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
Plus more packages from Amazon and FrozenCPU!
Packages, packages, P@ckAg3s
Look for Update 3 part TWO later tonight!
A box! Looks like FrozenCPU has been to a book sale
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
Boring! Just some wire that Lutro recommends for MDPC-X sleeving. 18gauge. I tried my strippers on them and they worked great