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Hello OCN,

It has been a while since I've been around these parts, but I decided that, as I am putting together a new benching box I would try and properly document a build for once! thumb.gif

The whole idea of this build is to take some old parts I have lying around and turn them into a benching/overclocking rig. Since the plan here is to use parts which I can afford to let the blue smoke out of, I should be able to have some good fun with volt-mods and the like. biggrin.gif

The parts I have are:

General Hardware:
CPU: Xeon X5650 Hex-core
MB: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2
RAM: G.Skill 1866MHz 4GB x 3 (Borrowed from my daily PC when needs be.)
GPU: AMD HD 5770 / Nvidia 8800 GTS 320MB (Bought for $20)
HDD: Whatever I can find
Case: Antec 1200
PSU: Antec CP-850

Cooling:
Rad: XSPC RX360
Fans: Cougar 120mm PWM
CPU Block: Swiftech Apogee XT
GPU Block: XSPC Raystorm Universal GPU
Pump: DDC 3.2 & EK Tube res top
I also have various fittings which I did buy new, as well as some QDCs I bought to make changing GPUs easier.

I will begin uploading pictures of things as some parts (GPU and watercooling stuff) come in and hope to get something done each weekend, whether it be some testing, volt mods on GPUs or general benching.

I have also collected a bunch of benchmarks to run on my PC, mostly GPU, since I am not quite ready to push the CPU or MB to it's limits, given that GPUs are much easier to get cheaply:

3DMark 03
3DMark 05
3DMark 06
3DMark Vantage
3DMark 11
3DMark

Catzilla

Cinebench
GPUPI

PCMark 04
PCMark 05

HOC Doom 3 Benchmark



At this stage Any feedback or suggestions on benchmarks to run, volt mods or any of that stuff are appreciated! As I post updates I will try and keep links to the updates here.

Build updates:

Update 1
Edited by DirektEffekt - 7/14/16 at 2:58am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 4790K 4.8GHz @ 1.306v (Actual) ASUS Maximus VII Gene Gigabyte GTX 780 Galaxy GTX 780 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
16GB G.Skill Ares (4x4GB @ 1866MHz OC'd to 2133) Samsung 840 Evo 500GB WD Black 2.5" 750GB EK Supremacy EVO Acetal 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacool NeXXos UT60 240mm Radiator EK XE 360 Radiator x 2 EK-FC780 GTX Ti Acetal /w Backplate and Reinfor... 8 x EK Vardar F4 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
EK MOSFET ASUS M7G Acetal Nickel Windows 8 x64 Pro Dell U2711 (2560*1440) Dell P2715q 
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Ducky Shine 3 Year of the Snake Edition Corsair AX1200 Thermaltake Cube X2 
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i7 4790K 4.8GHz @ 1.306v (Actual) ASUS Maximus VII Gene Gigabyte GTX 780 Galaxy GTX 780 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
16GB G.Skill Ares (4x4GB @ 1866MHz OC'd to 2133) Samsung 840 Evo 500GB WD Black 2.5" 750GB EK Supremacy EVO Acetal 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacool NeXXos UT60 240mm Radiator EK XE 360 Radiator x 2 EK-FC780 GTX Ti Acetal /w Backplate and Reinfor... 8 x EK Vardar F4 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
EK MOSFET ASUS M7G Acetal Nickel Windows 8 x64 Pro Dell U2711 (2560*1440) Dell P2715q 
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Ducky Shine 3 Year of the Snake Edition Corsair AX1200 Thermaltake Cube X2 
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post #2 of 5
I have quite a similar setup: :P (Click to show)
Asus P6X58D-E original board from old rig
24GB (6x4GB) DDR3 upgraded from 6GB that was in there originally
x5660 (not oc'd yet) (bought second hand 2 months or so ago) - used to have a 950 in it
hd5450 to run server (bought new to run ubuntu server 14.04 to free up the r9 280x
r9 280x for VM passthru
It was my old rig (replaced with x79 after 4 years or so).
It's now a NAS, media and backup server, with a Virtual Machine running with hardware passthru of the r9 280X. biggrin.gif

I'll be triyng to O/C my X5660 pretty soon, I'll be following your post to see what you get up to tongue.gif Keen to see what you get that x5650 up to biggrin.gif
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Intel Xeon x5660 P6X58D-E XFX AMD Radeon R9 280X Corsair Vengeance 24 GB Triple Chanel 6x4GB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Lite-On DVD-RW Noctua DH-14 CPU Cooler Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung 24" LED 1080p 5ms DVI (S23A300B) 
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Lite-On DVD-RW Noctua DH-14 CPU Cooler Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung 24" LED 1080p 5ms DVI (S23A300B) 
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post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Glad to see be following. Honestly I wish I had got the x5660 back when I bought it, I suspect that I will be hitting bclk walls before I top out what the CPU can actually do with the x5650 since I don't believe the P6T V2 can lock in the 21 multi on these chips, but hopefully I'll be able to eke 4.2~4.3 GHz out of it.

