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Derezzer


This workstation is designed for heavy post-production editing, software engineering, folding and occasional gaming.

Several significant changes have been made since inception, considerable deviation from the original build specification. The overall system plan has evolved from a purely stock, air-cooled system into a fully custom water-cooled configuration.

The first change involved a move to 3-way SLI with GTX TITAN hardware, away from the original dual Radeon 7970 cards in CrossFireX. The next major change was the replacement of the original Noctua NH-D14 CPU heatsink with a Cooler Master Nepton 280L liquid CPU all-in-one cooler. The most recent changes are currently in-progress, adding a fourth EVGA GTX TITAN while migrating the entire system to a custom water-cooled configuration featuring XSPC hardware.


Specification Change History:

  • Removed dual XFX R7970 video cards in CrossFireX
  • Added EVGA GTX TITAN hardware in three four-way SLI
  • Added second Corsair Dominator GT 32GB memory kit
  • Removing stock EVGA GTX TITAN cooling hardware
  • Adding four XSPC Razor GTX TITAN V2 Waterblocks
  • Adding four XSPC Razor GTX TITAN Full Coverage Backplates
  • Removed Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU heatsink
  • Removing Cooler Master Nepton 280L CPU Water Cooler
  • Adding XSPC RayStorm CPU Copper Waterblock
  • Adding XSPC EX360 and two EX 240 Radiators
  • Adding XSPC Photon 170 Reservoir D5 Vario Pump Combo
  • Adding XSPC X79 XPOWER II Waterblock Set
  • Adding two XSPC Universal Memory Block Kits
  • Adding two XSPC Universal Memory Side Plate Kits


The latest system components:

  • Cooler Master Cosmos II
  • Enermax MaxRevo 1350W Power Supply
  • MSI Big Bang-XPower II Intel LGA 2011 X79 Mainboard
  • Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E 3.3GHz LGA 2011 CPU
  • EVGA GTX TITAN SuperClocked Signature 06G-P4-2793-KR in 4-way SLI Configuration
  • 64GB (8 x 8GB) Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 1866Mhz (PC3 15000) 1.5v CAS 9-10-9-27 SDRAM
  • RAID-0 Boot Set: Two Samsung 830 Series 512GB Solid State Drive Array (1TB)
  • RAID-0 Data Set A: Two Western Digital RE4 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" 7200 RPM Disk Array (4TB)
  • RAID-0 Data Set B: Two Western Digital RE4 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" 7200 RPM Disk Array (4TB)
  • RAID-5 Archive Set: Four Western Digital Green 2TB 5400 RPM External Disk Array (6TB)
  • Pioneer BDR-207DBKS Blu-ray burner

Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 5/17/15 at 10:45am
post #2 of 93
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Derezzer Boxing


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Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 7/9/12 at 10:09pm
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Very nice looking build! Look forwarding to seeing more pics as you put it all together thumb.gif
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subbed. i see a real nice build there, but why air cooling for such expensive and delicate parts?
     
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Originally Posted by vonalka View Post

Very nice looking build! Look forwarding to seeing more pics as you put it all together thumb.gif

Thanks. It's going slower than expected due to work and other obligations, but there should be more material this weekend.

BTW, I lived/ worked in Regina for two years in the late 90's, and I still put gravy on my fries today!
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subbed. i see a real nice build there, but why air cooling for such expensive and delicate parts?

I won't water-cool because:

1. The hardware is fast as-is, so I don't need to over-clock much, perhaps just a mild OC.
2. The NH-D14 is a very good heat-pipe and easily supports mild OC.
3. The XFX cards are already over-clocked and come equipped with good air-cooling technology.
4. My workload is not CPU-bound but is I/O bound, so maximizing RAM, SSDs, and RAID-0 arrays are much more important than liquid cooling my CPU or video cards.
5. Instead of spending money on water cooling, I would rather focus those funds on improving I/O performance, and did so.
6. I would probably damage (leaks) costly hardware if I attempted to water-cool.
7. Water-cooling requires higher ongoing maintenance, and I don't like that because I am a bit lazy.

My reasoning will probably offend many who are obsessed with liquid cooling, so I will beg their forgiveness right now, ahead of the assured onslaught....
Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 7/12/12 at 9:28pm
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Originally Posted by SonicAgamemnon View Post

I won't water-cool because:
1. The hardware is fast as-is, so I don't need to over-clock much, perhaps just a mild OC.
2. The NH-D14 is a very good heat-pipe and easily supports mild OC.
3. The XFX cards are already over-clocked and come equipped with good air-cooling technology.
4. My workload is not CPU-bound but is I/O bound, so maximizing RAM, SSDs, and RAID-0 arrays are much more important than liquid cooling my CPU or video cards.
5. Instead of spending money on water cooling, I would rather focus those funds on improving I/O performance, and did so.
6. I would probably damage (leaks) costly hardware if I attempted to water-cool.
7. Water-cooling requires higher ongoing maintenance, and I don't like that because I am a bit lazy.
My reasoning will probably offend many who are obsessed with liquid cooling, so I will beg their forgiveness right now, ahead of the assured onslaught....

i totally agree. especially to clause 7 biggrin.gif
     
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Paying attention to this because that motherboard is in my very near future
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Derezzer Strip-Down


The Cosmos II stock fan hardware has been removed, except for the 200mm front intake. The mid-case drive rack has also been removed to help improve intake flow. Critical storage devices will be mounted in the bottom zone rack, isolated and cooled with three Enermax TBSilence 120mm fans. There will be a total of eight Enermax case fans installed. The rear case and Noctua NH-D14 heat-pipe fans are 120 and 140mm BeQuiet! PWM Shadow Wings hardware.

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Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 7/14/12 at 7:05am
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