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April 23, 2013, 03:53 PM
Join Date: Apr 2013
My System Specs
Just a few notes about my build: This was my first w/c attempt with the primary purpose to create a quiet(er) PC that had a lot of gaming power, good potential for o/c if I should choose to, and also to look really cool.
For original theme was going to be red and silver, mostly because I thought the Heatkiller GPU-X3 block looked amazing. But after a lot more looking around, I settled on using all EKWB blocks as I could get matching clear-acrylic blocks for my GPU, CPU, and MB. I was going to go one step further and get blocks for my RAM, again mostly for look, but decided on the red themed Vengeance RAM from Corsair – looked pretty sweet.
All of the fittings were shining silver BitsPower compression fittings.
I got my parts from 4 sources – all of the computer hardware came from NCIX, most of the w/c parts came from DazMode, with a few spare parts from FrozenCPU and the tubing from SideWinder (for some reason I got fixated on Tygon 3/8”ID ½” OD food grade tubing.
Most of the parts are stock, with some extra accessories for the pump to add a clear face and a silver backing. The extra radiator is clearly for show (and the bay res has a flow indicator and is used for filling).
Overall, it was a pretty fun experiment and just had the following few points / shout-outs:
Thanks to Linus and his tech-tips which is what got me started on this. His “Ultimate Water Cooling Guide” series (
Ultimate Water Cooling Guide Part 1 - Preparation Procedure NCIX Tech Tips - YouTube
) was hardware porn for me.
- Thanks to Daz as well for some parts advice, as well as the quick and efficient job of shipping parts to me.
- EKWB – PLEASE!!! Re-release the all silver backplate for the 680 reference board. It was available for a very short time, but got discontinued for the black version. I think the bright silver looks awesome (and okay, it went with my theme).
This took a lot of research time – a lot! Mostly to find the exact parts that I wanted (both for functional and for look and feel)a, and a lot of searching through different sites and forums. But it was definitely worth it.
For those that are building their first rig – one thing to note: you loop will only leak one place at a time (due to some laws about physics…fluid dynamics) meaning when you fire it up for the first time, and find a leak, tear it all apart to get at the leak, fix the leak (usually by tightening something) – DON’T put it all back together. Start it running again, and wait for the next leak. Fix that, repeat 3 or 4 more times. THEN put it all back together.
Other than that, it went pretty well and I am getting some great performance on BF3 in 3D (which is basically all I am using for a “benchmark” right now).
Once the 680’s come down in price (I didn’t mind paying $500 once for leading edge, but won’t do it twice), I will work on the next round of the build which will be the following:
Add a second GPU to the rig (which is why I have left the SLI bridge installed so the tube runs won’t change
Add an Aquacomputer, flow and temperature monitors – mostly for curiosity
Maybe add a second pump – theoretically good for redundancy?
Change the fluid to EKWB blood red coolant. The Feser One red that I am using is a little too bright – I didn’t see the pictures of the EK fluid till after
Figure out how to better access a re-fill point for my loop – right now the best option is on the top of the bay res, and I still have to half unscrew it to get at it
Go with individually sleeved cables, perhaps red, to help clean up wiring and make it look slicker.
Okay, that is all – hopefully you enjoy the pictures and I didn’t go overboard!
(hopefully the posts will show up in the rest of the thread)
My System Specs
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Corsair Vengeance 16Gb
Corsair Force GT256SSD 1xWD Green 1TB 2xWD Red 3TB RAID
ASUS 27" VG 3D
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