It might be a couple of weeks until I get to that though. This weekend I'll be sorting a radiator mount for the front of the 1200 and hopefully getting the loop to a state that I can leak-test in! Then the following weekend will be time for some CPU overclocking. biggrin.gif

I'll add though, after hearing what you are planning I might try and get some virtualization going on my daily rig. I've always liked the idea of using Linux as a main OS but always had issues with games. biggrin.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 4790K 4.8GHz @ 1.306v (Actual) ASUS Maximus VII Gene Gigabyte GTX 780 Galaxy GTX 780 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
16GB G.Skill Ares (4x4GB @ 1866MHz OC'd to 2133) Samsung 840 Evo 500GB WD Black 2.5" 750GB EK Supremacy EVO Acetal 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacool NeXXos UT60 240mm Radiator EK XE 360 Radiator x 2 EK-FC780 GTX Ti Acetal /w Backplate and Reinfor... 8 x EK Vardar F4 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
EK MOSFET ASUS M7G Acetal Nickel Windows 8 x64 Pro Dell U2711 (2560*1440) Dell P2715q 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 3 Year of the Snake Edition Corsair AX1200 Thermaltake Cube X2 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 4790K 4.8GHz @ 1.306v (Actual) ASUS Maximus VII Gene Gigabyte GTX 780 Galaxy GTX 780 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
16GB G.Skill Ares (4x4GB @ 1866MHz OC'd to 2133) Samsung 840 Evo 500GB WD Black 2.5" 750GB EK Supremacy EVO Acetal 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacool NeXXos UT60 240mm Radiator EK XE 360 Radiator x 2 EK-FC780 GTX Ti Acetal /w Backplate and Reinfor... 8 x EK Vardar F4 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
EK MOSFET ASUS M7G Acetal Nickel Windows 8 x64 Pro Dell U2711 (2560*1440) Dell P2715q 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 3 Year of the Snake Edition Corsair AX1200 Thermaltake Cube X2 
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post #4 of 5
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So, UPDATES!

Today I got some cooling parts delivered (Excuse the pictures, I am not much of a photographer and I only have my phone):



So, I got EK-Ectotherm (It was cheap particularly for the quantity and doesn't appear to be too bad an option for thermal paste):



8-way 4 pin fan splitter board:


Some compression fittings as well as a couple of regular fittings for where the compression fittings won't fit. (These are my favourite compression fittings, thanks to the coin slot that makes them easy to tighten... Cheap too!):


Alphacool quick disconnects, they seem to be pretty solid, so hopefully they will work well:




Lastly, I got some small heatsinks to use for video card VRMs and the like:


And, as an added bonus, I was able to snag an old HD 5770 from work thumb.gif :


That's it for now, but I should get some work done on it this weekend, so more soon! biggrin.gif
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i7 4790K 4.8GHz @ 1.306v (Actual) ASUS Maximus VII Gene Gigabyte GTX 780 Galaxy GTX 780 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
16GB G.Skill Ares (4x4GB @ 1866MHz OC'd to 2133) Samsung 840 Evo 500GB WD Black 2.5" 750GB EK Supremacy EVO Acetal 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacool NeXXos UT60 240mm Radiator EK XE 360 Radiator x 2 EK-FC780 GTX Ti Acetal /w Backplate and Reinfor... 8 x EK Vardar F4 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
EK MOSFET ASUS M7G Acetal Nickel Windows 8 x64 Pro Dell U2711 (2560*1440) Dell P2715q 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 3 Year of the Snake Edition Corsair AX1200 Thermaltake Cube X2 
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i7 4790K 4.8GHz @ 1.306v (Actual) ASUS Maximus VII Gene Gigabyte GTX 780 Galaxy GTX 780 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
16GB G.Skill Ares (4x4GB @ 1866MHz OC'd to 2133) Samsung 840 Evo 500GB WD Black 2.5" 750GB EK Supremacy EVO Acetal 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacool NeXXos UT60 240mm Radiator EK XE 360 Radiator x 2 EK-FC780 GTX Ti Acetal /w Backplate and Reinfor... 8 x EK Vardar F4 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
EK MOSFET ASUS M7G Acetal Nickel Windows 8 x64 Pro Dell U2711 (2560*1440) Dell P2715q 
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Ducky Shine 3 Year of the Snake Edition Corsair AX1200 Thermaltake Cube X2 
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So, as I mentioned, I spent some time this weekend working on the build, and again I must apologise for the photos skipping around a bit. I didn't take pictures as frequently as I perhaps should have! rolleyes.gif

