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Old 22-08-12, 12:17 AM
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Midnight Smurf: Watercooled Edition

Hello once again OC3D peoples!

The time has come for me to grow up and put in a custom water loop into my system. I've been wanting to do this ever since I started browsing these forums and seeing the awesomeness that is water cooling, and now I've finally got enough money to put in my very own loop (thanks summer job!) I put up a build log of my (air cooled) system a little while back which you can find in my signature, but because of the forum changes I can't edit any posts over there and it's just a mess, which is why I've decided to just start a new one. So anyway, without further ado...

Midnight Smurf: Watercooled Edition

The Hardware:
Corsair 650D
Intel 3570K (4.5GHz @ 1.195V on air)
MSI Z77A-GD65
ASUS GTX 670

XSPC Raystorm CPU Water Block
XSPC EX280 Radiator
XSPC D5 Dual Bay Pump/Res Combo
Distilled Water
Silver Killcoil
Black Chrome Compression Fittings
Various Angled Adapters (for tidiness)

Currently everything except the angled adapters are on their way, I will buy them when I can see everything in the case to check which is the cleanest way to run the loop. As a nice coincidence, these parts will be here tomorrow, August 22nd, which is my birthday Birthday present to myself I guess!

So here is what my system currently looks like:


Well actually, currently it is stripped down ready for parts to be fitted tomorrow, but this is what the finished product would look like on air (minus DVD drive, I realized that thing was stupid a couple hours after I finished the build).

Also, I have more on my to-do list than just to water cool the system. I want to:
Water-cool
Swap white front LEDs for blue ones (LEDs are on their way)
Redo the cable managing in the back (my side panel bows a little bit)
Paint IO shield black (done)
Get an adapter for the 650D's passthroughs to a USB 3 header (done)
Get another two sticks of RAM (I'm getting some low memory errors every now and then)
Swap out 128GB SSD for 256GB (which is gonna have to wait til my next paycheck comes in)
Something else that I'm forgetting...

So yeah, those are the goals right there. Tomorrow I plan to put a ton of pictures up, so stay tuned everyone!

-Chris (PapaSmurf6768)

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Old 22-08-12, 12:17 AM
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8/21:
What I've done so far:

Even though I won't be using my trusty Hyper 212 EVO, I've been wanting to paint the top of it black because the silver just stood out too much for me. So I decided to do it anyway cuz I was bored

All masked up and ready:


Paint I will be using. I've always been a downright crappy painter but that's because I never have really tried to do a nice paint job. This time I actually tried, I bought a can of primer and everything!


Primed:


The final product, which is probably the nicest paint job I've ever done. Lot's of light coats really does the trick:


Also, I painted the IO shield mainly to keep using my newfound paint knowledge though. I used "Satin" finish paint on this though instead of "Flat", since I thought it would blend with the 650D better. The satin seemed to be a lot harder to use though, but it still looks nice:


Also, besides painting I've stripped down the front IO to get ready for some blue LED action:


Heatshrink stripped, but unfortunately I forgot which LED was which and didn't label them... Oh well. Here's a nice shot of some 100 ohm resistors and what I'm hoping are 5mm LEDs, because that's what I ordered.


I know none of this is particularly exciting, but I needed something to fill this "Reserved" spot before I can't edit it tomorrow
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Old 22-08-12, 12:18 AM
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Reserved, but I probably won't get the chance to put anything here because the edit function is broken...

Edit: It works now!
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Old 22-08-12, 12:21 AM
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They may be reserved, but remember that by the morning your posts shall not be editable
Unless things have changed during my brief break...

Regardless, I look forward to seeing more
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Old 22-08-12, 12:27 AM
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Oh crap you're right... EVASIVE MANEUVERS NOW!
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Old 22-08-12, 10:21 AM
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The edit option is only available for a couple of hours I think at best

OT: Looking forward to seeing how you get on. I have a 650D as well so I have a special interest in this
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Old 22-08-12, 11:20 AM
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Old 22-08-12, 04:05 PM
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USPS man just showed up, here're my new toys!

What was in my big box today, happy birthday to me!


Things I will be using from the kit:


And things I won't be using:


All my new pretties out of the boxes. The aluminum on the front of the res and on the CPU block accents to aluminum on the front of the 650D really well:


The stock compression fittings that came with the kit. These look really nice IMO and I don't think I'll be replacing them unless something is wrong:


That's the only update for now, I'm actually running out with some friends for a little birthday bash in a couple minutes, but I'll get to work when I get back. Just from looking at everything, I've already seen some problems though. The spacing on the rad is 15mm, but the spacing on the 650D for 140mm fans is 20mm! What the hell? Looks like I'll be getting the drill out to mod my case, which I really didn't want to do but also don't want to sell the rad and wait to get one with the right spacing. Also, the back of the hard drive hotswap bay hits the rad too, but I was expecting that and I should only need to file the plastic back a little, which isn't too bad. I just need to figure out how to get the damn bay out of the top of the case, anyone know how to do this?

More updates later tonight hopefully, stay tuned!

PS: How do the pictures look? I'm doing my best to just use my phone as it's handy and I always have it on me, but if you all don't think the quality is there I could borrow my sister's Canon.
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Old 23-08-12, 06:41 AM
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So something had to be done about the radiator not fitting, and I didn't want to return it, so I busted out the cordless drill to have a go at power tools.


Now mind you, I've used all these tools before but have never been particularly masterful at executing anything. Nevertheless I planned it out as best I could and did a little research beforehand. Marking for drilling:


The first one came out kind of alright, for my standards:


The second one, not so much...


So I filed it down a little and whacked it a couple times to try and straighten it, which worked alright but I scratched the hell out of it at the top...


After dealing with that I still had two more holes to make bigger, which went OK and ended up looking something like this:


Now a quick side note: I'm not trying to fool anyone, I know the drillwork on the top looks terrible. Had I really put some time into it I bet i could've done better, but I'm just not good with tools on top of the fact that I was a little pressed for time today, I got the result I did. I am acknowledging I did a bad job on drilling, so would appreciate it if you didn't flame me below

Anyway, now that the holes were drilled so that I could atleast screw the rad in, I needed to shorten up that hot swap bay as the clearance just wasn't there. Figuring out how to take the damn thing out took a little while, but once I had it I just took a hacksaw to the back end of it. Not the cleanest cut, but you'll never see it and it functions perfectly when I put it back in the case.


Now that everything was ready to be fitted, I started fitting everything! First was the CPU block, which was a lot harder to mount than I thought it would be but ended up working out:


Next was the rad, where I screwed the fans in a "push" configuration first then screwed into the top of the case with my newly made holes:






Uhhg... Don't know why I' even showing you these pictures...


Lastly was the res/pump, which slid nicely into place and looks very nice in the 650D, although is a little bit darker than the front panel:


Except as soon as I had the thing bolted in and looking good (the 650D's quick attach things weren't working at all) I realized I still have to fill up the res to flush it out and leak test... Oh well.

So here's where I'm at as of tonight:


I'm happy with the progress so far, minus the drilling at the top but I'm gonna have to live with it. Updates might slow down a little bit for now as the school year is approaching quickly and I still have a ton of summer work left The next phase is to rig the tubing and finish the LED mod on the front panel. I just ordered some angled fittings now that I see what I need and my LEDs should be here soon. Thanks for reading, I always tend to get carried away on these updates
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Old 23-08-12, 09:19 AM
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Looks really good mate.
Very clean
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