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Impressive benchmark. You did a good job there!

Thanks very much dude, I gave it a proper poke over the weekend and managed to shuffle onto the bottom of OCUK's Heaven and Valley leaderboards, big rigs got rekt by the mighty 3.1GHz 4440 tongue.gif. They wouldn't give me any extra points for cuteness though rolleyes.gif

Thanks for keeping a close eye on the build, i'll catch you on another project!

JR
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Forgot to say, since I've been following for a while, but nicely done!
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This looks great!

All I have to say is Gimme Chocolate!
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Phenomenal build! The only thing I would have done different would be to have clear tubes with Mayhems Pastel Chocolate Brown coolant.
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Good job Sugartits.

That little box is just as tidy in RL.
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XX - Upgrade time!

Long time no update on this one biggrin.gif

As with most projects I thought it was all neatly finished, I was very happy with the aesthetics of the build and for the most part the way it performed. One thing that always disappointed me was the pump noise from the 1T-Plus DDC. So over the past few months I collected a little nest of parts to add and when OCUK said they would like it on their stand at i55 now seemed like the right time to pop them all in.

The main change was of course the pump, changing from a DDC wasn't an option as the reservoir and top fitted so neatly into the case. I opted for an EK-DDC 3.2 PWM, integrating voltage control would of been difficult given the available space however simply plugging it in was a logistical challenge!

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Previously the DDC had been plugged directly into the PSU with the sensor wire removed, obviously the sensor and PWM wire needed to stay this time and go into the one available PWM header on the motherboard. Previously that is where I had plugged in the LED strip. With no further connectors on the PSU or the motherboard displacing the LED strip somewhere else wasn't going to work.

So in the end this is what was created! A Silverstone peripheral to DDC to PWM fan header to LED strip adapter extension tongue.gif Black being ground, brown +12v and grey sleeve carrying both the sensor and PWM wire for the pump. The LED was also swapped out for a clean white Darkside strip.

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I also swapped in an i5-4690k from my S2.0 build which has now been decomissioned, some extra clock speed will be welcomed in the benchmarks.

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Admittedly that did seem like enough upgrades for now, so I swapped in 2 8GB HyperX Fury sticks. Just to be sure I had enough memory for work, and GTA and stuff... I mean Senescentis wasn't using them anyways.

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So that's everything for now.

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After refilling the loop it immediately seemed much quieter, I couldn't hear it at work over Parvums CNC running in the background so it's definitely better than before. Annoyingly I broke one of the Noctua's when taking it apart so have yet to give it a thorough test but i'm sure it will be ready for insomnia!

JR

Edited by JR23 - 3/11/17 at 1:42pm
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XXI - Unboxing and blocking 390X

Despite it's earlier magnificence the reference 290X in Chocolate Box has been showing some troubling signs of age in recent weeks and so it's now time to roll in a new younger model to take over. I really didn't want to change the build too much as i'm quite attached to it, particularly as a LAN rig. Hence i'll be using a card with the same PCB and EK 290X rev2.0 acetal nickel block.

As i'm quite busy writing updates and doing work I won't be narrating this one blow by blow and I did already show the block getting mounted earlier in this thread so here is some Radeon eye candy...

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I can't wait to see how this new card performs, while i'm not expecting any colossal improvements perhaps the added VRAM will permit some even more Ultra Grass in GTA V. That's all for now but i'm sure I will find something else to do when rebuilding the rig, perhaps some changes to the fittings to get them looking a little more consistent.

JR

Edited by JR23 - 3/11/17 at 1:41pm
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Looks really nice, so I was wondering, off all your amazing build, which one do you use actually on a day to day basis or as a home computer?
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Looks really nice, so I was wondering, off all your amazing build, which one do you use actually on a day to day basis or as a home computer?

αclass has been my main system for a long long time, descended from the first PC I ever built although every part has now been changed as it has evolved over time. I bought the Rampage IV Formula when Ivy-E was launched and then later traded my reference 780 super clocks for classifieds. After discovering it still wasn't that quiet I decided that I needed to watercool the whole thing and get a 750D to fit two 360 rads, it's original iteration as αclass was my first watercooled build.

When I finalized the L1.0 design probably about two or three weeks before insomnia 55 I had the first L1.0 production sample and did a rebuild in that adding a third 780, a bigger Seasonic PSU and lots of radiators in time for the show. It's not an outrageous build technically or aesthetically but through incremental evolution I absolutely love every part. Each upgrade I made was in anticipation for GTA V and paired with the original ROG Swift it now absolutely decimates it. The RAID0 setup is just right, 3-way SLI is good to live with, Essence STX phenomenal and it's practically silent. Being in the first L1.0 just makes it perfect for me as a workhorse, main gaming rig and it still makes it out to shows!

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Chocolate Box is still very much my second PC, I take it to LAN's and use it every day at Parvum drawing cases and rendering, I couldn't imagine life without either of them. Despite being relatively unadventurous they are definitely two of my favorites. LIGHTNING has yet to find it's place but it's still going out to lots of shows at the moment. I've no idea how FURIA will fit in for me,

JR
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XXII - Unboxing EVGA Z170 Stinger

I'm starting to get excited for the rebuild now i've had some hands on time with the motherboard, as I acquired an i7-6700k I have switched to the newer Z170 Stinger and my god it's beautiful, one of the finest Z170 motherboards I have ever witnessed.

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Had a quick test fit of the Noctua L12 and thankfully it nestles in just as neatly as before, hopefully later in the week I will collect some DDR4 and fresh Bitspower fittings and get Chocolate Box back in the scene.

JR

Edited by JR23 - 3/11/17 at 1:40pm
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