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H440 - R.O.G. Build

post #1 of 23
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Hello, I've been meaning to post a build log on here as I working on this log, but I had wanted to wait until I had received my H440 case.
Of course, I had it delivered on Thursday, and went right to work on this upgrade build. Not done it completely yet, but the bones of it are done.

I have taken pics along the way, I have a build log going on a different forum, but instead of posting the full log, I thought I would just give the pics along the way, and let you all ask any questions you might have.

The main reason for this post is to see what all of you think of the build, as I will be working on another one for my fiancée and can always use advice, and also to showcase the H440 case from NZXT. Its new, not very well known, and so this will give people a good look at it.

PS, I will apologize in advance for some double posting that may occur. I will try to keep it to a minimum, but I do want to post a fair number of images.

Now that intro's and disclaimers re out of the way biggrin.gif Here's the pron thumb.gif

It all started back in Feb (or Jan, don't remember), when I starting getting that upgrade itch. Loaded up the online shopping boxes and picked out the H440 case. I got a few shipments in but my case was delayed so I started on all the little things. Like sleeving, backplate aesthetics, custom LED lighting for the XSPC parts, and fan painting. Those GT14's just don't cut it with that grey....











I also wanted to dress up the XSPC backplates a little. So I went into Adobe Illistrator, and designed a little image up, printed it off on full sticker paper, and then applied it, adding a good coating of clear Plasti-dip.



I also made up an image for the SSD's. Here are the two together.

post #2 of 23
The GT14s look great in red! How hard was it to paint them? Can you take the blade all the way off?

- samwisekoi
post #3 of 23
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Thursday, I finally received my case. I had almost all the wires sleeved, all the water loop components flushed, and all the LED's done.
I had been running the 2 780's and my old i5-2500K under water in my old case. All I had to do was sleeve the Mobo and CPU wires, and replace the i5-2500k with a new i5-3570K. I know, normally this upgrade isn't worth it, but I am placing the 2500 in my fiancée's build, and I already had a Z77 board, so it made sense.

Here is a shot of the old case, with the components installed, and just waiting for transplant.




Then the tubing began, and the leak test.












Leak test was successful, and so the wiring began, with a quick boot check to follow.





And.... ITS ALIVE!!!!!

post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by samwisekoi View Post

The GT14s look great in red! How hard was it to paint them? Can you take the blade all the way off?

- samwisekoi

You bet. Here is a quick pic of the blades removed for painting.




I used Krylon paint for plastics. The first test fan did have some spotting with the paint, so I just made sure the next were cleaned properly, and I didn't get any hand oils on them, and they painted great with a light primer layer, and a few light coats of red.

I also added a little sticker to the back to cover up where you need to peel the original off to take the fans apart. I'm a supe's fan anyways, and the colors match nicely.


Edited by Simsreaper - 4/21/14 at 9:38am
post #5 of 23
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Finally, now that the wiring was done and the boot test was successful, I mixed and added the Mayhems pastel coolant.

Here's the finished product. Its a really nice end look.






I will be updating this a little more in the next week or so. I have all 7 fans, (5 on the front triple rad, 2 on the top double) routed through the fan hub, but the case has no speed control for this. I have drawn up and tested using a voltage reducing regulator and an ON-ON switch to implement a custom 2 stage speed control. I will be finalizing this and adding it to the build in the near future. Also, I will be overclocking everything and posting benchmarks here soon.

Well, what do you all think? Any questions? Any advice for the future? There are a lot of insanely talented people here and I know this won't compete with what some of them can do, but I'm definitely happy with how it has started, being a beginner. This was only my second water build, and my first time sleeving or really going for any kind of finished, professional look.
post #6 of 23
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Well, I've been spending a good amount of time working on overclocking the new 3570 cpu... but, I haven't gotten the results I was hoping for. I seem to be hitting a bit of a wall at 4.6 GHz. I haven't pushed the voltage extremely far yet, but I am running at about 1.338 V at 4.6, and 1.320 at 4.5. At those voltages and speeds, the temps are very respectable, but I just couldn't get any stability above 4.6, even pushing the voltage up past 1.365 V. I am going to read up a little more on ivy bridge o/c'ing, but at first glance the silicone lottery appears to have been a miss for this guy.

If anyone has any advice on this issue, I would appreciate it. I had hoped to be able to push the CPU to 4.8 at least, if only for a short time for benchmarking. I'm actually content to run at 4.5 for everyday usage.

As for the 780's. They have both been flashed with the custom skyn3t bios', which was interesting as the second card is the newer chip version, and are now both running smoothly at 1137mhz with just a very minor voltage boost.

I'm still working on the 2 stage fan control mod, but hope to get that finished this weekend. If I can get the benching done and a few little minor things cleaned up, I may do a nice little photoshoot in the next week as a final build showcase.
post #7 of 23
Looks awesome!

May I ask which res you used and how you managed to fix it back there?
post #8 of 23
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Looks awesome!

May I ask which res you used and how you managed to fix it back there?

Thanks Hasty! The res is XSPC's new Photon reservoir. I like I mentioned, I replaced all the LED's with superbright Red's, but I hadn't planned on the Mayhem Pastel coolant being so opaque. As a result you can only see the Red glowing middle at the very top of the reservoir, but it is still a very high quality res, made of glass, not plastic.

I mounted it through a screw slot that I believe was for a 120X1 rad fitting, and then using a hex hole in the metal mesh for the case fan output. It sits juuust up against the side panel, but no extra pressure or anything is put on any components.
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by Simsreaper View Post

Thanks Hasty! The res is XSPC's new Photon reservoir. I like I mentioned, I replaced all the LED's with superbright Red's, but I hadn't planned on the Mayhem Pastel coolant being so opaque. As a result you can only see the Red glowing middle at the very top of the reservoir, but it is still a very high quality res, made of glass, not plastic.

I mounted it through a screw slot that I believe was for a 120X1 rad fitting, and then using a hex hole in the metal mesh for the case fan output. It sits juuust up against the side panel, but no extra pressure or anything is put on any components.
Nice. I might copy you once I start planning my loop for my h440.
I'm pleasantly surprised that it's possible to fit a photon there. And using one of the stock holes, that's handy.

Thanks man. +rep
post #10 of 23
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Here are the finished build pics. A lot of horsepower jammed into a mid-tower case. Note the small rocker switch on the backside of the case. This is all you can see of my fan controller. Completey silent running with it toggled. It works brilliantly.























H440 Finished.jpg
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