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#1
Ok...Thought i would jump into some water cooling and try my hand at it!!
This will be my first time water cooling so im a total noob at it!!
Here are the parts ill be working with!!
APOGEE™ GT Extreme Performance Universal CPU water-block
MCR220 Quiet Power Series DUAL120mm Heat Exchanger
MCP655™ 12 Volts Industrial Pump with speed controller
Custom built acrylic reservoir
7/16" clear tubing
 

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Once you start water cooling..........
Air cooling sucks:)
 
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Outstanding :toast:

One of these days I'm gonna jump in and try it...

It will be excellent to hear things from a first timers perspective.
Yea going to be qite a ride im sure!!:laugh:
Just got my case stripped...Post pic in a sec.
 
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Heres the case ill be useing!!
This case doesnt have great cable management but ill do my best!!
Its nice and roomie though so thats a plus!!
 
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Nice and roomy...AND a kickass modular PS. I've got a frikkin rats nest.

Mind telling us where you purchased the WC parts from and how much you paid?
I picked them up here on the for sale forums!!
Payed $130 shipped for all of it!!
 
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Got the rad mounted!!
Would not fit on the inside so i took the fans off and mounted
them to the inside and the rad on the back!!
Had to go buy some longer screws to make it work!!
Ill just have to decide where im going to route the lines!!
Heres a couple of pics!!


 
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I'll be watching this, since I was a n00b too not long ago.
If you have questions, feel free to ask.

And yes, once you went h20, air cooling is just not the same...
 

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Turn the rad upside down if you can,it will mean easier/shorter pipe routing to the inside of the case.

Oh and H2o FTW.
 
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Turn the rad upside down if you can,it will mean easier/shorter pipe routing to the inside of the case.

Oh and H2o FTW.
Would it be better to have the fittings at the bottom?
I thought you would have better flow threw the rad if they were on top!!
Like i say im a noob at this so all imput is helpful!!
 
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Would it be better to have the fittings at the bottom?
I thought you would have better flow threw the rad if they were on top!!
Like i say im a noob at this so all imput is helpful!!
Less chance of trapping air the way you've got it. Swiftech does make a 220 with a built-in resevoir for flipping it the other way. Did you consider a radbox for mounting it?
 
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Less chance of trapping air the way you've got it. Swiftech does make a 220 with a built-in resevoir for flipping it the other way. Did you consider a radbox for mounting it?
No i dont even know what a radbox is!! lol
 
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Once you start water cooling..........
Air cooling sucks:)
I agree totally. I don't OC half as much as some of the guys on TPU but for some reason, H20 draws me in!:D
 
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No i dont even know what a radbox is!! lol
Hahaa... no problem - took me a while to figure it out till I saw one in a build log. It's basically a plastic cage that pushes the radiator away from the back of the case for better airflow without having to remove case metal.

Jabtech has them... along with some good pictures to show how they help mounting:

http://www.jab-tech.com/Swiftech-RadBox-MCB-120-Revision-2-Black-pr-3337.html

Scroll down on the page... you can even have your barbs facing the case :)
 
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Hahaa... no problem - took me a while to figure it out till I saw one in a build log. It's basically a plastic cage that pushes the radiator away from the back of the case for better airflow without having to remove case metal.

Jabtech has them... along with some good pictures to show how they help mounting:

http://www.jab-tech.com/Swiftech-RadBox-MCB-120-Revision-2-Black-pr-3337.html

Scroll down on the page... you can even have your barbs facing the case :)
Thats pretty sweet...I might look into that later when i get this first setup under my belt!!
 

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Personally,i found having the rads upside down made no differance.You can always leave it unscrewed while you bleed the air from it,then screw it on.

Like sasqui said,you can use a rad box and have the barbs facing the back of the case.If you have the rad the way it is,it will mean long pipe runs down to the pci slots,were i guess they are gonna go through.

I would also consider replacing the plastic barbs with metal ones too,just personal preferance though i guess.
 
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Im at work right now but i have the water block installed on the mother board
and everything layed out ready to go!!
Ill jump on it as soon as i get home and set this thing up!!
Ill post some pics when i get the mother board in!!
 
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Im at work right now but i have the water block installed on the mother board
and everything layed out ready to go!!
Ill jump on it as soon as i get home and set this thing up!!
Ill post some pics when i get the mother board in!!
Keep us updated :toast: Made a project log myself when I built my first loop, its really fun to do and document the stuff. I wish you luck that you don't encounter any leaks:rockout:
 
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Keep us updated :toast: Made a project log myself when I built my first loop, its really fun to do and document the stuff. I wish you luck that you don't encounter any leaks:rockout:
Ditto! If you haven't already done a leak test, EastcoastHandle put together a really good summary: http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=52032
There's a section on shorting pins on the PSU to run the pump without having any jiuce to the motherboard (Don't forget to remove other power connectors like the 4 pin CPU and PCIe if you do this).
 
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Ditto! If you haven't already done a leak test, EastcoastHandle put together a really good summary: http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=52032
There's a section on shorting pins on the PSU to run the pump without having any jiuce to the motherboard (Don't forget to remove other power connectors like the 4 pin CPU and PCIe if you do this).
Its best if you run the pump on a seperate PSU. That way you eliminate the chance of forgetting to remove a plugged in wire.
 
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I have a couple power supplies laying around!!
So i can hook one of those up if i need to!!
In case i have a leak or something and have to drain it!!
 
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so you did jump in on the action! :laugh:

good job mate:D

btw for securing your pipe i have never liked those nylon hose clips!(if your using them)

use some jubilee clips aka worm drive but dont do them up too tight as you are using blastic nylon barbs

good luck my brudda!
 
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Thanks man...Ill be home in about 30 minutes and get this thing rolling!!:rockout: