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#1 usama7

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 04:54 AM

Hey OCC!

I recently got a SysCooling DIY watercooling kit. It has a 120mm rad with a thickness of about 35 mm. As it is my first attempt at water-cooling, I thought I should share it with you guys.

 

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Thats the rad with the included Yate Loon medium speed fan capable of pushing 70.5 cfm @ 1650 rpm. The pump is capable of doing 300 ltr/hour and a head of 1.9 meters.

 

 

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CPU block and fittings.

 

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CPU block installed with everything setup and running. The fluid is blue and matches my RAM  :woo:

 

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The pump in the 5.25" drive bay. I had to take out my optical drive for it and now I will have too get a USB power kit or an external unit. The pump has a blue LED to indicate its powered up and working but it isnt visible because of the blue coolant.

 

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Finally the rad and fan. In case you are wondering i have it outside as opposed to been inside my case, then the answer is that it wont fit inside the case. My BitFenix Merc Alpha isnt that good for water cooling. I have the fan in "pull" configuration for now and I might add another Xigmatek fan in push if its becomes necessary



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 05:25 AM

no ? i see the blue glow  thru the coolant, but if you hadn't brought it up i probably wouldn't have noticed...so far so good right !


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 05:32 AM

Yeah and I didnt get any leaks so far. Apart from that, the pump and the fan are like whisper quiet.



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 05:12 PM

Nice start on the road to extreme water cooling! 


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:39 PM

thanks. lets hope I can expand on it later on. There arent any retailers who sell custom water cooling parts so I will have to get everything from abroad.



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 01:25 AM

Just a quick question. I ran prime 95 with large FFTs and I got around 50C with a variation of 2C. is that good enough? My proccesor is a core i5 3450 and i have the No-K OC enabled in my bios so it runs at 3.7 GHz on all core at full load with the turbo boost and can go upto 3.9 on single core loads. and would it be better if I used demineralized water instead of the included coolant? because I have heard that the additives in the coolants can cause blockages in the loop after sometime.



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 04:12 AM

You should run the blend test and see where you end up.


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 04:12 AM

All additives will cause buildups on your blocks & radiators, so the fewer additives the better,.. I only use clear deionized, distilled water with a few drops of corrosion protection or a silver killcoil to help prevent copper carbonate, hydroxide and chloride buildup,.. to add color it's best to use cold cathode lighting or LED lighting.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 04:27 AM

thanks guys. I will change the coolant with water and see what happens. 



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 11:30 AM

Make sure it is distilled water  :)


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 11:33 AM

Will distilled water be fine too?



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 12:28 PM

I run distilled water for all my loops, with a silver coil. Just don't use a silver coil with any blocks or radiators that have nickel plating.