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any decision on the back plates for the 690s yet?
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Blocks look amazing Chris! thumb.gifthumb.gif
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I don't see any pictures yet. There must be something wrong with my Internet..
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Originally Posted by cpachris View Post

Here is the video on installation of the aquacomputer aquagrafx 690 blocks....Working on some pictures now!

That song. thumb.gif
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Hey CpaChris,

First post on OCN and definitely all because of this build log. Truly amazing to read and watch the vids (loved the fan dominoes) and pictures. If nothing else this build log has made it a certainty that with my next build I will switch from air to watercooled. The parts are just too pretty tongue.gif

Anyway I apologise for the length of this post but I figured since I just spent a few days reading the whole log that I'd take the opportunity to ask some questions and make a few comments.

I've noticed that a few people have asked about the double cpu option and I totally agree with your answer about the xeons. But I am curious will you look at the new 3970X (since this is such an extreme build) or wait for Ivy Bridge-E in Q3 next year before considering an upgrade? Also do you have a set minimum oc goal for the 3960X?

I love the massive features of the AE11 and the mips waterblocks but, just my opinion, the white fittings which look amazing everywhere else just don't look great with the black tops of the motherboard blocks. I am really looking forward to seeing what Doo doos with his blocks. Any chance you'd look into him making copper/plated tops for his blocks? I think the copper and white fittings look incredible; really love those rads you've got in the case. I know the raw copper isn't everyone's cuppa but I love it.

Yes, you are correct. Your PSU's are the prettiest I've ever seen. thumb.gif

Your RAID array is incredible but just wondering if there was a reason you didn't go with OCZ's Vector series? I've read a few reviews and they all seem to agree that these are the fastest out there right now.

I know you're already setup with the 690's and I think they look great and will do an amazing job. Just wish I'd known about this log earlier so I could have suggested a tri-sli of Gigabyte's 670 4GB OC as your interim solution. You would have gotten your 4GB for multiple monitors, had the 670's great oc'ing ability, saved at least $500 on the cards themselves, and, my favourite part, because these cards use 680 size PCB's you can fit 680 waterblocks. Just an opinion but I think the 680 and 690 blocks are much, much better looking than the 670 blocks. That said this build is go big or go home. So two waterblocked 690's as an interim solution seems entirely appropriate biggrin.gif

Not a memory expert by any stretch but at least for what I do I've found that striking a balance between clock speed and latency is better than just the higher frequency. Currently I have 8gb at 1600mhz and CL8, I suspect if I wanted to I could get it to CL7 without much difficulty and it is the fastest memory I've ever owned. So I reckon if you can get 64gb to 1600mhz and CL9 it should be plenty fast; anything faster than that probably doesn't provide a noticeable real world difference but is mostly for benchmarking.

Anyway I think I've gone on long enough tongue.gif Just wanted to say that this build is amazing, I love the colour scheme, the attention to detail and the raw power of what you are building. Congratulations on the engagement, although you may have to finish soon so you can help plan and organise the wedding right? Hehehehehe, I really thought the computer would be done by page 260 and that the final ten would be pictures and people drooling over it. Oh well Subbed.
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Originally Posted by TPE-331 View Post

BBBB - Big Beautiful Badass Block.
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Bye Bye Boring Blocks..... smile.gif


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Originally Posted by True North View Post

WOW Chris, that looks awesome. Maybe I missed the post but did you give up on using 64 GB of RAM? It looks like you are only installing 32 gb.

Still undecided...but I ran into an issue where when I have all 8 slots populated...it was lowering the Physics score on 3dmark significantly. I know that probably sounds strange...but it was a repeatable result with the only change being # of ram slots filled. Decided I would run 4 sticks at a faster frequency, and see how much of the 32GB gets chewed up during some of my work.


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Originally Posted by tdhall81 View Post

any decision on the back plates for the 690s yet?

I like dwood's stuff. But I was holding off to see how much clearance I was going to have with the block. The placement of the inlet/outlet on the Mips board block...will prohibit use of backplate for any thing in slot #3. I'm still playing with options on the slots I'm going to use. If I can stay away from using slot #1...the tubing run goes a lot cleaner. But that pushes one of the cards down to slot #7...and it really hinders a lot of stuff down there (usb, audio, debug LED, power/reset, etc.).


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Originally Posted by Khepira View Post

Blocks look amazing Chris! thumb.gifthumb.gif

Thanks Khepira! I'm really happy with them. Been looking at them in a box for 3 months now...glad to be seeing them on the board.


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I don't see any pictures yet. There must be something wrong with my Internet..

tongue.gif Ended up doing a lot of "almost last minute" shopping tonight. For some reason...my kids expect presents next week! I'll have the pictures finished tomorrow.


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Originally Posted by Truedeal View Post

That song. thumb.gif

Did you recognize the artist on the first one?


