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Hey everyone!
This is my first time doing a build log and also my first time watercooling. I got the white Switch 810 as an upgrade from my HAF 932 Advanced, and while I'm using a few parts from my old build, like a few hard drives, this will pretty much be a brand new build. This will be my first build in 4 years, as it's time to dump my old, crappy system, which I'm moving to a new build for my dad. (no point in putting that up as a log haha)


I'm switching from the following:
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Q6600 @ 3.0 GHz
4GB XMS2 RAM
2x GTX 260's
EVGA 680i SLI (yes, that old)

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Ivy Bridge (cant decide i5 or i7 yet)
I'm between MB's - looking for an Asus Max. V Extreme, but heard a rumor it wasn't a planned product???
16GB Vengeance Low Profile RAM
DT 5Noz Water Block
GTX580 Classified Hydro Copper
Koolance PMP-450S with 24V controller
14x Monsoon Compression Fittings
FrozenQ Reservoir (White/Blood Red)
X-Fi Fatal1ty Sound Card
128GB Samsung SSD
Black Ice SR1 360mm Radiator
GTX 140mm Radiator
Black Ice Pro 120mm Radiator

Full details in my signature

I'm going to be home this coming week for spring break, so i will have pics and test fitting of my watercooling gear then.
I'll have the next few spots reserved for the build/pics.
Feel free to ask any questions, I'm no expert but I'll try to help or explain as best I can!!

Thanks,
Enjoy!!



The only thing I ask of you guys is to give me some time with this. I am new to watercooling, and I'm still doing my parts shopping. Also, after this week of break, I'm back in school for a month, so in that time, there won't be many images or build updates, just the occasional post to answer questions, etc. I just want you all to keep in mind it will be a little bit before completion thumb.gif


Just some teasers of what I've got so far. When I'm home, I'll embed the photos in the thread.



INDEX

Major Updates:

MAJOR Update #1: Parts begin to arrive/Old Rig

MAJOR Update #2: Spring break ends/QDCs Arrive/Tubing Done thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

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MAJOR Update #5: Final Test Fitting

MAJOR Update #6: Leak Testing! thumb.gif

Updates:

Update #1: Unboxing/Transition to Switch/LEDs/Tubing

Update #2: Holes drilled for res.

Update # 3: NZXT Mix Ordered

Update #4: Second 580 Classy for SLI

Update #5: More Fittings!

Update #6: SATA Sleeving

Update #7: A Crap Ton of Pictures!!



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Backstory to my PC life thumb.gif





A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PMing ME FOR INFO ABOUT THE LEDs THAT I HAVE IN THIS SYSTEM.
HERE IS A LINK TO THE LEDs:

LED KIT
Edited by crazyg0od33 - 6/3/12 at 10:00pm
post #2 of 257
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Ok everyone,
I feel while it may not be necessary, I'd like to give a little bit of backstory about this build, and my previous build, so here it goes:
Back Story (kind of a text wall lol) (Click to show)
I am no expert at all of this. I do know a lot about computers, and I am fascinated with the components and hardware that goes into making them work. I had always had an urge to upgrade systems, but never thought about building my own. The first computer I remember was a dell "gaming" computer, with 512mb of ram and an AGP graphics card. This was where my computer bug first bit me. I was probably 12, maybe 13 at this point, and I convinced my dad (slowly coming to be good with computers under my teaching) to buy another 512mb of ram. Upgrading the ram in this PC was my first experience with being INSIDE a computer. Soon after, I upgraded to an ATI AGP-based graphics card (the MB in that PC didn't have PCI-e at that point, it was JUST coming to market).

Obviously, since computers and tech moves so fast, that PC was outdated in about a year. So, I dealt with a computer that froze every time I double-clicked in an RTS game for a few years. *side note: that same PC JUST died last year on my parents tongue.gif * Ok, so it was freshman year in high school, and I was in a computer aided design class. Every one of the teacher's computers was custom built, and back then, were monsters. About a quarter way through the year, one of the other kids in class (a senior at that point) brought in parts for a PC, and the teacher helped him build it, in front of all of us. I was HOOKED 100% at that point. So, with my birthday coming up, I managed to convince my parents to let me build my very own computer, using the good old "educational" excuse (even though it was tongue.gif ). And so I started shopping online for my components. My teacher was just as excited as I was, because he'd never worked with a quad-core before. So, with all of my components purchased, I brought it all into class to begin work on my new hobby. A hobby which churned out the very same computer (except w/ 8800gt not 260's) that I am now replacing.

