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My first build log!
Thanks OCN! Without the people here I would Never have attempted any of this.

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I am going to build a rad box and water cool an OCed i7 980x, sitting on a Rampage III. Than at some point I will add 2 GPUs and water cool those.
I don't think I will water cool the mother board, but I might.
If I do add the MB, I will probably end up doing 2 loops, CPU, MB on one and GPU x2 on the other. Unless I can get away with all that in 1 loop. From what I have read so far, I "will" need 2 loops.

I will also be cutting the MB area of the Armour for cable management.

The players in this game
Parts I had
TT Armour case
TT toughpower 850W ps
2 WD Raptors 150GB
Soundblaster X-FI GAMER Unless the onboard audio is any good but it never is. And
assorted disc drives

Received
Silver Kill coil
Swiftech micro res rev 2
Swiftech mcp655
Swiftech mcr320 x2
EK-Supreme HF nickle plexi
Tygon R-3603 7/16" ID
Gentle Typhoon 1850 rpm x6

Shipped
Sunbeam Rheobus Extreme fan controller
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme
ASUS Rampage III Extreme
CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 6GB cas 8
Intel X25 80GB
Not ordered yet
GTX 470/480 on water x2
Win 7 pro 64

The rad box was built using a single piece of wood 5" x 8' from Home Depot.
I have never been able to draw a straight line so the box came out a little wobbly also when installing the rads the brackets kinda made the box more wobbly but for my first time its not bad at all.

After installing the rads a tried to put on fan filters from Compusa and they wouldn't fit so I had to cut off some of the sides, now they fit pretty well.

One problem so far. How can I mount the reservoir so that I can get to the top so I can fill it?
I don't want to have to unscrew it to fill it. Right now I have it attached with Velcro.
What are the pitfalls if any of moving from Win XP 32 to Win 7 64?



















 

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Nice.

Are you going to mount the rad box to the case or just set it to the side?
Also since you have 2 rads then you could make your loop go:
pump-rad1-cpu(and mobo)-rad2-GPU-res-pump

That way everything will get good temps, only problem is you will have alot of tubes going to and from your rad box.
 

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Looks attractive so far, and you're really going all out with the parts! Sub'd


As far as the OS transitions, you'll learn to love W7. To give you an idea, I was a die-hard XP fanboi until I got into the Windows 7 beta around this time last year. It's a fantastic operating system, and the extra features and performance will complement your parts nicely.
 

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i'd make the move to W7 it's a lovely OS, for the filling i have figured out an idea which you might like:

You will need:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21...ml?id=vki65MmY
Danger Den black fillport

Appropriate top fitting for microres

some tubing

i love what you've done so far
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what you will need to do is cut a 1" hole and mount the fillport

though from looking at your pics i think you would have to move the res to a lower position
 

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Originally Posted by mcpetrolhead View Post
Nice.

Are you going to mount the rad box to the case or just set it to the side?

Right now I am sitting it on a box between my PC and desk. It's a temp setup because this room is being redone, but I will mount it later.

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Originally Posted by nzgroller View Post
for the filling i have figured out an idea which you might like:

You will need:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21...ml?id=vki65MmY
Danger Den black fillport

Appropriate top fitting for microres

some tubing

i love what you've done so far
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what you will need to do is cut a 1" hole and mount the fillport

though from looking at your pics i think you would have to move the res to a lower position

I came up with this today at work. I going to mount the res on a door hing, so I can swing it out for filling. If that doesn't work I'll try the fillport.
Do you know if I can mount one through 1" thick wood?
I had washed everything in distilled water several times and built a
res-pump-rad-rad-res loop before I put this together.
At one point, I knocked the reservoir over and allowed a gulp of air into the pump. It was for less then a second. I opened it up and it was fine but man, I don't want to hear that whine again.

When I mounted the radiators, I put rubber washers between them and the brackets to prevent rattling.

Tomorrow I should get my MB
, fan controller and some metal fittings for the res

The i7 980x, Dominators and ssd came in today
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Thanks.
Yeah I know what you mean. I had some random rough wood picked out, then I found the clean ready to paint pieces. It made building the box pretty easy. Just needed 4 cuts.
 

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THE REST OF THE PARTS



My old build, before I took it apart. I don't think you can tell from this picture but the wiring is flush against the back of the case. It looks pretty clean.



My stripped TT Armour



So I covered the MB area with masking tape, Put the MB in place then marked off the areas to cut.



I cut my case




I sanded down the edges but they were still a little rough, so I got some 1/4" id hose from Home Depot. I cut open the hose length wise, If you do this make sure you cut a fairly straight line on one side it otherwise the hose won't stay in place. I used about 8' trying to get enough pieces. I really only needed about 1.5' the rest was practice.


 

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My Chip




Ready for the water block



I removed the top heatsink cleaned off the thermal paste and installed the optional fan.






Waterblock, Ram and Ram fan in place



OK, Putting everything back into the case




To put the tube on the waterblock I used a cup of hot hot water let the hose soak then slipped it on with a little pressure.
It's a beautiful thing.




Connected to the rad box




Testing for 12 hours.

 

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No leaks and I have it running Prime 95 for 2 hours now.


max temp 73, idle temp 36

4.511 ghz he he he


It is not done as I still need to upgrade my 260gtx

Alright, I will put up more pictures up when I get back from a business trip.

I am still waiting for my first EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW. I will be adding only one now, and keeping 1 loop.
When I add another 480 and the MB block I will go with 2 loops.
 

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OK, so the OC did not hold.
As a mater of fact I can't seem to get any oc but I have not tried hard yet.
Anyhow here are some photo's of my wiring.







 

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OK it's done Graphics card in place. I lost the photo's of the card itself.
So here is the final testing with GPU in the loop.
NO LEAKS
OCed i7 980 @ 4.4ghz
You can also see that I added a t connector and a drain line
Thanks for playing along
DONE



 

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Love the build, but honestly? Why would you show the creation of the cooling build, and not run any temps for it? Seems a little short in the info department.

Other than that, it's the similar setup I plan to do.

EDIT: Never mind... I just didn't read all the way through, I just assumed it would be at the end when all is said and done. +Rep
 

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jaw dropping rig...brilliant idea.Man its just wow...the performance must be awesome(i dream of buying a superb computer[p.s not a supercomputer])
pls show ur cinebench score and also temps!
 
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