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Supergrover October 15, 2007 09:25 PM

Supergrover's H2O Plunge
The Parts:

Swiftech Smartcoils 625 Blue x 2
Magicool Thermochill Mounting Screws 3.5 X 40MM (4 Screws) x 4
Thermochill NG120.2 Neoprene Gasket for PA120.2 Radiator x 3
Danger Den 1/2IN Polyethylene Barb Fittings 3/8 NPT (Pair) ( wont be using these the chrome TC barbs came-in in time ) :)
Thermochill 1/2IN Chrome Plated Barb Fitting G3/8 Threads *Single Barb* x 2
D-TEK Customs 1/2IN G1/4 Chrome High Flow Barb Fittings (Pair)
Tygon R-3603 1/2IN ID 3/4IN OD Tubing 5 Feet x 2 ( 1 is back-ordered but "should" be here by the weekend )
Stainless Steel worm drive hose clamps
D-TEK Customs Liquid F/X UV Dye Water Cooling Additive CLEAR/BLUE
Danger Den Fill Syringe
Swiftech Hydrx Water Additive Coolant 2 oz Bottle
Thermochill FG120.2 Fan Grill for PA120.2 Radiator
Thermochill Pa 120.2 Dual 120MM Fan Water Cooling Radiator *No Barbs*
Yate Loon D12SL-12 120MM Quiet Cooling Fan 1350RPM 47CFM 28DB 3PIN & 4PIN Sleeve Bearing OEM
Swiftech MCRES-MICRO Clear HI-FLOW Water Cooling Reservoir 3/8IN & 1/2IN Barb Fittings
Swiftech MCP655 12V Industrial Water Cooling Pump 1/2IN Barbs
Swiftech APOGEE GT S478/LGA775/S754/S940/S939/AM2 3/8IN & 1/2IN &1/4IN Barbs


Everything laid out, gasket installed on Rad and Fan grill.


The gasket didnt quit fit on the fan grill with out a few modifications, the top, middle, and bottom portions of the gasket hung over the grill so snip, snip.


Grill, fans installed they are pulling because I will be adding 2x120mm TT led fans to push so the light will still be visible threw the front of my case. Zip tied the tails they are going to be run via a Coolermaster Cooldrive6 fan controller.


Another shot with the Barbs installed


The front gasket installed , the led fans are still attached to my case right now but @ least the gasket is on.
And yes thats my hand, you finally get to see it Bab's:bleh: ( Inside Joke )


Quick shot of the Waterblock before it is taken apart to replace the O-ring.


Apogee GT ready to switch out the O-ring.


Apogee with the larger O-ring installed. I wanted to get more shots of this but it was a :censored: trying to get the bigger O-ring installed, when it finally did stay in the channel for longer than 2 seconds I rushed to get it put back together.
Miso you did say it was a pain to get it to stay and you were 100% right.

Thats about it for tonight, most of the work will be done this weekend. Friday strip the case, Saturday get it installed and leak test overnight, Sunday put it all back together and check temps.

On a side note, I usually use AS5 for all my TIM purposes but with water do I want to use AS5 or AC? Or does it matter?

Supergrover October 15, 2007 09:50 PM



Case stripped out.


CPU Waterblock installed on the motherboard, simple enough installation, easier than my slk-128 in fact. Two spacers and screws, tighten, done doesn't get easier than that I'd say.


Motherboard and pump installed, this is the pump that arrived DOA.


Radiator installed.


Cables everywhere:shok:

Now for some reason a few of my images dont want to upload right now, IDK:dots: here or Imageshack, so for now we are going to skip ahead.


Awaiting my RMAed pump........:censored:


Pump installed and leak tested, checked out 100%:thumb:

Then I ran out of memory on my camera :(
Have a couple more images on the wifes camera will get them uploaded later tonight or this afternoon.

Initial temps are Ambient 22C, Idle 25C, Load 34-35C it flux's back and forth.
Should drop as the AS5 seats in.
Will get screenies up later, right now working on getting COD4 MP up and running:whistle:

Apollo4g October 15, 2007 09:53 PM

Great work! Keep us updated
Also did you take off the sticky part of the gasket?
I did you did....Darn.
It better to leave the was tape on and let it hold with the screws.
Now when you want to take the gasket off, along will come some off thermochills paint job as well!

3oh6 October 15, 2007 10:55 PM

gotta love Christmas in October :thumb:

look forward to seeing some results and congrats on getting 'wet' :biggrin:

sswilson October 15, 2007 11:13 PM


The front gasket installed , the led fans are still attached to my case right now but @ least the gasket is on.
And yes thats my hand, you finally get to see it Bab's:bleh: ( Inside Joke )
Couldn't get the BIL to come over to hold that for you????? :)


Miso you did say it was a pain to get it to stay and you were 100% right.
I swear (I did actually... serveral times.... :whistle: ) it took me well over an hour to get that freaking larger O-Ring installed!

As far as AS5 vrs AC goes.... if the temps I got when I installed my Apogee GT are any indication, I'd go with the AS5. I had much better temps with my MX-2 than the original install with Ceramique.

Looking great!!!!

Now..... who's left standing around who needs to be brought over to the dark (wet) side?...............

Misoprostol October 15, 2007 11:39 PM

Yeah... The old O-rings were not even this bad. I tried this on a newer APOGEE GT and gave up. I'm glad my GT is bowed at this point. It's not ever coming apart again, haha.

chibi_man October 16, 2007 05:21 AM


Originally Posted by 3oh6 (Post 22630)
gotta love Christmas in October :thumb:

look forward to seeing some results and congrats on getting 'wet' :biggrin:

Hell yea.

Supergrover October 16, 2007 05:42 AM

I worked on that O-ring for about 25mins without much luck as soon as I would take my fingers off of it it would pop out then all of a sudden it stayed, let me tell you I slapped that sucker back together instantly. .....Then I realized I forgot to take pics.

chibi_man October 16, 2007 05:47 AM

I feel your pain. Sometimes I wish I had a video camera over my shoulder.

JD October 16, 2007 07:39 AM

I believe Swiftech recommends using some oil to work that O-Ring in. I think I read it somewhere on their site last night.

Nice setup so far though. Can't wait for the results.

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