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The Rise Of "Skynet": My first water cooled rig (HAF X, 480 radiator, SLI 580 FTW HC)

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  1. saer New Member

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    "Skynet": Water Cooled HAF X (840mm radiator, 990X, Tri-SLI EVGA 580 Hydro Coppers)

    Got all the new hardware installed :D

    Swapped out the RX240 for an RX360
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    Clearance shot
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    New tube routing
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    990X now rests beneath the cpu block
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    Grabbed another 580 Hydro Copper
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    Managed to get my hands on one of the $47.99 (normally $180) X-Fi Titanium HD's from the Best Buy sale :D
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    Better shot of the HAF 932 Black Edition side panel
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    Vote for my HAF X for HAF of the month! http://www.overclock.net/computer-cases/1130235-september-haf-club-case-hall-fame.html

    Finally, got my first water cooled rig up and running after about a month of piecing together everything. I had a really good time putting her together and modding the case, which was also a first for me, at least this extensive of a mod anyways. I really took my time in finding exactly what parts I wanted to use as well as researching why I should or shouldn't go with one part or another.

    Very happy with how she finally came together, both in appearance and performance (haven't managed to break 40c in furmark, yet..) :cool:

    I was able to get my hands on a Limited Edition Performance-PCs.com EK full cover block in full "blood red plexi", which I found to be extremely rare. I haven't even been able to find a single photo of it online :kookoo: So I decide to make it the focal point of the build and kept everything else black to further highlight that.


    I wish I would have started a build log, initially. I do have photos from most of the build process, excuse the barrage of pics :p


    Before she went under the knife and got her feet wet. Had 480sc SLI and a Venomous X cpu cooler
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    Taping the top off for cutting
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    Front view with the 480 rad installed
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    Rad clearance
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    Front panel attached with some minor trimming to clear the 480 rad
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    Top panel grill support and dust filters removed for better airflow
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    Backside of the top panel, 3 tabs had to be removed to clear the fan
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    5.25 drive covers also had the supports cut and dust filters removed
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    Lower front intake got the same treatment
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    Full frontal :lachen:
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    Rear shot, removed the pass-through covers
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    Top panel attached with perfect fitment
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    AP-15s installed
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    240 rad installed with push/pull AP-15s
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  2. n0tiert

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    why not create a new bottom frontplate ? the you could mount the rad better and it looks more pro
    and you should add some foamrubber under that 240 rad .......

    simply use steel plate and just cutout the fans, use rivets to mount it on mainframe
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  3. saer New Member

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    Limited Edition Performance-PCs.com full cover EK block in blood acrylic
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    Installed
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    Hydro Copper FTW 2s
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    Installed with bitspower d-plugs running in parallel
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    Trying to figure out the pump/res setup
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    EK Supreme HF
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    Came with the silver mounting kit but ditched for the black
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    Going with a blood red acrylic top instead of the acetal
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    Installed
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    Pump/res installed
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    Mocked up the block and fittings to figure out tube routing
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    Shot of rad clearance with plenty of room to mount the 140mm fan
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  4. saer New Member

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    Birdsnest :eek:
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    Mounted all my drives in the back (1 HDD, 3 SSDs)
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    Fillport
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    Drainport
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    Some wire management
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    Leak testing
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    All buttoned up :thumb:
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    HAF 932 Black Edition side panel
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    Can your HAF X "pop-a-wheelie" ? :D:D:D
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    Anyone ever noticed this ? "Winning" :p
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    Final touches that I want to do are, custom make a 5 led setup running off of one 2 pin(is this even possible?) so that I can fill the 3 led holes on the mobo block and 2 holes on the cpu block with red leds and make them all pulsate like the standard "E" on the northbridge heatsink.

    Possibly switch out the 240 for a 360, since I have the room for it :)

    Find another HAF X psu cover to cut in half and completely cover the wiring

    Vote for my HAF X for HAF of the month! http://www.overclock.net/computer-cases/1130235-september-haf-club-case-hall-fame.html
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  5. t_ski

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    I have an EVGA Classified mobo with an EK block on it. I took the LEDs out of the stock NB heatsink and inserted them into the EK block, but that was two LEDs from the stock heatsink into the two holes on the EK block. You may be able to do more, as long as you wire it correctly. I don't think that it would pull too many amps through the header on the motherboard, but if you are worried about it, you might be able to use a relay.
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    Nice build:toast:
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    Badass.
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    Very very nice build. Two questions.

    1. What's the pump/res combo you are using there?
    2. Where is your drain port coming from? Looks kinda like from the bottom of the res or even the pump but I can't tell for certain.
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    Excellent.
  10. saer New Member

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    Great idea, thanks for the advice :rockout:

    Thank you for the kind words everyone, greatly appreciated :toast::toast::toast:

    1. D5 with bitspower mod kit and bitspower top v2, res is ek advanced 250
    2. The 250 has 5 holes on the bottom for multiple routing options, I have the drain port coming off of one of them :)
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  11. BrooksyX

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    Wow, very nice build. Looks great!
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    Indeed. Super job.:toast:
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    Looks good. I love that case.
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    Thank you all for the kind words!
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    sick!!! :twitch: :eek::rockout::pimp::respect:
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    omg, you cut the front just to place the rad?
    it should be a nice mod, coz if its not you gonna regret it
    btw so far looks pretty good, im waiting for futher steps
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    Nice build, congratulations!
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    I really appreciate the kind words everyone :rockout::rockout::rockout:
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    Great work bro. Awesome cooling for serious endurance, I bet it runs like a champ!
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    I want that case now have to go out and buy one! Awesome build!
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    Very nice mod you have there. And excellent pictures too.
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    Got all the new hardware installed :D

    Swapped out the RX240 for an RX360
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    Clearance shot
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    New tube routing
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    990X now rests beneath the cpu block
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    Grabbed another 580 Hydro Copper
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    Managed to get my hands on one of the $47.99 (normally $180) X-Fi Titanium HD's from the Best Buy sale :D
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    Better shot of the HAF 932 Black Edition side panel
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    PopcornMachine says thanks.

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