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First Ever Full Computer Build w/ HL Watercooling

by allenella101

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12 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 8, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.632 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.448 GHz

Description

Hi everyone.

SO decided after I purchased my Alienware 17 R5 gaming laptop, I wanted that bit more. Seeing as I also couldn't find a watercooling solution for it, I opted to try building a rig. That I did. After ordering all the parts, and tediously waiting for everything to arrive, I started the assembly process. At first, putting a 8700k CPU in its socket without damaging anything was nerve racking, but after carefully aligning it up and carefully dropping it into place, it was sorted. The rest from there was pretty easy.

Then came the Thermaltake M360 Hard Line watercooling kit. First time ever touching or working with any form of water cooling, yet alone Hard Line. After watching ALOT of videos, I felt comfortable giving it a try. With only the 4x 500mm piece's that came in the kit, I had to make sure I used minimal waste to avoid having to order and wait for more.

So I set up with my method for hard line bending. The tube is PETG 16mm OD 12mm ID. First bend (Reservour/pump to GPU in) worked perfectly, no flat spots, odd marks, nothing, but that was an easy 90 degree bend and cut to fit. After that, I set out on the GPU to CPU, CPU to Rad, Rad to Reservoir. With alot of minor adjustments, all were done. The Rad to Reservoir gave me alot of grief (3 failed attempts), so I opted with adding a 90 from the reservoir.

FIrst start, it posted perfectly, installed Windows 10 Pro, muddled around with the BIOS for fan speed etc, and its ALIVE!

Pretty happy with the end result.

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nonoesimposible 3 points 5 months ago

I like it. +1

However, I would reconsider the PSU. I wouldn't trust $5200 on that Thermaltake PSU. Getting a reliable PSU from a reputable brand is better than having one RGB fan that's hard to see.

allenella101 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thankyou. What would you recommend as a near future upgrade for the PSU. Yeah the RGB isn't overly visable but in darkened situations you can see it lighting up the under side of the case.

nonoesimposible 1 point 5 months ago

I'm defintely not an expert on power supplies, personally I would DM vagabond and ask him for a suggestion.

allenella101 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Ok awesome. When I ordered it, I was in the market for 850w, gold, and fully modular, so I presumed the Thermaltake would be good.

nonoesimposible 1 point 5 months ago

It's not a bad PSU or anything. Here is Tom's Hardware review of the 750W model. It's just that in general, I have the opinion that you should try to buy your PSU from a big-name brand for maximum reliability.

That said, it's definitely not like every PSU from a big-name brand is good.

=)

wurpy 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Looks awesome. +1

allenella101 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thankyou

eliekdahl 2 points 5 months ago

looks great!

allenella101 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thankyou

HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Nice work!

allenella101 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thankyou

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allenella101 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Yeah its nearly as bad as RGB cable combs lol

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