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Hello OCN smile.gif

Firstly before I start here there are a few things I want to say.

Cheers to all of you guys (and girls) here on OCN you have been so fantastic and welcoming to me since I have joined this site, this really is a great community and this worklog is a one way I would like to give back.

I don't have a camera so I have been borrowing a few different ones from friends to take these pictures (hence the differing quality) I apologise for this, also given my very basic camera skills this won't be one of those worklogs with filled with ground breaking pictures. I will see to it that I get some proper shots done at the end by someone who actually knows how to hold a camera.

I would like to say thank you to a few folks who have helped me immensley, You should all know who you are wink.gifClick to Expand (Click to show)
1) The fantastic chaps over at Heatkiller/Watercool who sent me over a whole new set of bolts all the way from Germany for free after I discovered that some of the bolts were not usable due to being formed incorrectly. You guys have absolutely amazing service thumb.gif

2) The awesome guys over at Performance PC's who put up with my endless (and most probably annoying) emails for several weeks and responding to every one of them very quickly and answering all my questions, I know I would have gotten quite annoyed if I were on the recieving end of those emails so I think a sincere thank you is in order here smile.gif

3) My local PC store TMG for setting my up with my hardware and fantastic service over the years (remember that tired old pc years ago wink.gif ) Thanks Guys, you have been so awesome.

4) The entire time my pile of parts was sitting on a shelf (5 months) I had been fretting over which PSU I should buy, I annoyed many people with myriads of very specific and annoying questions but I sincerely thank those people that I pestered for helping me with my PSU selection and for setting me straight when I got my silly ideas. smile.gif

5) Also if anyone who I borrowed a camera off (or who took some pictures for me) is reading this I thank you very much for your kindness.

6)And a thank you to Corsair (and corsairgeorge), for just being awesome and making awesome things tongue.gif No this is certainly not a corsair fanboy here, nothing to see, move along everybody, oh hey everybody look over there it's is a juggling dog in a tophat, how interesting. ph34r-smiley.gif


Now this is my first watercooled build, in fact it's my first full build I have ever done, so I have certainly jumped in the deep end here. I have had months to research this very thoroughly however we shall see how theory translates to practice so If you spot anything that I could improve (or something doing completely wrong eek.gif ) or have any pointers/tips I'll be very grateful for them smile.gif

Feel free to comment, I would love to know what you think, I may not be able to respond to all of the comments but I will definitely read them all.
Finally if anyone here has any tips on how I can get better pictures without a tripod and with my rather average camera it would be fantastic thumb.gif


Now Without even touching a screwdriver I have put a rather large amount of effort into this rig so far and figured I should also write a worklog to suit so I thought I might start this off with a little story.


Ahem...


Now once upon a time a young lad walked into a local PC store to put together his first PC as he yet knew hardly anything about computer but liked to think that he did. Well, he left, computer in hands feeling quite chuffed. He thought this computer was very powerful. He much later learnt that by OCN standards a flattened loaf of bread would to be able to run a game faster than his rather half baked PC. This PC survived off kind donations and other hand-me downs as upgrades. Now by this point it could probably perform as well as the flattened loaf of bread, maybe even as good as an intact loaf if it wash pushed!

*

Specs of that PC as of now: Click to Expand (Click to show)
PSU: Coolermaster Silent Pro M 1000W
CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9550 CPU
MOBO: ASUS M2N MX-SE PLUS
RAM: 4GB Generic DDR2 800Mhz
HDD: Western Digital 650GB Blue
CASE: Generic
GPU: Sapphire HD4870 (was originally a nVidia 9500GT)

Well to be fair I actually got it to play Crysis 1 and GTAIV at playable Rates so it's actually pretty reasonable
More story if you want to bother (Click to show)
Now it's been 4 years since then and I only did some casual gaming and the usual stuff you do on a computer over that time, in general life just went on. I sort of forgot about PC's for quite a while. Then a good friend of mine built a pretty decent rig (what most of us on OCN would call a mid ranged build), that convinced me to get back in the scene so I started in january with buying a rather modest $600 Mobo/CPU/RAM upgrade. My mate then showed me another guys PC which had full custom loop (which coincedentally convinced my mate to build his and hence mine tongue.gif ). This then reminded me of when I first heard about watercooling. I then started looking at getting a closed loop cooler and bigger case to go with it (the Cosmos II). Then around this time I joined OCN and then I caught the custom watercooling bug, there was no turning back.

