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Blackops_2 07-27-2014 07:12 PM

So if you followed my "Green Envy" Build you'll know it's still under construction and i decided to also put my backup rig on water while i'm at this. Thus i can use my backup rig while Green Envy is under construction, as well as get a loop under my belt before jumping to this monstrous rig i plan to assemble that is "Green Envy". It's going to take some serious time to assemble everything, learning to bend acrylic, and mod a case is going to be an experience as well.

So this build is much easier. In that it's just a single CPU/GPU with a case that requires no modding what so ever.

Just ordered the last of the components so everything will be here by mid week. Now when i can get home to actually assemble all this is another story. I start studying again on the seventh and am in the process of switching jobs. Hopefully i can find some days. I think it will take 3-5 to clean rads, blocks, assemble, and then leak test.

AMD FX-8320 @ 4.52ghz - these will be pushed further once on water.
EVGA 780 Classified
Sabertooth 990fx Original biggrin.gif
8Gb Mushkin Blackline DDR3 2000 @ 1866
Seasonic M12II 850W Modular PSU
Phantek's Enthoo Pro, was waiting on the Luxe which just released but i couldn't wait any longer and decided to pull the trigger on the pro.

Cooling Components
EK Supremacy - Clean CSQ/Copper
EK FC7970 CSQ/Copper
1x Swiftech MCR 320-QP
1x EK 240XT
1x EK 120XT
14x EK CSQ compression fittings - matte black
4x EK PSC 90 degree angle adapters - matte black
2x EK PSC 45 degree angle adapters - matte black
1x EK-D5 Vario X-Top - clear CSQ
1x Bitspower Z-multi 200 V2 reservoir
1x Bitspower tripler rotary angle adapter
1x Bitspower mini-valve
1x Bitspower Low profile stop plug
1x Bitspower rotary T-fitting
2x Bitspower 20mm extenders
1x Bitspower rotary extender
2x Mayhems 1L Blood Red Coolant
6x Corsair SP120 Quiet editions

I still have to clean my rads with a good distilled shake, clean the oxidation off my GPU block, and polish up the acrylic on the GPU block before i can even get started building. That said i'm looking forward to getting a rig under my belt. And i think it's going to turn out great. Bit of an expensive upgrade for a backup rig, but...yolo right? The case and PSU were needed WC components were about 400$ total so not too bad. Could've done cheaper i imagine. Can't wait to get started. I'll post pics as soon as i can. I guess i could've been more creative on the naming scheme but meh lol.

Noufel 07-27-2014 07:59 PM

we don't see fully watercooled AMD rigs every days so good luck thumb.gif

Blackops_2 07-27-2014 09:51 PM

Just realized i made a mistake on the amount of fittings to get. I had, the number of fittings saved in my cart for some time, but it must've been before i incorporated the 240xt into the loop. I'm short 2 compression fittings lol. I emailed PPC about it, hopefully they can somehow add it to the order.

But yeah i'm excited about this build. I also am eager to be able to reliably cool my 8320 and 7970. Also will be shooting for 1200/1700 on the 7970. I've benched at that on air but it should be fairly easy to hit on water with good temps.

Blackops_2 07-28-2014 09:47 PM

Everything will be in Wednesday, i should be able to get home next week and start building. Pictures to follow.

Blackops_2 08-06-2014 02:55 PM

Well just got home and was taking the GPU block apart and the screws were in there so tight that upon loosening three of them it cracked the acrylic :facepalm: :/ so seeing if i can find a replacement for the acrylic face, this is certainly going to set things back but i can still clean the block and setup the rest of the PC.

UnrealEdge 08-06-2014 08:39 PM

Definitely made me want to watercool my 8350, 7970 + 280x. I'll be following this thread a lot.

Blackops_2 08-08-2014 01:38 PM

Well Ek has replacement acrylic tops for the block so I'll be ordering one within the week. Don't know when I'll be back home to assemble it. I did however get the block cleaned with lemon juice and it turned out nice and shiny.

Blackops_2 08-23-2014 03:02 PM

Alrighty so i'm back home got the block back together. My attempt at polishing the bridge isn't going that great, must have the wrong sandpaper or i'm just not doing it long enough. Anyhow put the new piece of acrylic on got it reassembled, which BTW took almost 3 hours lol. Damn O-rings are a real pain, but it's done. Though i tried to put equal tension everywhere on the block i'm not sure that i did that great of a job. Retried several times. Though i can see a tiny tiny gap of space where the acrylic meets the copper, i guess that's why the O-ring is there but hopefully it doesn't affect anything. Also the silver plate that sits on the two O-rings on top of the acrylic where the water bridges to the other piece of copper isn't sitting flush for some reason.

Right now soaking the rads with hot distilled water for 30 min then going to shake them. I might get the rads and PSU in the case before the night is over. Then i have to head to starkville tomorrow and orientation all week so idk when i'll be home again.


Blackops_2 09-14-2014 05:06 PM

Got a couple days off got back home. Thought i would have the entire build ready to go minus tubing. Didn't get near that far after 6 hours of work. Took the 7970 apart and realized i didn't have enough thermal padding to cover the VRMs...it's always something. Also will have to drill for the 120 on the bottom. Had to take the supremacy apart too to put the AMD mounting bracket on it...it looks alright but i dislike taking blocks apart lol, i'll have to get used to it i suppose. Being a perfectionist and driving screws to the same torque/tightness just doesn't coincide. Here's what i got so far. Going to order some more thermal pads tonight as well as a mounting bracket for the pump. Here's what i got so far, will get back at it tomorrow.

Blackops_2 09-15-2014 04:17 PM

Freaking love this case. Got some more done today. Waiting on thermal pads to put the GPU block on and start leak testing. Will have to order the phanteks pump mount or drill some holes to keep the pump back there.

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