My New Completed Watercooled Machine...Finally...(pics)

Discussion in 'Water Cooling' started by Dark Prodigy, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. Dark Prodigy

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    How's it going fam...Many of you have helped me out with questions concerning my new watercooling build and setup and so here are the pictures of the fruit of my labor and sound advice which I dubbed 'Solidus'.
    Let me apologize for the huge pictures...I don't have too many build pictures because my camera is utter garbage...


    Here's what I started off with. A simple masking job for some metallic silver paint...
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    And I had to cut a blowhole for the radiator....
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    After many weeks of saving/researching/building...here's what I came up with...


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    Slot drives were a must with me...so here they are...pricey but here...
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    Here's my setup...I even had to put the desk together... :(

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    SPECS:
    Coolermaster Cavalier T03
    Asus A8N SLI Premium
    AMD 4200+ X2 @ 2.5
    2 XFX 7800GT's Extreme Edition (SLI)
    2 74 Gb WD Raptors (RAID 0)
    1 GB Corsair XMS PC3200 (512x2)
    X-Fi Soundblaster Platinum
    Hauppage PVR500MCE Dual Tuner
    Coolermaster RS550w PSU
    Saitek Eclipse keyboard
    Logitech G5 Laser Mouse
    2 Plextor 716AL DVDrw DL Slot Drives
    Logitech Z-5500's
    2 Coolermaster Musketeer HDD silencer/coolers
    2 SilenX 120 mm fans
    1 Sunon 120mm High Performance fan
    2 SilenX 40mm fans (for hdd coolers)
    Dell 26" Widescreen LCD Monitor
    Watercooling:
    DangerDen RBX
    DangerDen BIP 120mm Rad (painted silver)
    DangerDen A8n Chipset
    2 Asetek GPU w/b (SLI)
    Swiftech 655 Pump
    Swiftech MicroRes
    PC Ice UV Blue
    3/4" Tygon Tubing

    Well I think that's it, probably could have been better...Thanks for looking.. :)
     
  2. jcll2002

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  3. Mayhs

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    wow amazing set up
     
  4. Mayhs

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    i think you need to adjust the resolution on ur dell :p
     
  5. jcll2002

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    those are the coolest optical drives I have EVER seen.

    EDIT: this is essentially my dream setup. (want to trade ;)) You need another gig of ram though ;)
     
  6. Erasmus354

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    Looks good, although it looks as if you have a nasty kink in one of your tubing runs, try a zip tie around it to keep it from kinking. (The tubing run coming from the GPU going to the NB block)
     
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    bob marley :) ...whats your music taste
     
  8. Dark Prodigy

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    I'm getting a very sharp 1400 X 1024 widescreen resolution on my dell... my camera is just garbage...
     
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    That's Jimi Hendrix my friend .... ;)
     
  10. Mayhs

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    yeh it looks sharp slightly blurred but that happens..i mean youve got to make it fit the whole screen :p
     
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    Yeah its kinked actually very slighty, the cam makes it look worse than it is.. not enough to hurt my flow though.. it was fine when I first set everything up and started running liquid..Tygon tubing is so-so I guess...I'll replace the tube altogether very soon...
     
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    True.. I guess it was a little short-sighted to only have 1 gig. But I'm really not sure what I should get. 2 x 1 gb to keep dual channel or simply add another 2 512mb to have 2 total and keep my current ram...
     
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    id go 2x1gig sticks personally...i know a lot of people who have problesm with 4x512 but i dont know if its just them or the sticks :p
     
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    QFT
     
  15. scrawnypaleguy

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    Dude are those white cold cathodes? I want to get some! I got some coolermaster ones a while back but they weren't bright at all. What kind are these, and where did you get them?
     
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    white look nice but when the lights are on coloured ones look a lot better...i have one white one in right now but my 3 blue ones look tonnes better in light
     
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    that is so beautiful ... i envy you
     
  18. Asian Dub Foundation

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    nice stuff man! love your slot drives
     
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    They are white '12" Super Bright' cold cathodes... I got them from Frozencpu.com on sale. For a pair they were like $11.99... I didn't think a UV type cathode with color was going to create the type of lighting I wanted so I went with these. I was kind of concerned they wouldn't be bright enough, but they illuminate the inside of my case great even during the day...I would like to add 1 more though....
     
