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    Project: Liquid7

    Hi

    This is going to be my first water cooling, always been wanting to try it out so here goes... it's going to be very simple single loop, just for the cpu, i might upgrade later on but didn't want to go crazy on my first watercooling rig =)

    Main parts list:

    * CPU - Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz D0!
    * MotherBoard - Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5
    * Memory - Kingston HyperX 6GB DDR3 2000 Triple Channel
    * Case - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Full Tower
    * Powersupply - Corsair CMPSU-850HX 850W
    * Harddrive #1 - Intel X25-M Mainstream 80GB SSD Gen2
    * Harddrive #2 - Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB 7200RPM
    * DVD Drive - Samsung SH-S243D SATA DVD
    * Video Card - BFG Tech 8800 GTX



    WaterCooling Parts:

    * CPU Block - Swiftech Apogee XT Extreme Performance
    * Reservoir - EK Waterblocks EK-Multioption RES 250 Rev. 2
    * Pump - Swiftech MCP655 12 VDC Pump Liquid Cooling System
    * Radiator - Swiftech MCR320 "Quiet Power" Triple 120mm Radiator
    * Tubing - PrimoFlex Pro LRT White Tubing -1/2in. ID X 3/4in. OD 10 Feet
    * Fittings - Bitspower True Silver Compression Fittings and True Silver Barbs
    * Fluids - Distilled Water



    Thanks! Will update soon with more pics !
    Last edited by lesterc; 12-25-2009 at 09:34 PM.

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    some water cooling part pics...

    Swiftech Radiator


    Swiftech Pump


    Primoflex White Tubings


    Gentle Typhoons


    Bitspower True Silver Compression Fittings



    Bitspower True Silver Barbs


    Bitspower True Silver Stops


    Swiftech XT water block


    some bent pins but i think overall not bad.. what do you guys think?
    Last edited by lesterc; 12-26-2009 at 10:19 PM.

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    Good list of parts you have there!

    Take your time. I really look forward to what you do with the 800D!!

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    I love the obsidian 800D that penalty in Spain is not for sale. and that piece of pc and a 8800gtx?
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    testing my parts to make sure everything works before hooking up the watercooling parts




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    Quote Originally Posted by M0RTI View Post
    I love the obsidian 800D that penalty in Spain is not for sale. and that piece of pc and a 8800gtx?
    it is the 8800gtx.. it's an older video card i had.. waiting for the new nvidia cards to come out soon before upgrading =)

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    some new updates...

    my awesome drawing =)


    cut some tubings and making sure i got everything..


    more planning..


    first time playing with compression fittings..

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    lets start putting things together... encountered some bad stuff...

    Mounting the reservoir...


    bad stuff #1! these arylic? holders broke on me!! last picture of them still intact! lol but they bascailly all snapped off tried to use electric tape and superglueing but no luck.. have to figure something out for this now :angry2:


    compression fittings on radiator..


    lets get the typhoons together..





    mounting it in the case..


    Flipping my inlet to fit the compression fittings..


    so decided to give the silicone mod a try, i saw them being done to the xt water blocks.. it's bascailly about a mm of 100% silicone applied to the inlet part of the water block



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    continue on..

    put it all together...


    time for some leak testing..






    leaked tested it for about 36 hours actually.. had to do some stuff so just left it running for a while basically
    a slight leak on the reservoir side.. but not a big deal some more tightening and good to go..

    mounted my water block!


    bad thing #2 ... flinging the water block around scratched my gigabyte logo! haha but not a big deal should have been more carefully moving the computer around..


    at this point i was fairly happy! everything works no leaking good to go! booted my computer and checked my bios and noticed my temp idle is around 28-30c wasn't bad so was looking online to see what the idle temps are and found this guy on a forum that said his was around close to 100c without OC yet.. any who ppl were helping him out and notice one of the mistake might be the inlet and outlet of the water block might be reversed.. then a little double check on mine.. and guess what!!!

    brings me to bad thing #3 and the worst one! :angry2::angry2::angry2:... my inlet and outlet of my water block was the wrong way around! NOOO!


    so took half of it apart.. drained it and now should be correct.. and have to start at least 12 hours of leak testing once again...

    i reversed it to make it nicer.. but the swiftech logo is now upside-down =(.. oh well.. although curious is i don't think it should matter as long the the 3 screws are lined up to the cpu lever as per instructions but curious if the logo orientation is linked to how the block needs to be oriented any know?

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    Did you mounted those GTs wrong out there? or Am I so sleepiness right now. By the way, will you sleeve your PSU, right?

    You got good components here.

    PS: Welcome to XS LOL.

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Did you mounted those GTs wrong out there? or Am I so sleepiness right now. By the way, will you sleeve your PSU, right?

    You got good components here.

    PS: Welcome to XS LOL.

    Thanks,
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    mounted the xt wrong the first time had the inlet and outlet the other way around... so to fix had to unmount all of it again..

    i ended up flipping the block around making the logo upside-down so i don't have to cross any tubing under each other.. was reading the instruction it mentions to have the 3 screw side parallel to the cpu lever but doesn't state if the logo orientation is suppose to be a certain way or not.. i don't think it needs to be but hopefully it can go either way

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    nicely done...



