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Hey all! Another question about Corsair Hydro X Series products, this should be a quick one. If I don't have enough Clear XL8 coolant for my build, would it be ok to mix or top off my reservoir/pump with distilled water? I've heard many people try this with no issues but i'd like to have you guys' opinion on it. Thank you so much! Can't wait to hear back! Have an amazing day!
This is a build log, being kinda treated as a blog, and started before I've picked up a single tool. (I poked at the empty Obsidian today. It's toolless.) Actually, it's going to be my office workstation for awhile, and eye candy for the cubicle farm, so I'm going with my company's orange color and slapping our logo on it; but in the end, it will be serving files in my living room. I'm only at the stage of collecting the parts I am sure about, and trying to pin down the questions about the ones I'm not sure about. I'd invite comment of all kinds. This build isn't time-limited, and therefore it isn't really budget-limited. I don't mind spending 2-4 months collecting parts. I want to get it right. At the same time, I don't want to go overboard and make it into something it's not meant to be. The vision is for a very CPU/RAM heavy headless NAS that can boot a few lightweight VMs for the convenience of my home network, and that looks awesome glowing in the corner next to the tp-link router and cable modem. So, two things right off the bat: it's not going to get sound hardware, and I'm going to try to live with the onboard graphics. If that turns out untenable, I'll spend $40 or less on a passively cooled older Radeon. So the usual fun stuff isn't in scope - this is a working horse, not a stage animal. I say "Near-Silent" because I've decided against passive cooling generally, even a passively radiated liquid solution, not that I've seen any. I might move somewhere that doesn't have air conditioning and need the cooling capacity. So, the strategy is to use one 240mm radiator, and fill every fan bay with the quietest fans I can find, and run them as slow as they'll go until they're needed. Overclocking will never be done. The goal is to make a home NAS box I can keep until PCIe seems antique-slow, and seamlessly migrate spindles as larger drives get cheap, so I won't be beating up my silicon looking for milliseconds of gaming advantage. I doubt the server-oriented motherboard will let me overclock anyway. The parts list as it's evolved so far: Bought: Case - Corsair Obsidian 250d Mobo - ASUS P10S-i motherboard and matching TPM module Boot - AData 128GB M.2 SATA SSD Misc - protective plugs for all unoccupied ports inside and out Misc - ultra slim 4pt usb3 hub for internal mount, for front panel Misc - teeny little pc speaker buzzer mounted on 2" wire Decided but not ordered yet: Intel Xeon E3-1270 v6 CPU Matching KVM module for mobo, once they're back in stock Corsair H100i kit, assuming it can be modded the way I want BeQuiet Silent Wings 3 fans, 2x80mm and 2x120mm BeQuiet Dark Pro 650w power supply (probably overkill) ChaosKey USB random number generator, mounted internally Disk: 2x WD Red SATA 6TB Need but not identified yet: 16GB unbuffered DDR4 2400MHz ECC memory, x2 Interior RGB and maybe UV lighting modules The quietest 200mm fan on the market Water block for motherboard PCH Hose solution for hacked H100i Replacement coolant - orange available? Lighting and fan control solution(s) Identify Linux LVM block cache SSD needs Open questions aimed at Corsair: Will I need to add a reservoir and external pump, or will the pump that comes in the H100i's CPU plate suffice with the additional block(s)? I realize I'm voiding warranty and going directly off-script with it, just asking what the engineers think. Will the H100i's CL feature separately report/control the pump and two fan speeds over USB, or am I barking up the wrong tree here and need the bigger unit? Any chance a medium size unit will come out soon? Does the H100i's controller plug into the CPU fan PWM header so it can feed it a lie to prevent BIOS errors, or do the fan/fans/pump plug directly into the header? A peace offering to Corsair about the fans and power supply: 1st of all I'm impressed with the build quality and design virtues of the Obsidian 250d. It's almost perfect, and that's really high praise coming from me. I'm glad I chose it. I nixed the Corsair power supplies from my list, even though I like the Link integration and would prefer a power supply that's engineered into the case's cooling strategy by the company that built the case, because of a lot of frank and non-trollish-sounding reviews about your supplies frying soon after first power-up on a certain well known shopping site. I'm willing to add it back to my list and reconsider, if you can show me those issues have been addressed to my satisfaction. Likewise about the fans, nobody seems to be coming close to the SilentWings 3's acoustic performance. If you've got a product I've missed, available in 80, 120, and hopefully also 200mm, in my choice of PWM or DCV controlled, that competes with the merits of a 6-pole motor that's rated for 300K hours of use, at <15db full speed, with a cross-section-optimized fan blade and a fluid bearing, then I'm happy to buy from an American company over a German one. It just appears to me that the Germans have us soundly beaten on case fan design at the moment, and going with the absolute best I can find/afford on fans seems like the only way I'm going to make a has-lots-of-fans-turning-slowly strategy work well enough for a living room, or a cube farm populated solely by macbook pros. Open questions to anyone: Anything at all you'd like to chime in about. Nice to meet you all.