Project Log : Black Curiosity

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Why i used Black Curiosity as my project title?
The very first time i went into WaterCooling was due to curiosity, bought a swiftech kit and started my adventure.
"They said curiosity killed the cat... hopefully, my curiosity won't kill anything. especially since my curiosity is on watercooling my pc!"

Temperatures on AIR
Im running a Q6600 with the stock heatsink at the beginning, temperatures weren't on the bright side.Only a slight OC to 3GHZ and it gave me an avg temperature of 48degrees per core!.
Therefore i told myself i needed WC, and so im here writing up this LOG for u people to admire :D

What casing i used to house my watercooling equipment?
Okay, i have looked at many cases, and one very thing that i hate about cooler master cases is those "so called" tooless designs that looks so awfull, this made me steer away from their casing.
Moving on, i looked at lian-li cases, finally something that catches my attention is the ArmorSuit PC-P80(its a monster i know). Firstly, its very very spacious, Secondly, it easily fits 3x120 rads in the casing easily.
lastly, i love how it looks :D

MY COMPONENTS.
CPU: Intel Core2Quad Q6600
Motherboard: Asus Rampage Formula
RAM: Team Xtreme 2GBx2 800mhz DDR2
Graphic Card: MSI R4870(supposed to be ASUS DK, but it didnt fit my WB due to the non-reference design, sad eh ?)
HDD: WD 500GB AAKS, Hitachi 250GB
Case: Lian-li ArmorSuit Pc-P80
PSU: Thermal-Take Toughpower 650W Qfan
Soundcard: Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1
FAnS:ThermalRight TR-1600
OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit


MY WATERCOOLING COMPONENTS

CPU: HeatKiller 3.0 CU
Graphic Card: EK-FC4870-NICKEL
PUMP: swiftech MCP355 w/ EK V2 Plexi Top
Rad: Feser Xchanger 360!
Fans: ThermalRight TR-1600|koolance fan-14025HBK 140mm fans
Reservoir: EK 250 MultiOption Reservoir
Fittings: Bitspower 1/2" compression fittings and some L-shape adapters!
Tubings: Tygon B-44-4X Food, Milk and Dairy 1/2in. ID 3/4in. OD Laboratory Tubing # AAA00038
Coolant: Feser F1 Red coolant

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just pictures of my old WC loop.. nothing special.


The new RipperXXL mat i got . Its huge, real huge.


Here comes the sleeves!. MDPC-X sleeves!

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OPENBENCH SETUP!

Well, this is the ******ed DK that did not fit my WB. i got cheated!. any takers ?







MY ARMY. thou small but strong.

Sulphur
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SPRAYING THE FRONT MESH RED!!!

started to dismantle the door and took out the mesh

brought it down to my backyard and sprayed it white first, so as to bring out the real tone of red.

next i sprayed a thin layer of red and left it to dry for 30mins.

this is how it looks like after 3 coats of paint. time to let it dry.

THE FINAL PRODUCT.


Sulphur
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A SEA OF BLACK NUTS!

some m3 screws.

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One hell of a solid build. Looking forward to some pictures when it's coming together.

Oh, consider the WD6400AAKS if you haven't. It doesn't cost much extra, but you get more storage and it runs a bit faster.

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HEATKILLER'S BACKPLATE ! wooo.

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not quite done yet as the panels and cable management isnt finish.

going to complete it by this coming saturday!

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Holy crap, that looks amazing :shocking

It seems you resolved the GPU Block issue? Did you get a new block, or modded it?

How long did the sleeving take? It looks fantastic!

How do you like the barbs and HK? They look excellent as well.

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robodude666;713427 wrote:
One hell of a solid build. Looking forward to some pictures when it's coming together.

Oh, consider the WD6400AAKS if you haven't. It doesn't cost much extra, but you get more storage and it runs a bit faster.

thanks :Thumb

i actually wanted to get the 640AAKS, sadly it ran out of stock . so i just picked up the 500AAKS instead. Might just go for veloci raptors soon.

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robodude666;713431 wrote:
Holy crap, that looks amazing :shocking

It seems you resolved the GPU Block issue? Did you get a new block, or modded it?

How long did the sleeving take? It looks fantastic!

How do you like the barbs and HK? They look excellent as well.

haha.. i actually have 2 pieces of 4870. One of which is a reference PCB. so i just used that instead. sadly its a 512mb version instead of the 1GB DK. currently still have the DK rotting in the cabinet.

The sleeving took quite awhile to finish, but once i started on one cable, i couldnt stop.:Thumb

The HK is fantastic i must say. i had to use 45degree barbs in order to have enough clearance for the 1/2" compression fittings.

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Beautiful :hail. Simply fantastic.

You might want to look at the video card again. It looks extremely warped.

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robodude666;713438 wrote:
Beautiful :hail. Simply fantastic.

