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[Build Log] Fire Ant (Bitfenix Prodigy - Reference 670 - Apogee Drive II - Fully watercooled)

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Buildlog for the "Little Big Giant" "Fire Ant" - A fully watercooled M-itx system. All parts have arrived (Planning began when the Bitfenix Prodigy was announced, thereafter purchases came slow and steady). Only thing missing is the case itself, which should arrive in a few weeks and the actual building can commence.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Reference GTX 670 with fullcover waterblock.
CPU & GPU watercooled.
Small footprint system.

HARDWARE:
  • MOBO: Asrock Z77E-ITX
  • CPU: Ivybridge 3570K
  • MEMORY: SAMSUNG Green Series DDR3-1600
  • SDD 1: SAMSUNG 830 SERIES - 128 GB
  • SDD 2: SAMSUNG 830 SERIES - 128 GB
  • PSU: Corsair AX750
  • GPU: EVGA GTX 670 (Reference)


COOLING:
  • RADIATOR: Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 240mm
  • RADIATOR: Phobya Xtreme 200
  • PUMP/CPU-BLOCK: Apogee Drive II
  • GPU-BLOCK: HEATKILLER GPU-X ³
  • RES: Phobya Balancer 150 black nickel

MISC:
  • Monsoon fittings.
  • Gentle Typhoon fans.
  • Phobya fans.
  • Be quiet fans.
  • Ice Dragon Cooling Nanofluid.
  • ... And alot more!...


Mild casemodding will happen such as:

  • Putting in a smoky window.
  • Setting up a minimalistic "Ambient glow" lighting inside
  • PSU cage mod (Thanks to mrbean_phillip for the photo-guide! LINK: http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=1037630).
  • External mounting of the top 240 radiator (Experimental).
  • PSU cable shortening (If my picky eyes spot any cable-spaghetti!)

Misc. pictures from the build-process: [WARNING - PICTURES GALORE!]
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)













Fire Ant - Rev 1.5

Loop and wiring complete smile.gif

Special thanks to DWOOD for the Radiator "box", ant logo and headphone holders! Its been a pleasure working with you!








Overclocks:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gomi View Post

Final overclock: GPU.
Everything, reagarding overclocking/hardware, is entering its final stages - At the point where its those last .5 % I am trying to twist out of the machine.
Finally settled on the GPU overclock -

CORE: +200 (1350 MHz)
MEMORY: +600 (3602 MHz)

This setting is rock-stable and tested in:
Unigine 'Heaven' DX11 Benchmark - Ran the benchmark (No crashes).
Furmark - Ran the 1080p burn-in benchmark (No crashes).
Various games (BF3 - Max Payne 3 - Ghost Recon - World of Tanks - ARMA II - Spec OPS ...etc) (No crashes).

  • Heaven - Final:



Prime95 still running in order to confirm stable at 4.7 Ghz @ 1.375V - Screenshots comming later.
Ram is settled at 1866 / 9-9-9-24 / 1.5V.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gomi View Post

UPDATE:
So, with the release of Custom BIOS for the GTX 670, I had to give it a try. Nice little nudge of performance smile.gif
Default BIOS
Code:
Overclock with DEFAULT BIOS and 1175 mV - Power Target 122 %
CORE 1350
MEMORY 3602
  • Default BIOS
  • Default BIOS

CUSTOM BIOS
Code:
Overclock with CUSTOM BIOS and 1213mV  - Power Target 112 %
CORE 1393
MEMORY  3719
  • CUSTOM BIOS
  • CUSTOM BIOS

GAINS
Code:
CORE 43 Mhz
MEMORY 117 Mhz



http://3dmark.com/3dm11/4056580



Pictures will of course be added as I progress through the build. Thanks for reading!
Edited by Gomi - 11/14/12 at 1:54pm
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Subbed... cute indeed. mITX is adooooorable!
Be sure to take tons of pics.
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Oh hail yea! I have same mobo, SSD and proc. Wish I had the same graphics card biggrin.gif Following thumb.gif
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NICE! Subbed too; bring on the photos, and have fun! biggrin.gif
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As promised, a few pictures of the stuff that is going into this build. Missing pictures of the GPU (Still enroute - Lazy courier *Cough* Me too cheap to pay for express *Cough*), GPU Block (Watercool just announced that the Heatkiller for the Reference
-model is a week late due to a re-design of the block) and of course the Prodigy - Which will be released in Europe next week, according to Caseking.

