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hi there,

Past the last few months, I've been planning my next rig. Besides raw performance for gaming and video rendering, I wanted to go for a simple and elegant style in a black & blue color scheme. I also wanted to get the very latest technology for it, it thus features a lot of brand new components across the board, that have mostly been released in Q4 2013. Here's a complete list of all items:

[PC]
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Black Edition
CPU: Intel 4820k [3.7Ghz Quadcore]
GPU: 2x Asus R9 290
RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB with Lightbar Upgrade [4x4GB]
PSU: Corsair RM1000 [fully modular]
Case: Corsair Obsidian 900D
SSD: 2x Corsair Force GS 240GB [Raid0 Config]
HDD: Toshiba SATA3 3TB

[WC]
CPU: EK Supremacy CSQ Nickel / Plexi
GPU: 2x EK FC R9 290X CSQ Full Cover Nickel / Plexi
GPU: EK FC CSQ Triple Parallel Bridge
Pump: XSPC Photon D5 Vario 270 Combo
Res: Monsoon Series Dual Bay Res
Top Rad: Phoby G-Changer V2 480 Full Copper
Bottom Rad: Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 480
Rad Fans: Corsair SP120 High Performance PWM Fans in P/P
Tubing: Masterkleer Clear UV Tube
Fittings: EK mostly, some 90° & 45° by Koolance

[Random]
Primochill Vortex Flow Indicator UV Blue
Phoby LED Board
10x UV LEDs / 10x Blue LEDs
Display Temperature Sensors [1x Air, 1x Inlay Water]
Swiftech UV Cathodes x4
Swiftech 8-Way PWM Splitter
Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition Case Fan
Mayhem Silver KillCoil
Alphacool Ultra Pure Water [2 Liters]
OEM Distilled Water [5 Liters, used for priming]
Koolance Valve (drain port)
Y-Piece Fitting



Edited by Valice - 1/10/14 at 4:51am
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Corsair Dominator 2133Mhz CL9 4x4GB Corsair Dominator Light Bar Upgrade Corsair Force GT SSD 240GB Corsair Force GT SSD 240GB 
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Toshiba HDD 3TB XSPC Photon 270 Res / D5 Vaio Pump Combo EK Supremacy CSQ Nickel & Plexi R290X full cover EK FC Backplate R290 
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EK FC Backplate R290 Phoby G-Changer v2 60mm 480 Quad Radiator Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 480 Quad Radiator Monsoon Dual Bay Reservoir 
CoolingCoolingCoolingMonitor
Corsair SP120 PWM High Performance Edition x16 EK Supremacy CSQ Nickel & Plexi CPU WB EK Supremacy CSQ Nickel & Plexi R290X full cover Primochill Vortex Flow Indicator 
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MadCatz Strike 7 Corsair RM1000 Corsair Obsidian 900D Razer Naga Epic 
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Initial Log Entry: Showcasing the Goods

At the time of this thread's creation, I have already started the build. In contrast to most other build logs, this rig should be completed within the next couple of days already and likely won't be further updated beyond the last post, which will feature lots of pictures of the finished build.
I'm also creating a tiny website dedicated to this build, as a side project for my ongoing IT Studies; I'll link to it whenever it's finished and uploaded somewhere. That's also the (main) reason as to why I have a fancy logo for this machine wink.gif

Even though my build log will likely only last for a week or so until it's done: If you're interested, come aboard! I will update this log daily till its completion with loads of pictures. Suggest, ask, criticize, - I'm an open minded kind of person wink.gif

And now some pictures of all the goods:

CLICK HERE to view 18 Pictures of Awesome! (Click to show)




















Tomorrow: We shall get started!

Till then, cheerio!




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Log of Dec 27, 2013: Priming

So, apart from putting everything on top of each other for a pulse-raising display of boyish excitement, I also got a tiny bit of work done today. Namely, I cleaned one radiator! I planned to prime both rads, the two gpu full cover waterblocks as well as the cpu block, but ended up being way too lazy for all that work after some stressful holiday festivities at my gf's as well as my own family these past days. Also wanted to quickly 'upgrade' my Dominator RAM sticks with the awesome light bars. Oh well.


At least I managed to take a few pics of my interim priming loop:




And now under some black light to showcase the really awesome UV-reactive tubing:



Tomorrow: I shall prime the remaining things (almost everything, doh!) and install the RAM light bar upgrades and maybe install the GPU waterblocks.

Till then, cheerio!

