Gaming PCs Thread...time for a sticky / running thread?

Gaming PCs Thread...time for a sticky / running thread?

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Sheets Tabuer

16,226 posts

182 months

Saturday 13th February
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MissChief said:
Lovely PC
I have almost the exact same thing, without RGB, well except for the small one on the GPU.

smithyithy

5,444 posts

85 months

Saturday 13th February
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Lovely build that is mate, custom work looks spot-on too!

I know what you mean about the O11 case too, 90% of the builds on the watercooling subreddit are O11D/XL laugh I can see why though and it's why I chose it for my first build, it's such a practical case to use, especially when EK make distro plates specifically for it.

I've got almost everything running on mine now, so nearly finished lol, just need to plumb in the GPU block...

I've used the pre-bent 90° acrylic tubes by Alphacool for my build which has managed to avoid any custom bending so far, as once you've cut either end to length, the 90° angle sends the tube directly from the component to the distro plate..

However the inlet / outlet ports on the GPU block sit quite a bit further forward than the distro ports, so they will require bending..

I've got 2 of the 90° tubes left from the bulk I bought (from Germany) saved for the GPU, but I think one of them is too short.. So along with a heat gun, silicone tubing and a pipe-bending jig, I've ordered a couple of straight 16mm tubes so I can just do all the bends myself - should be easier (or not)...

The EK Vector block is a nice bit of kit though, paired with the Nickel backplate. I probably wouldn't have bothered with the backplate if I was vertical mounting the GPU, but having tried it with EK's bracket kit, it clashes with the bottom rad pipes, so horizontally mounted it'll remain (EK vertical GPU kit is available if anyone's interested?)...







HM-2

6,531 posts

136 months

Saturday 13th February
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I never much liked the earlier EK transparent blocks but for some reason they seem to work so well on the 3000 series. Think it's the cut-outs in the PCB that break it up a bit.

Could you not sort port alignment with fittings?

smithyithy

5,444 posts

85 months

Saturday 13th February
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HM-2 said:
I never much liked the earlier EK transparent blocks but for some reason they seem to work so well on the 3000 series. Think it's the cut-outs in the PCB that break it up a bit.

Could you not sort port alignment with fittings?
Yeah it's a nice block overall. I pre-ordered this one and the one from Alphacool before Xmas - as EK shipped first I just cancelled the AC one. There as a bit of a delay on releasing FTW blocks due to having a unique PCB layout or something..

I'm not sure about fittings, I do have a couple of 90° fittings that I had to use to bridge the GPU ports on the distro so I could test the rest of the loop...

I'm not sure what fittings I could use though, not sure what actual angle the tubes will need to be bent at I mean.. I can't explain it very well but it's like the X, Y and Z axis of this pipe run are all off.. I'll see if I can mock them up tomorrow and get a couple photos. I managed 75% of the loop without any bending so that's pretty good going haha

MissChief

5,949 posts

135 months

Sunday 14th February
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Sheets Tabuer said:
MissChief said:
Lovely PC
I have almost the exact same thing, without RGB, well except for the small one on the GPU.
All finished!


Sheets Tabuer

16,226 posts

182 months

Sunday 14th February
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What temps are you getting on that cooler, I have the arctic freezer 2 360 and I'm getting 41 idle.

smithyithy

5,444 posts

85 months

Sunday 28th February
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Finally get to post the finished build, it's been stressful laugh

I had everything basically running but had to wait for the GPU block to ship, then when fitted, realised I couldn't do straight runs with the tubes I had, so had to order a couple spares and a heat gun to do the 'S bends'.

Anyway, just finished cable management, cleaned any dust / fingerprints and put the case etc back together. Everything fine so far.

Still need to tweak some settings in Windows, optimise the fan curves etc, then run some benchmarks. But at the moment, with the fans at ~650rpm and pump at ~2500rpm (all basically silent from 2-3 feet), idle temps are CPU: 29°C core average, GPU: 26°C.












MissChief

5,949 posts

135 months

Monday 1st March
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Looks awesome mate!

MissChief

5,949 posts

135 months

Monday 1st March
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MissChief said:
HRL said:
MissChief said:
Heh ended up with a 5950x, Gigabyte 3080 Vision and 32GB of 3200Mhz Crucial Ballistic RGB all on a MSI X570 Tomahawk MAX.



I have three more Uni fans on the way then I need to transfer a SATA SSD and 2Tb mechanical drive over then we'll be good to go!
Very tidy looking. Still waiting on my 5950X to turn up but I’ve only been waiting a month. frown

No RGB in either of my PC’s either but each to their own. Can’t see mine when it’s connected up anyway.
That was just an initial turn on check to make sure I didn't have a duff fan or bad LED. When I do get windows on it chances are it'll be set to a single colour rather than rainbow unicorn vomit.


