Description

First custom loop. Managed to stuff dual 280mm radiators in a Corsair 350d, because I really wanted to maximize my frontal intake and top exhaust areas. I've only seen one, maybe 2 other builds in a 350d that used dual 280mm radiators, and one other that used a 360mm on the front.

I've had this computer for nearly 5 years now. Recently upgraded to a GTX 1080ti FE, and was unsatisfied with how ridiculously hot and loud it got, so I decided to watercool it. I already had an AIO on my CPU, but decided I wanted to do a full custom loop.

GPU temps dropped from 88c down to 40c while gaming. Fans are now tuned to run very silently at those temperatures. Mission success.

The case required some modifications to fit the radiators:

  • HDD drive cage was relocated further back
  • Holes were drilled for the reservoir mount
  • The bottom of the CD drive cage was removed to make room for the front radiator
  • Some of the rails inside the CD drive cage were bent to make room for the top radiator
  • Holes in some of the PCIE covers were opened to make room for the pump mount screws

Also, excuse the hecka scratched up front radiator. It was used, and was my guinea pig for testing fitment at the top after modifying the 5.25" drive bay. The drive by ended up scratching it up pretty good.

Watercooling components:

  • Radiators - Dual XSPC EX280
  • CPU Block - XSPC Raystorm Pro
  • GPU Block - EK-FC1080 GTX Ti
  • Reservoir - Primochill CTR hard mount (80mm)
  • Pump - XSPC D5 pump w/ EK-XTOP Revo D5 top
  • Coolant - Primochill True (blood red)
  • Fans - Fractal Design Venturi HP-14
  • Fittings - Various XSPC and Bitspower

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! looks really good :D i like it

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm really glad people like how it turned out, haha.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

:D you are welcome

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build but what happened to your front rad?

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

read the description

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought it used, and was using it as a guinea pig to test fitment at the top of the case after modifying the 5.25 drive cage. The rails inside the cage didn't get bent far enough with the tools at hand, and scratched the heck out of it as I was test fitting the rad.

I probably should have repainted it, haha.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build +1 Are you planning to get i7 4790k or i7 4770k any time soon ?

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I was thinking about getting a 4790k, but I didn't really feel like I'd get enough of a gaming performance boost spending $200+ now on that vs. saving up for an entirely newer build in the future.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice and clean, good job!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great ! +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Definitely put a lot of time into it, and I love the result.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahaha :D Love when effort pays it back well, your words allow me feel your emotion :p

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Boring is not a word I would use to describe this build.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I was thinking the same thing. Super clean lines. Nice work!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words, haha. I just felt like I've seen so many black and red builds that I found the color scheme kind of boring. I am still super satisfied with the result though!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, this build is really nice.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

The OCD side of me feels for your scratched radiator. I think I'd have to pull it out and paint it! Great build though mate - most impressed by the compact nature of the custom loop.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the pick me up, haha. I've just seen so many black and red builds that I didn't think it was all that special. Color scheme aside, I'm really satisfied with everything else in the build though.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated!