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[Build Log]: The Evolution of Project: Black Devil - Build and Performance Summary

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Hey everyone,

This is going to be a little different kind of build log than usual because it didn't really happen all at once. I originally started planning this build in Fall 2011 and ordered the first batch of stuff around the end of the year 2011. It is (was) my first attempt at a water cooled build. The motivation behind the build was honestly because of the GTX 580 Classifieds from EVGA. I had 570's at the time and I wanted those cards so badly. I just imagined having 2 or 3-way SLI 580 Classy's over-volted and cranked on water. Knowing that I was too late for the 580 Classys, I set out to build a water cooled chassis so that when the 680 Classifieds dropped (knowing nothing of the no-fun-Nancy Green Light program) I would have the supporting system to build a rig and push them to the max.

Well I finally did end with GTX 680 Classy's with EVBot (courtesy of CallSignVega), but it took quite a while and several iterations to get to where I ultimately envisioned the build about 18 months ago.

I'm going to structure this log in two main sections (different posts): the evolution of the build with pictures in one section and then a performance summary comparing the different configurations in a second section.

Lets get started!

Section 1: The Evolution

Phase 1: The Initial Build (January 2012)

PC Components:

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K
Memory: 16 GB Corsair Vengeance 1866 CL9
Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Extreme
PSU: Seasonic X-1250
OS Drive: OCZ Vertex 3
GPU: 2x EVGA GTX 570 in SLI (carried over from previous build)

Chassis/Cooling Components:

Case: Xigmatek Elysium
CPU Block: XSPC Raystorm
Radiators: Black Ice GTX 420 and Black Ice GTX 240
Fans: 6x 140mm High Speed Yate Loons and 4x 120mm High Speed Yate Loons all in push/pull
Pump: Swiftech MCP-35x
Reservoir: EK Advanced Multi Option 250mm
Fittings: Bits Power Rotary Compression, Koolance Quick Disconnects
Fan Controller: Lamptron FC-9

Here are a few shots of the components prior to the original build:











I braided what I considered to be the "ugly" cables in the case.


This was an experiment that did not end up working out, but I tried to take one the Elysium hard drive cages and use it to mount my pump on top of with hard drives below. This idea didn't last long.


Top and front rads and fans mounted.


If only it looked this clean on the back side today...


Tabs I used to secure the front radiator.


I ended up using another set of tabs on the top set of screws as well, although this pic doesn't show them yet.


Because the GTX 420 radiator has space between the fans, I had to die grind some of the screw holes to make them line up. At the far end of the radiator, this is how far off the screw hole ended up being. Something to maybe be aware of if someone is thinking about using this case with a 420mm radiator.


Space between the fans that causes the holes to be off.


Prepping the DVD drives to painted to match the case.


Drives painted, PSU, mobo, CPU and CPU block mounted.


Another angle. Also there's a sound card front panel below the drives.


Front Shot


Phase 2: The Infant Stages (January 2012-June 2012)

This was really a period of time where I was just waiting for the 600's to drop. I couldn't play surround on my three screens with the two GTX 570's, so I ran only one screen gaming for the most part. There's not a lot to say about this stage, but I'll post a couple pictures of what it looked like.

This picture shows what it looked like all said and done as far as the original loop was concerned. I had already ditched the hard drive bay for the pump mount. I had also swapped out the two DVD drives for a Blu Ray drive that I hadn't got around to painting yet by the time I took this picture.


Monitor and accessory lineup at the time. I couldn't figure out why my USB devices had trouble staying connected ... such a noob I was wink.gif.


Phase 3: The 670 - 2600K Phase (June 2012-September 2012)

I have to admit, when the 600 series dropped I was quite disappointed with how locked down they were. Also, I had no clue what would become of the 680 Classified or when it would happen, so I decided to jump on what was excellent performance per dollar at the time. I also wanted to do some SLI scaling testing at 5760x1080 res as well as test the limits of the 2GB memory buffer, so I decided to order three of them.


A shot showing my first GPUs (275's) that belonged to my roommate at the time, the 570's and the 670's that were replacing them.


2- way SLI testing.


3-way SLI testing.


I used this setup for about 3 months. I honestly wasn't very satisfied with 3-way scaling, and having eliminated (I thought) almost all other bottlenecks, I really figured PCI-E 2.0 was holding me back. Also, I was getting ready to start running a bunch of stat models for school, so I decided to swap out Z68 for X79.

