Just started building my project now my finals are finished. I wanted to upgrade to watercooling and upgrade my case. I didnt want to spend a huge amount of money but enough to get a decently performing loop for the graphics card and cpu. An important thing for me was to keep all of the parts internal as the case will be moved around occasionally and i dont want vulnerable parts outside the case. Ive now bought all of my components and started building today.
Firstly the most important part of a watercooled PC imo is the case and as i wanted everything internal as well as being able to contain a decent number of hd's I looked at full towers. Not wanting to spend a great deal I managed to obtain an Aopen H700B full tower case for £10 on ebay. When I got the case I was pretty pleased, it has a removable motherboard tray and removable hd cages. Seemed ideal for modding.
There are some decent pics of the case in this review:
I intend to move the hd cage from the top left (in pic) to the bottom right of the case which will allow me to mount a 120x3 radiator in the roof. Ive currently chopped a section of the mobo tray off and fitted a fan to the bottom right far side of the case (will get some pics up soon) to act as an exhaust and draw air over the hd's. I will also install a window into the near side of the case.
I wanted a loop that covered the cpu and gpu but also wanted fairly low restriction and my parts reflect this (even tho the DDC would probably eat whatever u threw at it).
Parts I have bought:
CPU block : XSPC Edge
GPU block : Danger Den Maze 5
Pump : Laing DDC1 18W with XSPC reservoir top
Radiator : 120 x 3 Asetek (Black Ice) with 6 x 120mm Yate Loons
Air will be drawn in at the top of the case to give the rad the coolest air possible and will exit via the fan by the hd cage and 2 x 80mm fans at the rear (cant quite fit a 120mm fan). I will make up a dust filter using some of my girlfriends old tights.
All together the whole project should come in at just under £170 which I think is pretty reasonable.