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Primarily used for 1080 gaming. Next upgrades to include water-cooling...

So Alphacool had a bit of a sale and I managed to pick up a CPU/GPU combo with a DDC pump and 240/45mm rad for about $300. Its my first custom loop and I went for kind of a stealth look while maintaining the team red theme. The only tricky part was the vertical GPU mount. I use a Cooler Master vertical GPU bracket and it would normally sit too close to the motherboard to run the tubes behind the GPU. I had to move the vertical GPU mount forward and this meant adding some bolts to stabilize the video card. I ran the tubes from the reservoir forwards and round the back of the case so you can't see them. I really wanted to hide the tubes as much as possible.

I changed the logo in the CPU block to a red one, but the logo supplied by Alphacool is too thick for the LED to shine through it. I'll also need to put a sticker over that blue Alphacool logo on the radiator because it bothers me every time I look at it.

The H500 is not the best case for water-cooling due to limited rad support. I thought about adding a second 120 rad at the back, but I am a bit worried about too much positive air pressure trapping heat in the case. The single 240/45mm rad seems to be holding its own. I'm itching to try hard tubing, but I'll probably change cases if I decide to go to that much trouble.

Took about five hours for the build, but a good amount of that time was spent putting sleeves on the DDC pump cables (can't believe Alphacool don't do this), trying to figure out how to keep the tubes hidden without creating kinks and messing around with the RGB for the GPU block and led strips.

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

What frequency your RAM is running at?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

late reply(lol) but its 3600

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to run the ram at 3200 cl16. Can't get it stable at higher clock rates. Not sure if the board or the ram is the problem. According to the ASRock compatibility list, my team is only supported up to 3200. I guess I should have checked that first.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Like the rig. More pics since it looks very clean.