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The Judge Build Log

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Like MCCSolutions' build here, this build started as a $700 build (my first) in September 2011 with the following:

Phase 1 - Initial Build - September, 2011

  • Thermaltake Soprano RS case
  • Phenom II X4 965 BE (stock cooling, no OC)
  • Biostar 800G+ mATX board
  • Gigabyte GTX 560 (non-Ti)
  • 8 GB (2x4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws 1033MHz CL7
  • OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w semi-modular PSU
  • A single 80mm blue LED case fan on the side panel
  • A single 640GB WD HDD, SATA II, 16MB cache - pulled this out of my previous Dell Core 2 E6600 PC
  • LG Flatron 23" 2ms LCD monitor @ 1080p (no LED backlighting) - this was purchased long before this 2011 build
  • Windows 7 Home Premium - Came with the older Dell PC, and surprisingly still worked with this build

It has slowly evolved into a $2000+ beast (well, $1400 for now (not including the monitors and hard drives), but more to come). Enjoy the ride biggrin.gif

First Upgrade - November, 2011

Added a Seagate Barracuda 2TB storage drive that was on sale at Best Buy for $160. It's 5900 RPM, but is SATA III with a 64MB cache. Left the OS on the smaller WD drive.

Second Upgrade - February, 2012

Added a Samsung SyncMaster 27" 2ms LED LCD monitor @ 1080p that was on sale at Best Buy for $450 (that was a good price at the time). This was (and still is) used in addition to the 23" LG monitor.

Everything stayed stagnant for about a year with no additional upgrades (aside from updating to Windows 8), until January 2013.

Phase 2 - January, 2013

This was supposed to be a small budget upgrade. It didn't turn out that way - grab a cup of coffee and join me on a journey thumb.gif

  • Replaced the Biostar 880G+ board with an ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ board. This one has an AMD 770 chipset ($70).
  • Replaced the 965 BE with an FX-8350 ($200).
  • Replaced the Gigabyte GTX 560 with a Zotac GTX 660 (non-Ti, $215)

That was supposed to be all there was to it. A simple ~$500 upgrade. Until I noticed it was failing in Prime95 with no OC (stock cooler, stock BIOS). It turned out that the motherboard doesn't support the FX-8350, even though it said on Newegg that it supports AMD FX processors up to 140 watts. So, I had to downclock it to 3.2 GHz @ 1.25v to get it P95 stable and get it down to about 95 watts, since the board only supported 95-watt 8-core CPUs (which wasn't specified in the Newegg details).

So a new motherboard was needed - and fast - because I needed to get it replaced while I could still RMA it with Newegg. As most people here know though, picking the right motherboard isn't always the easiest thing to do. You want to get a board that has all the features you want and flexibility you need, at the lowest cost possible (this was something I didn't care much about in the beginning, until I found OCN after having issues with the ASRock board biggrin.gif). I guess you could say things escalated a bit after I joined this forum.

Phase 2 - First Upgrade - February, 2013

The following week, I was shipping the ASRock back and had ordered:

  • ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 ($180)
  • 16GB (2x8GB) of G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866 CL9 memory ($100)
  • ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm CPU fan ($65)
  • Arctic MX-4 thermal compound ($10)
  • 4 Rosewill 120mm blue LED case fans ($32)

I wasn't able to overclock past 4.2 GHz, which was disappointing for a $65 CPU cooler + $30 in case fans. My $500 upgrade had quickly escalated into an $800 upgrade, and I still wasn't getting great results with my new found overclocking desire.

Enter IOSEFINI, a user here on OCN, who offered to try to help me get a better overclock by remoting into my PC. He determined that it couldn't be pushed past 4.2GHz at safe temps with the Zalman air cooler. That's when he introduced me to water cooling, and everything changed from there...

