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This is an attempt at a build log for my most recent build. I am starting this build log with work already started on the new rig. My idea around this build was to create a clean build around a mid grade rig. I wanted to incorporate some cooling components from my old rig and expand off of that to really have overkill watercooling. I bounced around some ideas on the theme and ended up with a green and yellow color scheme. That's where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle idea comes into play. So with this build i'll be digging up old memories of the my badass childhood turtle heroes. I decided to go with a NZXT switch in matte black with an ASrock Z77 OC Forumla and i7 3770k. I really liked what I had read about the mobo and decided that I could do yellow and green to keep the mobo colors into the scheme.

I decided to go with a gtx 670 underwater, and eventually add another one for SLI (once prices drop a bit for it to hit that SLI efficient sweet spot).

For the cooling I am going to do two 360mm rads in the top and bottom with Akasa vipers in push/pull. I am reusing my previous pump, alphacool d5 variant, and my older xspc 360 rad. I will be adding a alphacool ut60 360 for up top, along with a heatkiller block for my card. For cpu waterblock I am using a raystorm and 1/2 id tubing. For coolant I am using Mayhems Mint Green Pastel. After browsing build logs on the switch I came across Jassilamba's reverse ATX build (his build log here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1310569/build-log-nzxt-monster-810-build ) and really liked a lot of things there, so ended up going with the reverse ATX and inverted PSU mounted to the front intake fan mounts. Since I am starting this build log halfway through my progress the pics are up to this point.

Additional plans to finish the build:

sleeving the PSU (green, black, and charcoal sleeve)
Adding the second rad/gpu in the loop
Adding the 250ml bitspower res (taking the bay res out..it is just there temporarily)
Adding another SSD
Installing EK d5 x-top pump top
white LED's

My main man Leonardo!! Best TMNT ever!



started taking case apart for reverse ATX






gotta have some supervision from the lab in progress


what once was the bottom is now the top




shot of the bottom with the first 360mm rad in the bottom


Edited by bulimic elephant - 1/14/13 at 6:31pm
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got the drives mounted!! I took motherboard screw settings and used them to mount one of the HDD's on front of the case. I had to cut the top bay to make it shorter and then mounted the other HDD to the outside of the top bay.



I got the PSU mounted to the front 140mm intake






got some of the water cooling components in to do some leak testing with the first rad






going through some testing of the temps on the 3770k after leak testing


Looks horrible with those old white sleeved extensions, but no need to fear the ordered sleeve should be here in a couple of days to take care of this.

Since I have to make another order for the extra rad, I broke down and wanted to see what the Mayhem's Mint Pastel would look like





Sorry for the horrible quality of the pics (will do a proper shoot when its all done), but if you look closely you can see the 250ml res mounted on the mobo tray. Can't wait to get some mayhems pastel in that thing!!

over the weekend I took apart my monitor stand that I made and pulled the shims out and put in wood spacers instead of the ugly shims sticking out. I also painted the wooden vesa mounts that I made black so they wouldn't stick out like a sore thumb.
Edited by bulimic elephant - 1/14/13 at 6:12pm
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the gf had a good idea for a stand for the rig to sit above my monitor stand. she thought of getting cinder blocks and painting them black for the build to sit on. I got some cinder blocks over the weekend and put a couple coats of paint on them and actually like the idea. It gives the rig a kind of industrial feel and in some ways kinda goes into the TMNTesk theme of things. It also worked out well to have little compartments for my little cisco switch and modem/wireless router. I also put my ipod and phone up there when plugging into the comp, so props to the girlfriend for that idea!


the cables are still a mess since I am gonna have to bring it down and add the second rad and GPU waterblock.

Here is a pic of the front of the case atm (going to route the power cable through the rear lower rail behind the mobo tray and either pull it through where the temporary reservoir is sitting now, or bring it around to one of the water cooling tubing grommets on the back side of the case. (One of those XSPC dual bay res metal covers fits perfectly where the hole for the PSU is in case I want to cover that up. Which is prob what I will do after painting it flat black)
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Looking good mate, really nice work. you covered a lot. Glad to see another reversed ATX switch.


The window mod was really easy, I finally got a jigsaw, decided on a design, and tapped up the panel, drew it, and used a dremel to make 4 cuts so that the jigsaw blade can slide in and after that took about 10 mins to get the cut done. Having a friend hold the panel while you cut (so that it does not shake too much) will be helpful.

I added a little RAM sticker plate with some LED spot light (I was bored) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Make sure you send the link of the build to Xnine so that he can add it to the Switch 810 thread. thumb.gif

How are the temps on the 3770K.
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I seemed to be pretty lucky to get a chip out of a good batch of the 3770k's. I haven't had a lot of time to really mess with the overclock; however, with the Nick Shih overclock profiles I am running at 5.0ghz with idle temps around 29-31 and under load it gets up to 68-72. I have one of the 8 threaded tests stopping around 5-10 min into prime, but I haven't had time to mess with voltage and timing. I haven't even had time to really dig into the stress test to a crash. The time I have gotten, I have played some planetside 2 and haven't had it crash yet, but in regards to stress testing its not stable. I was pretty stoked to see some success with the oc profile run decent at 5.0ghz (1.435 volts). Really looking forward to getting everything finished and putting some time into the OC.

One thing I am worried about is when adding the GPU (and eventually the second gtx 670 to the build/loop) if it will raise my temps on my cpu. Hopefully with adding the extra 360 rad my temps will be good. I am also gonna put a 140mm fan in the back since I don't really have much in terms of intake (wanted to go for more overpressure on the build to keep dust down). Will be interested as it comes together to see what temps do.

I might end up picking up a dremel so I can make smaller cuts since the jigsaw is hard to fit in tight spots and you gotta have the part of the case your cutting very secure. I have to take a small chunk out of the back side panel's lip overhang so it will fit around the lower mounted HDD. Awesome job on the window man and I like that ram plate/illumination. I ordered a 4 foot LED strip, but wondering if its gonna be too much. Have to wait and see! I am sure my next few days will be cursing and yelling at my PSU while attempting to sleeve it (first time sleeving).
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Originally Posted by bulimic elephant View Post

I seemed to be pretty lucky to get a chip out of a good batch of the 3770k's. I haven't had a lot of time to really mess with the overclock; however, with the Nick Shih overclock profiles I am running at 5.0ghz with idle temps around 29-31 and under load it gets up to 68-72. I have one of the 8 threaded tests stopping around 5-10 min into prime, but I haven't had time to mess with voltage and timing. I haven't even had time to really dig into the stress test to a crash. The time I have gotten, I have played some planetside 2 and haven't had it crash yet, but in regards to stress testing its not stable. I was pretty stoked to see some success with the oc profile run decent at 5.0ghz (1.435 volts). Really looking forward to getting everything finished and putting some time into the OC.

One thing I am worried about is when adding the GPU (and eventually the second gtx 670 to the build/loop) if it will raise my temps on my cpu. Hopefully with adding the extra 360 rad my temps will be good. I am also gonna put a 140mm fan in the back since I don't really have much in terms of intake (wanted to go for more overpressure on the build to keep dust down). Will be interested as it comes together to see what temps do.

I might end up picking up a dremel so I can make smaller cuts since the jigsaw is hard to fit in tight spots and you gotta have the part of the case your cutting very secure. I have to take a small chunk out of the back side panel's lip overhang so it will fit around the lower mounted HDD. Awesome job on the window man and I like that ram plate/illumination. I ordered a 4 foot LED strip, but wondering if its gonna be too much. Have to wait and see! I am sure my next few days will be cursing and yelling at my PSU while attempting to sleeve it (first time sleeving).

2 GPUs and the overclock might work for your setup, but if you start pushing the GPUs then you are gonna need more rads. I normally OC my chips and then bring em down to the stock OC as for daily use you don't need an OC.

A dremel will be a great idea and will come in handy a lot of times.

Sleeving can be fun and I just have the following advise:

1. Keep the beer handy but dont spill
2. Patience, after you are done with couple it will go really fast as you will know exactly what to do.

Other than that, looking good so far man.
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I will need more than 2 360mm rads for 2 oc'd 670's and the i7? Wow, I didn't think that I would need more than two 360mm rads. Typically I run chips under a pretty hefty oc on a daily basis. My last 965 ran around 4.0ghz for over 2 years (almost constantly left the rig on since it was doubling as the media server) and never saw that thing hick up. One of my ideas behind this build was to have a 5ghz daily driver.

With the sleeving...i most definitely will keep some assortment of solid IPA's going through the process. I have heard a lot of people say that it starts to pick up over time. Wish me luck and I will be sure to post pics through the process!
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I will need more than 2 360mm rads for 2 oc'd 670's and the i7? Wow, I didn't think that I would need more than two 360mm rads. Typically I run chips under a pretty hefty oc on a daily basis. My last 965 ran around 4.0ghz for over 2 years (almost constantly left the rig on since it was doubling as the media server) and never saw that thing hick up. One of my ideas behind this build was to have a 5ghz daily driver.

With the sleeving...i most definitely will keep some assortment of solid IPA's going through the process. I have heard a lot of people say that it starts to pick up over time. Wish me luck and I will be sure to post pics through the process!

Stick in a monsta rad up top that would give you all the rad you need. 2 360s should suffice, and if you want you can add a 120 on the rear.

Sleeving is fun and its true it picks up once you get rolling.

Keep the pics rolling mate. thumb.gif
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