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The Cool Block

by martinleveille

143
49 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 26, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

53.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.493 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

3.505 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

Description

To make a long story short, this was the first time I builded a custom water loop. This project took me about 6 months in a way that it was difficult to find the some parts here in Canada and I wanted to have the best prices I can get. Thanks to PCPartPicker, those price alerts saved me so much time!

This build was mostly inspired by a guy named JayzTwoCents. His YouTube channel is where I learned all the stuff I needed to start this project and his Skunkworks V3 build totally sold me to go with the pastel yellow. EDIT: Now it's clear blue!

If you search for the best places to buy water cooling parts here in Canada, I got an excellent service / shipping with the DazMode guys. They almost have all of the parts I needed except for the pump and water blocks that I ordered from NCIX.

The goal of this build was to stay mainly with EKWB parts, I like their products and the build quality is amazing. The radiator does not have too much flux compared to some other radiator brands. I flushed it with distilled water using my pump and a home water filter system. Then I flushed it again with 70 degrees celsius distilled vinegar, this technique got all the flux out and then I did a final flush with distilled water.

For the motherboard, the first I received was defective. Got an RMA and a good one was shipped by the week. I tested everything and started to black out every parts of it starting by removing aluminium pieces on the heat spreaders. After I painted the bios battery cable (I know you perfectionist!) and wrapped the sound card with black vinyl.

The video card was the first item I receive, so this is why I did not put a 1080 in. I started to overclock it, but I need some time to perfect the clocking and voltage. I do not have so much radiator length, so I need to be careful because I can build heat like hell in this tiny case with only a 240 radiator.

Now talk about the piping... If you think it was easy, not so! Thanks to PETG tubing, for a first time build, it was the best choice and easy to bend. The learning curve was rough, I spend so many hours and throw out so many bends. But I'm pretty happy with the result.

I will post some benchmark soon and pictures of the case front that I need to complete... More yummy!

Thanks for the good comments guys and keep up the good work, your builds are amazing!

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Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 3 points 30 months ago

Great build! Now just write a well detailed description and poi have my +1

martinleveille submitter 1 Build 3 points 30 months ago

As you requested, I made a little description :) Thanks

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Fantastic! +1

CustomComputing 1 Build 3 points 30 months ago

That's a pretty great job for being the first time building a custom water loop. Hoping to do that with mine eventually. +1

KeenDreams 5 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

That is one hell of a clean loop, well done.

dr.jazz 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Great build, i love sunset yellow pastel!! Ps: ignore comments "1080, 1080, 1080 why why why"....

martinleveille submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Yeah! The 1080 was not available at the time of this build, but I saw some prototype of the EK water block for the 1080 today. Maybe I will switch to it, but I will wait to see some resellers cards before. Thanks

KingsDontWait 1 point 30 months ago

yo same on the waterblocks

Deathsightgq 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I love this now please teach me so I can do this to my rig

martinleveille submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Go check JaysTwoCents YouTube channel and you'll get all the info you need! Thanks

Mucky_Pup 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

He was the one I found, that helped me with my first build. Very good channel for beginners as well as the already proficient.

illuzt 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Simply Beautiful..

waffle502 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

This is awesome. if you uploaded some better quality pictures of your build then it could get featured

jpecina 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Grade A build man! kinda makes want to go mini.

Wolklung 1 point 30 months ago

Wow. Totally impressive.

Battlefield 1 point 30 months ago

I really dig your bends. Beautiful curves.

jhingley 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Yeah a good description and this should get featured hands down one of the cleanest nicest itx builds I have ever seen good work super awesome.

Enrico411 1 point 30 months ago

for a first time it looks amazing well done! +1!!

TeyKey1 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Oh my gawd! Super awesome PC incoming

Ropota 1 point 30 months ago

ಥ_ಥ I saw this rig and then looked and mine and now I'm depressed. Thanks.

ped90 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

This one is better than the current Feature, imo.