    Maybe if u mounted ur fans in a diff direction, then u would not see the fan cables

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    Is it possible to mount the rad with the fans on top of the rad? Then you could have the fans sucking cold air and pushing it through the rad. As you have the 1850rpm GT's I think push would be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woffen View Post
    Is it possible to mount the rad with the fans on top of the rad? Then you could have the fans sucking cold air and pushing it through the rad. As you have the 1850rpm GT's I think push would be better.
    Actually, I was trying to say that on my previous post down here.
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    Very nice so far, more updates plz =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by woffen View Post
    Is it possible to mount the rad with the fans on top of the rad? Then you could have the fans sucking cold air and pushing it through the rad. As you have the 1850rpm GT's I think push would be better.
    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Actually, I was trying to say that on my previous post down here.
    i was thinking that initially as well actually... however came across this
    http://martin.skinneelabs.com/Radiat...ng-Review.html
    basically.. "Push for fast fans of over +1800rpm, -1300rpm pull works better and doesn't matter if it lies in between."
    i don't plan on running mine at max fan speed all the time however all this the difference i think is 1-2c either way

    but yea i'm not 100% committed to it so if anyone have better data i'm all ears =)

    Quote Originally Posted by GregSG View Post
    nicely done...



    Maybe if u mounted ur fans in a diff direction, then u would not see the fan cables
    yea actually i was just thinking that! haha the cables are starting to bug me

    Quote Originally Posted by Anemic View Post
    Very nice so far, more updates plz =)
    Thanks! more soon once i have leak tested the new orientation

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    Clean and nice job

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    an update pic for you guys... =)



    so some updates...
    flipped the inlet and outlet of the swiftech xt.. talked to gabe at swiftech and he said my new orientation is fine with the logo upsidedown so thats good..
    did a leak test.. and it was NOT good! my reservoir intake was leaking all over.. tried a ton of stuff nothing fixed it!! :angry: i bought a Bitspower G1/4 Extender with my water cooling parts just in case.. but it was still not good news! so at basically 4am i found some spare barbs that came with my swiftech xt water block that i didn't use tried it and it worked!! went 8 hours without incident.. lame part now thought is i can't use my compression fitting on the intake grrr

    i also flipped the fans over so the wire is facing the back now much cleaner! thanks for the suggestions!
    but still in the pull config like it was before..

    currently i have bleeding done and computer is booted up!
    doing some overclocking test and priming =)

    running 4.2ghz and load temp is about 55c

    stay tuned for more pics!

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    Fan Orientation Test results!

    what i did here is try out different fan orientation... each test consist running Prime95 for 10 min exactly and letting it cool down for 5 min all running at ~1200 rpm fans.. avg temp is calculated from the lowest idle to highest load temp. Temp readings were taken from Real Temp and Case Ambient Reading from fan controller.

    i7 920@4.3Ghz + MCR320 + 3x Gentle Typhoons

    1) Push - From air inside the case into radiator and out the top
    Avg Temp - 68.5 c
    5min cool down - 37.5 c
    Case Ambient - 24 c
    2) Pull - From air inside through the radiator and out the top
    Avg Temp - 67.5 c
    5min cool down - 37.5 c
    Case Ambient - 25 c
    3) Push - From air outside the case into radiator and into the case **Winner**
    Avg Temp - 66.5 c
    5min cool down - 35 c
    Case Ambient - 27 c
    4) Pull - From air outside through the radiator and into the case **Original**
    Avg Temp - 67.5 c
    5min cool down - 36 c
    Case Ambient - 27 c

    not super scientific but all i could do and tried to keep it as consistent as possible.. =)
    kinda interesting results i think.. shaved a few degree but basically dumped it into my case...maybe i need a stronger rear exhaust...

    also something to factor in... room ambient is around ~23 c
    i have radient floor heating so hot air comes from the floor

    currently running it at an even slower rpm fan speed to make it even quieter and looking at the longer term effects of dumping heat into the case...
    Last edited by lesterc; 12-31-2009 at 02:46 PM.

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    what voltage on the 920 im getting much higher temps then you at 4.2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onoff312 View Post
    what voltage on the 920 im getting much higher temps then you at 4.2
    cpuz has me at 1.36v

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    Hey guys...

    so first Happy New Year! :thumb:

    heres some new pics! *some pics where taken at different times* =)





    sighh just not the same :blarg:






    Complete!







    i'll post some pics later on the overclock result.. =)

    Thanks Guys

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    alright after a couple days of over clocking... after much playing around with numbers decided to settle with this....



    i7 920 @ 4.3Ghz
    HT on
    Turbo on
    6gb DDR3 @ 1640 @ 7-7-6-20

    vcore @ 1.376v
    qpi/vtt @ 1.275
    ioch @ 1.1
    vdim @ 1.64

    room ambient is around ~23c
    cpu Load temp ~69c
    case Load temp ~ 28c

    Thanks guys for feedback and support =)
    definitely already trying to think of whats next! hehe

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