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ALL DONE!



Specs:

Little Devil PC-V7 in Black/Red
Asus Rampage IV Forumula
i7 3820 @ 4.6Ghz
Nvidia/EVGA Titan @ +100Mhz
16GB Corsair Vengeance @ 2333
256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD
480 OWC Mercury Extreme 6G SSD
Seasonic X750 Modular PSU w/ White/Red PsychoSleeve cables and Modright extensions
Blu-Ray Burner


Cooling:

360mm EK XTX Rad
240mm EK XTS Rad
Phobya E-Loop 16RPM fans x6
AlphaCool D5 Pump
EK X-Res Res/PumpTop combo 240
EK Supremacy CPU Block
EK Titan GPU Block
EK Titan Backplate
Primochill tube
Monsoon fittings

Temps:

Ambient: AC set to 72f, so about 22-23c

CPU: Idle @ 28c; Gaming @ 45-52c; Prime95 @ 65-72c

GPU: Idle @ 27c, Gaming @ 30-35c; Haven/FurMark/3dMark @ 34-36c


July 28, 2013 Update - AKA, it's all finished!


Welp, I had some free time this afternoon, as I prepare myself for a few hell-ish weeks at work. I've been tinkering for a while now, especially with getting my overclocks going just right. There's still a few things here and there that I'd like to get figured out - but for now, at least, this is my new rig in all its glory! My very first watercooled custom build. And while there's a LOT that I know I could have done better on, or wish I would have considered; as it's all said and done, I'm a very happy camper.

I've been tinkering with my overclocks like I said - but unfortunately, running into a few issues with my Titan. In EVGA Precision, I feel like none of my settings are "sticking." Never had problems in the past; but it just seems off... So I tried MSI Afterburner, and even with changing the .cfg file (with either a 1 or that sentence, depending on where you look), I still can't opt to adjust my voltage. Hmm... So, right now I can't get it above +100Mhz. Which, granted, is fine - but I would like a tad more.

My CPU... well, I think I've failed to boot about 200 times now, lol. Part of the game. There's just SOOOO many options in the Bios; to be honest, I don't know what 90% of them do. Following guides online, though, and I think I've hit a stable 4.6Ghz. Since running with these settings; a few hours of Prime95 worked fine, and I've gamed off and on for about 10 hours total. I've had one freeze while playing Planetside - but I kinda wanna chalk that up to running the 8.1 Windows Beta, as it was a weird freeze. Knock on wood, we shall see.

RAM is running at 2333. It's rated at 2133. Again, to be honest, I don't really know what to do - so I just plugged in the timings on the NewEgg/packaging, and bumped voltage up a tenth of a volt. Seems to be doing the trick, lol.

Putting the thing to sleep is an exercise in frustration, though. Sometimes it sleeps. Other times it doesn't. Sometimes it wakes... othertimes it doesn't. From what I gather; most seem to agree overclocks and sleep don't really mix. That sure rings true here - but a shutdown takes 2 seconds, and a cold boot takes like 8-11 seconds. So what does it matter?

And lastly - c'mon Little Devil - they never sent me my front USB panel plugs. Not with the original shipment. Not after an email and them replying saying they'd send them. And not a follow up email. It's been two months now. Pretty frustrated. I'll email them again sometime, but it just really pisses me off. The case is fantastic - it really, truly is. But man, are there some nickle-and-dime tactics going on that I just shouldn't be dealing with when I buy a FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR case. It came with silver feet. I bought $20 black feet. They came with silver screws. The front panel wires are short. The front panel wires aren't sleeved. I was missing one screw for the back panel. Why doesn't the red back panel cover the entire back side to cover wires? Why can't the PSU cover be a little bit longer? Why can't I flip the HDD bays to the other side? Just little things. Again - it's a FANTASTIC case, build quality wise. And man, I absolutely love the black and red contrast. It's beautiful. And the outside is like an upscale Caselabs case - a bit of fat trimmed here and there to make it look more like a badass rig than an appliance - that's not a diss at Caselabs - I was introduced to them just a bit before I bought this and almost bought one. They're beautiful, too. And honestly, they seem like they're MUCH better thought out, and a much better deal. But the LD, IMO, is just a bit sexier that I'm dealing with its shortcomings. Would I buy another, though? I'm not sure. I don't mind the cost - honestly, the build quality is worth it. And again, dat red and black. But ... just a lot of things frustrated me.

And about frustration - I'm sad I couldn't get the acrylic to work for me. I know it's possible. Lots of people have lots of luck and have cranked out some AMAZING looking builds. I guess I just didn't have the touch. At this point, I'm over it... but I'll probably try again for my next build, lol.

***

And that's all my moaning - had to get it out of the way. But there's SO MUCH I love.

It's beautiful. Truly, it's a sexy build with sexy colors in a sexy case.

The white tubing and cables are a gorgeous accent, and it all comes together wonderfully with the Monsoon fittings.

Dat stealth fighter front.

The e-Loop red fans are great. Lots of air, low on noise, and they match great.

Hey - my fan controller actually works! I never seem to have luck with those.

EK's instructions are often garbage - I hated them. But now that I've got it all running, gotta say I'm happy. The GPU is cool and looks badass, especially with that backplate. The EK Supremacy is working well - sure, 70c on Prime is hot - but considering I idled at like 50 on air, and now I'm hitting that while gaming with a 800Mhz overclock - that's pretty dandy.

And man, gaming in general is just fantastic. Running all the games off an SSD makes loading up Steam and hoping in a game a two-second affair. I'm bouncing out of games, loading new games, loading maps, ALT-Tabing like a crazy, and jumping in and out of demanding games and the desktop without a hitch.

And the actual games - I crank every setting up to max/ultra without a care in the world, and staying above 60fps is easy-peasy. Witcher 2? 60fps at 1080 with max AA - 40-60fps with Ubersampling. BF3? 60+ FPS with every box ticked. Crysis 3? 60+ FPS locked with AA off; hovers around 60fps 90% of the time with max AA. The only game that seems to struggle is, surprisingly, a game I never played before getting this new rig, and I now find myself loving - Planetside 2. An extremely CPU-dependent game that pretty much every rig struggles with. And even so, I'm usually at least around 60fps - often jumping up to high 90s - but there's also the regular dips into the 40s. Always playable, though. Point is - I can play every single game out there without a care in the world. And as cool as SLI is, I'm very glad to be using a single GPU solution. I know some people don't see the point - especially with the 780 nipping at its heels - but I love the idea of the Titan. A no-compromise single GPU solution. I'll strongly consider a "Titan 2" if it ever comes.

So yeah - it boots lighting quick. It runs quick. Opening apps is quick. Getting into a game is quick. It slices through games like butter. It does everything else without a care in the world. And it shuts down in a second or two. And all the while, it looks beautiful doing it. There's still a few kinks to work out - a few things to tinker with and a couple things to buy - but for now, I'm gonna say THIS is my new gaming rig - and I'm really happy!










***





Hi all! I've lurked this forum for a while, but not nearly as regularly as I know many of you have. I actually find myself posting on several other gaming message boards to talk gear; but when I ultimately need an answer, I find myself digging through the pages here on OC.

I currently have an Alienware (yes, you can lol - but I got a great deal on it) Aurora R2. I bought it new several years back - maybe 2009? - with an i7 930, 12GB, AMD 5870, and all the other knick-knacks for $775 straight from Dell. I had wanted a gaming PC for a long while; and being a dirt poor college student, I got extremely lucky with a helpful call center person and stack able coupons. I couldn't resist. I had been able to play low-end games on my dual-booted Macbook and more recent 24" iMac - but moving past Source games was a no-go, and even those struggled. So the Alienware got my foot in the "real" PC gaming world - and I've loved it ever since.

Having always been a gamer at heart, but a child in age, I was thrilled to be fortunate enough to be able to play my consoles. And to this day, I love my PS3, 360 - heck, I even love my WiiU and Vita. Consoles will always give me something I love that - no matter what you hear around sites like this - can't always be fully emulated in the PC space. Nevertheless, I've evolved over the years to becoming more PC centric. I love following the hardware. I love tinkering with a NewEgg shopping cart. I love messing with an overclock or "talking kit" with fellow enthusiasts. There's a guilty pleasure in knowing your computer can play that console game your X360 bud is raving about - but at 1080p and 60fps.

