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Old 4th Jul 2011, 18:52   #1
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Smile CM 690 First time water cool

Hi all as promised a build log for my air and watercooled pc, to a cpu gpu watercooled loop. The case i am using is the CM690 II Advanced case.
Hope this helps other people out with there CM cases.
As this is my first time to use watercooling please bare with me and any questions and advice would be appreciated.
Here is what i am cooling with my loop.
AMD 1090T Hex core cpu
Dual 6950's (Bios flashed to 6970) in Xfire

Case before anything removed, apart from some cable ties to mesure and check spaces for rads and res.
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Old 4th Jul 2011, 18:55   #2
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Looks really nice, I'm jealous that you have the rev1 6950's I'm buying one soon and they've stopped selling rev1's .
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Old 4th Jul 2011, 19:05   #3
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nice n' toasty top 6950
nice rig though

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Old 4th Jul 2011, 19:06   #4
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Some parts i have recived before i started this thread. What i have so far.
EK Supreme HF CPU block
Alphacool VPP655 pump only
XSPC Dual 5.25" bay res for the D5 pump
XSPC Rads, 1 RS240 for the top. 1 RX240 for the bottom
Masterkleer uv blue tubing
Mayhems X1 premix fluid.


Also i have recived a nice clear side panel for the case, to show it all of when finished
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Old 4th Jul 2011, 19:10   #5
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nice n' toasty top 6950
nice rig though
Yes they do get very toasty, one of them hit 92c.Thats what made me think about other cooling options. So here i am having a go at watercooling.
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Old 4th Jul 2011, 20:06   #6
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Good luck! What GPU blocks have you got in your sights?

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Old 4th Jul 2011, 20:14   #7
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First thing first. time to start removing parts and get ready for install.
The first thing i took apart was the bottom drive bays. In the CM 690 i had to remove all the HDD's and the trays first, then lay the case on its back, remove dust filter. Underneath there is four screws to remove, once removed stand case back up and there are three more screws in the back, then the two sides just pull forward slightly and pull out.

The next thing i have removed is the dvd drives and card reader to make way for the res and a fan controller. I will have to leave one of the dvd drives out and also the card reader. i have an external card reader anyway.
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Old 4th Jul 2011, 20:17   #8
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Good luck! What GPU blocks have you got in your sights?
The GPU blocks i would like are the HK Full cover blocks copper and clear the same as the CPU Block.
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Old 4th Jul 2011, 21:22   #9
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Gonna pay close attention to this as I have the same case and might go full water cooling next year
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Old 5th Jul 2011, 16:02   #10
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Hi all, the next task i thought i would do is to remove the GPU's and get them stripped cleaned and ready for the waterblocks, which i have on order ( HK FC6970 Full cover; copper plexi ) to match my CPU block.


GPU's ready
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Old 5th Jul 2011, 16:12   #11
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Now i am ready to remove the CPU cooler and get the cpu cleaned and rady for the new block.

Cooler removed, thanks to the hole in the motherboard tray replacing the back plate on the mobo was a breeze. Which made the fitting of the new block an easy task to do.


GPU block in place and looking good. Even a facility on that block to put LED's but with my tracers beside it i thought i would not need.
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Old 5th Jul 2011, 16:13   #12
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Nice mate

When it's finished, mind if I link it in to my watercooling guide? Would be a good example
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Old 5th Jul 2011, 16:27   #13
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Now for the placement of the rads and res. The top rad went in easy. for there i used the XSPC RS240 with 2 120mm Bitfenixfans under the top cowl.


The bottom rad though was a bit more of a problem and the XSPC RX240 that i used was a very snug fit, with the same 120mm Bitfenix fans underneath. The fitting end of the rad had to go to the front of the case, where the 140mm fan had to be replaced with a 120mm fan and a home made harness for it to lift clear of the fittings.



