Water Cooling in a Desktop Case

Alright everyone I know I have seriously lost my mind but I can't help it I found a desktop case and it reminded me of my very first computer a 286 IBM PS/2 since I was building a computer from scratch for the very first time I decided I want to use this case (will show link in a few minutes) this is a list of the system I'm putting together from frozencpu.com

ex-liq-194 PrimoChill Base Intensified™ - High Purity Deionized Water - 1 Gallon - Clear (PC-BASE128) $26.99

ex-liq-306 Primochill Sys Prep Cooling Loop Pre-Treatment Cleaner - 15mL $5.95 $5.95

ex-tub-1622 PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 1/2"ID x 3/4" OD - 10ft Retail Pack - Bloodshed Red (PFLEXA10-34-R) w/ Free Sys Prep

ex-tub-807 Bitspower Liquid Cooling Fill Syringe - 70 mL (BP-WTT-70ML)

ex-tub-14 1/2" ID UV Reactive Leakproof T Fitting

ex-tub-115 3/4" OD Reusable Clamp for PrimoFlex Tubing

ex-blc-1229 Bitspower Summit EF CPU Liquid Cooling Block - AMD Series - Ice Red (BP-WBCPUAAC-CUMBKIRD)

•Select G 1/4" Fittings (Qty. 2): 1/2" ID Barb - Black


ex-blc-1389 EK ASUS Crosshair V Formula(-Z) Full Board Cooling Block Kit - Acetal CSQ (EK-FB ASUS C5F-Z - Acetal)

•Select G 1/4" Fittings (Qty. 2): 1/2" ID Barb - Black

ex-blc-986 Bitspower Galaxy Universal RAM Module Liquid Cooling Block - 4-DIMMs - Ice Red (BP-RAMS44-IRDBK)

•Select G 1/4" Fittings (Qty. 2): 1/2" ID Barb - Black

ex-tub-13 1/2" ID UV Reactive Leakproof Elbow

ex-liq-354 PrimoChill Pure Intensified™ - Performance Coolant (32 oz.) - Blood Red (PC-PURE2-RD)

ex-res-413 Swiftech Maelstrom 5 1/4" Dual Bay Standalone Reservoir w/ Dual MCP35X Pumps (Maelstrom-35X2)

•Select G 1/4" Fittings (Qty. 2): 1/2" ID Barb - Black

ex-rad-168 Black Ice GTX Xtreme M80 Dual Pass Liquid Cooling Radiator - Single 80mm

•Select G 1/4" Fittings (Qty. 2): 1/2" ID Barb - Black

ex-rad-107 Black Ice GTX Xtreme 120 Radiator - Black

•Select G 1/4" Fittings (Qty. 2): 1/2" ID Barb - Black


This is the link to the case I'm working with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-121-...

Motherboard: ASUS CROSSHAIR V FORMULA Z MOTHERBOARD

CPU: AMD FX8350 4.0 ghz processor (Planning on over clocking to 5.2 ghz saw it was done with a closed loop system figured I try it)

GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100351-6GVXSR Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 6GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...Model #:100351-6GVXSR

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10Q-32GTXModel #:F3-2400C10Q-32GTX (yes I plan on overclocking to the full 2400)

HD: Seagate Barracuda STBD3000100 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Kit -Retail kit Model #:STBD3000100

Keyboard: Logitech G19 Black USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard Model #:920-000969

Mouse: SHARKOON Dark Glider 000SKDGM Black 10 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB 2.0 Wired Laser Gaming Mouse Model #:000SKDGM

Optical Drive: LITE-ON H/H Internal BD Writer with Nero Essential SATA IHBS312-98Model #:IHBS312-98

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM Model #:GLC-01844

PSU: Coolmax 1200W ATX12V v2.3 /EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with ...Model #:ZPG-1200B

Monitor: Asus VK278Q Black 27" Full HD HDMI LED Back Light LCD Monitor w/Webcam Model #:VK278Q

A few questions I have are:

1. Is this everything I need for my build computer hardware wise?

2. Is it worth putting the OS on a SSD drive to speed up loading windows and a few games?

3. If it is worth it can somebody recommend a decent size SSD drive for less than a 100.00?

4. I've read that the Crosshair is a good board for first time over clockers because it has the software that lets you test the new settings each time without having to apply them is this true?

5. Is there any particular issues I will have putting a 2.5 SSD into the internal 3.5 drive bay in the case if so how do I fix it if I should decide to put one in.

6. Is there anything I'm missing for my Liquid cooling system?

7. Is there anything in the system I don't need?

8. I've seen graphics on liquid cooling where it does splits so that the last thing to be cooled is not using overheated liquid (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a-beginners-guide-f...) if I wanted to do this is better to use the leak proof elbows or something like a 90* barb?

9. Is it going to be harder to do that design due to the two radiators?

10. With my 120mm radiator can I use the dual 60mm fan exhaust vents on the back and will the screws lineup with the far holes in the case like if I was doing a double 60mm fan?

11. Would it be better to use the two bottom 5.25 inch bays for the dual pump reservoir and put my BR Drive in the top?

So there we have it the insanity of nostalgia lol. I know I wont be able to upgrade to more optical drives this isn't a problem as I rarely burn disks. I just happen to like the flat designs like this also its a space saver for me in some ways because the monitor can be put on top of the case and it lays flat. If anyone could provide me with a drawing of the best way to do the system according to the article I referenced I would be grateful.
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  1. You watercooling setup has a lot of mistakes that I made recently as I was learning about watercooling for my first loop.

    Your computer itself has even more that I've picked up from experience.

    I'll come back in the morning when I'm not on a netbook and type up a full, detailed answer.
  2. Could you clean it up a bit? Just that is a lot of text not formatted very well, and there's a lot of words to say very little in some places.
    Also the Newegg link is broke.
  3. This is the parts for my rig:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jklein11/saved/

    A few questions I have are:

    1. Is this everything I need for my build computer hardware wise?

    2. Is it worth putting the OS on a SSD drive to speed up loading windows and a few games?

    3. If it is worth it can somebody recommend a decent size SSD drive for less than a 100.00?

    4. I've read that the Crosshair is a good board for first time over clockers because it has the software that lets you test the new settings each time without having to apply them is this true?

    5. Is there any particular issues I will have putting a 2.5 SSD into the internal 3.5 drive bay in the case if so how do I fix it if I should decide to put one in.

    6. Is there anything I'm missing for my Liquid cooling system?

    7. Is there anything in the system I don't need?

    8. I've seen graphics on liquid cooling where it does splits so that the last thing to be cooled is not using overheated liquid (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a-beginners-guide-for-watercooling-your-pc,1573.html) if I wanted to do this is better to use the leak proof elbows or something like a 90* barb?

    9. Is it going to be harder to do that design due to the two radiators? If I should decide to put in a 80mm radiator?

    10. With my 120mm radiator can I use the dual 60mm fan exhaust vents on the back and will the screws lineup with the far holes in the case like if I was doing a double 60mm fan?

    11. Also without case fans will I need to Liquid cool all of my parts?

    12. I also switched to AMD Radeon™ RP1866 Performance Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory (I'm using four sticks) I read on the website it is designed to overclock to 2400 is this true?
  4. manofchalk said:
    Could you clean it up a bit? Just that is a lot of text not formatted very well, and there's a lot of words to say very little in some places.
    Also the Newegg link is broke.


    This Better I'm not the best when it comes to typing used regular desktop keyboard not a laptop.
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