Bought my watercooling stuff

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  1. Jackalope

    Jackalope NNNNEEERRRRDDDSSSSS!!!!!!

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    So I've been wanting to go underwater for a long time. I worked some extra overtime, and decided I should just go for it (can't take it with you lol).

    Here's what I got:

    Swiftech MCP355

    XSPC Dual Bay Reservoir for DDC pump

    Swiftech MCR320 (going internal, and it's one of the few that fit in the Raven)

    3x Scythe S-Flex "G"

    XSPC Rasa Acetal/Nickel

    2x EK GTX470 Acetal/Nickel blocks w/ black backplates

    8x Bitspower True Silver compression fittings

    8 ft black Primochill Pro 3/8"ID 5/8" OD tubing


    I'm pretty excited, this will be my first water loop ever. I plan on building one now with my Q6600 system, for practice. That way i won't have any surprises next month when I upgrade to SB. I'll make sure I post lots of pictures and stuff once everything gets in this week.
  2. Mr. Ali

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    Uh, how much did all that shit cost? More power to you, this is an exciting project but I thought Watercooling was kind of dead since it didn't lower temps that much more then the advanced CPU air coolers.
  3. Jackalope

    Jackalope NNNNEEERRRRDDDSSSSS!!!!!!

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    just under 500, the gpu blocks were the most expensive. I could have shaved ~250 off the build if not for them.

    Some may say it's not worth it, and that's fine. To me it will be. It's a project I've wanted to do for a while. I have a CoolerTech Hyper 212+ with a scythe S-flex G, and really my processor isn't "that" cool. Idles in the low 30's and stress tests around 70. I'm hoping to see a 10C change under load. Even then, it's not even so much the CPU that bothers me, it's the GPU.

    I'm overclocked to 840/1680/1850@1075mV right now and hit 79C in Furmark, at 84% fan. And these bastards are LOUD. A few guys over at OCN have a similar setup and are seeing 55 and lower under load.

    Even if I don't see such a massive temp drop, it will be worth it to cut out the noise. The fun of the project, the lower temps, and the bling factor all factor in as well :)
  4. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    i think the hardware and engineering aspect of watercooling components and build is worth the money imo.
    its just nice to see it (when properly done) in a nice computer case.

    keep us updated, with pics of course :p

    i really like the black cases with white tubing and chome/metal interconnects.. that looks awesome.
  5. Bear

    Bear Hoot!

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    I have to agree with Ali on this one. I thought watercooling was a dead method. I had considered it before copper heatsinks and heatpipes were widely used.

    I'm sure it'll be a fun project though.

    Surprised you spent that much. The biggest reason I never watercooled back in the day was due to the cost...that doesn't seem to have changed much :\
  6. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    Be sure to take pics and before and after temps. I've always been interested in watercooling, but too pricey :/
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    Jackalope NNNNEEERRRRDDDSSSSS!!!!!!

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    Really watercooling doesn't have to be so expensive. You can build a simple cpu only loop with a t-line res for less than 150ish. You'd have to do some searching for the deals, but it can be done. I just decided to go all out on mine. I really worked hard this year, and had yet to really buy anything just for me, just for fun, so I wanted to treat myself. So I got the Cadillac of watercooling setups :)


    The rest of the stuff should be here today, I'll post pics of all my parts. I won't be getting my second GTX470 back from RMA until tomorrow though. So it could be a while before I can put it all together :(
  8. Sparky

    Sparky ¿sdooɥʍ

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    Sweet deal! Haters gonna hate, but setting up a watercooled system is a feather in your badass cap. And the quietness pays for itself. Loud desktop comps suck.

    Fill that shit up with liquid nitrogen and overclock like crazy! :D
  9. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    That's why I always thought it would be cool cause of the quietness
  10. Torx

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    my next build will probably be just a corsair h50 or h70 setup
  11. Jackalope

    Jackalope NNNNEEERRRRDDDSSSSS!!!!!!

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    DSC00398resize.jpg DSC00400resize.jpg

    Got everything in today. I'll post pics on a bit.

    I also got my rma back. Guess what? This cards bad too. The other card wouldn't run past stock voltage. This one did fine, past stock voltage, but crashed and died mid game at stock clocks.