Edited by Valice - 1/10/14 at 5:19am
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EK FC Backplate R290 Phoby G-Changer v2 60mm 480 Quad Radiator Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 480 Quad Radiator Monsoon Dual Bay Reservoir 
CoolingCoolingCoolingMonitor
Corsair SP120 PWM High Performance Edition x16 EK Supremacy CSQ Nickel & Plexi CPU WB EK Supremacy CSQ Nickel & Plexi R290X full cover Primochill Vortex Flow Indicator 
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EK FC Backplate R290 Phoby G-Changer v2 60mm 480 Quad Radiator Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 480 Quad Radiator Monsoon Dual Bay Reservoir 
CoolingCoolingCoolingMonitor
Corsair SP120 PWM High Performance Edition x16 EK Supremacy CSQ Nickel & Plexi CPU WB EK Supremacy CSQ Nickel & Plexi R290X full cover Primochill Vortex Flow Indicator 
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Log of Dec 28, 2013: RAM Upgrade & More Priming

welcome back.

So today, I started off by installing the Dominator Platinum Light Bar Upgrade Kit onto the RAM sticks. Really simple procedure and when in doubt, there's even a manual that tells you to unscrew the screws, replace the thingy and screw the screws back on. Lots of screwing wink.gif

alas, picture gallore!




and done!

But since I wanted to actually SEE what they look like when they're lit up like a x-mas tree, I decided to do a quick'n'dirty install of them inside my gf's pc, since she's not using it anyway atm. Since I've built her a 'poison ivy' flavored rig, there's a bit of greenish light 'disturbing' the followings pics I took, sorry about that!




After that was done, I went back to priming my second radiator: The NexXxos MONSTAAAAA! The thickness of this thing (86mm) is really unbelievable... and it does feel really heavy! You can even tell a clearly distinguishable difference between the phobya 480 (60mm) and the monsta, just by holding one after the other.




And some more pictures of the loop under UV light along with some shots of the XSPC D5 Photon 270 Res / Pump Combo fitted with a blue LED, which is what I'm gonna use inside the build as well:




Last but not least, I wanted to share some pics of the R9 290 EK backplates with y'all as sort of a teaser for tomorrow's update, where I'll be installing the EK waterblocks on both graphic cards:




And these are the beauties I'll be dismantling for the job:





In the meantime, Leo is studying the RIVBE motherboard, so that he can gimme a helping hand later on wink.gif




whale then, I hope you enjoyed today's rather small update and hopefully can't wait for more to come by tomorrow tongue.gif

Till then, cheerio!




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Log of Dec 29, 2013: GPU Waterblock Installation

Finally got around to installing the vga waterblocks. At least on one card rolleyes.gif I took me 3 (!!) freaking hours to get it done. Needless to say, it was my first time and I'm certain that the second one, which I'll get done tomorrow, will be finished a lot quicker. Anyhow, I've taken pics at pretty much every step of the installation for all those interested. I haven't tested the card yet on whether or not it's still working; matter of fact, I don't know if it ever worked, since I haven't tested it with the stock fan on either after purchase. Lazy me!

Fun Fact: Even though the modded card looks slim in comparison to the stock one, it feels quite a bit heavier. I really dig the look of it now though! You'll find a direct comparison of the looks between the stock and waterblock'ed R9 290 towards the end of the picture mile.

Have Fun thumb.gif





alright, time to wrap it up for today. As this took me three full hours to do, I was unwilling to do more today and resorted to beer and youtube entertainment thumb.gif
Tomorrow, I'll mod the second gpu and install the psu plus both rads into the top and bottom compartment of the 900D. I'll probably also install the cpu onto the RIVBE with the EK supremacy waterblock, but no promises wink.gif

Till then, cheerio!

Edited by Valice - 1/10/14 at 5:20am
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┻━┻︵ \(°□°)/ ︵ ┻━┻ NEW YEARS BREAK ┻━┻︵ \(°□°)/ ︵ ┻━┻


Log of Jan 01, 2014: First Work inside the Case, Dual GPU Priming, CPU Block Installation

welcome back and happy new year wink.gif

Turns out I needed a break for two days and thus didn't do anything on Dec 30/31. But as I'll resume work/study coming monday the 6th, I have to kick it up a notch and get this thing finished asap. Therefore, I've done quite a bit of work today and luckily progressed well. Firstly, I installed the single Corsair AF140 quiet edition fan as rear exhaust. For a second I thought about why I'd ordered the quiet ed. instead of the high performance ed. but then realized that Corsair decided not to release any AF140 fans as high perf editions.

