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Water cooling gallery!


I'll be updating this shortly. I will be waiting on a few parts before starting the watercooling portion of the build, so in the meantime, I'm going to try my hand at taking some pics of the gear before I install it.



Seems I am failing at camera work. This is my attempt at a professionally lighted picture, hahahha. I'm going back to Auto for the time being...Enough grain in these pictures to feed a herd of cattle.



My ghetto testing bench for the fans. tongue.gif


Everything works perfectly so far. These fans are dead silent and move a ton of air.


The Bitspower pump top and mod kit installation is a breeze.











Found an easy way to bend back the molex pins before re-inserting. smile.gif



Also, the pics look better. I went to manual mode, but left the white balance on AUTO. The results are much more pleasing to the eye. Progress... Also, I'm just using a Canon S95 point and shoot, so nothing special camera-wise. I know this camera can take much better pics though, so I'm going to keep refining, been doing all of it on the fly. May try to read up if I get some time.











Edited by ballnuts - 11/5/12 at 6:07pm
post #42 of 286
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UPDATE!:

  • Installed Win7 Pro via guides from Sean Webster
  • Rig is completely updated and tested. Everything working nicely so far.
  • Updated RIVE BIOS to version 3101, stable so far
  • Ran Benchmarks- pics below

Finally up and running:

Benchmarks






Both the CPU and GPU approach ~50C under a gaming load. So far the temps seem pretty low for just aircooled.

Not sure if these results are decent or not. At the moment, I need some rest tongue.gif

Open to any criticism / input smile.gif
Edited by ballnuts - 11/6/12 at 12:17am
post #43 of 286
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UPDATE:

LINK: Build Log Parts List and Total Cost

Made a spreadsheet detailing every single part and cost associated, included shipping and tax on applicable items, but TX sales tax is 8.25% to give you an reference point.

I'll refine this at the end of the build, and show what was actually used. Chances are that I will not need everything I ordered. Also, the EK blocks are being Xchanged for something else....updates on this soon.
Edited by ballnuts - 11/5/12 at 6:17pm
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UPDATE:

  • Received Koolance block today

Being new to the scene, I had heard many bad things about Koolance, but due to Stren's latest CPU block test, I decided to give them a look.

I must say, the build quality looks phenomenal. The grooves are perfectly cut, everything looks very high quality from what I can see.

Curious to hear other opinions.
Koolance Block Pictures.















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Showing quite the progress, hang in there ! My question what utility is that in the middle above ? All that I can see is "FO64 System Summary" - I don't see anything on the desktop or quick launch, whatever it is, I'd like to try it, thanks ! thumb.gif
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UPDATE:
  • Received Koolance block today
Being new to the scene, I had heard many bad things about Koolance, but due to Stren's latest CPU block test, I decided to give them a look.
I must say, the build quality looks phenomenal. The grooves are perfectly cut, everything looks very high quality from what I can see.
Curious to hear other opinions.
Koolance Block Pictures.
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Very good looking block, I wanted to see this block up close... Thank you so much

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Showing quite the progress, hang in there ! My question what utility is that in the middle above ? All that I can see is "FO64 System Summary" - I don't see anything on the desktop or quick launch, whatever it is, I'd like to try it, thanks ! thumb.gif
That, my friend, is HWiNFO64. Neat little program. Thanks for stopping in Socketus. Also, Sean provides a very nice list of programs he uses here. Also found lightshot from that list, perfect screenshot utility.
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Very good looking block, I wanted to see this block up close... Thank you so much
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Michigan, Stren does a much more in depth review here, but I actually saw this after posting my pics. Always good to to have a few different angles though. Thanks for stopping in.

Many thanks for the +1 biggrin.gif
Edited by ballnuts - 11/6/12 at 6:05pm
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I'm having a slight annoying problem with the boot up. If I leave the computer off for a while, when I boot up I get 'CPU FAN ERROR!' message. I have tried moving the CPU fan to a few different locales with no luck. It doesn't happen during restarts, and goes away after I enter and then exit the BIOS, but it is a slight annoyance (It forces you to press F1 to enter the Bios, and then you just exit, and it boots fine) that I would like to do away with. I'll try to find a solution and post it here in case others have had this problem. If you know something, please advise smile.gif
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In the bios, can you turn off that error message ? Hmm, you don't have any fan plugged into the mobo's cpu fan header do ya ?
That would be why you get the error message.
Edited by socketus - 11/6/12 at 4:11pm
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