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[Build Log] Greyfrost | Switch 810 & Intel i7

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Hey guys so this is my first computer build/log and basically my first post on overclock.net so please go easy on me biggrin.gif. I decided to start building this computer about three months ago and have been piecing the parts together since then. I just mainly use my computer for android developing and compiling so that's why this build is mostly focusing on a high OC'd 3770k and a custom water cooling loop instead of it being GPU oriented. So for now I will be living with and using the integrated Intel 4000 graphics. I have already assembled the system with an air cooler for now since I won't be receiving the first part of my water-cooling stuff until the day after labor day. I decided to buy most of my parts now and get it assembled so I could start using it rather than having the water-cooling loop hold me up. Like I said earlier this is my first computer build so please if you have any advice for me or ideas please feel free to chime in. So anyway here is a list of the parts I have and some pics of it going together and of it running right now with the HSF.


NZXT Switch 810 SE Gunmetal
Intel i7 3770k
Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH
Rosewill Bronze Series 1000w
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB
OCZ Agility 3 SSD 240GB
16 GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1333mhz
ASUS DVD-RW 22x
7x 140mm NZXT Blue LED FZ Series Fans
2x 140mm NZXT White FZ Series Fans
CM Hyper 212+ plus an extra fan for push/pull

Only one thing I will be adding is this GPU pending on it being available in the next month or so:

MSI R7950 Twin Frozr III

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127667

Along with a Alphacool GPU water block and back plate and an Alphacool CPU water block to replace the raystorm I have since I hate the mounting design.

http://www.aquatuning.us/product_info.php/info/p13564_Alphacool-NexXxoS-XP--Light---Acetal-Edition---Intel-AMD.html

http://www.aquatuning.us/product_info.php/info/p13590_Alphacool-NexXxoS-ATXP-ATI-7970-50-series-V2---polished-stainless-steel---black.html

http://www.aquatuning.us/product_info.php/info/p13665_Alphacool-NexXxoS-ATXP-back-plate---ATI-7970-50-and-V2-series---black.html








Now for some pics of it going together.





















I have only done two small mods for this build but both I'm pretty happy with. First is the RAM. I have always hated the color scheme on this RAM but at $88 for 16GB that I am currently OCing to 1866 MHz without touching the voltages made it worth it. The yellow does not go with my Gunmetal/Black/Blue theme so I was contemplating taking out the DIMM's and painting the yellow strip on each side. Before I got that crazy with it I decided to pull off the yellow piece of plastic on both sides and then remove the glue. The gunmetal grey color under there I thought was actually way nicer than any strip I could paint on there anyway so I decided to go that route.






The last thing I did was lower the stealth bay down one so I could put it right above the pump/res combo I will be putting in the bottom of the drive bays. All this requires is a few holes to be drilled.




I have ordered the first of two parts of my water-cooling setup and this part will be here on the day after labor day. Here is a list of parts that I will be getting.

Alphacool Nexxxos UT60 240mm
XSPC D5 Vario Pump and dual bay Resivoir
XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
4x EK 1/2" x 3/4" Compression fittings Matte Black
2x EK 45 Degree adapters Matte Black
2x XSPC 1/2" x 3/4" Compression Fittings Black Chrome (for back of pump/res)
6ft Primoflex Clear 1/2" x 3/4" Tubing
1 L EK Blue Coolant
2x 120mm NZXT Blue LED FZ Series Fans

I plan on putting the pump/ res at the bottom of the 5.25 drive bays. It was easy to remove the bottom bays hot swap connectors so you can use it like a normal bay. I will be putting the radiator in the floor of the case with the blue 120mm NZXT fans I'm getting in a just pull config for noise and better airflow under the HDD cage. I went with EK fittings since they match my color scheme perfectly and aren't crazy expensive like bitspower. I think I am gonna paint the removable faceplate for the res a flat black to go with the trim on this case a little better than the brushed aluminum. I will be adding a 420mm rad in the roof and a few more editions and replacements to fit the theme I want at the beginning of October when I have more money.