After that, it was time to unpack the RIVBE. What a beauty! I've never in my life have had such an awesome looking motherboard! I'm so glad that I could get such a neutral looking performance beast from the ROG series, as I wanted my build to have a black / blue look from the start of its planning stage. Wouldn't have looked half as nice with a prior rampage board, as they all have a black & red color scheme.

The RIVBE was also my last point of concern that I might not be able to build this thing over the course of the x-mas holiday. That's the way I had planned it for months, but I didn't pull the trigger on all the orders until the first week of December. And since I live in a tiny country that doesn't have a single RL or internetshop to offer watercooling supplies, I had to vastly resort to resellers / manufacturers from the UK, Germany, Slovenia and even overseas from the US and Hong Kong. And so, the last week before the start of the holidays, everything had arrived, apart from the RIVBE, which was 'out of stock' at every single feasible retailer available to me, even though people from the US had received theirs around Nov 20 already. That really pissed me off. And so, when I returned home on friday, I was sure I wouldn't be able to get started, as it still had not yet arrived and the supplier couldn't tell me when it would, after I'd inquired accordingly a week before.

But, in perfect christmas-y spirit, I was surprised with a package the very next day. Apparently, my supplier got a tiny amount of those in (prob around 5 pieces) and as I had pre-ordered and paid almost 3 weeks before, I was one of the few lucky sods to get one. thumb.gif

But enough of that! I installed the 4820k CPU along with the EK supremacy. Didn't realize until that point, that with the 2011 socket, manual backplate installation is obsolete, as this socket features a pre-installed one! Therefor, the block installation was extremely easy. I only had to replace jet plate, put the gelid extreme thermal paste on, and then handscrew the block onto the cpu. That's the first time I've installed a cpu cooler entirely by hand with no tools required for the job; very nice.

Maybe I should mention that I still did a bit of work on Sylvester night: Since my girlfriend thinks of it as a stupid and unnecessary event and - like last year - decided to go to bed early, I had to party on my own and did so by installing the second GPU waterblock and drinking beer drunken.gif
Afterwards, I hooked up both gpu's to the triple parallel bridge and then to the priming loop for a bit of daring leak testing, as I haven't even flushed the blocks / bridge prior to installation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVSjCvGFMnM wink.gif

So, below you'll find pics of the 900D, the RIVBE, the crossfire setup and the EK supremacy installed. Enjoy lads wheee.gif





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Log of Jan 02, 2014: Motherboard, GPUs, Tube Res and Radiator Installation

Good day, dear sir or madam!

I continued my working frenzy and installed everything inside the case, save for most of the cabling. Starting off with the mobo installation, I then socket the gpu's with the bridge already on them. Lazy? yes, maybe, but I did just unhook it from the testing loop and there was still some water inside of the blocks and I didn't want any on the RIVBE, so I just installed the whole bundle and it worked without any problems, just had to carefully align both cards and voilá! I'm still somewhat worried that I might have screwed up somehow during the waterblock installation, as I've never done that before and - as I stated once already - I haven't even tested the cards with the stock fan still on them, so if they were faulty to start off with, I'm in trouble as I'm quite sure ASUS won't be taking them back: There was one tiny sticker on one of the screws on the backside of the gpu that I had to destroy when taking off the stock cooler / fan / plastic cover. Let's hope I did well thumb.gif

It was then time to install the fittings onto all the blocks and radiators. Was fairly easy with the EK compression fittings but my fingers did hurt a lot after twisting and turning and then untwisting due to noob mistakes and tiredness, then re-twisting... At the end of the day, I was happy once all the fittings were installed and I could rest my hand.

Next up I installed the Photon 270 D5 pump/res combo. As I had to find out, I was not in the possession of any metal drill bit, only giant ones for poking holes into concrete walls and thus could not drill the four holes required to properly install the tube on its metal bar. So my gf suggested I'd just use zip ties to hold it in place. Thinking of it as a silly idea at first, I quickly had to realize that I didn't have any other feasible options at the moment - I just didn't want to waste any more time going to the hardware store. And so I used zip ties to hold it in place thumb.gif
There's a chance I'll redo that bit at some point in the future, but if its staying steady in place, I'll likely just leave it that way. After all, it's not superheavy, even when fully filled up it shouldn't be putting too much stress on the zip ties. But yes, you may call me a total amateur for doing this.