Now it is fitted it looks good.
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Old 5th Jul 2011, 16:29   #14
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Nice mate

When it's finished, mind if I link it in to my watercooling guide? Would be a good example
No i do not mind at all. Please feel free to link to your guide. And thanks.
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No i do not mind at all. Please feel free to link to your guide. And thanks.
Cheers a lot mate

The guide link is at the bottom of my sig
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Cheers a lot mate

The guide link is at the bottom of my sig
No probs. I have had a read of your link , some typing on an i phone must have taken some time to do.
Good link though and an intresting read.
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Old 5th Jul 2011, 22:04   #17
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Everything on hold now for a couple of days. Waiting for the rest of the parts to arrive and back to work, waiting on the GPU blocks and fittings. as soon as they arrive i will update.
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Old 5th Jul 2011, 23:38   #18
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Just done one myself so nice to see another done well.

Have fun hiding those wires, there's lots of room but it takes a lot of planning

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Old 6th Jul 2011, 12:43   #19
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That XSPC RX240 rad is huge!!

I want one!

I struggled to hide the cables well in mine, then gave up. So good luck!
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Old 7th Jul 2011, 07:29   #20
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Looks good mate can't wait to see more (I hate it when people smash windows or have some unfortunate shortfall that puts my morning reading on hold :P)

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Old 7th Jul 2011, 08:42   #21
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Update, new parts turning up today. GPU blocks and all the fittings.
As for the cables it does need a lot of planning as the back looks like a birds nest at the moment
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Old 7th Jul 2011, 16:10   #22
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This should be excellent once its finished.
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Old 7th Jul 2011, 23:14   #23
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At last the rest of my parts have turned up.


Anti kink coils
Lamptron fan controller.
Lamptron spectral bar (blue)
EK FC-6970 water block's.
EK FC-6970 Nickel back plates
EK compression fittings
Xigmatek 120mm clear fans (blue LED)
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Old 8th Jul 2011, 20:58   #24
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Good idea getting the tube cutter (as long as it fits the tubing). I got the same ones you have there when I re-did my loop. So much easier than a Stanley knife (which I used the first time)!

Careful when fitting the GPU blocks, I managed to kill my 5870 when I did mine (so had to replace it with a GTX 480 (which I've not done yet) ) and of course removing the stock cooler voids warranty (unless they're EVGA cards I think).

Also just spotted your 90 connectors on the XSPC RX240 rad. What did your flow rate ever do to you?
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 20:16   #25
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Hi all, i have had chance to do a little more to my project. To tackle the GPU's and fit the water blocks on them, a task that needed quite a lot of care and attention. To make sure you have the right thickness and right size thermal pads fitted to the right places. but for my first attempt i am very happy with the look and the outcome of them.
See the pics of them below and the first one installed in my build with the first bit of tubing connected to the top rad and CPU.

Block fitted.

Backplate fitted

The first one in place.
The next GPU i will take some pictures of the placement of the thermal pads to help others.
Sorry about some of the pics, as i have a slightly tempramental camara, i think i will have to invest in a new one at some point
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 21:40   #26
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Second GPU. Thermal pads fitted and standoffs fitted to the block.

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Old 10th Jul 2011, 22:55   #27
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Second GPU complete.


GPU's installed.

Now to sort the rest of the tubing and and some cable managment.
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 23:03   #28
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Looking excellent so far

Loving the chrome plate on the waterblock, makes the mobo look waaay bigger

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Old 12th Jul 2011, 11:14   #29
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Update, connected all the tubing to the blocks and res with loads of kitchen roll Ready to leak test.

Ran the system all day and and i must admit i had one small leak soon fixed though.
Once i had checked for any more leaks and got all of the air out, i am very impressed with the Alphacool D5 pump and the XSPC bay res. Peace at last Apart from a slight background hum it is almost silent.

Now time to start to organise the cables. A bit of a task ahead


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Cables out of the way as best i can, still needs little work at some point but looking good so far. glad i put the big rad at the bottom, room to hide lots of the cables. And to put the back on was a bit of a squeeze.

Hard work trying to hide all of them.
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