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PROLOG

Well guys, after almost a year of this build being built, here it is the build log! What i mean is that the actual setup was done back ago from May-August 2010, but due to my uni exams + national service + other obligations (+ my boredom to sit down, tidy up the photos and write the build log ) i was constantly postponing this... till now. Of course, during this year some things on the whole system have changed, i'm mentioning these changes on the respective photos, but the backbone is unaltered plus, the final images are taken few days ago -and nothing have changed since then.

Anyway, before i bombard you with the photos (i guess this is what everyone wants to see in a build log ), it would be ungratefulness not to thank the community here in OVN. I'm not mentioning particular names cause i'm sure i'll omit many and i don't want to be seen as such; i'll just say a general THANK YOU to all OVN members that helped to my start with watercooling several years ago & also assisted me in getting the "grasp" of the art in the course. You rarely find such helpful and patient communities so, keep it up fellas .





LOOP info

Name: F117 Stealth for 2 reasons;
- first, after wandering years in many setups, air and water cooled, i finally wanted a TRUE silent setup and finally made it. Honestly, it's not uncommon to me, after pressing the power on button, to check the front lights of the case so as to be asured that the pc actually started. It cost, money and temps wise, but trust me, i loved the final outcome, still love it and i'm really proud of it.
- The case used here, Silverstone's RV02 (aka Raven 2) has the curves, the color and the general "feel" of the F117 Stealth fighter.

Loop: The loop is XSPC single 5.25 black res > Swiftech MCP655 (w/ EK-D5 X-Top v2) > Black Ice SR-1 560 rad (w/ 4*140mm Noiseblocker PK1) > Q9550 (lapped w/ Watercool Heatkiller 3.0 LT w/ backplate) > Asus 5850 (w/ EK FC5850 Acetal + Nickel) > XSPC single 5.25 black res

Liquid: Primochill PC ICE Clear

Tubing: Masterkleer 7/16 ID 5/8 OD
(i believe i used masterkleer as in my first setup but can't find the receipt, anyway the diameters are correct anyway)

Adapters: Bitspower Black adapters (rotary and fix)

System: You see it in my sig .

Temps (TBA as soon as i OC the cpu)

CPU (core 1 - 4)
Idle: | | |
Load: | | |
Delta: | | |

GPU (shader, dispIO, VRMs, MemIO)
Idle: | | |
Load: | | |
Delta: | | |

Paste used is Arctic Cooling MX-3.


Shops: Most parts were bought from HighFlow.nl and local greek shops.
I have to strongly recommend and congratulate on Highflow's excellent after-sales support. The guys made a mistake with the -expensive- fans and instead of PK1 they shipped me the XK1 (which are louder and a bit cheaper); well, needless to say that they sent me the correct fans with no charge at all. This might seem "normal", but do note that only the shipping cost for Netherland to Greece and vice versa (because they also paid the shipping cost on my side to return them the XK1 fans) is more than the actual fans' cost. So yeah, definitely recommended.


Before i put photos from start to finish, a BIG DISCLAIMER: Sorry for the noobish photos but i'm not a photo expert! Also, at the time most photos were taken during the build i had a basic digital PENTAX camera which is a... basic camera. However, the photos taken of the final setup and the cpu lapping were shot with my bro's brand new CANNON D550 and the difference is obvious.

Now... shall we?

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BUILD LOG

First things first; the almighty Silverstone RV02, aka "Raven 2" chassis. I won't delve into this, i'll just note that this is the 2nd chassis to use an "upside down" design, since all stuff is 90 degrees rotated (SS has already patented the design if i'm not mistaken). The chassis has pre-installed 3*180mm silent fans on bottom pushing the air up. The whole design grants great temps, even for plain air-cooled systems.

For more info:
Silverstone Raven 2 (RV02) official page

And 2 videos showing the "stack effect" used in Raven series:
Stack Effect cooling RAVEN RV01 case - part 1

So, here's the case:


[NOTE: XSPC res is not included ofcourse ]

An APC BR1500LCDi UPS to have piece of mind.




Corsair 850HX



A little but tough guy: Intel X25-V [40GB] ssd for OS + drivers + basic programs. Honestly, the most valuable upgrade made to my pc-involvement history till now. When the ssd prices drop for the large capacities, the first thing i'll do is rip apart the HDD.
The little plastic casing is from Raven's chassis, as you'll see later, with this case you can attach the SSD to the side of the chassis - without wasting any disk slot!



Here we have most of the WC parts lined up.



Let's take a closer look...


Watercool Heatkiller 3.0 LT cpu block w/ backplate


XSPC single 5.25 black res (comes with both black and silver covers)



Swiftech MCP655 with the EK-D5 X-v2 top (better flow and mainly, easier tube routing in my case). Note that this little seawolf is ~5 years old but it's still alive & kicking!



Some rubber pads used both for the pump and the rad.



I held several photos for Asus 5850 and i think you'll understand the reason.



It's like opening an expensive jewellery, isn't it?






Here's another jewellery, EK FC5850 Acetal + Nickel.






Now, let's stop a bit here and make some interesting tests, shall we?

First, a simple SIZE comparison test:


And now, the WEIGHT comparison test (values in Grams):




nuff said...


Moving on on preparing the EK block with some AC cleaning stuff. I believe you can see some difference in the 2nd photo.




Preparing ASUS




Locked & Loaded

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And now, the BIG ONE, the Black Ice SR-1 560 rad. I had hard time finding and getting this one but it totally deserved the time & effort put into it.


TA-TA!


Believe me when i say this is a BIG rad...


Did i mention that this is a BIG rad?


A big, beautiful & effective rad.


