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Hi guys,

Welcome to my new build thread all the way from India...the land of snake charmers, elephants and cows on the roads...and outsourcing...


After Evolution 1 (link in sig), I admit, I am completely addicted to water cooling and upgrading (damn these forums). And the result of that is.....


And I keep justifying it to myself, saying that every man needs a hobby, which can block out the tensions of daily life.

With that introduction out of the way, lets get down to what we plan to do in Project [E] 2. Project [E] 2 is going to be pretty long drawn out, as I want to take the time to think and work on each and every part before I go for the final build.

As of now only a few of the main components are with me and some more is on the way. The rest of the parts will be ordered as and when time permits and as and when ideas keep coming up from you guys. So please feel free to chip in with as many ideas as possible and I will try and discuss what is possible and incorporate it to the best of my ability.

I spoke to Asus about this build a couple of days back, while discussing forth coming reviews. Asus came back to me a few days later with an offer I just could not refuse.

So enter, the two main components of this build

The Asus Crosshair IV Formula




AND

ASUS 5850 Voltage Tweak


I have worked closely with CM in the past on a number of reviews and I hope I can grow this relationship further with this build.



Cooler master Silent Pro 700W


AND

???????


We are still to decide on the chassis and I will update it as soon as I am clear on this.

The rest of the main components will consist of:

1. AMD 1090T 125 W - AMD Phenom

2. Team Xtreem 2000 Mhz CL9 - Team Group Inc

3. Scythe Gentle Typhoons 1850 - Scythe "GentleTyphoon" 120 mm Silent Case Fan

4. MDPC X Sleeving - MDPC-X International


Most of the water cooling will be taken from my existing rig but there will be a few new additions. I will keep you guys posted on it as soon as I get some more clarity and the final look and feel that I would like to go with.

I don't want to spoil the surprise, so I have purposely left out the color scheme for the time being. I think it makes more sense to show it to you guys once its in.

Please feel free to post your opinions and lets get this build started soon.....
Edited by mav2000 - 12/11/10 at 8:40am
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Now getting back to the work at hand. I am sure a lot of you would have read about the NB/PWM area heating issues that Asus had with the CH IV when it first came out. Now, we being in India, the newer batches never landed here and I thought I would take a quick look beneath the heatsinks to make sure that all was fine.



A quick look at the heatsink contact areas told me that it was not and I could have had a potential problem somewhere down the line.





So off came the old thermal pad and I replaced it with some stuff that I had got from EK earlier. I also shaved down the contact nuts a bit, to make sure that it fit like it was supposed to. Also changed the stuff on the NB and SB and added some MX2.





And screwed the heatsink back in.



Then got on to removing a few stickers.







And that my friends completes the update for day 1.
Edited by mav2000 - 11/3/10 at 7:35am
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well, i'm subbed. this should turn out pretty good.
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Thanks....am going to go all out with this....so hopefully the end result is much better than I can envision it right now.
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Sponsored build logs on OCN have to go to a special forum - and you have to pay a $29 fee. See this post for more info.
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Hey guys, anyone have an idea on this rad:

Black Ice Xtreme 3 High Performance Radiator

I am actually stuck between deciding on the BI GTX Rev2 360 and the XSPC RX 360. Thats when i saw this. Seems to be a slimmer rad with high FPI. Anyone have any data on this one. Thanks.

Am mainly going to be running the GT's at around 1000-1200 rpm and speed it up while gaming to the full 1850. So any help on the choice of rads will be great.
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Hi,

Just a samll update. All the parts have been ordered and the case is most probably going to be a HAF X. Now I to am really confused as to how the tubing runs should be...some ideas I had are as follows. The CPU and GPU will be under water and I have an MCP 355 with an EK 150 Res, going to use a male to male rotary to connect these two. And two rads, a 360 BIX on top and a 240 GTS on the HDD area...let me know your thoughts.



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That looks like a nice clean tubing idea...but how do I fill the res if the top port is blocked.
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