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June 20, 2011

Hi everyone,

I built myself a computer (mainly for audio and video editing) back in December when I was new to all this, but it just wasn't as fast as my old iMac for some things, mainly due to a rubbish graphics card (NVidia 9500GT). So, I've been saving up for a while and I've now ordered a load of parts. Basically, everything except for the CPU, RAM and motherboard is new.

Case: Cooler Master HAF X
CPU: Intel i7-860 (2.8GHz)
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E
RAM: Corsair 8GB 1333MHz
GPU: NVidia GTX 480 (ASUS model)
Boot HDD: Corsair F120 (120GB)
Storage HDDs: 2x WD Caviar 1TB
PSU: Corsair HX1000
Monitors: Samsung BX2450 plus Dell U2711

I was toying with 16GB RAM but eventually decided I'd be better off £200 buying the monster 27" Dell monitor (I was initially going to get a U2410) just because I love having so many pixels to play with.
I chose the graphics card because it's pretty much the best one which works out of the box with my proposed configuration (I don't want to mess around with kexts etc every time an update comes out )

I chose the ASUS graphics card over an EVGA Superclocked one because I'll be removing the fan mechanism: this is my first attempt at water-cooling.


Everything should arrive in the next few days - I'll keep you guys posted on how the build goes!

hcetech

June 21, 2011: Just got the graphics card in the post - new monitor plus water-cooling gear set to arrive tomorrow.
June 28, 2011: OK - so I've finally finished building the air-cooled system and got everything configured as I want. The SSD is absolutely amazing, as is the GPU - I've never used a computer this fast. This afternoon I began the water-cooling work, and ran into a problem. The reservoir has three holes into which I can screw the fittings, but they're too close to fit two compression fittings. I'm about to drill a hole in the bottom of the reservoir so I can use it properly. The HAF X, by the way, is brilliant for doing a cable-free build - everything is hidden behind the two shrouds, so all you see is the motherboard and the cooling tubes.
June 29, 2011: The radiator had a huge hole in it. I'm so glad I used non-conductive coolant! I'll let you know when the rad gets replaced, though since I'm flying away soon I might not update this for a fair while.
September 31, 2011: OK; we're back in business! I just ordered new barbs and clamps so I'll begin the WCing process again asap - watch this space!

Photos
Here's the build just before installing the reservoir and pump and priming the system - I haven't installed the shroud in the bottom photos so it looks a bit messy.






This is my old build (dusty and blurry - sorry). The old parts are going towards a friend's computer (it's a pretty budget i3 build: his whole setup cost the same as my water-cooling did )


GTX 480



Dell U2711 (it's an incredible monitor - well worth the money )

Edited by hcetech - 10/1/11 at 10:54am
 
Hack Pro
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3820 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme EVGA NVidia GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 32GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair F240 WD Caviar Black 2TB LiteOn iHAS624 DVD-RW XSPC RayStorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EVGA GPU block 2x Laing D5 2x XSPC Single Bay Res 2x XSPC RX360 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Thermochill EC6 coolant: red and blue OS X 10.7.3 Dell U2711 x2 Samsung BX2450 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Apple 20" Cinema Display Apple Wireless Keyboard Corsair HX1050 Case Labs M10 
MouseAudio
Apple Magic Mouse / Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Griffin iMic 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-860 ASUS P7P55D-E ASUS ENGTX 480 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Corsair 120GB SSD + 2x WD 1TB HDDs LiteOn iHAS-224 DVD±RW Mac OS X 10.6.7 Dell U2711 + Samsung BX2450 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Wireless Keyboard Corsair HX1000 Cooler Master HAF X Apple Magic Mouse 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3820 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme EVGA NVidia GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 32GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair F240 WD Caviar Black 2TB LiteOn iHAS624 DVD-RW XSPC RayStorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EVGA GPU block 2x Laing D5 2x XSPC Single Bay Res 2x XSPC RX360 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Thermochill EC6 coolant: red and blue OS X 10.7.3 Dell U2711 x2 Samsung BX2450 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Apple 20" Cinema Display Apple Wireless Keyboard Corsair HX1050 Case Labs M10 
MouseAudio
Apple Magic Mouse / Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Griffin iMic 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-860 ASUS P7P55D-E ASUS ENGTX 480 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Corsair 120GB SSD + 2x WD 1TB HDDs LiteOn iHAS-224 DVD±RW Mac OS X 10.6.7 Dell U2711 + Samsung BX2450 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Wireless Keyboard Corsair HX1000 Cooler Master HAF X Apple Magic Mouse 
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hey man you many want to edit your post to say your gonna use it with a LEGAL copy of windows. Illegal OS's arent to be posted about. nice build though
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500k @ 4.5GHZ (for now) MSI P67A-GD65 BFG GTX 260 OC SLI 2x2GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 2133 CL9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Barracuda 320GB, Spinpoint F3 1TB, Barracuda 1.5TB Sony Optiarc BD-ROM Windows 7 Ultimate x64 HP 2311x 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Dell L100 In Win Commander 1200W RV02B-EW Trackman Wheel 
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Intel Core i5 2500k @ 4.5GHZ (for now) MSI P67A-GD65 BFG GTX 260 OC SLI 2x2GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 2133 CL9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Barracuda 320GB, Spinpoint F3 1TB, Barracuda 1.5TB Sony Optiarc BD-ROM Windows 7 Ultimate x64 HP 2311x 
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Dell L100 In Win Commander 1200W RV02B-EW Trackman Wheel 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by OutOfBalanceOX View Post
hey man you many want to edit your post to say your gonna use it with a LEGAL copy of windows. Illegal OS's arent to be posted about. nice build though
Hey,

