So I'm going to be building what I hope to be an upgrade-friendly system soon. I'm still working on exactly which parts I will be going with and am not in a hurry to finish as this is mostly for fun and to create a chassis/cooling system to use for many systems in the future. During my research, I've come across a number of things that I need some input back from the community in order to help make some decisions. I'd appreciate any comments or answers people have to help me out.
I will make updates to the original post as things progress.Theme & Description (Click to show)
Components (Click to show)
- Colors - Matte Black, Tan, Warm Brown
- Post-Build Oak/Mahogany Cover Panels
- Amber Candle Flicker LED Lighting
- Long term use of case and cooling system (many builds)
- Scalable noise level from dead silent to normal conversation
- Aesthetically pleasing / visible components
- High performance
- Software Development
- Development: SQL Server
- Development: Web Host
- Development: VM
- Gaming: Moderate with High-Requirement Games (+3D Vision)
- Overclocking Fun (Extreme)
- Overclocking Use (Practical)
- Audio / Video Decoding / Encoding / Transcoding
- DLNA Server
- General Use: Internet, Office, Email, etc
- High-End Audio (Audiophile Listening)
- Future Use: Multi-Monitor
- Future Use: Vegas Movie Studio
Layout Concept (Click to show)
- CaseLabs Magnum SMH10 & Pedestal
- Custom solid wood cover panels; Oak, Coffee stain
- Custom solid wood front panel; mixed wood
- Corsair AX1200i Platinum
- Asus Sabertooth X79
- Intel 3930K
- Corsair Dominator 32GB 1600
- nVidia GTX 670 Superclocked 4GB x2
- OCZ Vertex 4 256GB x2; RAID 0
- None. I may add mechanical drives at a later date if my NAS is not sufficient.
- Aquacomputer Aquaero 5 XT
- Aquacomputer PowerAdjust 2 x3
- ? Aquacomputer Multiswitch
- Koolance TNK-501
- Alphacool Cape Fuzion Core 10
- Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper 560mm x4
- Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 480mm x2
CPU Water Block
- XSPC RayStorm
GPU Water Block
- XSPC Razor nVidia GTX 670 Full Coverage x2
- XSPC Razor nVidia GTX 670 Back Plate x2
Motherboard Water Block
- Koolance MB-ASSTX79 Asus Sabertooth X79
RAM Water Block
- XSPC Memory Copper Water Block x2
- Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15
- Bitspower 120mm to 140mm Adapter
- Swiftech MCP35X x4
- Sleeved Tygon Norprene 1/2"ID 3/4"OD
- Bitspower Crystal Link
Water Flow Concept (Click to show)
Notes (Click to show)
| |<------. | |
'---' (Flo) (Flo) (Flo)
.-' '-. ^ ^ ^
v v | | |
(Pmp) (Pmp) | (Tmp) (Tmp)
| | | ^ ^
v v | | |
(480) (560) | | |
| | | .--+--. |
| | | | | |
v v | (Mof) (Chp) |
(560) (560) | ^ ^ |
| | | | | |
| | | (RAM) (RAM) |
v v | ^ ^ |
(560) (480) | '--+--' .--+--.
'--+--' | | | |
v | (CPU) (GPU) (GPU)
.---. | ^ ^ ^
|Res|-------' | '--+--'
| |->(Pmp)---------' |
The flow is controlled by 3 sets of pumps, the 2 parallel pumps against the radiators, the CPU sub-loop pump, and the GPU sub-loop pump. Each set will be dynamically controlled by the Aquaero soas to only provide greater flow and fan speed when it is necessary and only to the required parts of the loop.Aquaero Algorithm
- If flow-recirculate is less than 0, increase radiator pumps
- If air/water delta raises, increase radiator pumps
- If air/water delta raises, increase fan speed
- If CPU temp increases, increase CPU pump
- If GPU temp increases, increase GPU pump
- If any pump exceeds X rpm, shut off pump and sound alarm
- If any flow besides flow-recirculate is less than 0.2 gpm, sound alarm
- If CPU or GPU approaches maximum, sound alarm
- If CPU or GPU temp exceeds maximum, shut down PC
Pre-Build Information (Click to show)
- PSU will be mounted to mid 120mm fan mount up-side-down
- Side radiator mounts will be inverted and radiators mounted partly outside of the frame
- Fans will be in a pull-only configuration
- Fill and drain ports are built-in by using the exposed top and bottom 480 radiator G1/4 connections.
Credits (Click to show)
- I've never modified a case before.
- I've never water-cooled before.
- I've overclocked before, but only on air and not to extremes.
- I've never built a computer that was quiet before.
- I've never spent anywhere near the kind of money required for this on a computer before.
- Nothing is sponsored, so I'm using money I've saved up for the last several years; if it gets too pricey, the build may be extended until more funds are available.
- A digital camera will be among the first items purchased. (I don't own one)
I'd like to make sure that I give credit where credit is due to those who went out of their way to help me find and achieve what I was looking for.Jim & Kevin at CaseLabs
- for helping to answer my unending questions, adding things to their store, and creating a superior product the likes of which are few and far between in the USA of today.Lenore at Evil Mad Science
- for patience and working with me to help me get the hard-to-find LEDs I was looking for.CPAChris, TheSeekerOfFun, Stren, and ASG
- for always being quick to answer whenever I had questions and for offering advice.
To everything, there is a beginning.Some troubles along the way... (Click to show)
The fun times... (Click to show)
The AP-15 with 120/140 adapter requires insulation in push.
You need an extra 1mm space (from a washer) for the cover snaps if you want to reverse mount the radiators.
The Alphacool Cape Fuzion reservoir has holes that have 1/4 the area of a normal G1/4 connection, making it unusable without incurring a great deal of restriction.
Welcome to the AP-15 house.