These are the rest of my water-cooling items I will be purchasing next month.

EDIT: Changed a few parts due to a change in my GPU choice.

Alphacool Nexxxos UT60 420mm Radiator
2x EK 1/2" x 3/4" Compression Fittings Matte Black
1x EK 90 Degree Adapters Matte Black
1x EK 45 Degree Adapter Matte Black
1x Alphacool 90 Degree G1/4 outer threaded adapter
1x Alphacool Ball valve
1x L EK Blue Coolant
2x NZXT FZ-120mm Blue LED fans

Well that pretty much does it. I just wanted to get this started before the water-cooling gear actually showed up so it will be easier for me to update it. Realistically I know what I am building here is pretty much overkill for a very moderate gamer and budding developer but I have always wanted to build a PC with custom overkilled water-cooling and one that was fully up to date when it was built. So I know I could have probably saved a few dollars here or there and definitely a few more on the water-cooling but its been way to much fun building this thing for me to care and I know the water-cooling stuff will be just as fun. Anyways here are a few of it assembled and with the lights on and running. Thanks for taking the time to look guys.











After I get the last of my water cooling parts and gpu ordered I will then be replacing my cpu and mobo with an x79 setup since I'll have an opportunity to sell my 3770k and up4 for basically what I paid for them. This is what I'm thinking, the CPU is for sure:

CPU:

Intel i7 3930k

Mobo:

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme

I'm looking for a mobo that will be able to handle a 4.7-4.8+ OC. Really love the up4 I have now but I'm not sure the x79 version would be up to that high of an oc on a 130w CPU. Definitely would like any advice or feedback about this as most of my other parts seem like no brainers to me.


I'll also be grabbing 32GB of Corsair Vengeance ram in black.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233263
Edited by skyhigh2004 - 11/7/12 at 8:42pm
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But where does the water go? wink.gif
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There's so much empty space lol
Nice idea though. Might i ask why you decided on such a powerful power supply and NZXT fans? You can run 2 of any current GPU and a CPU on 750w.

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There's so much empty space lol
Nice idea though. Might i ask why you decided on such a powerful power supply and NZXT fans? You can run 2 of any current GPU and a CPU on 750w.

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I really hate the look most PC's have where they are cramped together in mid or micro tower case. I really hate mid and micro towers lol. I like the idea of being able to hide all the cables and have room to spare. The PSU was basically price point and the fact it was semi modular and has Blue LED's. I know its over kill but I know it will serve all my future needs. The NZXT fans I think look good and fit the best in this case but also are 86 cfm at 26 db. With the very low fpi rads I will be installing they should work great.

Also on the PSU note, the gpu I plan on getting requires minimum of 500w. Wouldn't a 750-850w PSU be a little low for two of these cards OC'd down the road and a OC'd 3770k? I got a good deal on it just like most of this system so either way I can't complain.

Also I really should put this out there but money really isn't a concern for me with this PC. I know I can save some here or there but I'm not to concerned about the price of things or where I could have saved some money. Luckily I have plenty of extra money and live on my own so I need something to blow some cash on :-).
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Well the parts came in and they all look great. I plan on following some guides I have read this weekend about cleaning out all the parts before I actually start putting it together and testing it. What do all of you guys recommend for flushing and testing liquid? From what I have read using distilled water for the rinsing and cleaning works great with minimal risk to the parts. I am just curious about when I make a mock loop outside my case to make sure nothing leaks do I just use distilled water again by itself? Or should I be adding some kind of additives to it for the 12-24hrs I will be testing it? Another question I have is after I drain the mock loop do I just let as much of the distilled water drain out and then let it dry before adding my premixed coolant or just drain and refill? Like I said I'm a complete noob when it comes to this WC stuff lol. One last question is when I setup my loop inside my case will it be ok to have the pump flow go from the pump to the rad in the floor then up to the cpu block and then finally back to the res/pump? Thanks in advance guys for any and all advice on any of these questions. Here's a few pics.




