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[Build Log] Cu29 Cyprus - NZXT Switch 810/watercooling/copper OH MY.

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Before anything, I want to give a few shout outs.

  • kyismaster, we talked a lot on skype/steam with him helping me choose products, and giving me the what's what of watercooling, as well as some ideas. A lot of this was done because of the help he gave me breaking into watercooling.
  • Performance-PC's.com and their forum rep PhillyD. Their prices among the discount they have set up for us OCN members saved me quite a lot of money and headaches. Phill is an awesome guy, responds to messages the moment he can and did a lot of checking into stock for me. Awesome company!
  • My wallet.....for letting me abuse it.
  • NZXT's customer service. I've had good dealings with other customer service reps, but NOTHING like what NZXT displayed for me. I'm still trying to get over the fact this is a professional company and I was treated like a friend, not just some random customer.

The name: Copper is a chemical element with the symbol Cu (from Latin: cuprum) and atomic number 29. In the Roman era, copper was principally mined on Cyprus, hence the origin of the name of the metal as сyprium (metal of Cyprus), later shortened to сuprum.

The System:

  • Gigabyte 990FX-UD3
  • AMD 8350 @ 5GHz
  • Sapphire 7950 @ 1230/1800
  • Samsung MV-3V4G3D/US 2x4GB (MIRACLE MEMORY)
  • Samsung 830 128GB + 4 other HDD's for storage
  • Seasonic X750 Power Supply
  • NZXT Switch 810 Gloss Black
  • XSPC X20 750 Pump/Res Combo
  • XSPC RS 360mm Radiator
  • Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta 120mm Radiator
  • XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
  • Swiftech Komodo 7950 Full Block
  • Alphacool Copper 3/8 - 1/2 compression fittings
  • Koolance QD3 Quick Disconnect Fittings
  • Primochill Advanced LRT Black Onyx Hosing
  • XSPC Xinruilian 120mm 1650 RPM Fans
  • Monsoon Magic Silver Bullet

Updated system with pictures:

  1. New main system components.
  2. XSPC Kit and Seasonic PSU installation
  3. Some more stuff I'm adding
  4. Watercooling loop done with the help of GI Joe

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Anyone here have experience with the Heatkiller GPU-X³ 79X0 from EK? I'm getting a 7950 and going to put it under water.
Awwwww yyyeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Within the next week or two I'll be pulling the trigger on the rest of the stuff.

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You should check out Cole's copper-piped build log, might help you with inspiration / technical details


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But it's been a pain in the ass for him to work on. The copper bends require a lot of work and preparation and re-doing to get everything just right.

Just making sure you know what you're getting into
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As I said, I've got the maintenance department at the company I work for that knows how to bend pipe. He's going to be helping me.
Awesome! A build log from a fellow Wisconsinite! I'm not that far away either
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That board looks familiar lol
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Switch 810 came in the mail last week but waiting to take pictures once I get everything in the case.

XSPC Rev 4 Raystorm RS360 and SeaSonic X750 Gold will be here tomorrow

The Seasonic is replacing my trusty PC Power & Cooling Silencer Quad ATI edition since it I hate trying to manage cables I don't need and can't remove.

I'm waiting until the new 83xx cpu's come out in a month or two to see what they offer and if the 8350 drops in price at all. Next up is the copper tubing
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Power supply and water kit installed
Now...just enjoying it until I go through the hell of getting the pipes bent and polished.

Pictures coming tomorrow
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Ok so I've never put together a water cooling kit before so...I went a bit overboard on distilled water. I wish I would have gotten a picture of how XSPC packed their kit, it was fantastic. Everything neatly tucked in the box, everything had a place.

Performance-PCS has become a favorite of mine, outside them giving us members on OCN a discount promo code, they make sure you're getting the right stuff.

Dunno how many of you have ever owned a Seasonic power supply before, but they're the top dogs. You pay a premium for them, but they don't just come in a box. The unit comes in a felt bag, and the cables come in their own nicely made dual compartment bag.

Fully modular <3

because trying to manage this....is a nightmare

The Raystorm Kit goodies. The nice thing about this kit, is the raystorm block is one of the better blocks next to EK, and the stuff they give you are pretty nicely made stuff. The clamps that come with it are useless but meh. They're coming back off as soon as I get the copper piping.

Picture when I had my H50 in it. All in ones are impressive for what they are and offer for the price that they are. H50 is old, but it still did a great job over a noisey air cooler. They're all irrelevant now that Swiftech released their H220 though <3

Something about a black MB that just makes me drool. Looks nice with a waterblock on it and not that huge...h50 block. And yes, those are the beloved and notorious Samsung memory modules that are increasingly hard to find now. I'll never understand why Samsung makes something amazing, then just do a limited run of it. Like their Spinpoint HDDs, they were great, now they're hard to find. Their memory module pretty much raped any other memory out there for it's class.

Got the radiator mounted

Unfortunately it didn't fit in the little compartment, or I was doing something wrong, I'd rather just put the next set of fans in there though. (this was before the new radiator was mounted)

Le' Tubing

you have to run the hoses a little longer with this kit since the fill port on the resevoir is on the top so you'll have to pull it out half way to fill it

And it's all done with the new PSU and Raystorm kit. I'll get better pictures when I can, I didn't want my DSLR down there since I get super unorganized and start dropping ****.


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If I were you I'd cut the lines down a bit to avoid the drooping but other than that it looks really spiffy, the raystorm block looks really nice
You have to leave them a bit longer than normal because of the fill port being on top of the rez. You have to pull it out a few inches in order to get a funnel in there.

It is a super nice block. i've heard from multiple water coolers here that the Raystorm block is one of the best ones on the market next to EK
Ok so I want to add a GPU to the loop. I'm going to have it cooled by the current 360 rad I have and I want to add a 120mm double or triple stack radiator, or would a 140 be better..cost/performance worth it?

Now my question is, I'm also adding another resevoir. Here is a diagram I drew at work while I was bored.

Am I going to need another pump for this or is my XSPC X2O DC-750 V4 going to be enough to power it all.
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