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    Kiteman's new puppy

    This has been a freakin' nightmare of a build. Watercooling is awesome when it works but the path - at least this time - was anything but smooth.

    Specs:
    - Intel i7 3770K
    - Asus Maximus V Formula
    - 8GB of Corsair Vengeance 2400MHz
    - 2x EVGA GTX670 FTW 4GB
    - same PSU (Seasonic 850) and SSD's (OCZ/Mushkin) as before

    I always buy Koolance for my cooling needs because I've had good luck with it. I bought the GTX680 reference blocks because the 670 FTW share the same PCB as the 680 ref. But the Koolance block don't fit properly. I only found that out after returning my mobo because I thought it had a problem and installing my 6950's for testing purposes. What happened is that the screen went black after a few seconds, no matter if I was in Windows or the BIOS. I then put the fan shroud back on and low and behold it worked: the screen stayed. It seems that the waterblock doesn't cover the PCB properly and the card started to overheat and shut off. Makes sense. So the Koolance blocks are going back and are replaced with blocks from Heatkiller. Hope there is light at the end of the tunnel ...

    2012-11-02 01.14.06.jpg2012-11-02 01.09.51.jpg

    The last picture still has the 6950's installed; once I receive the new blocks I'll upload the final build. Not much bling but very cool and quiet.

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    FatChickHunter Bloodystumps's Avatar
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    What case is that ?

    Yea I like the Koolance fittings but Bitspower is my go to fitting for most and Alphacool is my go to for blocks.
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    Um buy a case and leave the stock air on it...jk good luck

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    Case is a black Silverstone Lascala LC10 HTPC case.

    After talking to Bloody last night I looked into the Liang D5 pump and its derivatives. It appears that it's possible to buy a dual bay reservoir with a built-in pump such as this:http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13...0c97s152#blank. Is that any good? Any other ones that are better?

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    Just found out I can upgrade the front USB connectors on my case from 2.0 to 3.0!

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    FatChickHunter Bloodystumps's Avatar
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    Yea the upgrade to 3.0 for a lot of cases has been out for a while ..

    There is a lot of front bay res with pumps integrated here is one from alphacool or if you don't want front and just a standing res then here is another option Bitspower or the bling bling from frozenQ
    Last edited by Bloodystumps; 11-06-2012 at 04:24 PM.
    Crosshair Extreme IV
    AMD 1090T oced to 4.2 all day
    8 gb Dominator @2000mhz
    crossfire XFX 6950 2GB stock Bios
    256 Samsung 830 secondary WD 500 black
    enermax 850WATT PSU
    Thermaltake Kandolf LCS modded case


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    The new blocks have arrived!

    2012-11-08 19.28.14.jpg
    Good stuff from the motherland!

    2012-11-08 18.51.11.jpg2012-11-08 19.26.11.jpg

    The cards are already installed but I still need to run a leak test.

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    FatChickHunter Bloodystumps's Avatar
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    Nice !!!!!!!!! That German stuff is always nice........ well for PC anyway not so much for cars LOL hope it goes smoothly for you bro and post pics .............. of the PC
    Crosshair Extreme IV
    AMD 1090T oced to 4.2 all day
    8 gb Dominator @2000mhz
    crossfire XFX 6950 2GB stock Bios
    256 Samsung 830 secondary WD 500 black
    enermax 850WATT PSU
    Thermaltake Kandolf LCS modded case


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    IT IS DONE!!! The D5 and the new res are installed, and man, the case is almost dead silent. Awesome! I'm very happy with the results because it's not easy to stuff a bunch of high-performance components in a small case like this and keep it cool and quiet. But enough time spent on tinkering; let's go FRAAAAAAAAAAAAG!!!

    Pump and res combo in upper right corner:
    2012-11-12 23.30.06.jpg2012-11-12 23.30.32.jpg


    Case with external dual-rads behind:
    2012-11-12 23.31.23.jpg


    Rear Koolance quick connects (notice the shitty 60mm fans; very old school....):
    2012-11-12 23.54.00.jpg


    Back in its place (upper right):
    2012-11-13 00.01.00.jpg

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