Description

This started as a build that I put together December 2015, which explains why the motherboard isn't black and white (haha). It was in Define R4 with a Corsair H80iGT cooling the CPU. I wasn't in love with the cooler and wanted to switch it out for something like the EK Predator or Swiftech H220x. In the end, I decided it was best to just custom watercool it, so that brings us here. I've never put together a custom loop before, so I spent a lot of time reading about issues that people have faced and looking at what others have done. I also spent a lot of time reading reviews for the various water cooling parts that I will need. I finally got everything together last week, and I started the tear down and rebuild. As this was my first custom loop, I ran into a few issues, detailed below. In the end, I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Heatkiller IV Pro

The top three CPU blocks are basically the EK Supremacy EVO Full Nickel, Raystorm Pro, and the Heatkiller IV Pro. After going back and forth, I decided that I liked the look of the Heatkiller IV the most.

The only problem with the HUGE block (Pic 39 is that it didn't fit my MOBO in the standard orientation due to some capacitors to the left of the CPU area (see Pic 32. In a test by Extreme Rigs, the goofy mount actually cooled better, so I'm not 100% disappointed that I had to rotate it 90 degrees, which is what you see in Pic 46.

EK Thermosphere

One of the first things I wanted to deal with was the G80 bracket on the EK Thermosphere. If you look at the pictures of the EVGA 980Ti FTW in the album (Pic 3 and Pic 4, you'd see that it has a midplate that EVGA calls Memory MOSFET Cooling Plate (MMCP). Since it offers some cooling, I wanted to use this midplate along with the universal VGA waterblock from EK because I didn't like the solution that Alphacool offers with their NexXxos GPX coolers, which were just released for my graphics card.

The issue with the EVGA midplate is that it contains four protrusions (Pic 3) that will interfere with the EK bracket, as it does with other cooling solutions such as the NZXT G10. A viable solution would have been to use a copper shim, and I actually ordered a set of 25mm x 25mm x 1.5mm copper shims for this purchase. I decided that I'd rather not have two layers of TIM and a piece of copper between the GPU and the waterblock, so I ordered a spare G80 bracket from EK to modify. You can also see how the stock ACX 2.0 heatsink has notches cut out to deal with the midplate protrusions (Pic 11).

The EK bracket is 2mm thick. I figured 1mm removed at the pertinent locations should be sufficient, so I got started with a dremel, as in Pic 6 and 7). It was working, but it was going to be too slow. In the end, I ended up just cutting out sections so it'll fit. After that, it was just a matter of cleaning the block with the 91% isopropyl alcohol, spreading some Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut on the GPU, and mounting it, as in Pics 8 and 9.

In addition, I needed a way to cool the VRMs even with the midplate still mounted. I picked up two NoiseBlocker Blacknoise Silent Pro 92mm PE-P fans from PPCS and a PCI fan bracket from eBay for this purpose Pic 10. They're wired up to a 4-pin PWM to mini GPU 4-pin fan connector so I can still let the 980ti control fan speeds. I've tested the fans hooked up to my motherboard. They're surprisingly quiet even at 1800 rpm. They're rated at 20db at full speed. After completing the build, I've verified that they do work with the GPU control. Since I have no way of measuring VRM temps, I'm doing a guesstimate fan curve that's based on on actual GPU temps. Since my GPU rarely sees 40 degrees now, the 92mm fans are set to hit 80% once it crosses 35 degrees. Even at 100%, you can't hear it over the D5 pump.

Monsoon MMRS

I sleeved the cables coming from the D5 pump, which were not difficult since I've sleeved speaker cables in the past. The sleeving wasn't very dense, so you can still see some of the red in Pic 12. I may resleeve that portion at some point, but it'll be fairly hidden from view once everything else is installed, so I might leave it until it's time to drain and clean the loop (or when I upgrade again).

I really like the white and black combo that I picked out. The only complaint was that I had some difficulties mounting the D5 housing onto the reservoir base. I ended up tearing apart the rheostat on the pump due to the force. Most of that was likely my own stupidity. Lesson learned. I was able to test the pump to check that it still runs, and it does. So I continued the build anyways.

I really like the mounting system that Monsoon designed (Pic 18 and 21). For some reason, I assumed that two brackets would be included. One ended up being pretty sturdy, but to make sure it was more secure and would remain vertical under weight, I used some 28mm M4 screws along with the radiator mount bracket that Fractal Design included to secure the top mounting position on the reservoir to the case. Having the reservoir mounting slots already designed into the Define S was definitely a plus.