I'm using tonymacx86's iBoot/MultiBeast method which requires a copy of the Snow Leopard disc... not Kalyway or something else bad
 
Hack Pro
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3820 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme EVGA NVidia GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 32GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair F240 WD Caviar Black 2TB LiteOn iHAS624 DVD-RW XSPC RayStorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EVGA GPU block 2x Laing D5 2x XSPC Single Bay Res 2x XSPC RX360 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Thermochill EC6 coolant: red and blue OS X 10.7.3 Dell U2711 x2 Samsung BX2450 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Apple 20" Cinema Display Apple Wireless Keyboard Corsair HX1050 Case Labs M10 
MouseAudio
Apple Magic Mouse / Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Griffin iMic 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-860 ASUS P7P55D-E ASUS ENGTX 480 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Corsair 120GB SSD + 2x WD 1TB HDDs LiteOn iHAS-224 DVD±RW Mac OS X 10.6.7 Dell U2711 + Samsung BX2450 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Wireless Keyboard Corsair HX1000 Cooler Master HAF X Apple Magic Mouse 
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Hack Pro
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3820 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme EVGA NVidia GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 32GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair F240 WD Caviar Black 2TB LiteOn iHAS624 DVD-RW XSPC RayStorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EVGA GPU block 2x Laing D5 2x XSPC Single Bay Res 2x XSPC RX360 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Thermochill EC6 coolant: red and blue OS X 10.7.3 Dell U2711 x2 Samsung BX2450 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Apple 20" Cinema Display Apple Wireless Keyboard Corsair HX1050 Case Labs M10 
MouseAudio
Apple Magic Mouse / Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Griffin iMic 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-860 ASUS P7P55D-E ASUS ENGTX 480 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Corsair 120GB SSD + 2x WD 1TB HDDs LiteOn iHAS-224 DVD±RW Mac OS X 10.6.7 Dell U2711 + Samsung BX2450 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Wireless Keyboard Corsair HX1000 Cooler Master HAF X Apple Magic Mouse 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hcetech View Post
Hey,

I'm using tonymacx86's iBoot/MultiBeast method which requires a copy of the Snow Leopard disc... not Kalyway or something else bad
Sorry I was unaware that Apple change their EULA to allow use of non Apple hardware with OSX as long as you used a legal copy of Snow Leopard... Maybe that's because they didnt.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500k @ 4.5GHZ (for now) MSI P67A-GD65 BFG GTX 260 OC SLI 2x2GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 2133 CL9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Barracuda 320GB, Spinpoint F3 1TB, Barracuda 1.5TB Sony Optiarc BD-ROM Windows 7 Ultimate x64 HP 2311x 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Dell L100 In Win Commander 1200W RV02B-EW Trackman Wheel 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500k @ 4.5GHZ (for now) MSI P67A-GD65 BFG GTX 260 OC SLI 2x2GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 2133 CL9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Barracuda 320GB, Spinpoint F3 1TB, Barracuda 1.5TB Sony Optiarc BD-ROM Windows 7 Ultimate x64 HP 2311x 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Dell L100 In Win Commander 1200W RV02B-EW Trackman Wheel 
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by OutOfBalanceOX View Post
Sorry I was unaware that Apple change their EULA to allow use of non Apple hardware with OSX as long as you used a legal copy of Snow Leopard... Maybe that's because they didnt.
OK - good point - it no longer says "Apple-labelled" which I took to mean sticking an Apple logo on the side but "Apple-branded".
 
Hack Pro
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3820 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme EVGA NVidia GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 32GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair F240 WD Caviar Black 2TB LiteOn iHAS624 DVD-RW XSPC RayStorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EVGA GPU block 2x Laing D5 2x XSPC Single Bay Res 2x XSPC RX360 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Thermochill EC6 coolant: red and blue OS X 10.7.3 Dell U2711 x2 Samsung BX2450 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Apple 20" Cinema Display Apple Wireless Keyboard Corsair HX1050 Case Labs M10 
MouseAudio
Apple Magic Mouse / Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Griffin iMic 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-860 ASUS P7P55D-E ASUS ENGTX 480 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Corsair 120GB SSD + 2x WD 1TB HDDs LiteOn iHAS-224 DVD±RW Mac OS X 10.6.7 Dell U2711 + Samsung BX2450 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Wireless Keyboard Corsair HX1000 Cooler Master HAF X Apple Magic Mouse 
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Reply
 
Hack Pro
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3820 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme EVGA NVidia GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 32GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair F240 WD Caviar Black 2TB LiteOn iHAS624 DVD-RW XSPC RayStorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EVGA GPU block 2x Laing D5 2x XSPC Single Bay Res 2x XSPC RX360 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Thermochill EC6 coolant: red and blue OS X 10.7.3 Dell U2711 x2 Samsung BX2450 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Apple 20" Cinema Display Apple Wireless Keyboard Corsair HX1050 Case Labs M10 
MouseAudio
Apple Magic Mouse / Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Griffin iMic 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-860 ASUS P7P55D-E ASUS ENGTX 480 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Corsair 120GB SSD + 2x WD 1TB HDDs LiteOn iHAS-224 DVD±RW Mac OS X 10.6.7 Dell U2711 + Samsung BX2450 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Wireless Keyboard Corsair HX1000 Cooler Master HAF X Apple Magic Mouse 
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