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Fully water cooled Fractal Node 202, custom loop with Ryzen 2600X and RTX 2080

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i know there were "water cooled" Node 202 PCs before, but they usually had small, low powered GPUs or no GPU water cooling at all. well, i one upped everyone and built a fully water cooled build with some real horse power. the CPU is a place holder until AMD releases gen 3 ryzen

pick attached. short video showing the build:

a build like this would not have been possible a few months ago. 3 new products recently released made it work:
1. alphacool's GPX waterblock that comes with an optional straight, low profile 2 port terminal (instead of the typical 4 port terminal that sticks out 1-2 inches)
2. XPC PC's TX240 21mm radiator. as crazy as it sounds, it performs just as good as 30mm and even some 45mm radiators, assuming typical fans at low to mid range RPM. a high density rad with powerful fans will obviously outperform it, but that's not something i would use.
3. Noctua NF-A12x15, 15mm fans. these things are pretty amazing considering their low profile. at 1200 RPM they are very quiet and move a suprising amount of air. i generally dislike noctua fans, but these blew me away (sorry for the horrible pun)

other notable mentions:
-this tiny Tecnofront res. http://www.performance-pcs.com/tecnofront-itrap-mountable-delrin-reservoir.html i was so impressed by it that i bought a second in case i want to buiuld something like this in the future. i had to saw off the mounting ears and use 3M sticky tape to mount it, and it worked out perfectly.
-Phobya DC12-220, small, quieter than the DDC pumps i tried, runs off a regular fan header and packs enough power to keep water moving smoothly regardless in what orientation I keep the case. doesn't matter how i put the case. on the side, on the back, on the front, this pump doesn't care, just keeps chugging along.


my first choice for CPU was a 9700K, but it was pretty much impossible to keep the temps under control.
i also thought about vega VII, but that's impossible for at least 10 reasons. the most obvious reasons are the crazy power draw/heat output and its' size. vega VII is more than 1" taller than a typical RTX/GTX card or any of the older vegas or furys. it's not going to fit in this box with any water block.


benches to follow. feedback and improvement suggestions welcomed.
 

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I made an account just to say fantastic work mate.
I've been looking all over to see if someone has already done this for an RTX build!

Are you able to list out your full PC specs, including all the parts you used for the water cooling?
 
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Cooling D5 PWM pump. 2x Black Ice Nemesis 360GTS rads.
Memory 4x 8GB G.SKILL TridentZ 3800MHz 16-16-16-36 RGB
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I made an account just to say fantastic work mate.
I've been looking all over to see if someone has already done this for an RTX build!

Are you able to list out your full PC specs, including all the parts you used for the water cooling?
I went away for the long weekend. I’ll list everything when it get home tuesday.
 
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Cooling D5 PWM pump. 2x Black Ice Nemesis 360GTS rads.
Memory 4x 8GB G.SKILL TridentZ 3800MHz 16-16-16-36 RGB
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Mouse Logitech G903 (play) + MX Master 2S (work)
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I made an account just to say fantastic work mate.
I've been looking all over to see if someone has already done this for an RTX build!

Are you able to list out your full PC specs, including all the parts you used for the water cooling?
Important parts
-CPU block: EK supremacy EVO (only small, low profile block will do)
-GPU block: Alphacool Eisblock GPX-N Plexi Light Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 M01 - http://www.performance-pcs.com/alphacool-eisblock-gpx-n-plexi-light-nvidia-geforce-rtx-2080-m01.html
-Reservoir: Tecnofront "iTRAP" Mountable Delrin Reservoir - http://www.performance-pcs.com/tecnofront-itrap-mountable-delrin-reservoir.html
-Radiator: XSPC-TX240 - http://www.performance-pcs.com/xspc-tx240-ultrathin-radiator.html
-fans: Noctua NF-A12x15 PWM - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071W6HJP6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
-Pump: Phobya DC12-220 12V Pump - http://www.performance-pcs.com/phobya-dc12-220-12volt-pump.html
-2x 4-way adapter fittings. 1 mounted to GPU to bleed air while filling, the other to the reservoirs output port - www.performance-pcs.com/phobya-universal-g1-4-connector-piece-4-way-nickel-coated.html
-1x 5 way adapter fitting connected to the reservoir input port and fill port: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0764XB4DN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
-barrow/bitspower 45* adapters (will need 4 or more depending on how neat you want your tubes) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06VV3LK61/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
-monsoon o-rings for fittings (they are thicker then others) https://www.performance-pcs.com/monsoon-g1-4-premium-silicone-o-ring-10-pack-uv-white.html

the GPU block and radiator CAN NOT be substituted or this will not work. you can use other fans, like the scythe 12mm low profile fans, but these noctuas are way better.