Since I damaged the rheostat on the D5 pump, it is now stuck at 3600 rpm. For reference, a setting of 3 would've been 3300 rpm, and a setting of 4 would've been 4050 rpm. I might pick up a PWM D5 pump this summer. It's impossible to reach the vario on the D5 even if it was working with my layout. The system is really quiet, but it's not silent. For comparison, the H80iGT was silent in quiet mode, but quiet mode was only good for general computer use. You can't use it for gaming. For gaming, the entire system gets pretty loud, especially when combined with the fans on the 980TI. With this custom loop, even with the D5 running at 3600rpm, the noise level doesn't change much, no matter the load.

Black Ice Nemesis Radiators

I picked these because they were the best 30mm radiators, at least according to a test by xtremesystems. My plan was to have the 360GTS at the top with the ports at the rear of the case. The 280GTS would be mounted in the front, near the top. The coolant would flow from the reservoir/pump to a flow indicator before hitting the GPU block. From there it would enter the CPU block, followed by the 360GTS on top. The exit from the 360 would be routed along the top of the case (as in Pic 20), hidden from view, before entering the 280 in the far side port before exiting the nearside port and back into the reservoir from the top.

Well, it wouldn't all fit. The ports on the 280 would end up hitting something on the 360. It was the 360 radiator itself or the fans on the radiator that would interfere with the ports on the 280. I didn't want to flip the 280 so the ports are at the bottom, mostly because I don't think I'll like the way it looks with soft tubing. I ended up removing the front filter on the Define S and sandwiched the fans and 280 to the case. Since I didn't want to lose the filter, I found that the filter could sort of be snapped back onto the fans. Some electrical tape made it more secure. You can see the filter mounted in Pic 16 and Pic 17

My only complaint about the case so far is that the fan mounting slots at the front of the case don't run the entire length. I know that it's designed that way to not block airflow, but it meant that I was fairly limited at how high or low I can mount my fan and radiator combo.

Interestingly enough, with the 280 radiator in the upward orientation, I couldn't fit a third 140 fan onto the front. I'll do push pull with the extra fan. I can't get a fourth fan onto the 280 since it will interfere with the 45 degree or 90 degree rotary that I will need at the exit. When I was finishing the build, I found it best to use one 90 degree and two 45 degree fittings at the 280 radiator exit. You can see in the pictures now it routes the flow towards the back of the curve where it makes a U before turning into the reservoir's 90 degree inlet. You can see that in Pic 54, top right and 57)

Lighting

The LED lighting is handled by Cablemod's new WideBeam LED strips. I picked the RGB version with magnetic strips. 60cm seems to be enough for now, but I think another 30cm would be good to fill out the rear a bit. The IR receiver is just a tiny bulb at the end of a wire. I routed it to the front of the case behind one of the intake vents. All I have to do is point the remote at it.

Primochill Vortex Flow Indicator

There are some changes to the build from the current album, namely the Primochill flow indicator. I had to disassemble that part of the loop to make the indicator spin reliably. Plus, that part of the loop looks even better now. During the planning stage, I knew that I needed a drain valve, so that came in really handy. The only complaint is there is no extra ports on the radiators that I can use as a bleed valve. One change I'll likely incorporate the next time I feel like tearing the flow indicator out is just add something like this from the pump to the flow indicator instead of the compression fitting - short tube - compression fitting setup that I have now, which you can see in Pic 62.

You can see pictures of the changes plus some night time shots with the LEDs. The new flow indicator setup is in Pic 65. Old is Pic 48.

Audio

Because someone will eventually comment on why I blew so much money on audio when I could've gotten a few more 980tis or a better CPU, I should note that almost all the audio equipment I have are things that I've owned for years with the exception of the JBLs. I recently sold a set of Mackie MR5 mk2s for those. Scored a new set of the JBLs for about $200 shipped.

The Bottlehead Crack with the Speedball upgrade is amaaaazing headphone amp. I bought it use from another forum years ago. It was factory build, which means I didn't have to learn how to solder. I need to stain the wood and poly it at some point to give it a richer tone. I also picked up the Matrix Mini-I and the Sennheisers at the same time. The best part is that most the money spent on the audio equipment was practically gift money. So in reality, the cost of this build, out of my own pocket, was far less.

The JBLs are really good, but the Bottlehead and the HD650s are just out of this world. Sure, there may be better combos, and someday I may decide to explore somewhere, but for now, with the music I listen to, I'm happy with them.

