The finished loop.
Temperature readings while running the Far Cry 5 benchmark on ultra quality.
Temperature comparisons between idle and load.
The thermal pads and thermal paste are attached to the graphics card before the water block is attached.
The fans attached on the outside of the case with the front panel off.
The small radiator installation space caused by the long graphics card.
The inadequate space between the outside radiator fans and the front panel.
The thermal compound is applied to the CPU.
The Optimus V2 Signature water block is installed.
Testing the placement of the Hardware Labs GTX 120mm radiator. It is too wide and deep.
Here I show that the depth of the radiator is too much. With the fan attached it'd overlap one of the CPU water blocks' ports.
The nvme stick is installed on the rear of the mainboard.
The CPU is finally seated. It was on back order for so long.
The stand alone reservoir has lots of vertical space allowance.
The inlet is on the left to be fed from the CPU outlet.
The stand alone reservoir comes with two holders that screw into the reservoir holder that came with the case.
I installed the pump body into the bottom of the case.
The pump body now lies next to the PSU.
The pump body is secured to the bottom of the case using the provided screws.
The new radiator does not come all the way to the case edge like the Hardware labs radiator did.
There is just enough space to allow for the CPU inlet tube.
I removed the white plastic piece that was on the end of the GPU water block. I kept the screws in place for stability.
The end of the graphics card no longer has the RGB strip.
This is where the RGB strip had been attached to the GPU water block.
The new cable extensions.
The pump at the bottom of the case will be fed by gravity from the reservoir.
I turned the 240mm radiator upside-down so that the connections are on top.
I turned the 120mm radiator upside-down so that the connections are on top.
This is my proposed tubing layout.
This is the general layout of the tubing.
Running the pump without the mainboard plugged in to get bubbles out of the system.
I had to use longer tubing in certain areas to avoid excess lateral pressure on various fittings. The further the 16mm tubing is bent the more pressure it exerts on the fittings.
The bottom GPU port is a swiveling fitting so that the tubing can have leeway when I pull the reservoir out to fill.
Laying out paper towels to help detect leaks.
The CPU water block inlet could use only a barb. A compression fitting would have overlapped with the 120mm radiator fan.
I connected the loop drain to the pump output using a T connector.