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My first Custom Water Loop (Hard Line)

by ChroniCxDiffusioN



Date Published

Aug. 28, 2018

Date Built

Aug. 15, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.569 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

47.0° C


This is my first go at making a custom water loop on a PC. I ignored all the recommendations of people saying to start soft, then try try hard tubing, and well, YOLO. I didn't get very good bends (which you can clearly see in the pictures) and could have re-attempted a couple but I got lazy (honestly just glad I got it to work) and left them as they are. I'm happy with my color choice of lime green which pops nicely with an LED strip from a past build I threw in there. My original plan was to mount the pump/reservoir vertically but I didn't have proper clearance in between the graphics card and the 240mm radiator. I would definitely recommend using EK products as I used in this PC, they work great and I haven't had any issues thus far.

After a couple weeks of use, the PC performs wonderfully and also remains quite cool under load even overclocked to 4.2Ghz. I also was able to hit a score of 1960 on CineBench at 4.35Ghz stable, I was having major stability issues anything 4.4Ghz or higher.

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Krossrunner 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Looks AMAZING!!!

Good job man :D

ChroniCxDiffusioN submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks man!

FurryJackman 3 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

You could try Precision Boost Overdrive to overclock to 4.4Ghz. Just remember to set a voltage offset.

ChroniCxDiffusioN submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I'll give it a shot, I wanted to break 2000 so bad, probably won't get me there still but it's worth a shot!

savantfool 3 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

I just love the color scheme inside with the poison green fluid and the white. I wonder how this would look with blacklight inside. Amazing job mate!

ChroniCxDiffusioN submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks! Yeah it came out good, UV would look incredible but I don't have any on hand.

savantfool 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

just saw the one bend on your gpu has folds so if you have time I would redo that one bend. Happens when the tubing wasnt heated well enough.

weasleyawesome52 5 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

nice job! do you know why the bends are folding and crumpling?

ChroniCxDiffusioN submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I'm pretty sure that EK gave me the wrong sized silicon insert for the tubes, it seem to be about 1mm too small and left a gap that allowed for some of that crumpling, it looks bad but there's not much I could do about it for as inexperienced as I am with bending.

DRogGTX 1 point 6 months ago

That may be part of the problem. The other reason is not heating the tube enough. It just takes practice.

Great looking build! +1 I love the colors!

weasleyawesome52 5 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

oh i see. once again great job and creative bends though!

Ben28282 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago


customgtp 23 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

This looks great. Love the placement of the pump/reservoir. I'd put some uv lights. I have some on my Zombie Hunter build and the uv looks great!

I use Nanoxia CoolForce 30 cm Ultra Bright Rigid LED Bar, UV, they are great

Looks like your silicone bending insert was to small and gave you kinks in your bends. Might want to redo them in the near future!

ChroniCxDiffusioN submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Good suggestions, I definitely need to go through and do some bends again when I get a proper insert, thanks man!

Prady_Playz 1 point 6 months ago

Quite an amazing build! Do you have any tips for WaterCooling, When I am moving from the U.S To India, I will be making a pc build, I want to water cool it, It is ek, What kit/products did you use from ek? THE COLORS ARE SO COOL :D

ChroniCxDiffusioN submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Use this, it is super helpful on getting all the right parts you'll need for you build!


jronnie 1 point 5 months ago

This looks awesome! Don't worry about perfect tubing bends - no one but the trained eye will know the difference.

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