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[Build Log] Mazinger Z: 900D – Acrylic – EK – Lightbox

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Hello and welcome to my first wc rig build log.

Update 10-17-2013 (see below)

Update 11-13-2013 (current state)


Summary:

900D Intel build with GTX 760 in SLI, EK blocks, Primochill acrylic, and all cables sleeved. PC will primary be used for single-monitor gaming, watching movies and videos, and some engineering work (Matlab, Labview, RF design sw, etc.).

Objectives:

- To have fun (why else? smile.gif)
- A quieter gaming computer to appease the wife (we share a home office).
- Something that looks good, mature and classy, hence the choice of industrial design of EK blocks and the black and white theme.
- Watch the budget. Re-use some things from previous build. Use upper mid-range video cards in SLI to get the best bang for the buck.
- Overclock (I'm new to this too).

Components carried from previous build:

AsRock Z77 Extreme6 mobo
Intel Core i7 2700k
16 GB G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3
LG Blu-ray player
Crucial 128GB SSD
500GB Seagate HDD

New components:

Corsair Obsidian 900D case
Corsair AX860 power supply
(2) MSI GTX 760 2GB in SLI
Mushkin 240GB SSD

Cooling stuff:

(16) Corsair SP120 Quiet
(2) Corsair SP120 High Performance
(2) NexXxoS ST30 480 radiators
XSPC Photon 270 reservoir
(4) EK Monarch RAM sinks
EK quad RAM water block (acrylic)
EK Supremacy CPU block
(2)EK D5 X-Top Acrylic Pump Top CSQ
EK GeForce 670 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block
EK GeForce 670 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling RAM Backplate
EK FC Bridge Dual Parallel 3-Slot CSQ - SLI Connection - Acrylic
(2)Swiftech MCP655-B 12v Water Pump
Primochill rigid acrylic tubing
Mayhem pastel white coolant
PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Ghost Compression Fittings
Bitspower drain valve, 90-degrees and other fittings

Single loop:

Res > Pump 1 > Pump 2 > Rad > Flow Meter > Rad > CPU > RAM > VGA1 || VGA2 > Res

Miscellaneous:

Lamptron CW611
XSPC LCD Temperature Sensor V2
Koolance INS-FM19 Flow Meter
Koolance ADT-FM03 Flow Meter Frequency Adapter
Lutro0 sleeving
ColdZero 900D Long Lightbox

Upgrade plan:

1-2 years:
New mobo, memory and CPU
Second wc loop
Everything wc (VRs, mobo chipset, RAM, etc.)

2-3 years:
New video cards
New and larger SSDs

There are some changes from when I took this photo. First, I exchanged the Photon 170 for the larger Photon 270 reservoir. I also exchanged the EVGA cards for MSI ones.


Yeah, these Primochill fittings are kinda big, but I like that they are simple and featureless. Thankfully they worked with all my wc components.


I was conservative at first and got he Photon 170, then I really liked the looks of it and went for the larger one which will no doubt become the centerpiece of the build.


I for one like circles, squares, and simple industrial design. So, EK happened. wink.gif

Edited by Odachi - 11/13/13 at 11:12am
post #2 of 31
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I'm waiting for the EK SLI bridge (backordered) so I can't build the wc loop yet. I'm also waiting on the sleeving materials. But I have managed to get a bunch of other stuff done.

First thing I did was to work on the Blu-ray player. I love watching Blu-ray movies in my PC, so I had to find a way to fit it in the rig and not be a sore spot. I decided to do two things: (1) paint the enclosure black, and (2) do a stealth mode for the 900D. I think both things were achieved. Here are some photos (excuse the grainy photos).

Here's the LG Blu-ray player taken apart. I decided to not use the face plate containing the button (red arrow), that way I could have the 900D insert closer to the tray.


The drive case ready for painting.


Removing the tabs off the 900D faceplate insert was easy. I just scored it with a cardboard cutter and then snapped it off.


Here's the drive all painted in matte black. I used a zip tie anchor, added a little rubber nudge and used double sticky tape to attach it to the 900D insert.


It worked!


Stealth mode achieved. I also cut the extra 900D front face insert to make the fan controller flush with the front face of the case.
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Looking good so far. Carry on! thumb.gif
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subbed...keeping it classy thumb.gif
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I'm glad I still have all my tools from back in my EE school days. My old Fluke multi-meter is probably over 20 years old. The unpainted drywall you see in the background is one project I had to put on hold. biggrin.gif


When I was a kid I used to like taking old electronics apart and my dad gave me some tools, here pictured. These tools are over 30 years old and I use them on a regular basis. Snap-on Made in the US of A. That thing on top is a screw holder... I love that friggin' thing, it's so useful! If I lost it I would be inconsolable.


I love you, screw holder.


I had to find a solution to connect all 8 fans on each radiator. I'll be using a Lamptron controller that puts out 36W per channel.
Each SP120 Quiet Edition is rated at 0.09A at 12V, so: 0.09 * 12 * 8 = 8.64W total, well bellow the per channel limit.

I had some PCB and 3-pins laying around. The 90-degree one is not the correct one but it works, and none of this stuff will be visible anyway. Oh, and I painted it black. This thing would be hardly visible, so craftsmanship is not critical.


I have to mount the PCB under the radiator, on the lower frame of the side radiator of the 900D. I used a piece of speaker wire counduit, hot glued it to the PCB and used the built-in sticky tape to attached it just under the rads.




