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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-11-2015, 03:27 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm in the process of building my first proper water cooled PC and I'm using a Corsair 350D case.

These are the parts I have so far.

  • Corsair 350D
  • ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer 3.1
  • Intel i7-5820k
  • Swiftech MCP655 Laing D5 Vario
  • 2 x Phanteks PH-F140SP
  • Various fittings for 13mm Acrylic pipe
  • Coolermaster V850 PSU

I actually purchased the pump back in July 2009 but never got around to installing proper water cooling (still running a Corsair H50), so hopefully it's still OK.

To be honest the system won't be pushed hard, it occasionally transcode's videos and I occasionally game, I could get by with a lot lower spec PC but that wouldn't be fun would it? My current PC has served me very well for the past five years, and I expect this one to serve me well for just as long, with the odd improvements along the way.

I have a pair of GTX680's which will be transferred into this build, but they won't be water cooled, my main purpose of water cooling is to cool the CPU quietly whilst over clocking it, hopefully to around 4.5GHz

For the CPU block I'm considering a EK Supremacy EVO Clean CSQ, would this be a good choice?

The radiator needs to be a 280mm version with a maximum thickness of 30mm to fit in the top of the case. I've seen recommended the Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 280mm, but there's also rads by Black Ice Hardware Labs which are well recommended, amongst others. So what would be a good choice, I want something that will last and cool the CPU well and quietly?

For the reservoir I'm thinking of using a PrimoChill 240mm AGB CTR Phase II with Laing D5 mount.

So what's peoples opinions/thoughts on the CPU block, rad and res?

Edit:

Additional parts purchased since this post.

  • 32GB Kingston HyperX DDR4 2666
  • Hardware Labs Black Ice Nemesis Radiator GTS 280 U flow
  • PrimoChill 240mm AGB CTR Phase II with Laing D5 mount.
  • EK Supremacy EVO Clean CSQ
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Great choice on parts...yet another fellow X99 matx user smile.gif I love my ASRock X99M Extreme4, so I don't doubt that you will have a great time with your Fatal1ty X99M Killer 3.1. Regarding radiators, I've had great experience with Alphacool radiators, so I would recommend those from personal experience. I've used an older HWLabs Black Ice 120mm radiator, and it was just fine too. Either way, I would make sure that I clean out the radiators before use.

Also any reason you don't want to get some GTX 680 blocks? I'm sure you can find them second hand for fairly cheap. With an additional 240mm radiator in the front, and possibly a 120mm radiator in the back, you can get enough surface area to cool that 5820k + 2x GTX 680s.

I'm able to cool a i7-5960x @4.5 1.264V + 2x 290x @1075/1375 with a 200mm radiator (45mm thick) + alphacool 120mm radiator (60mm thick) in sig rig. (CPU temps are 65-70C @4.5 and GPU temps are 55-60C with heavy gaming. Ambient was 28C).

edit~ Sorry, I forgot to mention two things. The CPU block is a great choice. I've used an older EK Supremacy, and it was a great block. I've only heard good things about the EVO. Additionally, I would check out the following barrow fittings for your tubing; they are pretty much the same quality as Bitspower fittings, but wayyy cheaper.

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Thanks for the feed back, I currently have an Antec P180 case and wanted something smaller with water cooling ability.

Due to the wife and kids I wear 5.1 headphones when I game, so any noise from the GPU's doesn't worry me, and during normal use they are pretty much silent.

I may also upgrade the cards soon whilst they still have a reasonable resale value, so may go for a couple of GTX 970 Strix or even a 980 Strix. The Strix is also a very quiet card, so I think water cooling the GPU's as well isn't necessary for my needs.

Thanks for the pointers on the fittings, I purchased these fittings off ebay recently but no doubt might need some more.

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I'm very disappointed with the Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 280mm radiator. Basically the sides of the radiator curve inwards by a combined 3mm, this makes it impossible to get the centre fan/case mounting screws in. The dimension across the screw holes is 122mm where it should be 125mm.

My supplier (Scan Computers) has exchanged the radiator and the second one is exactly the same mad.gif
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I'd get the HWL GTS rads instead. Its a really great rad compared to the Alphacool ST series.

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Just come on here to update the thread and seen you're post @Ironsmack, funnily enough earlier today I ordered a Hardware Labs Black Ice Nemesis Radiator GTS 280 U flow, not the cross flow version.

I'm very disappointed with Alphacool's handling of this problem, their quality control is clearly completely lacking, and when I asked if I ordered directly from them could they check the mounting hole dimensions they said no! So there you go terrible quality rads, and when it does go wrong they are not willing to help. I had to send photos to Scan Computers last night, and the second rad was so bad that the screws on the end tank were only 122.4mm apart so I tried to fit a fan and I could only get two screws in!

I've attached a picture which show's the dimensions across the centre fans screws, I've zeroed the gauge on the diameter of one of the screws so this give the true centre to centre dimension which should be 125mm and actually comes out out 122mm! Scan are paying for the return and going to refund in full thumb.gif, so luckily I won't lose out financially but I have wasted a lot of time over this.

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My HW Labs Black Ice rad arrived today, very nicely made and the screw holes all line up, only slight problem is it doesn't yet fit in the case. For some reason only known to Corsair they didn't provide a cut out in one side of the CD rom bay for radiators. I had to fold down a metal tab to get the Alphacool rad to fit, but the Black Ice is wider so I'll need to get the Dremel out.
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Just thought I'd post some progress updates, it's slow going as I don't get a lot of spare time.

I've modified the case and the rad now fits.



I had to cut a small section out of the case, I can't really understand why it isn't built this way, it is after all designed to take this size rad.



And with the motherboard and fans fitted - this is all temporary at the moment.



And the res is mounted, I had to cut the tube down to get it to fit, I did this with a circular bench saw. The valve at the top will be for filling the loop, the one at the bottom for draining it.



And for my very first go at bending acrylic, to my amazement it actually fits - this pipe is a trial run, the first bend I got too hot, the rest went OK. It's going to be fiddly doing up the compression fitting, but I'm sure I'll manage it.



If anybody spots any problems please let me know thumb.gif
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Nice bend. Looks professional. Rep added. BTW, you may not be crazy about those Phanteks fans. Or you may love them. One of the best PWM fans that Ive owned for radiators were the Noiseblocker e-Loop's. Just an FYI. Also, I still have 4 left over. If you need them give me a PM. I may not respond immediately. Main rig is being torn down as Im going from my FX 8350 to my x99 5930k.
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Thanks for the rep and offer on the fans, but they are too thick to use on the rad, so I could only use them on the case and as I'm in the UK it's probably not worth it. I really do need to power up the Phanteks to see how noisy they are before I complete my build as it will be a pain to change them afterwards
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