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First custom hardline water cooling loop

by HaskoDood


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Date Published

April 18, 2018

Date Built

March 4, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

85.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.012 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.418 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C


My first time working with hardline tubing, mainly used for gaming/video editing. The GPU I ended up using is underpowered paired to my 7820x, the GTX 1060 is just a stand-in until GPU prices fall, or the GTX 2080/1180 series cards launch. I have the GPU running at 2021mhz on the core clock and 4417mhz on the memory clock. The GPU runs at about 50-58C under full synthetic load (Tested using Furmark) albeit the VRMs/Memory on the GPU were overheating so I improvised the sketchy heatsinks and fan on the waterblock, the water block only partially covers the GPU and did not cool the VRMs or memory at all, only the main core. The CPU was thermal throttling clocked at 4.2GHz on all non-turbo cores, easily reaching 105C while using Intel's stock IHS w/Intel TIM, so I decided to delid the CPU. After delidding using the Der8auer delid-die-mate X and applying some Conductonaut liquid metal and re-sealing, the CPU is running 4.5GHz all non-turbo cores and 5.0GHz on the two turbo cores, at around 86*C under full synthetic load (Tested using FurMark's CPU Burner utility). I am aware that the Enermax Reservoir has aluminum components inside, and I plan on replacing it sometime in the future. I was originally using Primochill VUE coolant until it had a reaction with the aluminum in the reservoir and gunked up my system, making me tear the whole build down, and clean the entire loop.. The whole rig weighs in at a weighty 56 pounds while the liquid reservoir/radiator is full. All in all a great amout of effort, but just so much fun!

Part Reviews

Video Card

The stock cooler on this GPU was simply a copper slug with aluminum fins, it was in no way adequate for the amount of heat this GPU produced, Thermal throttling after seconds even at stock speeds. However, once water cooled, this card had great potential at overclocking. Two out of four stars, because most people will not water cool this card, I would reccomend buying virtually any other card on the market other than this one if you buying a GTX 1060.

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customgtp 24 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Very nice... I'm a sucker for uv green coolant!! +1

(where are the rest of the upvotes??)

sushiman 3 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

i remember when I used to use a million zip ties in my rig =D

BabyCaronyx 2 points 12 months ago

I like the color/layout of your loop, nice job making it look clean.

Houndour 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

This is insane. Any troubleshooting issues or hiccups for us mere mortals to be wary of?

HaskoDood submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

The CPU runs insanely hot while overclocked without delidding, and the GPU had trouble working at all without anything plugged into the fan header. The Primochill Vue I originally used also reacted quite badly with some of the metal components. Other than the Thermaltake fittings that were incredibly irritating to cable manage and work with, everything went pretty smoothly. And yes, I installed the lighting controller on the outside of the case upside down without noticing somehow.

Houndour 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

I’d like to pretend I observed that upside down controller... but I can’t back that up.

Thanks for the candid reply. I’ve seen a lot of vids referencing certain issues associated with some coolant fluids. Good that you managed it and completed the build so successfully. Nice work man.

MrThreePik 12 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Love the UV, and damn those Raidmax fans are nice.

customgtp 24 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Reading and looking more I really like this a lot. I am actually about to replace my 780 ti w/ a 1060 with a block soon due driver issues on new games.

Glad to see they seem to oc well. I have the same pump and yes they say the lid has some aluminum but I read that it doesn't touch the water and is treated or something. Maybe with a vue or mayhem I'd worry about it but look into it... I think it's OK, I love mine. Very quiet

customgtp 24 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

I read this....

"The material, aluminum is used in the cap of reservoir with anodized aluminum which can prevent any corrosion last over time.

All the aluminum is used in NEOChanger is anodized aluminum which can prevent corrosion."

HaskoDood submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

The reservoir and CPU water block had clear signs of corrosion all over them after just a week of running the VUE.

firewrath9 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

why the hell did you use a 7820X? such as waste of money and only 28 pcie lanes. the 8700k is much better/.

EpicSailfish 1 point 2 months ago

Have you had any trouble with the neochanger? On Amazon, there's a lot of reviews saying that the pump failed. Just wonder what your thoughts were. Love your build by the way.