I never thought I would go down this road, but I should have known that it had to come sooner or later...
Once my latest rebuild was â€œcompletedâ€, I was content with my setup for all of about 20 minutes; after which, I started to nit-pick and proceeded to tear my computer apart, again, for the umpteenth time.
The reason? It was getting too damn loud for my tastes!
Compared to my girlfriendâ€™s desktop, which only has three regular 120 mm case fans, my tower was whisper quiet thanks in large part to the five Gentle Typhoons and two Noiseblockers laced inside my case. But even still, in the realm of quiet computing where less is more, I was yearning for more silence, which is a never-ending spiral that will, ultimately, drain every last drop of sanity, and squeeze every last penny out of even the most vigilant.
The latest culprit of noise: the stock coolers on the GTX 580â€™s.
At idle, they run great and blend in perfectly with the ambient noise. At full gaming load, these beasts come roaring to life â€" especially when loaded at overclocked speeds!
And thus begins my journey to drive myself to madness. After four long months of researching and piecing together the components bit by bit, armed with chopsticks in hand, I am now ready to embrace my new diet of Ramen Noodles!
... and finally build my first watercooling setup!
... without using the chopsticks.
- To quiet down my desktop when in the loaded states.
- Develop my knowledge of watercooling and gain direct experience from this project.
- Create a customized setup that is somewhat unique to me, for me.
- Maintain similar or better load temperatures as air cooling.
- Push for higher stable overclocks, if possible.
- Provide stable setup for future expansion for a third GTX 580.
Watercooling Parts Obtained
- Swiftech Apogee XT Rev 2
- 2 x Koolance VID-NX580
- XSPC RX360
- Swiftech MCR120-QP
- 2 x Swiftech MCP655-B
- EK Multioption RES X2 â€" 150 Advanced
- Primochill PrimoFlex Pro LRT White Â½â€ ID Â¾â€ OD
- 2 x Bitspower D-Plugs (C07)
- 12 x Bitspower Â½â€ ID Â¾â€ OD Compression Fittings
- 4 x Bitspower 45-degree Dual Rotary Â½â€ ID Â¾â€ OD Compression Fittings
- 2 x Bitspower 90-degree Rotary Â½â€ ID Â¾â€ OD Compression Fittings
- 2 x Sets of Koolance Male/Female Quick Disconnect Compression Fittings (VL3N)
- 4 x Bitspower GÂ¼â€ F/F Pass-Through Fittings
- 10 x Bitspower Low Profile Stop Plugs
- 10 x Bitspower Stop Plugs
- Bitspower Crystal T-Block
- Silver KillCoil
- FTWPC Sleeving in black, white, electric blue, and orange
- FTWPC black heatshrink
- Koolance RP-452X2
- 2 x Sets of Koolance Male/Female Threaded QDCâ€™s
Itâ€™s not much, but here is a crappy, old picture from my iPhone of what I am starting out with:
There really isnâ€™t much to see here. Much of my current setup remains largely unchanged - with the only exception being that I now have Corsair Dominators instead of the G.Skill's shown above. With regards to cooling, the GTX 580â€™s have their reference stock coolers, and my CPU is being cooled by the gateway drug known as the Corsair H50.
As you can see, there are also cables that require some custom sleeve work as well, which will also be a part of this project.
So without further ado, let us begin!