1/5/2013 - UPDATE
okay fellow ocn'ers! this is a very nice update - i was so excited building this thing up i forgot to take pictures of a few things, but we'll get to that. i still got a ton of content though.
2 nights ago my girlfriend took me to microcenter so i could get my 3770k - still can't believe she got it for me. she's the best. the day leading up to that though i was thinking like crazy about if there would be anything else i'd need last minute before i build the loop and fill it. then i realized that since i will be updating the loop pretty regularly for the next 1-2 months, i'd severely need a drain and since the loop is so compact there'd be no way to move the rig around or upside down or whatever to drain it. i decided i'd need a T fitting that would be located near the bottom 480 rad...
3770k goodness! made sure it was a super new batch - made in costa rica, best overclockers on average afaik
and the T fitting!
as i started getting ready to mount the cpu, i realized i hadn't sleeved the 8 pin cables yet for the motherboard.
but it took me longer than i anticipated..
yeah, that happened. but i was so determined to get it running that night, i winged it.
took about 2 hours LOL but at least it was done. then i sleeved the power switch cable.
then mounted the processor..
old school block mounting! god i forgot about dealing with individual bolts instead of a threaded one piece backplate that made mounting so much easier. thought about cutting the all threads shorter but decided i'd only do it if i absolutely needed to.
then it was time to slide in the power supply and get to assembling.
the all thread was super close to being in the way! lucky the 6 pin fit once it passed a point in plugging in.
cables out of the way, it was tube routing time.
the tubing layout wasn't as pretty as i was expecting, but it's fine, because i will be changing it very soon to accommodate the other waterblocks.
then it was time to fill the loop up. i was afraid i wouldn't have enough ice dragon coolant. i had to have enough for the loop to be filled up enough so when it sat on its side, the coolant level would be high enough that the pump wouldn't suck in air. lol.
man i was lucky! barely had any left and was still able to pull off having enough. having it stand up like that made me really want to figure out if i could pull it off. i started off planning for it to stand up but then resorted sitting it down to handle the 480 radiator. but when i had it standing up while i filled the loop, all the weight was inside the case, toward the bottom, and that was without the power supply. so there was a chance i could stand it up for good. the only thing was, was the power supply plug. it stucked out and completely stopped me from using the short rubber feet that were originally for the case. i had to think up of another way to get bigger feet on the bottom, but i wasn't going to pull that off that night.
laid down the final piece of clear acrylic..
when i set up the loop, i MADE ABSOLUTE SURE that it wouldn't leak. even then i let it leak test for an hour, and used that time to clean up the mess i made - at 5am lol
it was time to power it up..
unfortunately this build has no cd drive, so i had to steal one off my Narada rig, and power it using my beater power supply and ran it like that lol
took me a while to figure out Evga's bios for their RAID settings, but i got it. it blazes through all now.
that following day i had some free time from work to head to fry's electronics to see about case feet. i was assuming that place had some sort of feet, whether it be for computer cases or even subwoofers. but i ended up with nothing.
what i did manage to grab however was a 90 degree 3 prong power cord for the power supply, so that i could actually use some sort of feet and not worry about them being super tall. still, they had to be taller than the height of the 90 degree power cord.
enter: these bad boys.
only one is pictured. but i got two. i found them at home depot. they're drawer handles. and they're going to work perfect for feet
i also forgot to mention i snagged a small little white led strip at fry's. it was usb powered, with an on/off switch. i assumed it only was a positive and negative wire inside the thick black usb wire so i cut it, wired it up to a 3pin fan connector, and plugged it into my fan controller so i can control the brightness. i had forgot to take some pictures of that process because i got SUPER excited about the placement of the led strip and rushed through the wiring process. but i also had to finish mounting the feet..
so many holes!
but it was worth it
if you look closely, you can see i placed the led strip along the side wall of the black acrylic that the final clear acrylic piece mounted to. it was the perfect width for the strip so you could see why i was so excited for that lol
IT LOOKS SO GOOOOOD
really happy with how it's turning out so far. it will be a major pita figuring out how i'll mount a waterblock onto the mosfets, as well as figuring out the height problem when there's also a video card in the case lol.
and im so out of touch with intel processors i definitely will need to figure out how to successfully get a nice thorough overclock that requires more work than just upping the multi. i did however just up the multi and vcore to get 4.6ghz at 1.23v. didn't seem that hard but i can't get anything over 4.6 that took just multi and vcore - i'll figure out the other settings soon though. i've heard many people not being able to even post when their memory frequency is above 1600mhz, but i got it stable right now with 1867mhz - then again that's with samsung's wonder ram. i do agree that Evga will need to release a bios update soon though.
please let me know what you guys think - i'll be posting some screenies from the build about temps and all that in the mean time