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Second Build, First Watercool, First Overclock- 56K be warned.

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So I posted in the new members forum about my plans for my build and it's all coming to fruition in the coming weeks. I didn't want to start a build log with out first having some materials right in front of me and I've officially finished what I deemed "Stage 1" of my build with parts for "Stage 2" already arriving. So here goes hope you enjoy.

I wanted a rig that can handle modern games at 1080P res across three screens. So I started off easy. I had my original self built computer (i7-930, MSI GTX480, Gigabyte X58-UD3R, 6gb DDR3) and I really wanted to go triple screen for iRacing. I purchased a PNY GTX680 in late April and added it to my system. Worked like a charm, but I can't really leave well enough alone. I wanted new components to surround what was at the time, the biggest baddest nVidia card on the market. So off to build I went.

I originally wanted a i7 chip, but after reading some great info here on OCN, I went for an i5-3570K. I had a color combination in mind and had a great experience with Gigabyte on my last build so I decided to go with them again and to my luck they had a Z77 board in black and green. Usually the color combination I like doesn't have the features I would use, or it costs 500+ dollars. Luckily for me the Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 is very reasonably priced and when I purchased my chip at Microcenter I got an instant $50 off the mobo. Chip and mobo for $320 bucks.

All of the pics are going to be quick and dirty cell phone pics, I'm not going to set up my camera and tripod until the build is at a prettier stage.

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That's the G1.Sniper M3 in a tiny case I bought to get everything set up and working to make sure I didn't have any hardware problems.

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My friend holding up the Corsair Vengeance 8GB Stick

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Here shows a good old fashioned cluster-**** of wires and terrible lay out. It's so bad I could almost call it modern art. But it does show the OCZ ZX Series 850W modular power supply and mega super awesome glow from the Antec tri-LED noise mak...er case fans. Good eyes will also see the 128gb Crucial M4 SSD and the Hitachi 500GB HDD.

So it all worked. It was in the cheapest case I could find, I ran games with it. It was noisy, I left the GPU fan at 85% all the time and used headphones to drown out the noise. I couldn't decide on a case, but I was able to pick out my monitors.

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3 Asus VS248H-P. Really love them. Good deal from BH.com too.

I played like this for a little while, but the case was definitely not cutting it and my research had brought me to the inevitable water cooling bug. So I started searching out cases specifically meant for water cooling. Thermaltake's Level 10GT was my top choice till I started looking online and seeing some of the Lian Li and mountain mod cases that were out there. The U2-UFO was high on my list until I saw how big it was (and it's pricy). I came across another H2GO build on here with dual 240 rads and I fell in love with the case. So I ordered mine up!

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Ordered the H2Go with large window on top and H-window on the side with wrinkle black powdercoat. It's a great looking case, but I wasn't too crazy about all the chrome 6-32 screws on it.


I knew I was going to need new fans as my old case used 92mm fans and the MM case uses 120's.
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Got six of the SP120 Quiet Editions from Corsair. They do exactly what they say they do, move a fair amount of air at a low noise level.

To control them, I had to go with a PCI bay option as my 5.25" bays are going to be taken up by a reservoir.
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These Xigmatek fan controllers do the job, but the build quality is really terrible. Can't say I recommend them. I may wind up putting two holes in the side of the case adding external knobs for the fan control instead of using these things.

Then it came to just slapping the rest of the parts into the case.
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The hard drive racks really impressed me. I used an adapter for the SSD to fit in a standard hard drive bay, and the mountain mods racks for the disk drives are pretty sweet how they mount to a 120MM fan.
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The adapter and SSD.
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The HDD installed in the MM HDD rack.
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The whole assembly ready to go into the case.
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And mounted to a 120 MM fan.

I decided to pick up some black thumb screws for the case. Little easier to work with and it looks a lot better to me when its all black.
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They really do complete the look IMO.

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And thats how it looks right now.

The case was fairly easy to work with, i had a problem getting my Motherboard I/O to line up and Mountain Mods worked me through in an email they sent me, The only thing about the build so far I would not recommend is the fan controllers.

Now onto the future stuff!

I've got my water blocks already delivered, my reservoir, radiators, and pumps picked out. As soon as I sell my old system I'll be ordering up all the parts. The i5 might be short lived in this system though as I might splurge and get the i7-3770K and put the i5 in an HTPC I want to build with a micro ITX motherboard in a scratch built case. But we'll see.

Plus I've got some time before I install the water cooling, because I have to figure out how to cleanly make my own extensions.
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30 meters of MDPC sleeving. I'll probably wind up inventing swear words along the way.

Lemme know what you think.
Edited by veloceracing - 6/19/12 at 10:56pm
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looks like fun...do we really need to say 56k warning anymore though?

Or has this just become internet slang for " hey, this post has a lotta picks" tongue.gif

The 2go case is a kinda cool lil thing for sure
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Originally Posted by trulsrohk View Post

looks like fun...do we really need to say 56k warning anymore though?
Or has this just become internet slang for " hey, this post has a lotta picks" tongue.gif
The 2go case is a kinda cool lil thing for sure

Old habits die hard I guess. Plus some of the "older" members on other forums I'm on haven't tasted the sweet sweet nectar of the high bandwidth gods. tongue.gif


Onto a little update:

I got the first parts for my watercooling loops in last night, waited to post up what transpired as I tried to resolve it via e-mail.

I ordered a Raystorm and Razor GTX680 from Performance-PCs.com and it arrived yesterday. Got home, the original shipping box was in great condition so I opened it up and started scoping out my new components.

The XS-PC Raystorm looks quite awesome:
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The box came sealed and all the required bits were in there and nothing was damaged!

Too bad about the Razor GTX 680 box.

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I got the box out of the peanuts and found that only about 3/4 of the box was covered in the same plastic wrap that covered the Raystorm box. The right side (as you can see in the picture) was bowed out.

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Close up. Got kinda curious about this, slid the box out of the rest of its "sleeve" and looked at the contents.

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Quick peek inside and the right side is pretty banged up, the instructions are in the bottom of the box...the total opposite of what I saw in unboxing videos.

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Closer look shows the crease in the side of the box.

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When I flipped the thermal paste over to check it out, found it had taken some kind of hit or been opened as the paste was oozing out the cap.


So I emailed Performance-PCs. It didn't go as well as I hoped.

Here is the email chain:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shaun 
Hello Performance pcs,

I received my package from you guys today of a XSPC Raystorm and XSPC Razor GTX680. The outer package arrived fine, however someone had opened the Razor GTX680 prior to shipping it. The factory seal was cut and the box looked like it was forced open from the side (instead of opening it using the flaps and hinges on the box).

How do I go about getting a Razor GTX680 sent to me that hasn't been opened and returning the one that has been opened.

Thanks,

Shaun
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Originally Posted by Performance PCs 
Hello

These are brand new blocks and we just got these. None have ever been returned, we only got 10. So, there is nothing wrong with what you got. Was what XSPC sent us.
Copying them to confirm this.

Best Regards,
Customer Service



1701 Robert J. Conlan Blvd. NE, Unit #5
Palm Bay, FL 32905, USA
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Originally Posted by Shaun 
Hello,

I understand that these are brand new blocks, however someone opened the box prior to shipping it to me and damaged the box in the process. I ordered a new GPU waterblock and received an open box item. I would like to exchange this waterblock for a new unopened box.

Best regards,

Shaun
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Originally Posted by Performance PCs 
Hello

No one opened any of the boxes! We already explained to you that this is how they were sent to us from XSPC. Also what does the box have to do with the product?? You are not installing the box.
Check the block and you will see it is brand new and no problems.


Best Regards,
Customer Service



1701 Robert J. Conlan Blvd. NE, Unit #5
Palm Bay, FL 32905, USA
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shaun 
Hello,

I would like to exchange this with an unopened box because I agreed to purchase a new waterblock, not an open box item. The seal on the box had been peeled back and the side of the box had been opened to bypass opening it from the front. I am not asking for a refund or any money back, just that we exchange the open box item I received for a sealed new unit I ordered.

I would like to resolve this matter amicably between us before having to involve PayPal.

Kind regards,

Shaun
Quote:
Originally Posted by Performance PCs 
Dear Customer,

Just send the block back and we will refund it in full. The part that was sent was new and and is not an open box. All the 680 boxes here are not perfect and so there is not point in sending another one.

In order for us to issue an RMA# Please fill out the Return Merchandise Authorization form on the website home page. It will be in the right sidebar under the Policies Section. Or click here:

RMA Form

Once you have submitted the RMA form we will check it over to see if it qualifies for an return. If it does qualify we will email you the RMA#.


You would then print this out and then send back the RMA email form with the return(s). PLEASE ALWAYS write you RMA # on at least two (2) sides of the package so it is clearly visible.


Any package sent to us without this proper procedure being done or without the form returned will be refused back to the customer.



Best Regards,
Customer Service



1701 Robert J. Conlan Blvd. NE, Unit #5
Palm Bay, FL 32905, USA


Based on the site's policy, I'm responsible for shipping the item BACK to them. I've already paid for shipping to me, so when it's all said and done, I'll probably be paying about $110-$120 for a $90 water block. YAAYY!

I've emailed XS-PC to see what they say about their shipping practices, but I'm not 100% I'll get an answer tonight as I know they are in Asia.

I wish microcenter stocked more XS-PC stuff, wouldn't have to deal with things like this.
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Wow, thats exactly what you paid for right? Customer service with an attitude. I really hope you get this resolved. Its a legit request because yes, you did not pay for an open box item. Who the hell cares if your "not installing the box". You paid new prices, you should get new product.

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Wow, thats exactly what you paid for right? Customer service with an attitude. I really hope you get this resolved. Its a legit request because yes, you did not pay for an open box item. Who the hell cares if your "not installing the box". You paid new prices, you should get new product.
Oh, and thumb.gif to the build man.

Thanks!

I got an update from XS-PC. He explained that the blocks will get opened from time to time by customs agents and this is the reason why the seals on the GTX680 blocks were opened. At this point, it's not worth $30 to get another block from another site, so I'm just going to keep this one and carry on. Can't say I'll ever buy anything from PPC again though.

The only potential snag I've run into is the rads I want (and the ones I bought the fans for) are going to be a very tight fit in my case. Should still be doable though.
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Even if it was customs, which I understand. They still shouldnt of had the attitude. But anyway. Give me moar updates! lol:D
    
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Quick update:

Parts I ordered came in, will be doing an RX240 test fit this weekend.

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Just have to choose the tubing, pumps, fittings and another rad and I'm good to go.

And some LED's for the blocks and reservoir.


Thinking of calling the build green meanie.
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Well... It's been a really long while and most of the stuff I ordered didn't get used because I went for SLI instead of all custom water cooling and I weenied out and got an H80i which is fitting my needs perfectly right now. I still have all the XSPC stuff just don't have the time to putz around with it and be without my PC for a while. So here is how she sits right now:

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Top Shot by veloceracing, on Flickr

With more pics of my whole setup here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaunraney/sets/72157632583025792/

System Specs
Case: Mountain Mods H2Go with large window top and H window Side
Case Cooling: 5X Corsair SP120 Quiet Editions and 2X Corsair AF120 Quiet Editions
Case Fan Control: Xigmatec Manual Fan Controllers
Processor: Intel i5-3570K (4.6GHZ Overclock)
Processor Cooling: Corsair H80i
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Z77 M-ATX
Ram: 16GB Corsair Vengeance (2x 8GB)
Video Cards: 2x PNY GTX680 Enthusiast Edition
Power Supply: OCZ ZX Series 850W
Hard Drive 1: Crucial M4 128 GGB SSD
Hard Drive 2: Toshiba 5400 RPM 500GB HDD
Optical Drive: DVD Burner (unsure of brand)
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