The 140mm Noiseblocker PK1 fans. Silent and decent CFM for the silence they promise. I can confirm that the air is enough to pass through the fins and cool the rad (for anyone interested).



The sleeved 4-to-1 connector for the rads, so that i have an actual reading of them through BIOS.


Locked & Loaded here as well!






And now some sleeving work since i really want tidiness in a setup. I can't see rebel cables flying here and there, it just overloads my neural system.


Pump sleeving.


Various SATA Power cables sleeving.

In this case i didn't want to take out the connectors on the sides so as to sleeve it in the normal way, since putting them back is always a painful -and sometimes unsuccessful- story. What i used here is some "electro-tape", normally used to electrically insulate metallic stuff.
For anyone that hasn't it seen it before, this tape is stretched a lot (can be 10x times it's initial length when stretched), then you surround it around the item you want to insulate (in our case just to sleeve), making sure that some parts of the tape are in contact. The cool part is this, that when you leave it free, it will shrivel (not back to its initial length) and the areas where the tape comes in contact with itself, becomes almost a unified body, just like you've stuck with glue - but better and stronger. As you'll see, i later used the same tape to stop some leakage i had!

The case fan cables. As mentioned in the beginning, Raven 2 comes preinstalled with 3*180mm silent fans on bottom. But it's just the fan power/rpm connectors. On top of the case, there are also 3 switches, so that you can control the fan speed from Low to High . Overall, a messy situation. True to be told, SS put them on the back of the mobo panel so, they're not visible. But to my eyes, is still a mess.


[random image found on web, just to show you the switches - not from my setup]

I thought this would be walk in the park, but when i took out the switches...



Yeah, i was like .

But this wouldn't stop me so... bring it on!


Switches cut apart & cables sleeved. Already a better, "tidier" look.


Switches re-connected and heat shrinks put.



This is what i'm talking about!


This is SS "Clear CMOS" switch, comes really handy when you want an extra backup when cpu oc'ing. I did sleeve this as well, it's not shown here but the final -sleeved- cable is visible in the final photos.





Alright gentlemen, let's put all this together and finish this already!

SR1 screw-attached on a nearby furniture for extra balance.


All in place, waiting for tubing.


[NOTE: the HDD cage is now removed -as you'll see in the final images-, since it was too much of a screw/unscrew-hassle when taking it out. Instead, the pump is directly sitting on the HDD.]

I used some Primochill smartcoils in some hard bends, just to prevent tube kinking.




In case you wonder where is the rad:

The pre-opened WC holes in Raven 2 are in the bottom, behind the last 180mm rad. In this photo i used some books to assure the cables doesn't kick, while i had some extra wooden "feet" prepared for the final setup:



LEAK TEST



ATTENTION! Do you see these beautiful BP rotary connectors on the GPU and CPU? Well, thank God i read some posts here stating some -if not most- were leaking, cause mine were too! But, being informed & prepared, as soon as i confirmed the leak (a small drop of water every ~10secs) i insulated the gap with the aforementioned electrostatic tape. True, the connector is no longer rotary, but the meaning of rotary is to find the perfect position - then it's not rotating either way!
Edited by Athanasios - 5/30/11 at 2:24pm
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So guys, that was it! Before the final images, i post some images from the CPU lapping procedure. Now, i wasn't really going to lap my cpu, but seeing a 10C difference between 2 cores, i had to try it out. I knew that some Q9550 temp probes are faulty, yet if i didn't lap it first, i couldn't be sure if my cpu has faulty probes or a bad contact surface. In my case, both were true (bad surface + faulty probes) but hey, at least i did my first cpu lapping!













FINAL PHOTOS


Left side


Above you can see the SSD attached on the side panel.


Inner




In the last image above you see that the Disk Cage is removed and the pump is sitting on the actual HDD.


Allright gentlemen, let's wrap this up and take some night photos!










NOTE: The UV lights are more realistic in the final photo, where i used my basic PENTAX photo. In the rest i used D550 but i couldn't setup the shutter speed for a more realistic photo. All in all, the whole setup has a "silk & smooth" UV light.

A detail from top




And for dessert, some photos from my whole desktop.










THE END

That was fellas! I hope you enjoyed the ride!

*F117 ready for take-off*
*Permission granted*


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Alot of pictures are borked bro.

Otherwise, looking good.
    
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I'm resizing them down a bit, they're not broken (checked)
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Great build and thread, thanks so much for sharing!

I originally wanted to go with that case, however I knew I would want internal watercooling eventually, and basically the perfect evolution of a case so I ended up with the HAF-X. The Raven 01 and 02 are definitely revolutionary cases, but I was happier in the end with evolution instead of revolution, especially since the revolutionary case really helps air cooling.

I love the lapping job! Did it end up balancing out the temps more like you wanted? I've always imagined that the temp difference between cores was an internal processor thing, not really an uneven heat distribution thing, but you may very well have been right.

Really great stuff, and thanks again!
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OK guys, i resized the images down to a more "human" size so that any server/connection can handle them. Now all images are visible.

Quote:
I love the lapping job! Did it end up balancing out the temps more like you wanted? I've always imagined that the temp difference between cores was an internal processor thing, not really an uneven heat distribution thing, but you may very well have been right.
As i said, nope, my q9550 is another one with faulty temp probes. At least now it's a lapped q9550 with faulty probes .

As for the temps (even if for two cores are wrong) i will post them as soon as i OC it
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Samsung 470 Series + Intel X25V + WD Caviar Black Samsung Super WriteMaster Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Dell Ultrasharp 2209WAf [eIPS, 22''] 
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Great build man, I can definitely see what you meant by the whole F117 Stealth Fighter concept, really digging the idea behind your build. And great job on lapping of your CPU, looks very nice
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