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I want to do one of these mini-builds in the future! I'm in!

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Update 3

In this update.... More packages and the deconstruction of my current gaming rig. I put together my 800D build a little over a year ago, so its sad to see it go but it was getting to be a bit cumbersome to have in my office. I use my office for work as well as entertainment and the big 800D was starting to get in the way. I decided to go ahead and break it down so that I would have all my components ready, plus I sold the CPU out of it and didn't flash the Z68 bios to accept Ivy Bridge, so it wouldn't boot with my 3570k redface.gif Plus more packages from Amazon and FrozenCPU!
Packages, packages, P@ckAg3s

Frozen CPU



A box! Looks like FrozenCPU has been to a book sale smile.gifsmile.gif



Its nice to see a well packaged box much like Newegg.



Yay, rads! I'm happy to have the radiators here. I haven't seen an Alphacool in person, so I was curious to see what the finish looked like.



The loot. This order has the two XT45 rads, gaskets, and a bitspower extension.



This little bugger was actually hard to find. Someone went-to-town on the extensions and I had to settle on the 15mm extension, which I think will be long enough for what I want to do.



These XSPC gaskets are disappointing. I was expecting real rubber, not rubberized foam. I may not use them.



I was torn whether to go with the XT45 or the UT60, but in the end I decided to go with the XT45 because of the negligible cooling difference between them at the RPM I will be running. It also saves space for my res and pump.



The box is flimsy. It feels like the lowest quality cardboard one could buy. Not something that I would expect to be stocked on a store shelf due to the low quality initial feel of the packaging. It is nicely packaged inside though. I appreciate the bubble wrap with the extra foam to tighten the rad in place.



The radiator seems to be a quality piece. I haven't leak tested them yet, but the workmanship is of good quality. Martin noticed a few imperfections in the finish when he tested them and I too found a few dust particles in the finish. Its not enough to knock the radiator, but it is something that should be addressed.



I've seen shots where the copper is exposed when taken down the side. As you can see, mine must have a thicker coat than what others have received.



I've read a few reviews where the reviewers seem to go ape over the copper hardware. Obviously, the hardware is copper plated because a real copper screw would strip in no time. The plating looks okay, but I'd rather have matte black hardware personally because the finish looks a little cheap. This isn't a knock on Alphacool, its a knock on copper plated stuff in general.



The only thing that had me apprehensive about ordering these over the XSPC rads was the satin finish. As I suspected, it has a little more of a sheen than XSPC and, most likely, the S3 finish that I ordered. I may have to paint these guys.


Amazon



Another box...



Boring! Just some wire that Lutro recommends for MDPC-X sleeving. 18gauge. I tried my strippers on them and they worked great thumb.gif

Look for Update 3 part TWO later tonight! biggrin.gif
 
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Update 3 Part 2

Decommissioning the old rig

Although not a very flashy or expensive build, my 800D gave me great temps and was an easy case to work with. I didn't like the Biostar motherboard.



The XSPC Raystorm is a solid water block. The acrylic frame with the metal inlay is wonky, but for the price it does a great job.



This rad setup is about as budget as it gets. EX360 with Yate Loon fans. Even with the budget pricing, it cooled my 7970 and 2500k with ease. Fairly dusty as you can see.



Non-modular power supply, oh no. Luckily, the 800D had a lot of space in the back to hide all of the wires.



I'm not a fan of the Koolance waterblock on the 7970. It is a bit too flashy for me and it weighs a ton. It was actually heavy enough to work its way out of the socket enough to cause a POST failure one time... If I keep the Koolance, I'll definitely need to customize it.



I used Thermochill EC6 coolant in my loop and never changed it for over a year. It still looks good without any floaters.



Draining the system is a pain because of how I ran the loop. The loop in the S3 will be better laid.



There is a wee bit of residue at the top of the res. It was easily removed with soap and water.



Disassembly is almost complete. I used a bunch of paper towels to stuff the tubes. I still spilled a bit on the PSU divider.



The Raystorm has a bloody nose.



While opening the hotswap bay on the 800D the small plastic tab that holds the door closed broke off. Why wasn't this made out of aluminum? Seems like a piece that gets a lot of stress.



Everything cleaned. Poor 800D, time to go to the basement frown.gif



A tangled web of wires. The TX 750 is a solid PSU though.



Untouched XSPC Raystorm copper bottom that has been attached to a 2500k for over a year. Doesn't look too bad but it does have some tarnish.



Upon opening, there is no sign of residue from the Thermochill EC6. That coolant worked very well in this build.



I dropped the copper piece into a vinegar bath to remove the tarnish.



After 10 minutes in the bath, it looks pretty good. I'll buff it before I put it back on the new rig.

Hopefully my MDPC-X and Lutro order comes in this week. I'd like to practice sleeving before the S3 ships. I only have a few more misc things coming in.

A few things that I am still working through:
  • Painting/Anodizing the heatsinks on my G.Skill Rip Jaws RAM
  • Painting/powder coating portions of the Koolance water block
  • Copper tubing and fittings
  • Possibly painting the XT45 rads.

Everything else needs to wait until I have the S3 in-hand.
 
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Nice set of pix, yah, the xspc gasket is a wash, bought 2 of them myself. I don't know what else one would use, though. April 10 as I type, bring it on CaseLabs !!
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Parts are beginning to arrive. thumb.gif Nice step by step pics of tear down of the old rig too. smile.gif
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Nice set of pix, yah, the xspc gasket is a wash, bought 2 of them myself. I don't know what else one would use, though. April 10 as I type, bring it on CaseLabs !!

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Parts are beginning to arrive. thumb.gif Nice step by step pics of tear down of the old rig too. smile.gif

Thanks for the kind words, glad you are enjoying the pics. I was wondering when MDPC-X was going to ship my order as I hadn't heard anything from them in five days, and then I checked my spam folder tongue.gif Nils shipped the stuff the same day as my order (April 5th) so they should be arriving this week I'd hope. I haven't heard anything from Lutro, but I'm sure that shipment is on its way too.

Also, today was the tentative S3 shipping date. Hopefully they ship soon! biggrin.gif
 
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We should get something in the way of an update by COB today!

Thanks - T
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Thanks for the kind words, glad you are enjoying the pics. I was wondering when MDPC-X was going to ship my order as I hadn't heard anything from them in five days, and then I checked my spam folder tongue.gif Nils shipped the stuff the same day as my order (April 5th) so they should be arriving this week I'd hope. I haven't heard anything from Lutro, but I'm sure that shipment is on its way too.

LutroO usually ships pretty quick. I ordered a pair of wire strippers and flush cutters from him a couple of weeks back. The order showed up on my doorstep before I could track it.biggrin.gif
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We should get something in the way of an update by COB today!

Thanks - T

Looking forward to those unboxing pics and a review. thumb.gif
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Looking forward to those unboxing pics and a review. thumb.gif

Did you get solid Black or White?
If so, YOU will be unboxing before I do! wink.gif

Thanks - T
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