All is fine though, this gives me about a week to flush the radiators, check the hardware and prepare everything. Next week will be all about attaching the block to the GTX 670, and then the final planning, dremel-work and drilling for the mild case-mods, before finally putting it all together - Its gonna be a fun and, hopefully, bump-free road my friends! smile.gif

Until then, enjoy a few pictures - Taken with my mobile phone, so sorry in advance - and if you have any questions feel free to leave them!

Hardware:

  • Motherboard:


338

  • CPU:


338

  • Memory:


338

  • SSD:


338

  • PSU:


700

Cooling:

  • CPU Block / Pump:


338

  • Radiators:


338

  • Res:


338

  • Fittings:


338

  • Fans:


338

  • Adapters:


338

  • Fluid:


338

  • Tubing:


338

  • Misc:


338
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Wife at work, kid is sleeping and nothing worth watching on the telly ..

What to do ?

I know it!

*Puts on some Kavinsky tunes*

Lets install the Apogee Drive II - Eager to see how the thing fits and how the mounting is.

Taken from Swiftech webpage:

ap.o.gee: The farthest or highest point; the apex; a final climactic stage

Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the Apogee™ Drive II integrated pump & waterblock returns to take its place at the helm of Swiftech's CPU waterblock product line. Close to 24 months in the making, it includes all the latest technological advancements that we have to offer:
Best thermal performance: the Apogee™ Drive II manages to achieve better thermal performance than the award-winning Apogee™ HD.
Best hydraulic performance: thanks to the integrated, PWM controlled MCP35X pump, which has established itself as the best-in-class pump on the market, the Apogee™ Drive II is the world's only waterblock that can be considered as a flow enhancing device, as opposed to a flow-robbing device.
Best retention mechanism: proven time and again to satisfy beginners and hard-core enthusiasts alike for its ease of use, reliability, and repeatable results.
Compact form factor enables liquid cooling in space constrained applications.
Adjustable G1/4 inlet and outlet ports, compatible with all compression fittings.
Illuminated logo in 3 colors: Red, Blue, or green.


  • Backplate:

338

Perfect fit! Even clears the mSATA that Asrock placed at the backside of the motherboard. I know its "Just" a backplate, but it is the easiest backplate I ever mounted, just align it up - Gentle pressure - And the adhesive pads will hold it there - Done.

  • Pump/CPU-Block:

338

The mounting system on the Apogee Drive II is perfect - They managed to turn the whole process into "1 - 2 - 3 - Done" - The block does not slip away or wobble while you are trying to reach a screw - Just grab the thumbscrews and do the usual cross pattern until they bottom out. The whole thing can even be mounted in any direction you wish.

The whole thing clears everything on the Motherboard. I had slight concerns when I began, as the Asrock have its CPU-slot slightly moved towards the PCI-E when compared to the ASUS. It clears it perfectly though, more than enough room for a GPU with a backplate on it aswell.

Thanks for reading! Next update will most likely be regarding the Reference GTX 670 and the upcomming Heatkiller Waterblock, both should arrive early next week.
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Greetings, Gomi smile.gif

Well done on your progress, I will keep checking in! Glad the APD2 fits without any hassles - I will be fitting mine today, as well as get the 680GTX waterblock on the Windforce 670GTX card - will post some shots later tonight, so you can check over at OCAU about my progress also.

Have to say though, yours going to be a better effort than mine, as I see you're also fitting a 200mm rad in the front - nice one - awaiting updates here, and I am sure you're really eager to get your hands on the case! Ah, patience.....jeesh, and I am lacking it in so many ways :rofl:

Amyway, I will check in later again, have a good one, and keep them pics coming!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mrbean View Post

Greetings, Gomi smile.gif
Well done on your progress, I will keep checking in! Glad the APD2 fits without any hassles - I will be fitting mine today, as well as get the 680GTX waterblock on the Windforce 670GTX card - will post some shots later tonight, so you can check over at OCAU about my progress also.
Have to say though, yours going to be a better effort than mine, as I see you're also fitting a 200mm rad in the front - nice one - awaiting updates here, and I am sure you're really eager to get your hands on the case! Ah, patience.....jeesh, and I am lacking it in so many ways :rofl:
Amyway, I will check in later again, have a good one, and keep them pics coming!

Thanks mate!

And another huge thanks for your guide regarding the PSU-cage mod smile.gif
post #9 of 157
Ah, you're welcome, we all post these logs in hope someone else can benefit from them.

I learn a lot from other people too, so no worries smile.gif

Back from Town, so time to start with my Wife's setup again.....Snorkle.gif
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For anyone who is curious, here is the link to mr_bean's excellent BitFenix case mod guide. Thanks man.
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