So I finally caught the water cooling bug, and after about a month of planning, preparing, and ordering parts... I started assembly today.
Here's the component list:
Case = Cooler Master CM690II Advanced (modified to fit a thick radiator in the top of the case)
Mobo = ASUS P8P67 Pro
CPU = i5 2500k
RAM = 8GB (2x4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X series 1600Mhz 1.35V
GPU = Gigabyte GTX680 (reference)
SSDs = 64GB Crucial M4 (OS) + 180GB Mushkin Chronos Enhanced (Games)
HDDs = 2x1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 (one for data storage, one for Fraps recordings)
PSU = Corsair HX650W
Sound card = ASUS Xonar DX
XSPC Rasa 750 RX240 kit + RX240 (two radiators total) + EK GTX680 waterblock. Radiator Fans = Arctic Cooling F12 PWM
Pre-shot (taking everything out of my Define XL):
Starting the assembly:
The CM690II is only designed to have a thin 240mm radiator mounted to the top, so making the thicker RX series one fit is requiring a bit of planning/modifications. I was originally planning on mounting the radiator internally with some different mounting holes drilled, but it's looking more and more like that won't work. The plan now is to mount the radiator on top of the frame of the case, with a hole cut out of the top mesh/plastic cover so the radiator can stick out exposed.
--end of the day update--
Got the top plastic cover cut to fit the radiator.
Note: the radiator ports will be pointing down when I'm done. The chassis needs to be cut back a bit to allow access to the ports.
--Update: CINCO DE MAYO!-- Case frame modification complete, water loop installed and leak testing started.
--Update: build almost finished--
--Finished build-- (redid the tubing)
Loop order = res/pump -> CPU -> top rad -> GPU -> bottom rad -> res/pump