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[Build Log - 100%!!] Abstinence 5k: Switch 810 / SLI 680s / 3770k / Nvidia Surround / CPU + 2GPU loop!

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Final Update: HERE

Second Update: HERE

First Update: Build in Progress, PLEASE post any suggestions or advice! I'm not experienced, i've learned everything from you guys, so if i looks like i missed something, please comment!!! Also, a problem i still haven't thought through.. I'm not sure where the pump is going to go. the res will be inbetween the mobo and 5.25 bays (tall-orientation) and so the pump needs to be somewhere near the 240mm rad in the bottom.. my CURRENT idea is to just slap the damn thing on top of the 120mm fan closest to the front chassis, with the adhesive foam... it works on paper... but is it not a good idea for the long-term? i don't plan on rerouting this thing often, at all. I'll clean it every 6-12mo, but thats it. Please help! smile.gif

About Me:
Hello all, i'm a pretty new face around here. I joined awhile ago to learn the ways of WC. I'm a 3rd year mechanical engineer at cal poly, and i've been building computers since 6th grade, this will be my 4th rig... but been wanting to do a WC loop since my first! This will be my first build log ever, and first serious build i've ever done. I've put in 200+ hours of research for this build since late December, and as of right now, i'm just a 3770k away from finishing! I've spent enough time planning out this build, i can recite every part from memory, down which screws are where. I was going to only post when it was completed, but i figured the feedback during the process will probably point out some things i've forgotten.

About The Build:
Like i mentioned above, i've always been dying to do a WC loop. I've saved a lot of money the past year to do this build, i even took on a new roommate just to save money specifically for this. And so, the "5k" in the name corresponds to about how much this build will be costing me, ~$5,000. The "Abstinence" is a semi-serious joke as to why im building this thing in the first place. I was in a very serious relationship with an amazing girl for 5 years, and last December we had to part ways because of her religious obligations, which hurt, to say the least... So i think you'll get the "Abstinence" joke.. (lol). This project was my distraction, something i could productively do to pass the time. And so, Abstinence 5k was born! biggrin.gif

Coming From:
Old System (Click to show)
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NZXT Lexa Blackline (gift from ex)
Intel 920 i7 2.66Ghz
Nvidia GTX 295
EVGA something mobo
Raptor 150gb OS Drive
Seagate? 1TB Storage drive
Corsair 750TX PSU
3x2gb G.skill something @1333
Creative X-treme Gamer, Circa 2007

Also modded in 2 of the 140mm fans that came with my NZXT Switch 810 into the bottom of the case. Mostly to practice with a Dremel, but also because airflow in the case has always been terrible (idle temps went from 55C to 42C, no OC). There is literally <1mm of clearance fitting the two fans in. Infact i didn't need to screw in most screws because the fan closer to the HD cage actually press-fitted in snug lol.
Full System Specs (Click to show)

Hardware Components
  • NZXT Switch 810 Case (Black)
  • Intel 3770k CPU
  • 2x MSI GTX 680
  • Asrock Z77 Extreme 6 Motherboard
  • 4x 4gb Corsair Vengeance RAM, at 1600Mhz
  • Corsair AX850 PSU
  • 180Gb Corsair Force GT SSD
  • 2TB Seagate Barracuda Green HD
  • 2x Benq XL2420T 120Hz, 24", 3D Monitor
  • 1x Benq XL2420TX 120Hz, 24", 3D Monitor (with 3D kit/emitter)
  • Creative Titanium HD Sound Card
  • Corsair 2500SP 2.1 Speakers (Can't WAIT to listen to these things)
  • Thermaltake Challenger Keyboard
  • MX 518 (migrated from old comp)
  • Logitech G930 USB Headset (migrated)

    Fan Components
  • 9x Nanoxia DX14-1200 140mm Fan (UV Green)
  • 2x Nanoxia FX12-1250 120mm Fan (UV Green)
  • 2x Sythe Gentle Typhoon AP-14's 120mm Fan
  • Lampton FC9 Fan controller
  • Cables: Various Extensions / Y's / PCB Hubs / Converters

