Rhapsody in Red
Overclockers has received news we have a case coming to review. A case that we hope to turn into an epic build in the course of its review. I'm trying for a relatively quick turnaround on the review, so this log will probably be short and to the point when it gets here. Until then, here's what we'll be working with.
The case: Lian Li PC-Z70
Its interior is as expansive as its exterior is monolithic.
Also along for the ride and (and for evaluation) are going to be quite a few accessories from Bitfenix. They are sending:
Alchemy multisleeved cables...
Alchemy LED Strips (quantity/type TBD)...
...and Spectre Pro LED fans for all the spots in the case.
As the title implies, it's also going to be red. Lots and lots of red. The motherboard and GPUs are all red & black. The benching SSD is even red.
The system going in the case is befitting such a monster. (Links are to our reviews.)
CPU: Intel i7 3960X
MB: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Z DDR3-2133 Quad Channel Memory
GPUs: AMD HD6990 + AMD HD6970
SSDs: OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240G (main OS), Patriot Inferno 100GB (benching OS)
HDDs: Samsung 1TB, Seagate 750GB
ODD: ASUS CD/DVD RW
Fan Controller: Lamptron FC9
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W (**HUGE thanks to Bobnova for loaning that for this build!)
I'm debating whether to air or water cool the CPU (GPUs will both retain their stock cooler, befitting the red theme). Water would, of course, be cooler (heh) but it will require purchasing a dual 140mm radiator. I've found an inexpensive one at FrozenCPU and hope to go with that. I already have pump, res, block & tubing.
The case obviously does not have a side panel window. I'm seeing if Lian Li possesses something like that, otherwise I'll be taking on my first side panel window mod.
The project is being named after a song my band in college wrote & performed regularly. It's by far NOT our best song and always felt to me to be repetitive and annoying but the title fits this build to a T - Rhapsody in Red.
That's it for now. The components save PSU are already here and in use, but the case, accessories and PSU are on their way. I hope you enjoy this log somewhat close to how much I expect to enjoy building it.
***Mods et al, please note this entire post was run by Tater Tot prior to posting. There are no sponsors here, everything you see is review hardware; I'm just posting a log of putting it together. Thanks Tator Tot!
Tator Tot Edit - What he said is true, I've already double checked this, everything is kosher.