Hi guys! Warning: wall of text! if not interested, go down to the pictures directly!
I'd like to show you the changes that I've done to my PC in the last week. First let's see what i had before: Motherboard
MSI P67 GD80 CPU
Intel 2600K RAM
G.Skill 2x4Gb 1600Mhz Sniper Graphics Card
Evga GTX 480 Case
A+ Twin Engine Power Supply
Corsair HX 850 Hard Drive
WD Black 640Gb Hard Drive
WD Black 1Tb Hard Drive
Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2Tb Sound
HT Omega Striker 7.1 Sound
Edifier S530D Mouse
Logitech G5 Keyboard
Logitech G15 Monitor
LG L226WTY-BF Cooling
Thermalright AXP 140 PICS of my old build.
Not bad (IMO of course) but i wanted more from it. More 3D power, better temps and more silence in my room. You increase 3D power by either getting a more powerful card or going into multi-GPU territory. Since there aren't that many options (GTX 580 and the Radeon 7970) worthy of me to upgrade my 480 to, i decided that the best way, for me and my wallet, was to get another GTX 480.
This created an even more challenging problem for cooling those parts in silence. SLI, the temps i wanted and silence don't go to well especially on air. Enter water cooling! Of course as every solutions pops up a new problem appears, especially if you're on a tight budget. My old case, which reached a venerable age of 6 years, was never intended for water cooling. So without heavy modification it was a no go. After giving the case mod some thoughts i realised that i don't have the proper tools nor the skill for such a mod project i decided to just get a new case: HAF 932 Advanced.
Water cooling. Now i had the perfect excuse to finally get on the way a project that i've wanted to do for a very long time, but either didn't have money or didn't have the hardware need a water cooling setup. So what does one noob do in this case of a first time build? Well i read and read everything i could find interesting on the matter: tutorials made by you guys around here, other peoples build logs and so on.
So to make the story short as people start falling asleep reading this, I got the following parts: CPU block
: XSPC RayStorm Reservoir: XSPC Single Bay reservoir Pump: Swiftech MCP 655 with controller pump
with an EK D5 X-Top v2 Radiator(s):
2x Swiftech Triple 120mm QP GPU blocks:
2x Danger Den GTX 480 Fans:
6x CM Sickle Flow Blue Others: Koolance Quick release bracket
, a bunch of barb fittings and a Lamtron FC2
So let's see what i could accomplish with the given parts... pictures time!
Nice and tidy.
No clean looking PC should be without backplates
Trying to figure out the best hose routing solution.. The reason why i still have the second GPU on air is that i couldn't get the heatsink down. Stripped 2 of those damned little screws
. Ordered the proper tools to get them out but it will take a while before i receive those...
Done and ready for liquid!
Leak testing. My original plan was for me not to use any clamps or zip ties. But just after moving from my table onto the spot of the PC and starting some tests it started to leak in a place that i didn't originally have any problems with. So i didn't take any chances and placed zip ties on almost all barbs.
And now for some finished pics
Had to get some new blue LED's to go with my main blue theme so out with the red, on with the blue!
Well it may not be the best looking out there or the best performing but as my first go into water cooling territory i'm satisfied with it for the time being. I have some future ideas on what to change but for the time being it's done. I still need to find a UV neon around here to finish it properly.
Thanks for reading, leave a comment and maybe a +1 on my Modrig
<message edited by AlexisRO on Monday, February 27, 2012 7:23 AM>