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[Build Log] - Codename: Yggdrasil

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Yggdrasil


I will update below with links to the rest of the log as they're posted:



Forward:

Hello everyone, and thank you for taking a look at my build log for my newest rig. This build has several goals in mind; however, first and foremost, Yggdrasil was designed to be a SteamBox. I have a daily driver for pushing high res and doing compute related tasks and running Windows, so this rig needed only to conform to the following three guidelines:
  1. mITX form factor
  2. Push no less than a constant 60 FPS at 1080p
  3. Be aesthetically pleasing in my entertainment center

So, without any further ado, let's move on to the good stuff!

The Build

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Prices below are what was paid after tax and shipping. The only discrepancy is the fans are actually the PWM version, which cost a few dollars more. You can consider the budget $1,500 - I didn't factor in tools purchased, TIM, and a few other odds and ends.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($207.56)
CPU Cooler: Antec KUHLER H2O 920 110.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($85.00)
Motherboard: Asus Z87I-Deluxe Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.69)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $110.48)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme II 480GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($264.99)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($330.00)
Case: Inwin 901 Mini ITX Tower Case ($180.98)
Power Supply: XFX XTR 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1506.68

I will now go part by part and explain the reasoning behind the choices made. I apologize for the cell phone pictures by the way. I should probably invest in a digital camera at some point. I did my best to stay in focus.

CPU

i5 4670K


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Wow! What terrible build quality from Intel! Just kidding, as you can see my cat is interested in my stuff and ate through the wires. Good thing this CPU is going under water anyway!

She's still staring at those wires....

As noted in the guidelines in the Forward section of this log my main goal was a minimum of 60 constant FPS gaming at 1080p. As mentioned, this is a SteamBox and nothing more. As such, the i5 4670K is the perfect chip to power Yggdrasil. An i7 wouldn't provide any benefit over the i5 (at least at this point in time). AMDs offerings are also eliminated due to the fact that there are no mITX motherboards available for their architecture. I believe this has to do with the fact that AM3+ requires a separate North and South bridge while the 1150 socket does not.

CPU Cooler

Antec 920


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The case I selected (InWin 901) has support for a 120mm radiator. Because I don't really need all that much CPU power, I decided that instead of trying to go full custom loop with Ygg that I'd settle for an AIO solution. I did some research on various AIO solutions and finally settled on the Antec 920 for several reasons.

First of all, as you can tell from my part list, quality and performance always come first. Although an older model (and recently replaced by the Antec 950), the 920 is a great performer and the Gold Award Issued by HardOCP is more than enough to convince me of this and Bit-Tech shows it even outperforms the newer model. Packing all that cooling into such a small form is quite impressive; although the fans are reportedly loud, hence the purchase of a replacement pair that I'll get into below.

Secondly, as mentioned in my forward, aesthetics are important. The customizable LED will keep things looking sharp, and the software has been ported to Linux.

Motherboard

Asus Z87i-Deluxe


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As you can see in the above, the motherboard is no bigger than my hand is. It's incredible that ASUS can pack this much engineering into such a small package!

I chose the Asus Z87i-Deluxe based on my build philosophy. You should have already guessed by now that it needs to:
  1. Perform well
  2. Look good

Well, this board checks both boxes. The feature list is incredibly long, but I'll highlight the good stuff:

12+2 VRM (capable due to the daughter card attached to the motherboard), on-board WiFi, optical audio-out (for my home entertainment receiver), USB 3.0 headers, etc. It's also a monster overclocker. If you're interested in reading more about this board, Bit-Tech has an excellent review.

As for aesthetics, it matches my color scheme, and with the flatter, matte yellows it will allow the other parts to stand out while still complementing the rest of the build.

Memory

Crucial Ballistix Tactical - DDR3 1600 1.35v 16GB Kit


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I removed the stickers to give it a nice, clean look.

The memory was actually previously purchased and was one of the factors that made me decide on the Yellow/Black theme. I originally purchased it because it was inexpensive, had a low voltage requirement, low CAS latency (good timings), and was DDR3-1600. I figured it would be fun to play around with overclocking the RAM, although I never actually did get around to it on my production machine. Now that it has a true home that will change thumb.gif

Storage

SanDisk Extreme II


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I removed the sticker....stickers bother me, and red is not my color...for this build anyway.

