon v2]
Absolute Appreciation to Project Halcyon Sponsors, of which this build would not be possible without you!






Cooler Master was the first full sponsor Project Halcyon brought on and provide enthusiastic interested.Nic came forward and asked me "What all do you need?". They supplied me with a HPS 1300w Power Supply and a ton of fans. Cooler Master has shown a genuine interest in Project Halcyon and their commitment to OCN.
Pascal from AquaTuning has come through with an exceptional level of support through discounting their product line for Project Halcyon to provide materials needed to ensure the build is a success.
Jab-Tech has shown tremendous support in their Sponsorship of the build. Their customer service and support is top notch in terms of answering questions and listening to my idea for the build. They blew me away with sponsoring the project by providing the tubing, killcoil, anti-kink coil, and the 5ft EL Strip to be used for a lighting mod. I am honored to have Jab-Tech on board as a sponsor for this build as well!

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Index:
Build History and Components
Planning of Watercooling Loop and Layout
Case Painting & Component Installation
Hard Drive Configuration Explained
Project Sponsorship Received!
Customized RAD Side-Mount Enclosure
Sponsor Shipment Unboxing from Jab-Tech and CoolerMaster!
Another radiator slips into the build!
Sponsor checks in and gets curious
Dwood's concept for Phobya 1260 and Electrical Woes
Component Family Picture Time!
Painting the XSPC RX480 Radiator
Cutting the HAF-X to fit the Phobya 400mm Radiator
Redesign of components and loop. Bigger is ALWAYS better
More to come!



History:
I generally theme most of what I do when designing and creativity. I'm a photographer with a side-business of doing portraiture, family shoots, and fine art photography. My own projects are generally labeled.
I've chosen Halcyon as the name for my build. Halcyon comes from a song by Orbital, a band in the 90's I listened to a lot while developing and printing in the photo lab.
The word halcyon generally means tranquil, peaceful, serene.Thus, my build will be focusing on a theme of quiet operation (liquid cooling, low noise fans) and tranquil as a color scheme: black, red, and blue.

The purchasing of the components chosen is in 2 parts to complete the build: primary (needed) and water cooled (to quiet it down). Parts chosen are as follows:
Primary Components! (Click to show)
  • Case - Cooler Master HAF-X RC-942-KKN1 (purchased)
  • MB - ASUS Crosshair V Formula AMD 990FX ROG (purchased)
  • Processor - AMD FD8150FRGUBOX FX-8150 (purchased)
  • Southbridge Cooler - Enzotech SLY-30 Forged Copper Heatsink (purchased)
  • Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL (purchased)
  • Memory Cooler - Zalman ZM-RC1000 TI (purchased)
  • Graphics 1 - EVGA GeForce GTX480 1536MB (purchased)
  • Graphics 2 - EVGA GeForce GTX480 1536MB (purchased)
  • Graphics 3 - EVGA GeForce GTX480 1536MB (purchased)
  • HDD (Boot) - 240GB - 256GB SSD (SATA3)
  • HDD (PS Scratch) - Kingston SSDNow V200 64 GB SATA III 6 GB/s SV200S37A/64G (purchased)
  • HDD (Backup/Data RAID 1+0) - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM (purchased)
  • HDD (Backup/Data RAID 1+0) - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM (purchased)
  • HDD (Backup/Data RAID 1+0) - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM (purchased)
  • HDD (Backup/Data RAID 1+0) - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM (purchased)
  • Optical - LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW GH24NS70 (purchased)
  • PS - CoolerMaster Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W (sponsored)
  • System Monitoring - NZXT Sentry LX (purchased)
  • Fan Controller - NZXT Sentry Mix 2 6ch @50w/ea (purchased)
  • Replacement Fans - 1x Cooler Master MegaFlow 200x30mm Red LED (purchased)
  • VGA Cooler Fans - 1x Cooler Master MegaFlow 120mmx38 Red LED (purchased)
Water Cooling components! (Click to show)

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700

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I love HAF cases, can't wait to see where this one goes..
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Wondering if a Tri-fire 6950 setup on WC wouldn't be such a bad idea. You can flash the 6950 ROM to 6970. Thoughts? I'm wondering if the tri-fire wouldn't be such a bad idea?

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that'd be awesome. it has all the steam processors too, just disabled in the 6950 so it'd act exactly the same as a 6970. i say go for it!

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would a single loop, dual pump, dual rad setup be enough to cool it you think? flow would be:

Dual D5 Alphacool VPP >
Phobya 400mm RAD >
CPU Cooler >
Chipset Cooler >
Black Ice GTX Extreme 480 RAD >
Tri-Fire 6950 GPU in Parallel >
60x200mm RES > pumps

I'd think the dual high end RAD's with Dual Alphacools will be able to cool the system.

Thoughts?

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haha. single pump will work... i'm getting one thats 1200 Lph... going through 4 radiators, 2 graphics cards, 1 MOSFET, and the CPU... you'll be fine

EDIT: if you do decide to do dual pump, don't put them right next to each other... put the second one in the middle of the system

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haha. single pump will work... i'm getting one thats 1200 Lph... going through 4 radiators, 2 graphics cards, 1 MOSFET, and the CPU... you'll be fine
EDIT: if you do decide to do dual pump, don't put them right next to each other... put the second one in the middle of the system


Yeah I can see that. I'm thinking if I put the second pump after the chipset block prior to the 2nd radiator it may assist the flow better. I could mount it on the ourside with the second RAD as well. Mainly I'm going the dual pump route due to a fail-safe. If one goes out, I still have a backup that wouldn't fry the system. I know I could set a thermal condition on the sensor control, but I trust sensors about as far as I can throw them.

With two pumps I know it's more pressure but the flow would increase.

What do you recommend for fittings? Compressions? Barbs?

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compression 100%! barbs have the possibility of coming loose! even with a hose clamp!

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well with doing a split pump single res setup at least I can move away completely from the EK setup.
Thinking this for the res:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9576/ex-res-157/Bitspower_Water_Tank_Z-Multi_250_Inline_Reservoir_BP-WTZM250P-BK.html?tl=g30c97s165

With two of these:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/6190/ex-pmp-54/Swiftech_MCP655_12v_Water_Pump_w_Speed_Control_and_38_Conversion_Kit_317_GPH.html?tl=g30c107

I'd like to mount the Multires on top of one of the pumps so now I need to figure out what is needed to connect the res to pump and still be able to keep a 1/2" ID 5/8"OD tube on it.

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