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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-19-2019, 11:21 AM - Thread Starter
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Assistance in Configuring a Water Loop for Bullet BH8

Hello, OCN. I have been enjoyed reading through build logs and seeing them all come to fruition. I specifically have really enjoyed the water cooling builds. I am amazed at the talent and skill some people have and I have learned enough to feel confident on how to do some of those builds. I am planning on upgrading the cooling in my case from air to water. Here are my specs, which I will be upgrading in the next couple of weeks.

#1 - Caselabs Bullet BH8
#2 - i7-7700 currently cooled by a Noctua NH-D15 (plan on upgrading to the 9900K in a few weeks; have a friend that would take the 7700 off my hands, which is why I justify the upgrade)
#3 - RTX 2080 (model ending in 2182)
#4 - 32GB RAM
#5 - 850W EVGA PSU

This is the first time I have purchased such a pricey card. I am amazed at how much heat it puts out. It gets up to 82 C when I have the cover on my BH8. I have taken the cover off just to get the heat to dissipate. That has helped, but I feel I could get that card cooler. Before I tell you what radiators I have looked at and the build I have in my mind, does anyone have any advice on such a move? I am willing to make the purchase and spend the time in setting this loop up right if there is encouragement to move in that direction. It is just one hot card and would like to just see it not get up into the 80s. Thank you for anyone who reads this and has any pointers I could take into consideration.
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It depends on how skilled you are, I've seen crazy water builds in BH8. I did an simple one for friend and radiator spacing is limited. Top clearance is like 55mm and bottom chamber is 55mm I think. If your gpu is the non-reference version, you will not be able to place an radiator on the gpu top side. Also placing the reservoir, you have to be creative, stick with small reservoir (100mL).

My radiator reccomendation is either 240mm HWL 30mm GTS on top/bottom or you go with the XPSC TX240 radiatiors. Pump i used was an mcp50x. It also helps if you use m.2 ssds instead of 2.5 Sata SSDs.
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I originally had the 2080 FTW, but when i realized it was a custom PCB and saw how hot the card was getting, I decided to send it back and get a reference card.

This is what I was thinking:

HWL 280 GTS for the front
HWL SR2 240 for the top
HWL 140 GTS for the back

Would that work?
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Do some measurements in the front but im sure the sr2 wont fit up top. You may run out of room. The sr2 is a thick rad 60mm.

I use an heatkiller tube 100 and that nearly takes up all the front upper chamber.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Section31 View Post
Do some measurements in the front but im sure the sr2 wont fit up top. You may run out of room. The sr2 is a thick rad 60mm.

I use an heatkiller tube 100 and that nearly takes up all the front upper chamber.


As with all rad measurements don’t for get to add 25 or 50mm to each depending on push/pull.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Shawnb99 View Post
As with all rad measurements don’t for get to add 25 or 50mm to each depending on push/pull.
I've seen enough builds with the maximum thickness rad you can fit is 45mm rad but that build really had no space for reservoir. I think that build had it out front. Everyone else is using 30mm or less. You can see my friends build at
https://forum.dazmode.com/forum/memb...-emma-first-pc
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For what it's worth, before I got my BH8 I decided if I ever went with watercooling I'd most likely use (something like) Hwlabs Nemesis GTS slim rads where necessary (they're great performers but fairly restrictive IIRC). Or if using fat rads that won't fit, I'd look into externally mounting the fans and adding shrouds to cover them on the outside of the case, cutting the intake grilles on the case if necessary/for better performance, but that's a pain for questionable benefit.

Also you might be able to cram the SR-2 in there if you use slim fans (not sure).

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Read the reviews on the tx rads. An 20mm rad that performs better than many 30mm radiators and some 45mm. https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/XSPC/TX360/

I use tx240 to cool an 9700k.
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I suspect that two tx240 will be suffice and can be mounted on the top (if you have dual 240 mount up top). Use an rectangular reservoir with the pump in the bottom chamber. Pump should be dcc as only they have headflow to counter high rad restrictions.
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That is another thing that I get a little confused on. High flow restriction rads. Is that what HWL radiators are, or, at least the GTS series? It sounds like it would just be easier to just get a bigger case and do a loop in a standard full tower case. I don't know what to do at this point. This BH8 was such a prize when I upgraded to it, then two months later, the company went out of business. Although it is doable and you have done it, it sounds like it isn't a case you build a loop in for your first time. I have been wanting to do this for a long time. I just want to keep my GPU cool. Thank you for all the help everyone.
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