Afterwards, I installed the fans on both rads and was sorta mad at their relatively short cables, even though they are probably standard size. But inside the 900D, everything has to be slightly longer I'm afraid. I'll be hooking up all 8 fans of each rad to an 8-way pwm splitter, which itself - sadly - only has a very short cable to connect to the mobo header. We'll see how that will play out when the cabling is due.

I then proceeded to install the rads. No easy feat, especially for the top rad, as I - once again - was working throughout the night and couldn't get my sleepy gf to help me hold the thing in place while putting in all the screws. And as if that wasn't enough, I realized that there weren't enough 30mm screws included with either rad. They included 16x 30mm and 16x 35mm screws with each rad; the 35mm ones are only to be used with a shroud in combination with the fan. So, I had to resort to using a silly amount of washers to make up for the 5mm extra that I didn't need for either side of the rad but had to use on one side, as I didn't have any other 30mm screws handy and once again, didn't have the time to get any at that moment. Noob mistake, but doesn't really matter in the end. Still was rather annoying to lay out and count all the available washers of various sizes I had, to calculate how many I could use on each screw, when it was already dawning after a long night's work...

Once I succeeded with the rads installation, I quickly added the drain valve to the extra port of the bottom 480 monsta rad which points towards the front of the case but it works as I had to remove the lowest of the three front intake fans anyway to fit the rad in there. Draining the system will be very easy this way, as the 900D allows for quick and easy removal of the frontal cover and shroud to reveal the valve.

Finally, everything that needed to be inside the case for the 24h leak test was ready to go! At that point, it was 9am already, my gf was up and shaking her head when she saw me still working. rolleyessmileyanim.gif
As it was the next day already, I'll split the log up at this point and smother you with more images of today's progress. Once again, have fun wink.gif





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Log of Jan 03, 2014: Tubing, 40h Leak Test

welcome back.

Pulling an all-nighter of hard work consumed what was left of my energy, but I refused to give in to my sleepiness and decided that I wanted to get the tubing done 'real quick' so that I could start the leak test prior to going the bed, so that I wouldn't waste any more precious time to finish this build. And so I did! After another hour or so, the tubing was done and everything was looking fine to me. So I filled the loop by pouring the distilled water into the monsoon bay res. Turned out that the slightly elevated position it was in towards the tube res didn't suffice to fill it up as well. So, I had to unzip it, awkwardly stick it out towards the window side and fill it up there at the same time; dear gf helped at this point.
Started to cycle the pump until the flow indicator starting turning with good speed to indicate that most big bubbles were bled and that my time for bed had finally come. Even though I was super tired, I still managed to take a few pictures for you guys before hitting the haystack; mostly 'napkinshots' to take in, haha. BTW, the green light is once more emitting from my gf's pc which stood behind the build, as I used her PSU to power the pump. Enjoy!





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UPDATE of Jan 17, 2014: It's done

As you might be able to tell, midway thru the build log I've stopped writing any more updates. This was mostly due to my frustration that everything was very time consuming and the realization that I'd have to spur on in order to finish this thing before the end of my holiday. So while still taking a lot of pictures in between at pretty much every step, I was unwilling to write / update the build log each day still and instead focused on the work at hand. And so by now, this thing has been standing on my desk for almost two weeks and been in use too, of course. So next up I'll try to cover what I did after the last update up until now:

After filling the loop up and making sure that nothing was leaking (the only leaking thing was the drain valve, that I hadn't properly screwed on, because its G1/4 thread was very long and I was afraid of damaging the rad and thus didn't screw it in all the way - turns out I had to do it anyway though...) I went to bed and didn't get up until the early evening of the 3rd. I proceeded to slightly rock the case to get the remaining bubbles out; precious girly prior kept watch over the first couple of hours while I was sleeping and also cycled the pump for me a couple of times, according to the instructions I gave her tongue.gif

When the 24 hours had passed, everything was bubbles-free and looking good. But still not having fully replenished my own batteries, I left it running for another night until late the next evening. Once 40 hours had passed, I removed the napkins and installed all the cables, which again took longer than I thought it would. And so it was the middle of the night again, when I was finally completely done with it and ready to power it up for the first time ever!

AAAAAAAAAAAaaand it worked! The RIVBE cycled thru all the POST steps successfully and stated '34' on the built-in display, meaning that the UEFI was successful in initializing all my hardware but failed to boot as it obviously lacked an OS at this point. Hooray!

Next up I wanted to get it to my room, hook it up, install the OS, benchmark the beauty... but I couldn't lift the damn thing. It was seriously too heavy for me to lift by myself. Maybe it was because I was tired again, but in any case, I had to leave it where it was on the living room table and go to bed.

