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Well, I actually consider myself pretty lucky with my chip... I mean despite the fact that I've got two cores that get to ~80C under load... the fact that the other two cores are under 70C and the fact that the chip itself can hit 4.7GHz stable at only 1.35V bodes pretty well for a final OC being >5GHz. I know what you mean about having the extra cash for a chip 'just in case' however. I'm not particularly worried about spending ~$225 these days, but wasting that much would really irritate me - after all... I could spend that on something better than a CPU keychain! thumb.gif
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if you can could you tell me the temps you getting on your 7970's including vrms... i was looking at those xspc blocks but i couldn't find any review on how they perform, so if you could give me an insight on their performance i would really appreciate it..... by the way awesome build it's very clean man keep up the good work thumb.gif

I know someone else was looking for cooling performance on these but I can't remember who it was... anyway I've finally had a chance to do some torture testing and work on a little better OC for the GPUs and here is the result after running Heaven on my setup. I first let it run through the non-bench mode for 15 minutes to heat things up to normal operating temps and then ran the benchmark... I ran it on max everything including extreme tessellation and still wound up slightly north of 60FPS at full resolution (2560x1600)! thumb.gif

So at least until I get the urge to do a true max OC (which I don't really care that much about on this system as it's my daily driver) the final, stable settings for everything are:
CPU 3570K = 4.7GHz @ ~1.37V (varies between 1.34 and 1.41 depending on loading & heat).
GPUS 7970X2 = 1100MHz GPU 1400MHz MEM (20% voltage boost in afterburner).

Results with VRM temps:


Note that although the current (at the time of the screen shot) the GPU loading was 0% - the history shows the fact that they were both loaded 100% for the entire polling time previous to the shot... I did have to close out the Heaven window to get the shot of GPU-z after all. biggrin.gif

So I guess I could probably get a little better OC, on the memory especially, if I had GPU blocks with active VRM cooling - under normal conditions (intensive gaming for an hour or so) the VRMs never get close to their limits. I'm perfectly fine with those results... YMMV of course.
Edited by DiGiCiDAL - 1/3/13 at 5:02am
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Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out aesthetically! Subbed.
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Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out aesthetically! Subbed.

Thanks - I'm in the middle of a huge project at work at the moment - but there will be some pretty major changes in the works. Probably a full teardown and rebuild in fact since I'm thinking of either adding a pedestal or at least getting a higher top cover so I can go push-pull on the rads and use some more 'attractive' fans on the intakes. Of course I think the GT AP13's are attractive as they are so I might just go the sleeving+lighting+acrylic route and call it a day. smile.gif

I've got my tripod found and better lighting now so at least the pictures will be better from here on out! wink.gif
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Well, it's been a long time coming, but I'm about to finish up my project at work so expect to see more activity here in the coming weeks. Not going to do anything too insane but I'm definitely going to be ruining the aesthetic that build is named for... not going to be very 'dark' after I'm done.

After considering the fact that almost every LED in my office that's not located on the MVE itself is blue... I've scrapped the plans I had initially to go with all red lighting. So blue it is.

Yes it's all been done before - and my aesthetic changes will be pretty minor for the most part - but hopefully I can keep with my function-over-form parameters and still wind up with something that's a little more visually interesting than it started out. To that end the following is going to (or likely to as plans might change while underway) be adjusted:
  • Change loop component order - I'm moving the rads from the top of both sides to both being located on the PSU side, as well as once again moving the drives over to that side as well.
  • Fans add/move - to deal with the more restrictive space and potentially slightly hotter air to one of the rads I'll be putting all of my GT AP13s on the rads so they'll both be in push-pull rather than push only. I'll also be adding 9 silent LED fans to cool and provide general illumination.
  • Further illumination on the MB side will be in the form of an 'sLight' style plate at the bottom which will be an experiment and depending on how it works out may just be replaced with bare LEDs where the lighting is weakest from the fans.
  • Sleeving, tubing, etc. I'm going to mess with some res placements and for grins got a full-plexi version of my res (same size though). I'll either sell the other one or put it in my 'goodie closet' for use on a later build. I ordered some PrimoChill Advanced UVBlue tubing - but will not be adding UV lighting... just blue LED lighting so hopefully it will look good. I also got some sleeving from MDPC so I'll be adding some colors to the sleeved wires - but probably just accents with much of it still black.

I'm debating whether to go all blue/black or to actually do a blue-black-red build to pull in the red from the MB into the theme. Maybe something like all wires are black or red, all cooling components are black or blue, etc. The nice thing is that with blue lighting the reds shouldn't look red but more of a purple-black which should almost disappear when lit, but will provide a nice visual cue under normal lighting (liquid=blue, electricity=red, hardware=black).
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WOW... If you don't have a decent sized (and largely unfurnished for that matter) area to work with these larger CL cases... I have no idea how organized you have to be during the build... but it's definitely more organized than I've ever been. Of course, that's only during the build process... I could never live like this on a daily basis... biggrin.gif

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Things are progressing fairly smoothly, but with work intruding somewhat... I can't say when the next update is likely to happen.

EDIT:
Well picked up some additional SSD storage - so no more platters for me (well in this build... obviously until they make a 20TB SSD I'll have plenty of platters in my home server).


So going to use the Antec TrueQuiet 120 Blue fans for all of the airflow - should eliminate the need for separate lighting, and on the quiet setting (600RPM) are completely silent. I'll have to use multiples as intakes against the GT's on the rads... and I've added another of those as well. biggrin.gif


Going push-pull on one of the UT60s and then push only on the rest. One of them on the PSU side will be fed partially from the output of the lower rad... but with the extra cooling and 3 more intake fans it will keep positive pressure so the side-vents don't pull too much dust hopefully.
Edited by DiGiCiDAL - 5/19/13 at 6:20am
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Ooh looks like I am just in time to see the rebuild!

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good stuff man!
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Ooh looks like I am just in time to see the rebuild!

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For what it is... it's definitely not going to be the level of refinement or customization you've got in your MurderMac build. I've contemplated many options for lighting, etc. and basically, I want it functional more than I want it pretty. Not to say I'm not going to be neat about it - but I'm putting off re-sleeving (at least for the moment) until I get a chance to see it up and all together with the new fans. I'm kind of at a 'thinking point' at the moment - trying to decide if I even want to mess with cramming this much crap into the standard M8 configuration. Hard to imagine a case this big being "too small" but I'm starting to feel that way just running the tubing. Might just say "screw it" and buy a pedestal for the two UT60s, run the UT45 in the top of the PSU side and have tons of room for things like maybe an sLights panel on the bottom of the CPU side (wonder where I got that idea?) but that will put off having a usable computer (and home office for that matter) for another couple weeks.

Additionally, then I can't fit it under my desk any longer I think - or if I can it will be really close! redface.gif
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good stuff man!

Thanks! biggrin.gif


EDIT: OK... I've thought about it enough apparently... pedestal, 2 rad mounts, and flex bay just ordered from CaseLabs... now I get to undo the work I just got done and start over a third time on the whole project. SIGH Just have to measure and figure out where my tube routing will go for the pedestal and then I'll start thinking about doing that light panel after all... may re-think the LED fans actually... but I'll take some shots to see what I think and get some OCN feedback on possibilities. biggrin.gif
Edited by DiGiCiDAL - 5/22/13 at 7:08am
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Hmmm... I say go for the pedestal! Make life easier wink.gif and I also like the sLight idea as well! That would make things really pop in the all black case!

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