Lutfi's (2nd WC build) - officially first, build log.

Lutfij

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Hey there everyone!

first time posting Build log - so be nice if I go off topic alot.

This WC build is for rig 1:
Q9550 E0
Asus Rampage Extreme w/Supreme FX X-Fi
OCZ 4GB 1333Mhz DDR3 Platinum Edition
Corsair H50 modded w/ Fusion block system, dual rad w/ p/p
320GB WD Blue 16MB - OS Drive
2x500GB WD Caviar Green 32MB in Raid 0
500GB WD Blue 32MB
80GB Seagate Barracuda (pata)
Asus DRW-24B1ST DVD+/-RW
XFX Radeon 6870 Black Edition 1GB DDR5
Thermaltake Spedo
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 750W

I know its old but its been good to me :) Took me a good amount of time to amass the knowledge and idea of parts to get. Furthermore, I had the support of Tom's hardware community regarding what to look for and how to look for them.

Thanks:
Rubix_1011
Sushi dragon
Homeboy
Motopsycho

Feedback:Fans+Fan controller advice

So from "early planning" stages in late 2010 to "final mark up" of stuff to get in late 2011 (plus the arrival of the Aquacomputer rads :love: worldwide) here's what I'll have to get my feet wet.


was the initial stuff to get until I blew my bank limit and went all out for most stuff.

but ended up getting these:
1x Aquacomputer Airplex Modularity (AMS) 360 copper single circuit + D5
1x AMS res for vertical mount
1x XSPC Raystorm CPU block in black
1x Heatkiller NSB 3.0 NB block
8x DangerDen Perfect seal 1/2" barbs
1x Swiftech Radbox
2x silver kill coils
1x Copper Sulphate
20 ft of white Primochill Primoflex 1/2" ID 3/4" OD tubing
8x Steel hose clamps
3x Scythe AP-15
3x White Bitfenix Spectre 120mm
1x White Bitfenix Spectre 200mm
1x White Bitfenix Spectre140mm
1x Lamptron FC5-V2 fan controller
1x 30g Arctic Cooling MX-2

Purchases made courtesy of
aquatuning us
frozencpu
koolertek and
performance-pcs

Yeah i know, its overwhelmingly long... thas what I meant by going all out, and I also have the option of adding GPU blocks and more rad surface area :)

here is what I have in rig 1;

Gallery for Rig 1 here

as of 3 days ago, I received the tubing, rad, radbox, barbs and kill coils.

the delivered stuff on my draughting table






Note:
I didn't go with the Compresion fittings since most people complained of issues with the compression fitting hitting against the counter sunk level since the threading is sunken. so went with perfect seals.

I've already twisted them over a pencil - but didn't take a pic of it.


radbox by swiftech


comes with all the screws necessary for installation/mounting even a PCI bracket to feed upto 1/2" OD tubing - but thas useless to me :D



finally

the rad
 

Lutfij

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eeeeeeeeeeeyaaaap, thas what i had in my mind for 6 months until i got a good amount of feedback from owners and reps @ aquacomputer.I posted a review of this rad a couple of weeks ago and its the best out there, but it IS bloody pricey.

I also forgot to mention the weight of that unit - 4.08Kg's - 8.98Lbs :ouch:


more of the review of the rad:here

I also got a Mushkin Ridgeback Blackline 996991 kit with the stuff to replace the OCZ 1333MHz Platinum Edition dimms and have an OC of 3.4GHz, 1600MHZ 9-10-9-27 @ 1.65V now. So will be trying to push harder with the overclocks - hopefully.
 

boiler1990

Splendid
That heat dissipation is crazy. Overall the design looks quite nice, but more than one of these in a loop will either require separate loops or a second pump thank to their high restriction.

The all-copper look is great - I'm thinking about my next build being hard-piped with copper tubing... :D
 

Lutfij

Titan
Moderator
being hard-piped with copper tubing
:lol:

hate to break it to you but its been done - and the guy used it to heat his washroom - his wife even wanted him to add more heatware as the wash room became cozy after that build project :D haha

dunno where the link is but yeah it will be amazing in heat dissipation for you.

but more than one of these in a loop will either require separate loops or a second pump thank to their high restriction
yeah thas what i'm thinking about now, but lets see how the blocks fare with it now...and in the future when i add gpu blocks to it.
 

boiler1990

Splendid
hate to break it to you but its been done - and the guy used it to heat his washroom - his wife even wanted him to add more heatware as the wash room became cozy after that build project :D haha

dunno where the link is but yeah it will be amazing in heat dissipation for you.
I've heard of copper-piped builds here and there, and it sounds cool. I want my next big build to be hard-tubed, and copper sounded much *cooler* than standard acrylic ;)
 

Lutfij

Titan
Moderator
hard tubed - you mean that build that had hard tubing in the case , by murder mod? MDPC candidate?

