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Ongoing project "Switch"

post #1 of 9
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So, most of you may have seen that i either had a Stryker case, or CM 690 II case, and that i switched my PSU, and now i'm switching it again, and well, not i thought its not fast enough so i bought a new CPU... Forget it... i dedicate this to the "SWITCH"

It started as a CM 690II advanced V1 with the following specs:

TX850 Corsair PSU
FX6100
Asus M5a97 EVO
16GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance ram (1600)
Zotac Stock GTX 480
Kingston 120GB SSD
Adtl hard drives for installs, games, and movies.


So, now that the old is covered, here's what i'm aiming for

Cooler Master Storm Stryker case (got it!)
Corsair HX series PSU (not sure what model)
Intel I5-3570K CPU (GOT IT!)
Asus MAXIMUS V Gene (FINALLY GOT IT!)
16 GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance ram (GOT IT!)
H100 cooling system for CPU (GOT IT!)
Zotac GTX480 W/ Arctic cooling III GPU cooler. (possible overclocking wink.gif ) Got the card, need the cooler

Dual Intel 120GB 520 Series SSD raided
2x 3TB hard drives for data storage.



So, in a nutshell, not sure what board i want yet, i do know the Sabertooth boards are beautiful, but i'm not sure if i want to drop 300$ on a motherboard.

The name Switch -

Some may ask why i named it switch, generally i switch out parts every month, for either better, or more expensive stuff. On a normal basis, my whole computer gets new guts every year, a new case every 2 years, and new internals every 6 months. I think its great that people spend 4000$ on a computer that gets replaced in 3 months, but I tend to think spending 1000$ per year just simply updating the old and in with new seems to be a bit better.

Any suggestions welcome, will post pics later and keep the update going.
Edited by js593 - 11/28/12 at 5:26pm
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240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
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Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
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Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
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post #2 of 9
Thread Starter 
Pull myself away from Memory Express today after buying the chip. Brought back my OCZ Fatal1ty PSU for having some noise. Decided to grab myself an HX850W Corsair PSU.

Decided that the motherboard to go into this monster will be the Asus Sabertooth Z77, I was hoping to pick it up today, but they were out of stock, and they no longer have them online. I think they should be coming into sale mode again around Boxing day. Unless NCIX has them on sale again, i will be looking around for one in about 2 weeks time, maybe a bit longer. May need to wait till Xmas.

Will keep everyone posted, and sorry, but no pics for now. Unfortunately my camera on my phone just sucks balls, and doesn't take quality pics. Will get my Photographer in as soon as possible.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MW3 850W HX Corsair PSU Prodigy M G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3610QM 630M 8GB DDR3 120GB SSD 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MW3 850W HX Corsair PSU Prodigy M G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3610QM 630M 8GB DDR3 120GB SSD 
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500GB USB 3 extension drive DVD writer Custom made cooler Windows 7 Ultimate 
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post #3 of 9
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Its around 7:30, central time... Its been a LONG day... I just got home from Memory Express yet again. I purchased my Asus Maximus V Gene. Yes, its a small board, but it will do fine for the rig im slapping together. For the past 2 days, ive been contemplating what board i wanted. The MSI MB fell through after i found out that it was NOT the Thunderbolt Edition. Ive had maybe 4 hours of sleep in the past 2 days and im getting very cranky... The I5 should be fully installed by tomorrow.
Edited by js593 - 11/28/12 at 5:29pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570K Asus Maximus V GENE Nvidia GTX 760 Asus 16 GB Patriot VIPER Red 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MW3 850W HX Corsair PSU Prodigy M G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3610QM 630M 8GB DDR3 120GB SSD 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB USB 3 extension drive DVD writer Custom made cooler Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorAudio
15.3" HD LED BEATS audio. 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570K Asus Maximus V GENE Nvidia GTX 760 Asus 16 GB Patriot VIPER Red 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MW3 850W HX Corsair PSU Prodigy M G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3610QM 630M 8GB DDR3 120GB SSD 
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post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Pics to come.






These pics are the AMD Setup, have not been able to take pics of the new setup. Will try and get those tonight!
Edited by js593 - 12/18/12 at 9:55am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570K Asus Maximus V GENE Nvidia GTX 760 Asus 16 GB Patriot VIPER Red 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MW3 850W HX Corsair PSU Prodigy M G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3610QM 630M 8GB DDR3 120GB SSD 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB USB 3 extension drive DVD writer Custom made cooler Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorAudio
15.3" HD LED BEATS audio. 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MW3 850W HX Corsair PSU Prodigy M G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3610QM 630M 8GB DDR3 120GB SSD 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB USB 3 extension drive DVD writer Custom made cooler Windows 7 Ultimate 
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post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Pics of the new setup with the I5, Asus Maxumus board, and my new Accelero 3.




