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Second post is my experiences over the past few months and how I got to this point. It's kinda long, and most people probably won't read it, but I thought someone might find it interesting.

Update: Bah! I accidentely ordered the old EK FC bridge instead of the terminal. It'll be here Saturday which I will update with pictures of the rig going into the leak testing phase.

Update 2: PerformancePCS sent me a used block, which actually ends up working out better for me. I needed the three slot link and I bought the two slot link. Talking to PPCS about getting a refund for the used block and already bought the correct block. Third time is the charm, I guess....

I will be finishing up everything else for the loop while I wait so that all I'll have to do is connect the terminal and the two fittings to complete the loop! I'll update with some pictures of my progress when I finish what I can tonight. It's gonna look pretty sick having everything within a few mm of eachother. biggrin.gif

Like this.



This was just test fitting, and will obviously look a lot better when everything else is in!

Still getting everything in. Here's some pictures of why my wife will murder me eventually.







Mess is all cleaned up and now just waiting for the EK-FC Parallel Terminal. Everything else is installed, so all I should have to do is install the terminal and then connect the fittings! PSU is installed and all hooked up, but I have a separate device for running the pump. Just wanted to be able to have that all hooked up and ready to go for when I get off work. Assuming there are no leaks.

The CPU block to radiator only took me two tries to get the piece cut properly.


I chose 45 degree rotary fittings because I thought they would be the easiest thing to work with in the tight spaces I am dealing with. Boy was I right! It definitely made it a lot easier to be able to adjust the fitting exactly the way I needed it. No kinks in the tubing!


As you can see, the blocks look lonely not being connected. Let's fix that. wink.gif



Leak testing, but loop is CPU only right now until the new EK-FC terminal comes in.




Edited by jameyscott - 11/3/13 at 10:57pm
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So, after having my PC for awhile, I decided to do a build log. I've been gaming for about three months on it and it has slowly upgraded the past three months. As I am installing watercooling either today or tomorrow, I figured I'd completely tear it down, clean it and do a build log!

All the parts are my sig rig, so I won't spam you with what all is in it now, but this has been my progress.

First, I bought the Corsair Air Carbide 540 from Corsair direct so I wouldn't have to preorder it. Since it is the first batch, I got the short cables. they fit, but cannot be managed very well, I plan on opening ticket with Corsair to get the longer cable.

I then bought the rest of my parts which were the MSI Z87 G45, 4670k, 8GB of Corsair Vegeance 1600Mhz ram, a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB for OS, programs, and my current games, Seagate 2TB HDD for the rest of my games, music, and random nonsense I have downloaded, a Corsair HX850 PSU because I originally planned on SLI, but only could afford one graphics card at the time, and a MSI Gaming Edition 770. I absolutely loved that card when I had it, but it had coil whine within a month, so I had to ship it back to Amazon. I also got a Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO because I couldn't afford much better at the time. After awhile, I decided I wanted to overclock my CPU as high as I could go. So, I opted to get a Corsair H110. I bought one used on Amazon. That was a mistake, it was missing the LGA 115x back bracket. That was upseting. Stuck the EVO back on and called up Amazon support. I bought a new one instead of getting another used one. After that, I shipped off the used one and got my money back

Here is what it looked like a few months ago.
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In my frustration of a DOA mobo, I accidently RMA'd my graphics card through amazon. Well, to my surprise, I didn't recieve a motherboard the next day but another graphics card. I opened another RMA so I could actually get the board and having a running PC. When I saw both cards, I was like heck, I don't have to pay for this for a month, I might as well SLI and see what kinda performance I can get. Fell in love with it, everything was maxed out and beautiful. Slight problem though, I had to enable V-sync because I was getting over 60fps in every game. That's when I decided just to buy a new monitor. I bought a ASUS VG248QE and fell in love. The colors out of the box were horrible, but I just added an ICC profile and it looked a lot better.

After playing around with it for awhile, I started to like the graphics cards less and less. I enjoyed playing games on them, but they were horrible overclockers. I barely could get +26 on the stable with highest available voltage through MSI Afterburner. Then one day I heard a noise coming from my PC that was unbearable. I assume case fans, but it wasn't. It was the graphics cards.

I decided to take off the cooler and replace the TIM. MSI's application wasn't horrible, but it definitely wasn't the best. It brough my load temps down around 5C, which didn't really matter because they seemed pretty much overclockable.



I still had a few days left, and then just decided to RMA both graphics cards and send the broken board back. Everything went without a hitch, Amazon has the best customer support I have ever dealt with. The day I went to UPS they were not willing to send it in separate packages, like I wanted to. So, I just had to deal with that. I called Amazon and told them they were not willing to comply and he said that he put a note on my account saying that they were all shipped in the same package. Got my refund a few days after that.