Phase 2 - Second Upgrade - February, 2013

He said he had an old Antec Kuhler H20 920 laying around that he wasn't using for anything, and offered to send it to me. What an amazing gesture! I graciously accepted, and received it in the mail 2 days later. It didn't fit very comfortably in my case, but I managed to get it in there (barely), and got the "red CPU light of death" on my Sabertooth 990FX, and no post. After several hours of troubleshooting and 2 calls it ASUS, it was determined that it was hopeless - the board was dead. I still don't know how or why it happened. I am always very careful about ESD, but without going into too much detail about all that was tried, we'll say that I tried everything to resurrect this board (different RAM, different RAM slots, reseating the CPU, checking for bent pins, unplugging all components, unplugging and reconnecting all the power connectors on the board, etc. etc.), and it was dead.

Sabertooth 990FX RMA - January, 2013

I RMAed the Sabertooth with Newegg, and got a replacement within 5 days. In the meantime, I used my old trusty Biostar 880G+ with 965 BE and 8GB G.Skill memory. This time, when the new Sabertooth came in, everything ran great, especially with the Kuhler 920! I was able to get a 4.6 GHz overclock under IBT and Prime95 12-hour stable at the upper end of safe temps. This is when I became a believer in water cooling, and even more upgrades ensued...

Phase 3 - Deciding on Better Case and Cooling - February, 2013

I became obsessed with finding out how far I could push my FX-8350, and started researching water coolers. The Antec is great, but it's a single 120mm rad, so it can only do so much. I wanted to go dual rad (well, I really wanted to go triple or quad rad, until I looked at component pricing on building large custom loops). The problem was, my case was terrible - it barely fit the single rad Antec, and it was also very loud with only 4 120mm fans in it (4 fans includes the 2 on the Antec in push/pull) - it sits less than 2 feet away from me on the desk, and the noise was unbearable, even though the fans were set to 40% speed in the BIOS.

I did a lot of research on dual rad AIO water coolers, and was eyeing the Corsair H100i until I started seeing reviews pop up for the then soon-to-be-released Swiftech H220. It was the best performing dual rad AIO (with Noctuas on all the tested coolers), and it's expandable - that is, it can be completely disassembled - drained/refilled, the pump/block is removable, the fittings and tubes can be removed, plus it's Swiftech, so it has a very powerful and high quality pump for lots of future expansion. I had to have it, but I had to have the perfect case for it.

So, while waiting for the H220 to release, I begun research on cases. I wanted a case that could handle not only a dual rad, but even triple or quad in case I want to expand the water cooling loop, since I already knew I was getting the Swiftech H220 cooler. I considered quite a few cases, and thought I had settled on the HAF X. The only thing I didn't like about the HAF X was that it didn't have a nice big side panel window - my build was really getting toward "window-worthy" status, so that was kind of a deal breaker. So it was between the HAF X and the Silverstone TJ series (at quite a price margin between them), but I wasn't sure if I really wanted or needed to spend $350+ on a great case with a nice big window.

I looked at the Corsair 800D/900D, as well as some Fractal Design Define cases. Out of everything I looked at, they either didn't have the perfect window, they were too small, too expensive, or a combination of all of these cons. That's when I found the NZXT Switch 810. A gigantic side panel window, support for a triple rad and at least one more dual rad in addition, 10 x 120mm/140mm fan mounts, support for practically every motherboard form factor (great for future upgrades), amazing cable management, support for any PSU size, removable HDD cages, a hot swap bay, and an amazing aesthetic for $180. I waited for the H220 to go back in stock at at least one retailer (by the time I decided on a case, the H220 had released and quickly sold out everywhere), and found it in stock at NCIX. Now was the time for the next round...

Phase 3 - First Upgrade - March, 2013

  • NZXT Switch 810 (white) on Newegg ($180)
  • 7 x Aerocool Shark 140mm red LED case fans from Newegg (they are supposedly very quiet, high pressure, high CFM fans) ($110)
  • Swiftech H220 water cooler from NCIX ($140)
  • 2 x Noctua NF-F12 fans for the H220 from Amazon ($42)
  • Seasonic 750w 80 Plus Bronze PSU ($100)
  • 2' of 1/2" Primoflex Bloodshed Red water cooling tubing to replace the black Swiftech tubing from Frozen CPU ($10)

The only part of those orders that's come in yet is the Switch 810, which came in on Saturday. The rest are in various points of transit. I should have most or all of it by Thursday or Friday. However, I've managed to go from a "simple" $500 upgrade, to replacing almost everything in the system (except the hard drives and optical drive (so far, lol)) for $1400. It's still not done, either.

