Overclocked Orange

Written by Antony Leather

May 27, 2009 | 09:05

Tags: #core-i7 #radiator #reservoir #tj-07 #water-block #water-cooled

Companies: #bit-tech #mod

Neat and Tidy

Having built a few water-cooled PCs before, my first priority was to achieve a clean, uncluttered look. I decided to use PrimoChill PrimoFlex PRO LRT tubing, since you can bend it a lot without it kinking and therefore avoid killing the flow rate. To match the colour theme of the case, I decided on black hosing with UV orange anti-kink coil springs.

I also wanted to set up two separate water-cooling loops, each with its own triple 120mm radiator. I decided to use 1/2in internal diameter hose for the loop that cooled the CPU, and 3/8in internal diameter hose for the GPU loop to differentiate between the two loops.

I initially wanted to use completely new hardware for Overclocked Orange, but I already had three GeForce GTX 280s in my existing rig and various other components that I decided to put to good use combined with some new Aqua Computer full cover water blocks. I decided to order some Bitzpower 90 degree fittings from Sidewinder Computers in the US which would look great when all three graphics cards are connected together.

Overclocked Orange Neat and Tidy and Core Hardware Overclocked Orange Neat and Tidy and Core Hardware

When I first started the project, I knew that the launch of Core i7 processors was imminent, so I waited for a while and bought an Asus Rampage II Extreme motherboard, Core i7-940 chip and 6GB of 1,600MHz Corsair DDR3 memory. I wanted to water-cool the motherboard too, even though the X58 chipset runs fairly cool due to the memory controller now being integrated into the CPU. I decided to wait for the water-cooling hardware manufacturer Bitspower to release its greatly anticipated chipset block which arrived recently. It was worth the wait!

Overclocked Orange Neat and Tidy and Core Hardware Overclocked Orange Neat and Tidy and Core Hardware

I was a little disappointed with the finish on the main block so decided to modify it slightly. After a bit of polishing, it looked much better! When I bought the case, I had it modified to make the build easier. I asked WCUK to cut a hole in the motherboard tray so that I could remove the backplate from the CPU water block without also having to remove the motherboard.

Overclocked Orange Neat and Tidy and Core Hardware Overclocked Orange Neat and Tidy and Core Hardware

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