There are also better studio monitors, but I'm only using them for casual music and general computer audio. I have another setup in the living room for home theater and two channel music. That's a list for a different day.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

A pc with the name fury and with the enemy card in it, the heresy :O

No but seriously, great work and very lovely pics some of the nicest I seen in a long time. Well done

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

every time I see the word heresy, I think automatically of halo 2 lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

I think of hearsay, because I can't read.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I absolutely love Monsoon's new modular reservoirs. Great build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the work around you used for the gpu watercooling. Many people would have been flummoxed by the incompatibility. Cheers for not letting that stop you! Other than that love the pictures and plan. Sounds like everything turned out great.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

o_o

My water dispenser is leaking :/

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been looking for a way to water-cool my 980ti ftw edition, bravo!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy **** Amazing!!! +1

CONGRATS FEATURED!!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazing. I love all the pictures. I don't know how I feel about that thermal paste but its whatever. The organization and detail makes me happy. Good Job!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you mean the application?

I'm not 100% sure either. It's what the packaging recommends. I'm happy with the GPU temps with this method. Load temps are about 40 degrees C.

The CPU is running high 60s with AIDA64. I may repaste in the future to see if it'll help, but I think I'm splitting hairs. I'm never going to see that load. It's around 50 during Witcher 3.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't worry, LinusTechTips made a video about it, it is still only on vessel but will be on youtubein a few days. Verdict: It does NOT matter.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah but it doesn't matter. If it works it works right?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It's rare to see so many high resolution, in focus images and such a detailed description. +1 dude, congrats

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point
Very impressive photographs. It makes your computer stunning and gorgeous that it deserves to be on a PC magazine. I love the parts, and the sexiness of your build. It is so lovely... absolutely lovely and beautiful. Great description for a work of art. You have my plus one for certain.
  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Truly a work of art... Congrats!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats in getting it featured, loking at this list this build definitely deserves it! If you dont mind me asking though, why did you go for 32GBs of RAM? Do you need it or was it more for the sake of it?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Photography.

Plus, Newegg had a sweet combo deal with the motherboard. I think I ended up paying like $60 for all 32 gigs, plus there was a $40 rebate for the motherboard.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice deal you got there, I suppose the photography usage is pretty obvious given the quality of your photos!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice pictures. The computer is neat. I'm interested in the rest of your component choices.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent photography work, and excellent build. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hiighest Gpu clock i've seen in a while!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

It actually cracks 1503 in game. I'm going to need a custom bios to raise the voltage limit on the card, I think.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Jidonsu if you go on OCN they have a thread where someone will make you a custom bios if you give them the one you are using at the time of requesting.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah i'm interested on how you achieve that! Pictures when you get it done potentially??

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

There are a few people on Overclock.net that will do a custom bios for you.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much for taking the time to create these awesome pictures. Like many others, I went through the entire set one by one. Really awesome - thank you!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! +9001

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How did u mounted 2 fans below the GPU? i see you pushing fresh air on the PCB. the two fans are attached together and to the rear of the case?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

One of these.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dual-Fan-Mount-Rack-PCI-Slot-Bracket-for-Video-Card-DIY-/251622181041?hash=item3a95d9c8b1:g:LsAAAOSwd4tT9A6z

The fans are actually controlled by the GPU itself, which is nice. I have a custom fan curve set in MSI Afterburner.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

did u buy fans separately? support 80 or 90mm

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup. These were the ones I got.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/noiseblocker-blacknoise-silent-pro-92mm-fan-pe-p.html

If you want to control the fans using the GPU, you'll need something like this. I bought an unsleeved one that was cheaper and sleeved it myself, but it's the same thing.

http://www.amazon.com/Gelid-CA-PWM-02-Adapter-Sleeved-Cooler/dp/B005ZKZEQA/

You can also get sets that already have fans attached to the bracket, but I imagine those fans to be louder. Here is a common one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835426045

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I only need the PCI slot bracket. do u think i can find this somewhere?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, the ebay link is the one I got.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome descriptions and pictures and because i think u want to make a detailed descriptions, u have forgot the seagate hdd on the part list ^

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually left a few things out because I got lazy. Haha.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW! There are builds that are really amazing on pcpp. Then there are the ones that get featured. Then there are the ones that make me a little mad because of how awesome they are. This just made a new category on my list. Speechless. I've got the same case, now I really want to water cool my pentium :P +100

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I really appreciate the kind words, especially since this was my first watercooled build and my third/fourth PC build.

It was very therapeutic for me despite some of the challenges. I'd do it all over again if I could. I'm still amazed at how well it turned out.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Impeccable work! Congrats on Featured Build!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely build, lovely pictures, lovely description, and lovely part choice. Too bad I can only do +1 and not more.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice and congratulations on being featured. Got to love the parts selections from MMRS, Barrow fittings, BlackIce rads ... all of these will also pop up in my build shortly.