I did much research, I looked up chemistry charts, looked at the metals and design of waterblocks, Looked at what would be compatible, tube sizes, flow rates, temperatures, I researched almost everything there was to find out about watercooling.I must say that I now know infinitely more about watercooling and other related subjects than I did before. In fact completely coincedentally some of my research on galvanic corrosion for this water cooling loop appeared a month later in one of my exams. Winning tongue.gif

I then started aquiring WC parts, and visualising the build in my mind. I decided that my parts would not fit into a cosmos so I decided on the 900D (thank god, That cosmos looks good but is badly designed IMO), seeing that there was a page for the 900D on amazon I figured it was already on sale, this was back in febuary mind you so the case hadn't even been released to my dismay, this however gave me more time to squint at the prerelease pics and figure out what I needed.

I remember when I first noticed that the 900D was in stock at an Aussie store I nearly fell of my chair with suprise as I checked the site as an afterthought that day. I couldn't believe it but they had only ordered five cases! We all know these things sell like hotcakes, these were all sold out less than 24 hours after I ordered mine so I gotta say I'm feeling pretty lucky.

Soooooooooooo that is how a $600 upgrade has turned into this monster PC that we now have here.

Specifications of Build and Parts used in this Build Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
SPECS:
CPU: AMD FX-8320 8-Cores 3.5Ghz
GPU: Two Sapphire HD7950's 21196-00-20G Model with 7970 reference PCB
MOBO: ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z
RAM: 32GB G.Skill 1600MHz Ripjaws-X
HDD 1: Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB (Apps and OS)
HDD 2: Western Digital Green 2TB (Storage)
PSU: Corsair AX1200 1200W
CASE: corsair Obsidian 900D (well worth the wait)

WATER COOLING PARTS
2x MCP655 pumps (Laing D5)
Bitspower POM (Acetal) Dual D5 pump top
2x Bitspower Shining Silver Mod kits
4x Bitspower Double Rotary 90deg Shining Silver adaptor
24x Bitspower 3/8"-5/8" Shining Silver Compression Fittings
4x Alphacool G1/4 Bulkeads (not used as I forfeited the midplate)
2x Bitspower Shining Silver 45deg adaptors
4x Bitspower Shining Silver 90deg adaptors
1x Bitspower Shining Silver T-Block
4x Bitspower Shining Silver Stop Fittings
5x Bitspower Shining Silver Extenders of various lengths
1x Bitspower Shining Silver Small Adjustable SLI Link (Connect Reservoir to Pump)
2x Bitspower Shining Silver male to male Extender (well one is black nickel actually because they ran out of stock)
1x Bitspower Shining Silver rotary male to male extender
1x Phobya Valve
1x EK X-RES 3 250
1x EK Supremacy CPU Block Nickel and POM(Acetal)
1x EK C5F-Z Motherboard Block Nickel and POM(Acetal)
1x XSPC RX480 Radiator
1x XSPC RX360 Radiator
2x Heatkiller 79X0 Nickel GPU-X3 Waterblock
2x Heatkiller 79X0 GPU Backplate
1x Heatkiller GPU-X3 SlI/X-Fire Bridge
7x Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition Fans

OTHER
2x Bitfenix 30cm White LED Strips
1x Mod my toys Red Reservoir LED
2x mod my toys 8-way Molex to 3-pin Splitter Boards
1x Custom X-Fire Bridge Cover