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Originally Posted by Lrae Nekram View Post

Hey CpaChris,
First post on OCN and definitely all because of this build log. Truly amazing to read and watch the vids (loved the fan dominoes) and pictures. If nothing else this build log has made it a certainty that with my next build I will switch from air to watercooled. The parts are just too pretty tongue.gif
Anyway I apologise for the length of this post but I figured since I just spent a few days reading the whole log that I'd take the opportunity to ask some questions and make a few comments.
I've noticed that a few people have asked about the double cpu option and I totally agree with your answer about the xeons. But I am curious will you look at the new 3970X (since this is such an extreme build) or wait for Ivy Bridge-E in Q3 next year before considering an upgrade? Also do you have a set minimum oc goal for the 3960X?
I love the massive features of the AE11 and the mips waterblocks but, just my opinion, the white fittings which look amazing everywhere else just don't look great with the black tops of the motherboard blocks. I am really looking forward to seeing what Doo doos with his blocks. Any chance you'd look into him making copper/plated tops for his blocks? I think the copper and white fittings look incredible; really love those rads you've got in the case. I know the raw copper isn't everyone's cuppa but I love it.
Yes, you are correct. Your PSU's are the prettiest I've ever seen. thumb.gif
Your RAID array is incredible but just wondering if there was a reason you didn't go with OCZ's Vector series? I've read a few reviews and they all seem to agree that these are the fastest out there right now.
I know you're already setup with the 690's and I think they look great and will do an amazing job. Just wish I'd known about this log earlier so I could have suggested a tri-sli of Gigabyte's 670 4GB OC as your interim solution. You would have gotten your 4GB for multiple monitors, had the 670's great oc'ing ability, saved at least $500 on the cards themselves, and, my favourite part, because these cards use 680 size PCB's you can fit 680 waterblocks. Just an opinion but I think the 680 and 690 blocks are much, much better looking than the 670 blocks. That said this build is go big or go home. So two waterblocked 690's as an interim solution seems entirely appropriate biggrin.gif
Not a memory expert by any stretch but at least for what I do I've found that striking a balance between clock speed and latency is better than just the higher frequency. Currently I have 8gb at 1600mhz and CL8, I suspect if I wanted to I could get it to CL7 without much difficulty and it is the fastest memory I've ever owned. So I reckon if you can get 64gb to 1600mhz and CL9 it should be plenty fast; anything faster than that probably doesn't provide a noticeable real world difference but is mostly for benchmarking.
Anyway I think I've gone on long enough tongue.gif Just wanted to say that this build is amazing, I love the colour scheme, the attention to detail and the raw power of what you are building. Congratulations on the engagement, although you may have to finish soon so you can help plan and organise the wedding right? Hehehehehe, I really thought the computer would be done by page 260 and that the final ten would be pictures and people drooling over it. Oh well Subbed.

Shwew! That was a lot of intelligent comments from a first timer! Welcome! I appreciate all the thoughts and comments, and its clear you really must have read everything. That in and of itself is an accomplishment. I'll try and respond to most of the questions/comments.

I've read briefly on the 3970x...and it seemed like a disappointing upgrade. IIRC the only real thing that changed was a small frequency bump. Since I'm already planning a "big" frequency bump via overclock...I don't know if it makes sense to upgrade. If I was buying new at this point...yes...I would go 3970. But I don't feel compelled to upgrade. Ivy-E will probably get my money though. I hope to have a pretty stable 4.8 GHz everyday overclock that doesn't run too much vcore. And then hopefully an extreme profile where I can push over 5.0 GHz for some of my work. The thing that is strange to some...is all the cooling equipment in the box...really won't help me achieve a significantly better overclock. It will help me keep a reasonable temp with very low fan noise...but not necessarily to go much higher on the overclock.

The white is a little shocking for some...but I love the contrast it gives. It blends in well inside the case since the entire inside if white, along with all the rads/fans/cables etc. But yes...the top on my Doo blocks will be solid copper. Should look nice.

Regarding the OCZ Vector....I don't think it had been released yet when I bought all my drives. I need to read a little more about it. I'm having issues with my Areca card and the Vertex 4's. Areca techs tell me that the Vertex 4 has issues with any raid card that has an expander on it. I'm trying to get that confirmed from several sources before I choose an alternate route...but it looks like I may need to either select another card....or another drive. Will post an update soon....

I"m happy with the 690's...and love having only two slots taken up.

Again, I appreciate all the comments and hope to see your name pop again soon. The OCN community is great...you'll love it.
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I appreciate the Hall and Oats. Always a guilty pleasure for me, along with Bread.

The blocks are looking fantastic, by the way.

I, however, have recently realized that my primary video card is reference layout, and knowing this straight away put a deposit on my next card, while they still presumably had the same batch. As it turns out my second card was a revision with different PCB that will not fit reference blocks to my knowledge (I could be wrong, but I'm not going to buy the blocks just to find out). Guess I'll stick to air and all in one for now. Next build... Next build......

Anyway, looking great, can't wait to see it all plumbed up
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OCN should pay chris since he makes people create an account in the forums biggrin.gif
     
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OCN should pay chris since he makes people create an account in the forums biggrin.gif

I don't know about that, he does have a tremendous amount of first time posters, but I don't know if it warrants a salary. What would be nice would be to have a stat tallying how many first time posters your threads have.
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I don't know about that, he does have a tremendous amount of first time posters, but I don't know if it warrants a salary. What would be nice would be to have a stat tallying how many first time posters your threads have.

it was a joke. im sure they wont pay him lachen.gif
     
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