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This is my first build log - and my first build where I am purchasing everything from the ground up. I've done many frankenbuilds, but it's obviously not the same as customizing your own - piece by loving piece.

That said, I decided to go big and look towards the future. My goals for this rig are:

1) To replace my current computer (P4 2.4Ghz, 2GB RAM, 8800 GTX)
2) To run a virtual sandbox using ESXi and software from MS Dreamspark
3) Gaming
4) Photo manipulation (my wife and I are both into photography)
5) Workhorse. I do a nice little IT-focused side business and I need a dependable machine without limits
6) Storage and Streaming
7) To fulfill my gadget lust for a little bit


With those in mind and after much deliberation, I decided to go with Mountain Mods Extended Ascension Case + Pedestal 24 for watercooling. I wanted something huge, modular and unique - this fit the bill quite nicely.

Inside this monster will be:

EVGA SR-2
2x Intel Xeon E5620 (overclocked per: http://bit.ly/h2quN5)
1x Corsair Professional Series AX1200
2x EVGA GTX 580 SC
(2x) 3x4GB Patriot 1333

I would like to use a SSD for the boot/heavy usage applications drive, but I've been reading some mixed success with SSD boot drives and the SR-2 - particularly the OZC Revo PCIe drives. Any feedback on that?

I'll have a RAID 5 array in there, I'm thinking with WD Caviar Black's for goals 2, 4 and 6.

I'm also going with watercooling for the first time, so that should prove interesting. Right now, that's my biggest...tension.. if you will. I am not afraid of losing hardware (necessarily), more just want to make sure I get good equipment and install it correctly. I'm looking at a full board cooler + some CPU blocks. I like the look and idea of the set H3||scr3am went with: http://bit.ly/hz2gtg

Soo.. After that wall of text I'm planning to wrap this project up mid-April. Below are some pictures (sorry for the quality - from my G1 for the time being) of the case and pedestal setup. Since MM doesn't have much in the way of documentation, I found pictures of other builds were helpful.

Love for some feedback if you have any.. I'd welcome suggestions. Thanks for reading!
Edited by atspangler - 3/21/11 at 4:24pm
    
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oooo me likey. welcome to the sr-2 club (Y) maybe chuck some hex-cores in there for fun?
     
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Ahh.. Finally the pieces are coming together.

In the pics:

2x Xeon 5620s
1x EVGA SR-2
1x Corsair AX1200
2x Patriot Sector 7 DDR3 (3x4GB)
1x xClio SS035 5x3.5" RAID Cage
1x IcyDock MB994SP-4S 4x2.5 rack
1x Lamptron FX8 Fan Controller (supposedly up to 3 fans per channel)
1x Lamptron FC6 Fan Controller
1x Samsung SH-B123
1x MIPS Pom-Copper board cooler block
Not Pictured: 2x Koolance PMP-450 pumps, 15' of silver 1/2" tubing and appropriate fittings.

Still need: proc and gpu cooling blocks, more fittings, GPU itself.

Album here: http://imgur.com/a/FPQUj#L0lVF
    
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Don't forget to join the mountain mods club! Help continue our tradition of the most hardcore rigs on ocn
 
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I'm a first time WCer.. Can someone confirm I've got the right components? I'm going with 1/2" everything.

Do I need the Mosfet piece?

Here's what I have so far:

- http://www.aquatuning.us/product_inf...dchip-POM.html

- 2x Koolance PMP-450
- Koolance RP-425X2 Rez
- 4x Koolance NZL-V13 1/2" nozzles
-15' of Koolance tubing

I'm looking at getting two of these: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10...k_-_14015.html

And probably something for a dual-sli GPU.. Thinking about two loops, but like I said - i'm pretty new. I've been reading a bunch of forums and instructions, but direct feedback is always helpful. Any thoughts?
    
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Ok - here's another question.

I'm thinking about getting a second powersupply to run the cooling end of things. What do you guys think? Ive got the Corsair AX1200, so I thought I'd supplement and dedicate watercooling to the AX750. Will that blow my breaker?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-016-_-Product
    
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Ran into a tiny hitch during the build.. Ended up needing to RMA the SR-2.

(Thanks again to OCN for help on that little adventure) Check here for pics of the fail/troubleshooting process.

Shipping the board back today.. Hoping for a return mid-next-week.

On the plus side, I did get everything up and running (so to speak).. No leaks on the loops, everything ran famously with the exception of one of my Scythe S-Flex fans on the front.. I'll reseat it and see how it runs jumped off the psu.

Check out pics of the mobo and pump/res assembly..
Edited by atspangler - 4/20/11 at 11:01am
    
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people sure know how to waste money
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