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[Build Log] Columbia - Adventures into water cooling

post #1 of 91
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Hello everyone,
Today I am going to show you my build log of the project I am currently working on. It is going to be a water cooled project that I have been planning for quite some time now. And as the pieces come in, I will update the log of what came in and where its going. First off, I would like to thank the people who have sold me some of their gear and a BIG thanks to EliteGeek91 over at the EVGA forums. AND A REALLY BIG THANK YOU TO DAVID FROM KINGSTON TECHNOLOGY for everything he has done and giving me the opportunity to work with him.
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Today I will be showing you the case that came in today. I was using the Cooler Master HAF 912 and came to the conclusion that this would NOT suffice. So for this I went with the NZXT Switch 810. This is my first Full Tower!
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I was afraid because when the box came, it was completely annihilated. But in fact the case itself was in tip top shape. Right away I noticed this thing was massive!!
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and I thought my 912 was big!! I put this all together at my work and I dont even know if its going to fit in my truck!!
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I said my goodbyes and started gutting out the case.
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This case pretty much swallowed up my hardware and made everything look so tiny.
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How ever I did run into one problem. the drive bays for the ssd and hard drives are a little funky.
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as you can see there was no room to fit my SATA and power cables to it. After taking too much time on it I decided something had to go....
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and that worked perfectly.
cable management looks great, the back panel was a female dog though. but got everything just right.
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Everything is working perfect and the airflow in this bad boy is amazing. So until my parts come in which is pretty darn soon, this is all I got for you guys. hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did. Soon the case modding will be up!

LK
Edited by LetterKilled - 3/17/12 at 10:31pm
post #2 of 91
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A little something came in the mail yesterday

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Edited by LetterKilled - 3/13/12 at 6:18pm
post #3 of 91
Lookin good man, subbed. The last pic you posted isn't showing.
post #4 of 91
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how about now?
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It shows up. That case is a monster!
s'all I got
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @4500 ASrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 EVGA GTX 560Ti G.SKILL Sniper 8GB 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSKeyboard
WD 250GB 7200 CM Hyper 212+ Win 7 64 ABS M1 
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Corsair HX650 modded CM 534 MX518 
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i5 2500k @4500 ASrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 EVGA GTX 560Ti G.SKILL Sniper 8GB 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSKeyboard
WD 250GB 7200 CM Hyper 212+ Win 7 64 ABS M1 
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Corsair HX650 modded CM 534 MX518 
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post #6 of 91
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you are exactly right. I had no idea. the pictures don't do it any justice. but I must say, the airflow this thing has is quite amazing. when it came in the mail it was sitting outside and my brother was heading to work and asked if some got a storage shed...ht had no idea what it was.

updates in the afternoon
post #7 of 91
Looks good man.

So what is Kingston sponsoring you? Do you get any free parts?

What parts are you planning on putting in there?
    
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Phenom II X6 1100T  GA-990FX-UD3 MSI 7850 Power Edtion Corsair DDR3 4GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB WD Caviar Green 24x Sony XSPC Rasa RS240 Kit Windows 7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
E2250V LED 22" Microsoft Sidewinder x4 Seasonic 660w X-Series Antec 300 Modded 
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500GB WD Caviar Green 24x Sony XSPC Rasa RS240 Kit Windows 7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
E2250V LED 22" Microsoft Sidewinder x4 Seasonic 660w X-Series Antec 300 Modded 
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post #8 of 91
Hate to break it to ya but the SSD just gets screwed in the opposite way, the sata and power connections just barely hang off the back then and should work fine.

edit: Nevermind I just noticed they load from the back on this case, I was confused by your HDD mounting in the picture above.
Edited by silvrr - 3/15/12 at 6:13am
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post #9 of 91
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yeah, I tried every which way. I did what you said but then it wouldnt go in the bay all the way because the connectors would hit the wall.

Kingston will be supplying me with their water cooled RAM. Im super excited and very grateful for it!

as of what I plan on putting inside:

Fans

CPU Block

Pump

Resi minus the pump

as for the Rad I am stuck either getting the fat one or the slim one of this

For the GPU I really dont want to spend a crap load on it, so I have been looking at the for sale post every day trying to catch one for a good price.
post #10 of 91
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Alright, a bit of an update. I am just now getting stuff in the mail and started cutting up the case. I started but soon realized that I lost my little dremel tool box that had all my different bits... so i just got one today so the mod will continue.

Some fun things!
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getting ready
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making a rough cut
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this is why I hate cutting plastic...it smells so damn bad! my Dremel was busted so the only speed it works on is #2 so when trying to cut, it melts the plastic..and it sucks! haha
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Now, this is right when I figured out I was missing my sanding bits. And at first I was like "meh, no one will notice" jk jk.
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Tomorrow I will start cutting some more and finish this little piece and then head to the plastic store to get some more things.
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