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Norton's Water Cooled Cruncher/Folder Project

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Can not wait to see it completed :toast:
 

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Loop completed

Doing the fill/leak check now :)

Here's a couple of quick pics of the loop:



A bit of snarl of tubing but 100% functional- if all runs well, there will be some improvement/upgrades planned....

*Note- the drain/fill/purge valve setups I added look like they will work out well! :toast:
 
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Looking good buddy :toast:
 

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That's certainly more tubing than I would have expected--but it looks like you have a very solid setup there!
 
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I am curious as to how you are actually filling the loop. You kinda mentioned how you were going to, how did you end up doing it?
 

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I am curious as to how you are actually filling the loop. You kinda mentioned how you were going to, how did you end up doing it?
I rigged up a 1/4" NPT needle valve for fill/bleed and another for draining but it is not working out .... driving me a little nuts trying to fill/get the air out atm :banghead:

Guess I'm going to look at picking up a reservoir if I can't get it squared away.... may simply the tubing setup more if I need to get more parts.

Actually quite surprised at the amount of aggravation so far :eek:
 

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#57
Took a step back and a little break. Managed to get the 240mm rad back into the top of the case AND the 120mm rad in the rear fan area :)

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The nice thing is that I got all of the drive bays back in and all of the air is out of the loop (wasn't easy). This pump is super quiet too.

Will need to shorten up the return portion of the loop about 6" but I think I can get it done without losing too much coolant/getting too much air in the loop.... we'll see.

Hopefully it will be ready to start soon :toast:
 
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When all is said and done that fits quite nicely. You may wish to consider an Antec Spot Cool or something similar to blow over the CPU area--without that the MOSFETs on my X79 board were scorching, and I expect your CPU has a similar power draw (~140w)
 

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When all is said and done that fits quite nicely. You may wish to consider an Antec Spot Cool or something similar to blow over the CPU area--without that the MOSFETs on my X79 board were scorching, and I expect your CPU has a similar power draw (~140w)
1" extra height over the mobo and 1" extra length on the case and the fit would be much better. ;)

Considering adding in a side panel fan and/or a spot cool type fan for the VRM's- either should help the temps there if it's a problem...
 

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1" extra height over the mobo and 1" extra length on the case and the fit would be much better. ;)

Considering adding in a side panel fan and/or a spot cool type fan for the VRM's- either should help the temps there if it's a problem...
Indeed, but then we'd just try to put more stuff in them, creating the same problem ;)

I would highly encourage the side fan or a spot cooler.
 

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Quick update.....

I've got the last few parts coming in by tomorrow... hopefully.

Will be cleaning up the tubing arrangement on the return side of the loop when I get the parts and will be ready to fire everything up this weekend.

I test ran the loop overnight a few days ago- no leaks and the pump was super quiet! :toast:

Stay tuned :)
 
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I am interested in that pump. I read it is related to the apogee 2 that have but different. I wonder how we could compare them.

Mine runs at 4500 rpm all the time because the pmw doesn't work or something. I have a bad habit of somehow breaking those but don't know how. It is noticeable if I listen for it at that speed but not loud.
 

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Quick update.....

I've got the last few parts coming in by tomorrow... hopefully.

Will be cleaning up the tubing arrangement on the return side of the loop when I get the parts and will be ready to fire everything up this weekend.

I test ran the loop overnight a few days ago- no leaks and the pump was super quiet! :toast:

Stay tuned :)
I'm glad to hear that you've managed to avoid the scourge of liquid cooling! :toast:

What parts are you still waiting on?
 

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I'm glad to hear that you've managed to avoid the scourge of liquid cooling! :toast:

What parts are you still waiting on?
A couple of fittings- they came in on time. :rockout:

The loop has been adjusted and refilled, air has been bled out, and am leak testing overnight. Hope to start putting it all back together and start it up Saturday evening.... which will happen if the leak test is good and don't have any other stuff that I need to do.

Pics to come later today regardless ;)
 

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It's Alive!!! :D

Crunching/Folding at full load (Great Temps!!!)







Still have some wiring and misc to do but I'm pretty happy with the temps thus far! :toast:
 
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Great to see it working again! The clocks look too low though. You can try the second bios position near the sli fingers (turn off pc first). Default clock on that card is 1050mhz. IIRC it runs stable at 1100mhz without voltage adjustment.

Anyway, very happy it's back in someone's rig. May your crunching be fruitful :-D

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Great to see it working again! The clocks look too low though. You can try the second bios position near the sli fingers (turn off pc first). Default clock on that card is 1050mhz. IIRC it runs stable at 1100mhz without voltage adjustment.

Anyway, very happy it's back in someone's rig. May your crunching be fruitful :-D

(sent from my phone)
Thought they looked low, forgot to look for the switch :eek:.... Thanks again for everything! :respect:-:respect:-:respect:

UPDATE
I'm having a bit of an issue with the pump not starting immediately so until I figure that out I'm going to run it off of the external power source I have and run it continuously. The boards thermal protection shuts everything down fairly quickly but I don't feel comfortable running it while I'm not home :banghead:

I should get everything sorted out in the next few days but in the meantime.... I believe it is quite ready for some overclocking and stress testing :rockout:
 
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Nice man. :toast:
 

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UPDATE

The rig is completed and has been running for the past 24 hrs or so. It has settled in at its final temps for 100% load crunching and folding (i.e. all of the heat soaking is done).

CPU- 48-50C (on die)
GPU- 45C

Both of the radiators are pushing out plenty of heat so I don't know if I'll keep it running 24/7 through the Summer. I do have a decent spot in the basement where I can run it so it may end up there until the cooler weather comes back :eek:
 
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Did you ever decide to overclock.
The rig can handle it but didn't really need it- seems to be doing well crunching/folding so I'm leaving everything @ stock for now to keep heat/power under control.

Will definitely set everything at higher clocks for the cooler weather :cool:

EDIT- and the pump starting issue seems to have gone away so it's running 24/7 now :)
 
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The rig can handle it but didn't really need it- seems to be doing well crunching/folding so I'm leaving everything @ stock for now to keep heat/power under control.

Will definitely set everything at higher clocks for the cooler weather :cool:

EDIT- and the pump starting issue seems to have gone away so it's running 24/7 now :)
Summer is not fun for crunchers. Its like having a constant space heater on FOR SCIENCE!
 
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Its like having a constant space heater on FOR SCIENCE!
Aww man, that reminds me of:
"We're gonna build the world's largest hadron collider that can possibly malfunction and cause a spiraling chain of events ultimately resulting in a doomsday scenario. ...FOR SCIENCE!" [link to movie]

And that's EXACTLY how building crunchers feels like :laugh:
 
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Aww man, that reminds me of:
"We're gonna build the world's largest hadron collider that can possibly malfunction and cause a spiraling chain of events ultimately resulting in a doomsday scenario. ...FOR SCIENCE!" [link to movie]

And that's EXACTLY how building crunchers feels like :laugh:
"You know, for the LULZ"