    WC Components
  • 2x EK GTX 680 Water Blocks (Black Acetal, Copper)
  • Apogee HD Black CPU Block
  • Swiftech MCP35x Pump
  • EK 250ml Multioption Advanced Reservoir
  • Magicool 3.140 Slim Radiator
  • XSPC EX 2.120 Radiator
  • EK Compression Fittings, Matte Black
  • 2x Koolance QDC VL3N compression set (M+F)
  • 2x Thermal-Star Backlit Thermometer
  • Bitspower G 1/4" Temperature Stop
  • Koolance VID Connector (2-3 spacer)
  • Lian Li Bay Mount for Temp Sensors (Black)
  • Primoflex Primochill PRO LRT GReen 3/8IN, 1/2OD

    Extras
  • Logysis 2x12in UV Cold Cathodes
  • NZXT LED Strip 2m (green)
  • Modright Modder's Mesh (hex) for the top panel / front panel

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The case was much bigger than i expected, but also MUCH nicer than i expected. The build quality of this thing just blew my mind, for a <$200 case, it was exceeding expectations. The chassis is JET black, and there are so many fine details that NZXT thought of to make this thing top-notch.

Also, i live with 7 other guys in my house, this was the best "work station" i could get jealoussmiley.gif

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The Goods.

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I spent a lot of my research picking the fans. Obviously if i went for performance i would have gotten Noctua's or something, but the Nanoxias perform well, very durable, and most of all, look SICK. These things 'pop' like no other, VERY happy with them. i got 2 sythes to be placed under the bottom 240 rad, as they won't be seen.

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I was so happy to mod this thing i didn't take pictures of the modding itself, and as you can see it was a rather rushed job, but the computer will be on a desk anyways, the mesh is mostly for performance reasons.

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Okay, ran into problem #1. How in the Jimmies am i supposed to route fan cables out of the top chassis bay with 140mm? I want the cables to drop out-of-sight right into the 5.25 bays to the fan controller... but no hole exists..

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Lifting up the plastic top, i can see the perfect route for the cables to go.. but the plastic is still in the way.. not for long! biggrin.gif

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BAM, Dremel'd

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drool.gif Once again, blown away by how wow these things pop with a black contrast. I couldn't be happier with the aesthetics.

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So the silicone based "anti-vibration screws" or whatever they're called, work well... but the hole in the chassis is a slightly smaller size than their designed for. I'm not too muscular of a person (long distance runner tongue.gif ), and so i had to WORK to get these things through... and in one case...

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Snapped on me hmmsmiley02.gif

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And so i did what i should have done in the first place, and got plyers for the damn things... worked twice as well as by hand.

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Radiator Bath Time!!!! Heated Vinegar to ~50-80C, then filled halfway, and shook for 10 minutes each fill (4 times each)

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Contents from the XSPC EX240 Radiator

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Contents from the Magicool 3x140mm Slim Raditor... If you can see from the picture, which you probably can't, there was small black particles floating around in it.. VERY glad i flushed this guy.

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After my vinegar rinses, i had a whole jug left, so i poured the entire thing from ~2ft above into an open port, and let the pressure flow vinegar through the rad, and out the other port. Took about 3 minutes to pour the whole thing, but it was a $3 Jug of vinegar i wouldn't have any use for otherwise, so i thought might as well! Afterwards i flushed with distilled, 4x shake, then a straight up bath afterwards to get all vinegar off the things.

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Some discoloration on the Magicool Radiator... maybe left hot vinegar on it too long?

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I guess thats what you get for buying the cheapest rad on the market. Oh well! It'll be out of sight anyways.