I'm melting with the idea you gave me :) but lets see how you do it ... its awesome though, copper hard tubing... :ouch: :)
 

boiler1990

Splendid


If I do that, I wonder if I'd build the case using steel or something. I need a cool material that would be suitable...too bad carbon fiber would be an expensive and probably poor choice.
 

Lutfij

Titan
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:lol: you're an engineer right? i'm an architect so i was groomed into looking for "reliable" parts - that don't come cheap. :p

Fiberglass- wouldn't be too hard with a simple frame, some resin and fiberglass mat.
thas a better idea - i know its a good material to mod with, next best thing to carbon fibre.
 

Lutfij

Titan
Moderator
update:

here's a shot of part of my work environment. Rooms too small to take a panoramic shot, and i don't have a wide angle lens to take the pic.



alright, enough talking, more showing.

today i set about, trying to determine the length of screws i'll need to mount fans onto the rad unit and in the process find out how to mount the fans.

for reference's sake, i had a Tt fan lying around, that'd be good for this test run and a steel edge scale.


a shot of the stand offs/threading between the fins and the stainless steel housing


and thas how much i have between the fins


anyone else who's looking at this rad, please remember that the threading is M3 and not M3.5 like most rad threads.


with the fan on;
this is what you can expect to see when I'll have the AP-15's mounted.






design consideration - lemme tell you, they did their homework.


and the little itty-bitty details.

 

Lutfij

Titan
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since i'll be mounting the rad vertical with the pump impeller facing up, i'll need a res for the AMS - which is also en route.


back on track with the dimension:

since Friday, I've been digging on most sites and googling on what sort of screws i could use to compliment the unit, the latter would be nullified as i want the screws to go through the open end of the fan and would eventually be out of sight, but if the observer noticed well enough, they can take note of the "attention to detail" :)

similar to this:

courtesy of: hardwarecanucks

so...


and the grand total would be:


now that i have the length, i thought of going with these

lemme know what readers think of the screw - and if there are any other options to look at :)

For the readers info. (FTRI) - you might wanna check out homdepot or a local hardware store for the screws instead of getting them at e-tailers like frozencpu. Much cheaper.

** apologies to Rubix mate - i mentioned, what i thought to be a beveled edge to prevent any screw from "eating" into the rad...i was wrong.

Feedback from Aquacomputer support - Sven:
no, it will not prevent the screw from going into the radiator. I know it looks a bit like it would do, but the screw will easily go through at the end.

kind regards
Sven
Edit: and thas not rust on the steel ruler, its red oxide stuck in dry aica... result of making models late at night years ago.

to sum up: look for the thickness of the fans and add 5mm to that length. for me it was 5mm+5mm=10mm. I could go 12mm but that'd be cutting it close.
 

rubix_1011

Contributing Writer
Staff member
anyone else who's looking at this rad, please remember that the threading is M3 and not M3.5 like most rad threads.
Are those screws M3 or M3 x.5 x10mm? What is M3 x.5? I think most rads use either M3 or M4, but M3 is pretty common I believe. SAE I think is around 6-32 size if I recall correctly, but might not be exact.
 

Lutfij

Titan
Moderator
Hmm :/ Sven over @ aquacomputer said the same thing...

If you remember the swiftech and the H50 rad mod, i initially had the Swiftech MCR 120 QP res only hooked up. I received screws that also went with the H50 rad screw holes. Recently, cos of threading and dimension confusion - i found out on Swiftech's site that the screws with the rad box won't work either.

and on further pondering, the .5 is the difference between the threading depth:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_case_screws

6-32 screws will strip the threads of M3-threaded holes. When the M3 hole is drilled into sheet metal (as on floppy and optical disc drives), a 6-32 screw that damages the threading will typically stay in the hole and can be removed fairly easily. When the M3 threading is into solid metal (such as a motherboard standoff), a 6-32 screw will get stuck before it can be screwed in all the way.
more here
 

Lutfij

Titan
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^ yeah well, google and some thinking removed most of the confusion. While i'm at it, was also thinking of going with these for the mobo: http://www.fastener-express.com/m3-x-5-x-6mm-socket-head-cap-screw-black-anodized-100.aspx

i'm talking it over with the guys there if they can give me 100 pieces of the same screw but at 10mm length.

reason being - going with this screw:

or like this:

it has two bands of markings while the former is flush and sleek


:p
 

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