I am going to see if I can track down your build log ... I am pretty sure I know where it is.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That VRM cooler is a pretty neat little contraption. :P

Also, this build reminds me of just how hard it can be to match various shades of of the same color; you've done a superb job of it!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't say that the fans for the VRM was an original idea.

I wasn't so sure about the motherboard at first, but I didn't want to get a new one at this point and have to potentially deal with Microsoft on the license once I install a new board. I think the MOBO worked out well in the end even with the gold on it.

Everything else is black and white, easy to match. Haha.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. But i was just wondering how you got your Logitech G502 LED to go red?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sorry. I thought I responded to this area. The mouse is the new G502 RGB, so you can have any color you want.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That's some seriously impressive customization with your build. Well done and have fun.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Furiously amazing build!

R8 10/10 M8

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That desktop background! I must have it!

Awesome build BTW

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Pictures, build, write up. I would have to give this one a

10/10

Good work, however pcpp will only let me give you a +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

wow, awesome build! love the aesthetics! :) grats on the feature too!

may i ask, what are those 2 fans doing below the gpu block? i saw it and i was a little confused xD

10/10!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Those 2 fans are there to cool the VRM area of the GPU, since my water block I chose will only cool the GPU itself.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that a new RGB G502? If it is, I'm super jellous. I have a G502 and bought a RGB Corsair K70 a week before the RGB G502 came out. : (

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually got the G502 Core like a week before the RGB was released. Fortunately, I was still within Best Buy's return window.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

im confused why didnt you just get a EKWB for the gpu?,

whats that star thing

what purpose does that stopper with the wire have?

enlighten me :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm confused. My water block for the GPU is the EK Thermosophere.

The "star" thing is a flow indicator. It spins if the water is flowing.

The stopper with the wire is a thermometer. It tells me the water temp, so I can control the fan speeds based on how warm the water is.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

ok to all of them, but why not a full cover block?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

No one makes one for this card.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah they do.... you have to use fury x like you have to use a titan block for 980ti disregard^ i thought you meant for the 980ti in general my bad

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

disregard my reply just re read it

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha. Okay.

Yea, I did a ton of research. Unfortunately, i already had the card, and I didn't care enough to sell it and buy one that had a full cover block for it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Just, just, just WOW....

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That tiny run out of the flow indicator must've been a real b!tch to apply.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. A bit expensive but pretty good.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It would really fit the aesthetic for your build to remove the power supply sticker, or to cover it up with black tape. and also to get some cable combs for your 24 pin and PCie power.

I really like this build. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree 100%. I looked at getting some magnetic sheets to cut to size. Maybe I'll do that when I have some time again.

I also have to redo the line from the CPU block to the top radiator. It needs to be about a centimeter shorter.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

My bad, I didn't see the other pictures you had put up with the cable combs on! Once you have the upper part of your cables trained, make sure you get the lower part trained as well. One method I've seen done is to get a velcro strap and strap down the end of the cable coming from the back compartment to the PCie power cable. It'll make your cabling look much cleaner. :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip.

I'm going to swap out the the right pcie cable set since it got a little frayed from working with it. I also have some SATA data cables that are sleeved in white, so I'll tackle them all once I have them.

It's definitely not perfect yet.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

holy hell you buy pricy stuff...

looks sweet though. I love the theme. Very clean.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The price looks really bad until you realize that I essentially didn't pay for any of the audio stuff out of my own pocket, and they were bought years ago. I had some stuff that was given to me that I was able to sell.

A lot of the hardware was bought during Black Friday weekend. For example, the mobo ended up being something like $80 with the rebate I got. The ram was about $60 or $70 for be whole set because of a combo deal with the mobo.

Dell just kept sending me promo gift cards after I bought that monitor. In the end, they sent me $175 worth of gift cards that I sold on eBay.

But I do buy pricy stuff. Haha.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

that's cool that Dell was hooking you up with gift cards.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I'm still not sure what the deal was. That was on top of $50 in ebates since it was Green Monday. It came out to be under $300. Ridiculousness.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

they have a habit of doing stuff like that... Its pretty much the only great thing about the company, which is that they often have promos the user has no idea about or they screw up and over reward buyers and never try to reverse it lol. My sister got an extra $300 back from them years abo on a $2k XPS purchase... It was apparently for a promotion that hadn't even started yet but was in their system... They told her to keep it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

"It's okay. You could've had better part choices, and your photos were obviously taken by a potato." - Said No One Ever

This is by far one of my favorite builds. +1 for time, effort, and creativity.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This build looks amazing! I really want to do something like that in the futur.. Awesome pictures, seriously, +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

These are great pictures.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG a Photo Contest!!!! But ..........70!!