But just like my soft spot for consoles - I have a soft spot for my Apple goodies, too. Recalling back on my childhood, I remember plugging in our phone line and connecting to our dial-up connection. And then scouring eBay for computers. Being ignorant and young at the time - I didn't know all of that was garbage. I just thought "hey, if I could just find a $300 Sony Vaio desktop and then a $79 ATI 9200 at Walmart" I could at least play Counter-Strike and The Sims well on my computer. But alas, $400 in 5th or 6th grade is impossible. And then as I grew older and into high school, my family fell into rough times, and all my money went to either a college savings or fixing up my crappy car so I could keep working so I could keep fixing my crappy car. And of course, any spare money I did have went to a new 360 game - I was just thankful to have the 360 at all. And the reason I brought up Apple is that when I finally made my way into college, it was necessary I get a laptop and I went with the wonderful Macbook that treated me well.

So crappy family computers, to a Macbook, to an iMac, to an Alienware.... I've found myself getting closer and closer. And now, here I am - a couple years out of college and with a good and steady job (knock on wood ;p ), I'm finally in a position to build the system I've lusted over since elementary and middle school. I can get that kickass graphics card, that awesome case, and that sleek motherboard. I can spend the time wiring it just right. And I can finally slowly piece together that elusive water loop. Yeah, I may have to eat Ramen for a while. And yeah, I could probably save the money instead or put it against my student loans or car or whatever else. But every once in a while you've got to knock out your dreams - we work hard for the things we want. It's good to Make Money and Buy ****.

Expected Final Parts List

Little Devil Cooling PC-V7 case in Red/Black
Asus Rampage IV Formula
Intel Core i7 3820
NVidia Geforce GTX Titan
16GB Corsair Vengeance in red @ 2133
Seasonic X750
128GB Corsair M4 SSD for boot
480GB OWC Mercury Extreme 6G for games
Psychosleeve Red & White cabling


EK 360mm RAD XTX
EK 240mm RAD XTX
EK D5 X-Res Top 140
Alphacool VP655


Still debating on:


CPU Block
GPU Block
Tubing (I want to go with hard acrylic)
Fittings (Waiting to find a good fitting for hard acrylic)
Fans (Definitely gonna go with Noiseblockers - but not sure if I want to go red or white)

***

This build will probably take a few weeks - if not significantly longer. I gotta be honest: I don't have oodles of disposable income, so I'm piecing things together as I go; but a lot of the stuff is already good to go in my garage. I also bring a whole lot less experience to the table than most of you - I still have to research parts, figure out how things work, and probably realize I ordered the wrong thing a few times. And lastly, I travel a lot for work, which will put 3-5 day lulls into my work. Overall, I don't have the tools or the skillset to make this as beautiful as others. But I'm a patient guy, and I'm going to work toward perfection the best that I can.

Thank you, and I hope some people can enjoy the build log!

***








Edited by mattcube64 - 7/28/13 at 3:46pm
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Subbed so hard.

LD case = instant winner.
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this case looks awesome, subbed!
 
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Subbed so hard.

LD case = instant winner.

Thanks!

A really smart and rather persuasive fellow pushed me over the edge wink.gif
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Dat LD... seriously dude, great choice. I'm building a similar setup hardware wise, but as much as I love my little Phantom those LD cases make me weak in the knees biggrin.gif
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Can't wait to see how this unfolds. Subbed.
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Thanks, guys!

More parts arrived this weekend:















And I made a Microcenter run - $229 ain't bad at all:



And wouldn't ya know it, as I was pulling everything back into the garage, the FedEx guy stopped by:





Couple glamor shots of my PC-V7 accessories. Nothing like a $500 case and they charge you extra for this stuff, lol:





***

I'm waiting on the MOBO and graphics card. I gotta be honest, I'm deathly afraid to drill holes in my case for the res/pump - one, I'm afraid I'll screw up, two it kinda de-values the case, and three it doesn't seem like two little drilled holes with two little screws are going to hold the thing on securely, anyway. Might end up ordering one of those 120mm fan holders or something to prop it with. We shall see.
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Love LD build
looking forward for more updates smile.gif
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Lookin' damn sweet smile.gif
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