Video:

Phase 3 - Second Upgrade - ????, 2013

The (possibly last (yeah, right! lol)) phase of this build will be to replace the hard drives and add another GTX 660 for SLi. I plan to grab a 512GB SATA III SSD for the OS and some programs, and a 2TB+ 7200 RPM SATA III 64MB cache drive for storage/most other programs. I haven't decided what these drives will be yet. I might also grab a Blu-Ray drive/burner to replace the DVD burner, just for the heck of it (I don't own any Blu-Ray media, but whatever).

In all honesty though, since I use this PC for EVERYTHING (work, gaming, personal use, etc.), I'm thinking I might be better off to rebuild the "old Judge" out of all the parts I upgraded from and use that for work and general use, because I can see this new build spending more time in pieces being constantly upgraded than usable. "The Jury" in my sig is pretty much all the old parts from this log, but has no hard drives yet. "The Judge" has become my hobby PC, and for important things, I shouldn't trust myself to keep it running long enough to do actual work. I'm a freelance graphic designer/web developer and programmer, so any downtime has a negative impact on my ability to work. It's probably better to realize that I have become a hobbyist (read: hardware addict) sooner rather than later, and start using a PC that I don't care about upgrading for work, because this one is going to spend half of its life in pieces.

Yes, I have The Judge and The Jury - The Executioner will be the next build when Steamroller comes out next year, and will likely be sporting 32GB of 2400MHz+ RAM, a better GTX upgrade than a "760" (since I went from 560 to 660 - likely a 780 or two), an upgraded H220 with at least a triple rad and possibly motherboard and GPU blocks, and the highest offering of AMD Steamroller. It'll have to be worth the title of being "The Executioner" by all standards wink.gif

Anyway, this is my build log (and back log) so far, so I hope you enjoyed it and continue to enjoy the updates to come! biggrin.gif
Edited by Clowerweb - 3/18/13 at 12:24am
The Judge
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The Jury
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 @ 4.7 GHz ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Zotac GeForce GTX 660 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X (2 x 8GB @ 1866) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD 640GB (16MB Cache) SATA II @ 7200 RPM (Main) Seagate 2TB (64MB Cache) SATA III @ 5900 RPM (S... HP DVD Writer 1260T SATA 7x Aerocool Shark 140mm Red LED Fans 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Swiftech H220 2x Noctua NF-F12 Fans for H220 Windows 8 Professional LG Flatron W2361V 23" 2ms LCD @ 1920x1080 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster S27A550H 27" 2ms LED LCD @ 1... A USB one that came with an older Dell PC SeaSonic M12II 750W NZXT Switch 810 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech M150 5-Button Bluetooth Wireless Generic Ergonomic w/ Gel Wrist Rest Logitech H800 Bluetooth Wireless Headset Insignia 2.1 channel desktop speakers 
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All-In-One Card Reader BOSS Executive High Back Leather Chair Arctic MX4 Thermal Compound 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 4.0 GHz Biostar 880G+ AM3 mATX Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1066 CL7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 500GB SATA II Some DVD burner Antec Kuhler H20 920 Windows 7 Home Premium 
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Acer 27" LED LCD @ 1920x1080 OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Thermaltake Soprano RS Wireless Optical 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD 640GB (16MB Cache) SATA II @ 7200 RPM (Main) Seagate 2TB (64MB Cache) SATA III @ 5900 RPM (S... HP DVD Writer 1260T SATA 7x Aerocool Shark 140mm Red LED Fans 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Swiftech H220 2x Noctua NF-F12 Fans for H220 Windows 8 Professional LG Flatron W2361V 23" 2ms LCD @ 1920x1080 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster S27A550H 27" 2ms LED LCD @ 1... A USB one that came with an older Dell PC SeaSonic M12II 750W NZXT Switch 810 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech M150 5-Button Bluetooth Wireless Generic Ergonomic w/ Gel Wrist Rest Logitech H800 Bluetooth Wireless Headset Insignia 2.1 channel desktop speakers 
OtherOtherOther
All-In-One Card Reader BOSS Executive High Back Leather Chair Arctic MX4 Thermal Compound 
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 4.0 GHz Biostar 880G+ AM3 mATX Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1066 CL7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 500GB SATA II Some DVD burner Antec Kuhler H20 920 Windows 7 Home Premium 
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The Aerocool Sharks came in today, and thanks to the amazing way the Switch 810 is set up, installing them was dead simple. Someone mentioned below that they aren't quiet - well, they're not, lol. They could definitely be louder, but they aren't quiet. Using the fan hub on the Switch 810, they run at full blast all the time, so I need to figure out something for a fan controller. I don't want a manual fan controller where I have to remember to adjust the fans when I'm doing something intensive though. I like how fans work on motherboard headers where they can auto adjust according to temperatures.