In my production rig I run two SanDisk Ultra Pluses in a JBOD setup and I am very pleased with their build quality and performance. I know the Extreme II has even higher synthetic benches and as a single drive is all Ygg will need (being a SteamBox and all) I wanted a drive with a 5 year warranty and great performance consistently to ensure long-term performance as there will be only one drive reading and writing data. I was originally considering an 840 EVO, but when I saw this price for the higher performing Extreme II I jumped all over it. I was also concerned about the 840 EVOs performance on Linux as it utilizes certain software tricks to get the marks it does. I know I'll be happy with this drive and I like supporting SanDisk. SteamOS recommends at least 512GB of space; however, I know that's an overestimate. Since I'll still be gaming on my regular rig I've settled on this 480GB model as that's the amount of space I've determined I'll need.

Video Card

MSI GTX 770 Lightning


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I've always wanted a Lightning. My production rig runs a Classy so I figured, why not? It's definitely a top-tier SKU and it matches my color scheme. I was originally going to go for an MSI GTX 760 Hawk as a 760 would be more than adequate for 1080p gaming, but someone bought the card out from under me. I found a good price on a 770 Lightning so I snatched it! I'm sure you don't need much more explanation on the Lightning, but in case you do here's a review of it from Guru3D.

Case

InWin 901


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The InWin 901 (the 904s mITX cousin) is absolutely stunning, and when I saw it I was inspired to build a SteamBox. The tempered glass and folded aluminum body are beautiful, and although I could have picked a smaller case or one with a more practical solution for radiators as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it. The build quality is superb, and you can really tell, even in the way the case and additional hardware is packaged, that InWin didn't cut any corners on this thing.

Power Supply

XFX XTR 650


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This rig doesn't need all that much power, but I wanted room for overclocking and I wanted something fully modular (for custom sleeving) with excellent build quality. The XFX XTR 650 came in at the lowest price point and I picked it because it met all the above criteria. HardOCP is notoriously hard on PSUs and gave it a Silver Award, so I knew I was in good hands having Ygg powered with this unit.

Case Fan

Corsair SP120 PWM


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The SP120s are designed for use with a radiator (having a high static pressure) and provide good performance at a reasonable decibel level. They're also PWM so they can adjust their speed according to usage like the Antec stock fans I'm replacing. Choosing what fans I wanted was pretty difficult, but the SP120s were consistently good performers and came in a two-pack for a good price. The final deciding factor was the colored rings as I figured I could sand them down and paint it to match the color of the case.

And that's that. I will start constructions this weekend. I hope you enjoyed the trip through my thought process.

I will update below with links to the rest of the log as they're posted:


Edited by JoeArchitect - 4/22/14 at 9:14pm
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Motherboard, RAM, CPU, GPU, PSU Breadboard Installation


Couldn't wait until the weekend, figured I might as well get started.

Motherboard Installation

Before I installed my motherboard I first had to mount the backplate for the Antec 920 Cooler. It was trickier than I first thought, but after checking a guide out (that I found on OCN of all places redface.gif) it was incredibly simple.

First of all, you'll notice that there are these foam pads with adhesive on them that you attach to the back of the backplate:




You also have to put little metal pegs in the proper holes on the backplate. After referencing the above guide and a little tweaking I got it right for my 1150 Socket



You then simply thread the holes and kind of smash the adhesive pads onto the motherboard. It stuck up a little bit for me and sat on top of some circuitry, enough to be a little concerning, but it worked out just fine.




I then set the I/O Shield and mounted the motherboard. It was a actually a much bigger pain than I thought it would be, the daughter card sits very close to one of the mounting holes and my hands are large. Worked out in the end though and got it set.






RAM Install

Installing RAM is easy - this board was similar to just about anything else, but only the left side of the slot had a snap bracket, the other side just slid down next to the daughter card. The tops of the RAM heat sinks are thin and hurt my thumb a bit pressing down. The end result looked really sharp.


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CPU Install

I then mounted the CPU and attached the stock heatsink/fan assembly.


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GPU Install

I then wired up the power button, 24 Pin ATX and CPU connectors, and then plugged in my GPU.


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PSU Install

Then it was a real simple process to plug the cords into the PSU.


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Hold on to your butts...



SUCCESS!



I took a lot of photos with varying degrees of light in the room. It's really blue. I'm not sure what I'll do about it yet but I may end up having to cut some LEDs; we'll see. I'm sure the tempered glass will cut some of the intensity as well.
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Post

First time wired up, no hangups, always a good sign.



BIOS

And, of course, the BIOS




Now that we know it works, it's time to break it....stay tuned!
Edited by JoeArchitect - 4/10/14 at 11:38pm
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De-Lidding and Lapping the CPU


Sorry for the delay, life got in the way. Holiday and all too, anyway:

De-Lidding the CPU

Ever since I heard you could do this I wanted to give it a shot, so I did!

I already own a vice so that was obviously the method I'd go with and I grabbed a piece of junk pine from Home Depot. For future reference this piece is way to big. Something half this size (length and width) would have worked way better.


