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Hello

I've finished this machine a couple of days ago. I intended to put the build log right after I finished up, but I procrastinated.

This is my return to PC gaming after 2 years playing consoles, so it's a completely new build, peripherals and everything. For the full specs, check my sig! Overclocking results, temps and benches will be posted as soon as I finish testing!

This isn't going to be quite as complete and detailed as I wished, due to me not being a very good photographer and due to taking the photos in a very inconsistent fashion. Regardless, I hope you enjoy the log!

I didn't order all my parts from a single store. Most of them were ordered from Overclockers UK, but I had been purchasing some of the parts from other stores for a couple of weeks. Heavier items like the case, speakers and monitor, and items OCUK didn't have, like all the watercooling components I wanted, were all ordered from various computer stores here in Portugal. Thumbs up to OCUK for getting my order here in one day

Assembling the machine

Right after I opened the VERY large box sent to me by OCUK and getting all my other gear out of the closet, I started putting the rig together.


Core parts


Watercooling gear, new case fans and lighting. 1850RPM Gentle Typhoons for the rad, 140mm Gelid Wings for the case, and a Silverstone AP I ended up not using.


The 800D out of its box


Swapped the stock fans for the Wings. They look nicer and move a lot more air. In this picture you can also see that I removed the 140mm fan cooling the hot swappable bays and added a GT on the lower HDD cage. That however, has changed. I now keep my SSD and HDD on the upper cage, cooled by the stock Corsair fan. Hence, the Gentle Typhoon you see here has been removed.




The ASUS P8P67 Deluxe. Looks pretty nice


2600k locked into place


The waterblock's backplate


The motherboard exactly where it should be, along with the CPU and RAM. Note that I forgot the IO shield and had to remove the motherboard and put it back on


Test fitting the radiator. I had to flip it around because the tubes hit the BD drive, just a minor setback.


The EK DCP 4.0 pump and the res to go with it


The pump and res as a combo. Attaching the res was a pain in the rear. I intended to use my screwdriver with an allen bit, but there is so little clearance around the screws that I had to go with the included allen key.


EK's mounting plate and dampening foam. It really does smooth up the acoustics of the pump.


The EK Supreme HF waterblock. The etched EK logo looks like a Transformer.


Measuring the tubes


Loop removed from the case. Attached all the tubes and tightened the compression fittings.


Feser UV Blue. Dyed, pre-mixed coolant. Yeah, yeah, I know.


Filled up! I let it run overnight and while I worked on the rest of the machine. Could barely sleep, this pump is ridiculously loud while the loop has bubbles in it.


The Corsair AX1200 in its rightful place. Unboxing this PSU was a joy, Corsair really works hard at polishing everything they can in their products. Also, I forgot that this was coming with a UK 3-prong plug. Threw it away and used another heavy gauge cord I had laying around.


The Vertex 3 in its caddy...


...and the 2TB WD Caviar storage drive in its own caddy as well.




Connecting the 24-pin and some SATA cables. I eventually gave up on these Akasa cables and just used the ones that came with the motherboard. I thought that rounded cables would help when routing wires, but they make even more clutter. Also, the connectors are too fat, and bend the SATA ports out of place when they are right below or above each other.


The Lamptron FC5. This thing can handle up to 30W per channel, so I picked this one over the Scythe Kaze. Packaging and soldering job isn't exactly top-class, but it works.


Corsair's cable management's usefulness is second only to the wheel.


Good mess.


The Samsung BD Drive. I eventually lost count of how many times I took it in and out of the case (fan control access).


The first MSI 580 Lightning. Awesome looking card. Also heavy.


The video card in its place. It's the longest and tallest card I've ever seen, but it fits nicely in the 800D


The three 1850RPM Gentle Typhoons installed onto the rad. I wasn't able to screw in two of the screws because the holes in the rad weren't wide enough. EK has some quality control to do.


The loop inside the machine. I removed the video card just in case something went wrong.


After some testing, I decided to fit the UV cathode like this. It works well, and remains invisible from the outside, so the only thing you see is the glowing effect.



To be continued!
Edited by xFyre - 7/21/11 at 6:04am
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Nice set up. Did you get those Lightnings recently? If so, from where? I'm trying to get a second one, but they are never in stock anywhere so I'm thinking I may just get a reference design if I have to wait much longer. How are you liking those monitors? I had a room mate with 2 of them and they looked spectacular.
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I got my Lightnings around the first of June. They've been mostly out of stock since then...
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Solid build, it's incredible playing games maxed out on those 580's!
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let's see that build log and Overclock
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I'm adding pictures right now!

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Nice set up. Did you get those Lightnings recently? If so, from where? I'm trying to get a second one, but they are never in stock anywhere so I'm thinking I may just get a reference design if I have to wait much longer. How are you liking those monitors? I had a room mate with 2 of them and they looked spectacular.
I got the two Lightnings from Overclockers UK. They still had quite a few left when I ordered them two weeks ago, now they are down to 3.

The monitor is incredible, I'm really impressed with the color accuracy of this thing, considering the fact that it's a TN panel. It's really bright as well, very good viewing angle and you can adjust it pretty much any way you want. Also, it looks really good design-wise.
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Added a whole bunch of pictures, will add more later!
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did you flush out the rad before you used it? I hope that you did....
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did you flush out the rad before you used it? I hope that you did....
First thing I did when I got the rad weeks ago.
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More photos added!
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