I am currently upgrading a Systemax I had built last year. I have a CoolIt ECOII 120mm radiator kit and was impressed with the cooling, and decided that now is a good time as any to switch to water cooling (that isn't self-contained) since I'm replacing almost all of my components. I plan on cooling the ASUS P8Z77 V Deluxe, i5 3570k, and the EVGA 680 Classified. I want to cool the motherboard mainly because the Heatkiller MB water blocks are more my style than what comes stock on the board. The problem is the good ol' non-reference EVGA 680 GTX Classified. I have no desire to buy a Hydro Block given that EVGA cannot give an ETA or even a few compatible water blocks that they claim are out there. I'm aiming for a universal block + heatsink combo to do the trick. I haven't really gotten to far with most of the WC hardware because to me there is no point if I cant put the GPU on the loop. So, as I haven't had any luck the past few days researching, any creative solutions are welcome. (I will be doing some mild OC but nothing too wild yet as I'm just now getting into WC). Solving the dilemma with the Classified is my main reason for posting, but here is the build I've come up with so far.
As for tubing and hardware I'm probably going to go with Compression Fittings and Tygon ID:1/2" and do one loop. For a rad. I plan on mounting a 2x120mm rad. on top inside my case and have 2x120mm variable speed fans in the compartment that pops off on the top (I measured and a 120x120x25mm fan will fit under the pop off wire mesh). I might get some Sythe slim fans or something similar and do a pull/push, but that depends on how much room I have. Noise really isn't an issue as long as it isn't too loud idling.
Thanks for the help! (This is my first post apologies in advance if it's sloppy and drawn out).
My system specs:
EVGA 680 GTX Classified x 1
MSI B75A-G43 (current MB)
P8Z77 V Deluxe (ordering tomorrow most likely)
16Gb DDR3 1600MHz RAM (don't know the brand replacing after I get through with the WC project)
CoolIt ECO II Liquid Cooling (120x25mm have fan set up as intake)
850W Power Supply
Corsair Graphite Series 600T (2x 200mm fans, 1x120mm fans)
As a general test I ran Starcraft II on extreme settings and waited for a zerg rush and my CPU with 3.8Ghz factory OC had temps in the 35-43C range and GPU at 1112-ish Mhz were about 68-73C range.
Also I'm mainly getting the MB because it has 90 degree SATA and Ivy Bridge. On my current MB the SATA plugs under the GPU heatsink and it bothers me a little.
I've signed up for all of the auto-notify alerts I could find. I emailed EVGA a few days ago and they said they have no ETA, thanks for the link to the forum I subscribed in hopes I could get something.
As of right now I'm looking for a solution along the lines of a way to cut the stock heatsink down to put a water block in and maybe cutting a neat hole in the case for the tubing to go thru and keeping the fan for the heat sink.
I'm new to modding but would rather mod it myself than be at the beck and call of EVGA for an indefinite amount of time. I've also heard the hydro copper is restrictive so was looking for alternatives for that reason as well
**but would rather mod it myself**
I like this guy
Whats the measurements on your holes on the cards? should help us find appropriate blocks, but I used EK's HF Supreme Vga blocks to modify my 6950's,
You may find removing the Hs and keeping the fan difficult, but nothing is impossible http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/forum2.php?config=t...
I'm on call for this one hehe
I was actually thinking more along the lines of cutting down my Hs enough for the block to go in and try and keep as much as I could. One reason i like that block is the tubes would just be straight down and out of the way, and there wouldn't be too much interference with my other idea. I actually saw your thread when I was looking for ideas.