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 04/01/2011 10:40 AM
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Zombie01
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To start things off...I apologize for the crappy photo quality. All I have is my phone

This is my first time experimenting with liquid cooling. I have been running air for quite a while and have built quite a few systems on air only but never even thought about LC. I noticed my temps were getting fairly high while gaming so I decided to look at alternatives.

You can check out my rig specs in my sig.

To start off I purchased a Corsair 800D case. Every forum post and thread I read about liquid cooling pointed me in the direction of this case. I must say it is more than I expected. The size is absolutely huge and the cable management is top notch. Lol don't mind the pink laptop bag in the back, the gf has taken over some of my man cave!

Here is a shot of all of my main components.


I have since RMA'd the pump and res because I was having one helluva time finding a place to mount both that I was happy with. I have since purchased http://www.frozencpu.com/produ...ay_Reservoir_Pump.html and I must say it is working exceptionally well. The water flow is phenomenal and the pump is very quiet.

I decided to build the loop outside of the case and test it that way to make sure everything ran correctly. I ran into some problems with tubing size, fitting size, etc. because I didn't pay attention when I was ordering things but everything is all good now


And this is how I tested it out of the case


Here is a close up of the inside with the res/ pump and the tubing with some anti-kink I had to purchase.



The front with the fan speed controller. Is there a benefit to setting up the temp sensors?


And the case with the side panel off. I also have a blue cathode set up on the door but I am having a hard time finding a way to route the wires and keep them concealed.


Let me know what you guys think! Don't mind the mess, this was finished last night and I was just not in the mood to clean the room. I have ran some temps and I must say I am VERY pleased with the way it turns out. With the processor OC'd to 3.8 it never gets above 38*C in Prime95, which is a lot cooler than the old 60* C it used to hit with the fan and heatsink.

Any suggestions or advice, please throw it my way. This was my first build and I am always looking for ways to improve.

Thanks guys!

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Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5
AMD Phenom x4 955 BE @3.8
G.SKILL NS 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 2GB x 3
HIS Radeon HD 6950 2GB *Flashed to 6970*
Corsair GS800
Corsair Obsidian 800D
Liquid Cooled
Win 7 64-bit
 04/02/2011 12:58 PM
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One thing I've noticed after having it running for a few days...The CPU temperature hasn't reached 40*C yet under load or while gaming but when tabbing out of a game and opening up CCC to check the GPU temperature it's almost super high when I first look at it and then drops dramatically after 3-4 seconds. Is this normal or a sign that I installed it incorrectly?

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Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5
AMD Phenom x4 955 BE @3.8
G.SKILL NS 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 2GB x 3
HIS Radeon HD 6950 2GB *Flashed to 6970*
Corsair GS800
Corsair Obsidian 800D
Liquid Cooled
Win 7 64-bit
 04/02/2011 08:43 PM
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ya might waht to do something about ya graphics card looks like its a bit bent or boeing under the weight of the gpu water block. try a backplate or some sort of support system to hold it in place .other than that very nice.

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 04/03/2011 01:42 AM
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Would this work?

http://www.frozencpu.com/produ...0c309s1373&id=JbR3vSek

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AMD Phenom x4 955 BE @3.8
G.SKILL NS 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 2GB x 3
HIS Radeon HD 6950 2GB *Flashed to 6970*
Corsair GS800
Corsair Obsidian 800D
Liquid Cooled
Win 7 64-bit
 04/03/2011 01:56 AM
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it should help take that kink out might want to place a fan ot top of it to if ya going to be overclocking it

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2x corsair force 3 ssds in raid (2 x 60g)
2 xwd 500g sata 3 hdds in raid 1.10
 04/04/2011 11:46 AM
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I'm not sure about OC'ing it just yet. I do have it flashed to 6970 to unlock the shaders but other than that, no serious OC'ing.

I did, however, fix the temperature issue. I took the waterblock off yesterday and reapplied thermal paste and tightened some screws 1/8th a turn and running Furmark for 15 minutes it topped out around 44*C.

Would you still recommend a fan if I plan to OC it?

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Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5
AMD Phenom x4 955 BE @3.8
G.SKILL NS 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 2GB x 3
HIS Radeon HD 6950 2GB *Flashed to 6970*
Corsair GS800
Corsair Obsidian 800D
Liquid Cooled
Win 7 64-bit
 04/04/2011 01:32 PM
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I would recommend the back plate as well. GPU WB's are really heavy and you don't want to damage the card due to the WB tweaking the GPU's PCB. I'm not so sure that a fan will help your temps very much though. I would only consider doing it if the card has some memory chips on the back-side of the PCB as well, which your card does not appear to have. But, you can always try it with and without the fan to see if it does help at all.

Really nice looking setup though!! I really wish that I had that case!! LOL

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Edited: 04/04/2011 at 01:53 PM by Canis-X
 04/04/2011 02:17 PM
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Good deal. I'll get the BP ordered today. Now that I have nothing to toy with I find myself thinking about what else I can buy for it

I'm toying over the idea of getting another 6950 and running a dual loop system for both cards and the cpu.

Maybe a modular 1000w psu, different memory, the possibilities are endless!

All in all I thought it was a very fun build. It did piss me off to no end though whenever I had to buy and rebuy fittings and take things back. But it was all a learning experience that was definitely fun and since there were no leaks after it was all installed then it was that much better!!

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Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5
AMD Phenom x4 955 BE @3.8
G.SKILL NS 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 2GB x 3
HIS Radeon HD 6950 2GB *Flashed to 6970*
Corsair GS800
Corsair Obsidian 800D
Liquid Cooled
Win 7 64-bit
 04/04/2011 04:01 PM
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Also, would you recommend setting up the temperature sensor things that came with the fan controller?

I'm quite confused as to what to hook them up to. Do they attach directly to the corresponding fan number?

I thought about putting one near the vid card and one near the cpu and mobo chipsets but I don't know enough about all of it to want to take that leap first without asking.

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Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5
AMD Phenom x4 955 BE @3.8
G.SKILL NS 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 2GB x 3
HIS Radeon HD 6950 2GB *Flashed to 6970*
Corsair GS800
Corsair Obsidian 800D
Liquid Cooled
Win 7 64-bit
 04/04/2011 04:22 PM
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They can be a good thing. Typically you want to place the sensors as close to the component that you are monitoring (most commonly the CPU, GPU, NB, RAM). To get the most accurate readings you would want to place the sensor directly on the dies but as this would interfere with the direct contact of the heat sinks you could get away with placing on the outside edge of the chips. Alternatively, you could get a temp meter from here or this to be more specific. and plug them into the fan controller to get an idea of how hot the liquid is getting after it leaves the heat source, i.e. your GPU and CPU.

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 04/08/2011 03:53 PM
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Got the backplate in last night and got it installed. I'll post up some new pics with all the hoses with anti kink and what not later when I get home.

Maybe include some temps.

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Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5
AMD Phenom x4 955 BE @3.8
G.SKILL NS 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 2GB x 3
HIS Radeon HD 6950 2GB *Flashed to 6970*
Corsair GS800
Corsair Obsidian 800D
Liquid Cooled
Win 7 64-bit
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