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[Build Log] - No Name - SFF - EVGA Hadron Hydro, GTX 980, custom waterloop.

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My introduction...
I've loved computing since a small nippa and never bought a 'retail PC'. I have always scrapped bits off my parents computers to build my own and I can remember my first 'PRO' GFX card was a ATI Radeon 9800 PRO with a custom cooler! I can remember the old 16MB 3dfx Voodoo 3 card my Dad had... And the day he over clocked his Pentium 2 (I think) to 1Ghz!

I digress...

The first thing you'll notice is this thread isn't exactly a build log, well in the present sense, as I've already completed the build and typing on it right now. My build log was originally posted on WhatsApp for some friends. - I did show a lot of detail and it was suggest I share my experience with the wider world. Hi! o/

My inspiration for this build came from Wanou's 'Milk' project and a desire to have a small form-factor gaming PC with a major requirement for low acoustics... This is my first ever water cooled build.


What did I use!?

The predecessor to the Hadron was a Corsair Obsidian Series 550D, a well equipped simple/ clean looking case, just what I like! Some of the parts were pulled from my old computer (HDD(s)/ RAM and some cables, everything else is new.

  • CPU i5-4690K
  • MB ASUS Z97I-Plus
  • RAM Corsair Dominator 2133 - 2X4
  • GPU GeForce GTX 980
  • HDD 1TB WD Green
  • SSD 120GB PNY
  • CASE EVGA Hadron Hydra
Cooling -
CPU/ Kit Hadron Hydro Kit
GPU Cooler EKWB Clean CSQ
Water EKWB Blue



To be continued... later on tonight most likely!
Edited by ANDER5ON - 10/25/14 at 3:44am
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Ok let's get started...

To compare here is my original computer next to the new case to show the comparison.
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Step 1: Rip off the front panel so we can take out that sill drive bay. (Held in by 9 or so rivets, I used a 3mm Drill bit if I remember.)


Look at all that sweet room we have to play with, it is important to note the main reason why I remove the drive bay is so we can fit the res in this location, later on you'll see my creative methods to secure things. I'm sure will get some raised eye brows!! But the methods work tongue.gif


Edited by ANDER5ON - 10/22/14 at 3:18pm
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Subbed, @Wanou's computer was awesome!
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i like this. thumb.gif
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Subbed smile.gif
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Subbed as well thumb.gif Milk is an inspiration for us all smile.gif
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Subbed! Ready to raise some eye-brows!
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Thank you guys for subscribing smile.gif

Besides the raised eyebrows I will no doubt receive. There were a lot of learns from this build - The first one would be to assume 2 different fans, while the same brand, will not always have the same RPM! - We'll get on to that a little later.

Once the drive cage was removed, it was time to mess with components, fit the processor and pull apart the heat-sink from the GFX Card.



Showing the comparison from the non reference 680 to the new reference 980.


At this point my friends were asking, "Did you crap your self taking it apart knowing you could damage it?" OR "Are you not going to water test the equipment?" Honestly, it hadn't crossed my mind, I see it as simply as lots of people do this kind of thing how on earth can I mess this up! What could go wrong?


SIDE NOTE: I had to source the GPU water block elsewhere, Overclockers UK give free packs of Haribo sweets in the order.

(This is in no way an endorsement for Overclockers UK!)

Yes I did clean the chip to a high shine before applying the new thermal paste!


Prep work complete, back in the bag for now while I work out how the hell I fit the HDD(s).


TBC...
Edited by ANDER5ON - 10/25/14 at 3:49am
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This looks very promising. Feel free to ask me or other people in the community about mods and tricks.

There is a Hadron owners club where people are asking tons of questions: http://www.overclock.net/t/1465848/official-evga-hadron-air-owners-club

There is a SFF dedicated club too: http://www.overclock.net/t/1300645/official-usff-sff-club

There is also a page full of tips: http://www.overclock.net/a/evga-hadron-air-chassis-tips-compatibility-guide

Good luck and have fun !

Wanou
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Originally Posted by Wanou View Post

This looks very promising. Feel free to ask me or other people in the community about mods and tricks.

There is a Hadron owners club where people are asking tons of questions: http://www.overclock.net/t/1465848/official-evga-hadron-air-owners-club

There is a SFF dedicated club too: http://www.overclock.net/t/1300645/official-usff-sff-club

There is also a page full of tips: http://www.overclock.net/a/evga-hadron-air-chassis-tips-compatibility-guide

Good luck and have fun !

Wanou

Thanks Wanou, I'll sign up to the owners club when I finish email and uploaded my Whasapp images to this thread, I appreciate the resources. smile.gif I've already shown off t he finished product in your thread, don't want to ruin the surprise to anyone who hasn't already seen it.
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