    I'm debating putting everything together tonight or waiting another week until I get the second card. I'd have to drain everything next week if I did it tonight, but the wait is killing me and I want to do it now lol
  12. Torx

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    deja vu. ive seen all that before.

    look at those knurled interconnects! yum yum!! thats some nice stuff bro. def looks like $500 worth.

    for the naysayers, go visit hardocp forums and you'll see watercooling is alive and kicking, and some awesome setups too.
    i say wait on the 2nd card. you might end up needing some more parts or have a change in plans/ideas/more modding to the case needing to get done
  13. HEAVY-D

    HEAVY-D Eh?!

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    I could go for the no dust part.
  14. Jackalope

    Jackalope NNNNEEERRRRDDDSSSSS!!!!!!

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    Wow. that was a much bigger undertaking than I thought!

    Finished up in about 5 hours. I decided to go ahead and do it, since my RMA isn't likely to be here for almsot 2 weeks. (won't even arrive at newegg until dec. 29th).

    But it's awesome! Got everything bled, zero leaks. Stress testing single gpu, temps went from 36 idle -> 30, stress test 80-> 44

    CPU went from 36 idle->30, stress test 70->38

    Wow is all I've got to say. Now I'm just waiting on my second card, my MDPC-X wire sleeving kit, and next month, some sandy bridge goodness :)

    I snapped a couple of quick pics, please excuse the poor wire management, not going to bother prettying everything up until after I've sleeved.

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  15. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    Whats the stress test? is that full load? where did you buy your stuff from? I want to do this! Did you read up on any guides?
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    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    Jackalope NNNNEEERRRRDDDSSSSS!!!!!!

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    Sorry man didn't see your questions.

    I did alot of forum reading over at overclocking.net and hardforum before I made my decisions.

    Ordered from jab-tech, frozencpu, and svc. But there are a few other places to go. I can't think of them off thr top of my head.

    Stress tested with occt and furmark for gpu and prime95 for CPU. And alot of gaming :)

    I may wind up adding another 120 rad between CPU and gpus or maybe grt a bigger 360 rad for thr bottom. I'm finding eith thr sides on the case, and prolonged gaming(a fee hours) temps climb to 46ish on CPU and gpu, and I haven't added thr second videocard yet.
  18. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    My next system will likely have water cooling, more for silence than overclocking though. If I continue my lazy trend I'll likely buy a pre-built system from iBuyPower or similar.
  19. Torx

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    occt is hardcore.

    looks alright so far!
    what pc case are you using?
  20. Jackalope

    Jackalope NNNNEEERRRRDDDSSSSS!!!!!!

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    silverstone raven RV02.

    I'm looking at my case right now, and with my current graphics cards, I could go probably another 3 inches on radiator thickness. Which means I could probably swap my MCR320 for a black ice 360, or a RX360 and still have enough room for a push/pull setup lol.

    I'll probably wait and see how adding a second gtx470, and the swap to the lower TDP sandy bridge chip affects things, though. Then, if I'm still not happy with temps I'll decide between a beefier 360 or adding a 120 between cpu and gpus
  21. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher just me

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    Jackalope, nice toy man. I use the XSPC rads you mentioned with a push/ pull dual loop system and don't feel any triple rad alone will cool your SLI and quad.
    If you have an additional 3" in your box as is my first thought would be to stack another rad on top, another MCR 320 or 220 w/ the tubing in series would be best, not the stacker radiator they sell. They can be stacked to use one set of fans by putting a weatherstrip between, stuck to one, double sided tape to the other stacked like this,

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    If you use a double and triple like the pic be sure to block the area between the rads where they step so that the air is forced through the top rad. These two rads in series will outperform any triple rad going.
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    hold on.. so is there a visual diagram showing the many ways to stack/configure multiple rads? and which stacking is best?
    ive seen some stacked with fans in the middle and outside, push/pull, push, etc etc..

    that shit is confusing.
  23. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher just me

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    Nope, no diagrams or visuals, just know it cause I've done it. It's easy stuff torx, just like your car radiator and fan, It's all airflow.
    The thing is more fans = more noise and these days that is the biggest reason for water, not the OC but the reduction in noise. By stacking the rads you can save space and reduce noise while still cooling the components. Look at the coolers stacked in front of your car radiator behind the grill, oil or tranny coolers are typically mounted there many built into the radiator itself.
    As I said I currently have the XSPC rad jack spoke of in a push /pull configuration. The thicker rad (58 mmm IIRC) removes more heat from the system and I don't use all the fans. I have 20 x 120 medium speed yates on the push and 38 x 120 high speed panaflo on the pull with all wired into a controller. The panaflo have only been used a few times when I play with an OC.