Hyper's first water loop!
So after many years of hesitation and a lot of pressure from forum members, I finally decided to go with a real water loop instead of my fake all-in-one Corsair H100. There's a surprisingly huge difference in performance...I was finally able to push 5GHz on my CPU. The downside to all this is that I picked up 6 Delta ffb1212eh-pwm fans. Now...if you know anything about these fans, they are extremely extremely loud. 6 of them running together sounds like a vacuum cleaner, with no exaggeration. Fortunately, the reason they are loud is because they are extremely efficient! Running at 5GHz at 1.44v, on the Prime95 Blend test I stay at under 70 degrees Celsius. Now...you're probably thinking...Hyper, you messed up your loop! Under 70c isn't all that great for a 5GHz 1.44v i7 3770k with HyperThreading on when running prime. But you'd be wrong! Because these are the temps I got with the fans limited to no more than 35% of their max rate! So they are very very quiet.
Oh, and did I mention that the fans are so powerful that I didn't need 6 of them? These are my numbers with 3 fans, limited to no more than 35% spin rate. I'm keeping the other 3 for a separate loop I'm going to build for my 3 GTX Titan cards. Perhaps it does seem silly to pay $250 for 6 fans that I'm running at 35%. But the upside to this is that for benchmarking purposes, they will provide incredibly ridiculous levels of cooling. And for normal day to day use, they'll go back to being nearly as quiet as my previous H100 setup.
Anyway, still waiting on this supposedly amazing and godly thermal paste...if you can even call it that. It's the Indigo Xtreme "Advanced Phase Change Alloy." That on its own is supposed to drop average temps under load down by 5 degrees Celsius compared to the arctic silver 5. That's pretty huge. So I will test that and see how it works out when it comes in. I will follow up with more details. For now, here's a picture of what I've done. Minus one of the tubes being longer than I'd like it to be, I think I did a pretty alright job.