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This is zomfg overkeel AMD build, we dont see many of these now days. You give Red a good run for its money ihih. Any particular reason you choose the AMD cpu?
For my use scenario a best ROI:
I never considered a CPU as a standalone product, I always looked at the CPU plus motherboard combination. A top AMD CPU with top AM3+ motherboard is/was a lot cheaper than a top Intel CPU with top socket of that month motherboard. I know that the top Intel CPU is faster, but the price difference allowed me to buy more ram, ssd and other accessories. AMD CPU is fast enough to do anything very well and on few certain areas its better than an equivalent Intel CPU. AMD FX rocks at running virtual machines on Vmware Workstation, specially with twice the ram bought with the money saved by choosing the AMD CPU road (one of the main goals of this and past builds). At work all servers that run VMware ESXi/Vsphere use AMD Opteron CPUs, because for the same money you can buy more cores and ram. Intel likes to change the CPU socket too frequently. Selecting AMD with AM3+ allowed me to go from a 8120->8350->9370 and use a cheap Sempron when I sold my CPU to buy a better one or when doing crazy things to avoid burning a good CPU biggrin.gif. The same applies when upgrading just the motherboard CHVF->CHVFZ. Maybe today we are at the end of life of the AM3+ socket or maybe AMD has still a hidden surprise, but for the last 3 or more years to have a unique CPU socket was a big advantage for me. I got a new 9370 on sale three days ago, so its still an advantage. Selling and buying CPU or motherboard at the right time means free upgrade wink.gif
But if you change the use scenario I would use Intel, for example when I bought my HTPCs a few years ago, nothing performed better than an Intel Atom with Nvidia ION, specially running XBMC on Linux. Silent, energy efficient, small and running fine today. I would go the Intel route if I needed to use some application compiled with the Intel compilers that run way better on Intel HW (time is money) or if I really needed a few more FPS on games or points in a benchmark.

The GPU selection is similar:
When I bought 2x 7870 it was the better FPS/money ratio if used in CFX, better than a 7970 or Nvidia equivalent. Very good for a single Full HD monitor. When I upgraded to a multi monitor setup I needed more raw power and the R9 290 was the best FPS/money ratio at that time (before the scrypt coin mining fever).
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Also about the screws, I do agree. Since the alphacool radiators have these alternative in/outlet you some times need spacers and other screws. Myself had a hard time mounting my rads since pretty much all screws were too long or too short. Luckily I have alot of spare screws and washers from RC cars that I can use. Hobby/toy stores are definatley a good place to look for screws, rods, washers, spacers etc. Next time im thinking about cutting the screws in custom lenghts with a dremel, I hope you can do that?
My problem was the amount of screws, I needed twice the amount provided by acool for push pull configuration. On my previous build I cutted the screws with my dremel and then sanded the tip for a Corsair H100i pull push configuration.
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What case are you actually using? Any more pics of it? It looks and smells funny :/.
Dimastech EasyXL 3.0 Cherry Red, but I call it Ferrari red wink.gif
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Dry test of hardware before going under water
Open Bench Table on its desk. We can see the Corsair AX1200i PSU. Testing where to put the standoff screws for the motherboard.

We can see inside the lower level of the bench the AX1200i PSU, the Aqua Computer Aquastream XT pump, radiators and fans. G.Skill Trident-X DDR3 2400 CL10 ram modules ready to have some action.

The Magic sticker that gives 2xperformance if attached to the computer biggrin.gif Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard firmly attached to the bench table with ram modules and a GPU to screw in the correct position the PCI/PCIe 10 slot board.

Back view of the bench table. Empty AM3+ socket.

AMD FX 8350 box with OEM ventilator and the magic sticker.

Close up to the CPU and then installed on the motherboard. biggrin.gif

OEM fan installed, temporary GPU removed.

3x R9 290 installed and secured.

Im going to use for the first time the start button on the motherboard. This button is reserved for overclockers, normal people use the power button on the tower tongue.gif

The OEM fan spins and the power button light is blue.

Close up picture to know how to connect the cables to the back of the switch. ITS ALIVE!!!! ITS ALIVE!!!! cheers.gif

Back view. The integrated soundcard has some red leds on the back of the motherboard that shine on the upper level of the bench table. Three GPU and four ram modules detected. Good. I will change the RAM frequency later.

CPU detected. Power and reset buttons attached to the bench table. Good looking buttons, maybe in the future a change of led color?

Google Earth view of the bench table. Success, Memtest86+ passed without problems.thumb.gif The ram is good.


EK Ram heatsink installation
Please watch this guide from user Jugallo23451 before trying this.

Memory already tested. New heat gun from local hardware store.

It has a temperature dial and a light display of the temperature,

The heat gun with some credit card, they are really hotel door cards.

I removed the red upper part unscrewing both screws. I used 250C for 30 seconds on both sides waving from side to side and then doing some lever with the credit card on one side and then immediately on the other side. You must apply force but nothing mayor. Apply heat more time if it doesn't work the first time. Be carefull the heatsink is hot and your hands or finger will hurt. tongue.gif

Success! Testing if the ram is still alive! Applying the heat pads, they came included with the EK kit.

You must align all modules with the heatsink to be able to screw them to the Monarch waterblock afterwards. I assembled the first module with the ram centered on the heatsink. I screwed the first module to the Monarch waterblock and then screwed the half of the second module heatsink. Only one part of the heatsink can be screwed to the Monarch. Applied all pads to one side of the second memory module and with the help of a visit card on the dimm little groove of the first and second module, attached the second module to the already screwed heatsink. Then I attached pads and screwed the other half of the heatsink and repeated with the other modules. All aligned on the first try. A close up of the memory modules of the G.skill Trident-X DDR3 2400 CL10 module.

The fourth module ready.

Taking the waterblock apart from the ram modules to test again on the PC.

Memtest86+ passed. The ram survived! I have watercooling ready memory band.gif
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You sir, take more pictures than me for sure! Good work so far, will look into this thread now and then. smile.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4930K RIVBE None at the moment 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Seagate Barracuda 3TB 2x Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB Western Digital 250GB EK-Supremacy Full Nickel 
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EK-FB ASUS R4BE 2x EK-X3 250 EK-Coolstream XTC 420 2x EK-Coolstream PE 480 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK-Coolstream XTX 480 13x Corsair SP120 Quiet Edt.  3x Cooltek 140mm  Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung U28D590D Logitech G105 EVGA G2 1300W LD Cooling PC-V8 
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Logitech G400 NAD D 1050 Audio Technica ATH-M50 Pioneer S-DJ08 
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Seagate Barracuda 3TB 2x Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB Western Digital 250GB EK-Supremacy Full Nickel 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FB ASUS R4BE 2x EK-X3 250 EK-Coolstream XTC 420 2x EK-Coolstream PE 480 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK-Coolstream XTX 480 13x Corsair SP120 Quiet Edt.  3x Cooltek 140mm  Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung U28D590D Logitech G105 EVGA G2 1300W LD Cooling PC-V8 
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Logitech G400 NAD D 1050 Audio Technica ATH-M50 Pioneer S-DJ08 
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