Ok, so here we go! First work log, first "mod", and first watercooled rig. I have a feeling this small intro will be overlooked if I make it too long, so let's have it short and sweet, shall we? (edit: at least I tried, right? haha)
++++ BACKGROUND ++++
I've built my first computer back in May last year. I had been lurking on the forum for a while, and finally made the move. I was not aiming for something out of this world, as I'm not that much of a big computer user, as weird as that may sound
On the other hand, the process of choosing the parts took some time, as I had a very specific goal in mind: the rig was to be what's best known as a hackintosh. I guess you could say it was a pretty ambitious project for the n00b I was (and that I still am )
I might add details as this goes, but that'll do for now. If you have any specific questions, I beg you to ask!
O and while we're a it, please spare me all the fanboyism/hatersgonnahate stuff regarding Macs vs Windows and all that jazz.
Picture from last year:
++++ THE PROJECT ++++
Ever since I joined OCN and started gathering the parts for my build, watercooling seemed to me like the absolute bees' knees. Once again, I did my homework, read a lot, thought a lot about it, and so the current project came to life. The goal is two-fold:
- Swap cases - From CM 690 II to modded Lian-li PC-A55
- Watercool - Custom loop w/ CPU and GPU block
Since I have only one computer (well actually 2, the second being my old dying laptop), I bought a second case to be able to take my time modding it while still enjoying the computer I built last year. While big cases are pretty nice when stuffed with video cards and watercooling gear, I thought a small case would complement my modest hardware better. Plus, I liked the idea of a small case for its practicality and the space challenge associated with it.
My plan was to keep my less-than-a-year-old hardware, for cost reasons, as well as for the fact that my hack works flawlessly. It if ain't broken, don't fix it, right?
So anyway, I chose the Lian-Li PC-A55 as it was the smallest case I could find that would accept my full ATX board. The lines are clean, timeless, and it seemed pretty rare, so I went for it.
++++ WATERCOOLING STUFF ++++
I recently placed 2 orders. One at Dazmode, which I strongly recommend to any fellow canadian out there!
The second at Performance-Pcs, since Daz did not have all the stuff I wanted
Anyway, here it is:
- CPU BLOCK - EK Supremacy Acetal-Copper [arrived]
- GPU BLOCK - EK VGA Supremacy Bridge Edition [arrived]
- PUMP/RES - Alphacool DC-LT with top/res [arrived]
- RADIATOR - XSPC EX240 multiport [arrived]
- FITTINGS/TUBE - XSPC compression + black tube 7/16x5/8 [arrived]
- COOLANT - Mayhem's pastel white [arrived]
Before I make this any longer, I'll let them pichers talk for themselves
Enjoy, and thanks for looking! Any comments/jokes/movie quotes/questions welcome!
Edited by TwentyCent - 3/30/13 at 11:06pm