I wouldn't say the fans themselves are loud. They don't sound like fans spinning, if you know what I mean. The sound that's coming out of the case sounds like air movement. Similar to a vacuum cleaner on the suction end I suppose, but not like a vacuum cleaner motor, if that makes sense. It's really hard to explain. Air flow is the only way I can really describe it.

I got everything installed in the case and running now, except for the new PSU, Swiftech H220, and the Noctuas for the H220, which are still yet to come in. The build is looking great, but I think it could use some more lighting inside. The LEDs from the fans aren't bright enough to light up the inside of the case very well, but the fans themselves look stellar, and I think that's the first time I've ever used the word "stellar" to describe anything. They look great and they move a lot of air. The white and black case with red lighting looks as amazing as I'd imagined it would, and I'm quite happy with how it turned out. As I said though, it's not quite bright enough inside, so I'm thinking some LED strips might be in order. I just can't decide whether to go with red LED strips or white, because on one hand I want it to be red themed, but on the other hand, I don't want it to be *too* red to the point where it looks like I stuffed Elmo in there.

Of course, I'm sure you're probably wanting to see some pictures, and I will make the next build log video when it's finished, or possibly later tonight as a progress update, I'm not sure biggrin.gif

All of the components out of the old case:


RAM and GTX 660:


Hard Drives:


Power supply and optical drive:


The Sabertooth 990FX with the FX-8350 on it:


Power supply mounted in the Switch 810:


Motherboard mounted:


Video card mounted:


Antec 920 mounted:


Terrible cable management in the back of the case (I'll fix this spaghetti once the other parts come in):


I/O Ports:





The Aerocool Sharks in their retail packaging:


All the Sharks unboxed and in a lovely stack of awesome:


Two of the Sharks mounted on the front and running (front panel partially removed):


Front view:


Side view:


More updates to come thumb.gif
Edited by Clowerweb - 3/18/13 at 6:25pm
The Judge
(23 items)
 
