Hello everyone, yes, I'm new here So I figured I'd start by showing off some of my stuff. Here's my P180 WC setup, nothing spectacular, but it was my first
For anyone who has a P180/182 (or might be considering it) and wishes to install a watercooling setup. There are more extreme setups than this, but I wanted to show how to do it with minimal case modding and a beginner's understanding of watercooling.
The P180 case is not the most water-friendly, but I was determined to do a job I could be proud of for my very first crack at water cooling. So after a lot of research and work, I finally got my new WC setup bought and installed in my P180 case.
First and foremost my build had to QUIET. And affordable. And completely internal, as my 1 year old kid loves to grab and chew on things.....and an external rad/hoses/fans would be irresistable to him I'm also anal about cable management and aesthetics, so the setup had to be sleek and clean. And lastly, the new setup had keep things cool. I have a C2D X6800 OC'd to 3.5ghz (for now), an 8800GTS 640, 2 Raptors in RAID 0, 2 storage drives, 2 opticals.....all sorts of goodies. Noctua fans all around to keep the airflow moving in silence. And I didn't want to hack up my case either, so a 240mm rad wasn't gonna work internally. Anyways, onto the good stuff:
-Swiftech 350 (I know, I know.....3/8" will do me just fine, not to worry)
-2 x MCR120's
-distilled water with HydrX
-3/8" Clearflex, Smartcoils
Res > Pump > Rad1 > CPU > Rad2 > Res
There are certainly other products, but for a variety of reasons (budget, space, timing) I went with these. Using a 655 pump instead of a 350 and going to 1/2" tubing will create more space issues inside the case, so keep it in mind if you want to go more hardcore. But if you really want to, then consider another case and drop a small $$ fortune instead
Overall. Added a bunch of additional noise dampening foam to the interior areas of the P180:
Side. The "extra" smart coils you may notice if you look carefully.....are not part of the loop.....they're used to disguise the USB cables and maintain a consistent aesthetic LOL. And no, the CPU > Rad hose is not kinked....it's just the angle of the pic. Next pic shows a smooth bend.
Upper chamber. Noctuas, more noise dampening, cable management.
Lower chamber. Tight fit but works alright I think. High output fan is connected to fan controller.
Front. Added 2 intake fans, 1 each for upper and lower chamber to increase airflow to the rads. Very minor modification.....some rubber grommet for clearances, some noise matting for separation.
My upper rad is an exhaust configuration right now. Temps seems pretty good considering it's venting the case air. I'm gonna try flipping the fan to make it an intake and compare temps. Then for whichever is better, I may do a push-pull on the rad with 2 fans instead of just one.
When the case was running on air, I used a Scythe Ninja, and then tried a Zalman 9500. My case is near the furnace vent, so my ambient temps are kinda high (29C/80F). Temps on air for each HSF were virtually identical.....54C idle / 66C load in TAT :shock:
Now, I am VERY PLEASED to say that my idle temps are 9C cooler at idle, and 18C cooler at load, HELLYA!
Also runs VERY quiet at low fan rpm's, highest isn't too bad.....I only use that setting when I'm gaming for a long time and have the headphones on anyways.
So, overall I think I did pretty good for a WC virgin. Clean setup, all internal, temps have dropped HUGE, didn't have any major problems, and managed to do it all in a cramped P180 case
I've since bought a 240mm rad and am considering moving to a P190 case. I'd really like to move to a Lian Li or Silverstone but it's not in the budget right now with 2 toddlers at home. ALTHOUGH.......Themaltake's new upcoming Armor+ is looking like it might steal my heart
Cricitism and feedback is welcome, and I hope this helps anyone out there who's considering a WC setup for their P180/182.