You might want to look at the video card again. It looks extremely warped.

dont worry, its the weight of the block that is causing the card to slant more to the right, as there is no support there. :Thumb

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The rig name, "Black Curiosity," sounded somewhat like a porn movie title... But I think we're seeing it's nothing more than a cultural difference in phrasing English. Thank goodness!

Nick McDermott

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eire1274;713465 wrote:
The rig name, "Black Curiosity," sounded somewhat like a porn movie title... But I think we're seeing it's nothing more than a cultural difference in phrasing English. Thank goodness!

what ?! :Holy Crap oh my..... i guess there really is a cultural difference. Never thought of it as a porn movie title.

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Did you dye the bolts red or buy new ones?

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Tivon;713507 wrote:
Did you dye the bolts red or buy new ones?

The thumbscrews are bought off PPC. Anodised lian-li thumbscrews .

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TonyLuu;713517 wrote:
The things you can do when you have money :P
Very nice build

My HK 3.0 mounting kit broke (I screwd one in wayy to hard and it popped)
LT would've looked nicer with that block
You should try nickel plating the HK CU!

:P

one thing about the backplate is that i dont find the need for the extra nut at the back. I think i'll stay with CU, hopefully it doesnt oxides that quickly. Have been trying not to touch the block if possible. :Thumb

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How about spray painting the PCI brackets black, so they all match? :spin

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FANTASTIC !!! What's HK by the way, I'm wondering.:Thumb:thumb:jawsdown:spin

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HeatKiller. It's apparently a very popular CPU Block lately. Tony's got one in his A05 :Thumb.

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robodude666;713610 wrote:
How about spray painting the PCI brackets black, so they all match? :spin

yeap.. have thought of that as well. might not do it this coming saturday . but i'll definately get it done some day :Thumb.
thanks for the idea.

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Dreamer-Boy;713627 wrote:
FANTASTIC !!! What's HK by the way, I'm wondering.:Thumb:thumb:jawsdown:spin

Thanks :) .

yeap just like robo said, its heatkiller. i will most probably post up my temps once i have done the re-loop in the system, and then we will see how good is the HK.

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my chip's VID is 1.325V. thats why the i need 1.6v to run 3.5GHZ. the temperatures ain't on the bright side. highest recorded was 90Degrees.


so i settled for 3.4GHZ @ 1.48V

temps on IBT full load.

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ouch 70C+ load on that CPU

E7300@3.45|XP-90C|DFi P35-T2RS|G.Skill Pi.Black 4-4-4-12

MSI HD4850@690/1173 Ultra X-Finity Pro 800|Ultra M923

Scythe Yoon Fans|Samsung 2493HM @1920X1200

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StylesCD;715124 wrote:
ouch 70C+ load on that CPU

that is on IBT full load. With prime95 it shouldnt be that high.

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@ Sulphur:

Nice build, it came together nicely. Would you mind telling me what paint/primer you used and your method of painting. It just came out so clean, I'm jealous of your paint skills.

Chassis: Silverstone TJ10 Nvidia Edition Processor: Core i7 920 @ 4.20 Ghz Mobo: EVGA X58 SLI GPU: EVGA GTX285 2GB Tri-SLI PSU: Corsair 1000HX Memory: Corsair Dominator 1600Mhz Triple-Channel (6 x 2GB Sticks) HDD: WD Caviar Black 640GB 7,200RPM | WD Raptor 150GB 10,000RPM | WD Caviar Black 1TB 7,200RPM Optical Drives: Two Samsung 203B's Display: Dell 3007WFP-HC 30"

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finally put everything back and did some cable management. sorry for the lack of photos :P

@Stevebobwe: I sent my casing for powdercoating. For other projects i use Rust o'leums spray paints.

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Sulphur;721137 wrote:
[IMG]@Stevebobwe: I sent my casing for powdercoating. For other projects i use Rust o'leums spray paints.

I see, what kind of company accepts computer cases for painting? Is there an online shop type of thing or.... heh, I have no idea what I'm trying to say. Do you have a preferred shop? I live in NorCal btw, if it matters. Thanks for the reply. :spin

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I just admire the quality of those pics, and the mod of course lol =D

What camera did you use to snap those pics?

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David32;721335 wrote:
I just admire the quality of those pics, and the mod of course lol =D

What camera did you use to snap those pics?

thanks:)

I used my canon 40D + 24-105L USM to take those images :Thumb

Gatecrasher;721340 wrote:
That is a beaut of a rig indeed. Love the watercooling componants alot. Anyways the Heatkillers should perform better than that I'm sure of it, maybe try reseating the block.

thanks man, spent a long time setting this baby up, didn't have the time to set it up until recently. The Heatkillers are at their optimal positions, must be because of the single loop and my CPU's 1.5vcore that the temperatures turned ugly.;)