The Jury
(12 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 @ 4.7 GHz ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Zotac GeForce GTX 660 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X (2 x 8GB @ 1866) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD 640GB (16MB Cache) SATA II @ 7200 RPM (Main) Seagate 2TB (64MB Cache) SATA III @ 5900 RPM (S... HP DVD Writer 1260T SATA 7x Aerocool Shark 140mm Red LED Fans 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Swiftech H220 2x Noctua NF-F12 Fans for H220 Windows 8 Professional LG Flatron W2361V 23" 2ms LCD @ 1920x1080 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster S27A550H 27" 2ms LED LCD @ 1... A USB one that came with an older Dell PC SeaSonic M12II 750W NZXT Switch 810 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech M150 5-Button Bluetooth Wireless Generic Ergonomic w/ Gel Wrist Rest Logitech H800 Bluetooth Wireless Headset Insignia 2.1 channel desktop speakers 
OtherOtherOther
All-In-One Card Reader BOSS Executive High Back Leather Chair Arctic MX4 Thermal Compound 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 4.0 GHz Biostar 880G+ AM3 mATX Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1066 CL7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 500GB SATA II Some DVD burner Antec Kuhler H20 920 Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Acer 27" LED LCD @ 1920x1080 OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Thermaltake Soprano RS Wireless Optical 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 @ 4.7 GHz ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Zotac GeForce GTX 660 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X (2 x 8GB @ 1866) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD 640GB (16MB Cache) SATA II @ 7200 RPM (Main) Seagate 2TB (64MB Cache) SATA III @ 5900 RPM (S... HP DVD Writer 1260T SATA 7x Aerocool Shark 140mm Red LED Fans 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Swiftech H220 2x Noctua NF-F12 Fans for H220 Windows 8 Professional LG Flatron W2361V 23" 2ms LCD @ 1920x1080 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster S27A550H 27" 2ms LED LCD @ 1... A USB one that came with an older Dell PC SeaSonic M12II 750W NZXT Switch 810 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech M150 5-Button Bluetooth Wireless Generic Ergonomic w/ Gel Wrist Rest Logitech H800 Bluetooth Wireless Headset Insignia 2.1 channel desktop speakers 
OtherOtherOther
All-In-One Card Reader BOSS Executive High Back Leather Chair Arctic MX4 Thermal Compound 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 4.0 GHz Biostar 880G+ AM3 mATX Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1066 CL7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 500GB SATA II Some DVD burner Antec Kuhler H20 920 Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
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So the Swiftech H220 and Seasonic 750W came in today, time for another update biggrin.gif

I'm still waiting on the Noctua NF-F12s to come in... sigh... I ordered them from Amazon last Thursday, it's been 1 week (they actually shipped via UPS on Friday), and they're scheduled to come in on Tuesday (***???) - I've never had anything from Amazon take more than 3-4 days to get here. It was shipped via UPS, and I noticed that all of the components that were shipped via Fedex or USPS arrived much quicker then the 3 things that were shipped via UPS. I'm so mad at UPS right now. My Noctuas have been sitting in California (and still are as of 8 days later) and haven't moved at all. I've always had good experiences with UPS in the past, but they seem to be moving like snails lately for some reason. Why does it take 1.5 weeks to get a package to Ohio from California, and at least 1 week to even leave California after they had the package last Friday? There are no holidays, so I'm confused...

So here's the deal on the H220 - it SUCKS with the stock fans. I halfway expected that because a lot of pro reviewers said it was among the worst water coolers they tested with the stock fans on all of them. Put Noctuas on all of them to level out the playing field though, and the H220 is the best AIO according to them. Some stock fans are crap, I know. But I'm very disappointed in the H220 right now.

  • Antec 920 - single 120mm rad - 2 stock Antec fans in push/pull: I was able to get 4.6 GHz and run P95 and IBT for hours without going over 58c max.
  • H220 - dual 120mm rad - 2 stock Swiftech fans in pull: I had to downclock to 4.5 GHz and can run P95 and IBT for at least 1 hour @ 64c.

Very bad performance from the H220 at stock. An Antec single 120mm rad outperforms it by 6c when the Antec is 100 MHz higher on the CPU? Come on, Swiftech! ***? No, there's nothing wrong with my TIM application, it's perfect, and I even redid it. I always use "the pea method" which is very accurate in terms of how much is applied across multiple applications, and it's the same results after 2 tries. I HOPE, for Swiftech's sake, that these fans are just absolute garbage and there's nothing else wrong with this thing. I better be impressed when the Noctuas are on there, or this thing is getting RMA'd and I'll just build a custom loop, because I'm embarrassed that I've been recommending the H220 to everyone here for like a month now. If the fans are crap, that's one thing, that's understandable, many things come with crappy stock fans. I hope that's the case with this unit. We'll see on Tuesday. I'm very dissatisfied and disappointed right now. Swiftech, I hope there's a rep on here reading this, you have a lot to prove when these Noctuas come in on Tuesday. I've been promoting the H220 on here and on Youtube, and I finally got mine, and... just forget it. Nevermind. We'll see on Tuesday what happens.