Well, now I'm kinda at a crossroads, I can either get another 770 and know what performance I can get, or upgrade to the 780 and get even better performance. Decision, decisions. I knew I was going for EVGA this time considering how well liked they are and how wonderful it was actually talking to a person when I called them up to ask questions. I eventually decided to go with a 780, but now I had to choose which one. I wanted the maximum performance I could get out of them, but I was stuck between three cards. the Superclocked ACX, Dual FTW ACX, or the Classified. For the longest time I couldn't decide, but after talking with my friend Shogun, I decided to go ahead and get the Classified. He recommended I go with it because of it being voltage unlocked and he said with his titans that the Superclocked at least seemed to be better binned chips because he was able to achieve higher overclocks with this Superclocked Titan versus the original TItan he bought.

Kept on watching Amazon while waiting for my money back from Amazon. No luck on getting it so I ordered it from EVGA direct. Great customer service. Even better than Amazon. Since my order was over 500 bucks, they require you to pick up the phone and confirm the order. After receiving it at the end of the week. I checked Amazon for lulz to see if they were in stock, they were! After some conving to the wife, I was able to get the other one. Don't know how I managed that. thumb.gif

Here is what it eventually looked like after getting both 780 Classifieds.
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I was pretty happy with how it looked, but I i felt like it could looked better.

After some overclocking my board and CPU blew. That was a bad day. I opted to get a 4770k instead this time. In hopes that my board hadn't blown, I just ordered the CPU. After installing it, I found out the board was also blown. mad.gif I searched online to find another board, and decided to get the ASUS Maximus VI Hero. I wanted to get the Extreme, but there was no way I could convince my wife to let me get it and I had just bought 1400 bucks worth of graphics cards, and a 340 CPU. So, I took what I could get. I was really interested in getting the Formula, but the "premium" onboard sound and built in option to watercool the VRM, didn't see with it. If I wanted better sound, I'd get a separate sound card and EK released a block for the HERO anyway, which is probably better quality anyway. However, with my radiators, I doubt I could water cool it, anyway.

My 4670k was a decent overlocker, but no matter what I did, I couldn't get it above 4.5Ghz stable. Definitely fit my needs, but I'm glad it happened. I got a better overclocked and more threads. My 4.6Ghz overclock on the 4770k has lower voltages that the 4.5Ghz overclock on the 4670k. I'm also almost stable at 4.7Ghz now with slightly higher voltages than the 4670k.

The MSI board looks like complete crap compared to the G45. In both looks and ease of use. I hated the BIOS on the g45 and the Hero just is better laid out. I also believe the VRM quality of the Hero is much better because I believe the VRMs blew on the G45.

Here is a picture of the 4670k and why it doesn't work. =/


Everything has been great and flash Skyn3t's bios to my Classys. That definitely helped a lot because that removed GPU Boost 2.0 and the 80C throttling limit. The cards are wonderful but they get so hot. I have push the cards to 100% on the fans and, case fans to 100%, and remove the side panel for them not to shoot up to 90C.

This is how it looked before upgrading the monitors

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I got a big check at work and went ahead and bought two more ASUS VG248QEs. That's pretty much where my progress ends until I decided to water cool!
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Reserved for future updates. RAM for sure. Going to be getting G.Skill TridentX 2400Mhz CL10 2x8GB kit. biggrin.gif I'm thinking about getting a fan controller and maybe other things like custom cables to make it look better. Definitely want to heatshrink the exhaust fan because the yellow, red, and black single cables look horrible.

I welcome suggestions of what you think could make my build look better, but I really don't think there is much more that I can really do at this point.
post #4 of 15

Excellent job.  I like how clean your tubing runs are, it will look good once you get that new EK bridge in.  Those are some thick radiators, should do nicely for those Classifieds.

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Update! Just finished adding the GPUs to the water cooling loop. It has been leak testing all day. I'll be adding pictures when I get home from work. It turned out really nicely, I just hope I fixed my flow issue. For some reason, water wasn't flowing through the CPU block properly and I was getting the same temps with my pump off or on. I know the pump is working well, so I might have to tear down the CPU block and see if there is anything clogging it up.
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Subbed!! :D

    
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3 x Gentle Typhoon AP-15 6 x Phobya G1/4 Inline Temp Sensor Coupler (2 P... Aquacomputer G1/4 High Flow Meter Swiftech MCP35x 
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XSPC Photon 170 Reservoir Windows 7 + Linux Antec HCP-1300 Platinum CoolerMaster HAF XB (Modded) 
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I'll add the current status of it in a bit, but after that I'll only come over here to answer questions/hang out for people who want to use this thread to just talk about the case/modding it. No more updates on this thread as far as the case goes. That'll be in the office "build log." thumb.gif
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Is that the EK Water Blocks EK-D5 Vario X-RES 100 (incl. pump)? How did you mount it?
    
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Yes it is! I used the including mounting hardware to stick it above the PSU.
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Yes it is! I used the including mounting hardware to stick it above the PSU.

Would have fit above the SSD cage?
    
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