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Blue Tranquility

by Scrollwheel

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Date Published

Sept. 27, 2018

Date Built

Sept. 21, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.949 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.508 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

41.0° C

Description

Build upgrade/modification from an existing set-up. Inspiration from Phanteks' 2018 Computex water-cooling demo; and the desire to have a "silent" system primarily for gaming and general work use.

The CPU was de-lidded (stock TIM replaced with liquid metal) for an approximately 17 degree Celsius delta from stock on the same cooler (my old NZXT Kraken x62); with an tightening of the variance between cores from 7 degrees down to 1.5 (testing was following the recommendations on GNs delidding video for consumer level testing). All of this was running my CPU at 5GHz, 1.328V.

Fan speeds are static at approximately 750rpm on the 6 corsair ML 120 Pros servicing the twin 360mm EKWB PE radiators; with the EK D5 Pump running a static profile at 2000rpm. The system is incredibly quiet even at full load; you really have to stick your head up against the intake to even hear a faint hum. The fans are split into two subsets: Front 3 and Rear single operate as static "always on", with the top 3 responding to loop temperature, but never exceeding the speed allocated to the front 3 to ensure my case's airflow was balanced (mildly positive during low load and approaching neutral at full load).

The watercooling kit is: Phanteks blocks and 220 reservoir, EKWB 360PE rads and soft tubing (for the hidden drain and fill components of the loop) & Bitspower 12mm PETG tubing and fittings (with the aim of bending every angle and only using fittings into the components themselves - all but one multi port fitting in the loop to house a temp sensor at the "start" of the loop).

Most other details regarding the kit chosen and my opinions can be found in my previous build's page.

*Bubbles in the reservoir and blocks have since cleared; these photos were taken almost immediately after the EK Blue coolant went in (24 hours of leak testing made me impatient to share the photos with friends).

**Temps can be lowered even further with a more aggressive fan & pump profile, but the idea was to be as near silent as possible... My old build would sound like it was about to take off to achieve even vastly worse temps for the same clocks.

Comments Sorted by:

dhishi123 1 Build 5 points 5 months ago

post more pics

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Any specific components you’re interested in a closer look at?

Schwick 2 points 5 months ago

Pics of the front radiator and cable management in the back. Sure they are boring but curious to see how you managed things.

three8one 4 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

This should have been featured instead of that strange-looking Sydney Opera thing... Amazing work, my friend. +1

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Cheers!

MannyPCs 2 points 5 months ago

Truly tranquil.

+1 this is eye candy.

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Glad you agree!

Bajabugred 2 points 5 months ago

Beautiful pc, with a clean loop.

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

Arminecraft 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Okay this is probably the most stunning build I've evr seen. Now this is a good case. Perfection. And I'm calling af eature

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Haha, thanks. The case kept getting it's release date pushed back over and over; but it's genuinely perfect for water-cooling. All the little details add up; and it looks super clean from the back with the cable management compartments closed.

Arminecraft 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

I couldn't agree more, I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it showcased a few months back through youtube channels. I've been following it as well since, even though I know I don't need it haha. It's so damn good

Kisalida 2 points 5 months ago

THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!

You obviously put a lot of time and effort into it congrats!!Hope this gets featured.

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Yeah, lots of planning and then a couple of days to get the tubing runs the way I wanted... but totally worth it.

Nullarc77 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

This deserves feature. Clean, Simple, Beautiful.

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks very much.

MrThreePik 11 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I wanted to do this similar computex style build, heck I still do. Love the Phanteks blocks. +1

Also: Evolv X = best case on the market

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Their build is awesome; but personally I prefer the look of 12mm tubing, and it also enabled me to bend more aggressively and cool the motherboard block.

Definately agree regarding the case; they’ve thought of everything!

Lazaration 2 points 5 months ago

how do i find that reservoir??? what brand is that?

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Phanteks R220, some companies sell it with a pump pre-installed or you can do it yourself (it’s very straight forward).

rvoss5 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Very nice!

Vreaker12 5 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Dang that's one sexy build

Jaz11 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

God damn man. Well done. What size tubing?

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

12mm PETG from Bitspower.

jronnie 2 points 5 months ago

Wow it looks so good. I like RGB but the way you've matched all the colors is really unique

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks, the idea was that upon the loop maintenance window all you’d need to do to change colour schemes was swap out the coolant for a new colour and with a few clicks in Aura you can match the whole build to the loop.

Although I love the EK blue so much I bought a couple of bottles haha.

Adrew24 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

FEATURE!

joseph_teves 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Just wow takes your breath away Good Job!

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Mmmm phanteks CPU block...

TechTuberTV 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Alexa, play "OH MY GOD"

beaststeak 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

+1. i envy you ! :-) i am still waiting for my phanteks evolv x.

StangerDanger 2 points 5 months ago

Could you post some more pics of your top radiator and water cooling in general? Is there really space for a 360PE rad up there?

PureBlackFire 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

brilliant job. first I've seen in the Evolv X on here. which pump did you use? I wonder if my MCP35x is identical to standard DDC minus the housing. wanna get one of those R220 res.

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

The pump in the build is the EK Water Blocks EK-DDC 3.2 PWM.

PureBlackFire 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

thanks. iirc from an old thread on OCN the two pumps are physically identical with a minor difference on the pcb.

acp11 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

does the top power button have led lighting like the old evolv? I noticed it on another evolv x build

Schwick 1 point 5 months ago

I was thinking of going pe 360 or se 360 with a Asus maximus formula x or xi. How much room is between the waterblock from Asus and the top rad/fan? I was worried there wouldn’t be much room so I was thinking of going a se. but seeing your build I thinking of going two pe’s.

Also really curious for which ek d5 pump you went. Where did you put it? Beneath the psu shroud? Did you use any bracket for the pump?

Thanks and cool build!

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Space does get a little tight up there; so unless you desperately need the additional thickness for some extra thermal capacity then I’d recommend going for PE but like you said SE would work totally fine but might leave a little gap. Your front radiator in/out ports will thank you for going with PE as a maximum thickness; unless you go 280 or shorter. GGF Events has a video on YouTube that talks about the radiator considerations for thickness and placements on the rails that I used to make my decisions.

The pump purchased from OC UK, but is an EKWB DDC 3.2 PWM; it’s actually mounted into the reservoir (Phanteks R220) if you look it up online they show you how it works to fit in an appropriate pump of your choice; I know OCUK actually do a pre assembled pump-res combo using one of their branded pumps.

Schwick 1 point 5 months ago

Yeah I might go with a D5 pump standalone and Phanteks R220. Probably put the pump beneath the PSU shroud.

In terms of thickness top radiator; I'm looking at Phanteks Halos (6 mm), EK Vardar Evo's (25 mm) and a PE 360 rad (38 mm). So I'm looking at 69mm of total thickness on top. As you mentioned I think I should be fine. What do you think; is there 6mm room left and also slight spare room?

Thanks!

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

That should work fine, the back two will be no bother; but the front will be cutting it mighty fine at the extreme front edge where it will overlap the front rad... but should work; think I have about 7-8mm extra clearance from my ML120 Pros.

nulldotzero 1 point 3 months ago

Awesome build! How did you attach the reservoir to the case?

dhishi123 1 Build 0 points 5 months ago

GPU cable management and basically every corner