In order to mount the pump I trimmed a stock drive tray down to one 5.25" slot to use as a base:


To allow this to fit I stripped the case down and I will cut a hole in the top where the tube res will protrude, this is the case stripped down completely:

And with the hole cut out:


With those two changes to the case this is what it looks like, mocked up with radiator and pump in their places:

I made some mounts for the radiator out of 90 degree aluminium pieces, cut to size and drilled for mounting holes:

And the pump will have holes drilled to screw the base down to:


Before putting it all together I cleaned out the radiator, waterblock and pump, but I didn't spend too much time on it as they had all been run fairly recently with no issues (no picture of the pump though):

I cleaned up the motherboard with canned air and cleaned the TIM of the CPU ready for the waterblock:


Everything installed in the case, with the CPU block connected with the QDCs. I have to say I am surprised at how well they work, very little water leakage when disconnected. I have left plenty of length on the tubes to let me easily manoeuvre parts around when I add the GPU block to the loop:

Pump during leak testing, it doesn't contact the sides, but I am a cautious person and couldn't be bothered getting a proper gasket or anything so I put some tape around the tube res to prevent scoring from the cut-out biggrin.gif:

And a quick view from the front, with 3 Cougar 120mm fans installed:


That's all the photos I took of the build, but I did get everything installed and running, so I shall take some full system photos next time I am working on it. I got it up and running with a CP-850 PSU but forgot to bring my good RAM from my desktop, so in all my testing thus far I have only been using some old, cheap 2x2GB DDR3 sticks. I also ran it with my 8800 GTS 320MB which arrived on Friday. I shall get some pictures of it when I put on my watercooling and do the volt mod!

First thing I did, though, aside from getting Windows 7 installed is flash the P6T Deluxe v2 with the P6T WS Pro BIOS so that I can use the high TDP turbo option:

Thanks to this I was able to, without any real tweaking, get a nice quick and dirty 4.18GHz overclock on my x5650:

Since I was only running up to 1.35v and I know that this board will do a 210MHz base clock, I expect that I will be able to get quite a bit more out of it yet! tongue.gif

I also did some quick testing using 3DMark Vantage on the 8800GTS at stock and overclocked on air:

OC:


Now, this OC made me quite excited, at 675MHz core and 1028MHz on the RAM I topped out the frequencies that MSI AB would let me select, so it's BIOS mods for me! biggrin.gif
I am hoping that this will bode well for overclocking under water and with voltage mods. thumb.gif

I do have one concern with regards to watercooling though, due to how the fittings on my XSPC Raystorm universal block protrude, I don't think I will be able to attach heatsinks to the memory on the 8800 GTS. Will the GDDR3 on this card do OK without dedicated heatsinks and a fan pointed directly at the memory chips? I know a lot of cards, even thos using GDDR3 at the time ran without sinks, but I'd hate to kill the RAM before I get to do anything extra with the core! rolleyes.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 4790K 4.8GHz @ 1.306v (Actual) ASUS Maximus VII Gene Gigabyte GTX 780 Galaxy GTX 780 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
16GB G.Skill Ares (4x4GB @ 1866MHz OC'd to 2133) Samsung 840 Evo 500GB WD Black 2.5" 750GB EK Supremacy EVO Acetal 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacool NeXXos UT60 240mm Radiator EK XE 360 Radiator x 2 EK-FC780 GTX Ti Acetal /w Backplate and Reinfor... 8 x EK Vardar F4 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
EK MOSFET ASUS M7G Acetal Nickel Windows 8 x64 Pro Dell U2711 (2560*1440) Dell P2715q 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 3 Year of the Snake Edition Corsair AX1200 Thermaltake Cube X2 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 4790K 4.8GHz @ 1.306v (Actual) ASUS Maximus VII Gene Gigabyte GTX 780 Galaxy GTX 780 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
16GB G.Skill Ares (4x4GB @ 1866MHz OC'd to 2133) Samsung 840 Evo 500GB WD Black 2.5" 750GB EK Supremacy EVO Acetal 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacool NeXXos UT60 240mm Radiator EK XE 360 Radiator x 2 EK-FC780 GTX Ti Acetal /w Backplate and Reinfor... 8 x EK Vardar F4 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
EK MOSFET ASUS M7G Acetal Nickel Windows 8 x64 Pro Dell U2711 (2560*1440) Dell P2715q 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 3 Year of the Snake Edition Corsair AX1200 Thermaltake Cube X2 
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