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This is my third computer build log here on OCN. I had originally planned to wait for the Intel "Haswell" to come out before replacing my current gaming/folding rig, "The Betty", but given all the preliminary results, I'm going to update my aging i7 965EE system and wait for the Intel "Skylake" in 2015.

This build will be centered around the NZXT Switch 810 Special Edition case in gunmetal gray, and have a firearm theme to it in color. A special thanks goes out to Rickles for the name and inspiration for the color scheme.

Several of the key components have yet to be selected, and I will be more than happy to entertain suggestions for them. They should be top performers as well as look good. I plan on water cooling and over clocking this system as far as it will go for 24/7 folding operations when not killing Trolls, Zombies, and Battlemechs. wink.gif


Computer Components:

Case: Switch 810 in "gunmetal gray" with a custom pedestal base by Dwood
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7
CPU: Intel i7 3770K
Memory: 4 sticks (16GB) of G.SKILL Trident X Series (F3-2400C10D-8GTX)
Power supply: Seasonic Platinum 1000 Watt
Video cards: 2 EVGA GTX 780 Classified in SLi 2 EVGA GTX 580 Hydro Copper 2 w/3072MB memory in SLI
Hard drives: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
SSD drive: Samsung 840 Pro series MZ-7PD256BW 256GB
Keyboard: Ducky Shine 3 YOTS Mechanical Keyboard Orange LED Backlit (Brown Cherry MX)
Mouse: Logitech Performance MX
Operating system: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and Ubuntu 12.10

Cable sleeving: MDPC sleeve. Orange, Titanium Grey, and Shade 19.
Lighting: USB-LED-1 RGB LED Controller and Flexible Color Changing RGB Ribbon Flexible LED Light Strip

Water Cooling Components:

CPU block: Koolance CPU-380I Water Block
GPU blocks: 2 EK-FC780 GTX Classy - Nickel Built in on the EVGA GTX 580 Hydro Copper 2 video cards.
Radiators: 1 XSPC RX360 Extreme Performance Radiator and 1 XSPC RX240 Extreme Performance Radiator 1 Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta 360 Radiator
Pumps/Reservoir: XSPC Twin D5 Dual Bay Reservoir/Pump Combo
Fittings: Various Bitspower G1/4 1/2" compression fittings
SLI / Radiator fittings: 2 Bitspower adjustable aqua link pipe 22-31mm
Tubing: 20 feet of Durelene PVC tubing 1/2" ID x 5/8" OD
Fans: 10 6 Cougar CF-V12H 1200RPM fans and 6 Gentle Typhoon AP-14 1450 RPM fans
Temperature Sensors: 2 Aquacomputer Inline Male/Female G1/4
Temperature Sensor Display: XSPC 5.25" Bay Temperature Sensor Dual Display Mount w/ 2 Thermal Star Illuminated Thermometer - Blue Light
Coolant: Distilled water
Dye: Mayhems Orange Pastel (NEW formula)

Index:

Twin D5 Dual Bay reservoir and first batch of Bitspower fittings arrive.
There is a Monsta in the house! 360 that is.
Microcenter 3770K CPU is here.
The heart of the system, the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 motherboard and Samsung 840 Pro SSD arrive.
Start of the assembly in the gunmetal Switch 810 case.
Power supply is installed and time to paint the upper radiator orange.
Cable sleeving order placed with MDPC.
CPU waterblock and more fittings arrive.
Memory and operating system are in.
The finished orange RX360 radiator.
Test fitting of the radiator and fans.
The new DSLR camera is here!
The cable sleeving parts from Germany arrive. Bright colors to be sure.
Time to swap out the AP-14 in the upper case for orange Cougar fans.
Experimenting with Mayhem orange dye.
Trimming a Cougar fan to get the RX360 in "push/pull" mode.
When all else fails, grind the top of the case to make it all fit.
Assembling the Monsta360 radiator and fans.
Major breakthrough! Now the upper radiator color matches and all 6 fans fit beautifully.
New toys. Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
The mystery box arrives.
The custom pedestal from Dwood is here!
Building and sleeving the pumps.
Sleeving everything else that goes into the pedestal.
The first test of the water cooling components in the pedestal.
Good news and bad news. The CPU block looks awesome but the reservoir has an internal leak. (Video)
The replacement reservoir arrives. Kudos to XSPC and Performance PCs.
Testing video of the new reservoir.
Final painting and assembly of the Dwood custom pedestal and how it looks on the Switch 810 case.
Planning the water cooling hose placement.
If I haven't raved about the Koolance 380i water block enough, let me to it again.
More thoughts on the water cooling hose placement.
Building the custom PSU cover.
A working loop layout.
Starting to overclock things.
Sleeving the I/O panel wires orange.
The orange LCD temperature displays arrive.
Ideas for sleeving colors/patterns for the video cards.
Putting the finished I/O panel back into the system.
The newly formulated Mayhem Orange Pastel arrive from England!
Just how well does the coolant match everything? You have to see to believe!
Ideas for sleeving colors/patterns for the motherboard power cable.
The new orange coolant is in the loop, and all I can say is ... WOW!
Fished painting the memory heat spreaders and PSU cover.
Time to sleeve the SATA cables in orange.
The RGB LED's arrive.
Three spools of 18AWG wire come in. Orange, Black, and Gray.
Time to order some tools from Lutro0 Customs.
The USB controlled LED control unit arrives. Video of it hooked up and how it works.
The LED's put into place (temporarily) and turned on. (video)
New Cougar 140mm fans installed in place of the stock NZXT ones. Testing out the new crimp tool from MDPC.
Wiring up the LED's and sleeving them.
Making a custom sleeved SATA power cable for the SSD.
Lots of new tools and toys arrive from Lutro0 Customs.
Redoing the SATA power connector without using heat shrink, for a MUCH better look.
Rewired some of the LED's in the case. Added LED's to the pedestal.
A simple way to dress up an ugly SLI bridge connector.
Ideals for an even better SLI bridge connector and LCD temperature display.
Building and sleeving a custom length CPU power cable.
A HOARD of connectors arrive from Lutro0 Customs.
The new Ducky Shine 3 YOTS with Orange backlight arrives.
Update: What's been going on in the months since the last update? In short, A LOT!

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post #2 of 404
Great start and like the list of components so far.
post #3 of 404
My first shout out in a build log wubsmiley.gif
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With the exception of the motherboard and CPU, everything that is listed so far is either in my possession, or on it's way to me in the next day or three.

I'm still looking for suggestions as to the other parts. The main goal is to not only make it look awesome, but to overclock to the max.

I'd like to stay with colors such as matte black, gunmetal gray, flame (orange, red, and maybe a little yellow).

So feel free to suggest away!

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Originally Posted by jassilamba View Post

Great start and like the list of components so far.

Thank you.
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Originally Posted by Rickles View Post

My first shout out in a build log wubsmiley.gif

Any time. You came up with a great name. thumb.gif
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post #6 of 404
Thread Starter 
Ok, so which one of you guys is "J Webster"?

Seems FedEx delivered my package of Bitspower compression fittings, and XSPC Twin D5 Dual Bay Reservoir and 2 D5 pumps ... but not to me. I've checked my neighbors, and they didn't get it (nor is any of them named Webster).

So if you are reading this Mr/Mrs J Webster, please give me my water cooling gear back! mad.gif
post #7 of 404
a J Webster signed for it and they gave it to him??

Helpful link, the retailer should have some sort of shipping insurance and they should be able to get a claim done through fedex.

Best of luck.
Edited by Rickles - 11/9/12 at 12:51pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rickles View Post

a J Webster signed for it and they gave it to him??

Yup. Wrong ship to name, wrong name signing for it, and obviously wrong address.

Gotta love FedEx.

Not the best way to start off a new build. rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by 47 Knucklehead View Post

Yup. Wrong ship to name, wrong name signing for it, and obviously wrong address.
Gotta love FedEx.
Not the best way to start off a new build. rolleyes.gif

That is just epic man. I live in an apt and as much as I like the fact that the leasing office signs the packages for me, but I hate it as they are never going to verify what was sent. Good thing packages from Nils @ MDPC, are registered post and I have to sign for them.

Where did you get the parts from..
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 47 Knucklehead View Post

Yup. Wrong ship to name, wrong name signing for it, and obviously wrong address.
Gotta love FedEx.
Not the best way to start off a new build. rolleyes.gif

If it was a wrong ship to name I would make the retailer send you the right stuff.
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