Has anyone heard of this before?........

"Your pics are overkill !!"

Bottlehead Crack w/ Speedball

YOu have got to get your system off drugs :(

**just bustin your balls, you did a lot of work and you are proud of what you accomplished. While we are still taking "Pics", it would be nice to reference the actual pic number for the following comments. Because no one will go though 70 pics six times :)

capacitors to the left of the CPU area (see pics).

If you look at the pictures of the EVGA 980Ti FTW

You can also see how the stock ACX 2.0 heatsink

so you can still see some of the red

You can see in the pictures now it routes the flow towards

I'll post some pictures tonight

edit, found this :)

I'll refer to specific pics in the album

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Let me know if it looks better now.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I call PC p0rn.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

A man needs no woman if he has this...

though it's even better if you have both, am I right?

Great build, nice photos, and really nice setup. Enjoy it, +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid Build

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build!!! Minions of fittings are a sight to see. I too am in the process of finishing my first custom loop. I'm about to run a leak test after a few fittings arrive. Were you nervous during this part!? I am...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

A bit. I just made sure that there were enough paper towels laid down near where the potential issues might show up. My board wasn't powered up either since I was using an external power supply for leak testing.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. I ended up attending a watercooling seminar led by a representative from Thermaltake and he gave us some 24pin ground adapters so I won't have to worry about frying anything. It's still nerve wracking though!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my. Such an awesome build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hardly ever comment on peoples builds but holy smokes this has to be the cleanest looking i've ever seen!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving the build I was just wondering what size your red is in mm b/c I plan on getting a monsoon mmrs res and put it in a define s but I'll be using petg instead of flexible. +1 for the great name!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words.

The reservoir is the 200mm version.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome post. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

photogasm. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Words cannot describe the beauty of this build... and so many quality pictures!

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

The thing I love about this build compared to other custom loops is that you did not go overkill and get what you don't need... There are too many custom loops these days with quad Titan Xs, i7 5960x, etc. etc. You aren't one of those.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you.

Not going to lie though, this is still overkill.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL How many quad titan builds do you see on a daily basis...

Also you're telling me that a 980ti and 4790k LC isn't overkill but a 5960x is ? Facepalm

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

Don't get me wrong, this is a absolutely beautiful and just plain stunning build but, the amount of pictures you posted of the same object was pretty annoying. Let's take picture #20 for example, there is no need for that.

Also the water cooling on the GPU seems a little pointless if its pushing hot water from the CPU "cooling" the GPU or vise versa. I'm not water cooling expert so I'm not sure which way that it is being pumped.

Just the my opinion. Definite thumbs up from me homie

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

You're right. Part of the problem was that this was done as a build log for another site, and I haven't had to chance to fully edit all the picture choices for here. For example, Picture 20 was used to illustrate where I wanted to route the tubing from the top radiator to the front. I had just posted this last night as a log and didn't think I'd get picked as a Featured Build today.

Regarding the water flow, it doesn't matter which direction you run it. The most important parts are the following:

  1. Make sure the reservoir is right above the pump.

  2. Try to minimize the length of tubing.

I had the same concern that you did going into the planning stage. I was going to go from pump to GPU, then to a radiator before heading into the CPU block. As it turns out, due to the flow rate and the specific heat of water, the temperature of the hottest part of the water and the coolest is usually no more than 1 degree Celsius. so it doesn't matter much. I've confirmed that's basically the case in my loop with various temp measurements. And that's with water flow going directly from GPU to CPU.

Thank you for your feedback though. I hope I was able to clarify why the pics are the way they are. Maybe I'll clean it tonight, or maybe not, haha.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You did give me a good idea though. I'll refer to specific pics in the album as I talk about issues.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

It's actually one of the methods recommended by Thermal Grizzly. In fact, the applicator includes a tip that's shaped like a spatula so you can spread it like that. Crazy, I know.

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  • 43 months ago
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I'd rather not think about how much it cost me. A lot of the audio stuff was accumulated over a few years.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

5D Mk III with 100mm Macro.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

was bouta ask the same thing

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  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you. I'm going to post some night time photos tonight.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I cant wait to see that, i think it will be awesome

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, there is a lot of awesome builds here, there has to been a lot of featured builds here. This has to be one of the top 1% of the stuff that i seen here, the attention to detail he put into this is next level.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.overclock.net/t/1588838/build-log-liquid-black-fury

I'm afraid you won't get much more than what you see here though, but there are plenty of tutorial on that site.

Also, picture 8 shows the EK Thermosphere, which is the water block I chose for the 980TI.