Future upgrades that may be undertaken given the time and money
- 250GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD
- Individual Cable Sleeving
- Midplate
- Push-Pull config and replace the grey front AF120L fans with AF120's
Aside from that and possible some coolant colour changes when I refill it I won't be doing anything more to it for 3 or so years (plenty of time to enjoy it)

Enough talking let's get started with the building; here are some pictures for your patience

Enjoy smile.gif

I only took a photo of one of my shipments:



Who likes math? 20 layers of black plastic and sore fingers later we have this:





Everything minus a few parts still in a parcel somewhere over the pacific:





The Fabled 900D biggrin.gif


It's quite massive

You could probably fit your average family home in this box, your murder victims.... or whatever other illegal contraband you please tongue.gif in this instance however we just have a 900D so no suprise there.


Turn it upside down


Wow!, I was looking at the box thinking that's got to be at least %50 foam but the case is nealy as big as the box itself


If anyone is thinking about getting this case I would say hands down you won't regret it, It's stunning and I must say quite large and from the limited time I have already spent with it it's extremely well made with some pretty smart features. I had heard about issues with the Plexi window getting damaged during shipping but I am pleased to say mine seems free of any defects so far.

Some more shots of the case:




I saw some nice macro shots on the 900D thread and I was pleased to find a macro function on the camera so I tried a few of my own.




I thought they came out pretty well smile.gif
Edited by Stickeelion - 6/26/13 at 9:15pm
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Unboxing the PSU:

Well Corsair would have you believe that the PSU is massive with another box that big enough to fit a house, yet the unit was smaller than I expected. Here we can see there are a nice selection of cables and fancy bags to put your PSU in, though I honestly see no reason as to why you would ever need a bag to put your PSU in seeing that it's going to spend it's life inside a PC case. I really appreciate how they actually used black cables instead of the multicolour madness on cheaper PSU's








Those cables ties are a nice addition so you can tie up your murder victims.... ahem..... cables

I tried some macro shots again, If you can't tell by now I really like these.




Mods, If there is anything that I shouldn't be putting in my posts let me know and I'll be happy to remove it. smile.gif
Edited by Stickeelion - 6/25/13 at 2:30am
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Sorry if splitting the posts up is annoying but it makes it miles easier for me to manage what I'm posting. Forgive me

So I then started assembling the parts on air cooling and plugged everything together:


A table of pure awesomeness
More Pictures (Click to show)






Nice of them to include this cable labelling kit but I really don't want to dirty up the look of my case :/




Ew get me a new pair of eyes Arrrrrgggg




Double the fun!


Did my first ever bios update which was suprisingly easy

I'll be checking the GPU's one at a time before I crossfire them


IT LIVES! yessir.gif


Ohh lookie it lights up!, I have heard that that is for the shielding of the sound processor but I have doubts that the LED's actually do anything

MOAR MACROS! I really hope you like these pictures by now because I seem to be better at them




Even more pictures! (Click to show)














Time to install windows since I don't have an SSD it's going on a 2 year old HDD that I used to use in my old computer, I plugged everything up and the windows installer booted, it was all dandy and fine until...

... "Windows could not detect any hard drives"
what's up windows you're being a pain again.
I loaded a bunch of drivers onto a USB and tried again... Still didn't install.
I then looked at the HDD and then realised I forgot to plug it in to the PSU. elementary doh.gif

Problem solved smile.gif

Not bad so far for a first build I reckon, more testing and assembly tomorrow biggrin.gif

I really appreciate it if you read all of this, if you didn't though I completely understand as it is quite long. I hope you enjoy this build, there are plenty more updates coming soon smile.gif
Edited by Stickeelion - 6/25/13 at 3:51am
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post #5 of 77
Mmmmmmm.

New hardware.

Tasty.
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ooooooooooo this is insane dude. definitely looking forward to more!
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Yes please! I'll keep my eye on this build smile.gif

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