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Budget Overclocked 3570K/7870XT Water cooled Rig Build. Under $1400. Fractal Design R4.

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So i thought i would make a little thread on my first water cooled build that i started back 8/12

I will list the parts used in my build with what i paid for them:


• Fractal Design R4 Titanium Case $119.99
• AsRock Z77 Pro4 Motherboard $109.99
• Intel I5 3570k $169.99
• Sapphire 7870XT 2Gig GPU $250.00
• Kingston HyperX 120gb $114.99
• G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB 1866 $66.99
• OCZ ModXstream Pro 600W $79.99
• Misc. Sleeved Cables, DVD Drive $62.29

Water components:
• EK D5 X-RES Top 100 $62.00
• XSPC D5 Vario Pump $79.95
• XSPC Raystorm Water Block $62.99
• Black Ice GT Stealth 240 Radiator $60.95
• Bitspower 3/8 x 5/8 Compression Fittings (x6) $85.95
• Misc.: Tubing, Fans $50.00

TOTAL: $1376.07

No like i said i started gathering parts for this build back in 8/2012 so this is probably even cheaper now.

So Photos:

Case i started out with



Decided to gut that and paint it black:



New GPU:


Then i decided to take a razor blade to my CPU:





Got sick of the old case and air cooler so she went under the knife.

Trying to find a good spot for the res


Looked good here - however will need a big hole in the HDD Bay for the pump to clear.



Should work - Pump mounted to Res



Bispower and Stealth Rad:


Tubed up and leak testing:


Done - for now smile.gif


Here are some scores:
1st score is all stock clocks
2nd score is OC'ed GPU
3rd score is OC'ed GPU and CPU


That is all for now
post #2 of 13
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Great transformation, good job thumb.gif






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Thank you!
post #7 of 13
The pump mount is rather well done.
Big Lian Li
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Big Lian Li
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i5-6400 @ 4.7GHz Asus Z170-A Gigabyte GTX 1080 Windforce 4x16GB G.Skill DDR4 @ 2800MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveMonitorMonitor
256GB Samsung 950 Pro 1.3TB FusionIO ioScale Asus VG248QE QNIX QX2710  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Topre Realforce 87U Silverstone ST1000-G Lian Li PC-A77F Mionix Naos 3200 
Other
Mellanox ConnectX2 10GbE 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Opteron 6128 Supermicro H8SGL-F Kingston Registered ECC Sandisk SSD 
Hard DriveHard DrivePowerCase
OCZ Revodrive 3 FusionIO ioXtreme Silverstone Strider 550W FT02BW 
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How did you the hole for the pump? with what tool?
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I think it looks pretty good. I hate the unpainted inerds of some of the cases. Good job on the pump and res.
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WD Black Samsung EXT DVD-RW Windows 10 Pro x64 Steelseries Apex 
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Well, finally i have done my own circle, im waiting for the ek-d5

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