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Project: Enter The Dragon

- - - - - 350D MSI Corsair

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Gilj

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Hi Guys,

 

Project Enter the Dragon is based around the MSI Gaming series and will be black / red themed.

I am going for Corsair & MSI components and I hope to build a water loop that will incorporate both the GPU and CPU.

 

As well as a project log I will be asking for advice because I have never used a non-kit based water cooling set up :)

 

Ideally I would like the end result to be near silent when in the desktop so some decent fan control will be essential, and a good quiet pump. 

 

So far I have purchased the following:
Corsair 350D case

760W Corsair AX760 PSU

Intel i5 4670K

2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400 mhz DDR3

 

I received the components today and I have the rig up and running using some spare Zotac GTS 450 graphics cards I had knocking around in SLI.

 

Here is a link to the pictures of the first phase of the build:
http://www.flickr.co.../115406103@N07/

 

I am now deciding on a graphics card, I am tempted to go for the MSI 290 4GB Gamer series to keep it in theme and I usually go Nvidia so would like to try ATI. 

 

I am also going to begin researching different pumps, I think I may need to use some sort of pump / rad combo that fits in the drive bays, can anyone recommend any good pumps that are very quiet?

 

Thanks for reading,

Jamie



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Good to see you back posting Jamie :)



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Hi,

 

Looks an interesting project and I look forward to following your progress.

 

As for a pump, I'd recommend a Laing DDC Pro which can be fitted to this bay res.

 

These pumps are very quiet if isolated from the case and the bay res has rubber mounting points which should do that.

 

HTH,

 

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Thanks Ian, I was looking at the koolance res on other projects but the price, ouch!! Think I will go for what you have suggested :)

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Hi Guys,

 

I think I will go for the following parts:

 

Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 35265

Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 35272

XSPC Dual Bay Res DDCBAYONE

12V Laing DDC-1T Pro Pump 10w 49064

 

Update, added the following:
Alphacool HF 13/10 compression fitting 45* Rotary G1/4 62411

Alphacool 13/10 Compression Fitting G1/4 62364

XSPC RayStorm CPU Waterblock

XSPC FullCover Razor GTX 770 RayStorm Style

 

Any issues with the above?
Also is it easy to switch the XSPC LED's to red for both the Dual Bay res and the Raystorm Waterblocks (incl graphics)?

 

The 30mm radiator is for the top where space will be tight!

 

Now I am just working out the fixings and hose that I will need! Again don't know a lot about this because I have always gone for kits in the past so any advice is gratefully received.

 

Cheers,

Jamie



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The XSPC Dual Bay Res and the Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 in the top will be very close if not touching you will need to measure the space you have to make sure they will fit :)

 

The LED's can be changed easy,

 

If you are going for the 13/10 compression fitting then you would need any 13/10 hose

 

hope this has helped.



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Thanks Lee :) You are right! I have ordered a couple of ST 30 240 rads from alphacool as you don't seem to stock them and have placed an order :) went for a single bay res instead of the dual.

 

Thanks!

J



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Hi Guys,

 

Made some progress today, recieved radiators and fans.

They fit lovely in the 350D case.

 

 

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Progress!

 

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No HDD cages = PCI-E HDD!!!!

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Waiting for a fan controller and I need to propery fit the lighting :)



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The colours look good :)



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Hi All, 

 

Enter the dragon was updated with a 2nd GTX 770 eventually and a more powerful AX860 power supply to accommodate it.

 

Here's a pic of it today:

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It's time for a refresh and so I have a pair of reference GTX 970's, 2xRazor water blocks, a Razor SLI bridge, Hardline UV red tubing and 14 Alphacool compression fittings.

 

Current 3D Mark scores are 11500 in Firestrike normal, looking forward to re-benching with the 970's.

 

Cheers,

Gilj



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Would you believe one of my GTX 970's arrived longer than the other one! Out comes the knife... I used a stanley blade and a ruler and kept cutting until I could bend the board and snap it. Also kept hoovering up the poisonous dust after every few cuts.

 

The new card:

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Side by Side:
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Cutting!

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The finished cut

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A match made in heaven:

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Holy crap! I know there is nothing in that end bit, but still, some kahunas to take a scalpel to a several hundred pound GPU! Props :)



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