Now that that's out the way, end rant. smile.gif

Anyway, so what do you think was the first thing I did when I unboxed the H220?

H220 and SeaSonic 750W in box:


H220 unboxing:


Unboxed (but not unwrapped) with all the included parts:


Back of the rad:


Front of the rad:


CPU block:


Top of the CPU block


Drained the stock liquid

This was interesting, because the stock liquid had a blueish tint. It almost looked and smelled like windshield washer fluid. I'm sure it wasn't. It also had a few blue flakes in there, and while draining, a little bit got on my hands and wrist. After a minute or two, it started to itch and burn a little bit. I'm assuming there's sodium hydroxide (lye) as an anti-microbial additive in there, but if that's the case, it's also somewhat caustic, but not too much more so than hand soap. Possibly a bad thing for the metallic components though, as it could potentially cause corrosion.



My new (obviously red) tubing:


My new tubing choice was the correct inner diameter, but incorrect outer diameter (these specs were no yet available online for the H220, so I guessed):


Thus, the stock clamps don't fit my new tubing...:


...So, I zip-tied them on (with tightening from a pair of pliers, and tugged each one fairly hard to be sure they were secure):


Trimmed all the excess off the zip ties, and they look good (for now):


Radiator mounted after refilling and bleeding the loop:


Can't forget the MX4 thermal compound!


It's mounted!


PSU in box:


PSU Bottom view:


PSU side view:


PSU accessories:


PSU mounted:


Close-up of the H220 with red tubing mounted:


With side panel on:


Side panel on night shot:


Night shot from a slight distance:


I'll add a video to this post (not a new post in the thread) soon that I took earlier smile.gifEDIT: here it is:


Still waiting on the Noctua fans and some benchmarks, so stay tuned biggrin.gifUpdate - Got 'em:











So, that's pretty much it for this build log. If you want to see all the pics from the build log (including a bunch that were left out of this log thread), you can check them out on my photo album here: http://imgur.com/a/fSXU1/all. I hope you enjoyed!
Edited by Clowerweb - 3/24/13 at 4:20am
The Judge
(23 items)
 
The Jury
(12 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 @ 4.7 GHz ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Zotac GeForce GTX 660 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X (2 x 8GB @ 1866) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD 640GB (16MB Cache) SATA II @ 7200 RPM (Main) Seagate 2TB (64MB Cache) SATA III @ 5900 RPM (S... HP DVD Writer 1260T SATA 7x Aerocool Shark 140mm Red LED Fans 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Swiftech H220 2x Noctua NF-F12 Fans for H220 Windows 8 Professional LG Flatron W2361V 23" 2ms LCD @ 1920x1080 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster S27A550H 27" 2ms LED LCD @ 1... A USB one that came with an older Dell PC SeaSonic M12II 750W NZXT Switch 810 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech M150 5-Button Bluetooth Wireless Generic Ergonomic w/ Gel Wrist Rest Logitech H800 Bluetooth Wireless Headset Insignia 2.1 channel desktop speakers 
OtherOtherOther
All-In-One Card Reader BOSS Executive High Back Leather Chair Arctic MX4 Thermal Compound 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 4.0 GHz Biostar 880G+ AM3 mATX Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1066 CL7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 500GB SATA II Some DVD burner Antec Kuhler H20 920 Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Acer 27" LED LCD @ 1920x1080 OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Thermaltake Soprano RS Wireless Optical 
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The Judge
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The Jury
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 @ 4.7 GHz ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Zotac GeForce GTX 660 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X (2 x 8GB @ 1866) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD 640GB (16MB Cache) SATA II @ 7200 RPM (Main) Seagate 2TB (64MB Cache) SATA III @ 5900 RPM (S... HP DVD Writer 1260T SATA 7x Aerocool Shark 140mm Red LED Fans 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Swiftech H220 2x Noctua NF-F12 Fans for H220 Windows 8 Professional LG Flatron W2361V 23" 2ms LCD @ 1920x1080 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster S27A550H 27" 2ms LED LCD @ 1... A USB one that came with an older Dell PC SeaSonic M12II 750W NZXT Switch 810 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech M150 5-Button Bluetooth Wireless Generic Ergonomic w/ Gel Wrist Rest Logitech H800 Bluetooth Wireless Headset Insignia 2.1 channel desktop speakers 
OtherOtherOther
All-In-One Card Reader BOSS Executive High Back Leather Chair Arctic MX4 Thermal Compound 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 4.0 GHz Biostar 880G+ AM3 mATX Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1066 CL7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 500GB SATA II Some DVD burner Antec Kuhler H20 920 Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Acer 27" LED LCD @ 1920x1080 OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Thermaltake Soprano RS Wireless Optical 
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post #4 of 34
You should add a reservoir as well since you are changing the tubing, this way you will have no problem with filling the loop.
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You should add a reservoir as well since you are changing the tubing, this way you will have no problem with filling the loop.