All fans installed. Still undecided about what colour to make the RGB. White would be an obvious choice but a bit plain. Purple or orange or perhaps a nice medium blue.

westtra

1,427 posts

168 months

Wednesday 9th June
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Quick question after an explanation

Got a bit bored on nightshift and have purchased a 360mm aio, x570 mobo and a 5900x.

Unfortunately the mobo and cpu have had to go back as one of the memory channels was dodgy and it wouldn’t run with anything in the B dimm slots.

With the AIO whats the best orientation? Pipes top easiest install or pipes bottom? if I can get then pipes past the GPU.

Been reading up and googling doesn’t give a definitive answer as everyones opinion is either or. I understand the whole air floating to the top argument etc.

FourWheelDrift

82,475 posts

251 months

Wednesday 9th June
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Yes there are many opinions but watch this as it's been done with proper testing and gives results for different oritntations - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbGomv195sk

If you can't watch the whole thing, top mounted radiator is best, or front mounted with tubes down is 2nd best. Tubes up front mounted can still draw bubbles from the top of the radiator into the pump and a bottom mounted radiator will starve the pump of water, make noise heat and kill it.

Edited by FourWheelDrift on Wednesday 9th June 13:05

westtra

1,427 posts

168 months

Wednesday 9th June
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Fingers crossed I can fit with pipes on bottom then.

thetoxicnerve

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24,453 posts

144 months

Wednesday 9th June
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I think it just comes down to mounting it in an orientation that prevents any air from being dragged around the loop and into the CPU block.


MissChief

5,949 posts

135 months

Wednesday 9th June
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thetoxicnerve said:
I think it just comes down to mounting it in an orientation that prevents any air from being dragged around the loop and into the CPU block.
This. As long as the CPU block isn't the highest point in the loop then air is unlikely to remain in the pump and block.

westtra

1,427 posts

168 months

Wednesday 9th June
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MissChief said:
This. As long as the CPU block isn't the highest point in the loop then air is unlikely to remain in the pump and block.
Will have that if its pipes at top. Roll on the bits coming back from RMA.

MissChief

5,949 posts

135 months

Wednesday 9th June
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westtra said:
MissChief said:
This. As long as the CPU block isn't the highest point in the loop then air is unlikely to remain in the pump and block.
Will have that if its pipes at top. Roll on the bits coming back from RMA.
As you can see from my pictures further up my AIO has top exhaust. I hear no liquid or gurgling noises at all. In fact my fans remain on quiet mode all the time. CPU tops out in the high 80’s, absolutely fine for an AMD 5000 series, GPU sits high 70’s or low 80’s, again absolutely fine.

westtra

1,427 posts

168 months

Wednesday 9th June
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MissChief said:
As you can see from my pictures further up my AIO has top exhaust. I hear no liquid or gurgling noises at all. In fact my fans remain on quiet mode all the time. CPU tops out in the high 80’s, absolutely fine for an AMD 5000 series, GPU sits high 70’s or low 80’s, again absolutely fine.
Think yours should have no issues as cooler top mounted as opposed to front mounted.

What sort of pump/fan curves are you running?

MissChief

5,949 posts

135 months

Thursday 10th June
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westtra said:
MissChief said:
As you can see from my pictures further up my AIO has top exhaust. I hear no liquid or gurgling noises at all. In fact my fans remain on quiet mode all the time. CPU tops out in the high 80’s, absolutely fine for an AMD 5000 series, GPU sits high 70’s or low 80’s, again absolutely fine.
Think yours should have no issues as cooler top mounted as opposed to front mounted.

What sort of pump/fan curves are you running?
I don’t run any fan curves at all, fans remain in quiet mode in the Lian Li software, fans run around 800-900rpm. Everything else, GPU or AIO pump I’ve actually left to their own devices. I’ve had a bad time with fan curves in the past. I adjusted the fan curve on an old GTX670 blower style but for some reason the card never took the new curve and didn’t ever ramp up. I didn’t even realise until I enabled the Afterburner overlay months later to see my GPU was running at over 100’C every time I played BF3! Removed my custom fan curve and card got much noisier but temps also came down. It never seemed to affect the card though, it continued to work fine for a couple of years before I replaced it with a GTX 780 6GB.

westtra

1,427 posts

168 months

Thursday 10th June
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Ignore the cable management and RGB(needs turned off). This was a test run to make sure it would post.

Had to remove the 3.5’’ bay to get it to fit and one of the pipes is a little bit tight but got it in the recommended way.

Just need to fiddle with fans and pump curves for noise and cooling. Also need to figgure out why I cant see the case fan speed.

Edit - how do I flip the picture 90deg?

techguyone

2,580 posts

109 months

Thursday 10th June
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