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So theres a lot going on in this picture.. This is problem #2. The magicool 3x140mm rad doesn't line up with the holes in the case. Instead of drilling out new ones, i decided to go engineer on this thing. I'll only screw in the top fans into the rad with the middle fan, and the outer two fans will be screwed (with silicone things) into the chassis alone. As you can (maybe) tell from the picture, the silicone plugs have a slight protruding bump on them. This will contact the radiator, so most of the reaction forces onto the rad will be from the outer two fans' silicone screws, which will reduce "wobbliness" in the radiator, with the tension coming from inbetween (middle fan). I might draw a diagram later to make it more clear whats going on, but for now, this crappy picture will suffice.

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Putting in the sythe's as the top radiator isn't 100% dry yet.

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Exactly like i hoped it'd look. Beautiful biggrin.gif

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Radiator screwed in, looks like my plan had worked! steady as a rock.

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SNIP SNIP SNIP... Top compartment: Done!

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Rad is just out of sight, exactly what i'd hoped.

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Well.. how is this screw supposed to be (easily) screwed? i might just leave it without the outer two.. lol. Out of sight, out of mind!

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Build so far.

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Last fan goes in. sexy sexy sexy.

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And this is where i am as of 4/28! While writing this, i just (finally) got in all the fan cables for management. I'll be installing the fan controller tonight, will post updates as soon as they're ready! I don't plan to keep this build log in-progress for long. I get Ivy sometime next week, so within 7 days i shall have ABSTINENCE 5K OPERATIONAL!!!
Edited by saucon - 5/9/12 at 6:18pm
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Well done ! Subbed, looking forward for updates thumb.gif
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My favourte color is green....so jealous. Subbed!thumb.gif
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This is looking epic so far. That green contrast is awesome. And as always Typhoons are my weakness <3
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I just ordered this case and it looks like it is even more versatile than I imagined,
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Update #2: Hardware and Lighting!

I have everything but the 3770k now.. Put in the motherboard, both gpu's, sound card, and UV cathode + green LEDs!!

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I love these PCB boards for cable management... this one is of the 4 fans on the bottom 240 rad, feeding up to the fan controller

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This was the best place i could put the 2 cathodes without having the big blue converter thing showing.. hopefully the way the front window is designed it won't be an eyesore for the bridge white cable

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No way in hell i'm having a silver PCI bracket, and i doubt i'll ever want to turn off the UV cathode,, it doesn't through that might light at all. So i hid it behind the motherboard tray. Less cabling to see!

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laying down the beast for it's first real peice of hardware...

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It's products like this that make me wish i had a better camera... the thing has such high build quality, i was really shocked at how clean it all looked, and excellent packaging too! For a <200 mobo, i couldn't be happier with the aesthetics.

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Beautiful

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Literally right after i put in the mobo, UPS rang the doorbell, i threw off my headphones and answered the door shirtless i was so excited to receive these bad boys, after a solid 2 weeks of trying to find them for 499.99 each. Time to put on some waterblocks!!

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I felt like a doctor preparing for surgery. I was pretty close to having a roommate be my surgical assistant and hand me tools and stuff

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an army of screws removed later..

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Thermal pads applied (pain in the ass) and some thermal paste plastered on the GPU itself.. you can also see where my thumb gave the paste a little kiss tongue.gif

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thumb.gif took about an hour and a half of taking my time. thermal pads took the longest.. made me wish i had tiny hands

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and they're in!! In case you notice a seemingly big error, the graphics card water block connector i got can be inserted after installation, i'll put it in when i do the hosing later

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coming from a x-treme gamer, which i would allude to being a 2001 Acura Integra, this thing looks like a new Mercedes.

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all lights on..... drool.gif

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just UV... could not be happier with how these things pop. The picture is pretty spot on for how much these things glow...


I have 2 midterms this week.. and seeing Bassnectar in concert on Saturday, so either a new update friday or sunday!! Going to route the whole WC loop!
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Looking good so far! I'll definitely be checking back in to see how this progresses! Good luck on the mid-terms and enjoy what I am sure will be a great concert!
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