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    nice water system i cant wait till i start building mine
     
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    Thanks all for super the compliments... These were the ONLY slot drives on the market at the time that could be purchased new (now Plextor makes a silver version for $189.99). Even though Plextor is a premiere company when it comes to optical drives, I wish more companies would make slot drives...simply for competitive pricing if anything. These drives are super fast, but the price tag has to change.. I had to save for nearly a month just to purchase these, regardless of the rebate... :mad: But it was worth it...
     
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    Nice rig. Your pics are huge lol.
     
  24. bradyapba

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    that kink looks pretty bad no matter how you cut it, you can see it in all the pics, esp the one from above, you can see it HAS to be restricting flow..

    if you dont want to re run the hose, i would at least try a blue zip tie, or blue cool sleeves...

    you may not think thats too severe but it is.
     
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    ANY kink is bad in my opinion.. and like I said it was perfect in initial setup and all tubes were fine during system testing (about 14 days or so) up until about 2 days ago. I've been checking my temps for the past couple of days and they are exactly the same...maybe it does restrict..maybe it doesn't. Regardless I'm rerunning the tubing..a ziptie would work and I already thought about cool sleeves but I'd rather rerun it with some cheaper and stiffer clearflex rather than Tygon and I'll do it this weekend...I wouldn't expect Tygon to go soft on me but oh well... always some sort of setback.

    Thanks for the constructive criticism (at least I hope it was)...
     
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    I suck at taking pics and resizing...My apologies if the page is taking too long to come up... :)
     
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    take a pic of the side directly please, then i'll make comments, cuz i can't see the whole thing, and the angle you shot from might be hiding a rats nest of wires :p
     
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    Def. nothing but constructive... just wanted to point out that you should try to fix it if you could, with that sweet of a set up, a kink just sucks...

    i love your set up, so i was just trying to be helpful is all.

    and this made me laugh...

     
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    *chuckles* I can promise no 'rats nests' of wires...I spent waaayy too much time on wire management. The back of my motherboard tray looks like a snake orgy. I'll be taking some 'updated' pictures in about a week or so in this thread with this garbage camera of mine after I do some minor maintenance. I'll post more 'revealing' shots too... ;)
     
  30. Dark Prodigy

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    Thanks for the advice ... and um... that quote does sound weird... heh... :D
     
  31. catalystsupreme

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    Nice and Clean setup, I like that
     
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    Yeah, looks like you've got a kink on one of the lines from the chipset block. Pretty knarley. Aside from that, very impressive and clean setup you've got there!
     
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    Heh, I'm sure the thread looks great on your monitor, but I'm having to scroll like crazy on the first page! Resize, man! There's a powertoy that does it with a right-click :D

    Rig looks great, though. I'd like to see how you did your masterful wire management. An pics of that?
     
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    Thanks for the compliments and I do have a few shots of the wire management, I didn't post them because of the size of the pictures. I suck at resizing and my camera is garbage. But after some minor maintenance on my comp in the coming days, I will be posting more pics in this thread...
     
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    looks like you have a kink goen for the second gfx to the chipset, migth wanna put a hose clamp on that so the tube holds its composure.
     
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    Your work is very nice. I like it! What are your temps?
     
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    nice job thats a very hard rig :)
     
  38. Dark Prodigy

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    Thankyou...

    CPU 36C idle...... 44C Load
    GPU1 38C idle..... 49 -51 or so load
    GPU2 38-39 idle....51-53 or so load
    NB ... no clue.. (need a program to monitor chipset temps)
    System..stays around 33C

    Not the best but it gets it done nicely...


    Thanks.. it was an exhausting build...but very fun.. :)
     
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    Here's a quick peek at how I accomplished the wire management..about like everyone else I guess...Everything is wiresleeved in Blue for the most part...Ran out of one color of blue and was tired of trying to find the same blue I started with.Contrast is good....right? :(

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    i love that blue stuff :p fun to play with lool