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[Build Log] Define R4 - Watercooled

post #1 of 91
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My goal for this build is silence and classy. Color scheme is black and white; it's simple and tried and true.

For right now I'm just going to get my parts list down. I'll be back to make this thread look a little better with some formatting and pictures of things I already have after I get a few things done tonight.

Owned Components:
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Windowed Black
MB: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH
RAM: 2x4gb Samsung wonder ram
CPU: i5 2500k confirmed 5ghz at 1.41v
PSU: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold
GPU: EVGA GTX 780 Classy
SSD: 256GB Samsung 840 Pro

Owned Cooling:
Fans: 2 x Noise Blocker 120mm
2 x Define R4 stock case fans 140mm
Rad: HWLabs Black Ice SR1 280mm (to be placed on front of the R4)
Res: Koolance RP-401X2 Single 5.25in
CPU Block: Swiftech Apogee HD
Rad: Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 240mm
GPU Blocks: 780 Classified hydro copper
Pumps: 2 x D5 pumps for the koolance res in series
Tubing: White 1/2ID x 3/4OD
Fittings: Black 1/2ID x 3/4OD Compression's.

Helpful OCN Threads:
Sandybridge OC Guide

Video's that were helpful to me during this build:
Thermal compound spreading

Freeware used during this build:
Memtest
Real temp
Cpu-z
HWMonitor

Useful links:
780/Titan waterblock roundup
Edited by packerbackermk - 9/13/13 at 5:07pm
post #2 of 91
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I picked this motherboard because it has very good power delivery and also because, for the most part, it is all black.


I decided to remove the pieces on the heat sinks to make the board all black.






Edited by packerbackermk - 7/24/13 at 7:10pm
post #3 of 91
Thread Starter 
I bought a koolance PMP 400 pump last night on ocn marketplace and I also installed the MB and PSU into the case. I'll have pictures up of that soon.
post #4 of 91
looks good in black


your not going to add a water-block 770? have you thought about removing the hard drive structure for a larger radiator
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post #5 of 91
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I'm taking the hdd cage out completely. The only storage I will have is the SSD mounted behind the motherboard. And I will have a water block for either the 770 or the 780 that I buy in the future.

Here are a couple pictures of what I have in the case so far:




I have moved the noise blocking fan vent covers to the vents I will not have fans. I have on on the bottom fan vent and one on the rear vent.
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post #7 of 91
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So I've got my cable sleeve, or at least the first batch of it. I still don't have the tools to do the job or the white cable to sleeve. I'm a little nervose because other than watching a few videos i really don't know what I'me doing.
post #8 of 91
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I took apart my water block and cleaned up the copper on it as best I could. Pictures of that process will be added tomorrow.
post #9 of 91
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Originally Posted by packerbackermk View Post


Planned Components:
GPU: Either 770 or 780
SSD: 250GB Samsung 830/840 or Crucial M4 or Other quality SSD

For the ssd I would recommend the Crucial M4, which I have in my build. If I had to pick one out today I would go with the M500 because it the latest that Crucial has. The only thing I have to say is that I would stay clear of the Samsung 840 non-PRO version because at first I bought it to go into my laptop, and the Factory Recovery Disks did not like it (not blaming the drive cause it may have been just how the OEM Window 7 disks did not like SSDs in general). Then I put it in my Rig and I kept on having hang-ups on Boot up with the drive in, so in order to fix it I had to do a fresh install and sense then it has been fine.
 
The Build
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The Big Save
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4670k Asus Z87-A Gigabyte GTX 770 4GB G.Skill Ripjaw Z 2 x 8gb 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M500 240GB WD Caviar Black 1TB Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer Xigmatek XAF-F1255 90.3 CFM 120mm Fan x 2 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Black Ice GT Xtreme 140 Radiator - Black XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay - DDC Single Loop Reservoir... Enzotech G1/4" Thread 1/4" ID x 3/8" OD Compres... 3/8" Copper Pipe 20' to be on safe side 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Xigmatek XAF-F1454 90.3 CFM 140mm Fan x 8 BitFenix BFF-SPRO-14025KK-RP 86.7 CFM 140mm Fan... Heatkiller Rev 3.0 1155/1156/1150 CPU Liquid Co... Black Ice GTX Xtreme 240 Radiator - Black  
CoolingOSKeyboardPower
Black Ice GT Stealth 280 Radiator - Black Win 8 Pro Logitec 710+ Rosewill Tachyon-1000 
CaseMouseOther
Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Black Pearl) ATX F... Deathadder 2013 Asus PCE-N53 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570k Asus P8Z77-V GIgabyte Windforce 3 7950 G.Skill Ares 2x8GB 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 6GB/s Samsung 840 250GB WD Caviar Blue 6GB/s 64MB LG GH24NS90  
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Phantek PH-TC14PE Windows 8 Pro LG 23" E2351 Dell Keyboard 
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AMD A4-4000 Asrock FM2A85X-ITX Corsar XMS 2 x 8GB 1333MHz  WD Red 2TB 
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WD Red 2TB WD Red 2TB Sandisk Fit 16GB FreeNAS 
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Rosewill Capstone-450 Fractal Design Node 304 DLink DAP-1522 
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The Build
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The Big Save
(11 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4670k Asus Z87-A Gigabyte GTX 770 4GB G.Skill Ripjaw Z 2 x 8gb 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M500 240GB WD Caviar Black 1TB Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer Xigmatek XAF-F1255 90.3 CFM 120mm Fan x 2 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Black Ice GT Xtreme 140 Radiator - Black XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay - DDC Single Loop Reservoir... Enzotech G1/4" Thread 1/4" ID x 3/8" OD Compres... 3/8" Copper Pipe 20' to be on safe side 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Xigmatek XAF-F1454 90.3 CFM 140mm Fan x 8 BitFenix BFF-SPRO-14025KK-RP 86.7 CFM 140mm Fan... Heatkiller Rev 3.0 1155/1156/1150 CPU Liquid Co... Black Ice GTX Xtreme 240 Radiator - Black  
CoolingOSKeyboardPower
Black Ice GT Stealth 280 Radiator - Black Win 8 Pro Logitec 710+ Rosewill Tachyon-1000 
CaseMouseOther
Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Black Pearl) ATX F... Deathadder 2013 Asus PCE-N53 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570k Asus P8Z77-V GIgabyte Windforce 3 7950 G.Skill Ares 2x8GB 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 6GB/s Samsung 840 250GB WD Caviar Blue 6GB/s 64MB LG GH24NS90  
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Phantek PH-TC14PE Windows 8 Pro LG 23" E2351 Dell Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Rosewill Hive 650W Rosewill Blackhawk Razer Mamba 2012 TractorHouse.com 
AudioOther
Onboard Kingston USB 3.0 External Card Reader 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A4-4000 Asrock FM2A85X-ITX Corsar XMS 2 x 8GB 1333MHz  WD Red 2TB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
WD Red 2TB WD Red 2TB Sandisk Fit 16GB FreeNAS 
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Rosewill Capstone-450 Fractal Design Node 304 DLink DAP-1522 
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post #10 of 91
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I think I will go for a crucial drive or the 830 but if I find a good deal on a 840, even though it is not as nice as the 830 or 840 pro, I would probably get it.
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