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[Build Log] 800D - First attempt at both case modding and custom cooling

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Hi,

You may remember me from such threads as: http://www.overclock.net/t/1300669/corsair-h100-leaked-onto-my-brand-new-graphics-card-and-motherboard

Well, towards the end of that whole RMA process I decided to take the plunge and go with a custom cooling loop.

I pinched a bunch of ideas from many other 800D build logs on this forum.
Not going to list them but thanks to those people for guiding the way.

Nothing particularly unusual or original with this builds. Being my first attempt at modding I was playing it safe. But I did do a couple of things I hadn't come across anywhere else which I'll point out along the way.

Here we go!

Basic goals of this build:

I wanted a build that had decent cooling and therefore resonable overclocking potention, but I'm not out to set any records. It was equally important to me that it looked good (at least for my tastes).
I didn't want any 'visible' changes to the appearence of the case, so nothing hanging off the back etc.
Didn't have a massive budget to work with and I didn't have any existing cooling parts to work with as this is my first attempt as custom cooling. I had a subtle blue theme in mind in terms of lighting etc.

Base components (I already had these from the previous H100 build):

Corsair Obsidian 800D Case
Corsair AX1200 Gold Power Supply
ASUS VE248H 24in Widescreen LED Monitor
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit with SP1 OEM
Intel Core i7 3930K
ASUS P9X79 Pro Motherboard
Corsair Dominator CMP16GX3M4X1866C9 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3
Lite-On IHES312 12X Blu-Ray DVD Combo Drive

Cooling components:

XSPC RayStorm D5 EX360 Water Cooling Kit - I really like the look of the RayStorm blocks and the kit seemed like good value
XSPC EX240 Radiator
XSPC Razor GTX 680 Full Coverage Waterblock
CoolerMaster 120mm SickleFlow Fan 2000rpm Blue LED - for the rads fans
GELID Wing 14 140mm UV Blue Fan - for the case fans
Lamptron FC5 V2 Fan Controller
PrimoChill PrimoFlex Pro LRT Tubing UV Blue 7/16ID 5/8OD


Replaced the damaged Gigabyte GPU with one of these:

EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB FTW
EVGA GTX 670 FTW backplate


Wanted my keyboard and mouse to match the blue theme smile.gif

ROCCAT Kone [+] Gaming Mouse
Ducky DK9008 Shine II Mech Keyboard Blue LED (Cherry Black)

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Started with the traditional modding of the 800D to fit the bottom 240 rad that so many others have done before me:



I wanted to filter the bottom two rad fans as they are intakes, but I also wanted the filter to be easily removal like the existing filter on the 800D. So I made a full length removable filter out of black acrylic and tight-weave fly screen mesh which replacing the existing 800D filter and covers both the PSU and bottom rad.



The filter slides into the existing slots that the original filter used, but I also fashioned a clip for the front of the case, using a part of the lower drive bay that was removed to fit the radiator in (I thought I might as well using it for something and it was already in the shape I needed so I didn't have to try to bend metal etc which I didn't have the tools for).



Here is how the filter ended up (sorry for the blurry photo):



Other than drilling a hole in the top of the case for a fill port, that was the modding part out of the way. I was fairly happy with the end result. Its not the neatest job in the world but it looks better in real life than it does in the photo. Besides, none of it is visible in the end result so I wasn't too worried about it.



Even with all the BitsPower connections I had, I still wasn't able to get a short/neat connection to one of the ports on the bottom rad. They were just too close together. So I had to loop it around a little. I don't think it makes any noticeable difference in terms of performance, but it doesn't look the best. I might revisit it one day:

But I did manage to add a fairly tidy drain port which swivels outside the case and works really well. Drains almost all of the loop in a few seconds.



I also manage to get a nice neat/relatively straight connection on the fill port at the top though it did mean sacrificing the top drive bay. You could probably still fit some shallow bay devices in there I think. Maybe a fan controller or something. But I didn't need the space.



Leak tested for around 12 hours. Not a single drop from anywhere (touch wood).



I bought 2 sets of BitsPower cold cathodes that I was planning on using. A blue set and a UV set. But in the end I only used a single blue cathode in the bottom because I preferred the lighting that came from the RayStorm blocks and the LED fans on their own. I also preferred the tubes without the UV on them. I would like my UV case fans to glow so I might look at the UV LED lights one day. Something that is more directional that I can focus just on the fans.

But, as an F.Y.I to anyone else that is thinking of using the BitsPower cold cathodes in the 800D case, the switches that come with the cathodes fit very tightly and neatly into the rubber grommets at the back of the case. No tools required:



The end result:





Keyboard and mouse to match (roughly)



Now I just need to replace the horrible, cheap corner desk and the chair from my dining room and I'll be good to go!



It actually looks a bit bluer in real life but the camera I used was messing with the colours a little.

Overall I'm very happy with it. I haven't started overclocking my CPU or GPU yet but the temps I'm getting at stock speeds are (not surprisingly) much better than they were with just the H100 and the air-cooled GPU I had before.

The only thing that I'm not liking about it is the CoolerMaster 120mm SickleFlow Fans. The ones on the top rad are making a ticking kind of sound. I've since read about this problem and it seems I'm not alone. I think its to do with them being upside down? Or perhaps running at less than full speed? Or something.
I'll replace them one of these days but as I almost always have headphones on when I'm at the computer it doesn't bother me too much.

Comments/advice welcome.

Thanks for reading biggrin.gif
Edited by mrpdean - 11/7/12 at 12:48am
post #2 of 5
Nice build.
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Very nice thumb.gif
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Darn it! Only been running it for a few days and the tubing is already starting to cloud up mad.gif

I've being following this thread but from what I can tell there still isn't a clear winner in terms of tubing that won't cloud over.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1199158/plasticizer-problems-discussion-gallery

PrimoChill thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
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Nicely made.
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