The next day, before moving it, I decided to install the OS where it stood. At this point, I failed to create the RAID0 on my two SSDs that I wanted. After much googling, I figured out the problem: The RIVBE has an Intel Chip for two SATA 6G and two SATA 3G headers, which supported RAID. Along with the Intel Chip, it also has an ASMedia controller for six further SATA 6G headers, which do NOT support any RAID configurations. And of course, I had hooked up one SSD to an Intel header and one on an ASMedia header. Grrrrrr!

Resolving that, I stumpled upon the next issue: The RIVBE Manual stated you'd need a RAID driver, that had to be copied unto a floppy disk (?!?!!). Not really believing my eyes, I tried to run the windows installation without it and indeed it did fail, as before I got to the partitioning part, it asked me to insert some driver disk. Long story short, after trying various RAID drivers from Intel themselves, some modded ones and then some others... it turned out the problem wasn't the Raid driver, but rather the USB3.0 Driver, as I had plugged the win7 install stick into a 3.0 Port. After plugging it into a 2.0 Port, the message vanished and I could install the damn OS.

Once the OS was running, my significant other helped me heave the thing to my room and so, on Sunday the 5th, the very last day of my vacation, I could finally start using my creation. Initial Benchmarks were looking good, temps were looking fine as well. Started some initial OCing, the CPU from 3.7 to 4.5 Ghz, no problem. It's even undervolted (1.340v) at this overclock! Bumped the GPU's up from 947mhz gpu clock to 1145mhz without raising the voltage and they too peform without any hiccups. Really the only problem I'm facing atm is with the Catalyst Driver 13.11 - Assassin's Creed Black Flag crashes every now and then after mere minutes of gameplay. I didn't know it was the driver's fault until I once got a message bubble from windows stating the the catalyst driver had crashed after the game froze. Just subscribed to the amd catalyst newsletter, really hope the next version will resolve this issue...

So yeah, that's pretty much it. The Build is complete, working fine and in use! Performance is great, any game I threw at it so far (Aion, ACBF, BF4, GW2) ran smoothly at around 60FPS on average on highest graphics settings. The temps are below 5° Delta to ambient temp at idle and hardly go over 10° Delta on the CPU and 15° on the GPUs. Noise is great too, at Idle the fans run at 800-900 rpm and rise up to 1100-1200 under load. However, when I manually crank them up to 2200 rpm (max), the thing sounds like a chopper about to take off biggrin.gif All in all, I'm very happy with it.


What's left then?
As you might have noticed, I have not yet uploaded any pictures of the final result. That's because I haven't made any so far. Why? One PWM splitter, to which all the fans of the lower 480 rad are connected, is too short to run along the backside and thus awkwardly hangs in the air, going across everything and looking plain ugly. But fear not, just yesterday I ordered an extension cord, which should arrive sometime next week. After its installation, everything will be looking pretty and I will be making plenty of pics for y'all to enjoy. Along with those, I'll also post some benchmark results and with that final update, conclude this build log. You may look forward to it around Jan 25th!

I won't leave you without a tiny sneak peek though smile.gif thanks for reading and following up on my build!



Edited by Valice - 1/17/14 at 5:10am
Nemesis
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel i7 4820k Asus Rampage IV Black Edition Asus R9 290 Asus R9 290 
RAMRAMHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Dominator 2133Mhz CL9 4x4GB Corsair Dominator Light Bar Upgrade Corsair Force GT SSD 240GB Corsair Force GT SSD 240GB 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Toshiba HDD 3TB XSPC Photon 270 Res / D5 Vaio Pump Combo EK Supremacy CSQ Nickel & Plexi R290X full cover EK FC Backplate R290 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
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[Reserved] [Final Pictures] (will follow ~mid-january, along with commentary inside prior and last log post)
Edited by Valice - 1/13/14 at 3:06pm
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looks like it will be a cool build. (subbed)
post #7 of 12
Can't wait to see the results.
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Thread updated with today's log. See post #3, lots of pictures await thee laughingsmiley.gif
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Thread updated once more with today's work log: EK GPU Waterblock Installation.
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Thread updated with the last logs before the final pictures. Build is complete and the concluding pictures and benchmark results will follow next week. Enjoy thumb.gif
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EK FC Backplate R290 Phoby G-Changer v2 60mm 480 Quad Radiator Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 480 Quad Radiator Monsoon Dual Bay Reservoir 
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