Since taking over Eagle Micro in July, we’ve had the privilege of doing a couple fantastic custom liquid cooling builds for guys who wanted to get the most out of their gaming rigs. Some of my friends and customers have had lots of questions about the procedures, benefits, drawbacks and other aspects of doing these builds. What better place to give a quick rundown than our blog?
One of the most important steps is making sure we know what the end result will look like. Can’t efficiently build anything unless you know what it is you want to build! As a general rule, I try to incorporate 120mm of radiator for every component being cooled. Additionally, I consider case geometry, space constraints, aesthetics, and component compatibility. Since no two builds are alike, it takes some vision to get from start to finish without a lot of turbulence.
Something I can’t stress enough when doing these builds is the amount of patience I have to have. Whether it’s dealing with parts vendors, bleeding a system I’ve just finished tubing, or disassembling stock coolers and heat spreaders, patience is key to getting a build done properly. Cutting corners leads to broken components, and since the customer looking to liquid cool is always cooling high end systems, broken components are an expensive problem!