Here is my build log for my new rig dedicated to Data science and Machine learning (hence the name), and also a bit of Programming, Photo editing and gaming.Design orientations
This build is optimized for silence while allowing overclocking of the CPU. I will leave the GPUs @ stock as I want to ensure there won't be any throttling for long computation activities.
I aimed for rather sober components, as this will be under my desk anyway (or more next to it given the size of the case), so no lighting, no fancy coolant colors, etc... This being said, as my fans have red light, I might have let myself go a little
. I have also decided to do custom wiring, because it's fun
I chose good quality component with the idea that most should survive new iterations of the build if I change the motherboard/CPU/Ram/GPU.
The cooling is overdimensionned for 2 reasons : good cooling performance in silence, and also because I have room to add a 3 GPU in the future if needed without changing anything in the loop apart from the GPU block bridge. I also chose rads that are good performers at low fan speed, for silence again. I also decided to go push only for the same reason, but I have space to revise this should I need the extra cooling performance of push/pull.
I went with Aquaero fan controlling as I want fan control to work independantly of the OS, as I will use this rig under both Windows and Linux. And I chose this over motherboard/bios fan control because the Aquaero brings more flexibility (virtual sensors like water deltaT°, etc...).
Being my first loop, I am going on the cautious side with sensors, etc... and with soft tubing which is more flexible and quicker to setup.ComponentsBill of material
, on Google docs (too tedious to maintain it here as well
2017.03.29 : creation of the build log, first components ordered (marked as ✔️)
2017.03.30 : changed bottom mount to 120.2 size, and medium plate to 120.3 mount
2017.03.31 : CaseLabs order
2017.04.08 : EVGA order placed, mobo + CPU + ram received.
2017.04.14 : new EVGA order placed, and WaterCooling.co.uk order placed
2017.04.20 : EVGA, Aquacomputer orders received
2017.04.21 : Watercooling.co.uk partial order received
2017.04.29 : Ordered AquaComputer Aqualis res (instead of the EKWB, to enjoy the fill sensor.
2017.05 : ordered the Corsair fans, as well as some sleeving / wiring material and samples
2017.10.31 : first run of the loop
2017.11 : rebuild of the loop using, moving some components around, and using ZMT
2017.12.31 : second run of the loop, everything done except some PSU custom cables