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240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MW3 850W HX Corsair PSU Prodigy M G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3610QM 630M 8GB DDR3 120GB SSD 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MW3 850W HX Corsair PSU Prodigy M G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3610QM 630M 8GB DDR3 120GB SSD 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB USB 3 extension drive DVD writer Custom made cooler Windows 7 Ultimate 
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post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Little bit of a recent update.

Pulled 2 of my drives, replaced with a 3TB
Replaced the air cooler with a A/C Hybrid unit
Fan controller replaced





IMG_6479_zps33c89a59.jpg
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MW3 850W HX Corsair PSU Prodigy M G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3610QM 630M 8GB DDR3 120GB SSD 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MW3 850W HX Corsair PSU Prodigy M G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3610QM 630M 8GB DDR3 120GB SSD 
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post #7 of 9
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So after an obsene amount of money invested into a computer that i'm only going to game on from time to time... The beast is done....

Till the next set of parts come in wink.gif


Newly acquired myself another GTX480, Water blocks, purchased a Cooling kit from NCIX Canada as well.

Ive upgraded most of the components in the computer, and since ive dished out a fair bit of money, its complete until a new motherboard/cpu combo can be effective enough to upgrade.

Main Hardware

Current specs
Cooler Master Storm Stryker
Asus Maximus V GENE
Intel I5-3570K
16GB Patriot Gaming memory
2x SLI GTX 480
Corsair HX850W PSU


XSPC Water cooling loop

EK Full board waterblocks w/ DangerDen SLI Adapter
1x 36MM XSPC Radiator
1x 25MM Swiftech Radiator
Bitspower 1/2 Barbs 2/ XSPC 7/16 ID Tubing
XSPC X20 750 LPH Pump/Res combo

Fans
4x Corsair SP/High performance 120MM
3x Enermax TB Silence UCTB12N
Logisys 6 channel fan controller

I think the best part of it all, It still retains the handle without modification!


Weighed in this afternoon @ 52.6 LBS, with the water inside of it. Not bad! I thought it was more like 70 before i put it on the scale!


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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570K Asus Maximus V GENE Nvidia GTX 760 Asus 16 GB Patriot VIPER Red 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MW3 850W HX Corsair PSU Prodigy M G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3610QM 630M 8GB DDR3 120GB SSD 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB USB 3 extension drive DVD writer Custom made cooler Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorAudio
15.3" HD LED BEATS audio. 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MW3 850W HX Corsair PSU Prodigy M G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3610QM 630M 8GB DDR3 120GB SSD 
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500GB USB 3 extension drive DVD writer Custom made cooler Windows 7 Ultimate 
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post #8 of 9
Great case! ^^

Some suggestions:
Res+Pump -> rad -> gpu -> cpu -> top rad -> res. Would look a lot neater I think. No?
And some mdpc-x or Lutro0 cable sleeving to get rid of all those unwanted collors ^^
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
I'm going to be looking into some pre-sleeved cable extensions, but my main issue with the cabling is for the fan controller. Thats a whole lot of wires i gotta cover up. Not sure how that's going to get done at the moment.

As for the cooling loop, im not concerned on how it looks, but its functionality. This is actually the best routing that has given me the best results.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570K Asus Maximus V GENE Nvidia GTX 760 Asus 16 GB Patriot VIPER Red 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MW3 850W HX Corsair PSU Prodigy M G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3610QM 630M 8GB DDR3 120GB SSD 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB USB 3 extension drive DVD writer Custom made cooler Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorAudio
15.3" HD LED BEATS audio. 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570K Asus Maximus V GENE Nvidia GTX 760 Asus 16 GB Patriot VIPER Red 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
240 GB PNY SSD 3TB Storage Drive 4TB External HDD Western Digitial XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 Corsair SP120 LED Windows 7 BenQ 27" HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MW3 850W HX Corsair PSU Prodigy M G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Diablo 3 SteelSeries AC97 7.1 //HDMI 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3610QM 630M 8GB DDR3 120GB SSD 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB USB 3 extension drive DVD writer Custom made cooler Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorAudio
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