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Originally this build was called "The White Ranger" (my second build log here on OCN), but that has changed as I am redoing the build, now found here. I will be re-working the majority of the components used in the previous build and re-purposing the system. To spice things up I will be doing a "Reverse ATX mod" to the Switch 810 case.

Computer Components:

Case: White NZXT Switch 810 full tower
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Z77
CPU: Intel i7 2700K LGA 1155
Memory: 2 4GB Samsung DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL11 UDIMM MV-3V4G3D/US
Graphics: 2 EVGA GTX 560 Ti
Monitor: Asus 24" VW246H
Power supply: Thermaltake TR2 RX 850W
Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
DVD drive: LG DVD Burner
Keyboard: Ducky Shine 2 Limited Edition Pink keyboard w/white LED and Brown Cherry MX
Mouse: Logitech M325
Operating system: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Water Cooling Components:

CPU block: XSPC Raystorm
Radiator: XSPC EX360
Pump: Swiftech MCP655-B
Reservoir: Danger Den RAD-Reservoir RES-005
Pump Top: XSPC Acetal Top for Laing D5
Fittings: 8 Bitspower Premium G1/4" Black Sparkle High Flow 1/2"ID (5/8" OD) Compression Fittings
Tubing: 6 feet of Durelene PVC tubing 1/2in. ID x 5/8in. OD
Fans: 4 Gentle Typhoon AP-14 1450 RPM fans

Index (The original build):

Major component photos.
Assembling the motherboard.
The assembled system without the water cooling system.
Arrival of the water cooling system.
Water cooling system test fit and leak check.
Time to install the water cooling system in the case.
Overclocking and CPU temperatures testing.
Final temperature and 24/7/365 overclock numbers.

Index (The rebuild):

Removing the components out of the "The White Ranger".
System running without a case.
Tearing down the Switch 810 case so it can be "Reversed".
Reassembling and test fitting the "Reversed" case.
Modifying the drive bay cage(s) so they can still slid in and out of the modified case.
Testing the assembled pump, pump top, and reservoir with Mayhem "Deep Red" dye.
Details on where to drill additional holes and put rivets to hold everything together and final pictures before I water cool the system.
Fabricating mounts and test fitting the pump and reservoir.
Home made paint booth in action.
Hooking up the water cooling loop in the case.
Sleeving the front panel I/O.
Video and pictures of the NZXT Hue LED light system installed.
More cable sleeving goodies arrive!
Time to start sleeving up the 8-pin CPU power extension.
The 2 EK-FC560 water blocks arrive.
Dis-assembly of the video cards.
Water blocks installed and the system back up and running in all its glory.
New Ducky Shine 2 Limited Edition Pink keyboard arrives.
Painting the motherboard heat sinks and switching to pink coolant.

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post #2 of 86
Excellent, I can count on providing you with some more H20 gear! Just kidding and I will follow along....good luck.thumb.gif
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First up, the sexy photos of the various components.




Group photo of all the items purchased today from Microcenter.




Here is the NZXT Switch 810 in all its glory after being taken out of the box. Sexy!




Another shot of the NZXT Switch 810




At the heart of it all, and Intel 2700K running 3.5GHz ... for now.




The Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H motherboard. One of the best boards for the money. In this case, only $99.




8GB of CL11 memory from Samsung. Anubis1127 informs me that this is some seriously overclockable stuff.




PC Power & Cooling's 750 watt PSU. It is WAY overkill for this project, but for $79.99 after mail in rebate, I couldn't go wrong, especially with a 7 year warranty.
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Originally Posted by theseekeroffun View Post

Excellent, I can count on providing you with some more H20 gear! Just kidding and I will follow along....good luck.thumb.gif

Well, shoot me a PM with what you haven't already sold. I will most likely be ordering stuff from either fellow OCN'ers or online Sunday evening or Monday morning.

Right now I'm setting the system up with the stock Intel cooler, but really can't do a major test or Folding without water cooling.
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Time to put the parts together.




First comes the 8GB of Samsung CL11 memory




Then comes the Intel i7 2700K with that ugly stock cooler. I so can't wait to get this thing under water.
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Here are some shots of everything put together. Nothing spectacular yet, but very clean and organized. Need to do a little bit of wire management/sleeving, and add the water cooling system.











post #7 of 86
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Well, I just went ahead and ordered the water cooling system for it. I was going around and around as to buying things piece meal from here and there (including OCN sellers), but with a discount code that basically amounted to free shipping, and not having to coordinate multiple sellers and dealing with no warranty and used parts, just ordering from FrozenCPU was best.

So hopefully by Wednesday, I'll have an XSPC Raystorm EX360 Universal CPU Water Cooling Kit w/ D5 Variant Pump to install ...

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Well, I just went ahead and ordered the water cooling system for it. I was going around and around as to buying things piece meal from here and there (including OCN sellers), but with a discount code that basically amounted to free shipping, and not having to coordinate multiple sellers and dealing with no warranty and used parts, just ordering from FrozenCPU was best.
So hopefully by Wednesday, I'll have an XSPC Raystorm EX360 Universal CPU Water Cooling Kit w/ D5 Variant Pump to install ...

Great choice on the kit. Hope you enjoy putting that in the switch.
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Nice! More WC'd dedicated i7 folders. thumb.gif

I have heard only good things about Raystorm and D5, but why not go for the full RX rad? That case deserves it.
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Nice! More WC'd dedicated i7 folders. thumb.gif
I have heard only good things about Raystorm and D5, but why not go for the full RX rad? That case deserves it.

I thought about it, but that rad is already more than overkill for just a CPU only cooling. It will be in a "push/pull" config (maybe, I have the fans) with AP-30 fans ... 4250RPM, in a closet that has it's own air conditioning system that is set at 68F/20C 24/7.

Also, for some reason, while they do make an XSPC kit for the RX360, they don't make one that has the D5 pump option. The RX360 kit only has the cheaper submerged pump that has about 1/2 the liter per hour flow rate. IF for some really messed up reason the EX360 kit with 4250RPM fans isn't enough just to cool an i7-2700k, I can always add an RX240 in the bottom, just with a couple more fittings, a rad, and 2 feet of hose. Building up an RX360 piece meal to get the D5 pump/res, would have actually cost a lot more.


On a side note, I installed Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTE on "White Ranger" (who is currently NOT OC'd in any way ... since I only have that stock Intel fan on it), and early tests show that I have DOUBLED my PPD on it! Last night I let it run for about 12 hours under Windows 7 and v7, and got about 11k PPD. Now under a pure Linux install (well, dual boot), she is pulling 23k PPD.

I knew Linux would help, but DANG!



[Edit]

After doing just a little tweaking (but still running at 70C on a stock Intel cooler, and running at stock 3.5GHz), I was able to overclock the memory from 1600MHz to 2133MHz (with stock CL timings for now), and get a considerable bump in PPD. Now it ranges 24k to almost 39k PPD depending on the job!

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