Phase 4: The 670 - 3930K Phase (September 2012-March 2013)

I swapped the Maximus IV Extreme for a Rampage IV Formula and 2600K for a 3930K. I eventually ended up picking up some Dominator Platinum memory as the Dual Channel Vengeance was giving me fits on the X79 board.

Asus and Intel greatness.


New Dominator Platinums (2133 CL9) up and running. So much red light!


Killed the lights to show off the Dominator lights biggrin.gif.


This is where I ended up hiding the SSDs. Raid 0 256GB 840 Pros velcroed to the back the case.


240GB Vertex 3 finds a home back there too.


Another shot.


And a shot of 3-way under water.


I actually traded one of the original 670's for the 3930K, so I ran SLI for a while. Then I found a user selling two 1300 MHz+ 670 FTWs, so I snatched them up to match the one I had that would do 1300 and sold my other card to my roommate. So in the 3-way shot those are 3 1300+ MHz FTWs. I only found it fitting to dress them in back plates biggrin.gif. Those were some screaming cards for 670's, but we'll get to the performance later. At last, I could only avoid the upgrade bug for so long, and I still never had great experience with 3-way in BF3 which is what I play the most. On to the present!

Phase 5: 680 Classifieds w/ EVBot - 3930K - Surround Glossy Asus VG248QE's (Current)

This time I was in for quite a treat. Even more so than I knew when I received my new monitors after CallSignVega got done removing the matte film. Just an unbelievable monitor (or 3!)biggrin.gif. Here they are set up in portrait mode with an accessory display. I really loved having them like this, but for some reason the BF3 vehicle HUDs and 3240x1920 don't get along.


680 Classifieds testing on air. Waiting for the incredibly difficult to find water blocks and back plates to arrive. Yea, I wasn't cutting my spare hose for 5 days use, so the pump to CPU hose may be a tad long tongue.gif.


Finally, the blocks are here, so I'll take the opportunity to clean this grossly dirty case and loop. Here the rads are out being cleaned and I'm getting ready to blow the case out.


Getting ready to perform a whole lot of GPU surgery! Air to water on the 680 Classy's and water to air on the 670's.


Comparing the PCB's on the 670 FTW and the 680 Classified. I think you can tell which is which thumb.gif.


Both Classifieds all dressed in their wet suits:D:D.


Getting ready to go in the case.


Up and running and all cleaned up!




A shot of how they are currently set up. The gloss screen is just incredible on those monitors.


More shots of it running.




Front with the fan controller, sound card panel, and blu ray drive.


My best attempt to secure cables up to the desk and out of reach of the two little furry friends running around!


Current accessories. I swapped for a real keyboard (mechanical PS/2), non-USB headphones for gaming, and those are the only peripherals I run during gaming. Much less trouble with USB ports now!


With the machine off and flash on for a better view of the inside. You can also see my two storage drives mounted in the bays above the radiator and below the Blu Ray drive.


Best part about the water blocks is that they block those stupid white LED lights! Oh, and they dropped temps at 1.35V from 75C (100% fan) to about 42C. I guess that's nice too wink.gif.


Final Machine Specs:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K at 4.7 GHz (1.37V)
Memory: 16 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133 MHz CL9 1.5V at XMP Profile 1
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Formula
PSU: Seasonic X-1250
Windows 8 OS Drive: Raid 0 256GB Samsung 840 Pros
Windows 7 OS Drive: 240 GB OCZ Vertex 3
GPU: 2x EVGA GTX 680 Classified with EVBot in SLI at 1360 core/7000 memory

Hope you guys enjoyed the pictures and my path to what I envisioned about 18 months ago. All pictures have been uploaded so you can click and see them larger. Big thanks to CallSignVega for doing the custom monitor work for me as well as selling me his cards! It took some work to get the water blocks and back plates for them, but I finally found some. I should have a nice little performance review comparing the difference setups in the next section!
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Reserved for performance. Not tonight though tongue.gif.
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Very nice looking setup, any plan for sleeving at some point?
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That's the only thing I'm missing and the only thing I'm not satisfied with. I tried back when I first built it, but it was just a very tedious process. Short answer, yes I do plan to sleeve in the near future, but in the form of an AX1200i and the sleeved kit from Corsair biggrin.gif.
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