Unfortunately, not everything went as planned. My class period was the last one of the day, and as the days went on, I found out my teacher was building the computer WITH a kid from another class period. As you may expect, I was furious. I put my hard earned money into this build, and literally all I did was put in the RAM and 8800gt. The computer was finished, and I still had no clue how to mount a motherboard, or plug in the headers and power cables, etc. So the next year, I took a computer repair/tech. support class, where they taught us to build computers. So I finally learned to build a PC from scratch.

From there, I kept researching, and kept learning, and eventually upgraded to a HAF932, megahalem cooler, and the 260 SLI setup. Four and a half years later (aka right now) I'm 19, about to finish my first year at college, and will be going home to finish up this *hopefully* epic build. It took me a LONG time to get here and learn all I needed to about water cooling and building computers, but I did manage to get this far. I just want to thank everyone on these forums and on EVGA's forums for helping me over these years, and teaching me almost all I needed to know to build a computer.

I hope that all of these builds and these priceless resources on this site and countless others can inspire those who don't believe they have the knowhow to build their own computer to just go for it. That's what I did, and I couldn't be happier. I even get to "re-do" (*downgrade*) the old PC for my dad's office, which is awesome since I've been trying to convince one of them to let me build them a computer thumb.gif

It's even helped me in college. My roommate next year and I want to try and start up a fun little "business" where we help people upgrade/build/repair their computers on campus, for those that want great PC's and not a laptop.

SO, once again, thanks for reading through this story, and thanks for looking through my build log (another thing I've never done and am learning to do biggrin.gif ). I really appreciate everything you all have said and helped with as I go along.





Edited by crazyg0od33 - 5/2/12 at 3:58pm
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Alright everyone, it has begun. First up I'll show you all some pics of my old rig (some of which I'll be selling here and on EVGA forums), followed by the obligatory pile (or mountain) of goodies I got for this build. Some of these boxes havent even been opened yet so I'm not sure exactly what's in what...

So, let's get underway, shall we?
First I got some pics of the old rig:
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Some detailed shots of some components:

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Next is my new mountain of fun!
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Keep checking back tonight, I'll be updating a few times with detailed component shots, as well as the hopeful teardown of the old rig.





Edited by crazyg0od33 - 5/2/12 at 11:00am
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Ok, I've got some new pics for you all today. I have some of the parts I'll be using, as well as the finished product of me moving my old stuff into this case (ignore all the cables, I don't care about that right now. Also, as a treat, I'll be linking a video of my LEDs later and I'll put some pictures of them up now.

Starting with the switch:
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My Liquid Fusion Reservoir:
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My DT 5Noz Waterblock from Detroit Thermo:
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One of my 3 Radiators:
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My rig, moved/moving into the switch:
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Alright, finally got around to a nice batch of pics thumb.gif

VIDEO OF LEDs HERE:400
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VERY tiny update. Yes I know its a rats nest of tubing over the block, but I had to to utilize my 2 rads up there:

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Edited by crazyg0od33 - 5/2/12 at 10:57am
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Alright everyone, I have a ton of pics for you guys tonight thumb.gifbiggrin.gif
Enjoy, and as always, questions, comments, concerns are ALWAYS welcome!
Sorry for the wait also frown.gif

Always gotta have the dog in the build log biggrin.gif
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Now on to the actual PC thumb.gif

this is one of my favorite shots -- the case lights COMPLETELY off and only the res. lights on:
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This is the mod I made to my case: I cut the stupidly placed front fan bracket, which allowed me to mount my front 240mm rad. AND have a 90 degree fitting toward the front:
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My SSD mount location:
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Edited by crazyg0od33 - 6/15/12 at 12:40pm
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Looks like it could turn out to be a nice build. Definitely subbed. thumb.gif
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Ooohhh 3 radiators, cool. Where are you going to place them? Top, back, bottom?
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Subbed for Switch-filled awesome!
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Black Ice SR1 360mm Radiator - Top
GTX 140mm Radiator - Bottom (possibly mounted on adjustable fan mount?)
Black Ice Pro 120mm Radiator - Back

This anywhere close to accurate? tongue.gif
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