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Put vinegar in, shake, empty, put vinegar in, shake, empty, put vinegar in, shake, empty. Run hot tap water through it for a bit. Put distilled water in, shake, empty, put distilled water in, shake, empty, put distilled water in, shake, empty.

Imo making a test loop outside the case is useless. Practice connecting a fitting outside the case and you'll know how it works. Just do it in the case and put tissues around connections. It's ok if a drop of fluid leaks on hardware accidently, just important that hardware is off. You need faulty equipment or 2 left hands to get leaks.

I see you want color so it's best to let most distilled water get out. Else your color will get lighter from the lesser concentration of premix.

Loop order is ok.
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Put vinegar in, shake, empty, put vinegar in, shake, empty, put vinegar in, shake, empty. Run hot tap water through it for a bit. Put distilled water in, shake, empty, put distilled water in, shake, empty, put distilled water in, shake, empty.

Imo making a test loop outside the case is useless. Practice connecting a fitting outside the case and you'll know how it works. Just do it in the case and put tissues around connections. It's ok if a drop of fluid leaks on hardware accidently, just important that hardware is off. You need faulty equipment or 2 left hands to get leaks.

I see you want color so it's best to let most distilled water get out. Else your color will get lighter from the lesser concentration of premix.

Loop order is ok.

Thank you for the advice and answering my questions. Since this is my first WC build I was gonna make a mock loop outside the case just for practice. I have read that putting vinegar in can be harmful to the parts on 2-3 different guides and they do not recommend it. Any chance you can tell me why I should use vinegar over say warmed up distilled water?

Also thanks for confirming the order of my loop.

One last question was when I test the loop is plain distilled water OK or should I have some additive or kill coil in there for the 12hrs or so I will leak test it?
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Anybody? I know there's more than one person on this forum lol and most build logs get way more posts. With almost 200 people viewing it I would have guessed I would have gotten more than one response. Anymore advice would be greatly appreciated guys. Thanks in advance again.
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Thank you for the advice and answering my questions. Since this is my first WC build I was gonna make a mock loop outside the case just for practice. I have read that putting vinegar in can be harmful to the parts on 2-3 different guides and they do not recommend it. Any chance you can tell me why I should use vinegar over say warmed up distilled water?
Also thanks for confirming the order of my loop.
One last question was when I test the loop is plain distilled water OK or should I have some additive or kill coil in there for the 12hrs or so I will leak test it?

I have never used vinegar to clean out my loop and warmed up water will do the trick. It just needs a good flush to get most of the gunk out of it that is in there from the manufacturing process. Also, for the 12 hour leak test don't worry about putting any type of biocide in there. 12 hours wouldn't be long enough for anything to grow and once you put in the additive or kill coil when it is up and running it will be fine. The kill coil or biocide is mainly because most of us go like 6 months or so before we clean out the loop. Over a long period of time something could grow inside your loop and clog it up a bit.
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Thank you for the advice and answering my questions. Since this is my first WC build I was gonna make a mock loop outside the case just for practice. I have read that putting vinegar in can be harmful to the parts on 2-3 different guides and they do not recommend it. Any chance you can tell me why I should use vinegar over say warmed up distilled water?
Also thanks for confirming the order of my loop.
One last question was when I test the loop is plain distilled water OK or should I have some additive or kill coil in there for the 12hrs or so I will leak test it?

I have never used vinegar to clean out my loop and warmed up water will do the trick. It just needs a good flush to get most of the gunk out of it that is in there from the manufacturing process. Also, for the 12 hour leak test don't worry about putting any type of biocide in there. 12 hours wouldn't be long enough for anything to grow and once you put in the additive or kill coil when it is up and running it will be fine. The kill coil or biocide is mainly because most of us go like 6 months or so before we clean out the loop. Over a long period of time something could grow inside your loop and clog it up a bit.

Thank you! Just the answers I was looking for. Now I can start cleaning and getting this going this weekend. :-)
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