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  • [IMAGES] My Upgrade to Water

    Well, I decided I had some extra money since I got my new job last year. So I decided to put my computer underwater. As far as costs go, I don't really want to know... ;)

    I will update pictures as I slowly finish this.

    Current Specs

    All parts were purchased from NCIX Canadian Store and price-matched from others

    CPU: Intel 2600K
    Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3.0
    RAM: Corsair Vengence 16GB 1600MHz
    Video card: 2 x MSI GTX 580 Lightning (second one is in the mail as I type this)
    HDD: 2 x Western Digital Black 1TB
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
    Sound: ASUS Xonar Xense
    Power: Corsair AX850 Gold

    Watercooling Parts

    All watercooling parts were purchased from the best Canadian watercooling store

    CPU block: XSPC Raystorm Intel
    Reservoir: XSPC Dual 5.25" Reservoir for One Laing D5 Single Loop
    Pump: Laing D5s Strong
    Tubing: XSPC 7/16 ID 5/8 OD High Flex Tube - UV Blue
    Fittings: All Bitspower Silver compression fittings 7/16" 5/8" -45 degree -90 degree -straight
    Top Radiator 1: XSPC Slim Dual 120mm RS240
    Front Radiator 2: Phobya Xtreme 200mm
    Fans: 2 x 200mm Bitfenix Spector Pro LED Blue 900rpm, 6 x 120mm Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm
    Fan Controller: Lamptron FC-6
    Quick Disconnects: Koolance VL3N-FG and VL3N-MG
    Cable Extensions: Dark Blue Darkside from Dazmode - Motherboard 24pin, 4 x 8 pin video card, 4 pin top motherboard power, 2 x molex, power/reset/audio on the bottom
    Lights: 4 x 6" UV cold cathodes


  • #2
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    Looks nice, can't wait to see the SLI.
    Reapator, overlord of ponies


    • #3
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      That will be a beast when you finish! Thanks for pics.


      • #4
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        Oooh nice and SLI 580's to boot!


        • #5
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          Now I know I'm no professional modder I will be trying my best. There are some really nice TJ11 builds out there and will be really hard to match. I guess I can now join the club!

          I have now gone with a Silverstone TJ11

          Reservoir has been switched to a Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 250.

          I have also used the top mesh from my old Corsair 600T to mount the reservoir and hide everything 5.25 bays.

          XSPC RX480 added.

          EK-D5 DUAL SERIAL PUMP TOP with 2 x Dazmode D5 Strong pumps.

          I was thinking about trying to put my Phobya Xtreme 200mm on the left AP-181 but it doesn't fit with the gfx card by 1/4" (would also have trouble with routing tubing as I will be using that hole there)

          I know the pictures are crap but I will be getting a friend to take some higher quality pictures once I have fully finished.

          Watercooling is so much fun!


          • #6
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            Only reason I'd go for Custom water cooling is so that I can have super cooled graphics, instead of having something like 3 7970s breathing on each other.

            Lots of cons though, including leakages, and cleaning the tubes every 2-3 months or so.

            Nice PC though, looks extremely neat what with cable extensions.
            Mine at the moment looks like the Gulf War :P
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            • #7
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              Changing out the water only needs to be done every 6-8 months. I will be using only distilled and a kill coil. Dye seems to wreak havok in blocks these days with micro channels.


              • #8
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                I have a lot of respect for people like you who have the patience and skill to put together a true water cooling setup. I've heard the maintenance isn't as bad as it's made out to be, but I know it is a pain in the butt when you have to take apart the system every time you need to swap parts out.
                "Looking for brahs to come fight crime with me" - Unload


                • #9
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                  I used glycerin and antifreeze in my previous cooling solutions. They glow :) Truth is, they're neat in concept, but a pain to maintain(Liquid cooling).

                  Nice Rig!

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                  • #10
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                    Well, for those of us that don't let our girlfriends handle our car's maintenence, it's not that hard.:icon12:

                    With proper planning, guides, and opposable thumbs, WC'ing can be a fun and effective hobby. Knowing when to stop is the hard part as it can be very addictive.

                    @Canada2005: Don't forget to flush the radiators a few times BEFORE you hook them up to any hardware. Warm water with a cap full of clear white vineager about 3x or until there are no more particles coming out, then final flush with the distilled H2O. I can help with questions if needed.

                    Have fun with your new build!

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                    • #11
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                      Trust me I wouldn't forget to flush the rads. That flux in them is nasty. I also bought an in-line filter that I will use for a day or two until I know everything is in fact clean. Its my "damn why didn't I do that in the first place" kind of safety.


                      • #12
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                        Im using the bitspower crystal links but have wrapped the clear tubes with a piece of blue tubing for looks.

                        New Dominator ram with XSPC Ram block


                        Filter + flow wheel



                        • #13
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                          That looks sick bro


                          • #14
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                            Damn. I really want to liquid cool everything in my rig (Well, CPU, GPUs and the chipsets). I'm just waiting until I scrounge the money together to crossfire 2 XFX Radeon HD 7970s (I've got 1 right now, about $600 for another). Does ship to the US?


                            • #15
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                              I think they can, but I would use or since they are both the best site in the USA. You would save duty and shipping fees.




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