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[ Build Log ] Fractal Design Define S - Water Cooling conversion Project

siliconart
Level 10


Hey Everybody,

I have just completed my first ever Water Cooling build/converting from Air and I thought I would share it with you.

I hope you enjoy 😄



So first up, here is system in Air, minus the AIO and here are the parts in it-

CPU- Intel Core i7 4770K OC @ 4.3
Motherboard- Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO
RAM- Gskill TridentX 16GB (2×8) DDR3 2400Mhz
GFX Card- Dual Asus GeForce GTX980ti 6G STRIX SLI
SSD- Samsung 840 PRO SERIES 256GB
SSD- Samsung EVO SERIES 120GB
HDD- WD 4TB Caviar Black 7200rpm
CPU Cooler- Corsair Hydro Series H100i
PSU- Corsair AX1200i Platinum Power Supply
CASE- Fractal Design Arc Midi R2



And its all going to go into the Fractal Design Define S



Here are all the Watercooling Parts by EK Waterblocks-

EK-FC980 GTX Ti Strix - Acetal+Nickel x 2
EK-FC980 GTX Ti Strix Backplate - Black
EK-FC Terminal DUAL Serial 3-Slot
EK-HD Tube 10/12mm 500mm (2 pcs)
EK-HDC Fitting 12mm G1/4 - Black x 10
EK-Ekoolant Pastel LIME GREEN (concentrate 250mL) x 2
EK-ATX Bridging Plug (24 pin)
EK-Cable Y-Splitter 3-Fan PWM (10cm)
EK-Cable Y-Splitter 2-Fan PWM (10cm)
EK-HD Tube D.I.Y. Kit 10&12mm
EK-CoolStream PE 240 (Dual)
EK-CoolStream PE 360 (Triple)
EK-UNI Pump Bracket (120mm FAN) Vertical
EK-Supremacy EVO - Acetal+Nickel
EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM (incl. pump)
EK-Vardar F4-120ER (2200rpm) x 5



Next I pulled everything out of the Old Build




And dusted everything off.



Now for the Fun part... flushing the radiators


Now for the Fun part... flushing the radiators

Now with Video 8-)

- Intel Core i7 4770K OC @ 4.3 - MAXIMUS VII HERO - Gskill TridentX 16GB (2x8) DDR3 2400Mhz - 2x Asus Geforce GTX980ti DirectCU II OC 6G in SL I- Samsung 840 PRO SERIES 256GB - WD 4TB Caviar Black 7200rpm - Corsair Hydro Series H100i (Fans upgraded to: Air Series SP120 HP) - Corsair AX1200i Platinum Power Supply
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ckool
Level 7
wow that looks awesome, really impressive for a first time wc build.*

FireFlower
Level 9
Were the parts sponsored are people nowadays just making their photos to look like sponsored picture shots with all of those logos? :confused:
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FireFlower wrote:
Were the parts sponsored are people nowadays just making their photos to look like sponsored picture shots with all of those logos? :confused:


Hehe., I wish it was sponsored. But nah I just wanted to make it look cool :cool:
- Intel Core i7 4770K OC @ 4.3 - MAXIMUS VII HERO - Gskill TridentX 16GB (2x8) DDR3 2400Mhz - 2x Asus Geforce GTX980ti DirectCU II OC 6G in SL I- Samsung 840 PRO SERIES 256GB - WD 4TB Caviar Black 7200rpm - Corsair Hydro Series H100i (Fans upgraded to: Air Series SP120 HP) - Corsair AX1200i Platinum Power Supply

quark54
Level 8
First water cooling build!!!

A very experienced water cooling aficionado would be proud of this build.

Fantastic work!

siliconart
Level 10
aww thanks guys, means a lot.

More pics and vids coming soon.
- Intel Core i7 4770K OC @ 4.3 - MAXIMUS VII HERO - Gskill TridentX 16GB (2x8) DDR3 2400Mhz - 2x Asus Geforce GTX980ti DirectCU II OC 6G in SL I- Samsung 840 PRO SERIES 256GB - WD 4TB Caviar Black 7200rpm - Corsair Hydro Series H100i (Fans upgraded to: Air Series SP120 HP) - Corsair AX1200i Platinum Power Supply

siliconart
Level 10
Updated Part 1 guys, now with a video.

Enjoy 8-)
- Intel Core i7 4770K OC @ 4.3 - MAXIMUS VII HERO - Gskill TridentX 16GB (2x8) DDR3 2400Mhz - 2x Asus Geforce GTX980ti DirectCU II OC 6G in SL I- Samsung 840 PRO SERIES 256GB - WD 4TB Caviar Black 7200rpm - Corsair Hydro Series H100i (Fans upgraded to: Air Series SP120 HP) - Corsair AX1200i Platinum Power Supply

anyone have a good suggestion on a guide for custom water cooling ? I want to build a custom rig with the thermaltake core p5, but i am a little intimated with the water cooling and making sure i purchase the right/ high quality parts.




And here is the long awaited Part 2 of the Watercooling build.



Today we are going to be sleeving the EKWB D5 Pump.



We start by pulling it all apart and taking off the Reservoir.



Disconnecting the Fan plug.



Threading on the sleeving and heat shrink.



Now getting a flame and letting the heat shrink do its thing.



Sleeving the Molex cable.



And getting a better result every time 🙂



And there we have it! 100x betting than stock and really no that hard to do.




Be sure to check out the video for the full sleeving experience and leave a like if you enjoyed it 😄

Many more parts to come. Stay tuned.
- Intel Core i7 4770K OC @ 4.3 - MAXIMUS VII HERO - Gskill TridentX 16GB (2x8) DDR3 2400Mhz - 2x Asus Geforce GTX980ti DirectCU II OC 6G in SL I- Samsung 840 PRO SERIES 256GB - WD 4TB Caviar Black 7200rpm - Corsair Hydro Series H100i (Fans upgraded to: Air Series SP120 HP) - Corsair AX1200i Platinum Power Supply