Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Builds & Case Mods › Build Logs › [Build Log] First Time Build Log, 3570k, Custom Case, gtx 580, Watercooling Loop
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

[Build Log] First Time Build Log, 3570k, Custom Case, gtx 580, Watercooling Loop

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hey guys. This is my first build log that I've ever started, and I have to say, I'm kind of nervous. After lurking around a bunch of other fantastic builds like Robocop, I was inspired to start my own build, considering I am redoing my computer during the holidays. 6 months ago, I built a really budget/entry level computer, and since then I have upgraded a lot. This log is going to consist of receiving a couple more components and then installing a custom loop, along with building a custom case. I got the idea to make a really awesome/semi-high end system from the Compact Splash thread, which is my main inspiration. Alas, I have an ATX motherboard, so either I spend some money on a MITX board and a new case or I could just build my own. I thought it would be a cool experience and if it ends up failing, I lose no money. The case will be built out of wood which I had lying around the house, so it is essentially free. thumb.gif I don't want it to actually look like wood though, I'm going to spray paint it black and make it look like a normal case as much as possible.
The components will be:

Intel Core i5 3570k
GTX 670 (not purchased) Now a GTX 580 3 GB (purchased)
ASUS P8Z77-V
8 GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600Mhz
OCZ ZT 750 watt (not purchased) 750 Watt (still researching)
Hitachi 320 GB hard drive
Custom case
Sandisk Ultra Plus 60 GB

I'm going for a very simple design. Black water blocks, clear tubing, and some blue accents in the lighting and the wiring. I don't know how that will turn out, so we will all see as it happens. tongue.gif

Here's what I have planned for the watercooling system:
EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ - Acetal
EK FC670 GTX Full Coverage Water Copper Water Block for Nvidia GTX 670 - Acetal EK FC 580 Acetal
PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing - 3/8in. ID X 5/8in. OD - Crystal Clear
Swiftech MCP35X-BK™ 12 VDC Pump
Bitspower Multi Tank Z 150
(2) XSPC RX 240
assorted Bitspower Fittings
a couple Gentle Typhoons as well.

So that is it. I will try to keep you guys updated as much as possible, but with Mid-Terms coming up there won't be as many pictures as you would like. This should be really fun to do and I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I do. Peace out!
Edited by mocboy123 - 11/29/13 at 6:01pm
post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 
Reserved for final pics
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Moar final pics!
post #4 of 8
upgrade to something in the intel 4xxx series for better performance and maybe an ssd and larger hdd (i recommend the WD Black2 SSD/HDD. it has a 120gb ssd and 1tb hdd in one for $299. only takes up one sata port)
post #5 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by sheppkvn View Post

upgrade to something in the intel 4xxx series for better performance and maybe an ssd and larger hdd (i recommend the WD Black2 SSD/HDD. it has a 120gb ssd and 1tb hdd in one for $299. only takes up one sata port)

I don't know if this is the place to dispute parts for the build log, but I strongly disagree with everything you just said. He already has the MB and CPU, to spend another $400 to upgrade to Haswell or even more to go to 2011, for minimal extra gaming performance seems a big waste. For performance the money could be spent getting a 780 or above graphics card, or even SLI/Crossfire, which hasn't been purchased yet. Also the WD hybrid drive is a lot more expensive than a separate SSD and HDD not because it is any better, but because it allows systems with only space for a single 2.5" drive (such as laptops and NUCs) to have the benefits of both. Also he doesn't really mention that he has an extra $800 bucks to upgrade any of the parts....

Anyway, the build sounds interesting. As you haven't got the PSU yet maybe look at a brand other than OCZ with the news they just went bankrupt, there might not any warranty in the future, but if you are voiding your warranty anyway then they will probably be a bargain. Have you thought about using aluminum if you are going for a conventional look? Depending what tools you have, to get some different blades, a sheet of aluminum and a small bending brake wouldn't cost much at all.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sheppkvn View Post

upgrade to something in the intel 4xxx series for better performance and maybe an ssd and larger hdd (i recommend the WD Black2 SSD/HDD. it has a 120gb ssd and 1tb hdd in one for $299. only takes up one sata port)
I did have the option when I bought my CPU and Mobo to get Haswell, but considering how expensive they were at launch and that I really wanted to overclock high, I went with Ivy Bridge. I understand that lots of people can overclock Haswell high, but I really liked the reliability of Ivy's overclocking. Also, I don't really have the money to spend on an SSD. The SSD I have which is 60 GB is fine for a boot drive, and my main storage drive is all the capacity I need. When the entire build is completely finished, I will begin to upgrade my drives by getting maybe a 1 TB Seagate and a couple 120 GB SSDs. In the meantime, my needs are satisfied.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kom-au View Post

I don't know if this is the place to dispute parts for the build log, but I strongly disagree with everything you just said. He already has the MB and CPU, to spend another $400 to upgrade to Haswell or even more to go to 2011, for minimal extra gaming performance seems a big waste. For performance the money could be spent getting a 780 or above graphics card, or even SLI/Crossfire, which hasn't been purchased yet. Also the WD hybrid drive is a lot more expensive than a separate SSD and HDD not because it is any better, but because it allows systems with only space for a single 2.5" drive (such as laptops and NUCs) to have the benefits of both. Also he doesn't really mention that he has an extra $800 bucks to upgrade any of the parts....

Anyway, the build sounds interesting. As you haven't got the PSU yet maybe look at a brand other than OCZ with the news they just went bankrupt, there might not any warranty in the future, but if you are voiding your warranty anyway then they will probably be a bargain. Have you thought about using aluminum if you are going for a conventional look? Depending what tools you have, to get some different blades, a sheet of aluminum and a small bending brake wouldn't cost much at all.
Thanks for the reply. I had no idea OCZ just went bankrupt. Just found 60 bucks in my nightstand so that will help with the funds.
I also bought a GTX 580 3 GB today for $145 off of a Black Friday deal on Newegg, so I can order a 580 block from the EK website. I thought a long time about using aluminum, but I'm going to try wood before I sink any money into this case project. Will keep you guys updated though. Also, I should have pics of the case assembly this weekend. Should be a fun time getting a 580 in there. thumb.gif
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Sorry for the lack of pictures. I began to paint over the weekend, and wanted to assemble it but ran out of paint. I will order some vandal switches for the power/reset and then finish painting and assemble it this weekend. All of the pictures will be there.
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
This thread is officially dead. My new thread on this system will be up shortly. That is updated with all of the latest information.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Build Logs
Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Builds & Case Mods › Build Logs › [Build Log] First Time Build Log, 3570k, Custom Case, gtx 580, Watercooling Loop