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Hey fellow game/and or overclocking enthusiasts,

I am brand new to this forum, but I thought I would check in finally and post something since I've been reading a lot from this forum and others out there and have to say that there are a lot of well-informed guys on here. I have definitely learned a lot and thought I would share my experience with my first rig build.

Be warned though, I didn't exactly start from scratch! I bought a base rig that had most of the components that I really liked or desired. Those things I didn't like, I changed out and sold off since I wasn't going to use them.

Here's a quick picture of the inside of the build as it currently looks after some moderate modifications:



This also uses the new AIO/expandable H220 cooling kit in the build. It has worked really well. I had a small issue with one of the retaining screws (the threading was slightly off on one and could not completely secure one of the corners, but because of the springs, all sides were held firmly. Although, once I called CS, they shipped me out a completely new back-plate and new retaining screws no questions asked.

I started at first just cooling my CPU (I5-3570K) to see if it could actually cool well enough and once I felt confident that the pump could be counted on for an expansion to cover GPU blocks and additional rads, I added them.

Cheers,
John

More pictures and details to come once I get all of my pictures together.
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Glad to have you on board. Nice rig you got there! Looking forward for the rest of the story. biggrin.gif
    
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Thanks Kainn! I appreciate the welcome. smile.gif

Here is a side by side comparison shot of what I was using before I switched to the corsair 600T. It's a HP pre-fab desktop computer that I literally had to stuff a corsair 430W PSU and Radeon 6870 into.... It's such a tiny case! It worked well for a few years and I could play most current games on it with medium to high-ish settings without too much issue, but the one thing is I couldn't change out the crummy amd phenom chip which really limited me in games that were very CPU intensive.





So, I began my search for my next rig....

Cheers,
John
Edited by Sazerac81 - 5/20/13 at 12:25pm
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Those small cases, granted after using a full tower for 6 years, I wanna say, I've thought about going back to a sff, kinda want the challenge of getting a custom loop in one.
    
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True, the small form factor is very cool, I have definitely seen some very cool and tight-fitting case mods on this site.

However, I love the much larger space afforded me and I truly feel much liberated with all the empty space in this 600T case. When I look at it, I just see potential to pack with more gadgets and cooling goodies. Haha

If I had a real need to save space or to build a LAN party computer, I might go with one of those MicroATX builds.

Here are a few more shots of what it looked like when I purchased it. It was a hot mess, but it was an excellent starter package. I searched high and low on ebay and craigslist and ran across a rig that had a lot of what I was going to put in my system:

It started as:

Solid case: Corsair 600T (White)
MB: ASrock Z77 Extreme 4
CPU: i5 3570K
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8gb
GPU: Gigabyte 7850 2gb OC
PSU: Corsair TX 650
CPU cooler: CM Hyper 212 Plus
OS: Win 7
DVD Burner
WD HD

I got the whole setup for $780, it was well-cared for and only 7 months old and I couldn't piece together a similar setup for close to the same price. This allowed me to really stay within my 2K budget for the build as I could add on some fancier things down the line.

So, definitely a nice base to start with, but I was definitely going to replace the air-cooler with a water-cooling solution and I knew I was going to eventually replace the Graphics card for a GTX 670.



The above pic was when I initially received it, cable managment was a bit messy, the guy I got it from I imagine was in a bit of a hurry to piece it together.



This is after a cable cleanup and adding some strip LED lighting NZXT strip kit, which is fairly nice as you can change its intensity. I will most likely add a UV light to the setup for my Clear UV tubing.

So, this was the first step, cleaning up the cables and adding a bit of accent lighting, remember that this was one of my first endeavors so baby steps.

Cheers,
John
Edited by Sazerac81 - 5/20/13 at 7:38pm
post #6 of 11
I've gotta update mg pictures, got some nice UV tubing and black lights going on in my phantom.
    
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Haha, I was thinking the same thing for my build, the tubing I am using is 3/8 x 5/8" xspc clear/UV blue tubing so need to get a UV cold cathode to make the tubing glow when the ambient light in the room is low. I will also be darkening the DI/Hydr-X PM 2 fluid with some blue food coloring dye in the loop so that it actually has some color in the daylight.

Cheers,
John
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Let's see, now where was I? Oh yes, so I cleaned up the cables a bit and kept looking around for a nice liquid cooling solution and then discovered that they were releasing this AIO/expandable cooling setup and it was being released by Swiftech which is well known in the enthusiast liquid cooling business.

Reviews started being released and over-all, the unit was getting some glowing reviews. I especially enjoyed these reviews on the unit and they were big motivators to purchase the system:

http://martinsliquidlab.org/2013/01/27/swiftech-h220-prefilled-2x120mm-water-cooling-kit/ (Martin is super thorough and he is a dedicated hobbyist, read his fan reviews as well!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWQGmX994fU (LTT, great reviews, informative and entertaining) I was glad that he re-reviewed the unit and ran it appropriately per manufacturer's guidelines.



