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Well i figured it was about time to do a log upgrading the rig here.

The rig will consist of:
Intel 2600k (HAVE)
Gigabyte ga-p67a-ud7 (HAVE)
8GB Corsair Vengeance (HAVE)
2*6970 (HAVE)
1250w OCZ ZX Series (HAVE)
120GB OCZ Vertex 3 (HAVE)
About 7Tb of assorted drives (2*2TB, 2*1Tb, 2*500Gb) (HAVE)
CoolerMaster ATCS 840.(HAVE)

The loop will consist of:
Swiftech MCR320-QP (HAVE)
Magicool Pro Slim 240mm (HAVE)
CoolGate 120mm (ORDERED)
Swiftech MCP655 (HAVE)
XSPC Dual 5.25" Reservoir for Laing D5 (ORDERED)
2* Koolance 6970 blocks (ORDERED)
EK Supreme LT (HAVE)

For fans i will go with:
6x Scythe Gentle Typhoon Fan 1850 rpm in Push-Pull on the 360mm (HAVE)
4x Scythe Gentle Typhoon Fan 1850 rpm in Push-Pull on the 240mm (HAVE 2 + ORDERED 2)
1x Scythe Gentle Typhoon Fan 1850 rpm in on the 120mm (ORDERED)

The Rig ATM
ATM i have sold my 570 card so i'm using a old Nvidia FX1500 that i had laying around.

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The Planning:
At first i wanted to go all Tri-fire in right away, but some setbacks made me push that back. I actually have 4x6970's here now. 3 Of them are reference cards but with the new PCB design, 1 is reference with the original PCB design.

At the point where i planned everything i only knew about the V2 EK blocks that would fit the new PCB design, the problem i have with them is that all of them are made with nickel i just dont trust EK when it comes to nickel blocks anymore, call me paranoid but that's just me.

I have a guy that is trading me a Original pcb card for one of my cards with the new design, so at first i will run 2 of them in CF and try to locate another card with the old PCB design.

I will swap the Multires for a Dual 5.25" and move the 655 up to the bays. That way i will clean up a lot. I'll also add another 2 fans to the 240mm just because i can
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A 120mm radiator will go at the back if i can make room for it.
 

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This should be a great build, looking forward to it. Sub'd. If my math serves me right, that's about 475$ USD worth of watercooling parts.
 

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Those HD6970's look familiar to me!
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Nice one, I'm glad the HD6970's arrived safe, looking forward to see how this build log turns out!
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what a build. guess you have to move the discharge line for the gpus. can't wait to see when it is finally all assembled.

thanks for sharing!
 

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Originally Posted by Spin Cykle;15395064
This should be a great build, looking forward to it. Sub'd. If my math serves me right, that's about 475$ USD worth of watercooling parts.
The last Order was about 475$ Yes, and i have also bought 2 Koolance blocks BNIB from another guy here so thats another 200$ and another order for some more fittings.
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Are you gonna use your current case or a new case?
Yes will be using the same case. I just love the ATCS, like i have it now i have a 120.5 rad setup and will add another 120mm so will have 120.6 all internal.
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Those HD6970's look familiar to me!
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Nice one, I'm glad the HD6970's arrived safe, looking forward to see how this build log turns out!
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They should do
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, will be getting the rest of the wc gear in the beginning of the next week so should do an update after that.
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what a build. guess you have to move the discharge line for the gpus. can't wait to see when it is finally all assembled.

thanks for sharing!
Discharge Line for the gpus? Not sure i get what you are talking about here.
 

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The last sapphire looks like its v2, does koolance make a v2 block?
 

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The last sapphire looks like its v2, does koolance make a v2 block?
Yes, that was my card (
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Yes, that was my card (
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Op, I hope you have better luck than me and my old tri-fire 6950/70s setup (driver issues
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, sold them and went back to nv).

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I think he is talking about your watercooling line coming out of the video card
ATM there are no cards beeing water cooled, i added the "block" that is where the GPU is when i removed the 570. Did not want to drain the loop so just unplugged the 570 and added the T-block untill i get the 6970's up and running.

Think i will have the loop like this:

Res/pump --> 360mm --> CPU --> 120mm --> Gpu1 --> Gpu2 --> Gpu3 --> 240mm --> Res/pump....
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The last sapphire looks like its v2, does koolance make a v2 block?
The last sapphire is indeed a v2 card so are the XFX cards. Like i wrote i will swap one of the XFX V2 or the Sapphire V2 for a "Normal PCB" tomorrow and will try to locate another "Normal PCB" card to do another swap or buy and sell one of the V2's.