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Got it securely mounted on the vice. I have the overhanging flaps running perpendicular to the clamps.



Yeah.....way to big (that's what she said).



Anyway, a few solid smacks with the hammer and it came loose. Didn't fly off like I was afraid of, just broke the seal, then I peeled it off gently to remove the PCB from the IHS. The CPU did come loose a few times and fell on the floor as well, but I think that had more to do with my vice than anything. I had a few beers first too so maybe that had something to do with it.



Cleaning the IHS

Materials Used: Paper towel and 91% Isopropyl Alcohol (highest concentration my local Walgreens had).
Not Pictured: Credit Card, Pointy Object


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This is what it looked like after a few minutes, there's still some glue and stuff in the corners that I wanted to get rid of. You can see my not very good idea of how to do that in the spoiler below.


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This is what the end result looked like. There is a little damage to the IHS from where the clamps bit into it, but we'll take care of that in a second.



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Lapping the IHS

A colleague of mine provided me with some of the below 3M Wet and Dry Sandpaper. One sheet each of 220, 400, 800, and 2000 grain. He said it's expensive to buy and you need to get it in an auto parts store as opposed to Home Depot or something.




My process was basically tape a sheet down on my table and then use a circular motion in ever expanding circles until the sheet was used up. Looking back I would probably have done this a little differently and with more sandpaper.


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End Result:



It's not exactly mirrored but it was extremely smooth. It wasn't perfectly level and there were extremely small scratches but those get taken care of in a bit.

Cleaning the PCB

After the IHS was done it was time to clean the actual die and PCB. This is what came out, pretty nasty stuff:



After simply wiping off the die with that handkerchief you see and a little elbow grease with a credit card on the PCB itself I was all set.



Tinning the IHS

As I mentioned there were tiny scratches on the IHS yet and it wasn't perfectly level. That's what tinning is for. Basically I just took a minuscule amount of the TIM I used (Liquid Ultra) and pushed it into the scratches of the IHS. This gives me a level and mirrored surface. It looks dirty but that's just how the TIM gets when it mixes with the copper.
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End Result:




Installing the CPU

Installing the CPU was actually pretty difficult for me. I messed it up once and had to pull it out and wipe off the TIM on the die and start over. The IHS slides around a lot as well when you try to seat it with the bracket. In the end I was pretty happy with the results, but I'm not 100% confident I got it perfect. I guess that remains to be seen once I check my temps.

Step 1: Place the PCB in the socket:



Step 2: Apply TIM:



Step 3: Seat IHS on top of die. It's going to slide a bit, so I placed it a little higher than its resting point and had to line up the winged sides a few times:



Step 4: Close bracket:



And once again, we have POST! The i5 is detected without issue, so I didn't break it.



Conclusions and Lessons Learned

All in all this was a pretty simple procedure. The Haswell chip is a pretty hardy thing and it wasn't nearly as fragile as I was afraid it was going to be. The vice method worked great (except for superficial dings on the side of the IHS) and besides accidentally sanding one of my fingers so I bled everywhere lapping wasn't a big problem either. That said, when I do this again (and I will, because it was fun thumb.gif) I would keep the following in mind:

  1. The piece of wood I used was way to big, don't overcompensate. 6-8" of 2x4" (pine) will be perfect
  2. Get more sandpaper - I burned through my pieces in about 15-20 minutes per piece to the point I couldn't take any more off the IHS. Definitely going to be using more than one sheet next time and sand longer.
  3. If the above step goes better maybe tinning won't be necessary. It was difficult to get a "clean" looking result and I may end up cleaning the IHS and PCB and doing this part over again if my temps aren't good.
  4. Seating the CPU on the socket was probably the hardest part. The IHS slides a lot and you have to get it lined up just right. Next time I think I'm going to use some sort of adhesive on the PCB and then install the whole mess at once.

This was a fun experience and I took away a lot from it. It's not nearly as scary as I thought it would be and I'm excited to do it again! I would recommend this to DIYers as it's not as dangerous as you think it might be; that said, I would only recommend doing it if you can afford to lose the CPU.

Now that that's taken care of I'm going to update my BIOS and then install my CPU cooler. Next up is seeing what my temps are like. I think I'm going to install SteamOS as well so I can get a feel for the platform. Stay tuned...
Edited by JoeArchitect - 4/22/14 at 9:16pm
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Fantastic. congratulations on the lapping, delid and temps! That's a mighty generous colleague you have to provide the sand paper biggrin.gif

Sexy build altogether too
Edited by Archea47 - 4/24/14 at 9:35am
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