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I think I would be the same. You can use a bunch of 90° fittings, and while that drives up your initial cost of not only the those fittings but additional compression fittings as well, you save the cost of the bending mandrels since you only need a pipe cutter, chamfer tool, and insert, not to mention the time saved withi making the bends.
The cutter, bending cord and other stuff is a pittance compared to fittings. I've done both and it's really tough to make the "economy" case for going the fittings route. It's just so much easier. Changing a tubing run take minutes instead of an hour, bending, scrapping and rebending... again though, I just never got that good at it. XD
 

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It's not finished but it's working 100%. I still have to do the following:

1) Install tubing - I went soft to make it faster and I will use the compression fittings in my kids PCs so no waste here. I am gathering the parts slowly for the swap.
2) Lazer cut some acrylic parts I have designed. I.e. a plexi shroud I am using to block the to 5.25'" bays that I use for 2X Hot Swap HDDs with a 120mm fan at the top - thermally controlled for their cooling.
3) I intend to get custom cables for the Corsair AX1500i but not from cable mods since I want 15AWG wires.
4) I need to install some LED strips at the bottom of the case (power and holes already there)
5) I need to change tubing of the external lines going to the radiator (ZMT tubing - have it).
6) Working on an idea to conceal the cables coming out from the MO-RA 420 Pro external RAD I am using.
7) Might add a second MO-RA 420 and integrate the two in a custom construction when I find the time.

8) I am also thinking of getting a CableMod vertical GPU mount kit.

This is in a Coolermaster Cosmos 2 case with the tempered glass side panel that came out with the Cormos 2 anniversary edition. I have made certain modification and have added an extra 120mm fan (Front Intak) at the 5.25" bays (below the hot swap disks that I moved up).

There are 17 fans total and 6X Sensors all hooked up on the motherboard (9X Corsair ML140Pros on the High Amp (3A) header) + the Fan Extension Card that came with it. They work great through Asus Q-Fan in the Bios but I might be tempted to get an Aquaero in the future for their software - not that I need though.
 

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ontariotl

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Since I noticed one of my old Vue videos on the news headlines on HardOCP I thought I would update what's been going on with my system now. I have retired Vue as I went through 2 bottles already and while it didn't give me problems like many others (besides the limited usage) I decided not to go Vue again. Now that I have an external radiator (phobya 1080) it would cost too much to replace the fluid with Vue. Instead I will go with X1 Mayhems clear for now. Maybe Pastel in the future.

 

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Here is my refresh.

For college football, I had a few modifications done .

Had a LSU logo 3D printed to replace the EK anti-cyclone piece.

Also, purchased a PSU cover with the tiger eye laser cut.

I've caught hell with the lighting. So just rolling all purple right now. Once I figure out how to use it the plan is to go dim purple with the fans flashing in subtle gold.
 

DahlKen

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Wow, some great looking builds in here. Thanks for the inspiration to break down and finally do something with my systems!!
 

arnemetis

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This is my work in progress and my first try at custom water. Waiting on 9900k and 2080ti FTW3/waterblock....

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Looking pretty good, doing some test fitting to get comfortable making bends, or are you going to keep those segments?

I don't think I ever bothered posting my rig, I can never get a good shot of it, and I never really cleaned up my wires enough. It's still in my old CM Stacker that I painted & modified back in 08.
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The reservoir is hidden in past the two pumps, I have to take the top cover off and fill through a hole I drilled, and front access through the 5 1/4" bays is the only other means of access. The system was originally for a q6600 on an evga 790i ftw mobo w/ chipset block & dual 260 core 216 gpus. This design has some major flaws, most significant in that you can't take out the pumps, top radiator, or the reservoir without fully dissembling the system. It did serve it's purpose of fitting in the restricted space, since the bottom bays were reserved for the 5x 1TB drives I had on that Raid controller between the gpus.
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Looking pretty good, doing some test fitting to get comfortable making bends, or are you going to keep those segments?

I don't think I ever bothered posting my rig, I can never get a good shot of it, and I never really cleaned up my wires enough. It's still in my old CM Stacker that I painted & modified back in 08.
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The reservoir is hidden in past the two pumps, I have to take the top cover off and fill through a hole I drilled, and front access through the 5 1/4" bays is the only other means of access. The system was originally for a q6600 on an evga 790i ftw mobo w/ chipset block & dual 260 core 216 gpus. This design has some major flaws, most significant in that you can't take out the pumps, top radiator, or the reservoir without fully dissembling the system. It did serve it's purpose of fitting in the restricted space, since the bottom bays were reserved for the 5x 1TB drives I had on that Raid controller between the gpus.
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ah yes, one of the baddest of the bad! the stc-t01, at the time they were as good as it got! still have mine boxed up in the basement. i cant see myself ever getting rid of it. one of these days ill finally get my mono block so i can finish up my next iteration of overkill haha. great rigs everyone!
 

