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My first water cooled build has come to its projected life span, time to build a new one! I’ll jump right in to the good stuff the parts. I will be reusing some of the parts from my first build. (the build is 99% complete)

HARDWARE

Case: Caselabs Mercury S8 with Pedestal
Motherboard: Asus Maximus Formula XI
CPU: Intel i7-4790K
Video card: ASUS GTX 780
RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 DesktopMemory Model CMT16GX3M4X2133C9:
Storage SSD: one of OS 120GB OCZ Vertex 4 and one OCZ 460 for other storage 240B
Storage HDD: 2TB WD Black
Fans: Noisblocker M12-P PWM 1000-2000 RPM x 8
PSU: Corsair AX850

WATERCOOLING

Radiators: XSPC RX360 x 2 and RX240
Pumps: Swiftech MCP35x x2
Flow sensor: Aquacomputer 400
Temp sensors: Aquacomputer inline x 2
Pump top: Aquacomputer aquacover dual DDC
Inline filter: Aquacomputer filter
Reservoir: Aquacomputer aqualis XT
Controller: Aquacomputer aquaero 6 PRO
Tubing: EK 12mm OD Solid Tube Set - Clear
Pump heat sink: EK-DDC Heatsink Housing*for DDC pumps x 2

WATER BLOCKS

CPU: EK Supremacy Universal CPU Liquid Cooling Block
RAM: EK Monarch Series X4 Ram Liquid Cooling Block with EK RAM Monarch DIMM Module (top will be replaced with clean version)
Video card: EK-FC780 GTX Ti DCII
Aquaero 6: Aquacomputer waterblock for aquaero 5, G1/4
Aquaero: Aquacomputer Aquaero 6 Pro / XT Passive Heatsink

This parts list should give you an idea of the direction I’m going (performance and quite). I’m building with the idea to maximize the lifetime of the cooling system. I want to use this case, RADs, RES, pumps and fans in the future. I’ll just need to swap out the motherboard, CPU, RAM and video card(s). This will be a single loop.

I know that the RAM does not need to be liquid cooled. I just want to do it. I have the pump power, fans and RADs to make this happen. I’ve been a fan of PWM from the start of my first build. When Aquacomputer came out with a PWM controller and I was sold. I have long been an advocated for the use of the motherboards built in PWM control. This time I'm not following my own advice. My plan is to control fans and the pumps by coolant temp. I personal feel coolant temp will give greater control over the system than CPU or GPU temps will. Coolant temp will be obtained by inline temp sensors. One will be located on the first RAD input and the second on the last RAD output. I've setup a vitrural sensor in the Aquaero RAD out - ambient temp. Ambent temp obtained from sensor in front of 240mm RAD. I'll use this data input for fan/pump curve control. I’ve hand bent all of the hard acrylic tubing.






























I've done a little OCing and testing. I've OCed both the CPU and GPU. I'm reporting the 15min average for the CPU, GPU, Delta T & Ambient temps. If any one is interested in the spikes you can see them in the pics of aquasuite charts. Some of the spikes are very fast, I attribite them to electronic system noise.

CPU: 4.8GHz, vcore 1.318v
GPU: GPU clock 1139MHz, Memory 1652MHz, Boost 1191MHz, Power 102 (default 889,1502,941,100)
RAM running in XPM mode 2133 9-11-10-27

Valley looping approximately 12hrs Ambient Temp 19.5C
CPU 33C
Delta T 6.4C
GPU 33C, VRM 52C
Coolant Flow 1.21 gal/min




Valley Benchmark Score (Full screen, Ulata, Anti-aliasing x8, 1920x1080)
Temps for benchmark testing approximately same as looping.
FPS: 72.4
Score: 3029
Min FPS: 36.8
Max FPS: 135.4



ADIA64 extreme approximately 14 hrs (stress CPU, FPU, Cache & Memory) Ambient Temp 22.3C
CPU 56.2C
Delta T 4.4C
Coolant flow 1.13 gal/min




Temps are looking very good. Valley looping temps could not be better.Real world gaming temps should be very close to these results. I feel I'll be able to hit 5+GHz on the CPU. The cooling system has the headroom. I was reading that people are hitting 4.8GHz with anywhere from 1.35-1.38v on air. My 1.318v vcore looks pretty good to me. I might get lower volts on the vcore if I lower the Memory to 1866, tweaking & testing will tell.


Thanks for looking lets hear what you all thinK

Andy
 

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Looking very very nice. I noticed that you didn't use fittings when you could bend the tubing. I like that.
Because you are using CaseLabs I wondering what you use for case fan filters and where did you get them.
 

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Looking very very nice. I noticed that you didn't use fittings when you could bend the tubing. I like that.
Because you are using CaseLabs I wondering what you use for case fan filters and where did you get them.
Thank you very much. I could not be happier with the systems performance. The tube bending was a learning experience, burned up alot of material. I will never go back to flex tube.

The fan filters are DEMCi Flex Fan Filters. Some I got straight from DEMCifilter some I got from FrozenCPU. Let me know if you need more info.

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My first time bending I did go through extra tubing. It for sure is a learning curve.

A little trick.

What I used for a tubing cutting tool was a small copper tubing cuter. Works like a charm. Very clean, square cuts.

http://controlscentral.com/eCatalog/tabid/63/ProductID/308858/Default.aspx?gclid=COOLmcrj4MECFQsQ7Aods3YAiQ


The reason I asked about the filter is because I have been looking at CaseLabs and they don't offer filters. I must have all intakes filtered.
They offer so much and yet a basic like fan filters is not offered.
 

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I have tube cutters like that. I did not use them for this but I have them. I'll give them a try when ever I bend some more. I might rework the coolant path some time.

I don't plan on buying another case. My plan is to reuse this one as many times a possible. If I did buy another one it would be Caselabs.I I read on their site they were working on some filters but at this time where unavailable.

The cost of custom filters from DEMCiFilters is pretty much the same as buying their premade sizes. I was able to get premade sizes for my applications. There was and may still be a postal strike in South Africa that was really hindering their ability to fill orders.
 

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Sweet build man!
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In the ped where you've connected both rads. Are those Koolance dual vid connectors? I'm looking to redo my ped soon and that setup is perfect.
 

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Sweet build man!
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In the ped where you've connected both rads. Are those Koolance dual vid connectors? I'm looking to redo my ped soon and that setup is perfect.
Thank you very much!

The links are not Koolance they are Bitspower Adjustable Aqua Link Pipe II . I dont remember the length but you would want to messure for your system.
 

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What size filters from demci were they for the pedestal? I see there are a bunch of different OD sizes and I don't have my case yet.
I only have one filter on the pedestal. Its on the back 120x2 fan inlet. I used Caselabs 120.2 Flex-Bay Grill Dust Filter My air flow is in the back of the pedestal and out the RADS.
 

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I like what you've done with this build, very nice setup with the ped and rads.
Lovely selection of parts, tubing and the Aquaero 6.

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Thank you very much! I really appreciate you checking out my build.
 

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@apw63 - thanks for commenting on that Aquaero thread ...

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I modified your graphic to show where I put my mps 400 flow sensor. I have link in my sig to my build log. There are pics of how I installed my flow sensor and drain. My pedestal setup is very similar to what you are trying to do. Take a look may help you out in your plumbing.
... I am really glad you pointed out this thread. There are some really good ideas in here that I will gladly steal ... but first, I get to think, share and discuss plans in my thought log.

It is interesting to see what you did with the drain plug. Q: Is it a pain that it is in the middle of the pedestal and not closer to one of the edges?
 
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