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First Water cooled Computer

by derekfraley21



Date Published

Jan. 2, 2019

Date Built

Dec. 18, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.139 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.369 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

30.0° C


Originally this build was going to be an all amd and msi build, but my 390x crapped out on me. I decided to go with nvidia at this point because a few of my games utilize physx. On that note I knew I was going to put in two 1080's. The case and ram was already purchased so I stuck with the black and red theme. As the title states this was my first water cooled build, I went with ridged tubing because of the side panel. I have since done a mini-itx with soft tubing, both had their difficulties. This build of course was the bending of the tubing, and the mini-itx was the frustration of getting everything to fit and figure out the drain system in it. I had a 360 tr4 AIO on it when I first built this in December of 2017, but was unable to overclock it, that's why I had decided to water cool it. I didn't need the slim 240 in the bottom, but I had bought it for the mini itx thinking i could get two in it, but i was wrong. The custom cables from cable-mod are nice but i had bought the gpu cables with the "pro" selection not realizing that Threadripper not only uses an extra CPU cable but the pcie uses one too. So I had to reorder those two cables without the "pro" selection. The radiators are a 60mm-360 at the top running push-pull, the front is a 45mm-280 also in push-pull, then the bottom is a 30mm-240 with two slim Silverstone fans running in pull. Totaling in at 13 Fans, running at 30% all the time, needless to say, its pretty cool and silent. Everything is overclocked, CPU is overclocked to 4.00 on all cores, and the gpus are overclocked too.

3dmark score- 14,911 http://www.3dmark.com/spy/5641982

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Joemc2 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Better be featured

ChosenWon 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Gorgeous build my friend. I love seeing all that tubing, so many radiators!

derekfraley21 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you.

SwagNasty417 1 point 3 months ago

Dats heckin good lookin parts

andyshinn 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Can you explain a bit about how you did the pipe bends (tools used) and radiator layout choices?

My critical view here is that maybe the bends were done a bit in haste (some kinking and alignment issues catch my eye). Not bad but also not great as far as hard tube builds go. I'm thinking the the long radiator to radiator tube with the 90 could be better placed if the top radiator had the ports in front. It also seems maybe there wasn't an insert used when making bends and that could be the reason for the minor kinking.

You still get my upvote because it overall still looks pretty cool!

derekfraley21 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I used all the necessary tools, heat gun, the rubber insert thing, and a tube reamer. The 5.25 Bay has too many rivets in tight places for me to take that out to turn it around the other way. That's what left me with having to do that bad looking double 90° bend.

iiNightshade 1 point 3 months ago

Feature? Love the build btw. +1

derekfraley21 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you

diypartsjoy 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

It is a bummer that this build did not get featured, but it is being featured right now in my profile description.

derekfraley21 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks for your comment, and putting a link to my build on your profile description, I saw your build has a 1700x, I am currently working on finishing my mini itx which has a 1700 x also.

gfgfdgrd 1 point 17 days ago