Sorry about the 980 ti though...

dax_olesa 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

seems like skunkworks had a baby and jay didn't tell us ? jk man this is fantastic, hands down the cleanest and most well executed watercooled 250D i have seen so far, wonderful +1

martinleveille submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Haha, well this build was mostly inspired by Skunkworks! Thanks

beatboxingboy 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Great build! but question. How come the GPU water block says GTX titan X (pic 19) but on the parts list and the picture of the GPU is...well...a 980 ti (it looks like the 980Ti blower)? But I am new to custom loops and EKWB and all that happy stuff so idk. Is it because the 980Ti and Titan X have the same mounting points? Same size? I AM CONFUSED!!

martinleveille submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

The water block for the reference Titan X and the reference 980 Ti are the same. You can check that with the Configurator on the EKWB website. Thanks

beatboxingboy 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

oooooooh thanks!

W3b_C0d3r 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Very impressive!

Radox-0 5 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Nice work sir! great custom sleeving and a really nice shade of yellow. Love it. Some great work on some of those bends also. Fantastic +1

NeonThought 4 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Awesome and I love JayzTwoCents.

pantuofermo 4 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Very nice build man. Good work on that custom loop. Custom cooling is definitely not for the feint of heart. I have just built my first loop too but using soft tubing instead. Your build inspires me to move up to the next level and go with the acrylic. Even though it seems daunting I'm sure it'll be worth it in the end.

powellbm86 9 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Very solid build. I've never seen those SATA cables before. Those are perfect for ITX builds.

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

I mighty be dreaming of this tonight...

malcar11 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Amazing and beautiful! +1000!

Caroline.

Fez___ 1 point 30 months ago

**** me sideways that is amazing. Nice job, +1!

Cosmo_Canyon 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Αaaaaaand this was not featured ladies and gents................

KeeweeComp 1 point 30 months ago

Comments: Jaw Drops It's... It's... It's... so... beautiful... The next fresh build I do I have a very similar hope for. This does not look like a first time custom loop build, but I suppose the claim is made sturdier by all the bends shown in the pictures above, which appear to be practice. :) Props man, "So fresh, so clean." +1

Question: Why not go with the monoblock for the Mobo? Overclocking in the future I assume?

martinleveille submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Thanks! The monoblock was not available at the time of this build... I was so sad when I saw that EK just released one weeks after the Impact VIII was out...

KeeweeComp 1 point 30 months ago

That's unfortunate :-/ But it's still a beautiful build! :D

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Well, Let me start off by Saying Excellent job working in that small case (I know the Feeling, have done sli in a parvum S2.0 already: So I feel your pain)

2nd. Just wonderfull mod and routing of the loop.

Bravo! Keep it up.

TCO

ricinsing 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Clean Build, learnt myself from jayztwocents, pauls HArware and Awaesomesauce, those three seem to be everybodies go to guys.

Instrested in your temps etc, I am rebuilding my system that I just finished a month ago. Going from a Thermaltake P5 Open Air case to the Phanteks Evolv ATX Glass case ( P5 good for display etc but just too big and too dusty). This result in having to drop my radiator from a 360 60mm to 1 x 140/30mm and 1 x 240/45mm. Will be running almost saem parts as you for cooling, EK CPU on 6700k and GPU BLock on 980ti, am using the Maximus Formula VIII MB so am also using the built in EK Power Water BLock.

How are the temps using a singale 240/25?

Baesick 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Beautiful ITX PC <3 I really have the urge to switch now haha +1 from me!!

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Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Congrats on the FLAWLESS loop, wow. What paint did you use for the fan rings?

martinleveille submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks! I used regular spray paint that is good for plastic.

silvioalcan86 1 point 28 months ago

Those Right Side-Angle SATA... genius!

drunkbadger 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Awesome build! Think I will take this as a little example for my own custom watercooled 250D!

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castlouis 1 point 7 months ago

How did you make the custom top plate for the case?

martinleveille submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Custom cut of the original top panel using a Dremel and a glued plexiglass.

bman098 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

what EK water cooling did you install here? Would the newer EK A240G fit in order to cool both CPU and GPU?

martinleveille submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

It's a custom rigid tubing loop using the Supremacy EVO block for the CPU and a the reference Titan X block for the GPU. The EK A240G would fit no problem in that case.

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