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Water Cooled Fractal Design R4

Discussion in 'Extreme and Water Cooling' started by bobster, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. bobster

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    Hiya,

    Finalling getting my next watercooling computer on the go:-
    MSI Z87 G45 Gaming
    Intel i5 4670k
    HIS Reference HD7970
    8GB GSkill
    Seasonic 520w PSU
    Fractal Design Define R4
    Sandisk Extreme 240GB
    Seagate 500GB SSHD

    WC gear
    XSPX RX140mm - Fractal 140mm fan
    Koolance HD7970 Block
    Swiftech H220
    EK Compression fittings
    Primochill 3/8-5/8 tubing

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    Update 1.8.13
    WC setup changed to reduce internal heat
    XSPX RX140mm + Fractal 140mm fan removed replaced with Noctual 150mm PWM Exhaust Fan
    Swiftech MCR-Q 240 with Enermax 120mm fans

    Photos to come
     
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    What are the plans for this? Are you going to remove the bottom HDD cage?
     
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    Just finished the rebuild, hdd cage was moved to the middle position to fit the rad, 140mm rad in the rear
     
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    Started some mild overclocking
    7970 oc to 1ghz
    CPU oc to 4ghz

    After 1 hour of BF3 at max GPU high 40's and CPU high 50's
    Fans no where near max set to 75% is CPU hit 60

    Noticed that the air inside the case was a little warm for my liking so I added an exhaust fan to the side of the case.

    After more gaming noticed temps dropped a degree and noticed the extra fan worked out quite nicely a foot warmer:)
    I still think I need more cold air in the case to assist the cooling of the 140mm exhaust rad
     
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    System updated as above^^^

    Current OC settingss
    GPU oc to 1.125Ghz
    CPU oc to 4Ghz

    After 1 hour of BF3 at max GPU mid 40's and CPU mid 50's

    It seems like the extra exhaust fans really help with the temps
     
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    Rebuilt pictures
     
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    Nice work, mate!

    It's a very tight fit - but you managed to do it :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks Dude,

    Not happy with the tubing atm, need a bay res to tidy the hole lot up
     
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    What's your loop order?
     
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    iirc, outlet is top right of the AIO block

    so, CPU->GPU->top rad->front rad->CPU
     
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    Looks sexy,
    Try some angled fittings for those tubes, you won't go wrong :thumbup:
    Also, from having those very same fans, the lack of air pressure isn't very good for a rad, I swear my air was stagnating unless i had them on mid to high (quite loud) grab some Gentle typhoons or some corsair static pressures when you have the mullah and an upgrade itch.
     
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    Yup that's the setup



    The Enermax fans are running at 50% pushing air through a low fpi rad, virtually silent and you can feel the air coming through.
    Angled fittings, res and maybe another rad to come, still got a RX120 and EX140 lying around that still can be used or fit a BIG240mm in the front
     
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    Wow. Nice build :thumbup:
     
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    R4 is going this week........ New case to come
     
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    Why? I love my R4 :)
     
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    Haha cancelled it for now but I cracked the fan mount clip and to but a replacement and a window side panel isn't worth it.

    Waiting for the new case to be released
     
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    I just ordered the windowed side panel for mine tonight. I've been wanting it for ages but didn't really have the money for it. I personally think it's worth it for sure...

    How much is the fan clip replacement?
     
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    Cracked the clip doh
     
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    Had a day off today and decided to service the computer and rework the water cooling for fun.

    Now only running the H220 kits with Enermax fans, i5 4570k and 7970@1gz

    Silent on idle now and quiet during gaming. Seeing CPU temps hit 63 degrees and GPU hit 55 degrees high after 1 hour battlefield 3.

    Pretty decent AIO water cooling kit tbh.

    I also did a coolant flush and found black particles in the coolant. Swiftech need to do a better job checking these kits before the go out
     
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    The black stuff could have been from any of the parts... I know some people will flush everything before they go in the loop which I did for my 2 GPU's but others won't. I max at 55 on CPU and 52ish on GPU's.
     

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