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  1. the54thvoid

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    Well, used three different e-tailers and have the following coming my way (most from specialtech).

    Hardware Labs Black Ice® GT Stealth 360mm Triple Radiator : GTS360
    Bitspower 5.25" Drive Bay Reservoir : BP-WT525P-BK
    XSPC Rasa CPU Waterblock Intel 1366 (Chrome)
    D5 Vario Pump & EK D5 X-Top V2 Value Combo
    + 7/16 tuning for 1/2 inch fittings.
    + some plugs and a handful (8) of basic 1/4 inch barbs.

    Should arrive tomorrow so by tomorrow evening, my pc should be completely broken :laugh:
     
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    That's a pretty dense radiator, high FPI count. What Fans are you planning to use?
     
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    It needed to be a narrow radiator to fit in the bottom of the case with 25mm fans. I've got a few options, from some noctua's and either try my akasa apache or viper. The akasa fans are PWM and drop as low as 700-900 rpm and the viper will hit 1800 rpm i think. I have two Apaches, and two Noctua's (NF p12). And one viper.

    I think higher fins per inch = higher air flow fans are better but therefore noisier but the sales chuff did say quiet operation...

    I'll sue if it's noisy :laugh:

    I just read a good article (old mind) http://www.coolingtechnique.com/mar...an-Orientation-And-Shroud-Testing-Review.html
    I'll probably test the fans and the radiator before installing to get an idea for noise.

    What's your advice?
     
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    Your going to need something nice in CFM's. It's a good rad when you "need the space" but you gotta tie it up with the right fans. Or at lease a fan controller to "silent" the crazy fans.

    I'd go with BitFenix Spectre if you can find them in your "shipping"..


    Link me the "vipers" I forget which ones those are...

    The Noc's do push a good amount of air... they would be my best bet for what you have now.. If you don't want to spend the money for the Bitfenix... There really isn't tooo much of a difference between the Noc's and the Bits...
     
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    Viper:

    Fan speed 600 -1900 RPM
    Max airflow 83.63 CFM
    Max static air pressure 2.98 mm H2O
    http://www.akasa.co.uk/update.php?t...type=Fans&type_sub=PWM Control&model=AK-FN059

    Apache:
    Fan speed 600 -1300 RPM
    Max airflow 57.53 CFM
    Max static air pressure 2.64 mm H2O
    http://www.akasa.co.uk/update.php?t...type=Fans&type_sub=PWM Control&model=AK-FN058

    And read this for the Noctua:
     
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    I'm going with the Nocs since they were developed for the rads that you just got. The more static pressure you want, is when the fins are like the Sr1's or anything with "less" fins in the raid.

    I suggest just grabbing another noc and calling it a day..
     
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    Fans under rad, pushing air through or above rad, pulling air through (best cooling for cpu)

    or:

    As above but push /pull air out of bottom of case? (The 580 lightning vents it's heat into the case but it is quite an airy case.
     
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    Viper Fans due to more static pressure;)
     
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    Well, I went ahead and installed. I leak tested for a couple of hours using the psu bridge so no mobo power. I'm running it live now but it's under surveillance. Not a drop of water though. Thing took a while to bleed!

    I've got two apache's and a viper on pull and it's already cooler and quieter than my megalem on push pull with apache/viper.

    I'll tart her up soon enough but for now, this is ugly cooling but it is water cooling :D

    That D5 vario pump is awesome - keep having to check it's working!!!

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    Looks good! I would of drilled into the case and made less tubing.. but, that's me..

    Can we get a "close up" of the rad and gpu?
     
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    I need some 45 degree and some 90 degree rotary fittings before I can post some pics, but its an epic build.

    Stay posted. ;)
     
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    Here's that gap...

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    It's about 6-7mm. To be fair, to get a 30cm gfx card in a case aligned like the fortress FT02 and get a triple rad and fans isn't too bad.

    Slightly prettier but I'm not a modder....

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    I'll get a UV tube as i'm pretty sure the tubing is UV. Didn't want to bother with dye - I've heard it can be a factor with sludge in the long run?

    And 6 hours gone - no signs of water - at all (except where it's meant to be!). I'll keep checking but im thinking it's safe.....
     

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    From what I have run, it's better imo to buy the color of tube you want and run distilled water with no dyes;) I think you made the right call.
     
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    Yep. I'm with ya.. I tried the "dyes" and It didn't do nothing but "gunk" up the system.. Cleaning it more often then I want, and changing the tubing afterwards..
     
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    agreed, I've seen many a horror video posted and stuff where the dye was all gunked up on the microfins and such.
     
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    I've just run Prime 95 for over an hour with i7 920 at 3.6Ghz and 1.34v (HT off). Given I have a C0 stepping model, not the fabled D0 are these temps okay?

    Core 1 only bumped about over 60 degrees and the remaining cores stayed under 60. At no time would i consider the system loud - Even kept the D5 pump at setting 2. It's about a 20 degree delta from idle.

    Would i get a better cooling effect putting the fans under the rad and blowing through them, as opposed to the set up i've got (pulling air)?

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    That's not bad temps at all. Pretty good if the pump is at setting 2 instead of full force 5..

    :toast:
     
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    It seemed like the sweet spot in my old vario was in between 3 and 4, but either I am more sensitive to noise or I got a loud pump. Mine wasn't what I would call silent.
     
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    I'd have to say the pump is definitely in audible at position 2. Even more so as it sits inside the gutted hard drive rack.

    On a side note, I've flipped the rad and fans so the fans are under the radiator sucking on cold air and blowing it through. I thought it might make a bit more noise as the fin density is quite high but the noise is the same and temps are down 1-2 degrees (with less fan rpm).

    Moved up to 3.7Ghz and had same if not fractionally lower temps with this radiator set up. I'll stick at that I think.

    Thanks guys.
     
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    Well after much playing about finally seem to have a fairly stable setting. Ran at 3.8GHz with HT on, 1.34 Vcore. Ran Prime 95 for 1 1/2 hours, max temp 66 degrees. Ran Very high Stress (4096MB) Intel Burn Test 5 runs without error - max temp 68 degrees.

    Happy with my first foray into water cooling.

    Popped it back down to 3.6 with Turbo on (jumps up to 3.78GHz) for extra stability and silence unless gaming.

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    Great pictures. I have a hell of a time getting good interior shots, even with a tripod.
     
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    Used a Canon Powershot SX230 and a mini gorilla pod stand. It has good manual programming settings for ISO, Aperture settings etc.
     
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    Glad to see that Stealth rad did a good job for ya.


    :toast:
     
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    Im coming back to watercooling silently but better than my old systems ... HA HA look what i did today...

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    And this is my clearence...

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