I sleeved all the fans with some cheap sleeve I got at Fry's. The real sleeving stuff will come from Lutro0's.


Close-up. A bit sloppy on the heatshrinking -- I'm out of practice!


The whole thing looks like this.


I also sleeved the pump.



Oh, and I painted the RAM heat sinks. Black of course. I must say they don't look very good up close redface.gif. But I can live with them inside the case.


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My SLI bridge has been shipped and I should be getting it by Friday, so this weekend I will be working on the wc loop, bending acrylic, etc. Wish me luck. Meanwhile, I got some goodies yesterday:



These things are tiny! Which is good as they can be hidden if one chooses to. The FM19 is supposed to be electrically equivalent to the FM17, but with a metal enclosure which I think looks good and should make it more durable. I plan on connecting the frequency adapter output to the mobo to trigger an alarm/shutdown.



I plan on using this little 8-fan hub to connect all top 480 mm radiator fans. I think it's overpriced at $14 and I could build my own, but then again I wonder how long it would take me and the result would never be as tidy as this.



Boy are these Lamptron controllers expensive ($99). But they do look really good imo. I'm impressed by their quality and finish. I originally wanted an FC5 V3 (just recently back in stock at FrozenCPU), but then I thought the CW611 was more in tune with my build, with the b&w and knob-less design. Oh and 36W per channel ain't too bad and will allow me to control my pump voltage (as long as the pump operates on 12 V, it' will not control 24 V pumps).





Oh and I mounted the res. Photos courtesy of Lumia 920:

post #7 of 31
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Got a lot done in the past week. Here's an update and some photos (I'm trying to borrow a better camera):

Finally received the EK link for the video cards in SLI. So I went ahead and equipped the cards and the CPU with their respective water blocks.

Removed stock coolers and old paste.



This wine bottle share similar design language to EK blocks. biggrin.gif



After removing the stock coolers, these GTX 760 cards are tiny (the ones with better coolers or 4 GB are full-size, but they are not compatible with the EK 670 block)! Just think of two of these little monsters in SLI as one big expensive card. wink.gif I must commend EK on their well-written instructions, it was a pain-free process.



Mounted water blocks.


This is my first try at acrylic pipe bending. First used a 2" diameter pattern. Turns were coming out too wide for my taste.



The RAD > CPU and CPU > VGA links were a nightmare to create, it took me hours! And the result was not want I had expected. I will be re-doing these.


The other bends were mostly straights with 90-degree turns, relatively easy.



I was exhausted and wanted some motivation, so decided to fill the loop with distilled water to give it a leak test. I got a funnel + hose at Lowe's. The Photon reservoir is nightmare to fill. Because of the inner tube holder, the fill hole is not wide open but has a plastic piece with seams for the liquid to flow around the inner core; well, if you pour too fast, the seams get blocked and liquid will not go down... pouring out and making a mess. I cut a couple of drinking straws and stuck them into one of the seams so it would get some air while I poured the liquid, and it worked.



Detected a couple of leaks: the drain valve was a bit loose, and a plug on the SLI link, easily solved. I let it run for 4 hours. Took about 1 hour for the pump to go silent and remove the large air bubbles. I was feeling some success even though I knew I had to re-do some of the piping.


Got the sleeve in the mail. It's going to take me some time to sleeve everything in the case...



A couple of days later, my second try at acrylic pipe bending. I got some ideas from a thread at OCN. This time used the following rig to force the pipe to stay within certain lengths, and used a 1.5" pattern for sharper turns.



I got much better results this time around. I spent a lot of time measuring and prepping, but the actual bending was easier and more accurate. Overall I spent less time than during the first try.



I did another leak test with distilled water, then proceeded to pour the Mayhem Pastel White. No leaks and most air bubbles out in less than an hour.








Used the stock PSU cables and connected everything -- rad fans, pump, etc. -- for a trial run. Everything runs! Temps are very low even with the rad fans at their lowest. At least I have a running computer while I work on the sleeving. I was happy, so I took out the good stuff from the liqueur cabinet for a celebratory drink(s). thumb.gif

Edited by Odachi - 10/7/13 at 2:12pm
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Awesome bends! thumb.gif and I love the sleeve colors
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I had such a good time assembling this PC that I decided to add more wc parts just for the heck of it. See my updated first post for the new stuff. Basically I decided to add a second pump for redundancy and increased flow and to wc the RAM. I also decided to use one of ColdZero's new 900D lightboxes (rather than build my own). (You can see I'm the impulsive kind and does not plan things too much biggrin.gif.) This will require some loop modifications but nothing too dramatic. I'll post some photos as the parts come in.

From ColZero's FB page:


In other news I've been having a blast overclocking. I'm a n00b so don't dampen my enthusiasm too much. tongue.gif

So far the i7 2700K has oc like a champ, all the way to 4.6GHz. At 4.7 GHz (x47 multiplier) the Prime test failed, so now I will be adjusting the turbo voltage.

The GTX 760 in SLI are tearing through every game, BF3 and BF4 (Beta) with Ultra settings, no problem. As for the video cards, BF has issues when I oc the 760s so I have to keep a default preset with the MSI configurator.

The sleeving has been frustrating because of the stupid "special" Corsair cables... and my molex pin extractor broke so I had to order another overpriced tool.
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