How do I do that? Isn't there a reservoir in the radiator on the H220? Sorry, I'm not too familiar with all of the water cooling stuff.
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The H220 comes pre-filled so a reservoir is not necessary, but since you will change the tubing you will need to fill it up again, you can do it via T line (you can search it here on OCN and see ho that's implemented) or the easier way by adding a reservoir (any reservoir will do, you just need 1x reservoir and 2x fittings)

Here's some examples of reservoirs:
http://www.aquatuning.de/index.php/cat/c26_Reservoirs.html

LE: Scratch that i see that the radiator of the H220 also has a fill port, so you could just use that and be on your way.
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Nice log! I like the video too. I'll keep an eye on this, interested to see where it goes.

FYI, Aerocool sharks are anything but quiet. You will need to control them somehow if you're looking for quieter operation. My friend has 7 of the green ones in his case and they sound like a hoover at full blast.
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Build log updated! See the second post in the thread for lots of new pics biggrin.gif
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Nice log! I like the video too. I'll keep an eye on this, interested to see where it goes.

FYI, Aerocool sharks are anything but quiet. You will need to control them somehow if you're looking for quieter operation. My friend has 7 of the green ones in his case and they sound like a hoover at full blast.
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Build log updated! See the second post in the thread for lots of new pics biggrin.gif

Thanks! And yeah, the Sharks aren't very quiet. I've definitely heard much louder though, but I still want to get them on some sort of fan controller, preferably automatic and configurable according to temperatures. If it's possible to actually get a controller that has a good price point, can see all my temp sensors, and lets me control via software each fan individually by temperature range, I'd love to see something like that.

Speaking of devices that would probably end up using USB headers on the motherboard (lol), I have a small issue where I only have two USB 2.0 headers on the board. Is there a way to split one of these into multiple headers? I'm sure there is, but how well does it work? Does it depend on how much power is needed by whatever is plugged in? I tried searching for "USB 2.0 header splitters", and all that really seemed to come up is USB port hubs. I obviously want a header hub. 2 headers isn't enough, and since the Antec 920 (and not sure about the H220) takes up one, the card reader takes up another, and the front USB 2.0 ports on the case take up another, I've had to go without plugging in the front USB 2.0 ports for now (luckily I have my bluetooth dongles on the USB 3.0 ports). I can see needing up to 4 headers for all the random stuff though.
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Thanks! And yeah, the Sharks aren't very quiet. I've definitely heard much louder though, but I still want to get them on some sort of fan controller, preferably automatic and configurable according to temperatures. If it's possible to actually get a controller that has a good price point, can see all my temp sensors, and lets me control via software each fan individually by temperature range, I'd love to see something like that.

If you don't need super precise control of the fans, the Sabertooth does an admirable job of managing them above 50% or so. I have my 8 GT's hooked up to three way fan splitters off of the chassis headers and used the Thermal Radar to control it and have them ramp up at load, nice and quiet at idle.
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