Description

First off, the name comes because the parts are watercooled (wet) and because watercooling, to me, was a fantastic experience (wonder). It had its bumps in the road because I am a novice, but it was very fulfilling and I recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind spending the arguably too-high prices for the components.

Intro: I thought I was done with my upgrades last time I posted on here, but since then, I watched a whole lot of videos about watercooling and I got hooked as all hell. I bought the H220-X because it was a beautiful AIO with expandability. And then I saved up and bought a whole bunch of components for my GPU loop. Then I saved more and got another drive to run Windows 10 on and kept Windows 7 on the 840 EVO drive (in case I ran into errors with Windows 10, I had previously). Then I got a new monitor because my old one is a$$.

GPU Loop Explanation: Now I considered saving some money and using my res/pump combo built into the H220-X, but I didn't trust it to give me effective performance with a dual block, dual radiator configuration. Could you probably use that and still be fine? Yes, but it wasn't something I was comfortable with and I dished out extra to get what I was comfortable with. My build is by no means an example of what YOU should buy, it is what I WANTED out of my setup. That being said, if you agree with my thinking, then you can use my build as a reference point.

I've now been thinking about combining the two into one loop. I would use the GPU res and pump to fill the loop, because it would be much easier than tipping the case on its side and trying to use the Swiftech fillport. Then I would hook up the H220-X pump so that it a) doesn't add resistance and b) improves performance. It may not be a huge gain, but I think it would look cleaner overall.

GPU Parts: I bought most of the graphics card loop components used from r/hardwareswap and eBay. I would HIGHLY recommend that you check out r/hardwareswap. As long as you make sure that the buyer has been reliable in the past and has the item, it's safe to use. Guidelines are available on the subreddit so I won't elaborate too much.

I'm posting some pictures here but to see all of the ones I took, check out the imgur album here. All photos were taken on my OnePlus Two.

All questions and comments are welcome!

Quick aside: This monitor is absolutely amazing. If you're looking for a 144Hz monitor, this one is the one to get. I love it.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man, I have the same wallpaper haha

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

There weren't any high res ones for the Challenger :(

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, awesome! Thank you!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is the front radiator angled backward?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That's mostly just the angle I took the photo from but it is at a slight angle due to the reservoir being mounted to it and the radiator being attached to the removable bracket of the R4. It's less secure than on other cases which is part of the reason I wouldn't recommend the R4 for watercooling, but it's fine.