I was originaly going to only get 3 but Kcuestag was in a tight spot and needed to sell both the 6970's (Both the Sapphire's) so i just jumped on them in addition to the XFX cards.

Hopefully AMD has got their drivers fixed.
 

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Just came back after swapping one of the cards, so ATM i have 2x 6970 Ref Design and 2x 6970 V2 design. Will try to track down another Ref design for Tri-Fire.

While looking into my case i noticed that i could swap the 240mm rad for a 360mm and extend it up and into the 5.25" bay area. Would this do any noticable difference in the temps. This would give me a total of 120.7(840mm) compared to the 120.6(720mm) that i planned.
 

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Just a small update:

I've got the rig up and running now.
ATM im waiting for the 3'rd card and the 3'rd waterblock.

This is the way everything looks now.





as you can see its a mess at the back where the cpu goes into the 120 rad and then into the gpu. I have ordered a bunch of different 30/45/60 degrees, extentions, S shape connectors ect ect to get it as neat at possible.

I'm really happy with the blue colour of the Mayhem dye.


Hopefully it will not clogg the loop at the old stuff i used did.

ATM im also seeing some weird temps on the top card, i made a thread about it here

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Card 1 (Idle/load):
GPU Temps #1 37.5 / 54.0
GPU Temps #2 49.0 / 83.0
GPU Temps #3 53.0 / 92.0
VReg Temp 50.2

Card 2 (Idle/load):
GPU Temps #1 29.5 / 49.0
GPU Temps #2 30.0 / 62.5
GPU Temps #3 32.5 / 68.0
VReg Temp 51.3

Stress test is with FurMark.

The fact that Gpu Temp #2 / #3 is 30c and 40c higher than #1 on Card 1 worries me abit, i also think that 19c between #1 and #3 @ Card 2 is a bit much.

I'll try to take the cards appart and check the connection between the block and the different parts when i get the 3'rd card.
 

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Computer is done now. Will take some pictures later.

Regarding the temps on the gpu's they have all gone done a bit, but #2 and #3 is still 10-20c hotter then #1.
I think this can be a little design flaw on the Koolance block. I have reseated the block on all 3 of the cards 3 times and result changes only 1-3c.

Card 1 (Idle/load):
GPU Temps #1 36.5 / 52.0
GPU Temps #2 44.0 / 64.0
GPU Temps #3 45.0 / 65.0
VReg Temp load 45.2

Card 2 (Idle/load):
GPU Temps #1 36.5 / 56.0
GPU Temps #2 36.0 / 71.0
GPU Temps #3 36.5 / 74.0
VReg Temp load 41.3

Card 3 (Idle/load):
GPU Temps #1 35.5 / 54.0
GPU Temps #2 33.0 / 73.5
GPU Temps #3 33.5 / 74.0
VReg Temp load 44.3
 

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Update.

After some testing i'm not happy with the results im getting. Under heavy load the water temp rises to about 15C above delta, and im having a hard time keeping the Cpu under 70C with 1.4v, the gpu's are maxing out at around 60C @ 1.2v.

I have done alot of research and i think it's a mix of low flowrate but mostly the rads beeing maxed out. I've since made an order for the following things:

HwLabs GTX360 - Will be using the same 6x GT-15 In push pull.
HWLabs GTX240 - Will be adding another 2x GT-15 for a total of 4x GT-15 in push pull.
Coolance 452x2
A second Laing D5

AquaComputer Aero XT5
AquaComputer Flow Meter.
2x AquaComputer PA2
2x AquaComputer Inline temp sensors

Will be swapping the Swiftech MCP320 for the HWLabs GTX360, and the Magicool 240 Slim for the HWLabs GTX240. I will also be swapping out the XSPC Dual Bay with the Coolance 452X2 with 2x Laing D5 in.
 

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The new rads are in. Was a close call on the GTX 360 on top. Have about 2mm (0.07") between the one skrew and the bleed plug on the rear 120mm rad.

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Just noticed that i have to options regarding the one rad.

Option 1: HWLabs GTX240 with push pull GT-15:
700

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Or Option 2: Swiftech MCR320-QP (2 fans push and 3 fans pull.

700

The Swiftech is:
+ 3x120mm
- 34mm thick (1.33")
- 14 fpi

The HWLabs 240 is:
- Only a 2x120 vs the 3x120 Swiftech.
+ Its 54mm thick (2.12")
+ Much higher fpi (20 fpi vs 14 on the Swiftech.

What would be the best?
 
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