A very nice unit for the price! Solid pump feel and solid thin profile radiator.



CPU after a prop cleaning.



It's a freaking tight fit, see the PSU/MB cable just slipping under the slim-profile radiator. The tubes are a bit long, so placing it at the top of the case definitely requires some looping/curling of the tubes, but luckily they are fairly kink-free

At this point, I wanted to start some over-clocking so went searching for some OC guides and I ran across this one:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1198504/complete-overclocking-guide-sandy-bridge-ivy-bridge-asrock-edition

It is awesome and amazing and allowed me to hit a stable 4.5 GHZ (12 hour test) on my 'now' water-cooled rig. Temps were very stable and the hottest core never went above 70C. At 4.5 GHz, I was able to keep the V-Core around 1.24V.

I was very happy with the results and bumped it back down to 4.3 GHz, because I didn't need to be on the razor's edge and in the hopes that CPU longevity would be greater with a lower OC.

More to come!

Cheers,
John
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Continuing on... I needed my system to be speedier and wanted it to zip through the windows boot process: the answer was an easy one... SSD:



Nice drive with great reviews. It's not a Pro, but it's plenty fast enough for me and has speed where it counts!

What next... well after having set out on my watercooling journey (with the H220 for the CPU) and seeing such promising results with my CPU, I decided that it was time to up the ante. I purchased a reference GTX 670 from PNY and installed that and tossed the Radeon 7850. At first, the GTX670 was giving me some issues as it would hang on the welcome to windows logo, but after much frustration and finally switching the card to my old case for testing where it worked, I realized that I just had to press that much harder to get the two PCI-E cables to fully engage in the power slots. It looks like if you only plug one in or if the connection is no good, the computer will hang once the actual GTX Nvidia drivers are installed (it was confusing to me, because when the native windows VGA drivers were being utilized, there was no issue loading up windows).



It's a fairly long card, but the PCB is much smaller, the tiny little fan they have on the thing is ridiculously loud and whirs like a banshee when playing graphics intensive games. I was hitting the 80's when playing bioshock infinite on it! So loud and hot made me quickly follow through on plans to expand the cooling loop.

I was definitely in sticker shock once I actually tallied up the price for expanding my liquid cooling loop! It was about 400 dollars! Well, in this niche market, you've got to pay for performance and I was getting ever more annoyed by that high whining graphics card fan so paid for all the equipment I would need to probably setup a reasonable cooling loop.



I did a lot of research to see what radiators I could fit in my Corsair without a significant amount of modification and ran across the Phobya 200 mm radiator. Some people had used it to good effect despite it's rather large measurements and the fact that there aren't any really good static pressure fans for 200mm rads. However, I did run into issues when trying to install it later, but I'll get into that when I get to it.

I took apart my graphics card and for a guy that is new to the hobby, it can be a bit daunting, but it is so much easier now that there are so many good online web and video guides. I was surprised by how petite it was.



The block was a beast and definitely added considerable heft... it's a good weight though, feels sturdy as hell once the whole thing is assembled.





Well, that's enough for now, this entry is getting a little too long.

Cheers,
John
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Let's see, now where was I? Oh yes, so I cleaned up the cables a bit and kept looking around for a nice liquid cooling solution and then discovered that they were releasing this AIO/expandable cooling setup and it was being released by Swiftech which is well known in the enthusiast liquid cooling business.

Reviews started being released and over-all, the unit was getting some glowing reviews. I especially enjoyed these reviews on the unit and they were big motivators to purchase the system:

http://martinsliquidlab.org/2013/01/27/swiftech-h220-prefilled-2x120mm-water-cooling-kit/ (Martin is super thorough and he is a dedicated hobbyist, read his fan reviews as well!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWQGmX994fU (LTT, great reviews, informative and entertaining) I was glad that he re-reviewed the unit and ran it appropriately per manufacturer's guidelines.



A very nice unit for the price! Solid pump feel and solid thin profile radiator.



CPU after a prop cleaning.



It's a freaking tight fit, see the PSU/MB cable just slipping under the slim-profile radiator. The tubes are a bit long, so placing it at the top of the case definitely requires some looping/curling of the tubes, but luckily they are fairly kink-free

At this point, I wanted to start some over-clocking so went searching for some OC guides and I ran across this one:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1198504/complete-overclocking-guide-sandy-bridge-ivy-bridge-asrock-edition

It is awesome and amazing and allowed me to hit a stable 4.5 GHZ (12 hour test) on my 'now' water-cooled rig. Temps were very stable and the hottest core never went above 70C. At 4.5 GHz, I was able to keep the V-Core around 1.24V.

I was very happy with the results and bumped it back down to 4.3 GHz, because I didn't need to be on the razor's edge and in the hopes that CPU longevity would be greater with a lower OC.

More to come!

Cheers,
John

are you able to do a push and pull with that motherboard? or does something get in the way?
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