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Project WaterFall -- A water cooling project log by Phenom

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by MxPhenom 216, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. MxPhenom 216

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    Im assuming this takes a while. Its been going for like 10 minutes. Itll get loud and shoot water and bumbles through the loop.
     
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    Yeah, that's normal. What I do is try to catch the bubbles as they are going through the reservoir so they'll bleed out by squeezing the tubing or holding the case at an angle.
     
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    Jesus. This is harder then I thought. If I just leave it running for an hour will it figure itself out?
     
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    Yes, maybe longer. You can try doing the things I mentioned to help speed it up.
     
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    I usually tilt the case different ways, to help get bubbles out of the gpu block. And any other areas. You can usually hear the air trapped inside. They may work their way out eventually but you want to expedite the process. When it's really quiet, it'll mean the air is most likely out :)

    Edit: just saw erocker already mentioned case tilting, lol. Good call!
     
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    should I have the fill whole closed while its doing this. I still have hte funnel in it.
     
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    If you're going to be moving and/or tilting the case, you might want to close the fill whole to avoiding spilling. I tilted my case pretty good since I had a lot of air trapped in all my stuff, so I had the cap closed on my res. You may not have too much work to do, but I think I'd close it just in case.
     
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    Its running pretty well right now. not as much big surges of bubbles. I just here the ones in the rad and block. Im going to have to turn the pump down a bit. i dont like the sound it makes all that much haha. Good thing its being connected to fan controller.

    its coming along pretty well. Im going to upload a 2 minute video here in a sec.
     
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    Tilting the case and bumping the rad should get rid of the air trapped, as well as in the block. It may take a bit. My blocks are acrylic so I could actually see the air trapped inside, and it took a bit of wiggling/bumping/tilting to get them all out :p

    Looking forward to the video!
     
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    What kind of sound is it making? Is it just air circulating around in it? Once all of the air is out you should be able to turn it all the way up without much noise.
     
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    It just sounds like a fan.
     
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    I never had a pump sound like a fan before. :\
     
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    Looks and sounds good. I think once everything is running in your rig, you won't notice the pump sound too much. I would keep it running at it's highest setting. If you're not noticing a lot of air being run through the loop and no leaks, I'd go ahead and get it all running. The air will work it's way out, just leave the cap a little loose for a while so the air can escape.
     
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    Yeah I think its full bled now.
     
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    Still.. Leave the cap loose for a few days. I had a cap blow off my old reservoir from pressure building up.
     
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    ohh jesus okay!

    Aright its all connected and running. Sounds like theres still air in the loop though. seems like when ever turns off then turns it back on theres bubbles

    idle temps are at 24 degrees C lol.
     
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    One tip I find helps it to turn on the pump until it fills with air, then turn it off. Wait a few seconds and turn it on again, and repeat as necessary.
     
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    So just played some Warfighter and temps are definitely lower. hovered around 48-49c

    Guy on youtube has his around 35c I think. Its probably got a different rad though.

    Thats about 20 degrees cooler. And thats just core temp. Im sure the VRMs and Memory are a lot cooler as well
     
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    If you still have a bit of air trapped, it could contribute to higher temps too. Is that card overclocked at those temps?
     
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    yeah at 1280mhz. Before on air it was up around 68-69c at same clocks, and it was a little unstable because I think VRMs and memory got way to hot on air because the cooler had no contact points for them. Only the GPU.

    Theres a ton of minature bubbles in the reservior! haha
     
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    Wow, good job! Glad to see it's all done, no leaks, and you're looking at an awesome overclock! You da man :pimp:
     
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    Thanks, Man I love it. Im eager to get a full tower and add the CPU too the loop now! :D :D :pimp:
     
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    Why do you need a full tower? If I managed to stuff dual rads into an actual mini-ITX case you should be able to do the same in a mid tower :p

    Looks good BTW glad to see it all finished up.
     
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    Usually it's less modding and less hassle with a full tower. your ITX build really is amazing though, impressive. :toast:

    Even with my Haf 932, I had to do slight modding to get my rad on the back on my case. It was too tough to try and squeeze them both inside.
     
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