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Greetings all

While I have been building PC's for over 15 years, I've never done a water-cooled PC, never done sleeving, never made them for anything other than pure function and performance. So this build will be my first attempt at doing a build that looks as good as it functions.

I'm a fan of Star Wars, like so many others here I'm sure, and I am looking forward to the upcoming BioWare MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR). If you haven't heard of this game, then you probably don't play PC games.

So I decided that I would do a theme PC build for the Sith Empire, the faction of choice, since Jedi's are a bunch of hypocrites, and shooting lightning from your hands is just awesome.


The plans are to use a Silverstone TJ07, invert-reverse-BTX mod the motherboard tray, liquid cool the CPU and GPU, sleeve the cables mostly in black but with some red accents. The viewable side panel (after the reverse-flippy-mobo) will have the Sith Empire logo (see above) laser cut out, with red plexiglass behind it. The front will have a four bay reservoir (currently being custom made by CyberDruid) with an aluminum plate over that with the Sith Empire logo also cut out of there. Most of the inside will be black with red accents, such as the RAM, some sleeving, tubing, possbily printed logo's, LED's, o-rings, and wherever else I might sneak it in.

Let's look at some of the hardware I recently purchased.


Left to Right:
Corsair SP2500 speakers
Corsair AX1200 PSU
Logitech G110 keyboard (has red LED option)
Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD
G.Skill RipjawsX 16GB DDR3 1600
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 mobo
Intel 2600K CPU
EVGA GTX 580 SC (see below for more on that)
Asus VE278 27" LED display
Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB (missing from photo)

So first thing you have to do is make sure all this stuff actually works before you go doing any modding and messing around with it.


Loading Win7 x64 with no problems, then installed the drivers, did some benchmarking, messed with the BIOS more, and all seems to be working.


A stock cooler on my CPU. I feel so dirty.

(Sorry for the bad pics, I'll try to get more lighting in my man cave for future pictures so I don't need the flash, and try to get better at taking pictures, need practice)

So all works, packed the stuff back up for now, and just waiting for the case and water cooling parts to arrive, which I pick up tomorrow, along with a new desk & chair at Ikea. MDPC-X sleeving, heatshrink, mounting parts, and tools should arrive next week. Reservoir should be a week after that.

In the mean time, I'll get working on getting the case modded, the layout, and some laser cutting done. Those of the next steps for me.

Let's talk about that EVGA GTX 580 SC for a second. Either EVGA or nVidia (only heard complaints about this so far for EVGA cards) have modified the reference design so that they no longer include the heat spreader on the GPU. This means that aftermarket GPU water blocks don't fit properly, because they were designed for the reference card that includes the heat spreader. So I had to RMA my brand new card to EVGA and they are sending me one that has the heat spreader (their Rep checked my S/N, mine is a new card missing the heat spreader). So just be warned, if planning to buy a new nVidia card, it may be missing that heat spreader, especially if it's from EVGA. Thankfully though, EVGA has great customer service, they paid for me to ship my card to them, and hopefully a nice new one with heat spreader will arrive for me shortly. Hopefully all will end well with this.

Be gentle with me, this is my first worklog.
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Intel 2600K ASRock Extreme7 Gen3 EVGA GTX 580 SC G.Skill RipjawsX 16GB DDR3 
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Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD Win7 x64 Asus VE278 27" LED Logitech G110 
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Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD Win7 x64 Asus VE278 27" LED Logitech G110 
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post #2 of 81
Looks nice, however you're pc will never be in a case now, mine was on the bench for a month because I just couldn't be bothered.
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post #3 of 81
Nothing like the look of new hardware fresh in the boxes. GL with the endeavor!
post #4 of 81
Looks great, although I'd question the 16gb of ram if you're looking at high CPU overclocks and not using VMs.
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8 x 146GB HP 10k SAS - various RAID levels RAID Controller LSI 9260-8i 512MB LiteOn IHAS124 Noctua NH-D15 
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post #5 of 81
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I'm not looking for insane OCing. It's going to mostly be playing SWTOR, and the game doesn't require insane spec's. I just wanted to go with a theme PC design to match my game of choice. In MMORPG's, more RAM is better, they hog memory.
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Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD Win7 x64 Asus VE278 27" LED Logitech G110 
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post #6 of 81
If you're going to watercool. Start off with the XSPC RASA RX360 kit. If you want better temps for overclocking, then buy an RX240 rad in addition to the RX360 rad. The only downfall with the kit is the pump. It's fairly weak but will do the job with one rad however if you plan to OC and want very good temps, you'll need to get another pump for the 240 rad. I suggest something like the D5. Another item you may want to purchase for optimum cooling and OCing of your GPU is something like the Aquagrfx full gpu block for the 580. If you want specific items for WCing, let us know.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ScytheNoire View Post
In MMORPG's, more RAM is better, they hog memory.
Actually, a lot of mmorpgs (WoW especially) are very often CPU bound, and scale very well with overclocks
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB 4 x 2TB Barracudas in RAID10 2 x WD Blue 1TB RAID0 2 x 3TB Seagate Barracuda 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
8 x 146GB HP 10k SAS - various RAID levels RAID Controller LSI 9260-8i 512MB LiteOn IHAS124 Noctua NH-D15 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
8.1 Enterprise Acer GD245HQ (120hz) LG W2420P LG IPS231P 
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Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2630 v3 (20M Cache, 2... Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2630 v3 (20M Cache, 2... Lenovo RD650 128GB DDR4 ECC REG 
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Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 2 x LiteION 750W 80PLUS Platinum RD650 24x2.5" chassis 
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post #8 of 81
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zmanster View Post
If you're going to watercool. Start off with the XSPC RASA RX360 kit. If you want better temps for overclocking, then buy an RX240 rad in addition to the RX360 rad. The only downfall with the kit is the pump. It's fairly weak but will do the job with one rad however if you plan to OC and want very good temps, you'll need to get another pump for the 240 rad. I suggest something like the D5. Another item you may want to purchase for optimum cooling and OCing of your GPU is something like the Aquagrfx full gpu block for the 580. If you want specific items for WCing, let us know.
Thanks, but I actually already have all my WC supplies shipped, I just need to pick them up tomorrow.

Will post all the WC goodies Friday.
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Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD Win7 x64 Asus VE278 27" LED Logitech G110 
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post #9 of 81
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I've been horrible at doing any updates, but I've been busy with other stuff. My computer room is a disaster right now. Need to get it more organized.

But here's a little teaser picture. Got some stuff back from the water jet cutting.

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Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD Win7 x64 Asus VE278 27" LED Logitech G110 
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post #10 of 81
Ooooooo... I look forward to the glowy goodness that will be your logo areas
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