replaceable parts
-PSU: corsair SF600. any SFX PSU of the same length should do.
-mix of EK, barrow and monsoon 3/8 - 5/8 compression fittings, whatever i had laying around from previous builds. you need tubes with thicker walls to prevent kinking in the extreme bends.
3/8-1/2 WILL NOT work. 1/4-1/2 should be OK though.
-barrow 90* male to female adapter fittings for GPU and CPU. http://www.performance-pcs.com/barrow-g1-4-90-degree-rotary-adapter-fitting-shiny-silver.html
i used monsoon 90* fittings on the CPU block because i ran out of the barrow fittings, and didn't want to spend anymore money.
-enzotech 10mm male to male rotary adapter fittings: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DWXWTM8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
-3M sticky tape to glue the pump to the CPU block - http://www.performance-pcs.com/thermal-compounds/3m-double-coated-tape-9080hl-1-5mm.html
-various double/triple rotary snakes to get the line from the CPU to the GPU on the back side of the case.


notes:
there will be a clearance problem between the upper Display Port and one of the of radiator ports. this is where the thicker monsoon O rings come into play. use them on the barrow/bitspower 45* adapter (in place of the originals) to get them to mount into a position where they will clear that DP that sticks out and are screwed in tightly. you will also have to chop off a corner off one of the fans to get the fittings out of the way of the DP. you can use these thicker ) rings on any fitting that isn't rotary but you need to off set the angle on about 20 degrees or so

-fill/drain line terminated with a alphacool ball valve and koolance male QDC. i used both so that if one leaks the other still holds water back. i attach a female koolance QDC to fill the loop. one of the ports on the 4 way fitting attached to the GPU has to be opened to let air out while filling with water.

-you will need to take a Dremel to the portion of the case that holds the PCI E riser up and make that hole bigger so you can run a line and the PSU power cable through it. fortunately, that piece comes out with just 3 screws. you can take it out of the case to make it easier to work on. don't make the whole too big as you will need to keep as much of the cases rigidity as possible because this thing will be very heavy.

-you will only need to dremel/saw off the mounting ears from the reservoir, sand down the bottom about 3mm and glue it with the M3 tape or something else.

-the ribbon cables of the PSU have to be separated, which is very easy to do. just pull them apart.

-the screws that comes with the radiator are useless. you will need to get some 6-32 UNC screws. they must have a flat head. you will need eight 19-20mm and eight 4-5mm screws.
 
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This is great, thanks for that.

How are the thermals like? I'm going to take my time doing this but want to choose the right parts for it first.
 
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If you leave everything at stock speeds, both GPU and CPU stay under 60c. I overclocked everything at far as I could take it. CPU hits 77*c max when benching and GPU goes to about 80C when benching but continues boosting to over 2000MHz. When gaming the temps are lower.

I should note that my RTX 2080 is the non A variant, it’s lower binned and comes with much lower clocks by default. But I got it from Newegg for only $550 with the free games, so I can’t complain. A better binned RTX 2080 should do better with clocks and thermals. also, I have the fans on the rad set up to spin 50%-80% to keep it quiet.


EDIT:

i upgraded my memory from the cheap 3000MHz, CL15 Team group kit i was using that wouldn't run at over 2666MHz to a GSkill kit with samsung Bdie memory. it's set to 3200MHz C14 from the factory but i was able to get it to 3400MHz without any voltage tweaks. i picked up like 5+ FPS in battlefield 5 alone. i guess the ryzen memory criticisms were true... you save money on CPU and mobo but then have to shell out 2x for the RAM. whatever, it works now so i'm ok.
 
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This is great, thanks for that.

How are the thermals like? I'm going to take my time doing this but want to choose the right parts for it first.
You’ll need something like this to mount the rad to the case: https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/200967859079

If you use the included screws, you won’t be able to put the rear panel on because their heads are too big. And the included screws are also way too damn long, they dig into the fins of the rad
 
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Do I see Pump>CPU>RAD>GPU>RES>PUMP?

Oh, and BTW, props for having a drain.
 
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Mouse Logitech G903 (play) + MX Master 2S (work)
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Do I see Pump>CPU>RAD>GPU>RES>PUMP?

Oh, and BTW, props for having a drain.
Pump>CPU>RAD>GPU>RES>Pump
Yep, I there is a drain, it’s that penis looking think by the CPU, and air bleed ports on the GPU and the RES
 
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