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    Project log : Bakunawa

    Hello boys and girls!
    Some time has past since I decided not only build, but also display computer for all doubters, non believers (in power and beauty of water cooling) and people who are generally interested in hardware.

    As a log must have a title I named mine after a dragon in Philippine mythology that is often represented as a gigantic sea serpent. It is believed to be the cause of eclipses.
    It appears as a giant sea serpent with a mouth the size of a lake, a red tongue, whiskers, gills, small wires at its sides, and two sets of wings, one is large and ash-gray while the other is small and is found further down its body [source].

    Cooling equipment:
    CPU blocks: EK-Supreme HF - Full Nickel
    GPU block: EK-FC6990 Nickel with backplate
    VRM block: EK-MOSFET ASUS P8P67 - EN (Nickel)
    RAM block: EK-RAM Dominator - EN (Nickel)
    Reservoir: EK-BAY SPIN Reservoir - Plexi
    Pump: EK-DCP 4.0 (12V DC Pump)
    Radiator: EK-CoolStream RAD XTX (360) & EK-CoolStream RAD XTC (140)
    Fans: Xigmatek XLF-F1256 Blue - 120mm
    Fittings: EK-PSC Fitting 10mm - G1/4 E-Nickel & EK-PSC Adapter 45° G1/4 Nickel

    I was most confused about the case and the size it was needed to put all the hardware inside. Mouse excluded,

    then I came across with this one

    dragon alike figure was just something a BIG YES! for me as I did not feel comfortable doing custom design on sides of case.

    More pics of case

    and then black spray painted

    While the case was away and getting dry I had block EK-FC6990 block installed onto card

    a CPU block is pure mirror finish job

    A close up of PSU

    Before with pre installed 140 fan by coolermaster

    and after with a big XTX radiator

    Positioning of blocks is more or less final

    A GPU block and a sound card are very close. Now I understand why ppl worry when going with SLI. This is not a work for ppl with two left hands.:

    A close up to Voltage Regulator Module water block

    HDDs are set. 2 Teras should last me for a while. And man am I glad I bought them before the flooding in Thailand. The prices now are outrageous.

    I was first thinking positioning a pump right under HDDs, but that would involve some cutting and a case was already painted :whistling:

    While I was at it and checked for all the space I thought another radiator would not hurt

    And I was not wrong!

    ..after all the hard work a man needs to cool off. Got a freebie from ek along my order. Nice gesture

    A lovely reflection in backplate of work done so far.

    Bring on the tube routing!

    A CPU block had to be reorientated, because tubes are just too close to each other and kinks had to be avoided

    You can still spot a small kinks on this pic , but that little DCP pump is strong enough to push the flow. Tubes feel more sturdy and inflated once you power it up, hence a good pressure.
    Adding a RAM block:

    Installing reservoir:
    I decided to go with bay reservoir as front of case looks just plain boring.

    A final look of tube routing is something like this:

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    And the final product

    At this point I would like to thank to [email protected] for great installation hints and to Eddy for making such a great water cooling stuff. Cheers!

    I also had a little accident during spray painting of front red mask. I was going for black scheme, but ended up buying a replacement panel.

    More photo with front mask on.

    UV Ekoolant under LED light.

    Overclocking and performance

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    Project log : Bakunawa

    Those are great temperatures for your very overclocked processor. It looks like you did it all perfectly. That is a very clean installation.
    Welcome to the forums!

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