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Apologies in advance for the crap pics. My phone is a ZTE and I didn't think to take any rig pics until after I had put it back under my desk. Next time I clean it I'll take some better photos.

Anyway, here's my gamestation. Specs in sig. I've been water cooling for a very long time and none of these parts are new except the tubing. The block is an Apogee GT adapted to AM4, Swiftech micro res, 240mm rad mounted on the back of the case, and a trusty Eheim 1048 pump. All of this is an an old skool all acrylic case that used to hold an E6300 and then a 2500k.

Load temps are in the 44-45C range depending on ambient. The computer runs around the clock and is mining when I'm not playing a game.

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Apologies in advance for the crap pics. My phone is a ZTE and I didn't think to take any rig pics until after I had put it back under my desk. Next time I clean it I'll take some better photos.

Anyway, here's my gamestation. Specs in sig. I've been water cooling for a very long time and none of these parts are new except the tubing. The block is an Apogee GT adapted to AM4, Swiftech micro res, 240mm rad mounted on the back of the case, and a trusty Eheim 1048 pump. All of this is an an old skool all acrylic case that used to hold an E6300 and then a 2500k.

Load temps are in the 44-45C range depending on ambient. The computer runs around the clock and is mining when I'm not playing a game.

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Nice kit, similar to mine.
I also use an Eheim 1048 with an Apogee XT block on a 6700K. Soon to have an Ncore direct die block, woohoo.
The 1048 has been running 24/7 for around 14 years, its amazing!
I use a car heatercore for my radiator which takes 2x140mm fans.
My res is a T-piece with a short bit of pipe to capture air, bunged up with a marble lol.
All 1/2" ID pipe.
 

doublejack

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Nice kit, similar to mine.
I also use an Eheim 1048 with an Apogee XT block on a 6700K. Soon to have an Ncore direct die block, woohoo.
The 1048 has been running 24/7 for around 14 years, its amazing!
I use a car heatercore for my radiator which takes 2x140mm fans.
My res is a T-piece with a short bit of pipe to capture air, bunged up with a marble lol.
All 1/2" ID pipe.
I love my 1048, they really are amazing. So durable and quiet. They make great pumps for systems that are on all the time because they don't run off 12v, so are a little harder to wire up when you only want a pump to run when a PC is on.

I've also built less frequently used water cooled computers and I've had two 12v pumps die on me. One was a no-name Chinese pump I got off Amazon for $20. It just burned out / quit one day, it is totally DOA. The other was a more expensive pump marketed for use in PC cooling. That one developed an internal short and kept tripping breakers or the PSU internal protection circuit. They died and the 1048 just keeps going.

I also used a heater core with this kit at one point, and then I bought a used 120mm rad off a forum. I upgraded to the 240mm rad when I was cooling both my CPU and GPU and needed some more heat dissipation.
 
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davidm71

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Hi,

This is my work in progress. Going to be cooling a 9900K. Heard they run hot. Not sure about the loop design in that I have no drain port and that my pump doesn't stand up well vertically. Guess it will need some sort of a stand or something? If anyone could advise?

Thanks

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hmm are you going to be able to fit a gpu in there? you should start a new thread in the watercooling section. youll likely get more responses.
 

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Here is my first custom loop in my new system build. I got some more changes planned and I may redo a couple of the pipes I did.

EK quantum water block
XSPC resavoir
Primochill ddc pump in white
Primchill fittings in white
Primochill 480mm radiator in white
View 71 case that was black and painted white.
Seasonic snow silent prime
Gskill trident rgb 16 GB 3200 14-14-14-34
Ryzen 2700x
1 TB evo 970
750GB MX500
500GB MX300
240GB OCZ vertex 2
EVGA 1070 FTW
Enermax rgb fans
Asus Prime x470-pro

Can't seen to be able to post pics in this thread.

