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This is my fourth computer build log here on OCN, and as such maybe it is appropriate that my fourth build be building four computers. While this isn't exactly a "personal build" (more of a corporate assembly), I figured I'd share it with everyone. These four computers will largely be identical, with the exception that two of them will be using 3570K CPU's and two of them will be using 3770K CPU's. Hence the name, "Double Twins". All will be overclocked and water cooled. During the work day, they will serve various functions at my office, and during the evening, they will be a welcome addition to my Folding @ Home farm.

Computer Components:

Case: 4x Corsair Obsidian 550D
Motherboard: 4x Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
CPU: 2x Intel i7 3770K and 2x Intel i5 3570K
Memory: 16x Samsung DDR3-1600 "Wonder RAM" (MV-3V4G3D/US) (16GB each machine)
Power supply: 4x PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III Series 600 Watt
Video cards: None (Using on board video)
Hard drives: 4x Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gbp/s
DVD drive: 4x LG 24x Super Multi Internal SATA DVDRW
Keyboard: 4x Generic USB
Mouse: 4x Logitech Performance MX
Operating system: 4x Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Water Cooling Components:

4x NZXT Kraken X60 Ultra Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Index:

Trips to multiple Microcenters for all the parts.
Now that all the booty has been gotten, time to marvel in it all.
Nerd-vanna
Overclocking and Temperatures.
All 4 systems assembled and operating systems loaded.
My thoughts on the Kraken x60 AIO water cooling kits.

Highlights:
post #2 of 26
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First stop today at 9:45am:




What for do you ask?






Sadly, the closest Micro Center didn't have it all (not to mention, I could only get "1 per customer" on the 3570K and 3770K at their awesome price, and a discount for buying the CPU and motherboard together), so off we go again:




Finally, got it all. Only took 5 hours of driving.

post #3 of 26
Subbed thumb.gif Can't wait to see how this turns out biggrin.gif
     
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3930k Rampage 4 Extreme EVGA GTX 690 Corsair Platinum 
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Western Digital Caviar Black x2 Nope Liquid Cooled Win 7 Ult 64b 
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3x Yamakasi Catleap Q270 "extreme OC" 120hz 1440p Razer Blackwidow 2013 Corsair AX1200i COSMOS 2 
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i3 2100 ASUS P8H77-I AMD Radeon HD 6450 Cheapo RAM - 4GB 
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500 GB Heatsink that came with the CPU  Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit HANNS-G 24 Inch 
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Cheapo Cheapo Qubz Mini ITX Cheapo 
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Do i look like I'm rich? Teac 2.1 speakers Low ego 
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Western Digital Caviar Black x2 Nope Liquid Cooled Win 7 Ult 64b 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3x Yamakasi Catleap Q270 "extreme OC" 120hz 1440p Razer Blackwidow 2013 Corsair AX1200i COSMOS 2 
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post #4 of 26
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Ok, it's build time! I swung by my house on the way back from the second Micro Center run and picked up my DSLR, so the photos should be much better than the ones from my camera phone.



All the components lined up. That is sure a lot of hardware pr0n. biggrin.gif




Here is just one systems worth of components.




First thing is first, let's see how that Corsair 550D looks out of it's box!




Next up is the water cooling system, the NZXT Kraken x60.




Once out of the box, it looks like a very complete system. This is my first build with and AIO system.




Nice and compact design with a pair of your standard NZXT 140mm fans.




Looks like a fair amount of copper on the business end of the heat sink.




Here is a view from the top after installing the Kraken x60 into the Corsair 550D. Not too back looking.




Looks nice even with the magnetic filter in place.




It's hard to believe that the radiator spacing doesn't line up between the case and radiator. Didn't even have to do any drilling.




As you can see, with the Kraken x60 installed, there should be no clearance issues with the motherboard.




The radiator is tucked up top nicely.




This was actually the most expensive part of the whole build. That mug cost $4477.07. They threw the computer parts in for free. wink.gif




Next up is the old tried and true Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard.




A view from the back.




And one from the front.




Now for every overclockers favorite memory ... the Samsung "Wonder RAM". 16GB per machine should be more than enough. biggrin.gif




Up next, the muscle! The good old Intel 3770K CPU. 4 Cores + Hyperthreading ... plenty of power.




Here is a shot of the motherboard with the RAM and CPU installed.




Now for the first road bump. It took me the better part of a half hour of messing around before I broke down and started reading other peoples installation comments about the Kraken x60. When they said the back plate looks a little "wonky" when you are putting it on an LGA 1155 motherboard, they weren't kidding. But looks aside, once the Kraken is attached, it actually seats very firmly and doesn't appear to be any issues.




Here is a shot of the Kraken x60 from the business side. Very clean looking.




Hmmm, something is definitely missing in this picture.




Now we need ... POWER!




And here is the PCP&C Silencer Mk III in all it's glory. I've always liked them. Not a bad price for a good quality PSU with a 5 year warranty.




Now that the PSU is installed and hooked up, it's time to fire this baby up and see what's what. Sadly, the 8-pin CPU power cable is just a hair too short (and tight of space up against the radiator) to run it behind the back panel without an extension. I'll have to pick up 4 of them later.




And here we are at the BIOS screen after an initial boot. Temperatures at idle seem good, but I will have to watch Core #2, that one seems just a hair higher than the others. I may have to reseat it later.

Well, that is good enough for one day. Time to head home and grab something to eat and relax. More to come later.
post #5 of 26
very simple build smile.gif
well done sir...
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Wow it must be like heaven walking into a retail store with enthusiast computer parts. I have never been to such a place, sigh...
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Wow thats alot of goodies you have there
ambitious project
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post #8 of 26
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Minor update:

Had to go back to Micro Center again today. Things are a little tight up near the CPU power connector (and the stock PSU cable is BARELY long enough), so I went and got 4 CPU power extender cables. Also, one of the hard drives sounded a little "off", so I figured I'd nip things in the bud and I exchanged it.

I'm formatting one machine up now with Windows 7, and I have assembled a second one. I'll just keep cranking on them one at a time and then bring my DSLR in tomorrow and snap a couple more photos.

But for now, it's race time!
post #9 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rationalthinking View Post

Wow it must be like heaven walking into a retail store with enthusiast computer parts. I have never been to such a place, sigh...

It is, it's like Nerd-vanna. biggrin.gif




(Sorry for the bad picture, but you get the idea.
post #10 of 26
i would love to put together 4 computers all at once.....

but a couple of questions/observations.

why fans as intakes? probably get better temps on the processor but other temps could suffer

why cables running across the RAM? are the cables too short to run them though a cut out at the top of the board?

good luck with the builds, hopefully not too many returns are needed redface.gif
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