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Old 04-01-17, 02:47 AM
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BCB' build log

Joined OC3D today and want to share this my first leap into custom loop water cooling.

I decided to go down this path because:
A: water cooled loops look awesome.
B: my graphics card fan noise was really getting to me.
C: I wanted to overclock my GPU's, but running at 77° C (and fan @ 100%) when gaming.

The rig I am water cooling I built back in October 2012 and although it is old, it still performs flawlessly.
Here is the list of parts from the old build.
Corsair Graphite 600T White Case, ASUS Rampage IV Formula Motherboard, Intel Core i7 3930K, G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB (4x4G DDR3, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 690 4GB, CoolerMaster Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W, OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD. Nexus Real Silent 120mm Case Fans

First off was to buy a water block for my somewhat ageing GTX 690.
Because of its age there was not much choice, but I sourced this from Aqua Tuning in Germany.
The beautifully made Watercool HEATKILLER® GPU-X³ GTX 690 LT
A huge chunk of CNC'ed copper.



my GTX 690 all primed up and ready to go


I also purchased Alpha cool products from the same company
Alphacool Eisbecher DDC 250mm Plexi Reservoir and Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper X-Flow 240mm


The pump, an Alphacool Laing DDC310 - Single Edition - silver and Alphacool fittings


The case had to be modified to fit the front radiator, and I also wanted to powder coat it white.

stripped of all plastic


deciding where front radiator is going


cutouts and brace to be riveted


Cut out all but one of the 5.25 drive bays and test fit radiator


back from the powder coaters

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Old 04-01-17, 12:04 PM
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Always nice to see a proper build log, keep it coming dude!
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Old 04-01-17, 12:20 PM
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This has lots of promise

Case looks great man. I'm just making inquiries about powder myself, going to get a bike frame done. Much cheaper than paint and that includes sand blasting too !
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Old 05-01-17, 08:02 AM
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Thanks guys.

Previous to building I was searching the net for water cooled rigs for ideas, man there is some totally awesome builds out there!
Saw a few with names, so I put my thinking cap on and came up with HYDRODYNAMICS.

here is the definition:
hydrodynamics
ˌhʌɪdrə(ʊ)dʌɪˈnamɪks
noun
the branch of science concerned with forces acting on or exerted by fluids (especially liquids).

Although I'm not a scientist studying in this field, I am a PC enthusiast who will be gazing at my finished product and contemplating the flow rate of the pump and the heating of the coolant as it passes through the heat sinks and then the cooling as it flows through the radiators.
I am a welder/fabricator by trade and at our workshop we have a high pressure water cutter.
So I did this.





I fitted it to the old rig just to see if it worked out ok.
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Old 06-01-17, 10:52 AM
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Now I had all of the components ready to go :-)

The radiator had to go where I had made the room by cutting out the 5.25 drive bays.
It was just a matter of where I was going to fit the reservoir as the case is really not very big.
Also trying to figure out the routing of the tube was a little bit daunting.
As I have mentioned, I have never done any custom water cooing before, so I didn't want to make things too tight.





As I was looking at where I would run my tubing, my eyes kept being drawn to the Corsair H100 AIO cooler.
It was now just into its 5th year of service and I was thinking that I really should retire it.
So on with the brakes and on the net searching for a radiator that would fit in the small confines of the internal roof space.
I found what I needed at my favourite online store, PC Case Gear in Melbourne.
So I had these in my hot little mitts in next to no time.






There were a few anxious moments when fitting the radiator as the space was VERY tight, but I eventually breathed a sigh of relief when it screwed in place.






The CPU block fitted like a charm.



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Old 06-01-17, 11:13 AM
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get a nice thin acrylic translucent red plate to go behind that side panel text and it will look amazing.
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Old 06-01-17, 11:16 AM
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Thanks Warchild, that's a great idea.
Never even occurred to me.
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Old 06-01-17, 12:17 PM
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Thanks Warchild, that's a great idea.
Never even occurred to me.
I love the cut but its a little hard on the eyes to read for me. With a back plate it will really pop out. You could go solid colour or translucent if you want to give a sneak peak at whats hiding behind it
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Old 06-01-17, 02:26 PM
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Hey mate, couldn't help but notice the water jet cutter. Is that a techni waterjet machine by any chance?
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Old 06-01-17, 02:37 PM
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It was just a matter of where I was going to fit the reservoir as the case is really not very big.
You think you have space issues, I've got to get a whole loop in the Define C Your build is coming along great though fella.
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