Here is a link to an album.
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well done. the case looks sweet! the rad almost vanishes into the case. it makes it look like the tubes going into it are just suspended there ;)
 

aduljr

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Thanks, I manage to shoehorn in a 480 where the spec's say 420 max. So I got lucky with this goof and honestly happy with the result.
 

davidm71

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Now that I'm all done I want to start over. Very much tight quarters in there. GPUs almost not fit!

Thermaltake Spedo Case
Gigabyte Z390 Master MB w/ 9900K Cpu
Heatkiller IV - AlphaCool Nexxus 240mmx60mm Rad - Coolgate 360HD Rad
Primochil Bloodshed 7/16 tubing with Bitspower 7/16 fittings

Clocked her up to 5.0 Ghz @ 1.325v max temp under Prime95 SmallFFT @ 60 - 70 Deg per core


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Now that I'm all done I want to start over. Very much tight quarters in there. GPUs almost not fit!

Thermaltake Spedo Case
Gigabyte Z390 Master MB w/ 9900K Cpu
Heatkiller IV - AlphaCool Nexxus 240mmx60mm Rad - Coolgate 360HD Rad
Primochil Bloodshed 7/16 tubing with Bitspower 7/16 fittings

Clocked her up to 5.0 Ghz @ 1.325v max temp under Prime95 SmallFFT @ 60 - 70 Deg per core


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Looking good, buddy! Well done! =)
 

cyberguyz

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My Enermax Liqtech 360 finally went downhill so it is high time I threw my custom loop in.

Most of my system specs are in my sig, but here is a list of the parts I used for this:
Bysksi A-Ryzen ThV2-X (compatible with TR4 and AM4 mounts)
Hardware Labs Black Ice Nemesis 360 - (that red thing up top)
3x Enermax UCTBP12P-C (twister bearing pressure fans - very good fans repurposed from the outgoing Enermax AIO cooler)
Barrow 190mm res/DDC pump top
Laing v3.25 DDC pump (non-rebranded)
Primochill clear 3/8 ID - 5/8 OD hose
A handful of 3/8" / 10mm barbs + Clamps (not compression fittings)


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Again it is not built to be pretty so very few concessions are made to hide wiring or add disco lights.
At stock speeds this thing does not go past 54C with both Prime95 (small ffts) & CPUz stress functions running. Later on I may see how fast I can push it while staying at a comfortable heat/noise envelope
 

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Really nice, how do you like the 'case'? I have a 420 rad and am tired of my Define XL and thinking of moving to one. Also, what are the fans?
 
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Really nice, how do you like the 'case'? I have a 420 rad and am tired of my Define XL and thinking of moving to one. Also, what are the fans?
I absolutely love my Core P5. IMO, it's the ultimate modder's case. It's sturdy, well-built, and the simple geometries it uses means that making custom parts for it (like that rad bracket!) is a pretty straighforward thing to do. I love that it displays your hardware and that you can very easily remove the window if you prefer. I don't like the glaring smudge-magnet, myself. Also, as you can imagine, it makes working on something like a custom loop into a breeze. You'd think having the fans out there would be noisy, but I find that since they aren't pulling through any meshes or grilles, they're much quieter than they were in a case. My D5 pump at 3000 rpm is the loudest part of the machine at idle, and the fans under load are audible, but just sound like... whoosh, not a zillion whispered whistles. It's also really nice being able to just grab a can of air and clean the thing right on your desk without needing to disassemble it. It also collects a lot less dust than move normal cases I've owned (somehow - still scratching my head on that one.)

I've been through a few cases in the few years that I've been back in the PC building scene, and this one is far and away my absolute favorite. I have no intent to move to a different case.

The fans are NB Eloops with Phanteks Halos on them. =)
 

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Here's my current water rig nothing special compared to the insane setup you guys are running. I might have to take it all down and switch tubing as the current one was left over uv tubing which looks a bit dirty. (pc specs in signature).

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Nothing like your guys rigs but finally repaired my pump of my old loop and getting back into PC gaming.

Switech mcr320, d-tek fuzion V1 (modded bracket to work with newer cpus) and a phobya dc12-400 pump. Cooling my 4670k @ 4600hmz getting 30c idle, 69c full load in stress testing and 62c in games
 

alxlwson

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Been meaning to redo the loop, but just can't be bothered. New build though!

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AthlonXP

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First Custom loop build. Had a buddy help me out.

Rig started as this:

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Working on the lop configuration:

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Setup the Drain port on a dual 45 degree angle. I might swap out the Y adapter to use a T adapter in the future:

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Finishing Touches:

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Finished Work:

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