ONE QUICK SWITCH
Welcome to my "One Quick Switch" build log.
By way of introduction:
I started this Switch 810 build back in April, when the 810 was the just released, new kid on the block.
It got good reviews, offered support for pretty serious water cooling, had a lot of nice features, and all for a very competitive price.
While I would have loved a red one, (my first phantom was a red one) it was first released in only white and black colors, and it wasn't long before matte black and gunmetal "special editions" followed.
I had 3 Phantom builds, and a Phantom410 build already, so obviously, I'm partial to the phantom look and styling, but moreover, I've found NZXT to always offer great bang for the buck with great features, and even greater customer support.
While a lot of guys have modded the phantom into a much more water cooling friendly case than it was originally designed to be, it's still pretty limited compared to larger sized offerings.
Having several very decent systems already, I was ready to build my "Go Big, or Go Home" dream system, and the Switch came along at just the right time.
I bought a white one, and with no timeline or budget, I let my imagination be my guide thru a water cooling galaxy.
Being that this more of a retro build log, whereby most of the build is done, and the only thing left to completion is the watercooling of my 3 Asus Matrix 7970 GPUs, this first post will serve as the introduction, basic description, and organizational guide with all the build progress pics in subsequent posts.
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme X79
CPU: Intel i-7 3930K
RAM: Corsair Dominator 32GB @ 2133MHz
System HDD: OCZ Revo Drive 3 X2 240GB
Data HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB
GPU(s): Tri-Fire Asus Matrix HD7970's
Optical drive: USB External
Primary Water Cooling componenets:
Radiators: 2 rads; Black Ice Extreme 420 up top, & Black Ice Extreme 240 on the bottom
Pumps: 3 pumps; Dual 35X in series in a Koolance single bay res RP 401 X2 & One 35X with acrylic top and cylinder res
Mobo block: Koolance full coverage chipset / VRM MB ASR4E
CPU block: Koolance 370
RAM blocks: 2 blocks; EK, 4 DIMMs each, before the ugly crop circle CSQs
Reseviors: 2 Koolance RP-401 X2 as primary, & Bitspower 80mm red ice cylinder res on the boost pump
Unique & 1 of a kind, fabrications, features, and options:
Top Rad Fan Quick Change feature:
This allows quieter 140mm, 127cfm, 1800rpm, Prolimatech fans or 184cfm, 4000rpm Koolance 38mm fans to be easily interchanged in a few minutes depending on the required cooling perfomance level.
GPU Cooling Quick Change feature:
Using QDCs, the GPU group can be connected into the onboard loop, or connected to their external cooling moudule linked in my sig when maximum cooling is required.
Scrolling RGB LED for HDD activity feature:
I created a circuit and PCB that scrolls rgb leds thru their color spectrum when the HDD is active, which illuminates the large (normally "power on") cresent on the top panel. I built additional circuitry and an optical coupling to sense the HDD activity from the led on the Revo Drive, as the mobo hdd activity connection is not active.
Rad fan RPM display of the fans controlled by the Lamptron FC9 controller feature:
I created a circuit & board that translates the tach signal generated by fans connected to the +12V rail referenced FC9 output, to a GND rail referenced output so that my rad fans controlled from the FC9 can have the RPM monitored by common monitoring hardware.
PWM Controller for the triple 35X pump setup feature:
I created a circuit and PCB for a PWM controller that can be used to manually control the speed of all three 35X pumps simultaneously. It's also switchable, so that the pumps can be controlled from the mobo CPU fan header if desired. The pump rpm is also fed back to the mobo at all times so that any of the mobo's "low cpu fan speed" warnings / shutdown can be used if desired.
3.5" Fan Controller Display with the PWM controller shows Flowrate and pump RPM feature:
I set up a small fan controller's display to give real time display of the flowrate from the Koolance flow meter and pump rpm, within the single 5.25" bay adapter that the "auto / manual " speed control switch and speed control potentiometer mount in.
Consolidated power breakout for discrete tailed LEDs:
I created a circuit and PCB with onboard resistors to distribute power from the spare channel of my FC9 controller to about 20 discrete tailed LEDs within my system.
Custom shaped window on the right side:
I modified the shape of the stock window so it would allow better display of the lower 240 rad.
Matching window shape added to the left side panel:
I cut a matching window in the left side panel, and installed a piece of the same translucent red acrylic that I fabricated the PSU cover and other accent pieces from to give the case a more symetrical appearance.
Edit to note:
I'll be fleshing this build log out over the next few days while I'm on vacation this week (or at least supposed to be).
As many of you who followed this build through the 810 thread know, I have *lots & lots* of pics of all the build details, and I'll be breaking down the various stages of the build in the following posts that I reserved for that purpose
Unfortunately, work just called, so it looks like a case of "build loggus interruptus"
Edited by IT Diva - 11/6/12 at 8:02am